Edinburgh University Students’ Association
With over 600 staff and an annual turnover of £11million, Edinburgh University Students’ Association is one of the largest Students’ Associations in the UK. The Association provides a range of services and opportunities for the University of Edinburgh’s 39,500 students.
Operating across four distinct venues, the Students’ Association’s estate includes:
The oldest purpose built student union in the world, Teviot Row House opened its doors in 1889. Housing six distinct bars, five catering outlets, a live music venue and meeting and events spaces, the venue plays host to art exhibitions, sports screenings, quiz and band nights, balls, ceremonies and even weddings; which are planned by our catering company, Honours.
The Pleasance recently underwent significant redevelopment, transforming it into a dynamic centre for student activities containing meeting areas, TV and radio production spaces, dance studios, and a multi-purpose performance space. A bar and catering offering exists on site, and Association events - for example live music - are programmed in the performance spaces throughout the year.
Home to the Association’s main administrative offices, a retail outlet, coffee shop, bar, catering offering, and two tenant companies, Potterrow has an attic nightclub which, each Saturday, enables the entire venue to transform into a 1,500 capacity club.
Providing Association facilities for some 8,000 science and engineering students based on the King’s Buildings Campus, King’s Building House is undergoing a summer renovation to its gym, bars, catering and retail offering in 2016. The venue also houses badminton and squash courts and meeting facilities.
In addition to the operations listed above, the Association runs bar and catering facilities within the clubhouse of the University’s Sport & Exercise playing fields at Peffermill.
Edinburgh is a vibrant capital city which is also the leading festival city in the world. Working with production companies Gilded Balloon and Pleasance Theatre Trust, three of the Association’s venues – Teviot Row House, The Pleasance and Potterrow – form a city centre hub of Fringe Festival activity during the month of August each year. Significant bar, catering and retail operations during this time (both in the venues and in temporary outlet units) provide vital income for the Association, which is an independent charity. All income generated by the Association is used to provide free advice, support, activities and representation services for students.
The Association has embarked on its Strategic Plan 2015-19 which outlines its mission, vision and values, alongside a suite of goals and supporting activities which will enable it to successfully achieve the ambitious targets it has set itself.