University of Birmingham Union

University of Birmingham Union

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Who we are and what we do for you

If you’re a student at the University of Birmingham, then you’re automatically a member of the Guild of Students.

As a charity and the students’ union for more than 34,000 students, we’re here to help you develop skills outside of study, have fun, meet new people, represent you to the University and make sure you get the best from Birmingham!

Our History

The Guild of Students is around 130 years old and today is one of the largest Students’ Unions in the country, representing over 34,000 students.

We have a rich and varied history and in 2010 Emma Packham (Vice President Student Activities and Development 2009/10) and Ed Sparkes (Vice President Housing & Community 2009/10) began to chart the history of the Guild and created this timeline.

We recently completed a History Project which aims to update members and interested parties on our history through the treasures uncovered in our archive. You can download more information on Our History.

Why join a group?

Here at the Guild of Students, we support over 250 incredible student groups, societies and associations!

Whether you’re interested in activities and games, academic assistance, campaigning, volunteering, food & drink, religious beliefs, music, performance or media, there’s bound to be something that will appeal to you – and if there isn’t, we can give you the help you need to set up a group that matters to you.

Whatever the most important thing in your life is, joining a student group is an amazing way to try something new, make some incredible friends, explore your favourite activities, pick up some handy skills and discover what you love whilst you’re on campus. You might just find the thing – or the people – that define your time at University or even transform your life!