Starting at university is a daunting prospect for anyone - especially if you're thinking of joining after being at college for a year or two.
Check out this page with all you need to know about us and click on each link to find out more. Also check out our Have you joined us from college? leaflet - all designed to help you settle into GCU life.
To get a brief summary, here's a video that we created based on feedback from current GCU students who joined us from college.
How does GCU Students’ Association represent my views?
We ensure students are represented at every possible level at GCU so there are many ways you can get your voice heard and represented.
On course level you have Class Representatives. Anyone who volunteers to be a Class Rep is offered full training and support so you don’t need to have done it at college to put yourself forward. Class Reps are elected at the beginning of the academic year.
At department level we have School Officers. School Officers mainly speak to Class Reps but love to hear any feedback all students have.
At university level we have our four Full Time Officers who are elected to represent GCU students and enhance your experience.
I’d like to make new friends, what’s the best way to do that?
We have 60+ societies to get involved with that are course based, relate to faith and belief and hobbies.
If you’re sporty, there is 35+ sports clubs that you can join whether you’re experienced or a complete beginner!
We also have different Liberation and Representation groups so if you self define as belonging to one of these groups this is another route to make friends! There is also our Nightline and Wellbeing volunteer teams!
If you fancy your hand and writing an article or being a DJ or producer, The EDIT and Radio Caley have you covered - they provide support and training for newbies so no need to fret if you’ve never done it before.
I’d like to improve my CV and get more skills, what can I do in the Students’ Association to do that?
As well as the skills you’d learn by getting involved in our societies, sports clubs, media groups, liberation and representation groups we also have our Student Leaders Programme -
designed to help you identify the skills, knowledge and behaviours you need and to reflect on what you should do to be a more effective leader.
Any student who volunteers in GCU, the Students’ Association or local community can sign up.
How does the Students’ Association help my studies?
If you ever face any difficulties when studying, personally or academically, then we have the Advice Centre which provides a free, non-judgemental and confidential service to all GCU students.
The Advice Centre exists to help students get all the information they need on the services and rights they are entitled to as well as providing support, mediation, advocacy and representation if needed. You can also call Nightline, an confidential advice line run by students if you need someone to talk to outside of university hours.
If you’re looking for a place to study we have a 24 hour computer lab and group study rooms students can use.