Reveal financial information regarding advertisements paid for by external companies

Anonymous submitted on

Wednesday 20th May 2020


We as students and members should be able to see how much companies are paying to gain exposure to our student body, especially during Freshers' Week as that is what true transparency means. We should be able to get a breakdown and if companies are uncofortable with that information being revealed then they can lose out on the advertising opportunity as that value is what they are paying to be able to subtly influence our decision making on what products we use/events we go to/where we live etc.


Here, you can view the complete set of official responses from the sabbatical officers regarding this submission.

Students' Union replied on

Thursday 25th Jun 2020 4:31pm

Hi there! 

I have had a response from my colleagues:

Our base rates for companies are available publicly at, and most companies will be paying these rates. Unfortunately, the individual contracts are confidential from both SUSU and the partner organization. This is because there will be negotiations while offering or making deals with different rates for the benefit of both parties. We can and are working on publishing in a more accessible way our overall income as part of our ethical trading conversations to ensure we are holding ourselves and others to the standards students would like. 

I hope this answers your question! 


Laura Barr 

VP Welfare and Community 19/20


Students' Union replied on

Friday 5th Jun 2020 1:33pm

Hi there 

Thank you for your idea, 

I have passed this along to the relevant member of staff in SUSU to get this information. Our VP Education and Democracy has been working on an accessible and student friendly presentation of our financial statements where appropriate which has been understandably halted by the covid19 crisis, and Covid will also naturally change some of our information too. 

I'll also point out that we are currently in the process of writing an ethical trading policy which will hopefully address concerns. 

I'll respond to this when I have a response! 



VP Welfare and Community 



  • Forwarded to Vice President Welfare and Community

    Friday 29th May 2020 1:04pm


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