GSU achieves Quality Students' Union accreditation

We’re delighted and proud to say that we have achieved our accreditation, meaning that the work we do as a students’ union covers a range of best practices and we have demonstrable impact to our members.

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Blue, black and white logo with wording saying "NUS" and "Quality Students' Union"We told you back in the summer about Quality Students’ Unions (QSU), a quality framework for students’ unions that we were applying for. The framework has been run by the National Union of Students (NUS) since 2013. 

We’re delighted and proud to say that we have achieved our accreditation, meaning that the work we do as a students’ union covers a range of best practices and we have demonstrable impact to our members. The full report is available online in PDF format at (opens in a new window).  

Aatika Ayoub, GSU President, says: “This accreditation from NUS is great news and shows that the work put in at Greenwich Students’ Union really makes a difference. To have that recognised by the national body for students’ unions is fantastic, and a testament to the hard work that GSU puts in for Greenwich students.” 

QSU is the only quality model specifically for students’ unions. It sits alongside standards and codes that are also used within the student movement and the wider charity sector such as the students’ union good governance code, Green Impact and Investors in People. The framework recognises what Unions are doing well and areas for continued development and improvement for their members.? 

John Schless, our Chief Executive, says: “Our previous strategy, The Big Plan, plus the extra year of it through Covid has really seen the Union grow to become an organisation that supports and delivers for its members, and is a trusted partner with the University to provide the best student experience. There are still things we want to achieve and continual areas for growth and development; however, where we are as an organisation now is something to be really proud of. Thank you from me to all of the GSU team – they deserve this accolade.” 

In our new strategic plan for the next few years ahead, we will be working towards maintaining the accreditation and achieving the next level of it. In the meantime, we’re proud to call ourselves a QSU accredited Union, and look forward to further developing the work we do to ensure all our members become their best at Greenwich.