Fiver: Tech it up

As a proper geek, I love technology, and technology is not an area that is often spoken about in Unions past web providers. Here, then is a quick list of recent tech successes we have implanted that perhaps others can add to. 1. Aeromark GPS tracking The GPS tracking module from Aeromark is fitted to […]

Our Sector: Ed Marsh’s Holiday Photos

This week marks two years since I started at Middlesex Students Union, and it’s caused me to reflect on what has changed in that time- what we’ve done, what we’ve achieved, and what we’ve learned. To better understand this, i’ve broken the changes down into 4 categories. Tangibles: It’s easiest to point to tangible, material […]

Read This: Student Number Controls

The latest report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, “A guide to the removal of student number controls” was published on 18th September 2014. For managers in SUs wanting to understand the latest dynamics in the HE recruitment marketplace, it’s essential reading. Supporting officers to ask questions about the University’s UG numbers strategy is critically […]

Our sector: Why we don’t run bars

In 2010 Bangor Students’ Union was at a crossroads, years of commercial underperformance had left the Union’s trading company struggling to pay the interest on the lease for the land that the SU nightclub had been built on in the commercial boom years of the 1990s. SU sabbaticals were challenging themselves and their staff to […]

Our sector: Should unions run bars?

It’s now a year since I took over as Chief Exec at UEA, so I thought I’d do my bit for ChangeSU and write something about what it’s been like moving into the CEO role in a Students’ Union. Before I came to Norwich I worked for NUS for 11 years (and worked for an […]

Elsewhere: How the successful stay calm

The ability to manage emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to performance, and as senior managers in students’ unions we often either need to generate movement and excitement when there is little, or stay calm when there is crisis and panic. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, […]

Our sector: Crisis what crisis?

Mark Southwell (former Education Development Worker) & Bill Howe (former Student Advice and Development Manager); both worked at Leeds Metropolitan University Students’ Union in the late 90s and early 00s. In this classic article from the AMSU Agenda archives, Mark and Bill reflect on the past and predict the future. Did their predictions come true? […]