A WELCOME FROM THE STUDENTS’ UNION PRESIDENT TO OUR NEW STUDENTS
Welcome and congratulations to you for making it to university. You have worked extremely hard to enter this next stage of your lives and on behalf of the Students’ Union I would like to welcome you to the UWS community.
My name is Ismail Nizami and I am the President of the Students’ Union. I was elected in March, along with the three Vice-Presidents: Aishwarya Tiku - VP Education; Clare Hunter – VP Student Development; and Luke Humberstone – VP Welfare and Wellbeing. Together with the staff of the Students’ Union we work to try and make your lives better.
The Students’ Union works to represent your voice so that we can help the University make decisions which improve your student experience. We also offer a number of services to assist you during your time at UWS.
I hope you enjoy your time at university, and as well as forging your future, you have fun too!
Ismail Nizami, UWS Students’ Union President 2020-21
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What does the Students’ Union offer?
A: We are YOUR STUDENTS’ UNION and are here to represent you, support you, and work with you to improve the student experience at UWS. Whilst we are independent of the University we also work in partnership to ensure you the get the support and academic experience you need to achieve your goals.
Due to the ongoing pandemic we are delivering most of our services online but hope to offer in person opportunities in line with government guidance.
Welfare and Advice - Your Welfare and Advice Service will continue to offer online advice and support to all students. We can support you with many issues including: appeals, extenuating circumstances, fitness to practice, plagiarism disciplinary, emergency hardship, free condoms and re-usable sanitary products, a hate crime reporting service and information about other support services / resources.
Representation - Your team of student representatives, from course reps to full-time student sabbatical officers are there to listen to you, represent you and lead your Students’ Union to improve UWS for everyone.
Clubs and Societies - We are keen to help you make friends and enjoy your time at UWS. We help you to create and join clubs and societies so whatever activities you want to do you can talk to us about meeting people to do it with.
Events and Activities - We provide events and opportunities for students to meet together and have fun. You can find out more about what we can offer you and how Covid-19 will impact our services on Your Union’s website.
Q: Will the Union be open on my campus?
A: We have had to make significant adjustments to our union spaces to ensure we are keeping you safe and are compliant with government guidelines. Check out our website for the latest information.
Paisley Campus Union - The Paisley Campus Union Café and Bar will be open four days per week (Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri) and we will be serving food and drinks (within Government guidelines), and holding social events. Please check out our website for opening times and our great offers.
Ayr Campus Union - The Ayr Campus Union Café and Bar will unfortunately be closed for the duration of Term 1 due to lack of space to accommodate safe social distancing measures. However, we will be open for support and advice on an appointment only basis and may be able to accommodate small society events.
Lanarkshire Campus Union - The Lanarkshire Campus Union space will be open to students on a social distancing basis. We will be open for support and advice on an appointment only basis and may be able to accommodate small society events.
London and Dumfries – Due to Covid restrictions students at the London and Dumfries campuses will only be able to access our services online for the moment.
Whichever campus you study at, if you require support or assistance, please visit our contacts page and we will do our best to help you.
Q: How can I get support from the Union?
A: Your Union’s Welfare and Advice Service will continue to offer online advice and support to all students. We can support you with many issues including: appeals, extenuating circumstances, fitness to practice, plagiarism disciplinary, emergency hardship, free condoms and re-usable sanitary products and a hate crime reporting service and information about other support services / resources.
Due to Covid restrictions we will be providing most of our support online. However, we recognise that online support can be very challenging for some students and we are happy to make face to face appointments if you require it. You will need to adhere to safety guidance which will be provided prior to your appointment. For more information visit our Advice Page on our website.
Q: Will there be Freshers’ / Welcome Week events?
A: Freshers’ will be a bit different this year as we are not able to host traditional Freshers’ Fairs. Instead, we have a six week Freshers’ programme of online events and social activities for students across all five campuses where you will have the opportunity to get to know other students and find out how to get involved in activities and societies. This will include events for:
- Academic societies
- Peer support groups
- Liberation groups
This programme will be delivered online but we are also planning some additional face to face events at our Ayr, Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses. These will be organised in adherence to ongoing government guidelines. See our website for our Freshers’ programme.
Q: Will the Student Union Bar & Café be open and putting on events?
We are investing in our bar & café in Paisley, with new furniture and an indoor grass picnic area, making it feel fresh, a nice place to chill out, to chat to friends and have fun! So why not come along and experience everything we have to offer, including:
- Amazing drink promotions
- A delicious new food menu with daily deals
- The full range of regular and seasonal Starbucks coffee and tea
- Pool tables
- Quiz machines
Support Your Union
As a not for profit union - every penny you spend in Your Union Bar & Café is reinvested back to supporting students.
- Monday: 11am – 5pm
- Tuesday: 11am – 7pm
- Wednesday: CLOSED
- Thursday: 11am – 7pm
- Friday: 12PM – 7pm
Unfortunately, we have had to make the decision to close our Union Bar & Café in Ayr as it is too small to accommodate safe social distancing. We are however, exploring the options for social events in Lanarkshire and Ayr.
Q: What social activities will there be this year?
A: We have a wide range of student societies you can join. These will primarily be promoted and organised online. We are supporting our societies to help make sure online meetings are accessible and fun. See our Societies section of our website for more information.
Alongside online activities we are also exploring ways to enable our societies to take part in face to face activities. These will be organised in adherence to ongoing government guidelines. Societies are able to use Students’ Union and university spaces for meetings, with reduced capacities and social distancing in place.
The Students’ Union can also help you get involved in volunteering. We have opportunities within the Students’ Union and with external organisations. See our Volunteering section of our website for more information.