T C A P IM T R O P RE 2013 BRIGHTON STUDENTS’ UNION
WELCOME TO BRIGHTON STUDENTS’ UNION ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2012/13. This was a great year for the Students’ Union – achievements included developing 1500 student leaders in roles across the organisation, a 40% leap in the number of societies students can join, helping 500 students with academic issues and the redevelopment of social spaces across the campuses. This report is an opportunity to tell you a bit more about the Union and our impact on students’ lives. As your student leadership team, it’s been an honour to represent the 22,000 student voices at the University of Brighton, building on the successes of last year and taking the Union forward in 2013/14.
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Brighton Students’ Union is a charity dedicated to ensuring that students’ time at University is the amazing, life changing experience it should be. Every student at the University of Brighton is automatically a member of Brighton Students’ Union. That means we have a membership of 22,000 students. Five officers are elected each year by students to lead the Students’ Union, represent student opinion and lobby the University for change. Together the officers comprise the Student Leadership Team. The President oversees the work of the team as a whole and the four officers each have a specific area of responsibility.
The Leadership Team is in office for 12 months and officers can run for a second term in elections held in February/ March of each academic year. The students who lead your Students’ Union are supported by a permanent staff team, accountable to the Chief Executive, who is responsible for the day to day running of the organisation.
Providing representation and support for all students at the University of Brighton.
Undertaking a range of activities to promote the health and happiness of students.
The team is part of a Board of Trustees, which also includes student and external members.
Candice Armah, Fliss Newton, Holly Kavanagh, Maggie Garabedyan & Paul Cooke Student Leadership Team 2013/14
Registered charity number: 1137566
The Students’ Union is an independent organisation, separate from the University.
Let’s use the achievements in this report as inspiration for an even better 2014!
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How The Students’ Union Works SERVICES FOR STUDENTS
Fliss Newton, Holly Kavanagh, Candice Armah, Maggie Garabedyan, & Paul Cooke Student Leadership Team 2013/14
DISCUSSIONS AND DEBATE
Creating opportunities to discuss and debate the issues that matter to students and then taking action on the feedback.
Providing first class independent support and guidance where it’s needed, specialising in academic advice.
SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL
Campaigning for and representing the views of students across all the sites, to the University and other important bodies.
Helping students get more from their time at University through social, cultural, sporting and recreational activities.
How The Students’ Union Works OUR AIMS, OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES
NEW INITIATIVES 2012/13 EMPOWERING STUDENTS
Students are at the very heart of Brighton Students’ Union. We empower our members to achieve and each year thousands of students get involved with the organisation in a range of different ways. Our three year strategy sees us working towards the following aims, so student life is as good as it can possibly be for University of Brighton students.
To engage and empower the student body in working with others towards a positive experience for all across the locations of the University of Brighton.
NEW INITIATIVES 2012/13 SERVING STUDENTS
Over 1500 student leaders actively participated in roles of responsibility via the Students’ Union including course representatives, club and society organisers, elected officers, volunteering project members and campus development teams. The number of active societies increased by 40% from the previous year, to almost 100 student led groups.
The Students’ Union established new membership arrangements for Sussex Downs College and City College through the recruitment of a Partner Colleges Co-ordinator post, providing dedicated support to students.
Over 500 events were organised, promoted and supported in partnership with students throughout the year. These included everything from weekly club nights to theatre productions.
To inform and support the student experience through their academic, wellbeing, lifestyle, social, leisure and employability needs and aspirations throughout their time at the University, providing a firm foundation for future achievement.
- Growing demand for student involvement with the Union - A top third performance as a Students’ Union - Clear and accessible paths for student participation - Union premises meeting students’ needs - Places for ideas, enterprise and action
THE NEXT FEW PAGES REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES THE STUDENTS’ UNION UNDERTOOK IN 2012/13 TO WORK TOWARDS OUR THREE YEAR GOALS.
Our ‘I <3 My Education’ campaign travelled to every campus speaking to students about their University life and 1450 students gave us their views on what the University should keep, stop and start doing. This research forms an important source of student opinion, used across the University to assist with decision making. Our highly successful student cooperative, BScoop was established on the Eastbourne campus. Working with a range of student volunteers and student groups, BScoop helped develop the new Union facilities and transformed the student experience on campus.
Through empowering, serving and connecting students, the Union will achieve:
The Union’s academic support service helped over 500 students with appeals, academic misconduct cases and complaints, achieving successful outcomes in over 70% of all cases. The number of students we help increases each year and in 2013 we saw 30% more students than the previous year.
The Union recruited and supported over 960 course representatives across all parts of the University. Through training, communications, active engagement and volunteering support, the representatives identified and served the needs of the 22,000 students on courses at the University.
We ran our first ever Volunteer Awards to recognise student volunteer and society contributions. These proved a great success and built a platform for future growth in volunteering opportunities via the organisation.
More than 12,000 hours of paid employment was provided to students across all main campuses, covering work in the Union’s receptions, shops, cafes, accounts, administration, events and projects.
The Students’ Union carried out a range of activities that reinvigorated the Hastings campus, such as the two week Freshtival programme, Hastings Freshers’ Fair, campaigning for better Wi-Fi, the Broadcast Media students’ placement programme and a huge growth in student led societies.
NEW INITIATIVES 2012/13 CONNECTING STUDENTS
Brighton enjoyed one of its greatest medal hauls at the national British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) events. We won four Gold, two Silver and a Bronze medal at boxing and judo national championship events. Our highly regarded Excellence Awards received over 1000 nominations from students for the 63 course representative and University staff awards. The awards ceremony was attended by over 200 staff, students and members of the community. A total of 4401 students took part in Parklife sports activities, equating to 20% of the student population. Participation in the programme increased by 12% on 2011/12.
The retail and catering outlets operated by the Students’ Union served 20% more customer transactions in the year compared with the previous period. Activity was undertaken to support the health and wellbeing of our students, including over 1500 screenings and roadshows engaging with over 5,000 students.
The Students’ Union has a membership of 22,000 students across all campuses and areas of study at the University. We provide a growing range of opportunities to connect our diverse students with each other through new experiences. REDEVELOPED UNION SPACES
INCREASED REVENUE STREAMS
BUILDING COMMUNICATIONS WITH OUR MEMBERS
NEW CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT TEAMS
AWARD FROM DEVELOPMENT CHARITY, CHILDREACH INTERNATIONAL
After negotiating a capital grant of £250,000 from the University, the Union was able to redevelop many of our spaces. The refurbishment of buildings in Eastbourne, Falmer and Moulsecoomb has greatly enhanced student engagement and the use of these areas.
The organisation focused on further building communications with our members through increased social media activity, networking opportunities, leadership and feedback groups, student cooperatives and the use of improved Union facilities.
The Union developed a range of innovative new ways to support students’ transition to University life. For example, there were 1627 views of our “What do you wish you’d known” videos, which featured tips and advice for first year students from others at the University.
We increased our revenue streams through different channels including securing sponsorships, negotiating an increased core grant, development of our cafés and shops and winning successful small project bids. This additional income increased the support and services that could be provided to our student members.
To ensure students shaped Union activity on their particular campuses, we introduced our new Campus Development Teams.
Our student led Raising and Giving (RaG) society increased its activities across the campuses, winning recognition with an award from development charity, Childreach International.
How The Students’ Union Works A STUDENT LED ORGANISATION
NEW INITIATIVES 2012/13 Investing in the student experience
Brighton Students’ Union is a democratic organisation that is completely led by students.
We Raised £2,151,851
Union Council sets the policy direction of the Students’ Union, driving what we do for our student membership. The Council is made up of students, elected each year by our members. Union Council membership comprises representatives from:
EACH OF THE FIVE CAMPUSES
CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM
SU CAFES & CATERING
SU MARKETING & MEDIA
We Spent £2,141,478 SU SHOPS
Our Trustee Board works to ensure that the Students’ Union functions as a robust, healthy and legally compliant organisation.
SUPPORT & POLICY
SU CAFES & CATERING
This leaves Union Council free to concentrate on campaigning and representing students.
CAMPUS & PARTNERSHIPS
CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
The Student Leadership Team Chair of Union Council
Four Student Trustees
Four External Trustees
University of Brighton students direct and shape all that the Students’ Union does as an organisation. Through a growing range of student cooperatives, active societies, student committees and student led projects, we are engaging more students in more ways than ever before. Candice Armah
President & Chair of the Board of Trustees
Registered charity number: 1137566
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