Edinburgh University Students' Association
|Motto||by students, for students|
|Institution||University of Edinburgh|
|Location||Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Other sabbatical officers||
Nadia Mehdi (Vice-President Societies and Activities)
Kirsty Haigh (Vice-President Services)Alex Munyard (Vice-President Academic Affairs)
|Members||c. 30,000 total|
|Affiliations||National Union of Students, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, National Postgraduate Committee, United Kingdom Council for Overseas Student Affairs, Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council, Association for Managers in Students' Unions, Child Poverty Action Group, The Work Foundation, Aldwych Group, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, Friends of Birzeit University, Abortion Rights UK, Edinburgh Student Forum|
Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) is an autonomous, student-led campaigning, membership organisation providing services, representation and welfare support at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
- 1 Organisational History
- 2 Composition
- 3 Activities
- 4 Campaigns
- 5 Sabbatical Officers
- 6 EUSA union buildings and outlets
- 7 Association Committees
- 8 References
- 9 Footnotes
- 10 External links
EUSA is the oldest students' union in the UK, originally founded as the Students' Representative Council (SRC) in 1884 by student Robert Fitzroy Bell. Shortly afterwards the SRC voted to fundraise and establish a union building, the Edinburgh University Union (EUU), now known as Teviot Row House. The Edinburgh University Women's Union was founded in 1906, becoming the Chambers Street Union in 1964.
On 1 July 1973 the SRC, the EUU, and the Chambers Street Union merged to form Edinburgh University Students' Association.
In 2013, the association was criticised after acting using the Court of Session to "censor" The Student as it "was due to publish details of the suspension of Max Crema, vice-president of services at the union." President James McAsh defended the action, claiming it was taken "to protect the rights of our employees." 
Following a student consultation process and plebiscite a new constitution was established in 2012. Democracy is provided through an open Student Council supported by three topical Standing Committees namely the Academic Committee, External Affairs Committee, and Welfare Committee. There is also a Societies Council which makes decisions relating specifically to student societies. Alongside these are a series of open, autonomous liberation groups (Black Minority and Ethnic, Disability and Mental Wellbeing, LGBT, and Women) and student section groups (International, Mature and Postgraduate). Decisions about the running of union buildings and services are made by the elected Trading Committee, with direct input from four student stakeholder groups (Bars, Catering, Entertainment and Retail). Elected representatives also sit on all major University bodies and subcommittees. Complementing these structures are autonomous school councils and a class representation system providing local, democratic spaces for organising. This organisational structure was designed to help foster a system of participatory democracy throughout the University.
Ultimate responsibility for the organisation's finances, legal well-being, employment of the chief executive and strategic oversight is held by an elected student board of trustees. The organisation's senior management team directly reports to and are held accountable by this body.
EUSA is a democratic membership organisation, a charitable body and a company limited by guarantee. EUSA also has complete ownership and control over a subsidiary company, EUSACO, incorporating any activity which is outside of EUSA's charitable remit, such as Edinburgh Festival and external catering activities.
EUSA supports and oversees over 270 official student societies which provide a range of activities, events and opportunities across the student body. The union also directly organises regular and seasonal events such as Freshers' Week, club nights, pub quizzes, band nights, comedy, and the Graduation Ball.
- Edinburgh University Theatre Company (EUTC) founded in 1896 as the Edinburgh University Drama Society, the EUTC runs the oldest student-run theatre in Britain, Bedlam.
- Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group (EUSOG)
- Edinburgh University Footlights
- Edinburgh University Studio Opera
- Theatre Paradok
- The Student, award winning student newspaper
- The Journal, largest independent student newspaper in Scotland
- Fresh Air, award winning student radio station
- The Edinburgh Rascal
- Edinburgh Movie Production Society (EMPS)
- Edinburgh Film Society
- Edinburgh University Sports Union (E.U.S.U.), which lies outside of EUSA's remit.
- Edinburgh Global Partnerships
- Patient Outreach Project
- People & Planet: A long running society, linked to the national network, who have been responsible for some notable campaigns and changes in Edinburgh, including EUSA, and then the university, gaining fairtrade status.
Recent campaigns have included demanding Equal Marriage, fighting tuition fee rises and education cuts, and organising for better private tenancy rights; alongside smaller campaigns such as demanding free transport across the University, opposing on-campus day care closures and pushing for a complete overhaul of the University's student support structure.
EUSA, in partnership with the University, was instrumental in making Edinburgh University Scotland's first Fairtrade University in 2004, and played a significant role in the growth of fair trade in Scotland.
In 2007 in an unprecedented move following several years of pressure from EUSA, the University Senate revoked Robert Mugabe's honorary degree that had been awarded in 1984 "for services to education in Africa".
The Association hit headlines in 2013 after banning Robin Thicke's successful song Blurred Lines from being played in Union venues. The song was deemed to promote "an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent", and for being in breach of EUSA's 'End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus' policy, designed to tackle 'myths and stereotypes around sexual violence' and stop the sexual objectification of female students.
The Association's day-to-day student leadership is provided by a team of four full-time elected students, known colloquially as 'sabbs'. Currently these positions comprise a President responsible for the overall functioning and external politics of the association; a Vice President Societies and Activities (VPSA) responsible for activities in relation to recognised student groups and representation to the University on non-academic service provision; a Vice President Academic Affairs (VPAA), responsible for representing students to the University and beyond on academic matters; and a Vice President Services (VPS) responsible for the running of the Union buildings, and financial affairs of the Association.
EUSA union buildings and outlets
- Teviot Row House, Bristo Square – the largest of the union buildings and the oldest purpose built student union building in the world. Teviot contains six bars, a small nightclub and a variety of meeting rooms and halls. Following a fire at their Grassmarket venue, Teviot is now Gilded Balloon's primary base during the Edinburgh Fringe.
- Potterrow Mandela Centre, Bristo Square – with its distinctive dome, this building includes two shops, two cafes, a large venue used for nightclubs and live bands, the Societies, Charities and Volunteering centre - collectively known as EUSA Connect - and a student support centre, The Advice Place. It is also home to the organisation's main administrative offices, reception and box office.
- King's Buildings House – on the main science / engineering campus in the south of the city, includes bars, food outlets, a shop, sports facilities and an Advice Place.
- Pleasance – Provides societies at the University of Edinburgh with meeting space during semesters. Also a popular venue for the annual Edinburgh Fringe during the month of August. Containing two bars during term time and a fully functional theatre that plays host to screenings every Tuesday night. Is also located next to the newly refurbished (2005) Centre for Sport and Exercise gym.
- Magnet Cafe, James Clerk Maxwell Building - a small cafe on the Kings Buildings campus.
- The Shop, also on the Kings Buildings campus.
- Pollock Shop, a late opening shop in Pollock Halls.
Finance Committee (Trustee Board)
Ultimate responsibility for the associations's finances, legal well-being, employment of the chief executive and strategic oversight is held by an elected student board of trustees.
|Sabbatical Trustees||Student Trustees (elected)||External Trustees (appointed)|
|Hugh Murdoch (President, Chair)||Jeannie-Hyslop Parsons||Melissa Highton|
|Alex Munyard (VPAA)||Hona-Luisa Cohen-Fuentes||Douglas Blackstock|
|Nadia Mehdi (VPSA)||Aurora Adams||Stewart Goldberg|
|Kirsty Haigh (VPS)||Lucy Eskell|
Responsibility for the commercial services of the organisation are delegated by the Finance Committee to the Trading Committee. Direct descendent of Edinburgh University Union's Committee of Management.
|Trustees||Student Members (elected)||Non-Student Members (appointed)|
|Kirsty Haigh (VPS, Chair)||Declan Sheridan||Ewan Hawthorn|
|Nadia Mehdi (VPSA)||Niall T O’Coinleain||Sue Diamond|
- Annual Report 2012 Edinburgh University Students' Association. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
- "Finances". Edinburgh University Students' Association. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- Denton, edited by Steve; Brown, Sally (2009). A Practical Guide to University and College Management Beyond Bureaucracy. Hoboken: Taylor & Francis. p. 86. ISBN 9780203874554.
- Wintersgill, Donald. "Bell, Robert Fitzroy (1859–1908)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- Catto, Iain (1989). 'No spirits and precious few women' - Edinburgh University Union - 1889-1989. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Union. p. 120.
- Tom, McConnell (5 February 1979). "Court move against student in union referendum tussle". The Glasgow Herald.
- Wilson, Graeme (2 June 1994). "Students Protest at Merger Decision - Edinburgh University". The Scotsman.
- University of Edinburgh Journal. 42-43: 77. 2005.
- "Visit to Birzeit University from Edinburgh University Student Association". Birzeit University. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- "Right to Education/Birzeit Twinning EUSA resolution". Edinburgh University Students for Justice in Palestine. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- "EUSA hits back in Student newspaper censorship furore". The Journal. February 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "Governance". Edinburgh University Students' Association. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "Memorandum Articles of Association". Edinburgh University Students' Association. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- "Student fury at gay marriage petition names". Edinburgh Evening News. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "Students march to protest education cuts and tuition fee increases". EUSA. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "Students' association launches campaign to protect tenants". Scottish Television. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "Students achieve success in campaign for free transport". STV News. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "Edinburgh University to replace DoS system". The Journal. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "Fairtrade and the University of Edinburgh". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- Ballard, Mark. "Motion S2M-05639: Mark Ballard, Lothians, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 22/02/2007 Fairtrade Fortnight 2007". The Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- Stephen Sterling, Larch Maxey, Heather Luna, ed. (2013). "9". The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects. Routledge. ISBN 9781136236938.
- Lamb, Harriet (2008). Fighting the banana wars and other fairtrade battles. London: Rider. p. 197. ISBN 1846040833.
- "Mugabe stripped of degree honour". BBC News. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- "University of Edinburgh bans Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' from playing on campus". The Independent. 12 September 2013.
- "Blurred Lines song banned at Edinburgh students' union". BBC News. 12 September 2013.
- "EUSA Reps 2012". Edinburgh University Students' Association. Retrieved 28 April 2013.