Leeds Arts Union

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Your University, Your Voice, Your Union!

Your Leeds Arts Union is constantly developing and growing ever bigger, and we work hard to represent everyone’s views effectively and support you during your time here with us. The Union is responsible for student engagement within the University including the Student Representatives system, Freshers and a calendar of events, sports, activities and socieities.

Student Representation

Leeds Arts Union is the voice of our students across the University, the city and the nation. 

The Unions' mission to help make sure every single student is represented throughout the University. Students in each course and programme elect their own Student Reps who provide a valuable link to University staff and management; enabling suggestions, opinions and the voice of students to be heard.

Each spring, we hold the Students Elections. Elected students from across the University make up the Student Executive Officer team, working together to improve the experience of student life here at University. As your Union, the team will listen to your ideas and opinions; organising campaigns, events, activities & societies that you want to get involved in.

We have a dedicated Student Liaison Officer and Student Liaison Assistant who both work alongside our full time Student President. The Student President is the main student representative within the University and leads the elected Student Exec team.

National Union of Students [NUS]

Leeds Arts Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS). The NUS campaigns nationally on student issues ranging from tuition fees to safer accommodation and fair access to education. The NUS also provide our staff and Union team with excellent training and support. 

Any student at Leeds Arts University can purchase the NUS Totum card. The NUS Totum card is a great way for you to take advantage of over 200 exclusive deals and discounts online, and now comes with 1 year FREE ISIC un-locking over 42,000 international discounts! For only £12 you can buy your NUS Totum card here. 

Events & Activities

A great part of your Union is the events, socials and parties through out the year for a well deserved opportunity to relax, have a laugh and all round let your hair down! This includes anything from Freshers week to Christmas parties, exhibitions, fundraising and End of Year Parties - and everything in between! Click here for a full list of events!

The Union also helps to run a calendar of activities for all students get involved in, whether this is in the University’s Twilight Café or exhibiting in our bi-annual Art Fest exhibitions. 


If you’ve got an interest and want to get other students involved, come talk to your Union! We can help you get a society up and running in no time. 

We currently cater for all sorts, from the Film Society to Life Drawing, Cheese to Raise and Give, there is something for everyone. The team is an enthusiastic group, open to any idea - so make sure you tell us yours!

View our societies and further information about joining on our LCASU website.

Leeds Arts Union also runs its very own magazine, NEST. Now in its 11th Issue, NEST showcases and celebrates students' work here at University, and is now becoming both nationally and internationally recognised. Make sure to keep an eye out for the call for submissions! If you would like to know more about how to get invovled in NEST, please email Ollie and Dan, Co-Editors in Chief on editorial@students.leeds-art.ac.uk.

MOVE Fitness Classes

Get involved, get fit, and most importantly, have fun! 

A healthy body leads to a healthy mind, and getting involved in our sports activities will help enrich your student experience by helping you get fit, making friends and having fun. 

Our MOVE Fitness classes are open to all students, and offer a twice weekly calendar of classes to get involved in like yoga, Zumba, Pilates, boxercise or kettlebells. Students can purchase MOVE Membership online on the Union website or by popping by the office, at any time during the year.

Check out the MOVE fitness class calendar to see what's on offer. Please simply complete the MOVE sign up and purchase membership for just £20 a year to attend as many classes as you wish! 

Leeds Arts University Sports Teams

We currently have two sports teams, our Men's Football Team and Ladies' Netball Team. Both our teams compete in local, friendly leagues. 

Both teams are a great way to have fun and make new friends here at Leeds Arts University. Membership for either team for the year is just £25 which includes access to all our MOVE fitness classes!  

Sign up for Football now!

Sign up for Netball now!


During life at University there may be times when you feel you need a bit of guidance or support and the Student Welfare team are here to help. Their services are free to all students and they work to standards of strict confidentiality. The University has a great support network and Student Welfare can offer confidential advice, support and counselling.

You can email Student Welfare in confidentiality on their dedicated email at studentwelfare@leeds-art.ac.uk

House hunting needn’t be a nightmare - we’ll help you find your dream house or flat!

The Union works with local housing charity Unipol to offer useful information and support.To make sure you find the best accommodation for you, we provide a contract checking service and offer great advice at our house hunting talks and info stalls.


Whether you have questions about accommodation, LGBTQ+ matters, mental health, sexual health, wellbeing or anything else, our Welfare Officer, Poppy, and your Union can help with guidance and advice. Please head to our dedicated Support section of the website. 

Our Buddy Scheme matches current Leeds Arts University students with new students. They will be a friendly face who will share their knowledge about University life, providing guidance, friendship, support and practical advice to help make sure our new students settle into their studies. If it is something they cannot answer they will direct you to those who can help.

​Whether you want to get a buddy or be a buddy, the scheme will give you a chance to meet new people and enjoy your time at University! Check it out here! 

Where to find us

There are two Union offices within the University. The main office is situated on the left as you enter the Blenheim Walk building.The Vernon Street office is on the Rossington Street side of the building, in front of Student Welfare. 

Feel free to drop by whenever and say hi!

We are always open to any questions, comments or suggestions and will do our best to help you out as much as possible! Please feel free to get in touch with your Union in whatever way is best for you!

For all your Union information, check out our website: www.leedsartsunion.org.uk

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Pinterest: @LeedsArtsUnion

 Staff Contacts:

Your 2018/2019 Officers:

  • Campaigns Officer: Kathryn Griffiths
  • Communications Officer: Ali Drewery
  • Co-Editorial Officer: Dan Pipe & Ollie Meeke (https://www.nestmag.online@nestmagazine)
  • Co-Events Officer: Emily McKenzie & Willow Cicale-Brown
  • Raise and Give Officer: Lucy Beaumont
  • Societies Officer: Kat Sucikova
  • Welfare Officer: Poppy Belcham
  • Student Governor: Ally Horton 
  • Mature Student Officer: ZsaZsa Cooper Williams 
  • International Officer: Fe Sasson
  • Further Education Officer: Annie Winter