Read This: SU societies are where you find talent

Hat Tip to Jaki Booth at Sheffield SU New research by Voxburner for RBS Inspiring Enterprise reveals that the secret to finding enterprising and highly skilled talent lies not in the lecture hall but rather “in the extra-curricular world of student societies” The research was conducted to understand more about students’ recognition of their enterprising skills […]

Profession: August 2014

We’ll do all we can to keep up with who’s joining and leaving Senior Posts in Students’ Unions Trinity Saint David Students’ Union have announced the appointment of Damian James as the new Chief Executive. A graduate of UWTSD, Damian joins TSDSU from his current role as Director of Youth at St John Cymru Wales, […]

Our Sector: Trojan Mice

Hot on the Heels of this year’s “Comms by the Coast” event, organiser Jo Walters (Digital Engagement Manager at University of Sussex Students’ Union) writes on change initiatives in Students’ Unions. The phrase ‘trojan mice’ was popularised by Euan Semple, a public speaker, writer and consultant, in his book Organizations Don’t Tweet, People Do: A […]

Read This: 14 Trends for 2014

Pope Francis’ master branding, boomers rethinking the meaning of life to an unparalleled degree, the age of millennials being truly upon us—it’s all in Marian Salzman’s Annual Trends Report. Her methodology, pattern recognition, has been responsible for the launch or popularization of trends ranging from singletons and metrosexuality to hyperlocalization. Here are previews of four […]

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 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 ( 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 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 ( One of […]