University of Strathclyde Students' Association

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University of Strathclyde Students' Association
University of Strathclyde Students' Association
Motto On Target For You
Institution University of Strathclyde
Location Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Established 1964
President Nesaraj ‘Raj’ Jeyaraj
Other sabbatical officers
  • Vice President Diversity: Simran Kaur
  • Vice President Education: Bohdan Starosta
  • Vice President Support: Gerry McDonnell
  • Vice President Volunteering & Development: Liam McCabe
  • Vice President Sports & Wellbeing: Calvin Hepburn
Members c. 22,000 total
Affiliations National Union of Students

Coordinates: 55°51′43″N 4°14′49″W / 55.862°N 4.247°W / 55.862; -4.247

The main entrance to the Association

University of Strathclyde Students' Association (USSA) is the representative body for students of the University of Strathclyde since its founding in 1964.


Founded in 1964, the University of Strathclyde Students' Association was formed when the Students' Associations of the Royal College of Science and Technology and of the Scottish College of Commerce amalgamated.[1] In 1989 it merged with the University of Strathclyde Sports Union.

The current Student's Union building is located on the western side of the John Anderson Campus, adjoining onto the Royal College, James Weir and Thomas Graham buildings.[2] It was originally opened in 1959,[3] and extended in 1976. Its address is 90 John Street, G1 1JH. The Association contains 10 floors, 8 of which hold student areas and 2 back office staff areas.


The day-to-day running of the building is done by the Executive Committee who also serve on the trustee board alongside student volunteers elected by a cross-campus ballot. There are six sabbatical officers: a president and five vice-presidents (covering diversity, education, support, volunteering & development, and sports & wellbeing).[4]

The main policy making bodies of the Association are the Policy Forums, which meet frequently throughout the year passing policy through to the Policy Council of elected representatives which meets to discuss proposed policy.[5]

Student Reps represent their fellow class colleagues to communicate issues, concerns, and opinions of students to University staff and vice versa.[6]

Fresher's week[edit]

Held annually at the union where all Strathclyde university students can attend. The 2012 Freshers Week was held from 15–23 September with all floors of the union being occupied for these events throughout the week. Some well-known bands and acts often appear at Strathclyde’s Freshers week such as "The Human Regurgitator" Stevie Starr who appeared on Britain’s got talent as well as previous The X-Factor (UK) winner Leon Jackson. There are many stands in and around the union which University’s clubs and societies have set up to give a brief introduction of what the society or club is. As well as stands there are small outdoor carnivals such as ‘Carnival of The Bizarre’ where a group of people perform strange acts.

Mature Student's Association[edit]

Mature students (someone who is 21 years of age or older at the start of their course) represent almost 20% of the Strathclyde student population, including undergraduate, postgraduate and international students. Strathclyde’s Student Union also has a successful Mature Students Association, located on Level 2 of the Livingstone Tower. Facilities include; Common room, tea/coffee, microwave, toaster, fridges, tuck shop; desktop computers, printer, photocopier; quiet study room, lockers. The main aims of the Mature Student Association (MSA) are to provide all mature students with a support network of both friends and fellow students as well as somewhere to study and relax. The MSA is run by Convenor/s and/or committee who are elected yearly by the membership and liaise with the University and the USSA President on behalf of their members.

Clubs and societies[edit]

There are over 100 clubs and societies available for students to choose from, each designed to suit the hobbies, courses, beliefs or other interests that students have. A new club or society can be formed if there are at least ten interested members.[7]

Students with an interest in photography, wanting to pursue this passion and meet other photographers join the Photo Club.[8] The Art of Living Strathclyde Society, affiliated with the Art of Living Foundation which is a not-for-profit, educational and humanitarian NGO engaged in stress-management and service initiatives.[9] The LGBT Society runs different events throughout the year including social events, film screenings, political campaigns and trips to local LGBT friendly venues. Events are also organised specifically to coincide with the LGBT History Month.[10]


  1. ^ Harrison, Margaret. "Records of the Students' Association of the University of Strathclyde". Archives hub. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "John Anderson Campus" (PDF). University of Strathclyde. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Peters, Victoria. "Royal College of Science and Technology Students' Association". University of Strathclyde Archives. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Student Executive 2016-17". University of Strathclyde Student's Assosciation. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Policy Council". University of Strathclyde Student's Assosciation. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Why do we have Student Reps". University of Strathclyde Student's Assosciation. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Clubs & Societies". University of Strathclyde Student's Association. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Strathclyde Photo Club". Facebook. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Art of Living Strathclyde Society". University of Strathclyde Students' Association. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "LGBT". University of Strathclyde Students' Association. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 

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