Our Sector: Round the Clock Representation

Round the Clock Representation isn’t just the maxim of Academic Reps, but of all kinds of students who work to provide a voice, and all kinds of unions whose heartbeat comes from the needs and expectations of their members. As the saying goes, no two days are the same. It follows, then, that everything we […]

Read This: Student Debt

We’ll regularly post research, articles and papers of significant background interest to managers in Students’ Unions. The Association of Investment Companies’ (AIC) annual student debt survey suggests some startling differences of opinion between students and parents. Whether it’s where to live, where to study, whether university is actually worth it, expected levels of debt or […]

Secret CEO: President Problems

Q: “The Vice Chancellor seems to have hit it off very badly with this year’s new President at the welcome lunch, and I’m worried that this will impact on our wider relationship and funding for the year ahead. Should we try and get round this as it’s only an 11 month problem, or tackle it […]

Think: Higher Education, Students’ Unions and the Question of Conscience

The purpose of this piece is to contribute to a conversation between students’ unions and the existing discourse within higher education with the belief that students’ unions have an interesting and important contribution to make in that discourse. It is speculative; it moves from the suggested roles of higher education in the UK to the […]

Profession: July 2014

We’ll do all we can to keep up with who’s joining and leaving Senior Posts in Students’ Unions Jaki Booth joined Sheffield Students’ Union on June 2nd. Jaki joins following four-and-a-half years at Southampton University Students’ Union. Before that she spent seven years at Birmingham City Students’ Union as general manager. Ally Buckle, Sheffield Students’ […]

Our Sector: So what is their secret?

Joining a new Students’ Union is a fascinating experience. Here, Jaki Booth, formerly of Southampton SU, reflects on joining Sheffield as the new CEO. What’s their secret? Being new is a fascinating experience. It is one I have become fairly adept at, as I relocate to join my 8th HEI. Of course it is an enormous privilege […]

Read This: Expectations and perceptions

We’ll regularly post research, articles and papers of significant background interest to managers in Students’ Unions. In 2012 the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) commissioned King’s College London, led by Dr Camille B. Kandiko Howson, to undertake research into student expectations and perceptions of the quality of their learning experience and the academic standards of their […]

Elsewhere: Data Stories to Communicate Value

Our comrades in the Association of College Unions international often have interesting reflections. Here student activities professionals Kurt Moderson & Sherry Woosley discuss articulation of the value of student unions. Too often, we are focused on surviving and thriving in our current week. While understandable, our daily tasks often command most of our attention. As a […]

Our Sector: Building Success

The management of a new building project at Nottingham Trent The new Students’ Union building at Nottingham Trent’s City Campus houses the union’s membership and commercial services and university sports facilities. It has been built on university land by a private halls provider which manages 630 bed spaces located immediately above the new union. The […]

Opinion: HE as a kind of Cupid

Frances O’Grady, the General Secretary of the TUC, was on Radio 4 recently trying to justify trade unions in the modern age against the usual critiques of falling membership, clunky democracy and the unpleasant ‘male and pale’ grandstanding of mass industrial relations. We’ve got to remember why unions were formed. Power. Individual workers don’t have […]