Student Life

Students' Union

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The Student Union

Your Student Union is here to represent you, to make sure that the student voice is heard within the Institute. We work together with both the staff and students to ensure everyone’s experience of the Courtauld is as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible.

We’re here to support you throughout your studies, to make sure you’re getting the help you need. We’re always around to give advice, a helping hand, or to have a cup of tea with.

The Student Union is also in charge of the social events here at the Courtauld. Our Freshers Week included afternoon tea, bowling, cocktails, cinemas, pizzas, burgers, parties, street art, stately homes, pub crawls and ping pong.

Our events range from the glamourous Christmas and Summer Balls, to parties in our student café, to pub quizzes, music nights, gallery tours, exclusive panel discussions, artist talks and lots of celebratory essay hand-in drinks.

Our Students

Students here at the Courtauld are an endlessly busy bunch.

We have our student paper, The Courtauldian, for which students write, edit and illustrate. Articles range from being about art, fashion, architecture, politics, travel, music and film.

There’s East Wing Biennial, the current exhibition being Interact: Deconstructing Spectatorship, which will run from January 2014 – July 2015. East Wing is a real opportunity for the students, organising an exhibition completely independently. Curating, catalogue, finance, events, press and sponsorship are all managed and controlled by the students. It provides huge amounts of experience, as well as connections, for all students involved.

TEDxCourtauldInstitute was a chance for students to experience something at the Courtauld outside the realms of art history. In 2014, Courtauld Institute and TED came together for TEDxCourtauldInstitute: Colouring Life. ‘Colouring Life’ challenged visitors to consider the brushstrokes that helped create personal achievement and how individuals and organisations can make a difference to people’s lives. TEDxCourtauldInstitute is an ongoing project, developing and growing year on year with new exciting events upcoming.

There are also many student led societies for you to get involved with:

Literature, Sports, Law, Christian, Theatre, Film, The Composite Order, Business of Art, Art, Jewish, Feminist, Conservation, Aesthetics & Politics, and Gin (of course) are all our current student societies.

We also have our University Challenge Team, which, fingers crossed, will make it onto the TV for the Courtauld’s second time in the University Challenge limelight.

If you would like to get in touch with the Courtauld Students’ Union, just email us –