Our Students’ Union, UCASU, has won the Small and Specialist Students' Union Award at this year’s National Union of Students (NUS) Awards, which acknowledge outstanding achievements in the sector. This award commends excellence in unions with fewer than 20,000 students or which are based at specialist universities.
UCASU was also shortlisted for the Education Award in recognition of the way it has worked to encourage UCA students to act as partners in their learning experience. In the space of a year, the UCASU team hasve increased the number of clubs and societies available at our campuses from 15 to 58. They also overhauled the representation system, signing up over 350 students as Course Reps.
Andy Squire, UCASU Communications Coordinator, said: “It feels amazing to be named best specialist union in the country. We have a small team and very modest resources, but all of us are passionate about delivering a fantastic experience across all of our campuses.
“There are now so many new opportunities for students to get involved in campus life, with a range of different activities being offered across our campuses.
“We’ve also worked hard to enable students to shape and influence how teaching and learning on their course is delivered and received, and this is mainly achieved through our Course Reps system which ensures that there is a partnership between the University and the students. It’s been fantastic to see engagement in the scheme grow.”
The UCASU team were presented with their award at a ceremony on Wednesday 6 July as part of the NUS Students’ Unions 2016 conference in Liverpool.
Find out more about our Students’ Union and how they support students across our four campuses here.