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 […]
We were successful in the majority of our recommendations, ensuring crucial changes to timescales and securing a student panel member for the decision making process.
This strategic challenge needs the same or more effort from senior managers as was previously put into commercial strategy over the last two decades.
SU staff have become more honest, braver and simultaneously challenging and open to challenge. Staff have moved from oppressed administrators, unengaged civil servants, to motivated allies and sometimes, just sometimes, vociferous and inspiring activists
Watch Chariots of Fire and you’ll see a freshers fayre circa 1920 and recognise the shared interest and peer to peer engagement that makes them tick to this day
We’ll regularly post research, articles and papers of significant background interest to managers in Students’ Unions. The Association of Investment Companies’ (AIC) annual student debt survey suggests some startling differences of opinion between students and parents. Whether it’s where to live, where to study, whether university is actually worth it, expected levels of debt or […]