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Oxford University Student Union


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Students at Oxford are automatically members of the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU). OUSU exists to defend and improve the experience of every stu- dent in Oxford. By working directly with students and their elected representa- tives, OUSU is better able to act on com- mon concerns and win on the issues that matter. Here’s a quick summary of just some of the things that OUSU does:


Representation and Campaigning


OUSU represents Oxford students to the University, local and national Government, and the wider world. It is through OUSU that students influence the direction and operations of the University and have their say in the big debates. Last year, for example, OUSU pushed the University to create the most generous financial aid package in the country and helped Oxford become the first ever English University in his- tory to pass a motion of No Confidence in the Minister for Higher Education. This year OUSU is working with the University on student employability, with the local Council on student housing in Oxford, and with the Government on making sure access to University is fair for all.


There are a range of Student Union campaigns you can get involved in if you


www.ousu.org 01865 288 452


are passionate about making change in the University or the student community. Some of the most successful campaigns include the International Students’ Cam- paign, who run a huge International Fair every year, and Target Schools, who have created a database of over 600 current Oxford students willing to help go out to schools and break the myths which stop talented school leavers from apply- ing here. Other campaigns include the Women’s Campaign, The Mature Students Campaign, The Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality, The Living Wage Campaign and the Environment and Eth- ics Campaign.


Support and Welfare


OUSU’s Student Advice Service offers free, confidential advice to any student at the University and last year it helped over 400 students. The Service is there to help with everything from information requests, problems with academic disci- pline or complaints procedures.


OUSU also supports College student representatives in their work by provid- ing training, advice and support to help students get lower rent, better food and higher-quality services. OUSU is also very active in supporting Clubs and Societies to do the best they can for their members.


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