Cambridge University Students' Union

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Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU) is the university-wide representative body for students at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Established in 1971 as the new Cambridge Students' Union (CSU), it was eventually recognised by the university authorities on May 25th, 1984 and renamed, following a student referendum in March 1985, to Cambridge University Students Union. Its second president was Charles Clarke, later a Labour MP, Secretary of State for Education and Home Secretary.

The Cambridge University Students' Union is often confused with the Cambridge Union Society, the renowned student debating society founded in 1815.



CUSU holds elections annually for 6 full-time officers, 8 part-time officers and a number of delegates to the National Union of Students (NUS)

The full-time officers take a one year sabbatical from their studies and are:

  • President
  • Services Officer
  • Academic Affairs
  • Welfare & Graduates Officer
  • Access Officer
  • Women's Officer

The part-time officers are currently:

  • Education
  • Entertainments
  • Higher Education Funding
  • Green
  • Target Campaigns
  • Welfare Awareness
  • 2 Open Portfolio Officers

The CUSU Executive Committee also consists of a number of other part-time positions co-opted by CUSU Council throughout the year. These are:

  • Anti-Racism
  • Chair of CUSU Council
  • Communications and Union Building
  • Graduates
  • HIV & Sexual Health
  • Mature Students
  • Secretary to the Executive
  • Students with Disabilities

Finally, the heads of the CUSU Autonomous Campaigns sit on the Executive Committee. The Autonomous Campaigns are:

  • CUSU LBGT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered)
  • CUSU International
  • Black Students Campaign
  • CUSU Women's Union (the Chair of which is the sabbatical Women's Officer)

The chairs of the autonomous campaigns may only be elected by members of that campaign.

CUSU Sabbatical Officers elected for 2005-06

Title Name College
President Laura Walsh Fitzwilliam
Services Officer Jennifer Cooper Newnham
Welfare Officer Vicki Mann Sidney Sussex
Academic Affairs Officer Drew Livingston Peterhouse
Women's Officer Michelle Nuttall King's
Access Officer Zen Jelenje Clare

No candidates applied for the position of Access Officer in the first CUSU election of 2005. Jelenje was elected, along with a new Target Campaigns officer Mandeep Singh (Churchill), on 19 May 2005.

CUSU Sabbatical Officers 2004-05

Title Name College
President Wes Streeting Selwyn
Services Officer Ed Shattock Fitzwilliam
Welfare Officer Richard Reid Pembroke
Academic Affairs Officer Drew Livingston Peterhouse
Women's Officer Jo Read Newnham
Access Officer Naveed Anwar Selwyn

List of former CSU/CUSU Presidents and Sabbatical Officers

Year Title Name College
1970-71 President John Newbigin  
1971-72 President Charles Clarke King's
1972-73 President Mike Grabiner King's
1973-74 President Neville Walton St. John's
Jill Lewis Newnham
1974-75 President Tony Allen Mills Jesus
Deputy President Robert Breare Pembroke
1975-76 President Alastair Begg Sidney Sussex
Deputy President Pippa Berry King's
1976-77 President John Stewart Downing
Deputy President Simon Turner Sidney Sussex
1977-78 President Tom Hayhoe Corpus Christi
Deputy President David Lidington Sidney Sussex
1978-79 President Charles Birch Trinity
Deputy President Alan Newman Emmanuel
1979-80 President Jon Hunt St John's
Deputy President Tom Fish Churchill
1980-81 President Iain Wright St Catharine's
Deputy President Sarah Rowland Jones Newnham
1981-82 President Nick Alexander Downing
Deputy President Anne Clift-Hill Newnham
1982-83 President Ann Robinson Newnham
Deputy President Nick Holgate Trinity
1983-84 President Martin Markus Trinity Hall
Deputy President Mike Thursfield Emmanuel
1984-85 President Chris Thornton Clare
Deputy President Martin Tod St. John's
1985-86 President Mary Browning King's
Deputy President (Services) Andy Loader Christ's
Deputy President (Welfare) Tanya Pein Churchill
1986-87 President Michael Black Selwyn
Deputy President (Services) Louis Bezodis St. Catharine's
Deputy President (Welfare) Satnam Virdi King's
1987-88 President Sian Griffiths New Hall
Deputy President (Services) Chris Lowe St. Catharine's
Deputy President (Welfare) Dave Lees Girton
1988-89 President Gillian Wilson St John's
Deputy President (Services) Lee Berridge Clare
Deputy President (Welfare) Fiona Caldwell Emmanuel
1989-90 President Kathryn Robinson New Hall
Deputy President (Services) Nick Whyte Clare
Deputy President (Welfare) David Derbyshire Clare
Deputy President (Communications) Suzanne Gill New Hall
1990-91 President Natalie Ceeney Newnham
Deputy President (Services) Kathryn Packer Emmanuel
Deputy President (Welfare) Bill Hayton Downing
Deputy President (Communications) Duncan Ross Queens'
1991-92 President Bridget Martindale Selwyn
Deputy President (Services) Matt Young Clare
Deputy President (Welfare) Simon Chaplin  
Deputy President (Communications) Siwan Hayward Girton
1992-93 President Mark Watson St. Catharine's
Deputy President (Services) Caterina Tzortzi Robinson
Deputy President (Welfare) Mel Wood Queens'
Deputy President (Communications) Matthew White  
1993-94 President Barney Hamilton St. John's
Deputy President (Services) David Blunt Emmanuel
Deputy President (Welfare) Mark Goodrich Trinity Hall
Deputy President (Communications) Chris Measures Fitzwilliam
Deputy President (Women) Mel Barlow New Hall
1994-95 President Anna Dixon Trinity Hall
Deputy President (Services) Russell Smith St. Catharine's
Deputy President (Welfare) Doug Lynch Gonville & Caius
Deputy President (Communications) Eduardo Reyes Clare
Deputy President (Women) Lucy Cartwright Trinity Hall
1995-96 President Nick Forbes Selwyn
Services Officer Neil Bentley Gonville & Caius
Welfare Officer Francesca Holland Jesus
Academic Affairs Officer Ceri Smith Emmanuel
Women's Officer Jenny Reindorp Clare
1996-97 President Ben Jackson Emmanuel
Services Officer James Vaccaro King's
Welfare Officer Ben Griffiths Clare
Academic Affairs Officer Neil McInnes Jesus
Women's Officer Denise Burford Emmanuel
1997-98 President Sarah Bonnett Sidney Sussex
Services Officer Dave Strachan Jesus
Welfare Officer Elliot Vaughn Clare
Academic Affairs Officer Colin Horswell Clare
Women's Officer Penny Pereira King's
1998-99 President Holly Linklater Jesus
Services Officer Chris Timms Pembroke
Welfare Officer Mark Jones-Parry Churchill
Academic Affairs Officer Alix Langley Churchill
Women's Officer Ruth Scott King's
1999-00 President Tristan Jones Emmanuel
Services Officer Alan Bird Trinity Hall
Welfare Officer Mary Webber Jesus
Academic Affairs Officer Daniel Blaney King's
Women's Officer Katie McClymont King's
2000-01 President Mat Coakley King's
Services Officer Martin Lucas-Smith King's
Welfare Officer Isabel Hudson King's
Academic Affairs Officer Louise Capel-Cure Newnham
Women's Officer Laura Timms King's
2001-02 President Pav Akhtar Homerton
Services Officer Stewart Morris Christ's
Welfare Officer Helen Evans St John's
Academic Affairs Officer Mike Bourke Christ's
Women's Officer Alison Ismail Emmanuel
Access Officer Rachel Tripp Girton
2002-03 President Paul Lewis King's
Services Officer Craig Wilkie Christ's
Welfare Officer Alice Pennington Christ's
Academic Affairs Officer Katie Childs Girton
Women's Officer Chris Holly Trinity
Access Officer Steph Hawryla Newnham
2003-04 President Ben Brinded Gonville & Caius
Services Officer Keith Collantine Selwyn
Welfare Officer Lizz Waller Girton
Academic Affairs Officer Jessica Childs King's
Women's Officer Jo Read Newnham
Access Officer Suzy Butler Pembroke

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