All students at Kingston University are automatically members of the Union of Kingston Students. Representing you throughout your time at Kingston, the Union aims to provide you with the opportunities and support you need to have the best possible time at university.
It's run by students, for students, and as such it offers you plenty of opportunities to get involved. It's a democratic organisation and is there to represent your voice – whether that is through the course rep system, supporting you on campaigns or simply listening to you throughout the year.
The Union of Kingston Students offers independent advice and support during your time at university. It can also help you to run your own sports clubs and societies. There are dedicated volunteering co-ordinators to help you discover lots of wonderful volunteering opportunities.
Here's a rundown of everything the Union of Kingston Students does.
Union of Kingston Students is an independent organisation, which is part-funded by the University. It's the students (you!) who decide on the Union's direction through its election process. You can even help run the Union yourself by standing as a student officer or trustee. You'll get to meet this year's new 2016/17 student officers at the Freshers' Fayre in September; in the meantime you can read their manifestos on the Union's website.
Your course will also be electing course representatives during the first few weeks of term. Whether you're elected or not, it's still easy to be involved in the democratic side of the Union by attending the Big Union Meeting, which is open to all students.
Along with the University's student support services, Union of Kingston Students run a number of events during Welcome Week – an orientation programme that takes place each September to help you settle in and get to know each other.
Last year this included the Union's legendary Fresher's Fayre which runs over two days and includes hundreds of stalls giving out freebies as well as a chance to meet loads of sports, societies and student services. The Union will also be hosting the Freshers' Ball, the biggest student party of the year. Details and prices will be announced nearer the time but to make sure you don't miss out follow the Union on Twitter or like them on Facebook.
Remember: you'll also need to enrol during this week and attend your course inductions, so please try to plan your time wisely, as it will be a busy week!
Throughout your time at University, some of your greatest experiences can come from your involvement with societies. Here at Kingston we're proud to offer more than 90 active societies. From anime to cake making, entrepreneurship to pharmacy, and street theatre to wine, there's bound to be something that you'll want to get involved with!
But if you do feel like something's missing, how about starting up your own society? All you need is the support of 10 other students, and we can help you get the ball rolling with facilities and funding. Find out more on the Union of Kingston Students website.
The Union currently supports, develops and administers some 35 competitive and non-competitive sports clubs with a membership of around 1,600 students.
Joining a sports club is a great way to meet new people, as well as being part of something you feel passionate about. If you want to try something exciting and new, the Union of Kingston Students supports a range of non-competitive clubs, from the depths of sub-aqua to the heights of snowboarding.
The Union of Kingston Students also runs the University's volunteering scheme. You can choose to help out on a regular basis in schools, charities and community groups, or take part on the odd occasion in one-off projects. You can even run your own volunteering project with funding and support provided by the Union. Whether you've got bags of time to give or a couple of hours now and then, the Union can help find the right volunteering option for you. Find out more.
If you're thinking about working part time during your studies, view the Union's current vacancies.
The Union offers independent advice and support to Kingston University students through its team of professional advisers in the following areas:
Find out more from the the Union of Kingston Students website or visit the Freshers' Fayre in September.
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Buying a card
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