Elsewhere: What’s new in college unions?

Each year,ACUI’s “The Bulletin” showcases inventive programs and services recently introduced in US (and beyond) college unions and student activities. Among these may be new events, organizations, amenities, or campaigns implemented to better meet the needs of today’s campus communities. The ideas represent just a few of the many creative solutions professionals and students have undertaken […]

Our Sector: Rewarding and Recognising Volunteers with Very Small Budgets

The two things SU’s say they need more of is always space and money, no matter how big or small the Union is. The significance of funds can be seen even more with small & specialist Unions. This is due to students wanting the same quality and access to resources as their friends in larger […]

Our Sector: Election Turnout as a KPI- Relevant or Misguided?

After leaving the student movement just over a year ago this year was the first time in 12 years that I was not been heavily immersed in the mania that is SU elections season. Running Candidate Academy events, delivering candidate briefings, checking live stats every 10 minutes and having creative debate with communications staff on […]

Our Sector: The rocks and hard places of industrial action

The onset of industrial action across the Russell Group and former 94 Group was bound to pique the interest of the right wing press- and true to form over the past week or so there has been considerable pick up of young conservatives’ petitions and Tab stories on students demanding “refunds” for lost lectures. My […]

Our Sector: Enhancing Student Representation

In recent years much of the national discussion has been about various exciting student engagement schemes – such as Students as Change Agents, Student Fellows Scheme and a whole host of other schemes. Here Guild HE’s Alex Bols argues that it should not be forgotten that student representation plays a key, and quite different, role […]

Our Sector: Getting behind the headlines of NSS 2017

The dominant press narrative surrounding this year’s NSS results centred on NUS’ boycott of the survey- which depending on your viewpoint was either a resounding success in disrupting a tool of neoliberalism, or as dangerous exercise that both revealed the lack of influence NUS has on its own membership, whilst robbing students of much evidence […]

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 […]