The Guild of Students is managed by a team of four elected officers, who work hard to ensure all students are represented and have the best time while studying at the university. As soon as students enrol on their course, they automatically become a member of the guild, which is based at the Moss House campus.
The Guild of Students represents students at university board meetings, making sure that students’ views are heard at the highest level and the changes students want to see are implemented. They also employ a number of course reps who work directly with lecturers and other faculty staff to ensure students’ education remains the very best.
In addition, the Guild of Students also runs regular campaigns on important topics such as mental health, harassment and sexual violence, and the black and Asian award gap to ensure students are fully informed about subjects that really matter to them.
They also provide plenty of free, impartial, and helpful advice and guidance to all students on all aspects of university life, whether it’s accommodation, finance, health and wellbeing or careers. Students can book an appointment with an advisor or access useful guidance on the Guild of Students’ website.
The Guild of Students also manages the university’s many clubs and societies and can help students in setting new groups up. They also run a variety of fun social activities and events throughout the year which all students are welcome to participate in.
The Guild of Students manages a range of clubs and societies which are run by University College Birmingham students, helping individuals connect with others, grow their community, and have lots of fun. Each society organises regular meetups and special events for its members.
Sports clubs offer students a range of sport and fitness activities such as cheerleading, football, netball, Jiu-Jitsu, pole fitness, rugby, and Zumba. These clubs are available to students of all abilities, whether they want to play competitively, improve their skills, or simply have fun with their new friends.
Societies cover academic, faith, culture, general interest, and political/campaigning themes. Examples include disabled students’ network, creative arts, first love, Malaysian, online gaming and anime, open mic and sustainability.
The Guild of Students is working hard to extend the range of clubs and societies available to students and offer lots of support to students who would like to set up their own new society.
Studying at University College Birmingham puts students right at the heart of one of the most dynamic cities in the country – a city that has been voted one of the top 10 places to study in the UK (QS Best Student Cities 2021). Home to five universities and approximately 65,000 students, the city has the youngest population of any major city in Europe with nearly 40% under the age of 25.
The city is also very affordable and is often quoted as being over 50% cheaper than London for essentials such as rent and transport. All that extra money saved can be spent enjoying all that the UK’s second city has to offer.
The city centre is a thriving shopping hub, from the big brands in several spectacular shopping centres to hundreds of independent boutiques. There is also no shortage of nightlife with thousands of restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs and live entertainment venues located across the city.
For students who prefer the quiet life, there is the opportunity to escape into Birmingham’s 8,000 acres of parks and open spaces or explore over 100 miles of canals around the city – reputedly even more than Venice.
Birmingham is undergoing an ambitious 20-year Big City transformation which will create new business hubs, leisure facilities, and public spaces, create enhanced walking and cycling routes and improve vital infrastructures – all to create 50,000 new jobs. Less than an hour-and-a-half from London with outstanding links to the rest of the UK, Birmingham is a rapidly growing business centre and cultural and social hub, offering many opportunities for employment after graduation.
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