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 […]
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 […]
When we started to run the modules, there was some disquiet that, as a Union, we were taking a dual role of both teaching students and representing them at the same time.
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 […]
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 […]
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  he’s decided to put pen to paper, and in this article he outlines why he thinks SUs already meet the […]
One of the less discussed impacts of the rise of mental health issues amongst students and graduates is the impact this is starting to have on our staff teams in SUs. In particular we have identified resilience in the face of setbacks as a key concerns for us across our staff and the need to develop […]
For those colleagues interested in the Financial Health of your HEI or indeed the wider sector, HEFCE today launched a real bomb. “Financial health of the higher education sector: 2015-16 to 2018-19 forecasts” paints a grim picture of falling student numbers, growing capital demands, enlarging pension deficit contributions and unrealistic University strategic plans when read […]
If the answer was “grow our way out”, government policy was almost always either about to or in the middle of making that happen.
Background In recent months students’ unions have been under the spotlight in much of the press over their “censorial” attitude to freedom of speech. Triggered in part by the Spiked! Free Speech rankings and arguably culminating in a spat between Peter Tatchell and NUS, swathes of commenters have argued that controversial voices on campus are […]