As a student at Essex you’re automatically a member of the Students’ Union. Welcome!
The Students' Union is a bit like a workers' union, except it's for students. It's led by Sabbatical Officers (students) who are elected every February. The Students' Union as an organisation works to take care of students and their needs, this means that your voice is crucial, so find out how to participate or if you have any suggestions get in touch!
On the Colchester campus there are 5 full-time, paid, sabbatical officers, elected each year by the students. The word "sabbatical" implies that they've taken a year off from their studies, or from their regular activity in order to dedicate their time to the Union and to you. They're usually refered to as "the Sabbs", and they work with the "non-Sabbs" as the Union's Executive Committee. To know their names, their roles, and how to contact them, click here. (If you're on the Southend campus, or at Loughton/East-15, click on the links to meet your officers).
They all have office hours and an office in the SU corridor (where is the SU corridor?), and they welcome you to drop by any time, or drop them an e-mail.
The 5 officer titles:
Vice President (VP) Welfare and Community
VP Sports & Societies
VP Communications & Services
The non-Sabbatical officers are part-time volunteer officers. These 7 students are elected in the second term, after the Sabbs are elected (what are Sabbs?). To find out more about each officer and how to contact them and get involved, just click here.
The 7 officer titles:
Participation & Involvement Officer
International Students Officer
Equality & Diversity Officer
Ethics and Environment Officer
Charity & Fundraising Officer
Postgraduate Students' Officer
Sabbs and Non-Sabbs have office hours and they can be found in the SU Corridor. If you don't want to go to their offices, or if you'd rather e-mail them, you can find their contacts here:
"Executive Committee" is a fancy name for the Sabbs and Non-Sabbs! But remember, they don't make decisions all by themselves, they need you to participate in General Meetings, Union Council, or maybe run for one of the many positions available. You can make a difference and gain valuable experience (which looks great on your CV too).
The officers are selected by cross-campus ballot, meaning that during the election season, anyone can log onto a computer and vote for their candidates.
If you don't like the candidates, maybe consider running for a position? Tell me more!
One of the many ways in which you can participate within your SU is by voting in the elections.
Elections are held 3 times a year.
• 6 First Year Reps, 5 National Conference delegates, Post Grad Officer
• 5 Sabbs, 4 Trustees General Election
• 6 Non-Sabbs, 10 General Reps, 4 Faculty Convenors, Liberation officers (Women's, BME, LGBT; SWD, Mature), Southend & Loughton Trustee, 5 Committee Members (for the following committees: BME, Mature, Women's, LGBT, SWD, Entertainments, Services, Welfare, Ethics & Environment, Campaigns), 2 Committee Members (for the Equal Opportunities & Education committees).
All the information about the latest elections will be posted here
, or can be seen on the boards of the SU corridor.
Any current University of Essex student can run for election. To run for election you need to complete the following steps:
Download the candidate pack and nomination form and read the information carefully.
Complete the nomination form and return it to the SU reception by the set date. Further information and advice on completing the nomination form is available further down this page.
Attend the candidates briefing.
If you are studying at Essex you will need your PRID number to sign up. Your PRID is a 5 letter 5 digit personalised identification.
If you are a new student you will find your PRID on your personal details form and photograph form sent to you by the University.If you are a current student your PRID can be found on your registration card.
You can find a full guide to registration right here!
Please go to: http://www.essexstudent.com/account/resetpassword/
Have you tried the search
How about the site map
Just go to http://www.essexstudent.com/contact/
Having problems? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Pick the club
that you'd like to join. You can join online by clicking "add to basket" and paying online by card, or you can go to the SU reception with your registration card. Don't forget that to join any club or any society, you'll have to make a one off payment to the Sports Federation or Societies Guild. This payment only has to be made once per academic year.
Tickets can be bought online
, at Reception in the SU Corridor, and tickets for selected events may be purchased in the SU shops.
Events specific to certain societies can only be bought from a society stall in Square 3.
If an event has not sold out, then tickets may be available at the door on the night.
Check out all our venues here
There's a campus shop
,an , a post office
shop, and a bakery
, all on campus!
Media What is the Student Media? What will Student Media do for me? How can I listen to RED Radio? Can I get a radio show? How can I watch SX:TV? Can I have a TV show? Where can I find the|Rabbit Newspaper? Can I write an article? Help & Advice - Advice Centre What is the Advice Centre? Where is the Advice Centre? How do I contact the Advice Centre? Is it confidential? Who runs the Advice Centre? What can the Advice Centre help me with? Will the Advice centre help me with my academic work? What is the Law Clinic? Can I get help with my visa? How do I obtain a Shengen Visa? Can I get help with housing? What can I do if I'm being harassed? Where can I go if I'm having academic trouble? Can the SU help if I have money trouble? - Safety Bus What is the Safety Bus? Where can I find the Safety Bus? How much does the Safety Bus cost? - Accomodation Representatives What are accomodation reps? How can I contact my accomodation rep? How can I be an accomodation rep? - Non-SU Support: - Health Centre Does the SU run the Health Centre? Where can I find the Health Centre? - Student Support What is Student Support? Does the SU run the Student Support? Where can I find Student Support? - Careers Centre What is the Careers Centre? Does the SU run the Careers Centre? Where can I find the Careers Centre? - Nightline What is Nightline? Does the SU run Nightline? Where can I find Nightline?