Surrey Students’ Union, Guildford

12:00 Monday 19 August – 13:00 Wednesday 21 August

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Southern Unions Conference 2024 is now open! Hosted by Surrey Students’ Union, on our campus in Guildford, Southern Unions Conference is the ideal event for new Sabbatical Officers and members of staff – both new and more experienced, to learn from other Unions, network with like-minded people and discuss the best ideas from across the movement.

We have a limited amount of places with University accommodation on site, alongside non-accommodation options for those of you who want to stay in various hotels in Guildford. We are also offering the option to just attend on the Tuesday day for a full day of the conference.

Lunch, dinner and refreshments during the day are included with all tickets. All tickets also include free evening entertainment in our building, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic events in different spaces depending on your preference. Breakfast is included in the Accommodation ticket.

Free parking is available on site.

Registration can be completed in the this form. Further information such as vehicle registration and dietary and access requirements will be collected nearer the event.


The Education Planning Group and Surrey Students’ Union are pleased to announce the 4 strands to this year’s Summer Conference, they are;

  • Officer and staff development
  • Education
  • Marketing, Communications and Strategy 
  • Community and Welfare

Whilst we already have some great sessions being run by both external organisations and staff and officers from SU’s, we would love to hear from anyone who would like to highlight an area or practice within their SU that they believe others would benefit from. 

Currently we provisionally have sessions looking at,

  • Mental Health First Aid (4 hour session leading to certification)
  • The Use of AI in SU services
  • AI in Education
  • Immigration and SU’s practice
  • GDPR – a practical application
  • Using marketing to close the feedback loop
  • Strategy and what students want right now
  • Social Media Session
  • Course reps in 2024/25
  • A new academic framework and its impact on campus life
  • plus plenaries and Communities of Practice sessions, amongst others.

Please email with any ideas for sessions you would like to deliver.

Hotel Options

Travelodge Guildford15 mins walkLink
Holiday Inn Guildford20 mins walkLink
Premier Inn Guildford25 mins walk, 10 mins taxiLink
The Mandolay30 mins walk, 10 mins taxiLink


Full Delegate and Accommodation£210
Full Delegate£100
Tuesday only ticket£60


Any questions, just email