All GCU students are automatically members of the Students' Association and it's our mission to make sure they are properly represented.
Each year we elect four full time Student Officers, to represent the views of our students. The Student Officers form part of a larger group of students know as the Student Voice which meets several times throughout the year. Student Voice is responsible for deciding what issues the Students' Association should be campaigning on, what activities we run and what services we provide. Members of Student Voice are also elected.
The Students' Association also supports the Class Representatives elected by every level of every programme in the university by providing training and advice. Because not all issues raised can be resolved at a programme level, we also appoint nine School Officers to work with Class Representatives to raise issues at higher levels within the university. School Officers are paid a small amount of money to recognise the commitment required by their role.
For the really big issues we want to make sure that all students get to have a direct say. When we have an important question to ask we hold a referendum. Through online referenda we can make sure that the decision taken truly represents the view of all of our members. Because these decisions are so important they can only be overturned bu another referendum.
Representation doesn't stop at the edge of the campus, your Students' Association is a member of the National Union of Students (NUS).As part of NUS we work together with representatives from colleges and universities across Scotland and the UK. Collectively we work to make sure that the views of all of our students are represented at a national level whether we are discussing tuition fees, student visas, HMO licenses or anything else decided by the government.
Your Students' Association is here to stand up for you.