Our Sector: Gimme Gimme Gimme a student perspective on the OIA

In which Sophie Williams, CEO at Worcester and Board member at OIA introduces her role One of the most powerful things that Students’ Unions can do is help students with their complaints. Even the most benevolent HEI will defend itself when in a dispute with a student- so SUs that play an active role in […]

Quick Post: Is it true that there has to be an SU in an HEI?

It was a pet peeve of mine when I was NUS that colleagues and officers would peddle the myth that EA94 requires an SU- it doesn’t. It just creates regulation when there is an SU. However, all is not lost. Section 20 defines SUs. The Tories were so concerned that we’d wriggle round the legislation […]

Our Sector: Changes to data protection law

If your university shares student data with you, the basis on which they do that is about to change, with the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) from 25th May 2018. Other changes introduced by the GDPR will also have a significant impact on the handling of student data, and students’ unions […]

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 […]