University of Southampton Students’ Union
The University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU) is the representative body for all of the 23,000 students who study at the University of Southampton. Our work is extensive and is guided by the following five aims.
- Promoting the interests and welfare of members at the University of Southampton during their course of study and representing, supporting and advising members;
- Being the recognised representative channel between members and the University and any other external bodies;
- Providing social, cultural, sporting and recreational activities and forums for discussions and debate for the personal development of its members;
- Promoting and facilitating students’ involvement in their wider community;
- Raising funds for other charitable organisations.
The Students’ Union is an autonomous organisation, with its own governances, finances and employees. We work independently of the University, although we receive invaluable grant income from them each year. The Union has recently registered as a charity and been incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. Seven full-time student officers (sabbaticals) are elected annually from the student body to work full time to lead and direct the organisation and to represent the students. They in turn support 30 Student Leaders who directly lead various activity areas of the Union. Our trustee board is made up of 6 sabbaticals, 6 students and 4 external trustees.
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