Scandilove- tales from the frozen north

When we are at conferences comparing Boards, many of us and our officers tend to compare structures- who chairs, how many students, etc. But there are other ways to look at Boards and strategy. For example- what is the balance of discussion that involves recording, reviewing and evaluating past activity to improve (looking back), versus […]

Opinion: Innovation in Universities

Alan Sutherland, CEO at Surrey SU considers why innovation is so slow in UK HE August is very much the ‘Golden Hour’ for those of us who are lucky enough to work in Student Unions. This is the time (depending on what sort of University you are in) that there is a dearth of undergraduates, […]

Our Sector: Being a Students’ Union CEO (for 11 months)

Andy Morwood, Head of Student Voice and Engagement Westminster SU: “Last year while I was at Westminster, the Chief Exec did me a pretty massive favour and let me go on a secondment to St Mary’s Students’ Union to be Chief Exec for a maternity cover role. I finished it off in the spring and […]

Our Sector: Hear the drummer get wicked

At this time of the year lots of staff in the student movement are thinking about how they might support their officers in delivering their manifestos. Jim Dickinson has taken a keen interest in the content of student officer manifestos over the years, and as well as trying to get a handle on issues like […]

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: 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 […]

Our Sector: Changes to data protection law

If your university shares student data with you, the basis on which they do that is about to change, with the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) from 25th May 2018. Other changes introduced by the GDPR will also have a significant impact on the handling of student data, and students’ unions […]

Our Sector: Licensing update for SUs

This briefing from our friends at TLT solicitors is also available here Licensing briefing for Students_ Unions Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme comes into full force April 1 saw the introduction of stage 2 of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS). HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) introduced the scheme to tackle alcohol fraud. Whilst the majority of […]

Our sector: Are SUs Mental Health charities?

Ed Moloney has recently caused some controversy by suggesting that all SUs are mental health charities, and that we should start treating ourselves as such. Given that this week is Mental Health Awareness Week [1] he’s decided to put pen to paper, and in this article he outlines why he thinks SUs already meet the […]