Information about Membership

Not sure what we’re about? To put it simply, we exist to help you have the best experience while studying at University for the Creative Arts. We’re independent from the University and led by Sabbatical Officers, a permanent staff team and volunteers.

 


You’re probably already a member


At the point you enrol at University for the Creative Arts, you automatically become a member of the Students' Union. All students at UCA are members of UCA Students' Union by default.


This means you have access to purchase event tickets, student group memberships, vote in the Union Elections, and more. You'll also receive emails from us filled with all the latest news, events and campaigns. You don’t have to be a member if you don’t want to be, and we make it easy to opt-out

 


We’re directed by students


We have different ways for students to direct our work. Whether it's the annually-elected sabbatical officers working on their manifestos and deciding on political matters, the Union Council deciding on our policies, or Course Reps helping improve things at a course level. Students feed their opinions and views to us, ensuring the Union is truly student-led. Our permanent staff team work to deliver the Union’s strategic plan and provide consistent delivery of services.

 


We’re a not-for-profit charity


We are funded in many different ways. Alongside receiving a grant from the University, we also generate income through trading services, memberships, and media sales. As a not-for-profit organisation, this is all reinvested in services for students. Although we are an independent organisation separate from the University, we do work very closely with them.

 


What different types of membership are there?


There are three types of membership within the Students’ Union, however most of you will fall under the category of ‘ordinary members’. We've explained them below.

 

Membership Who is this? What can they do? What can't they to?
Ordinary All the current registered students at University for the Creative Arts, provided they haven't opted-out of membership. Access to all the Students' Union services such as sports clubs, societies, volunteering and ability to stand and vote during student elections. N/A
Associate Members These are non-student members of the UCA community that pay a subscription which allows them to access things in the Students' Union Access to all the Students' Union services, except the advice service. Stand and vote in any student election or referendum.
Honorary members A person who is given an honorary membership due to their service towards the Students' Union. A majority vote at Union Council is needed before the membership is granted. Access to all the Students' Union services, except the advice service. Stand and vote in any student election or referendum.
UCA students who have opted out of membership. Currently-enrolled students at UCA who have opted-out of students' union membership. Access to all the Students' Union services, except the advice service. Stand and vote in any student election or referendum.


 

Opting-out

Please email us to opt-out of membership of the Students' Union