University College Birmingham Student Union
Each student automatically becomes a member of the Guild of Students upon registration at University College Birmingham. The Guild is responsible for the representation of its students within UCB, offering academic advice, sporting provision, providing funding for students to run societies, giving general advice on all student issues and generally looking after student welfare whilst students are at UCB.
So what does the Guild do and how does it work?
Each year the Guild Executive is elected by their fellow students to run The Guild on their behalf. The Guild Executive is made up of one full-time sabbatical officer, seven part-time officers and various voluntary officers, all working to ensure your voice is heard and your time at UCB is everything it should be.
- To work with the University to address student needs;
- To be responsible for The Guild’s activities and governance;
- To oversee, together with the other Executives, the Guild’s strategic planning and development;
- To lead the Part-Time and Voluntary Officers in carrying out their representational roles and functions;
- To maximise student engagement in democratic processes;
- To chair the Executive Committee and the principal committees of the Guild;
- To ensure a representation service is offered to students who need it.
- To represent the student body on academic issues;
- To oversee the Guild’s academic support, planning and development process;
- Work closely with the University’s academic support services to ensure a high quality service;
- To support the recruitment of the academic student representatives (course rep system);
- To plan and deliver the Guild’s academic campaigns throughout the year and to ensure that they fall within the Guild’s objectives.
Sports and Societies Officer:
- To have overall responsibility for, and to ensure the continuation and development of, Student Sports;
- To ensure the Guild provides sporting opportunities for students to develop their skills;
- To ensure the development and operation of Student Sports and Societies for all students wishing to participate;
- To manage and oversee the activities of all Societies registered with The Guild.
- To help organise and run Guild events and activities throughout the year;
- To conduct research with different student demographics and to make recommendations regarding events and activities to the Guild;
- To help co-ordinate the events run by other Guild Executives;
- To be involved in the planning, development and implementation of the Guild’s strategic events and activities.
- To lead the Guild’s representation within the University on Welfare issues;
- To be the lead officer for the Guild’s advice and support services, working closely with the relevant resources;
- To lead the Guild’s community engagement projects;
- To plan and deliver the Guild’s welfare, diversity, environment and ethics campaigns throughout the year.
- To formulate and deliver the message of the Guild;
- To appropriately reach each student demographic to increase awareness of the Guild;
- To work with and support each Guild executive in promoting their endeavours;
- To manage the Guild’s various methods of communication, including social media.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Officer:
- To help organise and run Guild events specifically for LGBT students and activities throughout the year;
- To conduct research with different demographic student groups and to make recommendations regarding new cost effective events and activities for the Guild to pursue;
- To Chair and contribute to the Events and Societies Committee drawing up agendas and compiling minutes to distribute;
- To be involved in the planning, development and implementation of the Guild’s strategic events and activities plans;
- To follow the Equality Policy of the Guild representing disadvantaged and minority groups in all areas of student life, ensuring that they are able to play as full a role as they wish without fear of harassment or discrimination
- To arrange for regular meetings of EU and international students to gather opinions and feedback on University and Guild services;
- To help organise and run Guild events and activities and to support the programme of events provided for EU and international students;
- To contribute to the planning, development and implementation of the Guild’s strategic plan;
- To liaise with the International Office;
- To attend and contribute to Executive Committee, Council meetings and any other Guild or University committees as stipulated by the bylaws or allocated by the Executive.
Further Education Officer:
- To be the ambassador of the Guild and have key responsibility for the Guild’s communications within FE;
- To liase with FE Students on behalf of the Guild;
- To maximise FE Student engagement in democratic processes.
The Guild team can be found on the Ground Floor of the Summer Row building. The office operates a drop-in policy and is open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm. They are also situated on the Ground Floor in Richmond House and are especially for our FE students. They also run their own website that holds a lot of information and can be contacted directly from the website www.ucbsu.com or call us on 0121 232 4173.
Sports & Societies
The Guild of Students offers a wide range of Sports Clubs and Societies to its Students. The activities offered provide a fantastic platform to socialise and meet new friends whilst becoming actively involved in University life. Sport at UCB is vastly developing each year with our teams becoming even more successful in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) leagues.
The Guild also offers a range of societies which students can sign up to and be part of, or, if we do not offer a society in which you are interested, then we welcome students to found new societies. Some of the societies offered were:
Business Enterprise Society
African Caribbean Society
Men’s and Women’s Football Societies
The Guild offers a wide range of sporting activities for students to participate in. Not only do we offer recreational and fun sport, but we also offer competitive sport at the highest level through BUCS, British University and Colleges Sport.
There are many different types of sports and societies on offer at UCB from mainstream sports such as Football, Rugby, Netball and Hockey, to more specialised sports including Jujitsu and Badminton. Whatever you are into, you can enjoy it whilst you are at UCB and if we don’t offer something that you love, then we will do all we can to make sure we do.
NUS Student Card
The Guild of Students recommends that every student should obtain an NUS card once they have enrolled. NUS Extra is the definitive student discount and lifestyle card, brought to you by the National Union of Students. For just £11 students can access over 120 exclusive discounts all designed to make student life more exciting, more memorable and more rewarding.
For only £1.99 students can upgrade their NUS Extra card to include the ISIC (International Student Identity Card). The ISIC is the only internationally accepted proof of full-time student status. It is endorsed by organisations such as UNESCO, the European Council on Culture and the Andean Community of Nations. It gives students to over 40,000 discounts and is valid in 120 countries. For more information visit www.nusextra.com or visit the Guild of Students’ office.
The Guild of Students’ website is run by students for students. It keeps everyone updated on topical academic issues as well as sporting achievements and fixtures, welfare and ethical information and not forgetting what’s on in the Student Bar and around Birmingham. The website boasts a forum for students to chat about issues that may be affecting them and there is a classified section where they can sell on used items. If any student would like to contribute to the website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or via the contact page on the website: www.ucbsu.com.