Cardiff University Students' Union

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Cardiff University Students' Union
Cardiff Students' Union main building
Motto Get Involved, Love Cardiff
Institution Cardiff University
Location Park Place, Cardiff
President Elliot Howells
Sabbatical officers

VP Societies & Campaigns- Barney Willis
VP Heath Park Campus- Claire Blakeway
VP Media & Marketing- vacant[1]
VP Education- Rhys Jenkins
VP Welfare- Danial Faraz Alauddin

VP Sports & Athletic Union President- Bryn Griffiths
Affiliations Aldwych Group, National Union of Students Wales

Cardiff University Students' Union (Welsh:Undeb Myfyrwyr Prifysgol Caerdydd) is the students' union for Cardiff University and is located in Cardiff, Wales, UK.

Cardiff University Students’ Union (CUSU) is led and directed by over 28,000 Cardiff University student members, run by a Board of Trustees and led by seven elected student officers. CUSU is a charity offering services, resources and support. As a charity, money made through their numerous bars, cafes, shops and events is used improve the services offered to students attending Cardiff University. They offer advice, representation, training, skills development, student activities, volunteering opportunities and employment.

In 2014, it was announced that Cardiff University Students' Union was voted the 4th best Students' Union in the United Kingdom, and the best in Wales in the National Student Survey.[2]

The main Students' Union building is located on Park Place in Cardiff, although a secondary Union for Cardiff University students on healthcare courses is situated on the ground floor of the Neuadd Meirionnydd building on the Heath Park Campus.[3]

The Union building on Park Place houses shops, a restaurant, a pub (The Taf), a Night Club (Y Plas) as well as student services including the Athletic Union and Guild of Societies, the Athletic Union having within the region of 5000 students actively registered each year.


The second floor of the Students’ Union currently houses the main reception, event function space and the recently developed Centre for Skills, Enterprise and Volunteering, as well as newly developed Food outlets, the Taf and the nightclub, Y Plas.

The union's pub is called "The Taf". This is commonly mistaken to be a reference to the River Taff which runs through Cardiff, but it is actually a contraction of "Tafarn", the Welsh word for "pub". The Union has an in-house nightclub, Y Plas, which holds events throughout the week. Formerly named Solus, the Nightclub was renamed as a result of a student vote after a redevelopment of the second floor and nightclub was announced.[4] The Union can link both the Taf bar and Solus with the Great hall to make a "superclub" of 4000, making it the biggest nightclub in Cardiff, and also one of the largest in Wales. The club was renamed Y Plas in 2014, after the refurbishments.[5]

The third floor of the Students' Union is where students can Meet the Elected Officer team, join a Sports club or society, get involved in Student Voice and Democratic processes. A counselling service, known as Student Advice which helps with all manner of issues that students can face.

The Union's Great Hall has attracted popular bands and musicians since the 1970s. The Great Hall also serves as one of Cardiff University's exam venues during exam periods, and has recently been adapted to be used as a lecture theatre by the University during term time. It also hosts the freshers fayres for the beginning of term to join in volunteering, sports clubs and societies.

The main building also houses the offices of student media including the studios of Xpress Radio (which is broadcast throughout the union), Gair rhydd (Welsh for 'Free Word')the student newspaper, Quench Magazine, and the newly developed Cardiff Union TV (CUTV).

Elected officers[edit]

At the head of the Students’ Union is an Executive Committee of 7 full-time paid and 9 part-time unpaid elected student representatives (known as Campaign Officers), responsible for addressing the issues that affect students at Cardiff University, and for representing students views on an institutional, local and national level. These 16 propose new ways to move both the Students’ Union and the University forward, helping both organisations to modernise and progress.

  • The President is he public face of the union who also acts as the chair of the board of trustees and as the chair of the union's trading company, CUSL Ltd.

Notable past presidents include:

  • The Vice President Education is the main representative of students to the university, and also campaigns to raise awareness of academic issues affecting students.
  • The Vice President Societies and Campaigns is the main point of contact for Societies and is responsible for Societies activity in the Union. Also promotes diversity and cultural awareness within the Students’ Union through events such as Go Global.
  • The Vice President Welfare is responsible for welfare campaigns such as Housing Week and Money Month. They also work closely with the Union's Advice and Representation Centre and act as the reach out officer to the local community.
  • The Vice President Sports and Athletic Union President oversees the running of the Athletic Union and co-ordinates the activities of all AU clubs and the IMG programme. Responsible for organizing the UK's second largest Varsity between Cardiff University and Swansea University.
  • The Vice President Media and Marketing is editor and publisher of Gair rhydd (Cardiff Universities student newspaper), and oversees the running of Quench Magazine',' Xpress Radio and CUTV.
  • The Vice President Heath Park Campus is responsible for the integration of Healthcare students into Cardiff University as a whole. Leads on Healthcare issues and works to improve communications with Healthcare students.

There is also a Student Council Chair and a Scrutiny Committee Chair.

Part time elected officers include the Ethical and Environmental Officer, LGBT+ Officer, International Students Officer, Mature Students Officer, Postgraduate Students Officer, Students with Disabilities Officer, Women's Officer, Welsh Language Officer and Black and Minority Ethnics Officer.


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Coordinates: 51°29′18″N 3°10′39″W / 51.48834°N 3.17756°W / 51.48834; -3.17756