The Students' Union is an organisation that is independent from the university but works in partnership with it to ensure students have a say in the running and decision-making process. The union’s president sits on the university’s Board of Governors and represents the student voice on important issues at the highest level.
The union team is also made up of Student Representatives from each year group and course, who are democratically elected each year. These representatives work closely with course leaders and tutors, providing a link between them and the student community as a whole. They provide feedback, voice concerns, suggest course improvements, and work with course leaders to enact changes students want to see. Every student is eligible to become a Student Representative and doing so can gain valuable experience and skills for their CV.
In addition to being the voice of students, the Students’ Union team also work hard to ensure students’ time at NUA is the best it can be. They manage all of the university’s clubs and societies and offer free, confidential, and unbiased advice and support on a range of academic and welfare issues. They also publish the university’s official magazine, Storehouse, which showcases students’ work.
NUA’s Students’ Union is there to help make students’ experience the best it can be. To this end, they support and manage over 20 clubs and societies, ranging from sports activities to cultural-related groups. Sports clubs include Basketball, Football, Netball, and Rugby. Societies include BAME Society, Comic Society, Donor Society, Harry Potter Society, Vegan Society, and Womanist Society.
All societies are full inclusive - anyone can join, regardless of skill and they can be joined at any time of the academic year. Most are free to join too (though some sports clubs require a membership fee to cover the cost of hiring sports facilities). If students can’t find a club or society that interests them, they can begin their own – and apply to the NUA Students’ Union for help and support.
There are also opportunities to get involved with initiatives such as the university magazine, Storehouse, which is created solely by students, allowing them to showcase their talents to other students and also future employers.
Norwich has been voted as one of the best small cities in the world, and it’s also one of the greenest, safest, and most affordable cities in the UK. The city offers plenty to occupy students in their downtime from studying, from independent art galleries and museums to one of Europe’s largest open-air markets – all within walking distance of the campus. The city also plays host to numerous festivals, including the famous Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
In the evening, students can enjoy soaking up the atmosphere in the city and finding out one of the reasons it is so popular, with everything from bars and pubs to restaurants and live music venues on offer.
Norwich itself isn’t too far away from two areas of outstanding natural beauty - the beautiful Broads and the idyllic North Norfolk coast, with its miles and miles of beautiful beaches. While London is under two hours on the train – making for a perfect day trip during the weekends.
Norwich is more than just a great place to live; it’s also a great place to start a career. The city is home to a multitude of creative and digital businesses, including design studios and production companies – perfect for students looking to enter these industries.
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