About Us

About the Union

The Union was established in 1895 and since then has always had the aim of making student life fun and accessible and to give students a voice at the University. The Union runs a wide range of services including:

  • Academic advocacy, welfare and grants
  • Events on campus
  • Student Radio and newspaper, On Dit
  • Employment and Volunteering Service
  • and so much more

You can also become a member of the Union. Union membership costs $25 for a year or $55 for three years. You can buy memberships at our office on North Terrace at Level 4 of Union House, our Waite and Roseworthy campus offices and here on the website.

Adelaide University Union Annual Report 2015 Adelaide University Union Annual Report 2015 (1373 KB)

Our vision

Our belief is that an educated, engaged and passionate community can change the world for the better.

Our mission

The Union strives to enrich the student experience by ensuring:

  • that the student voice is heard and valued;
  • that the full range of student communities is fostered and engaged;
  • the health, safety and wellbeing of students which allow for development, both individually and collectively.

Our values

Our values
Our values lie at the heart of what we do and our commitment to these principles will allow for our individual differences to be overcome.

Accessible Education
The Union recognises that education is one of the most powerful determinants in a person’s life and that it must be accessible for all students regardless of social or economic status.

Diversity
The Union recognises that within the student community there are many communities defined by gender, ethnicity, faith and economic status, etc. Each community possesses a unique student experience and we value, embrace and promote that diversity.

Partnership & Community
The Union believes that the University experience will be richer for students if it includes interaction with a broader range of community partners, whether they be social, cultural, sporting, charitable or business.

Professionalism
The Union recognises that the task of representation requires the highest standards of ethical behaviour, efficacy, and service, as well as management and professional skills all aimed at delivering benefits for students.

Democracy
The Union is committed to a student organisation governed by the students of the University of Adelaide and seeks to foster and strengthen democratic decision making processes.