Students' Union

The University of Chichester Students' Union (UCSU) actively engages with the community to improve the society and area we live in.

The Student Union wants to ensure that students have the best opportunity of pursuing activities that reflect their interests, and supports students who want to run their own societies that allow likeminded people to come together.

(if you are looking for information regarding sports team/clubs please see the Sport section to the left of this page)

A society is a great way to meet new people. Listed below is a small selection of a large number of societies already up and running :

  • Beatfiend (An entertainment based society- Club/Open mic nights, coach trips & excursions, etc.)
  • Dance
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender)
  • ACS (Afro-Caribbean)
  • Chaos (History course based-trips)
  • Music
  • AHA (Agnostic, Humanists & Atheist)
  • Musical Theatre
  • Gaming
  • Pool/snooker
  • RPG
  • Hong Kong
  • Break Dancing

If there is not a society that interests you, then why not set up your own? A society can be based around any activity as long as it benefits its members.

You can also gain a V-certificate (a volunteering accreditation) for being on a society's committee, which can greatly improve your employability with advanced skills and experiences. The Union can also support societies with funding, training, and facilities following an approval process.

For more information please email Casper -Volunteers & Activities Co-ordinator at d.beade@chi.ac.uk, telephone 01243 816 339 or just pop into the office above the Zee Bar on the Chichester campus.The SU realises that its members have skills that could benefit both the student community as well as the local one. The Students' Union run their own website with full details about all the events, societies, committees, clubs and activites that take place here at Chichester. For further details about what the UCSU has to offer you please visit www.ucsu.org.

What is YOUR Students’ Union?

The UCSU is an organisation run by elected students for the students and we work for only one purpose, that’s you! The truth is without you, we wouldn’t exist, nor would the University itself.

Your Students’ Union provides you with support, training and development, clubs and societies and commercial services. As we are there to support and represent your rights as students, we rely on you, as the students, to let us know how we can best satisfy your needs. As a student at the University you are automatically a member of UCSU* and we are here to represent you.

Within UCSU we also have a Student Senate and Executive Committee who represent you guys on a local, national and international level, as well as within your everyday life on campus. We also aim and encourage others to join our array of different clubs and societies or even set up your own if you so wish.

If you have any other questions or issues then feel free to email, ring up or pop into our offices on both campuses, either above the Zee Bar in Chichester or next to The Hub in Bognor.

* You can opt-out of membership. For more information contact supresisdent@chi.ac.uk

Best Bar None 

The Best Bar None scheme seeks to demonstrate NUSSL’s commitment to taking the welfare of students very seriously, and assisting students’ unions in improving operational procedures in relation to the responsible retail of alcohol. The 2012/13 Awards were presented during the annual dinner of NUSSL Convention.

This year, six students’ unions were accredited with a Gold Award for demonstrating their commitment to the responsible retail of alcohol, fulfilling 93% or more of the scheme’s stated criteria. The standards across these venues were very high – each displaying a lack of obvious drunkenness, and cultivating a sense of safety, as well as being adequately lit, comfortable, and well-staffed. For placing such importance on the welfare of their students in a licenced venue, the Best Bar None Gold Award was awarded to:

  • Zee Bar at Chichester Students’ Union
  • The Academy at Derby Students’ Union
  • Asylum at Durham Students’ Union
  • Scholars Bar at Liverpool Students’ Union
  • Scruffy Squirrel at Keele Students’ Union
  • Sub:lime at Plymouth Students’ Union