The Student Radio Association is the volunteer-run representative body which supports and acts on behalf of the UK student radio community. We represent any radio station that is based at or linked to a place of education (such as a school, college or university), or that has students participating (including youth projects and stations that are run by local councils, communities or charities).
We exist to encourage and facilitate communication between student stations, to assist in their development, and to offer support and advice to new stations.
Our key values and aims are as follows:
- Empowering – empower all our members to become the future of radio
- Innovative – embrace new opportunities and change in the needs of our members and in the industry, as leaders, not just followers
- Reliable – continue to hold a trusted position in the world of radio as a supportive partner
Our two flagship events are the annual Student Radio Awards supported by BBC Sounds and Global, which brings the entire industry together to celebrate the best in student radio across the UK, and the National Student Radio Conference (SRACon), which brings together hundreds of students from our member stations over three days to learn, develop and network. We additionally hold regional training events throughout the year and spend time developing other opportunities for our stations to get involved in.
What we do
The Student Radio Association is an organisation run to enable, encourage and act on behalf of the UK student radio community. We represent radio stations linked to educational establishments, as well as individual students participating in radio and audio projects, and work with industry bodies to offer advice, support and opportunities to our members. Our aim is to encourage more young people to become involved in the the radio, music and audio sectors by providing accessible opportunities and training. For industry, we train and develop the ultimate recruitment pool of talented young, dedicated people with practical experience and skills they need to succeed.
With dozens of member stations from universities, colleges and communities all over the UK and Ireland, the SRA reaches thousands of students representing a wide demographic. Our members’ enthusiasm translates to strong online engagement metrics on our social platforms and through our regular newsletters. When the SRA has something to say, our members know it’s worth listening to.
Strong links across the professional and academic communities enables the SRA to run several high-profile national events annually, as well as a range of regional and content-specific training seminars. All of our events and activities are run as cheaply as possible and subsidised wherever possible to ensure equal opportunities for all our members. None of this would be possible without the ongoing support of our sponsors and media partners.
Each year, we thank up to four members of the audio industry for their contributions to Student Radio by making them Honorary Life Members.