Our Sector: What should we be looking for in Uni Mental Health strategies?

As part of work at his institution, here changeSU editor Jim Dickinson notes down his findings from a review of UK guidance, student feedback and over 30 UK, Australian and US mental health strategies. Feedback, additions and suggestions would be welcome in the comments below.  What we ought to see in a University Mental Health […]

Our Sector: Licensing update for SUs

This briefing from our friends at TLT solicitors is also available here Licensing briefing for Students_ Unions Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme comes into full force April 1 saw the introduction of stage 2 of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS). HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) introduced the scheme to tackle alcohol fraud. Whilst the majority of […]

Our sector: Are SUs Mental Health charities?

Ed Moloney has recently caused some controversy by suggesting that all SUs are mental health charities, and that we should start treating ourselves as such. Given that this week is Mental Health Awareness Week [1] he’s decided to put pen to paper, and in this article he outlines why he thinks SUs already meet the […]

Elsewhere: International Students and Social Media

It has been more than a decade since Facebook was launched as a social networking service, and in that time the psychological implications associated with social media usage has become an expanding research discipline. In 2016, Hyunjin Seo, Ren-Whei Harn, Husain Ebrahim, and Jose Aldana of the University of Kansas studied the implications of social […]

Our Sector: What are we doing on staff mental health and resilience?

One of the less discussed impacts of the rise of mental health issues amongst students and graduates is the impact this is starting to have on our staff teams in SUs. In particular we have identified resilience in the face of setbacks as a key concerns for us across our staff and the need to develop […]

Opinion: No more meetings bloody meetings?

In students’ unions, General Meetings and Union Councils have been the staple of policy making for decades; and before mass electronic communication became common place, these meetings were the easiest way of gathering opinion, debating topics, and voting on policies. In this piece a former MMU sabb argues that Q26 and technology may mean that […]

Our sector: Time for some quality conversations?

I can promise that getting ourselves out of the lazy idea that researchers or elected officers are the ones that should be talking to students and gathering data can improve culture and tool our officers up with rapid insights that can set the agenda on the student experience.