15.00 - 16.00pm: Workshops

Attainment Gap

Location: Concourse Suite 27

Demographics and background is too often what determines whether or not people can access – and thrive in – post-16 education. A key and well-documented issue is that ethnicity can be a strong predictor of how well students do – known as the black attainment gap, it poses challenges for representatives to drive institutional change at all levels through FE and HE. Come to the session, explore the issues, and discover some older and newer tools to argue the case. Whether you’re advanced in addressing the complex root causes of racial inequality at your institution, or just want a starting point for talking about black attainment, this session will have something for you.

 

(For professionals)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptors:

  • Participation
  • Representation and Campaigning
  • Context

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • NUS Policy Team
  • NUS Liberation Team

 

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The General Election and Me

Location: Gallery Seminar Suite 1

 

Join NUS’s Public Affairs team for insight and analysis into what on earth happened during the General Election, and what the outcome now means for students.

 

(For student officers and those new to the movement)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Context

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Millie Harris, Public Affairs Assistant, NUS

 

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Creating space within institutions and the student movement to hear ALL voices

Location: Concourse Suite 23

Non-traditional… hard to reach… hidden voices… These are increasingly familiar terms as students’ unions assume responsibility to find innovative and meaningful ways to include the breadth of their members in their education. As institutions continue to diversify their provision, there is growing demand for students’ unions to move into new spaces, communicate in new ways and work with different stakeholders to ensure all learners are empowered and enabled to shape their education.

 

(For professionals)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptors:

  • Participation

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Steve Coole - Director, NUS Wales

 

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Developing 21st century graduates: how Students’ Unions create resilient students

Location: Gallery Seminar Suite 2

To create a better future for all, today’s graduates must develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Students’ Unions play a critical role in supporting the development of students through the formal, informal, and subliminal curriculum. This session will explore how SUs contribute to shaping students’ skills around resiliency, critical thinking, civic engagement, and more. Delegates will learn from case studies of good practice, explore frameworks for creating change, and have the opportunity to share their own experiences and develop a plan of action to take away.

 

(For student officers and those new to the movement)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Participation
  • Representation and campaigning

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Rachel Colley – Community Manager, The Students’ Union at UWE
  • Quinn Runkle - Senior Project Officer - Communities and Curriculum, NUS

 

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The Changing World of Advice

Location: Concourse Suite 30

Students are unique. Right now, they are in a world where their choices are threatened by huge financial impacts, over-abundance of news and knowledge, and an older generation who don’t always understand them. They need support, but the support they need has to be right.

Leeds University Union has run an advice service for over 20 years, but the last two years have seen more change than the rest combined. We’d like to share and explore how partnership working with our University has allowed us to support more students, in more ways

 

(For professionals)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Services
  • Context

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Katie Hughes - Student Advisor, Leeds University Union
  • Andrea Kerslake - Advice Centre Manager, Leeds University Union
  • Chris Warrington – Head of Student Support Services, University of Leeds TBC
  • Sarah Mace – Marketing Manager, Leeds University Union TBC

 

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Supporting trans students: a guide for non-liberation oriented officers and staff

Location: Gallery Seminar Suite 3

This workshop is targeted at officers and staff members who *don't* have regular contact with transgender students or representatives, but want to better support said students. Trans students often do not have a large presence in institutions, but they face many issues in relation to every part of life on campus and in the community. However, the welfare of trans students is often siloed so that only officers and staff members responsible for LGBT+ students are well informed on the relevant issues.  This workshop is ideal for officers and staff members responsible for union development and student activities as well as facilities management and student welfare. If you currently don't know a lot, but are keen to learn how to better support trans students in your area of work feel free to join!

 

(For student officers and those new to the movement)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Representation and campaigning
  • Participation

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Eden Ladley - NUS NEC Volunteer Place
  • Jess Bradley - NUS Trans Officer

 

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The national impact of student opportunities

Location: Gallery Seminar Suites 14 & 15

Volunteers are the backbone of our Students' Unions. We know that from just those 88 Students' Unions registered as charities there are 88,273 student volunteers in the UK. As individuals many of us can bear witness to the enormous impact that students engaged in student opportunities have on our local communities and their peers, and the impact that engaging in student opportunities has on the volunteers themselves. However, what we don't currently have is accurate data on a national level to understand the full extent of what student opportunities can do for our students and our communities. In this session members of the Student Opportunities Charity Advisory Group will present for discussion a draft toolkit and set of templates to help us evaluate the impact of our student opportunities.

 

(For professionals)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Impact
  • Review and Evaluation

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Tom Newman - CEO, University of Gloucestershire Students’ Union
  • Jamie Stratton - CEO, University for the Creative Arts Students’ Union
  • Katie Badman - Head of Membership Engagement, University for the Creative Arts Students’ Union

 

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The global fossil fuel divestment movement

Location: Gallery Seminar Suites 16 & 17

The global fossil fuel divestment movement is going from strength to strength, and in the UK we are inching ever closer to half of all Universities having committed to move their money out of these destructive companies. From the fossil fuel industry’s human rights abuses globally to their acceleration of climate chaos it’s time to up the ante. How? We move £100 million of fossil fuel money and pledge to have our education powered solely by renewables. As more institutions divest because of the amazing student campaigns being progressed how do we push those dragging their heels to make the decision? And how do you run a successful divestment and reinvestment campaign? Join us to learn from the inspiring work from two successful campaigns.

 

(For student officers and those new to the movement)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Representation and campaigning

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Laura Clayson Consultant – Sustainability, NUS

 

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What's new QSU

Location: Concourse Suites 19 & 20

What is Quality Students' Unions? QSU is the framework within which you will be supported and guided to be a strong and resilient Students' Unions. It is a development tool that enables you to assess current practice and identify areas for further development, celebrating your successes and facilitating peer-support through communities of practice. This session will be a series of case-studies from Students' Unions who have completed or are in the process of going through QSU (cross-nations, HE & FE), with space for your questions to explore how this could work for you.

 

Links to all Quality Students’ Unions descriptors!

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Jen Hope - Development Manager, NUS

 

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Rebrands - the good, the bad and the beautiful

Location: Concourse Suites 21 & 22

The words 'we want a rebrand' can spark fear and/or excitement for marketing managers. We'll look at some case studies from within students' unions and beyond to consider different ways to manage the process from idea to implementation and beyond.

 

 Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Communications

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Jo Walters, Communications Manager, University of Sussex Students' Union

 

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'Outcomes - how to demonstrate the true change you are making at your Students' Union to your University partner'

Location: Concourse Suite 28 & 29

We all love outputs, but what's the outcome?  It's never been more important to be able to demonstrate your outcomes to your members, partner and especially funders. In this session we will cover how SU Greenwich has developed an outcome framework suitable for our Students’ Union services, with the support of evaluation partners Icarus. How we went about developing our theory of change, defining our outcomes and framework for data measure to truly understand our impact, leading to an increase in block grant for 2017/18.

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Impact
  • Review and Evaluation

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • John Schless - CEO, Students' Union University of Greenwich
  • Helen Bovey – Director, Icarus
  • Nicola Stenburg - Director, Icarus

 

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The Journey to Race Equity in NUS

Location: Concourse Suite 28 & 29

In 2016 NUS underwent an independent internal review into an allegation into institutional racism, which concluded: NUS has seriously failed to support Black staff, officers and volunteers and has considerable work to do to address the poor understanding and engagement of race and racism amongst white staff and associates. This session will provide an overview of what NUS has done to begin addressing the findings, which will include sharing our recently published Race Equity Plan. It will also highlight our key learning from our race equity journey and include an opportunity for participants to explore how they can use NUS’ experience to better understand institutional racism in their own unions.

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Mandeep Rupra-Daine - Race Equity and Inclusion Manager, NUS

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