Students' Union (SU)

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  • The Students’ Union represents USW students
  • It’s independent of, but closely tied to the University
  • Membership is cheap and your membership card can get you discounts
  • It runs several venues for USW students
  • It also runs the USW sports teams

The Students’ Union is also often called “the SU”, “University of South Wales Students’ Union” or “USWSU”. It’s part of the National Union of Students.

UniLife has a whole channel dedicated to the SU: Students’ Union UniLife Channel.

Getting the most from USWSU

USWSU lets you seek representation, meet new friends, play sport, socialise during the day and night and seek employment.

USWSU encourages every student to participate, as part of the Student council, a member of a sports team or society, or as a volunteer.

More about University of South Wales Students’ Union can be found on

Union structure

Full time positions
There are 3 elected full time paid positions so represent students:

  • President
  • Vice President Education & Welfare, Cardiff and Newport
  • Vice President Education & Welfare, Pontypridd

These positions last 1 year with the option to re-run for a max of 2 years.

Unpaid Elected Positions
There are various Student Council positions.

Membership / NUS card

One way to access the services and deals provided by the Union is to obtain an NUS Extra Card.

You can order your NUS Extra Card before you start uni (details here) and collect it when you arrive or you can apply for one at one of the special NUS Extra points across the campuses during the first couple of weeks of term and it will be sent directly to your term-time address. You can also apply for a card at any of the Union Info Desks throughout the year.

Alternatively, you can obtain an NUS Democracy card, which is free. It allows access to the Union events, sports teams and meetings. Some shops will accept it as student identification for student discount purposes. However, it does not entitle its holders to NUS Extra discounts that the NUS have negotiated with some retailers.

Venues and entertainment

There are Students’ Union Venues in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd, see ‘Venues and Services’ in the top menu on

Course Reps and SVRs

The Students’ Union and University work in partnership to run the Course Reps and Student Voice Reps schemes.

Course Reps are students who represent the academic interests of fellow students on their course. They sit on the department’s staff/student committee.

Student Voice Reps (SVRs) are reps that perform course rep duties and also sit on faculty committees, so issues reach the very top.

For more information, please visit the Students’ Union Course Reps page, and on UniLife Course Representation and Student Voice Representatives.

USW Sport Teams

All University of South Wales’ sports teams and clubs are run by USWSU.

If you play at a reasonable standard try out for one of the competitive teams which represent the SU and University in the British Universities Colleges Sport (BUCS) league programme. Teams are selected at the start of each academic year and then train and play weekly, from October to May. In return for a membership fee, the Union provides all players with kit, qualified coaches, transport to matches, match officials and first aiders at home fixtures, comprehensive insurance and administrative support. There’s chance of selection for the Welsh and/or British Universities sides.

Newport students compete in the University of South Wales (Newport) teams, and Treforest, Glyntaff and Atrium students compete in the University of South Wales (Pontypridd and Cardiff) teams.

For the latest results, fixture lists and league standings visit:

Matches are played on Wednesday and results appear Thursday morning.