The University of Buckingham's Students' Union (SU) is a democratic organisation, working entirely for the benefit of all of our students. The SU is here to support every one you studying at Buckingham and as a University of Buckingham student you are automatically a member of the Students' Union. The SU is run by a team of nine elected students who oversee the key areas of the Union, supported by a dedicated staff team. You must remember that student life is not just about studying; it's about making friends, gaining skills and experience, exploring a new town and getting the right support from the University. The SU is where you will find everything you need to complement your student life, through the various societies and sports clubs; enjoying our entertainments; going on our day trips or events; joining with like-minded students; exploring a diverse cultural hub; or getting academic, social or welfare advice and support.
Located on the Hunter Street Campus, in the lovely converted Old Tanlaw Mill, the SU is the main social and recreational centre of the University. Next to the refectory, you'll also find the bar, a hive of activity, day and evening, you'll come here to meet up with friends, make new ones, dance the night away, watch a Sky TV sporting fixture, or borrow cards, dominoes or even Scrabble from behind the bar! On the first floor we have a dance studio, the SU Executives and the SU Office staff offices, accompanied by a common room with pool and air hockey tables and a quiet room where you can relax. On the top floor there are gym facilities, alongside the Sports Department as well as a table tennis and a music room.
The Students' Union has a range of facilities available and organises many activities http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/life/social/su. A variety of societies have already been established by our unique mix of students, but the SU are always happy to help you form your own society, and the Medical School hope that you will wish to do so. The Students' Union Office organises events throughout the year, these include the Annual Buckingham Duck Race, the Graduation Ball and coach trips to places of interest during the vacations. The SU Office can also help with things such as sending faxes and document /assignment binding.
The SU Committee
The Union is the representative body for students; creating opportunities for all of you to contribute to changes and improvements in the University as well as share views on departmental and University issues through the Student Assembly. The Union supports and encourages everyone to get involved by voting, contributing to consultations or taking up one of the representative roles.
The SU Executive Committee holds office for a period of 6 months and is elected via a secret ballot in the Spring and Autumn terms. The duty of the Committee is to uphold the Constitution of the Union, which includes the power to establish Clubs and Societies. In the past, SU Executive Committees have made donations to a variety of charities, including SOS Children's Villages; The Medical Foundation for the care of Victims of Torture and The Red Cross.
NUS Extra card
The Students Union is affiliated to the NUS (National Union of Students) and as a Buckingham student you can apply for an NUS Extra card which entitles you to discounts on travel, entertainment, shopping and eating out for example. Please note you may only apply for a card once you are registered on the MB ChB programme.
Starting university is an exciting experience. However, for some of you it may also be stressful as it can take time for you to adapt to a new environment, culture, lifestyle and academic studies. To help you positively manage these changes the Sports Department offer several activities to help promote active relaxation, increase your energy levels and enhance your mental wellbeing.
Early morning yoga and tai chi chuan sessions will be offered from 7.45 am to 8.30am twice a week in the Tanlaw Mill Exercise Studio. These sessions are free, and have been specifically structured to meet the needs of hardworking students, being aimed at enhancing your physical and mental wellbeing. The sessions also offer a pleasant and uplifting way to begin your day and provide an opportunity for you to meet and get to know your fellow peers. Yoga and tai chi are widely known for their health giving benefits and once you are familiar with the basic movements you can incorporate them into your daily routine or use them at times of increased stress or anxiety. These sessions will also teach you life skills that you will hopefully find of benefit both in your personal and professional life for many years to come.
Guided Relaxation sessions are also offered at Bridge Cottage Wellness Centre on an appointment basis. These sessions can be from 5 to 40 minutes in duration and offer you the opportunity to attend a session either by yourself or as part of a small group of up to four students. Being able to retreat to a tranquil space where you will be undisturbed can be reinvigorating and make you more mentally receptive for when you return to your lectures!
The Sports Department also run fitness classes and sports activities, at lunch time and in the evening, subject to participation, including badminton, basketball, cheerleading, fencing, football, golf, netball, squash, Pilates, rugby, yoga and tai chi. You can also take membership to the Tanlaw Mill Fitness Centre which has an extensive range of resistance and cardiovascular stations. Should a sport not be offered at the University the Sports Department are usually able to put you in contact with a local club. If you would like further information please visit https://intranet.buckingham.ac.uk/sport/Pages/default.aspx or contact the Sports Office directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.