The University of York Students' Union, better known as YUSU, is here to help you make the most of your time at university. They represent student views and play a huge part in the vibrant student experience at York both on and off campus.
YUSU is run for, with and by students. It's led by a team of five elected full-time sabbatical officers, who are all York students or recent graduates. They're here to help you share ideas, create change, gain new skills and access support.
Top tip: If you're coming to York for an Open Day make sure to catch their popular student life talk.
Did you know? If you're joining us a postgraduate student, you'll also be part of the Graduate Students' Association.
Watch YUSU's Love York video to find out what they do which includes:
Alongside colleges, YUSU plays a key role during Freshers' Week. Whether it be signing up for societies and sports teams at Freshers' Fair, or getting involved with the variety of events on offer, YUSU puts on something for everyone during the week.
All year round they run regular student nights in the city that cater for all musical tastes including cheesy pop and indie nights. And they put on a varied programme of festivals, balls, live music, performances, charity fundraisers and sporting events, including the historic Roses competition against Lancaster University.
YUSU works with academic departments to elect student reps at course, department and faculty level. Reps take students' feedback and ideas to the right places.
There are also a number of specialist officers and groups who can help you get support and campaign for something you believe in:
One of the best ways to find out about YUSU's latest plans:
"One of the main things we did was start up a maths tutoring scheme for first years. We realised that a lot of Politics, Economics and Philosophy students struggled with the maths modules if they hadn’t done maths A-Level and we thought we’d work together to do something about it. This year we’ve done a trial run and next year the director of the PEP departments wants all first years to have access to our scheme."
Selina and Beni, Academic representatives of the year 2014, Department of Politics, Economics and Philosophy
"As a student you get the chance to do things you’ll never get to do again. Make sure you harness this opportunity. More and more employers look at what you’ve achieved in addition to your studies. Here at YUSU we want to give you every opportunity to learn new skills and develop yourself to take you further in your career whilst having a great time doing it."
Chris Wall, Student Activities Officer 2015/16
YUSU loves to celebrate student and staff success:
"We held an event for World Mental Health Day and it was really popular, so we decided to create the University of York Mental Health Awareness Project. Since then we’ve run numerous events; Mind and Stereotype which was about the portrayal of mental health in the media and Mind and Politics, where we invited prospective parliamentary candidates from five major parties to discuss their mental health policies."
James, Kate and Naomi, Student group of the year 2014
YUSU can help you make a difference, whether you've got an hour or a whole week to spare.
RAG (Raising and Giving) is the charity wing of YUSU. Take part in fun activities on and off campus - all in aid of good causes. You can join the committee, or run your own fundraising events. If you fancy going further afield, you can take part in challenges like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or trekking the Inca Trail.
YUSU also coordinates volunteering projects where you can help people in need. For example, you could support people with dementia, organise a music festival, or help your fellow students get through tough times on the confidential listening service, Nightline.
"This summer I was in Tanzania as I was part of group of students climbing Kilimanjaro. I did that instead of an internship this year because you’re only a student once - I’m going to be working for the rest of my life so I took advantage of the opportunity to do something different. We had to fundraise from Christmas to about June and then we flew out. We went to see a school that the charity supported when we were out there. It was great seeing the charity logos everywhere and seeing the impact that the fundraising had for the pupils."
Henry, Economics and Finance
You can access professional and independent advice on academic and welfare issues via YUSU's Advice and Support Centre.
If you're joining us as a postgraduate student, you can also seek academic and welfare advice from the Graduate Students' Association.
YUSU runs five venues on campus, including bars, eateries and a campus shop. Their ethos 'Not for profit, just for students' means every pound spent in these venues goes straight back into improving services for all students.
This is only a snapshot of what YUSU offer. For full details visit the YUSU website.