The Students’ Union plays a key role in Academy life. Whether you’d like to join a specific club, need advice from a friendly face or just want to make sure you don’t miss out on the best social events, we’re here for you.
Every enrolled student is automatically a member of the Students’ Union (SU). The academic year starts with Freshers’ Week, which is a great time to explore all the clubs on offer (but you’re welcome to sign up to any of our societies at any time). Other social highlights include the Christmas Party and Summer Ball.
We hold regular jazz jams in the Academy bar and canteen areas, with pub quizzes, film nights and therapy dog days taking place throughout the year. We also have active LGBTQ+ and BAME societies, a football team and regular yoga sessions.
From cricket to karaoke and cake sales to cocktail nights, there’s plenty to keep you busy. And if you want to set up your own club, social or fundraiser, we’re happy to help.
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Your Students' Union representatives
Working alongside the Students’ Union President are four student representatives – an undergraduate rep, a postgraduate rep, an international rep and an events and societies rep.
Your SU team works together to create the best possible environment for students and ensure that their voices are represented at all levels of the Academy.
The SU President attends all boards and committees – including the Governing Body and the Academic and Programme Boards – to make sure any concerns are addressed.
The formal forum for student views on any other aspects of Academy life, from accommodation to student support, is the Student-Staff Liaison Committee, which meets once a term. Students can raise any concerns through their representatives (normally the SU President).
RAMFAM is a useful buddy system that assigns each new student a ‘family’ when they arrive at the Academy. Look out for details of your ‘mum’ or ‘dad’ at the start of the year – ‘parents’ are students who have been here for at least a year, so they know how everything works and will be able to answer any questions you have.
If you feel you need support at any point during your first year, your buddy is a great contact for you to have.
Isaac, a first-year Professional Diploma student, has found RAMFAM a big help.
‘Unfortunately, I was away during orientation week and everything was completely new and foreign to me when I first stepped into the Royal Academy of Music, from navigating my way through the building to living in London,’ he says. ‘However, with the help of my RAM “parent”, I have been able to settle into my new environment with ease and feel at home immediately. Just knowing you’ve got someone who can answer your questions makes you feel a lot less alone, and we have catch-ups now and again when my buddy checks I’m doing okay.’
University of London societies
As a member institution of the University of London (UoL), we also have access to hundreds more societies and clubs. On top of the wide range of activities on offer, some students find value in meeting like-minded people around London.
Undergraduate student Jess is a keen member of the skydiving club at UoL.
‘I decided to try skydiving and I now absolutely love it,’ she says. ‘It’s a really exciting activity, but I’ve also loved being able to branch out and make some friends outside of the Academy.’
Need to talk?
The SU has created some great resources to help you work out where to go for support. Please see its Need to Talk poster below.
This document lists some of the issues you might need support with and details of the SU members and/or Academy staff to contact.