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Welcome to the family


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Welcome to the family


You nailed it.  You're now officially a member of Essex Students' Union.  Go you.

At Essex we're not like other Students' Unions and we don't want to be. 

Here, you're not just a member of a Students' Union, you're part of a family.  

It's an unconventional family made up of students from around the world and together we've got the power to achieve pretty much whatever you want.

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SU Heirloom


SU Heirloom


One of the first things you'll do when you get to Essex is collect your heirloom.

The heirloom is your unique, customisable symbol of belonging to the SU family. It's available in handmade shapes with a choice of attachments, all presented in a box to treasure. 

Individually numbered and yours for life - when you graduate, your number is passed down to a new student, and you get the chance to hand down your stories, tips and experiences.

Over time we’ll create generations of connected Essex students that can help each other get jobs, start businesses, do research and change the world.

We even build a secret house to give students their heirloom and take them on a journey through the SU, here’s a sneak peek...

 
 
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Amazing Degree and Job


Amazing Degree and Job


We're here to make sure that  you leave Essex with an amazing degree and an amazing job. 

We're separate to the university and we'll do whatever it takes to make sure you succeed, whether it's giving you a job in the SU, helping you find somewhere to get volunteering experience or having your back every step of the way.  

Take exams - we can’t sit them for you, but we can do everything in our power to make them less stressful.

For our #inthistogether campaign we set up a secret revision garden with deckchairs, hand out free energy-boosting fruit outside exams and gave you a platform to share messages of support for each other on our electronic poster boards.

To celebrate the final exam we set up a special surprise that’s worth sharing...

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Kick Ass Membership


Kick Ass Membership


The Students' Union is one of the biggest things that sets Essex apart from other unis - we promise to give you a membership that's good enough to make your non-Essex friends jealous. 

You're now part of something that runs bars, coffee shops, restaurants, a nightclub, hair salon, even a cinema, all on campus.  

You can take your pick from one of our 90 student-run societies or join as many of our Essex Blades sports clubs as you like (we're one of the only SU's in the UK to make it FREE to join sports clubs).

Essex SU is also legendary for our nights out - starting with our biggest ever line-up in Welcome Week through to our Summer Ball at the end of the year - get ready for the best times of your life.

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Shaped around you


Shaped around you


The SU at Essex isn't run by some mysterious corporation - it's run by you.

You choose what we stock in our supermarket by writing on a tag and pinning it to the wall. You decide our position on key issues by dropping off a token in our vote boxes while you're grabbing lunch.  

And by creating new, super accessible methods of democracy we're giving you the chance to use the SU as a platform to achieve real change. 

You own this Union. We're a platform for ideas and dreams, where nothing’s too big or too small. 

Grab a Sharpie and find a frame on the walls of the SU Bar to scribble words of inspiration or post a photo.

Watch what students wrote on the walls:

Or write on a mug in The Kitchen and add it to our mug wall.  On your graduation day, come and take it away as a souvenir of Essex - we'll even fill it with free coffee for you.

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A Union For everyone


A Union For everyone


Whoever you are, wherever you're from and whatever you believe, you have an equal stake in our future.

We're a mix of students from 135 different countries, of every age, sexuality and religion, and we wear our diversity with pride.

All of this means you'll have a ton of reasons to celebrate, from LGBT nights and Black History Month to Chinese New Year and International Week.  

Speaking of which, here's what happened last year when we all celebrated Holi. It got messy.