Our Sector: Demonstrating Outcomes

In this fascinating piece John Schless, CEO at Greenwich SU talks about how he set about demonstrating outcomes from the SU’s work as part of the strategic planning process.  Joining Students’ Union, University of Greenwich (SU) in April 2016 I met a dedicated staff team that had worked hard over 4 years to grow participation […]

Opinion: Time to abandon ‘resilience’ as a concept?

In this piece Neil Mackenzie, Head of Advice & Representation at Sheffield Students’​ Union, argues that the automatic acceptance of ‘resilience’ as an agenda may work against students’ interests in the long term. Over the past few years we’ve all heard an emergent narrative about ‘Snowflakes’. The argument goes this generation- especially students, are so […]

Our Sector: New here?

In this piece Alan Roberts, Policy Development Manager at NUS gathers advice from SU staff around the UK on joining what some call “the student movement”. At the Annual Membership Services Conference for staff new to students’ unions we have a ‘welcome to the movement’ session before registration. To prep for this we asked colleagues […]

Our Sector: Building confidence & resilience through sport

Sport holds negative connotations for many students, as it is perceived to, first and foremost, be competitive, so changing the language and talking about “being active” rather than “playing sport” can keep would-be participants listening.

Research: What is big data on staff engagement telling us?

In this piece from NUS’ Senior HR Consultant, Claire Marsland shares some of the important findings from the national Employee Engagement survey for Students’ Unions.  Now in its fifth year, over 50 different Students’ Unions have taken part in the annual survey since it began in 2013. NUS has run an employee engagement survey for […]

Our Sector: What is student engagement?

From March through to July 2015 Ollie Kasper carried out a listening project amongst the staff at University of Nottingham Students’ Union. The project asked 30+ members of Students’ Union staff at UoNSU – What does engagement mean to you? It is purely based on listening to members of staff in the organisation, and represents […]

Our Sector: A (Strategic) Question of Sport

In this fascinating thinkpiece from Warwick’s Sports Coordinator, Tom Daly asks serious questions about diversity in Sport. It seems sometimes that sport is an issue that is forgotten in discussion within the Student Movement-  and accessibility into disability sport is an even rarer subject of conversation. It’s a common belief from those who discuss disability […]