In which Sophie Williams, CEO at Worcester and Board member at OIA introduces her role One of the most powerful things that Students’ Unions can do is help students with their complaints. Even the most benevolent HEI will defend itself when in a dispute with a student- so SUs that play an active role in […]
It was a pet peeve of mine when I was NUS that colleagues and officers would peddle the myth that EA94 requires an SU- it doesn’t. It just creates regulation when there is an SU. However, all is not lost. Section 20 defines SUs. The Tories were so concerned that we’d wriggle round the legislation […]
As part of work at his institution, here changeSU editor Jim Dickinson notes down his findings from a review of UK guidance, student feedback and over 30 UK, Australian and US mental health strategies. Feedback, additions and suggestions would be welcome in the comments below. What we ought to see in a University Mental Health […]
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 […]
After all, as we all know locally- it’s not an either/or, and when satisfaction metrics and elected reps combine we know that magic happens and the student experience gets better.
I can promise that getting ourselves out of the lazy idea that researchers or elected officers are the ones that should be talking to students and gathering data can improve culture and tool our officers up with rapid insights that can set the agenda on the student experience.
The process of incorporation can take some months and will take up valuable staff time, particularly the due diligence process. However the benefits, particularly the protection from liability for trustees, usually makes it worthwhile in the long run.
Look. Compared to the “real world”, working in Students’ Unions seems rewarding and fun. It always has, but more so as we enter 2017. There are after all real reasons to be cheerful. Block grants are up. Finances have stablilised. Just twelve months ago the Government had aligned SUs with Trade Unions and challenged us […]
With greater funding, unions were more autonomous in the SU-Uni relationship; it found that smaller unions, or those with smaller grants/uni funds, were particularly inhibited and had a far higher proportion of restrictions attached to funding
In our annual survey this year we tested the new NSS question, knowing that in reality our NSS score would drop we wanted to know what it was likely to drop to. The survey revealed that we’d get a score of around 60% – this is a drop for us of 19% which is naturally […]