Your Union. Here for You.
Here to develop and enhance the academic, social and cultural experiences of our members.
Students are the reason for the Union's existence, and we can't function without knowing what you want and need. We exist to represent you, and we try our very best each and every day.
You'll hear the phrase 'student experience' uttered a lot: Universities and Unions are becoming more committed to making sure their students have the best experience possible. For us, this means:
Making sure that all students at the University of Northampton have a positive academic experience.
Making sure that all welfare issues are dealt with.
Making sure that every student has the chance to become a part of any student group they wish.
We always want to know how you think we're doing, and encourage you to have your say on the way every aspect of the Union is run. You may have a comment or suggestion about the way the Union gathers student opinion or what we sell in the shops. If you do, we'd love to hear from you.
And just so you know...
Every University of Northampton student is a member of the Students' Union.
This happens when you enroll. You then become eligible to sample all the services the Union provides and take part in all Union activities, ranging from being a member of a sports team to sitting on one of the Union's committees.
The University of Northampton and Students' Union are separate organisations.
In contrast to the University, we're led by students (the Sabbatical and Part-time Officers are the figureheads, representing the thousands of students that attend this University). We do work closely with the University a lot of the time (and receive annual funding from it), but we're also independent from it. Our first priority is student representation, and we couldn't be credible without being independent.
The Union represents you by:
Going out and listening to what you want and need.
Facilitating open platform Union committees which every student can attend and contribute to running campaigns on issues that affect you.
Having representatives on University committees.
Holding elections where you can have your say on who of your fellow students should represent you.
Let us know what else you'd like to know, and we'll make sure we put it here!