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Welcome - We are your Students' Union (UCSU)

Congratulations on starting at UoC - we are very excited to have you as part of the team.

On this page you will find your one stop shop for everything you will need on your first few weeks at university. If you have any questions that aren’t answered there, please email us at and we will be able to point you in the right direction.

Student Groups

Groups are the classic university experience. From sports teams and societies, to fundraising with RAG (Raising and Giving) society, there’s plenty of opportunity to try new things and discover what you love. UCSU can support you to set up your own group or to get involved with an existing group! Check out current groups at

Join a group

Student Academic Reps

Around 500 student academic reps work with UCSU and the university every year. Reps care about your course, your studies and the views of students in your group. They feedback these views to tutors and work with them to improve your course. Find out more at


Meet new people, develop skills, make an impact and have fun! From one-day projects to volunteering more regularly with local charitable partner organisations, there’s something for everyone. Registering as a volunteer on our website opens up a whole host of opportunities to get involved in. Find out more at

Become a volunteer

The panel, your ideas and elections

The Students' Union Panel is made up of 27 elected student representatives who each stand for different groups of students. One of the panel positions is a dedicated postgraduate representative; however, you can stand for any of the positions. The panel discuss the issues that matter to you. You can submit ideas to the panel at to help improve your university experience.

You can also stand for election to lead UCSU as a full-time paid officer or volunteer trustee – opportunities which are open to all students. For more information visit

Student Support

Sometimes things don’t always go to plan. UCSU offers a free, one-to-one, impartial and confidential service and is here for you during your time as a student at the University of Cumbria. Whatever your academic, welfare or student life issue is, the support team will listen.

NUS EXTRA - Student Discounts

NUS Extra is the #1 student discount card, bringing you over 200 UK student discounts. Buy your card online and start saving straight away! Visit

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