The last twelve months have been an exciting year for students at our University. There have been lots of new projects and events happening throughout the six colleges, and we’ve picked out some of our highlights in the Students’ Union.
With over 5,000 students visiting Freshers Fayre in temperatures of nearly 30 degrees celsius and sell out nights at Koko & Fabric, we broke some records in the last week of September. To help new students settle into student life and network across the colleges, we had over 220 students in their second and third years volunteering as a buddy for first year students through the Connect Project.
The first few weeks of the Autumn term set the tone for the rest of the year; we were delighted that thousands of students signed up to support the campaign demanding the university improved contact time within the colleges. The University has just agreed to implement a new approach to contact time, and information about contact time will be publicly available to students for the first time.
An Arts Union for Arts Students
We love how creative our students can be, and with over 1200 entries to Xhibit, our open student submission, shortlisting 21 pieces proved very challenging. For the first time, students have Made in Arts London which will help nurture emerging talent from across the 6 colleges, giving you a platform to network and sell your work. We ran a series of successful creative events over the year including Create Late and a collaborative event for the Grayson Perry exhibition at the British Museum.
With over 20,000 students at our university, the impact that course reps have is extraordinary. We help train and support all students that become course reps, and over the last year, some of them have been able to secure extra opening hours in their workshops, new content added to their course, and changed how the college listens to them.
Students say that teachers are the best thing about studying here, so we launched our inaugural White Square Teaching Awards this year with 570 students nominating 270 teachers. 105 teachers received special recognition for their work over the past year, while 12 teachers were selected from the nominations who reflect the best practice at UAL and are shining examples of inspiring, passionate and friendly staff. They will get their Awards at the Graduation ceremonies next week!
Nearly 3,000 students voted in our main elections in March, choosing the 8 students that you feel are best placed to lead the work of the Students’ Union over the next twelve months. The Student Executive have already planned new activities for SUARTS in the colleges, a different approach to curating creative opportunities for students and influenced how the colleges will listen to you.
We want to make sure you can take part in as many things outside of your course as possible, so with over 1000 students joining one of the 42 student societies we were delighted that the new Retail & Luxury Goods Society was able to host industry speakers and that the Ballet, Yoga and Life Drawing societies all had record numbers join! With SixArtsRadio.co.uklaunching too, it’s been a busy year for student societies. Any student in any year can join, so look out over the summer how you can join some next year.
Some other universities think we spend all our time in workshops or classes, but with over 30 sports clubs competing in the national University Sport leagues, and a triumphant victory at the Varsity sports tournament against Goldsmiths, we have amassed a collection of trophies and medals in the Trophy Cabinet!
Your Student Union
We are proud that we are an Arts Union for Arts Students. This means that we’ll do some the things that students see at other universities, but we’ll also strive to do stuff that really matters to you as a student of the creative industries. We have had a brilliant year, but we know that next year can be even better, and it’s because we are student led that everything we do is to make your life more enjoyable, the student experience even better, and strengthen the opportunities you get.
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