Research: What is big data on staff engagement telling us?

In this piece from NUS’ Senior HR Consultant, Claire Marsland shares some of the important findings from the national Employee Engagement survey for Students’ Unions.  Now in its fifth year, over 50 different Students’ Unions have taken part in the annual survey since it began in 2013. NUS has run an employee engagement survey for […]

Research: Union Buildings in the US- Why Place Matters

For many years it’s been vaguely unfashionable to talk about the importance of the SU as a building. Here Leah Barrett, Associate vice president for enrolment management and student affairs at The College at Brockport in the US describes a study looking at the importance of the College Union building  The Role of the College Union […]

Research: Doing it better in SUs

Let me tell you a story. It’s a fairly innocuous story, but at the time it struck me. It requires some patience, and a little bit of background about the University of Nottingham. Nottingham is a multi-campus university: we have several campuses across Nottingham, some presence in China and Malaysia, and some healthcare presence in […]

Research: Partnership and Narratives

Understanding Everyday Narratives Robin Hughes, Education Policy Adviser, Lancaster SU (r.hughes3@lancaster.ac.uk) A session I’ll mention was one on Analysing Everyday Digital Narratives, a part of the NOVELLA project (Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches). The approaches that were taken in this project were specifically focussed around how narratives of “good” parenting affected parenting […]

Research: Do democracy and research mix?

Democratising Research – agency or ideology? Alan Roberts, Policy Development Manager, NUS Alan.roberts@nus.org.uk One of the questions in our minds at the event centred on democratising research. In students’ unions there was a historical tendency to frame the democratic and policy processes as the way to “find out” what students wanted, and these now sit […]

Research: Funding Bids and Creepy Videos

In early July a crack team of Student Movement staff attended the National Centre for Research Methods’ annual festival. All this week we’ll be carrying reflective articles on research in Students’ Unions from the team that attended. Learning from academia: writing a decent funding bid: Kate Little, Student Engagement and Partnership Consultant, NUS (kate.little@nus.org.uk) One of […]

Research: Mining Twitter and Playing Games

In early July a crack team of Student Movement staff attended the National Centre for Research Methods’ annual festival. All this week we’ll be carrying reflective articles on research in Students’ Unions from the team that attended. Researching student living: mining the social networks: Sam Nichols, Education Researcher, Nottingham SU (samuel.nichols@nottingham.ac.uk) In this piece I want […]

Research: Lives, Longitudinal and Non Response

In early July a crack team of Student Movement staff attended the National Centre for Research Methods’ annual festival. All this week we’ll be carrying reflective articles on research in Students’ Unions from the team that attended. A Day in the Life: Alan Roberts, Policy Development Manager, NUS For the first in this series I’d […]