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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
In this piece an anonymous contributor muses on tactics when a new VC starts at the University One of the most turbulent situations your University can endure is a change at the top. Whether you have a VC, Principal, or President when the revolving door turns there is everything to play for. How can a […]
In this post Wes Wells, Student Community Project Manager (Academic Quality) at Brighton SU records various post-session conversations Aidan Mersh from NUS talking about how Sussex and Manchester are changing their elections, and he talks about some stuff that NUS have had to rule on regarding campaigners using email lists. Gary Hughes from York talking about the […]
In August 2016 I asked colleagues about Deputy CEO roles in Unions. The headline results are that of the 21 Unions that responded 85% of you have only one deputy role and the majority are called deputies (although there are a couple of Chief Operating Officers creeping in). Responsibility wise there are no common themes […]
Daniel Palmer: Please find below what may prove to be the last major exercise in measuring satisfaction in students’ unions! Overall satisfaction in ‘students’ unions UK’ has dropped back to 2014 levels, with the top quartile of unions seeing the biggest losses. I’ve not done any significant work yet to theorise why there’s a drop, but […]
In this semi regular update from our friends at TLT solicitors Stuart McBride and Dave Maton cover off Holiday Pay, Gender Pay Gap, Illegal working and much more. Hot topics in employment law for students_ unions – Summer 2016
In this fascinating preview of his Membership Services 2016 workshop, CUSU’s Mark McCormack shares some findings from his research on block grant as indicator of SU autonomy As students’ unions we want it all when it comes to our institution: accepted for who and what we are; fiercely independent; and capable of influence and protest […]