15:30 - 17.00pm: Workshops

It's your Union we say

“It’s your union”, we say- but then we reveal that what we mean is a popularity contest and a baffling representative council (or a set of meaningless polls) to get involved with.  Generally we do want students to feel the SU is theirs and we do want them to feel emotionally invested- but then we go and spoil it all by making something big and shiny and impressive that they hate- even if it’s good. After all- 9 out of 10 broadway musicals fail. Yet school plays sell out. How can we harness the emotional investment of the school play to create more broadway musicals that succeed?  Microsoft faced this problem just three years ago- and via its “Insider Programme” have reduced development costs, improved their products and improved their Net Promoter score massively.

 

(For professionals)

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Jim Dickinson - CEO, UEA Students’ Union
  • Ed Marsh - Director, Middlesex University Students’ Union

 

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Where do we go from HERA?

The passage of the Higher Education and Research Act in April this year signalled the end of nearly two years' hard lobbying from the membership, during which we secured a number of positive wins for students. It also ushers in  widespread changes to the HE sector – directly in England and indirectly across the rest of the UK  - which will play out over the coming years. This session will review the impact of the student movement on the government's HE reforms, from green paper to Act, and support unions to plan their next steps in influencing the reforms on campus and nationally.

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Victoria Lowry – Head of Policy, NUS
  • Hannah Sketchley – Policy Officer, NUS

 

(For student officers and those new to the movement)

 

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Evaluating the impact of student engagement

There is a growing demand for evaluation and evidence of impact in the higher education sector. Through a literature review, a series of interviews with student engagement practitioners in nine English higher education institutions and an open workshop held in June 2016, The Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP) and Liz Thomas Associates have built a toolkit around a conceptual framework for evaluating student engagement practices. In this interactive session we will consider the purpose, benefits and challenges to evaluating student engagement activity. We will introduce the framework and consider how best to evaluate the impact of your student engagement activity on different stakeholders and at different levels within your local context. 

 

(For professionals)

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Ellie Russell - Student Engagement Manager, NUS

 

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Taking a 'Theory of Change' and exploring how universities can contribute to increasing human and social capital in the field of prison education 

What is the role and opportunity for learners in the Criminal Justice System to shape their education? Through the Desistance Framework, this session explores the impact of a positive, pro-social identity to be “in education” on the personal and social outcomes of learners in prison. Delegates will have space to consider the importance of identity and agency, as much as opportunity, for learners to be an influential voice.

 

(For student officers and those new to the movement)

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • The Prisoners Trust
  • Jen Hope - Development Manager Union Development, NUS

 

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Mental Health & Well-being : Unique Ideas, Programmes & Services

How are universities in the U.S. supporting student mental health and well-being through campus programmes? This workshop features 50 unique ideas and/or programmes gathered from Students' Union professionals, publications, newspaper articles and universities throughout the U.S. The workshop promises to deliver unique and creative programme ideas you can implement on your campus.

(For student officers and those new to the movement) 

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Workshop Presenters:

Geoff Combs - Executive Director, Campus Center and Event Services, University of Massachusetts-Boston, U.S.

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Mental Health & Well-being : Unique Ideas, Programmes & Services  

How are universities in the U.S. supporting student mental health and well-being through campus programmes? This workshop features 50 unique ideas and/or programmes gathered from Students’ Union professionals, publications, newspaper articles and universities throughout the U.S. The workshop promises to deliver unique and creative programme ideas you can implement on your campus.

 

(For student officers and those new to the movement)

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Geoff Combs - Executive Director, Campus Center and Event Services, University of Massachusetts-Boston, U.S.

 

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Getting the most out of student volunteers

If you accept that Students’ Unions should be run by students and for students you’ll be keen to recruit student volunteers as often as you can. In these austere times tapping into the not-so-hidden potential of student volunteers is a no-brainer. But how can you inspire potential volunteers to care? How can you recruit them, train them and keep them engaged? Over the past three years, we have recruited hundreds of students to commit to roles across a range of unexpected SU departments and for a range of causes. Thousands of hours have been freely given worth in excess of £100,000 in casual staff time. But our volunteers are more passionate, more knowledgeable and more committed any casual-paid member of staff. Come along as we freely hand over the trade secrets to recruiting, inspiring and motivating student volunteers.

 

(For professionals)

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Joshua Gibbs - Head of Student Advice, Cardiff Students’ Union

 

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Students, the University, partners and the Community (Coventry with their community wardens)

How to build relationships, break down barriers and work together. This will be an opportunity for us to reflect and review on how we have introduced a student led community warden and tenants' union project at Coventry University.  The highs and lows and the road ahead.

 

(For student officers and those new to the movement)

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Caron McKenna - Community and Student Welfare Manager, Coventry University Students’ Union
  • Aiden Ramsay - Warden Coordinator, Coventry University Students’ Union TBC
  • Tony Coy - Campus Police Officer TBC
  • Liam Nagle - Neighbourhood Officer, Coventry City Council TBC

 

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Using behavioural insights to design services - how we can all be 'choice architects'

Using behavioural insights to design services - how we can all be 'choice architects'. Through this session delegates will gain an understanding of the tools and models available to influence choices and encourage positive outcomes.

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Pete Shilton Godwin -  CEO, UCLan Students’ Union
  • Avis Johns - Partner, Social Engine

 

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'Communications for non-communications people'

Everyone communicates. You don't have to have 'communications' in your job description to be part of communicating what your organisation does and believes in. This session will cover some principles of effective communication and show how you can use them to involve students in what you do. The session will end with a chance to talk about some of the challenges and ideas you have to generate some solutions and spark some suggestions.

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Jo Walters - Communications Manager, University of Sussex Students’ Union

 

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Delivering Diversity Through Data This year

This year at Sheffield Students' Union we've explored how data can help us deliver for our membership and staff. The result is a brand new Equality and Diversity Monitoring Process applicable to both staff and students. When our members engage with their Union, we want each of them to recognise people like them - be that their peers, our officer team, or our casual and permanent staff. We refuse to think of diversity as static, and want our data and evidence to reflect this. As our membership gets more diverse, so will our organisation. We'll be sharing our E&D process at this session, and discussing how data can help our unions deliver diversity through data.

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Jaki Booth – Chief Executive, Sheffield Students’ Union
  • Naomi Green - Head of Data and Research, Sheffield Students’ Union

 

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Career Pathways in the student movement

Student Movement Career Pathway Map: Navigating Your Career

 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Sam Harris - Learning and Development Manager, NUS
  • Claire Marsland - HR Consultant, NUS

 

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