The main goal of the Students’ Union is to represent the students of Staffordshire University. It’s therefore run by students, for the students. Providing a vital link between students and the University, the Students’ Union isn’t just a place to socialise, – it allows students to get involved in causes close to them by, for example by becoming a Student Academic Representative.
Along with representing students, the Students’ Union is also a great place to find hundreds of different clubs and activities to take part in and socialise, with new friends. Students can also find volunteering opportunities, or even work for the Union to earn a bit of extra cash.
The Union prides itself on being the biggest student employer in the area, with more than 200 students working there in a variety of roles, including the four students who are elected (and paid) to lead the organisation.
If students want somewhere to eat or drink, as well as let their hair down, then the variety of bars, clubs and restaurants in the Union building are is the obvious place to head. The Union operates a number of on-campus venues and recently came second in the country in the 'Best Bar None' scheme. These venues are:
By day, Verve provides a place to relax and enjoy freshly cooked food in front of HDTV screens. By night, it becomes a slightly more relaxed venue away from LRV. With an American diner feel, it's also a great spot for chilling out between lectures with milkshakes and freshly ground coffee.
Located right next to Verve, LRV is the University’s main nightclub, running two major club nights a week. With professional and student DJs in charge of the music, expect to see up to 1,200 students here on a big night. LRV has even played host to the likes of Zane Lowe, Example and Huw Stephens.
Specialising in fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Ember Lounge is the primary food and drink venue. With a 50ft projection screen, it’s the perfect place to enjoy any big event, with everything from pizzas cooked in a traditional pizza oven to brilliant barista-style coffee.
Perfect for keeping students going at any time of the day, Squeeze Box is a lifesaver for students, thanks to its fresh-fruit smoothies, juices and range of teas and coffees. Serving freshly prepared hot and cold food, from breakfast to lunch to early teatime, it’s a vibrant spot that’s packed full of great flavours and great deals.
There are around 100 clubs and societies which students can access via the Students’ Union. Whether students have an interest in the academic side of things, a hobby, or want to get fit and active, there's always something to do.
There’s also support and help given so students can set up their own club or society. Each club has three elected roles each year - which not only gives students the chance to get deeply involved, it’s also another plus for their CV.
Staffordshire University’s city campus is just a 15-minute walk to Stoke-on-Trent’s city centre; Hanley. Stoke-on-Trent is home to six towns, Stoke, Fenton, Longton, Tunstall, Burslem and Hanley.
Stoke on Trent is a great place to live and study. There’s lots of things to do in the city itself, with facilities for shopping, restaurants and bars and entertainment.
If students fancy going a little bit further afield, Stoke is extremely well connected to other areas in the Midlands, as well as locations such as London, which is just a couple of hours away by train.
Students are also surrounded by beautiful Staffordshire countryside, giving them plenty of scope for long walks and outdoor sports.