16:15 - 17:15pm: Workshops

Degree level apprenticeships – engaging our full membership

Location: Concourse Suite 27

As ever apprentices sit between work and learning, this session will equip you with the knowledge you need to support, engage and represent them. With a focus on what excellent work based learning looks like in practice and how you can embed apprentices within your Union.

 

(For professionals)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptors:

  • Participation
  • Representation and campaigning

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Ben Kinross - Apprentices Project Officer, NUS

 

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General Election Outcome

Location: Gallery Seminar Suite 1

As this is a topical session, more information on this session will be released closer to the time of the event.

 

(For student officers and those new to the movement)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Context

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • TBC

 

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Resilient Unions Needed Across the Pond

Location: Concourse Suite 23

The conference theme of Resilient Students’ Unions is more applicable than ever when considering current challenges facing college campuses. This session will share contemporary issues and trends that are facing higher education and college unions in the United States. Some issues, like guns on campus, are uniquely American, while others, such as campus climate, cross international borders.

 

(For professionals)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Context

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • John Taylor - CEO, ACUI

 

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Challenging models of academic student representation

Location: Gallery Seminar Suite 2

Where the spaces and what are the approaches in which the student voice inform the learning and teaching agenda? With a growing focus on Quality Enhancement, the mainstay of Academic Student Representation has taken on several forms but remains the core approach for Unions and Universities. However, a variety of initiatives (and similarly aligned student voice activities), has led to different models, methods and missions to capture student feedback.  

At Manchester we’re calling all this Institutional Dialogue and with the onset of metrics and measures the future of institutional dialogue remains...interesting. It is evolving and being used to inform the development of the curriculum, institutional practice, strategy, policy as well as embed the culture of student-staff partnerships.

The approach was developed following a joint Union/University review of student engagement and increases the number of opportunities for student voices to impact change, including the role of ‘students as consultants/researchers’.

 Involving a recent staff transfer to the union from the university, this interactive session will hopefully highlight a number of issues on both sides of the debate with regards to Institutional Dialogue, including Student Voice, and go over a number of models, frameworks and approaches from session participants and from the sector. Please come along with your approach in mind!

 

(For student officers and those new to the movement)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Representation and campaigning

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Paul Chapman  Director – Student Support and Involvement, University of Manchester Students’ Union
  • William Carey - Head of Education and Advocacy, University of Manchester Students’ Union

 

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Challenging resilience in the context of student services

Location: Concourse Suite 30

In the last year at Sheffield we have focused a great deal of our energy on student welfare and wellbeing, particularly in the context of mental health. In doing this we have regularly come up against the concept of ‘resilience’ being used to justify limited services and service reductions.  This session will be in two parts. The first half will focus specifically on the concept of ‘resilience’ and how it has come to be deployed in a higher education context. This will be a theoretical session challenging ‘resilience’ as a political and academic concept.  The second half will look at the experience of Sheffield SU in campaigning on the issue of student wellbeing and bringing the issue to the top of the agenda within the University.  We will share our plans, successes and challenges and hope to share best practice in making positive change in the student interest.

 

(For professionals)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Context
  • Services

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Neil Mackenzie - Head of Advice & Representation, Sheffield Students’ Union

 

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No Place for Hate

Location: Gallery Seminar Suite

With hate fuelled violence and rhetoric on the up our most vulnerable students are left feeling increasingly unsafe and targeted. Drawing on the experiences of Black, international, LGBT+ and disabled communities and women that have been directly affected this session will help us to develop practical and effective responses to take back to our campuses.

This session aims to;

- Understand the manifestations of hate crime and harassment

- Share SU’s experiences and challenges in tackling the problem

- Identify good practice in advocacy and victim support

- Feed into NUS’ hate crime strategy

 

(For student officers and those new to the movement)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Participation
  • Representation and Campaigning

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • NUS Liberation Team

 

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Junkbusters

Location: Gallery Seminar Suites 14 & 15

Junkbusters is an award winning recycling project delivered in the heart of the student community in partnership with the University of Birmingham, Guild of Students, the British Heart Foundation and Birmingham City University. This session will demonstrate sophisticated partnership working, changes in student behaviour, a positive impact on the local environment and raising money for charity. Participants will be able to contribute to the on-going development of the project.

 

(For professionals)

 

 Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptors:

  • Relationships and Partnerships
  • Participation

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Claire Maitland Community Welfare Manager Guild  of Students’ Birmingham
  • Isobel Nicholds - Housing and Community Officer (Outgoing), University of Birmingham Guild of Students
  • Kris Ali – Housing and Community Officer (Incoming), University of Birmingham Guild of Students

 

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Liberation Policy 101

Location: Gallery Seminar Suites 16 & 17

The aim of the workshop will be to demystify the Liberation policy making and implementing processes. The workshop which is targeted to those who define into and/or work with those who define into the NUS liberation campaigns, will provide guidance on:

  • What the Liberation Campaigns are
  • How policy is passed by Liberation conferences.
  • How to write clear and effective policy
  • How Liberation policy interacts with national policy

 

(For student officers and those new to the movement)

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptors:

  • Representation and Campaigning

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Vikki Cabral - Project Manager Liberation, NUS

 

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Developing small Students' Unions; from diagnostics to delivery

Location: Concourse Suites 19 & 20

This session will be for small and specialist Students' Unions who may be in crisis or wish to review their offer to its members. This is not a master-class, but an example of how a small SU has received diagnostic support from NUS to utilise their current resources, collaborate with others and produce a successful block grant bid to deliver new projects and effectively increase engagement with its members.

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Strategic Planning

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Ryan Beasley - General Manager, Newman Students’ Union
  • Gary Hughes - CEO, Durham Students’ Union
  • Al Powell - Representation and Democracy Manager, Edinburgh Students’ Association

 

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What do we want? Something quite complicated

Location: Concourse Suites 21 & 22

Campaigns and policy asks in Students’ Unions tend to follow one of two well-worn paths- we want more of something (now) or we don’t want you to give us less of something. This is all well and good, but effective influencing organisations are getting more sophisticated- analysing the distribution of state goods and services and asking if they might be operated or distributed in a fairer way. We’ll examine ways to make the process of policy development more engaging and interactive for students- moving away from “anyone got any ideas” or “notes believes resolves” and towards students getting together to reconcile their interests in public in a truly interactive and democratic way.  And in this highly interactive (and highly edible) session we’ll delve into policy theory to see if we can take services and structures that affect students and argue for them to be more fairly run and distributed.

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Representation and Campaigning

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Jim Dickinson - CEO UEA Students’ Union

 

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Avoiding risk before it arrives:  How unions and student media outlets can adapt to remain safe in the digital age

Location: Concourse Suite 28 & 29

The rapid rise of social media, online publishing and affordable technology has drastically changed the student media and communications landscape in recent years, posing new challenges for unions and creating increased legal, reputational and regulatory risks.  But is it possible to turn those risks into opportunities? Adam Lindsay will explain how risk analysis, training and reorganisation can create a safer, more dynamic and future-proof setup that allows your union and student media outlets to fully embrace new platforms and get your message out to your members in a safe and responsible way. Adam Lindsay is a freelance television and radio journalist and producer who works for Sky News, Sky Sports News, BBC, IRN and RTE. He is a former University of Sussex Students' Union sabbatical officer, and uses his unique insight into the sector to provide media law advice.

 

Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • Communication
  • Participation

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Adam Lindsay - Independent Media Law Advisor

 

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Action learning as a framework for Communities of Practice 

Location: Concourse Suites 31 & 32

Action Learning as a framework for Communities of Practice. Role-specific Communities of Practice, run by Students' Unions staff for Students' Union staff, are now effective across the movement. This session looks at how we can use the practice of Action Learning to help work through issues, share ideas and challenge perceptions in the trusted, supportive environments of our Communities of Practice. We'll learn about how to run a high quality Action Learning Set from an experienced facilitator and hear from the South West CEOs Community of Practice who have been trialling this approach.

 

 Links to Quality Students’ Unions descriptor:

  • People

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Samantha Budd - CEO, Bristol Students’ Union
  • Mandy Hetherton - Action Learning Associates

 

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