RSU is affiliated with a number of external bodies to help us carry out our work on behalf of the student body most effectively. 

National Union of Students

The NUS is the national representative and campaigning body for students in the UK. Benefits to the SU of NUS affiliation include:

  • Access to numerous resources that are vital to staff and officers in conducting their work on behalf of students.
  • Significant bulk-purchasing discounts on branded food and drink products (the savings from which we are able to pass on to our members through lower outlet prices).
  • A national platform for action on issues related to Higher Education and student life.
  • The ability to purchase a TOTUM Card, allowing students to save money at thousands of outlets nationwide and overseas (the SU receives revenue from all TOTUM Card purchases, which helps contribute to our non-profit services for students).

National Council of Voluntary Organisations

NCVO is the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, to which we are affiliated at no cost (via our membership of the NUS).

NCVO provide charity sector information, guidance, training and policy updates, allowing us to keep on top of issues which affect the SU as a charity. They lobby on behalf of charities on issues ranging from the Lobbying Act to best practice in volunteering.

Advice UK

AdviceUK provides support for not-for-profit or free Advice Centres. We receive training and advice on quality issues, together with updates on current issues.

Association of Chairs

The Association of Chairs supports the board of trustees through training and development of the chair and deptuy chair roles. This helps to effectively ensure delivery of RSU's organisation’s mission.

Information Commissioners Office

The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. This ensures we comply with appropriate data compliance.

The Fundraising Regulator

The independent regulator of charitable fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We stand up for best practice in fundraising, in order to protect donors and support the vital work of fundraisers.