After all, as we all know locally- it’s not an either/or, and when satisfaction metrics and elected reps combine we know that magic happens and the student experience gets better.
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.
Too much enforcement in colleges will not teach, but police students—destroying the educational mission we are trying to protect
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.
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 […]
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 […]
With greater funding, unions were more autonomous in the SU-Uni relationship; it found that smaller unions, or those with smaller grants/uni funds, were particularly inhibited and had a far higher proportion of restrictions attached to funding
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]