Fiver: Staff Structures

Every so often we’ll take five things from the SU sector to illustrate a range of approaches to the same issue. This time: Staff Structures 1. Leeds Met have the archetype SU structure- Membership Services, Commercial plus Finance and Marketing. CEO Nicky Goldthorpe N.Goldthorpe@leedsmet.ac.uk 2. Canterbury Christ Church is notable for the level of outsourcing. CEO Ben […]

Read This: Insider’s Guide to Finance in Higher Education

We’ll regularly post research, articles and papers of significant background interest to managers in Students’ Unions. This excellent Guide was commissioned to help anyone involved in higher education, (originally employers’ and trade union representatives), to understand the technical basis of the annual accounts of higher education institutions (HEIs) and the techniques they use to manage their finances. […]

Our Sector: Elected officers- strategic problem or strategic solution?

There has begun to be some movement within students’ unions and the wider charitable sector around the need for strategic plans. In other sectors they are indeed beginning to lose their tyrannical grip, being replaced with risk registers and beanbags. This of course is nothing new as management fads wax and wane as they always […]

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 […]

Read This: Gender Segregation

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published their guidance on gender segregation for universities and students’ unions: Gender Segregation at Events and Meetings. You’ll recall that UUK got themselves into difficult water earlier this year over a case study in a UUK publication on Gender Segregation. The EHRC guidance confirms that enforced gender segregation […]

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 […]

Elsewhere: Governance in cooperatives

Over in the Co-Operative movement there are similar debates to those in our sector about the professionalization and corporatisation of democracy. Here writer and blogger Andrew Bibby reflects on the Myners repoort on Governance in Co-Op bank and floats some alternatives. Pretty well everyone involved in the cooperative movement thinks that the Group’s governance structure needs reform, but that’s about as far as […]