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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.

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  • Our vision

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

  • 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

    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 and 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.