Awards & Accreditations

Reading University Students' Union is committed to providing the best services and facilities for its members. The following awards and accreditations are a testament to RUSU's efforts to continually assess and improve its effectiveness for its membership.

Students' Union Evaluation Initiative Silver Award 2010

The Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI) is a national assessment model that assists in improving the services and activities delivered to members of Students' Unions by indicating areas for continuous improvement.

Having worked hard over three years to achieve this accreditation, RUSU Student Officers and staff were presented with a Silver SUEI award by David Willets MP (Minister for Universities) at the Houses of Parliament in October 2010.

This method of assessment involves almost eighty Students' Unions across the UK, who are externally assessed by SUEI on criteria such as student participation, representation, vision, management, reputation and communication. The Union's current position is determined, and then it is decided how the Union would like to move against the key lines of enquiry in order to make continuous improvement. SUEI aims to make a positive difference to the lives of students by improving the outcomes of the work of their Students' Unions, and is considered to be the mark of a good Students' Union.

NUS Green Impact Gold Award

Green Impact Students' Unions is a programme that accredits and showcases environmental good-practice across UK Students' Unions.

This reflects dedication to positive environmental action over the last year, turning their union into a hub of sustainability at the heart of our wider community.

It seeks to encourage, nurture, reward and celebrate good environmental practice and aims to reduce the impact of Students' Unions on the environment by introducing an independent benchmarking on environmental performance.

The union is given a final score against which we can set our environmental targets for the next year, to continually improve our environmental performance annually.

Reading University Students' Union is proud to announce that it has yet again been awarded Gold standard for this year (April 2013/2014).

Best Bar None Gold Standard

Students’ Unions have always considered the welfare of their students and the Best Bar None Award aims to reward, promote and recognise the efforts that students’ unions place on Corporate Social Responsibility.

RUSU is Best Bar None accredited (gold standard) for its 3sixty nightclub. 3sixty is proud to have been first awarded Best Bar None accreditation in 2005.

NUS Green Impact Gold Award

The AQS is awarded to organisations that give advice to members of the public on legal issues.

Our Advice has been awarded this Advice Quality Standard, which provides students with assurance that they have met certain criteria that demonstrates a commitment to quality.

Organisations are audited every two years and have to demonstrate that they are accessible, effectively managed, and employ staff with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of their clients.

Further information can be found at the Advice Quality Standard website.

Fairtrade status