Supporting UEL students
As a student at UEL you’re automatically a member of the Students’ Union. Your membership to the Union is free and it brings with it lots of opportunities for you to get the most out of your time at university. The Students’ Union is here to make your life at university the best it can possibly be. We do this by making sure that your voice is heard by the university, and defend UEL students' rights on a regular basis. We support student Programme Reps, who feed back to university departments to increase the quality of education on behalf of students on their course. We help students to set up societies and groups and train and support them for their extra-curricular ambitions, making sure that the campus is vibrant with student-led events and activities. All of these opportunities including running societies, being a student representative and others will enhance students skills and look great on your CV, but you can also have a great time doing it. The Students Union lobbies the university on behalf of students to ensure that students get the best possible deal, but we also work with the university on joint projects such as organising a fantastic Freshers Week in September and other events through the year. Additionally to this, the Students Union supports individual students when you've run into an issue involving your studies. If you need to extend a coursework deadline or you can't make it to an exam, come to the Students Union and our Casework staff will be able to give you advice and help you through the process.
By students, for students
To make sure we stay true to needs of the students we’re run by a team of student officers, who UEL students get to elect each year. Five of these students work full-time (they are known as Sabbatical Officers) and others work part-time whilst they are studying. Any student can stand for these positions and any student can vote for who they want to represent them to the university and in the day-to-day running of the students union.
Have your say
The Students' Union also uses Direct Democracy, both formally and informally. Formally, students are encouraged to come to our General Meeting events, where you can vote on what you think the Union should do, stand for, or say to the university. Informally, the Students Union runs occasional internet polls and tries to be constantly receptive to the changing desires of UEL students, in order to try to represent our diverse membershipas best as possible. If you can see ways that we can grow or do things better then all you need to do is tell us, by popping into a Students Union building on Docklands or Stratford or by emailing a student Sabbatical Officer. That way we can make sure that the Union continues to reflect what you want it to be.
We have recently undergone a Strategic review, giving us a better indication of what our students want from us and a clearer direction of travel to achieve it. Following a year long process, and with the imput of over 1800 students, our new Strategic Plan was launched on 5th July 2016.
To read it please click on one of the below versions.
For Low Res version please click here.
To read our Strategic Plan please click here.