About RUSU

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Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) is more than just a night out. We are your home away from home.

RUSU is a democratic and student-led organisation guiding University of Reading students to make the most out of their experiences at university. We are a separate organisation to the University, which means we are unbiased and can speak to the University independently about issues that are affecting students. Our vision and mission is to deliver what you the students want in an accountable, inclusive and dynamic way.

RUSU is located at the heart of Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading (look for the purple).

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Your membership

As a student at UoR you are automatically a member of RUSU, entitling you to have a say in directing the Students’ Union.

Change It! is RUSU's online platform for getting your voice heard. You can put forward ideas on what you would like RUSU to campaign on and policy motions that could shape how your union works for you.

Union leadership

Strategic leadership is provided by the Trustee Board. The Trustee Board consists of five full-time Student Officers, four Student Trustees and four External Trustees. Part-Time Officers are also there to be the voice of under-represented groups.

Your Student Officers

RUSU Student Officers for academic year 2018/19
Your RUSU Student Officers for 2018/19. From left to right; RUSU President Jason Dabydoyal, Education Officer Lillie-Mae Firmin, Activities Officer Ali Perry, Diversity Officer Nozomi Tolworthy 雷希望, and Welfare Officer Dan Bentley.

Your five elected Student Officers work full-time at the Union for a year and listen to students' needs. They make sure you are provided with quality representation, opportunities, personal development as well as great services and facilities.

The Student Officers are held to account by students at Student Voice each term. The Student Officers are questioned on their progress and give students the opportunity to express their views.

RUSU Student Officers for academic year 2018/19
Your RUSU Student Officers for 2018/19. From left to right; RUSU President Jason Dabydoyal, Education Officer Lillie-Mae Firmin, Activities Officer Ali Perry, Diversity Officer Nozomi Tolworthy 雷希望, and Welfare Officer Dan Bentley.

Your Part-time Officers

RUSU has ten Part-time Officers that represent different liberation and underrepresented student groups. These groups may face discrimination or have issues that have not been met. The Part-time Officers campaign to improve the student experience.

In the past year, our Part-time Officers have done many great things such as raising awareness of the issues BME people face within education and employment, have run a photo competition highlighting the natural beauty of UoR campus, campaigned to abolish plastic straws within the Union, and have run a consent tea party.

This year our Part-time Officers will campaign to improve the accessibility of buildings, campaign for a RUSU Trans Students’ Officer and reduce the use of single use plastics on campus – to name just a few of their ideas!

You can get in touch with your Part-time Officers at any time; to campaign alongside them or get involved in their projects, or to ask questions. Find out more about Part-Time Officers on the RUSU website.

Academic Representation

RUSU Course Reps promoting academic representation for students at Reading University Students' Union

Education is a lifelong process but it’s probably the main reason you came to University, so it’s important that it’s engaging and the best quality it can be during your time at Reading. Students want their curriculums to reflect diverse, inclusive, challenging and inspiring content so they can graduate with mastery in their discipline and career development opportunities. However, you may find an issue on your course such as a particular module or assessment isn’t up to standard.

That’s where Academic Representation comes in! RUSU are the leaders of Academic Representation at Reading University and we’re here to help. Not only do we have a dedicated staff team within the union on hand for all your queries but there is a network of over 400 like-minded Academic Course and School Reps who know first-hand the issues on your course.

RUSU Course Reps promoting academic representation for students at Reading University Students' Union

Academic Reps are elected students who represent you and your views on academic issues. Course and School Reps work alongside the RUSU Education Officer to ensure the student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every department.

Being a School Rep you’re a catalyst for positive change within your course and school but also it’s the social aspect I enjoy. Although we are really diverse disciplines - the sciences, the arts - the thing we have in common with all of our successes, is a sense of community and that things can be achieved together.

Ryan Morris, Postgraduate School Rep - Biological Sciences

Networks

New for 2018/19 – RUSU have created student-run, peer-support networks for you. This is your opportunity to meet other students from similar backgrounds, share common experiences and receive advice and support from each other. These networks are led by your Part-Time Officers and Diversity Officer Nozomi Tolworthy 雷希望, who will organise meet-ups, provide you with RUSU updates and even help with support and advice if you ever find yourself needing it.

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