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The University of Bristol Student-Staff Solidarity Group

An open agenda to build an alternative University of Bristol


What is the Student-Staff Solidarity Group?


We are students and members of staff from all wings of the University community, brought together by the USS pension strike, and immediately realised that we share much more than the desire for fair pensions. We all believe in a system of Higher Education that is inclusive, diverse, accessible and just.


We came together to create an inclusive space of solidarity, horizontal dialogue, inclusion and collective construction. We aim for an alternative vision of the University of Bristol and Higher Education that is no longer imposed from the top, but instead is democratically created from the bottom. We believe that students and staff can learn from each other and work together to challenge the current model of higher education and identify a new trajectory for our University. Moreover, we strongly believe that our group must represent and create an opportunity for solidarity beyond students and staff.


We have agreed on a code of conduct to ensure that every member feels empowered to use their voice to enrich our group and join the struggle for a fairer University of Bristol.


Our long-term vision


The struggle of all staff is also a struggle for a better future for students. We supported workers who participated in the 2018 USS strike, and believe that workers in Higher Education ought to use their power of industrial action and collective bargaining in the future, and would support them wholeheartedly if they did so. However, we also recognize the existence of several other challenges that must be addressed and tackled. We will be fighting together for:

  • free and democratic education

  • accessible and affordable housing

  • the rights of casualized workers and non-academic staff

  • the closure of the salary gap

  • the decolonisation of education and the diversification of the student and staff bodies

  • decent working conditions

  • the strengthening of students’ wellbeing

and for any other cause that the group will consider in line with our common principles, objectives and values. See our Demands document for more information.


If you have any questions or aren't sure how to get involved, please contact us on one of the following channels:


Join us to build together our vision and the way forward.

Students and Staff United

Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


Code of Conduct


When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.


Download the Code of Conduct


Refund Policy


Any customer who pays for a membership subscription to a Bristol SU Society, Sports Club, Student Media and initiatives has a 14 day cooling off period from the time and date of purchase during which they have the right to cancel the subscription and receive a full refund. If you do decide to cancel within the 14 days, Bristol SU will refund your payment within a further 30 days of the cancellation.  To request a refund please email:


Data sharing (Sports Club members only)


Please be aware that Bristol SU may share data relating to the members of its sports clubs with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (a department of the University).  This information may be used for the purposes of communicating direct with these members and/or to cross-reference against SEH's Sports Pass membership records.


As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


Data sharing (Societies members only)


If you're joining one of the societies listed below please be aware that your name and email address will be shared with Bristol Hub for the purpose of keeping you up to date with their activities through their email “The Week”:

AIESEC Bristol, AMICUS Bristol, Anti-Slavery Society, Bristol Feminists, Bristol Friends of MSF, Bristol Marrow, Bristol Social Enterprise Society, Bristol Student Action for Refugees, Bristol University Amnesty International, Conservation Group, Bristol University Oxfam Group, Bristol University Sustainability Team, Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad, Engineers Without Borders, Howard League for Penal Reform Student Society, International Affairs Society, Medsin Bristol, Model United Nations, and Vegetarian and Vegan Society.


For more information on Bristol Hub visit:


If you do not want your details shared with the Hub please email:

These terms shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Nothing in these terms shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.