The Students’ Union (SU) includes every student enrolled at the RCM and its work forms a large part of the student experience. The SU divides its work into five main initiatives listen below. As well as these student facing aspects of its work, we also represent the student voice on various college committees, dealing with everything from day-to-day matters to the very highest level of decision-making. The SU is also home to a variety of student-run societies which, as well as being great fun, are in line with our main initiatives.
The SU hosts a range of social events throughout the year, from Freshers' Week to the Summer Ball, from country walks to city day trips. Most of these events are held in our very own, newly refurbished home – BaRCM. The SU strongly believe that, to work hard and to practice well, it is important to have sufficient recreation time to socialise and have fun with fellow students. Our social events not only provide much-needed respite from study, but offer the opportunity to make connections with fellow musicians and establish a network for collaboration and music making.
The Union works hard to encourage Health and Well-being in the student body and collaborates closely with Student Services to facilitate this. We provide and promote a selection of events each term under this agenda, ranging from meditation to work out sessions and yoga through our fitness society. Not forgetting, of course, the Football Society with its brand new RCM kit. We are also keen to promote spiritual wellbeing, with strong links to the Imperial College Chaplaincy, and encourage students to use this resource.
If you have any feedback on any aspects of college life, the SU is the place to come. The SU regularly asks for feedback from students about their experience in a hope to continue improving the service both the SU and the RCM are providing. The SU is able to raise any student issues in the appropriate forums within the college and college really do listen.
The SU is here as a place for help and advice on all aspect of College life and student life in general. The SU office is always open for general enquiries or just for a chat. If you have a more sensitive issue you would like to discuss one-to-one with one of the student officers, rather than a member of staff, you can email them to find a time to meet or again just drop into the office.
As well as our social and well-being events, the Students’ Union runs a number of musical activities for students to get involved in, such as the Student Film Orchestra and a yearly oratorio. We also have an active Jazz Society who perform regularly both in and outside of college. The SU encourages students to initiate and take part in student-led music and will offer concert and admin support for any such projects.
The Students’ Union is keen to ensure that all its students have a well-rounded experience and grow as people as well as musicians. Our links with Imperial College Union mean all RCM students are invited to join any of their 300 clubs and societies which the SU encourages them to do.