Who are we?
Loughborough Students' Union is the students' union serving members from Loughborough University, Loughborough College and the RNIB College Loughborough.
The Union is unique amongst British universities, in that its premises are owned by the students themselves. The union building sits in the North-Eastern corner of the campus, and consists of two floors. The Union is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Executive, with scrutiny from Union Council.
Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) is an organisation that is run to ensure that students have the best experience possible whilst studying as a Loughborough University student. We put our students at the heart of everything we do, whether it’s giving you the time of your life, helping you to be more than your course, or being always on your side, we want to help you make the most out of your time as a Loughborough student.
Check out our Annual Report 2016
Always on your side
We provide practical support and representation for individuals, groups and Loughborough students as a whole, as well as giving them the advice they need to cope well with student life. Through this, LSU seeks to help the University to improve the academic and general student experience so it really is the best.
More than your course
We provide outstanding opportunities beyond students' core academic experience, so they can develop as people and have that vital edge in their future careers. Make "getting involved" in the union more rewarding and challenging so students develop personally and boost their careers. Students can get involved with the various sections of the students' union, including community projects, fundraising, campaigns and more. LSU works to ensure that all students have the best student experience as possible during their time here, whilst also becoming a part of the Loughborough or Loughborough in London community. You can find out more about getting involved with LSU student activities and more in our 'Get Involved' section.
Time of your life
We help students create new experiences, find friends for life, have unforgettable nights out and we build a campus community that is a great place to live, work and study. the aim is to always be building Loughborough's reputation as the definitive student experience.
The LSU Executive are the leading representative body of the students' union. They are more frequently known as 'The Exec' and are composed of eleven sabbatical officers, which will increase to twelve officers in the year 2016-17. 'Exec Elections' occur each year in February and March, whereby a new executive is voted in by the students. Candidates release manifestos, compete in 'Bubble Debates' against each other and promote themselves across campus and on social media in hope of being elected.
The Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for governing the affairs of the Union, but has a duty to consult and take full account of matters referred from the Student Forum as a student representative body whenever appropriate. It makes key decisions on the Union’s financial strategy, assets and delegations, as well as many other important aspects which affect students. It also monitors and directs the objectives and performance of staff members and ensures legal and regulatory compliance within the Union.
The Union Affairs Committee works together as a regulating and procedural body for the union’s activities. They are responsible for ensuring that any activities such as elections or appeals are completed in accordance with the Constitution, whilst also keeping the Constitution under review to make sure that it is operating effectively.
There are also a wide range of student-run committees. Loughborough Students' Union has established these in all of Loughborough University's academic departments. The role of these committees is to aid academic-student liaison, enhance academic feedback, increase course involvement and to enhance the Loughborough experience within the departments.
Facilities and events
There are a range of retail outlets in and around the Student Union building. The first floor incorporates the Administrative parts of the Student's Union. The ground floor of the Union building consists of three bars.
At night, Loughborough Students' Union hosts various nights suitable for all students.
Happy Mondays incorporates arts and cultural events, often in conjunction with LU Arts.
Stupid Tuesdays is the union's 'silly' night, offering cheaper drink deals and cheesy music for a relaxed evening.
Hey Ewe, on a Wednesday evening, is traditionally the night to celebrate Loughborough's sporting successes from BUCS Wednesday. Three rooms of music are open all night with different events and performers frequently on offer throughout the night.
Fresh is LSU's youngest nighttime event, opening for the first time in February 2016. It focusses on fun activities in a none drink lead environment. Fresh offers games and other activities such as a roller disco for students who would prefer something new.
FND has, for over 20 years, been Loughborough's premier night out. Every Friday, the union opens its doors to thousands of students and frequent performers. FND is considered to be the biggest student club night in the UK.
Subversion is LSU's fortnightly alternative night. Every other Saturday, Rock, Emo, Punk, Metal music and everything in between are provided by LSU's Rock Society DJs.
International Party is a monthly event aimed at Postgraduate and International Students. Global music is played all night and there are games on offer.
Here are some of our recent notable awards- you can find more on our LSU Awards page.
Welfare and Diversity, Societies, Rag, Media, Action, Sport, Enterprise, Development Officer and Hall Awards recognise individuals and teams who make a considerable impact to their section throughout the year. You can view previous winners of internal awards here.
Loughborough Experience Awards recognise students and staff of Loughborough, all of whom have made an exceptional contribution to the Loughborough Experience. Each year, twelve individual LEAs are awarded, as well as a Staff, Warden, Team and Hall awards, with the evening culminating with the Sir David Wallace Trophy, awarded to one of the twelve individual student winners for their exceptional contribution to the Loughborough Experience.
Loughborough Academic Awards celebrate staff and student excellence in learning, teaching and academic representation across the campus. Over 200 people attend the yearly event at the Students' Union, including Deans, Heads of Department and other University staff, student volunteers, union executive members and union staff.
The union has somewhat unusual origins. Dr Hebert Schofield (q.v.), Principal of Loughborough College from 1915 to 1950, was closely associated with the Students’ Association, even serving as its President despite being the College Principal. He was far-seeing and accumulated land to the East of Loughborough for the College. However, when he could not persuade Leicestershire County Council to pay for the land, he used student monies. Thus, land became vested in the name of the Union of Loughborough Colleges. In the early 1970s, The Union of Loughborough Colleges was relatively asset rich, whereas it had low income. Conversely, Loughborough University of Technology Students’ Union had relatively high capitation fees and income, but few assets. Both unions wanted to develop student facilities on the campus, but there was a dispute as to how best to do this. A scheme was devised whereby the University bought most of the land from Union of Loughborough Colleges and agreed a land swap so the students would own an area of land adjacent to the Ashby Road on which a new student building was subsequently built. Both student groupings agreed to this and voted to adopt a new joint constitution. Elections were held in March and Loughborough Students’ Union was founded on 1 August 1975. Its founder President was David S Dixon, who held the position in 1975-76.
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