What are they?

Passed in The Big Choice Referendum (October 2018) was the proposal for students to have direct influence over the priorities of the Officers and the Union.

Student Priorities are a set of issues that students have highlighted (through consultation) and selected (by a priority ballot) for the Officers and Union to work on for the academic year.

These priorities ensure that our members have direct influence over the Students’ Union and that our work
reflects their needs.

How does this happen?

Each year we consult our members about their university experience, perception of the SU, challenges they face and what can be done by building solutions to the issues identified.

We consolidate all our findings into a priority ballot for you to decide the top priorities which the SU/Officers should work on for the next academic year.

In our GSU Elections, candidates interpret these priorities and build a case as to why they are best fit to be elected to address them. Those officers elected by you are then mandated to work on the priorities and will be held accountable throughout the year in how they have addressed them.


2020/21 Student Priorities Results

We consulted with 400 of you in November 2019 across every campus and then narrowed the priorities down. Over the course of December 2019 - January 2020, 531 students voted on which priorities they wanted the Students' Union to work on to effectively represent the needs across various categories related to their student experience..

You can now see the priorities chosen by the student body for the upcoming academic year 2020/21.


Download the Student Priorities for 2020/21




Student Priorities timeline


Priorities Embedded

The Student Priorities selected for the current academic year is embedded into our work for the year ahead which your elected officers are accountable too.


Priority Setting 

We will be going around the University campus to consult you on the issues affecting you and the challenges you face which the SU needs to address. 


Members Meeting Priority Reflection & Your Ahead Vote

Your Officers will give a progress report on the work done to address the priorities and the priority ballot will be launched for you to select the priorities for the next year (shortlisted from the research conducted)


Priorities Selected

Voting for the 20/21 priorities will take place this month. you will get to decide what we focus on as a Union.


GSU Elections

Candidates in the GSU Elections will set out their manifestos how they hope to address the Student Priorities if elected by you. You choose who is the best to deliver on the priorities.