CUSU is the university-wide students' union for the University of Cambridge. All students recognised by the University are automatically part of CUSU, totalling over 21,000 members. Fitzwilliam College's JCR is affiliated to it - the Junior Members' Association pays an anual affiliation fee on our behalf (£6.70 per student) and in return receives a variety of services and support from the organisation.
The CUSU website hosts a wide range of information.
The JCR debated Fitz's membership of CUSU as reported by Varsity. In an 'Open Meeting' on the 21st of February it was decided that Fitz would remain affiliated for the foreseeable future. Here is a PDF by CUSU detailing what affiliation with CUSU does for us. As part of this, Alex Cicale (JCR President 2015) created a document listing the pros and cons of affiliation.
Every year CUSU runs the Big Cambridge Survey in a bid to give students a chance to feedback on a variety of areas of student life, and give CUSU and campaign groups including Common Rooms data with which to conduct campaigns more effectively. So far its been able to provide data from the survey to help with several college rent negotiations, and campaigns to provide better welfare in colleges. The survey allows it to provide college specific data, and compare colleges on issues so JCRs can demonstrate how their college fares against others in the university. It has also been taking data to the first ever University-wide working group on work-related stress, where it has helped give a real picture of welfare issues in the University.
To take this year's survey please click here.