Ethical Affairs

The Ethical Affairs campaign at CUSU aims to increase the awareness of social and environmental issues around campus and help student campaigns. We also represent students on certain University bodies, such as the University Sustainability Strategy Council.


The Team is responsible for:

  • Campaigning for a reduction of environmental impact by students, the Union, and the wider University
  • Promoting the socially responsible use of students' financial resources, whether directly through students' purchasing power, or indirectly through the procurement and investment activities of the Union, the University and the Colleges
  • Campaigning for the University and Colleges to pay the Living Wage for all staff
  • Supporting the civic and democratic engagement of the student body through voter registration and awareness efforts in the run up to local and national elections
  • Developing and promote volunteering and charitable activities for students in the local community
  • Supporting the work of the Green and Ethical Officers of the affiliated Common Rooms


Meet the Team 

Head of Team

  • Alice Gilderdale
  • Jake Simms

Team Campaigns Officers

  • Dylan Amin
  • Ellen Pearce-Davies

Here's what Ella Irwin, one of the previous Ethical Affairs Officers, thought about the role:

Ella Irwin, Ethical Affairs Officer 2016/17

Ethical Affairs has an important and varied role to play in CUSU. We are uniquely placed to represent students’ views on sustainability, fair trade, democratic engagement and living wage within the University Administration. These are four crucial issues in Cambridge.

The Ethical Affairs Officers sit on several University Committees, they work closely with the Green and Ethical Officers to connect and support them, they can run campaigns aimed at the student body and they can ensure our Student Union lives up to the ethical standards we, as students, set.

As one of two Ethical Affairs Officers, I have met some truly amazing enthusiastic people and got to aid them in their campaigns and incredible work. Although we focused mostly on administrative tasks last year, there is plenty of scope to have an active role and a loud voice regarding ethical issues in Cambridge.


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