The Union of UEA Students is an independent charity, whose primary goal is to represent the students at the University of East Anglia. Every student at UEA is a member of The Union and it is our purpose is to enrich the life of every UEA student.
The Union is run by Student Officers, who are democratically elected by a cross campus ballot of all UEA students each year.
Student Officers are guided by the policies that students make through referendums and through a representative body called Union Council.
The elected Student Officers determine the strategic direction of the Union and employ 100 permanent staff and about 300 students to look after the day to day operations. They act as advocates to the University, to the city of Norwich and nationally to the Government for the students at UEA. They represent students on a large and diverse set of issues, many of which change year on year. They lead campaigns to create positive change and allow students to shape their educational experience.
In addition to representation, The Union provides professional support and advice on academic, welfare and housing issues to individual students, as well as running our own housing bureau, Home Run.
The Union provides the majority of extracurricular activity on campus. We run and support over 60 Sports Clubs and 160 Student Societies. Our commercial services, which are aimed at students, but open to anyone, include retail shops, bars and 2 entertainment venues.
The Union and its services have a combined annual turnover of around £10 million.
Although much of our operations are seasonal, based around the 30 weeks a year of undergraduate teaching at the University, the Student Officers and permanent members of staff are employed all year round.