This is an exciting time to join us at UCASU. The university is into the 3rd year of a strategy that is leading them to build upon their fantastic history and reputation to become internationally recognized as a leading creative arts university. It has undergone fantastic progress and has recently risen to 52nd in the Complete University Guide and entered the Guardian League Tables at 39th for the first time, representing the significant progress and improvements throughout all academic provision

UCASU has embarked on its own journey in order to become the best small and specialist students’ union in the country. In the past 12 months, UCASU has become registered as a charity, created and formed its first trustee board, designed and developed a long term strategic plan for the organization and completely redesigned our democratic structures and governance. We have significantly improved our provision within academic representation, clubs and societies and have significantly improved the ways in which we engaged with our students. We have laid the foundations for a strong and successful students’ union and this is a very exciting time to become part of a team that will enable us to support and shape the lives of our students.


Strong, creative and inspired – we are UCA Students’ Union.


We will enable our students to be fulfilled, innovative leaders who make valuable contribution to our community and the world beyond.


Together we will create a strong union that is recognised as being relevant and influential throughout our university community.



  • Delivering an Inspiring Student Voice – We will develop a partnership with the university which enables students to collectively influence and co-create their university academic experience.
  • Supporting Creative Student Opportunities – We will help grow student ideas into exciting and innovative enterprises for the benefit of our community.
  • Developing Strong Student Communities – We will create an exciting student led social and extra-circular community so that students are fulfilled and enjoy their time at UCA.
  • Building a Strong and Active Students’ Union – We will lay the foundations for a strong, sustainable and creative students’ unions which is recognised as making a contribution to its members and the student movement.


The following behaviours are vital to the success of UCASU. We believe that people at all levels of our organisation need to display these to enable us to make student life better.

·       Accountable

Our people take personal responsibility for the part they play in our students’ union, its mission and values, the student body and wider society.

·       Student Focussed

Our people keep the needs of students at the heart of our activities.

·       Effective

Our people consistently role model high standards and good practice.

·       Inclusive

Our people apply an understanding of equality and diversity to strengthen positive engagement in all our students’ unions activities and services.

·       Achieving Impact

Our people maintain commitment to qualitative and quantitative impacts for our members and our work.

·       Communicating Clearly

Our people help to provide clear, consistent and appropriate messages at all levels of our students’ union and beyond.

·       Politically Aware

Our people apply an appreciation of the political environment in which our students’ union operates.

·       Active Leadership

Our leaders actively lead. They establish expectations, accountabilities, purpose and vision, creating an environment where others can achieve optimal performance.