Introducing Rachel Gilbey

Rachel is 23 years old and is the first female President of the Students’ Union. 

Rachel has recently completed a degree in Event Management, graduating from the Uni in 2016. By being involved with Student Life, Rachel hopes to encourage students to share their experiences, tips and knowledge among other students, residents and businesses, along the Ipswich Waterfront which connects us.

The University of Suffolk Students’ Union is an integral part of the University. It is a member led organisation, run by students for students. Every student that enrols at University will automatically be a member of the Students’ Union, that way, they can campaign on issues that directly affect the student body. The organisation exists to represent all students by voicing their interests and concerns locally, nationally and internally within the University. The Students’ Union is led by an elected President and Vice-President as well as part-time Department and Liberation Officers, all of who shape the direction of the Students’ Union for the year and based on the feedback they receive from students. Social activities, sports clubs and events are also a big part of the Students’ Union and these play an important part in University life and the student experience. In addition, the Students’ Union offers every student one to one advice in regards to matters such as housing, finance, academic appeals, wellbeing and sexual health. If you’re ever by the Students’ Union, feel free to pop in for a chat or pay a visit to the Campus Shop. 

As the University continues to grow, it is important to remember the local community that grows alongside us. Valued partnerships with local organisations, charities and individuals; particularly through events such as the Students’ Union Freshers fortnight which relies on the continued support from local businesses, are just some of the many reasons why the University of Suffolk is so great. 

To find out more visit the website at or why not come along to one of our events like an Open Lecture or to visit the Waterfront Gallery.