Modern students’ unions are increasingly strategically placing themselves at the heart of their communities. Unions continue to work closely with their university or college and of course the student members, but are now becoming integrated in the working, social and citizen groups that surround them. These wider partnerships and relationships may be with local authorities, housing groups, police and licensing, neighbourhood groups, transport organisations, commercial service providers and the full spectrum of third sector.
As you will have read in the “What SUs do” page, unions connect to these organisations to help provide for and represent their members, but also provide opportunities. This may be in the form of volunteering in the community through to a presence on local boards and committees, representing students in discussions and decisions that will affect them.