Our Sector: 50 tips for supporting sabbs

Jonathan Oliver I’d say more leadership training, and conflict resolution skills would be a great help. Jo Walters Expectation management but also not trampling on their dreams (you are not always right). Well-being. Understand that their role is different to yours, they are not another member of staff Jonathan Oliver I agree with well being, myself and two […]

Our Sector: Making student led scrutiny work

Michael Gale, Head of Engagement at Birmingham City University Students’ Union (BCUSU) recently presented a session at Membership Services Conference on their new Scrutiny Group and this article summaries that session. Background A couple of years ago we realised that our traditional student council format wasn’t working, we had to drag students into the meetings […]

Elsewhere: Is the “Third Place” still relevant?

In this fascinating piece for ACUI’s Bulletin, the authors examine the notion of the college (student) union (building) as a “Third Place” In their recent article in the journal Leisure Sciences, Felice Yuen and Amanda Johnson reconsider Ray Oldenburg’s conceptualization of “third places.” Since Oldenburg’s book The Great Good Place was published in 1999, the college union has […]

Our Sector: Demonstrating Outcomes

In this fascinating piece John Schless, CEO at Greenwich SU talks about how he set about demonstrating outcomes from the SU’s work as part of the strategic planning process.  Joining Students’ Union, University of Greenwich (SU) in April 2016 I met a dedicated staff team that had worked hard over 4 years to grow participation […]

Opinion: Time to abandon ‘resilience’ as a concept?

In this piece Neil Mackenzie, Head of Advice & Representation at Sheffield Students’​ Union, argues that the automatic acceptance of ‘resilience’ as an agenda may work against students’ interests in the long term. Over the past few years we’ve all heard an emergent narrative about ‘Snowflakes’. The argument goes this generation- especially students, are so […]

Our Sector: New here?

In this piece Alan Roberts, Policy Development Manager at NUS gathers advice from SU staff around the UK on joining what some call “the student movement”. At the Annual Membership Services Conference for staff new to students’ unions we have a ‘welcome to the movement’ session before registration. To prep for this we asked colleagues […]

Our Sector: Building confidence & resilience through sport

Sport holds negative connotations for many students, as it is perceived to, first and foremost, be competitive, so changing the language and talking about “being active” rather than “playing sport” can keep would-be participants listening.

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 […]