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 […]

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 […]

Our Sector: New here?

In this piece Alan Roberts, Policy Development Manager at NUS gathers advice from SU staff around the UK on joining what some call “the student movement”. At the Annual Membership Services Conference for staff new to students’ unions we have a ‘welcome to the movement’ session before registration. To prep for this we asked colleagues […]

Our Sector: Building confidence & resilience through sport

Sport holds negative connotations for many students, as it is perceived to, first and foremost, be competitive, so changing the language and talking about “being active” rather than “playing sport” can keep would-be participants listening.

Our Sector: What is student engagement?

From March through to July 2015 Ollie Kasper carried out a listening project amongst the staff at University of Nottingham Students’ Union. The project asked 30+ members of Students’ Union staff at UoNSU – What does engagement mean to you? It is purely based on listening to members of staff in the organisation, and represents […]

Our Sector: A (Strategic) Question of Sport

In this fascinating thinkpiece from Warwick’s Sports Coordinator, Tom Daly asks serious questions about diversity in Sport. It seems sometimes that sport is an issue that is forgotten in discussion within the Student Movement-  and accessibility into disability sport is an even rarer subject of conversation. It’s a common belief from those who discuss disability […]