Students' Union

Students' Union

The Suffolk New College Students’ Union is an organisation run by students, for students, who employ staff to run specific activities.

Ernie Simmons, Students' Union President

Why do you think the SU is important?

I believe that the student union is important because it gives the students the power and opportunity to voice their opinions and make decisions that can improve college life. The student union also gives the platform to promote a diverse and united community within college. The students union is also important because it represents the whole college, and it means that the whole college can have their say in the decisions that we make. The students within the college tell us what to do.

I plan to listen to all students, and give students the opportunity to voice their opinions. I also plan to ask the wider college community outside the student union meetings what changes they would like.

What advice would you give to yourself starting college?

I would advise myself to work hard in my course and show other students in the college and future students what you can achieve. My advice would also be to listen to tutors that can help me achieve the best of my abilities within my role as a student, to listen to tutor’s feedback in order to improve my work and improve as a person in the future.

Students' Union

The Students’ Union plays an important part in representing your interests with College staff including Senior Managers. It also helps provide a wide range of services and activities on campus, including Rag Week and Freshers’ Week! The Students’ Union also negotiates special discounts with local shops and traders.

What are our main aims?

  • Set up and run student clubs, societies, sports, social and cultural activities
  • Help improve student education
  • Represent student interests
  • Promote and protect the welfare of our members
  • Provide services to meet student needs
  • Promote and celebrate equality and diversity

These aims and objectives shall be practised without discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, medical condition or gender status.

The more involvement you and other students have with us the better. You may want to set up a lunch-time club or suggest ways to improve the College, whatever ideas you may have we want to hear about them, especially if they are quite unusual/crazy and you know it is something other students would like.

Sports & Activities

While at college, it is important to factor in time for fun and socialising. At the sports centre, we are committed to providing you with a number of different ways to stay active. We have an exciting and engaging sports and activities programme, which offers a variety of both casual and competitive sport and physical activity opportunities to all students and staff.

Joining a sports team or taking part in a physical activity session can be a great way to get fit, have fun and meet new people outside of your course. We provide students the opportunity to keep fit and healthy as well as socialising with peers, by providing them daily access to the sports hall, 2 multi-purpose rooms, and the outdoor football pitches (9:00 - 17:00).

Whilst studying at the college, you will have the opportunity to join a sports team, including football and basketball, where we compete in AOC sport leagues. Throughout the course of the year there are also various competitive AOC tournaments that students will have the chance to compete in. These tournaments cover a range of sports including golf, table tennis, cross country, futsal, and more. If you would like to join one of our sports teams or compete in an AOC tournament, all you have to do is pop down to the sports centre and speak to a member of staff, where we can get you signed up.

Work Experience

We provide students the opportunity to complete their work experience hours with us at the Sports Centre. Students that complete work experience with us will need to remain focused whilst helping with the day to day running of the centre. Whilst completing work experience a number of duties will be undertaken, such as answering phone calls from customers, assisting on the front reception during busy periods, and setting up and down equipment from sessions, either in the hall or in the multi purpose rooms. By undertaking your work experience at the sports centre, you can aid your progression into employment or higher education. Employers and universities look very favourably on students who are actively involved in volunteering or professional development, and college is the place to do it.

£5 Sports Card Membership Scheme

At the sports centre, we run a £5 sports card membership scheme. The emphasis on the scheme is to try and get as many students to pop down to the sports centre in their spare time and keep active, partaking in a number of different sports that we offer to students. These sports include football on the outdoor pitches, basketball in the sports hall, table tennis in the upstairs multi purpose rooms, and many more. The £5 sports card entitles you to access the aforementioned areas throughout the whole academic year. You can get a sports card by paying the full £5 on your first visit to the centre, or by topping up £1 instalments on your first 5 visits. It is always best to check the availability of the sports hall before you turn up for a casual session, as we do have a number of academic classes that run everyday, which take priority.

UOS Students Union

The students union at the University of Suffolk run a number of different sessions at the Suffolk New College Sports Centre every week, that college students are more than welcome to join in with. These sessions are a great way to keep fit whilst interacting and meeting new people to boost your confidence. All sessions are available at just £1 for students and £3 for the general public. The current timetable of activities run by the UOS students union is as follows:

  • Mondays: 20-20-20 fitness class, 17:15-18:15
    Badminton 17:30-18:30
  • Tuesdays: Yoga 16:30-17:30,
    Pilates 17:30-18:30
  • Thursdays: Zumba 17:00-17:45,
    High Intensity fitness 17:30-18:30,
    Futsal 17:45-19:00,
    Netball 19:00 - 20:00

For more information on the activities run by the UOS Students Union, visit their website at