Mälardalen Student Union is an affiliated organization and acts as the official student union at Mälardalen University. We are students working for students. Our main mission is to carry out quality ensurance through student influence at the university. Our goal is to make students’ and post doctorates’ time at Mälardalen University as good as possible. In other words, we want our work to ensure our members safety, freedom and taking part of a community.
Our restaurant and pub is called Kåren and is placed in the middle of campus in Västerås. Kåren is one of Västerås biggest night clubs and is a meeting place for all students at the university. This extensive business includes café, pub, night club and events. Our members get really great discounts here.
In Eskilstuna, we don’t have a restaurant or pub business, but we’re working on establishing a kårhus there as well. For now, we have an extensive collaboration with other night spots through The Kår on Tour. Among the activities The Kår on Tour offers is pub evenings, Open Mic, night clubs and movie nights.
The student union’s most important mission is to make sure the university has a working system for student influence. That is, to make sure there’s good quality in every education given from a student perspective.
Since Mälardalen Student Union is the official student union at the university, our mission is to represent every student at the university in decisions where education, study environment and other things that revolve students’ situation are made. The student voice at the university is made of the student and post-doctorate representatives that are seated in different committees. The student union’s managers are also representatives in some of these committees.
A lot of our student influence work is preventive and we’re actively making sure the students’ voices are heard in decisions made by the university. For example, we’ve made sure that students don’t have to write exams during the weekend, that exams are anonymous, that there are more buses between the campuses, introduction of a student and post-doctorate agent, better course evaluation and reminders of upcoming examinations.
We also create relationship making activities such as company meetings. Mälardalen Student Union also has their own job fair, named Högvarv. The fair is held once a year. At Högvarv, companies and future employees meet. In other words, students get a chance to get valuable contacts for the future. Mälardalen Student Union acts as a contact web that brings together education and business.
The council is the student union’s highest authority. The council makes decisions about e.g. the student union’s business plan and budget. Furthermore, they choose which candidates will be seated in the board and election committee. The council has seats for 20 commissioners, i.e. five students from each academy where one takes the role as president. The council meets 3-4 times a year. The meetings are evenly distributed between Eskilstuna and Västerås. The commissioners in the council are chosen during the election held in April every year. To apply for the council, you need to be a member of the student union.
All members can send in proposals to the council. These need to be sent to the council’s president at least 21 days before the next meeting. All members are allowed to attend the meetings.
The board is the executive body of the student union. They make sure the decisions made by the council is followed through, and chooses candidates for the student union’s payed work.
There are four positions to apply for in the board, one for each academy at the university. The application opens in April/May every year, but sometimes there are vacant posts to apply for during the year. You are seated as a commissioner of the board for a full operational year, from June to July. The board meets about once a month and makes sure the organization is working at its best. To apply for the board, you need to be a member of the student union.