We continued to support our 250 clubs, societies and media both financially and through leader conferences
We've hosted gigs by Jungle, Foxes and Vance Joy at the Anson Rooms in the last year to name just a few
Hello! UBU is here for everyone at the University of Bristol, whether you’re an undergrad, postgrad, UK-based or international.
We offer everything from representation, social opportunities, sports, volunteering, advice, societies and more.
We wanted to tell you about all the exciting things we’ve been up to so far in 2014/15, so we’ve created this page to share our successes so far.
This has been a big year for UBU: while the Richmond Building is officially re-opening in March, we’ve recently unveiled three floors of study space and brand new activity rooms.
We’ve also done a huge survey and spoken to approximately 1500 students to ensure we continue to take the Students’ Union in a direction that you want.
If you have any feedback on how we’re doing or have ideas of things we could start doing, let us know!
We have been recording the successes of your course reps, who ensure you get the very best from your schools and faculties. Since October there have been over 60 #Repsuccesses.
It is now easier than ever for you to make a change or secure funding for your ideas: change/funding is now just a short, clearly signposted, internet form away.
We've also put together a guide to running an effective campaign to make it as easy as possible to make a difference during your time at Bristol.
UBU is all about improving and enhancing your experience as a student in Bristol, so we’re working with the University on all kinds of things.
First up, we worked to ensure January exam timetables came out earlier this year than in previous years, helping you prepare for your exams.
We’re also a key partner in developing Beacon House as a hub for students (while fighting to keep Jason Donervan where it is!)
And we’ve also been pressing the University to reduce the costs of sport for students – they’ve now committed to a pricing review.
We’re really excited about everything that’s coming up in the future. The union is now fully open with a brand new café/bar and shop, as well as all the shiny new activity spaces for students to use.
We're throwing a free launch party to celebrate the re-opening of the building, featuring the multitalented Invisible Circus.
Plus we’ll be unveiling a new brand for the union that really shows what we’re about – students in Bristol!
We really value our relationships with the diverse range of sports clubs, volunteering projects and societies across the student community. Through making the links and promoting best practice we can make sure that everyone benefits from activities that are fun, ground-breaking and inexpensive.
However, it's really important to us that we build links not just within the student community but also with the University and Bristol as a whole. Through initiatives like UBU Active (in partnership with the University)and the Bristol Big Give (with a number of partners including the University of West of England) we can have more impact than if we work on our own. Through supporting city wide initiatives like the Bristol Festival of Ideas we can ensure the student voice is heard.
We want your University years to be as much fun as they can possibly be. We provide a really diverse range of events and activities to ensure that you have a great time while you are at Bristol. We have put on 14 gigs at the Anson Rooms this year from artists as varied as London Grammar and Scroobius Pip. We provide free comedy every fortnight for those who want a laugh and a range of special events from varsity fight night to our union awards night.
We also have over 260 different sports clubs, societies and activities from ballroom dancing to kung fu to ensure that whatever your interest we can help you enjoy it. We ran a Showcase month in term two to ensure that those who missed out in Welcome Week had a second chance to get involved and even try out some of the activities. We have also had a good year in BUCS with over 700 matches played against other universities in 2013-14.
Whatever your interest, there's something for you. Keep checking our website to find out what is going on.
A key role of any Students' Union is to speak up for its members. Each year thousands of students vote for the officers they want to represent them. This year our officer team have delivered a wide range of activities including; securing more bursaries for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, improving communications from the university, holding a showcase month so that people could try out sports clubs and societies and increasing awareness of mental health and sexual harassment issues.
In addition to our full time officer team we have a team of part time officers, many of whom represent marginalised groups and a course rep structure so that we can ensure the student’s voice is heard in every department of the university. This year we improved the structure of the course rep model to make it more responsive to students' needs.
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We're nearly at the end of the year so it feels like a good time to reflect on how UBU has achieved our vision in 2013-14.
There have been some real achievements this year. More students have voted online or attended meetings than ever before, we've set the standard for Bristol's private rented sector through UBU Lettings and this year over half of all students have become members of UBU sports clubs and societies. Our commitment to sustainability won us some big accolades nationally and our campaigning around mental health has shown what collective student action can achieve when we all pull together on a particular issue.
Undoubtedly there have been some difficult times too. We misjudged the officer role review first time around, which gave us a lot to work on until we achieved a version everyone was happy with. And, of course, the lack of enthusiasm for the planned summer ball was a real disappointment for all involved.
There is much still to do and opportunities to be seized. The university needs to take real steps to improve communication with students, the relationship between student representatives and the university tends to fluctuate, and we still do that archaic Annual Members' Meeting every year. That scale of democracy should be done online, everyday.
It's important to remember that UBU doesn't provide for students, it is its students and all of us have a role to play in making it be what we want it to be. Whether your interest is UKIP-bashing, pool-splashing, charity-cashing or just responsible-on the lashing (whilst putting some money back into our ability to campaign for students); we urge you to find a part of UBU which suits you.
Next year we hope you'll join in and help to build a stronger union, for all of us
The Elected Officer Team