The Students’ Union is a completely separate organisation from the University but they give us £320,000* per year (which is just under half of our total turnover of £700,000) as well as providing an office for us on each campus. The rest of our income is made up from ticket sales, membership fees, advertising and anything else we can do to generate money. Any surplus we make is ploughed back in to SU services.
We are run by a group of permanent staff as well as part-time officers (current students) and paid full-time officers (students who have been elected and who take a year out to work for us). As we are a charity we also have a Board of Trustees, which is a combination of students, the full-time officers and external experts who check our finances and that we are doing what we are supposed to.
The SU has two main aims – to represent students and to provide services that make life easier and more fulfilling & enjoyable for every single student at UoG.