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 $30 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 Roseworthy campus office and here on the website.

Adelaide University Union Annual Report 2016 Adelaide University Union Annual Report 2016 (15583 KB)

Our President

Iacovos Digenis

Hi, my name is Iacovos Digenis and I am your AUU President for the remainder of 2018. I am currently in my 4th year of a law/arts double degree and this is my second year on the board of the AUU.

Like many students, my time at university has been filled with some of my happiest moments and tempered by some of my most difficult. As a student led organisation, geared towards the best interests of the whole student body, the Union is uniquely placed to ensure the wellbeing of all students.

The Union is truly at the centre of the student experience on campus. The Union runs, funds and supports events on campus, employment and volunteer services, clubs and student media. Furthermore, Student Care provides important academic advocacy, advice, financial assistance and wellbeing services to students in need. Improving and protecting these important services is one of the reasons why I got involved in the AUU.

My term as AUU President will be focused on strengthening student led initiatives and services. My job on the board and especially as the President is to give our Union the direction it needs to create a great campus culture. Together with the fantastic AUU staff, I will ensure that our vision, mission and values are implemented.

At its heart, a union is a group of people working together collectively for their common interests. You, as a student of the University of Adelaide are part of this Union and I want everyone to feel a sense of ownership and belonging within our community,

It was an honour to be elected by the student body to the Board and I am again honoured by my fellow directors to be their President and for the opportunity to have a genuine impact on students' lives.

- Iacovos

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.

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.

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.

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.