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The University of Chichester's Students' Union is run by students, for students, and is independent of the University. It is run and led by two elected full-time officers, as well as a number of elected part-time officers and reps, who all work together to help ensure that students have an enjoyable time at the University, and that their voice is represented.
The SU values are:
The students’ union runs a number of social events throughout the year, such as the Summer Ball—hosting over 2,500 students with a silent disco, karaoke, live music, and comedy, quizzes, games nights and the RAG Race, a charity fundraiser.
There are a wealth of sports and societies to join, from football, rugby and adventure sports clubs, to film, LGBT+, arts and creative writing or even Harry Potter societies. With over 40 to choose from, there is something for everyone and a chance to meet like-minded people.
Student reviewers were very complimentary about the SU team, saying they felt well represented by them.
Clubs and societies
There are over 27 sports clubs and 40 societies for Chichester students to participate in – covering a wide range of activities and interests, from fine art, aerial circus, Korean society and the Afro Caribbean society. Sports clubs offer both recreational and competitive level teams for students to choose from.
All clubs and societies are inclusive and democratically run by students, with any member having the opportunity to become a committee member. At the end of each year the students’ union hosts the SU Awards and Sports Awards, recognizing the talented and dedicated members of Chichester’s clubs and societies.
Both campuses are located in their respective city/town centres, each with a vibrant and close-knit community offering a variety of restaurants, high streets and independent shops and bars.
Chichester is a historic cathedral city while Bognor Regis is a lively seaside resort, both boasting the most hours of sunshine in the UK. For those who enjoy getting outdoors, both campuses are on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park which offers breath-taking views and natural beauty, and there are multiple beaches to choose from, including the Blue Flag beach at West Wittering.
Each location is a hub of creative arts and inspiration and both have prominent theatres, especially the Chichester Festival Theatre which houses many performances that go on to become West End hits. Modern art also features highly with extensive collections of art and sculpture on display, including Pallant House described as one of the best in the country.
The university runs a bus service between the campuses and a safety bus is available during the evenings from the student bars, which students applauded them for in their reviews.