The Best Student Life. Bristol SU

Training & Support

Training Calendar

We run training courses and workshops throughout the year on a variety of topics. Find and book sessions through our Training Calendar.

In early June, we also organise Committee Fest, a two-day training festival for new committee members to help them get prepared for the year ahead.

If you'd like training that isn't currently available, please contact the Development Team on who can deliver training sessions on request.

Online Training

Please ensure you complete the forms at the end of the training. 

Development Meetings

If you need specific help with something, we strongly encourage you to book a meeting with the Development Team! We can help with a wide variety of things including (but not limited to) sponsorship, finances, AGMs, constitutions, committee roles, budgeting, events, grant writing, handover and wellbeing.

Schedule online

Student Services Finance Drop-In Meetings

We've noticed that student groups often need help with some financial processes. We are more than happy to spend extra time with individual groups to answer any questions you may have relating to the financial running of your club/society.

The drop in sessions will take place twice a week: every Monday between 3-5pm and Wed 11am -1pm.

The sessions will cover:

  • Using the 365 expenses app
  • The process for members to make expense claims, and how you can approve them
  • How you can pay money into your SU club/society account
  • Requesting to withdraw a cash float
  • Handling invoices

If you'd like to meet with us, please submit this form below to chose the time slot.

Development Programme for Sports Clubs

Club Evolution is Bristol SU’s development programme for sports clubs, delivered in partnership with University of Bristol Sport. Club Evolution Clubs are supported to achieve their ambitions, whether that is achieving their BUCS goals or building a fan base for their sport. As part of the programme, the sports clubs receive:

  • A dedicated member of staff with expertise in sport to guide and develop clubs on to greater heights
  • Access to the Timeout Club Captains Development programme
  • Access to Club Captains away day as part of the Performance Programme
  • A mentor club from the Performance scheme
  • Access to the pre-season activity and support

Please contact the Development Team on to discover how your club can apply for the programme. This programme is for sports clubs only. If your group isn’t currently classed as a sport club, contact us to find out how you can change your group status.

Key Contacts in the SU

+ Student services team

The Student Services Team deal with the day-to-day running of your group. They can support you with:

  • Room bookings
  • Expenses and invoices
  • Transport hire
  • Risk assessments
  • Your group's webpage
  • Insurance
  • Other general enquiries

0117 331 8600

+ development team

The Development Team deal with the development of your group. They can support you with:

  • Training
  • Grant writing and Bristol SU Group Grants
  • Awards and the Balloon Accreditation Scheme
  • Other general enquiries about the development of your group

0117 331 8549

You can also book a Development Meeting if you would like a face-to-face discussion with the Development Team. 

+ Finance Team

The Finance Team deal with your group's bank account.

0117 331 8670

+ Events Team

The Events Team can support you with running special events.

0117 331 8663

+ Policy and Campaigns Team

The Policy and Campaigns Team can help you run any campaigns or write policy. They organise the SU's democratic meetings such as Student Council and the Annual Members' Meeting.

0117 331 8540

+ Networks

Bristol SU has 13 Networks that lead campaigns, hold forums and organise social events. They are representative bodies that build communities and create change through collective action. 

Student group leaders are encouraged to join the Societies Network Facebook Group to keep up to date with relevant news and collaborate with other student group leaders.

+ Officers

Your six full time officers are elected by the student body every March and are paid to work full time to lead Bristol SU for a year. They represent students and help improve the student experience at Bristol.

+ The Basket

The Basket, the Bristol SU Shop offers a bespoke merchandise printing service offering payment straight from your group's account, free on-campus collection and high-quality products with any profits being used to fund student activities!

0117 331 8617

External Support

+ Bristol Plus

You can get recognition for attending extra-curricular courses and workshops, as well as a variety of other Students' Union activities through the Bristol PLUS award, run by the Careers Service. The award provides a framework to reflect on the skills you have gained and learn how to articulate them effectively to future employers.

+ Careers Service

The Careers Service offer a wide variety of careers and employability events. These range from short talks that cover the basics on employability through to interactive workshops, such as mock assessment centres and opportunities to practice and prepare for interview.

+ Student Counselling Workshops

The Student Counselling Service offer group sessions designed to give you the opportunity to share experiences and learn and practice new skills.

+ Sport, Exercise and Health

Sports Clubs can get advice from the Sport, Exercise and Health Department (SEH) on sports-related issues such as BUCS, coach recruitment and liaison, SEH facilities, performance services (e.g. nutrition, strength and conditioning, sport psychology), player recruitment and academic scholarships.

+ Global Lounge

The Global Lounge is a hub for students to exchange cultural experiences, integrate and be inspired to become global citizens. They run a large range of international-themed events and work particularly closely with cultural societies.