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Students' Union Leadership Residential

25 - 27 July 2017

  • Develop your Leadership and Teamworking Skills in fun, interactive workshops

  • Learn about your Students' Union and how you can make a difference to your University experience

  • Enjoy two nights full-board at a beautiful Staffordshire venue

  • Get connected with people who share your passions and interests!

  • Enjoy a range of hot and cold meals, snacks and refreshments all included! 

  • Take part in some great outdoor challenges to earn awesome prizes for your team

The Big Union Getaway, the Students' Union Leadership Residential, is a free, annual retreat organised by Staffordshire University Students' Union. Join us to develop your Leadership Skills, improve your Students' Union and make us all Proud to be Staffs.  

Based at a beautiful Staffordshire venue, this free two-night residential course gives students the chance to find our more about their Students' Union, develop their leadership and trainer skills, get involved in Students' Union campaigns, meet new people and achieve awesome things! All candidates are eligible for free travel from the University Campus and subsidies are available to support travel from anywhere in the UK. 


What can I expect?

Students joining us for the residential will:

  1. Enjoy free full-board accommodation for 2 nights in Lichfield, Staffordshire

  2. Receive free travel from the Staffordshire University Stoke Campus or subsidised travel from around the UK

  3. Gain a detailed understanding of what the Students' Union is and what we do

  4. Achieve the Students' Union Certificate in Leadership and Teamwork;

  5. Take part in a competitive outdoor activity blitz including options such as Zip Wires, High Rope Courses, Climbing, Archery and Canoeing

  6. Alongside your team, bid for actual Event/Activity Funding from the Students' Union

  7. Achieve the Students' Union Certificate in Peer Education

  8. Meet new people and make new connections

  9. Have a great few days with amazing people!


The Students' Union is subsidising 80 candidates for this course and your place on the Big Union Getaway will be COMPLETELY FREE if you are a current Staffordshire University Student and continuing study in September 2017. However, cancellations made after 1 July 2017 may be charged a cancellation fee at the discretion of the Students' Union Student Engagement Manager.

Please note that you can only book your personal place on the Big Union Getaway. Colleagues and friends will need to secure their own place through their Student Account.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?

The Big Union Residential is open to all current Staffordshire University Students. However, we're sorry to confirm that recently graduated students are not eligible to attend.

I'm a third year, why can't I book a place?

Our vision for the Big Union Getaway is that after the course, candidates will feel ready to support their fellow students and deliver amazing on campus activities and events. Naturally, when you graduate you'll be looking for that exciting next challenge in the world of work, rather than staying on to support students at Staffordshire University and so you wouldn't necessarily be able to fulfill our vision!

As the Students' Union is fully funding the course, we want to make sure we reach our objective and so unfortunately this time the residential isn't open to students concluding their studies at the University this year.

However, if you are continuing on to Post-Graduate level studies, you would be most welcome to attend. Please email the Student Engagement Team with confirmation of your Post-Graduate place and we'll open a special booking option on the website for you.

I have a disability, can I take part?

Yes, of course! Our chosen venue is access friendly, based across a large single storey building. All workshop and outdoor activities are access friendly and every measure to make sure you can enjoy your stay with us will be taken. Please inform us of any disability that might affect your stay when you book your place and a member of the team will be in touch to make any necessary arrangements with you. 

What is the programme for the Residential?

Our team is working hard to make sure that the programme for the event is perfect! So, a detailed breakdown of the programme will be available soon. However, transport from the Stoke Campus will depart at 08:30 on Tuesday 25 July 2017 and candidates will arrive back on campus by approximately 16:00 on Thursday 27 July 2017.

Do I have to attend the whole residential?

Yes. Attending only part of the course will limit your ability to successfully participate in the training aspects of the programme and as such, you are required to attend all sessions. 

Can I bring guests, partners or children?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guests, partners or children for this residential activity.

However, should you have specific care needs that are provided by a specifically trained and nominated carer, we will of course be able to welcome them to join you. Please inform us of any such requirement when you register for the Big Union Getaway. 

Do I have to stay overnight?

We would encourage all candidates to take a residential place on the course, as the programme is cramp-packed and we wouldn't want you be travelling home completely exhausted. However, we will understand should you wish to remain non-residential and arrangements can be made. 

What food can I expect on this residential?

A detailed menu will be available soon but all dietary requirements will be catered for. Meals will be served in an on-site restaurant, where candidates will be able to select their meal. Tea, Coffee and cold refreshments will be made regularly available throughout the course. 

I really want to attend but I'm a bit nervous! Help?

We appreciate that this might be the first residential course you've attended and that it can be quite nerve-racking! We urge anyone feeling a bit nervous to contact the Student Engagement Team, where we'll happily meet you for a coffee and talk through the course and your worries. 

Where is the residential being held?

This year, the Big Union Getaway will be held at a beautiful venue in Lichfield. Take a look at the pictures above! 

Whitemoor Lakes
Barley Green Lane
WS13 8QT

What happens if I need to cancel my place?

We really hope that every ticket holder will be able to attend the Big Union Getaway, as it'll be a fantastic few days. However, we understand that sometimes life can get in the way and you may need to cancel your free place.
If this is the case, you'll need to inform the Students' Union Student Engagement Team by email at by Friday 31 June 2017 at 17:00.

If you wish to cancel your place after this deadline, you will be responsible for transferring your ticket to a colleague or friend. If you are unable to transfer your ticket you may be charged a cancellation fee.

Who can I contact for more information?

The Student Engagement Team are always here to help. Give us a call on 01782 294687, drop us an email at or drop in to the Students' Union Offices above Ember Lounge between 10 and 4 on a weekday.