Students to meet council leaders

STUDENT officers from the University of Sheffield Students’ Union are to meet councillors in a bid to forge stronger bonds between students and the wider community.

Senior council leaders and councillors representing popular student residential areas have been invited to the meeting on October 13.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg – whose Hallam constituency is home to much of the city’s student population – and Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield have been invited.

Students’ Union Welfare Officer Matthew Denton said the Students’ Union had 50,000 members. “We contribute a lot to the city and we need a bigger voice. As an organisation, we can mobilise a great body of people and there’s a lot we could do by working much more closely with the council.”

At the start of a new university year, he said it was the ideal time to remind the wider community that the student population brought many benefits, both social and commercial, to Sheffield.