Elsewhere: #iwill and Collective Impact

This excellent article from Chloe Donovan and former NUS VP UD Richard Brooks talks about Collective Impact Models and shares some of their evidence for the double benefit of youth social action. The #iwill campaign is a UK-wide movement that aims to make involvement in meaningful social action (e.g. fundraising, volunteering and campaigning) part of […]

Our Sector: The NHS vs Pokémon Society

In a JISC mail sent by Andy Morwood, CEO at St Mary’s SU, he raised the question around making membership of student groups free, for both accessibility and for building bigger and more engaged communities. As Andy says: “All the good stuff.” There are numerous arguments here against this around the financial sustainability, the token gesture to motivate commitment, […]

Our Sector: Community Engagement (and Satellite Campuses)

In this piece Rob Henderson, Student Living Manager at Nottingham SU urges us to avoid the trap of king that students love us and all the services we provide, with lessons for any of us with multiple campuses, faculties or identifiable communities. For around 100 years, Woolworths offered a range of services to all and […]

Our Sector: 50 tips for supporting sabbs

Jonathan Oliver I’d say more leadership training, and conflict resolution skills would be a great help. Jo Walters Expectation management but also not trampling on their dreams (you are not always right). Well-being. Understand that their role is different to yours, they are not another member of staff Jonathan Oliver I agree with well being, myself and two […]

Our Sector: Making student led scrutiny work

Michael Gale, Head of Engagement at Birmingham City University Students’ Union (BCUSU) recently presented a session at Membership Services Conference on their new Scrutiny Group and this article summaries that session. Background A couple of years ago we realised that our traditional student council format wasn’t working, we had to drag students into the meetings […]

Elsewhere: Is the “Third Place” still relevant?

In this fascinating piece for ACUI’s Bulletin, the authors examine the notion of the college (student) union (building) as a “Third Place” In their recent article in the journal Leisure Sciences, Felice Yuen and Amanda Johnson reconsider Ray Oldenburg’s conceptualization of “third places.” Since Oldenburg’s book The Great Good Place was published in 1999, the college union has […]

Our Sector: Demonstrating Outcomes

In this fascinating piece John Schless, CEO at Greenwich SU talks about how he set about demonstrating outcomes from the SU’s work as part of the strategic planning process.  Joining Students’ Union, University of Greenwich (SU) in April 2016 I met a dedicated staff team that had worked hard over 4 years to grow participation […]