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Feedback & Complaints

We aim to provide a positive experience for all students, staff and visitors and are committed to the provision of high-quality services and activities.

We want everyone to be happy with their experience at Bristol SU. However, if things go wrong, we want you to be able to let us know.


We welcome feedback, and see it as an opportunity to help us understand how we can achieve our vision, mission and values. We use all feedback to help us improve.

If you have any feedback about your experience at Bristol SU please email explaining:

  • What the issue is
  • How you feel it could be resolved

We will do our best to respond to all feedback but we will always take that feedback and pass it on to the relevant staff member or elected officer

If possible we will let you know if there are any actions based on your feedback.


If you have a complaint about Bristol SU, wherever possible and safe to do so, the aim is to resolve the complaint either yourself or by speaking to a Bristol SU staff member.

Where that is not possible or if you are unhappy with the response, we will resolve complaints using a formal process that includes a thorough and fair investigation.

To make a Complaint, you will need to complete this form.

If you have issues accessing or completing this form, please send a message to

We will only be able to consider your complaint if it is related to Bristol SU, and ideally within 14 working days (Mon – Fri) of the incident. Please see our full Complaint Policy for more information

For complaints about the University of Bristol (including academic matters, or University of Bristol services), you will need to use the University’s Student Complaints Procedure.

What happens next?

  • We will let you know we have received your complaint within 5 working days (Mon-Fri are Bristol SU’s working days)
  • We will check the complaint to ensure it is fits within the complaints policy.
  • We will consider if reasonable steps have been taken to resolve the issue informally.
  • In some cases, we might find a way to resolve the complaint through informal means that have not yet been explored.
  • We may contact you for additional detail or clarification of the complaint.

If an investigation is still required, we will assign an Investigating Officer and inform you of their name and contact details and they will get in touch to go though the process.

If your complaint relates to serious criminal behavior, we may refer the matter to the police or University or support you to do this

Can I appeal the outcome?

Both parties can appeal the decision if:

  • You believe the complaints policy was not followed properly, or
  • You believe the decision made was not reasonable You must submit your appeal to within 10 working days (Mon-Fri are Bristol SU’s working days) of receiving the decision, unless there is an important reason for being outside this timescale.

Your email should state the reason why you are appealing the decision which was made and what outcome you are seeking

The appeal will be considered by the Chief Executive or their nominee and two members of the Trustee Board. They will consider the basis of the complaint as it was originally submitted and the process that was followed.

The appeals panel decision is final and there are no further appeals processes.