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 […]

The Fiver: Strategic Plans

Every so often we’ll take five things from the SU sector to illustrate a range of approaches to the same issue. This week: Strategic Plans. 1. Back in 2011 Kent Union launched its current plan, which runs to this year. It has a central “one page plan” wheel, with underpinning goals and objectives throughout the […]

Read This: Quality, quantity or diversity?

We’ll regularly post research, articles and papers of significant background interest to managers in Students’ Unions. “Quality, quantity or diversity? The next ten years of higher education change in England” is a paper written for the Higher Education Academy by the CEO of Guild HE, Andy Westwood. Andy is a former Civil Servant in the […]

Secret CEO: Board Troubles

Q: “I am new to the CEO post and I am struggling with the officers. They seem to treat me as an operational manager of the services, rebuffing my attempts to do long term planning or strategy work as they say this is for them to do. Have I got the wrong role, or should […]