Arts Students’ Union exists to defend and extend your rights: we campaign throughout the year on a range of issues at a course, college, university and national level to improve the lives of our members and the shape of wider society. Whether it's working with Course Reps or fighting against cuts to the arts, we strive to ensure that creative campaigning is at the heart of our organisation.


Below are some of our recent campaign wins, and you'll find the latest updates on all our campaign activity on our blog. Whether you want to be more actively involved in our campaign actions, have ideas about what issues the Students' Union should be campaigning on, or just want some more information about what it is that we do, please get in touch with your Campaigns Officer, Anastazja Oppenheim:



Recent campaign wins!

Anonymous marking: From 2015/16 UAL has agreed to introduce anonymous marking wherever possible to make sure everyone is marked fairly and without any bias.

Cheaper printing: In 2015, we made the University reduce the price of colour printing by 50%. Now we’re lobbying to make it free!

Mental health support: From 2016 the University is going to be introducing a new mental health adviser to support the growing number of students who experience mental health issues at university. On top of this, we’ve lobbied for mental health to be listed as a serious medical condition on the extenuating circumstances guidance for 2015/16.

Scrapping international student sign-ins: Until recently, international students had to come to LCF High Holborn every week to prove their attendance. We thought this was detrimental and unnecessary – and we got the University to scrap the sign-ins.

Living wage: Working together with trades unions, we convinced UAL to pay all of its staff, including outsourced staff, no less than the London Living Wage.

Free Wednesday afternoons: UAL agreed Wednesday afternoons would be free for all undergraduate students so that they can take part in extra-curricular activities such as sports and societies. If you’re studying a BA course and have anything scheduled for Wednesday afternoons, please get in touch with your Campaigns Officer, Anastazja Oppenheim, and we’ll sort it out:

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