Posted on 29/06/2011
This year's Student Union Sabbaticals celebrate their charity status.
The Students' Union at Royal Holloway, University of London has been awarded charity status which will provide new funding opportunities and help to secure its future.
All students’ unions were required to register as a charity in order to comply with the new Charities Act 2006, which came into effect this year. Previously they operated as unregistered charities despite offering charitable services to students, including practical and emotional support on education worries, advice on accommodation issues, and support with physical and mental health problems.
The application involved a review of the Students’ Union constitution to ensure it adhered to the Charity Commission guidelines and required the SU to submit evidence showing how the organisation qualified as having a charitable purpose.
Sean O’Donnell, SU General Manager, said: “This is the beginning of a new chapter for the Students’ Union and allows us great opportunities to refocus on membership engagement, maximising participation and access to new funding streams. Registration with the Charity Commission also means that we are formally recognised as existing for the advancement of education as well as representing students, organising sporting, social and cultural activities and offering personal development opportunities."
Rachel Pearson, SU President, added: “The charitable status will allow us to apply for more outside funding, because many trusts only accept applications from registered charities, so hopefully it will result in an increase in income in the future.This is a significant development which clarifies the legal status of Students’ Unions and which will also ensure additional support and advice for future elected officers and staff at the Students’ Union."
For more information about the Students’ Union, visit the SU website.