Beds SU: Who are we and what do we do?

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When you join the University of Bedfordshire, you don’t just join the university – you also become a member of Bedfordshire Students’ Union (Beds SU)!

Beds SU is led by four Student Officers – a President and three Vice Presidents – who are elected annually by University of Bedfordshire students to lead the Students’ Union.

We are here to help every student at the University of Bedfordshire get the most out of their university experience. We campaign on issues that you care about, as well as providing lots of opportunities for you to meet new people, develop your skills, campaign for change and try something new.

Beds SU has offices in both Luton and Bedford where you will also find sports bar venues and a whole host of weekly events for students.


Our Services

The services we provide to our members are broadly split into four categories. Those categories are:

  • Be Heard
  • Be Involved
  • Be Entertained
  • Be Supported.

Be Heard

Academic Reps

Academic reps are the voice of students on their course who champions student views and ideas to the university. They work in partnership with the university, the Students’ Union and their fellow course-mates to enhance the learning experience.


Executive Officers

There are four full-time officers, each representing different aspects of the student experience. Our President leads the SU’s vision for the year alongside three Vice Presidents; VP Union Development, VP Education and VP Equality.


Campaigns

Our mission at Beds Students’ Union is to make sure you are heard – and campaigning for change is a big part of that. We campaign on a range of issues that affect students both on campus and in the wider community.  We’re not party political, but we are political for students.


Campus Liaison Officers

Campus Liaison Officers work on a part-time voluntary basis to ensure that each campus is represented across the Union

They are the voice of students on your campus, ensuring that Beds SU and the other elected Officers are considering and working to improve the student experience on these sites.


Liberation Networks

The purpose of Liberation Networks is to represent the diverse characteristics of the student membership. They exist to advance the representation of student communities that are widely acknowledged to experience or have experienced oppression, exclusion or disadvantage.


Be Involved

Societies

Societies are created and run by student committees and provide an exciting way to connect with like-minded individuals and make new friends, whether through a shared hobby or personal interest, being part of the same course, or having a shared faith or culture.   


Raise & Give (RaG)

Raising money and awareness for good causes is an important part of what we do. To help focus our efforts, Beds SU has one officially supported charity each year, as chosen by the student community.


Be Entertained

Events

Arranging events where students can meet one another and build their network forms a core part of our service. Our events cover a wide range of interests, including big nights out and #Upskill training sessions.

During the pandemic, we’ve had to stop running physical events, but our events team have skilfully switched their attention to organising online events for you to get involved with.


Venues

Our venues on the Bedford & Luton campuses provide a relaxed setting for casual study and socialising and a base for our big headline events. Coffee, hot and cold food and alcoholic drinks are served throughout the day.

During the pandemic, our venues are temporarily closed. We are working hard to safely reopen them as soon as we can.


Be Supported

Advice & Support

We hope that you will never find yourself in circumstances where you will need our support, but if you do the Beds SU Advice Service are on hand to assist you.

We can support students with:

  • Academic Disputes
  • Housing
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Finance
  • Safety Matters
  • Student Conduct & Complaints

We provide impartial, independent and confidential advice on all aspects of university life. We are also associated with local community organisations, so if we’re unable to help you directly, we should know someone who can.


Discover more

You can find out more about the plethora of services Beds SU provides its student members on the main website.

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