As the students’ association for over 32,000 students at the University of Edinburgh and an independent registered charity, EUSA’s mission is to ensure a world class student experience. We work directly with students to achieve this. EUSA’s range of student services and activities are diverse. Our primary aim is to provide advice and opportunities for training and volunteering to enhance our students’ experience and skill set. We also support Student Societies, are home to an award-winning events team, bringing the best artists and club nights to our venues and run a range of catering outlets and retail, entertainment and bars, from informal spaces to relax with a coffee to fine dining for conferences and one stop retail units.
Our work is expansive but is generally represented by these following areas:
The Advice Place – The Advice Place is home to EUSA’s trained team offering students free, impartial and confidential information on anything from housing to health and wellbeing, and academic issues to finances.
Representation – Working with students to act as their voice to the University and beyond, provide opportunities and develop skills through the many clubs and societies (around 280). See more about the range of societies and the support we offer. Recognition of the role and work of our societies takes place at the “Societies Oscars”, see the video of Edinburgh University Ballroom Dancing Society and short films we have made.
Get involved – Developing students’ skill sets and networks and influencing the community through hundreds of volunteering opportunities coordinated by EUSA. Also gain a great feel for Freshers’ Week at EUSA in the is video.
Commercial Services and Venues – EUSA offers a range of bars, cafes, venues, entertainment and retail outlets across 4 venues in the city. We also have a catering business called Honours. We provide many employment opportunities for our students in our venues. The union buildings include Teviot Row House, Potterrow, Kings Buildings House, the Pleasance, and shops, cafés and refectories across the various campuses. Our four main Union buildings range from Teviot Row House a ‘gothic’ style castle built in 1889 and is the oldest purpose built student union building in the world, to Potterrow a huge “glass” dome, which we refurbished last year. As well as our fantastic bars, cafés and shops we have a 300 capacity theatre, a 1200 capacity nightclub and a huge range of other venues and meeting rooms.
EUSA generates a total annual income of over £9 million, approximately £7.5 million (forecast 2012/13) of this being generated by commercial activity (from its bars, venue and retail) and £2.3 million (2012/13) from its block grant from the University. EUSA employs approximately 500 people including 130 permanent staff, but this rises during peak times especially when the festival takes place in August. EUSA’s three Directors report to the Chief Executive. Our management structure outlines EUSA’s staff structure.
Elections are key to continuing the strategic leadership of EUSA and ensuring that what EUSA does is relevent to its membership. Democratically elected officers who are in touch with students’ views and needs.
To find out more about some of the sabbatical officers’ manifestos election campaigns view the following web pages and videos:
Hugh Murdoch for President.
Kirsty Haigh, Alex Munyard and Nadia Medhi for the Vice President roles.