University of Warwick Students' Union
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|Institution||University of Warwick|
|Location||Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, England|
Erin Davies (Education Officer)
|Affiliations||National Union of Students, Aldwych Group, National Postgraduate Committee, British Universities & Colleges Sport, National Bureau for Students With Disabilities|
The Students' Union developed in tandem with the University and has existed since 1965. In its first few decades, it was heavily involved with the protests, rent strikes, and occupations which earned the University the nickname of 'Red Warwick.' In 1974 one Warwick student Kevin Gately was killed during the Red Lion Square disorders. More recently, in 2009, many Students' Union officers were active in the occupation of a lecture theatre in the Social Studies (S0.21) building to express solidarity with Gaza.
One of its on-campus successes was its campaign for its own building, which finally succeeded in 1975 after lengthy opposition from large parts of the University establishment. Some of its early activism was carried out in partnership with sympathetic elements of the academic staff of the university, with one incident being chronicled in the book Warwick University Ltd., edited by the eminent historian E. P. Thompson.
The Union is also a shareholder in the NUS Services Ltd (NUSSL).
Students' Union building
The Union consists of Union South (largely food, drink and entertainment) and Union North (mostly administration, offices and meeting rooms).
The Students' Union got its first building, Union South, in 1975, after a long struggle with the University under Vice-Chancellor Jack Butterworth, who said to Will Fitzgerald (President of the Union in 1970-1): "the Students' Union will never have its own building." Union North was added in the 1990s and, until recently, was linked to Union South by the 'link corridor.'
Union South rebuild
The Union South building underwent a £11 million refurbishment in spring 2008, which was completed in January 2010. The new facilities included a club and gig venue, a pub, various food outlets, spaces for societies and a pool room.
The Union has four subsidiary companies:
- Student Union Services Warwick Limited (Registered company number: 02197761)
- Membership Solutions Limited (Registered company number: 05525449)
- Warwick Students Union Services Limited, (Registered company number: 01187495) (mostly dormant and retained due to contracts held in its name)
- Students' Union Warwick Events Limited (Registered company number: 06371766)
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