Our sector: Should your students’ union incorporate?

The process of incorporation can take some months and will take up valuable staff time, particularly the due diligence process. However the benefits, particularly the protection from liability for trustees, usually makes it worthwhile in the long run.

Opinion: We’re surrounded (by excellent people)

Here NUS Development Consultant and Governance Expert Al Powell explains why he thinks that career staff in students’ unions should be charity trustees. Trusteeship and governance are talked about a lot in the student movement- and for all the right reasons. Students’ unions set an excellent example of how to run charities, but we don’t […]

Our sector: Looking ahead again

Look. Compared to the “real world”, working in Students’ Unions seems rewarding and fun. It always has, but more so as we enter 2017. There are after all real reasons to be cheerful. Block grants are up. Finances have stablilised. Just twelve months ago the Government had aligned SUs with Trade Unions and challenged us […]

Our Sector: So what are we all doing on Q26?

In our annual survey this year we tested the new NSS question, knowing that in reality our NSS score would drop we wanted to know what it was likely to drop to. The survey revealed that we’d get a score of around 60% – this is a drop for us of 19% which is naturally […]

Read This: ACUI’s What’s New?

Each year, ACUI gathers the inventive programs and services recently introduced in US college unions and student activities. Among these may be new events, organizations, amenities, or campaigns implemented to better meet the needs of today’s campus communities. The ideas featured represent just a few of the many creative solutions professionals and students have undertaken in […]

Read This: Financial health of the higher education sector

For those colleagues interested in the Financial Health of your HEI or indeed the wider sector, HEFCE today launched a real bomb. “Financial health of the higher education sector: 2015-16 to 2018-19 forecasts” paints a grim picture of falling student numbers, growing capital demands, enlarging pension deficit contributions and unrealistic University strategic plans when read […]

Student Misconduct Guidelines- Unintended Consequences?

UUK has launched work from its taskforce on Sexual Harassment and Assault, and the new guidance on a code of practice for disciplinary processes may be needed and welcomed with the changes in legislation over the last twenty years. Just as interesting is the explicit mention in the materials of students as ‘customers’ and the […]

Our Sector: From 23 to 26- the new NSS normal

We don’t have to lose our admirable commitment to the broader lives of our members, or access to decision makers, or funding opportunities. But we must accept it’s a different frame, which requires different people, with different skills.

Secret CEO: Who are we talking to?

If one of our conclusions post Brexit was that we have forgotten how to talk to “the 52%”, maybe that re-engagement process has to start not out in the community but on campus.