Glasgow Caledonian University Studentsâ€™ Association
Annual Report 2009/10
Glasgow Caledonian University Studentsâ€™ Association is a registered Scottish charity, number SC022887
To represent and enable students to enhance all aspects of their student experience
That our students will have an outstanding experience that will live with them forever
VALUES Diversity We are proud of our diverse student body and are dedicated to activities that celebrate this diversity. Community We foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, allowing students to form and build upon strong, lasting relationships that contribute into an enjoyable and productive university life. Participation We promote and provide the opportunity for widespread involvement through sports, societies, volunteering and in all our activities. Fun We are dedicated and passionate about the professional nature of working for students whilst maintaining a fun and friendly atmosphere. Support We provide a high level of consistent, reliable, confidential and independent support, ensuring the welfare of all our students. Leadership Throughout all our activities we encourage students to become leaders, to take pride in their university and fellow students, enabling them to be outstanding graduates.
It is with great pride and pleasure that I am able to present the second ever Annual Report from Glasgow Caledonian University Students’ Association, and what a year it has been for the team and myself. It has been a great pleasure working with this years student executive team and I believe that we have achieved many things to enhance the GCU student experience. Apart from carrying out our main purpose of representing the students of GCU at every level we have increased the number of volunteers in every area of the organisation resulting in some high profile campaigns throughout the year such as exams before Christmas, Wednesday afternoons free for student engagement, 24 hour computer lab in Level 0 of Students’ Association building, additional social space for students, the introduction of Student-led Teaching Awards as well as providing a vast range of opportunities for our members to develop and strengthen their own University experience.
Reading this, it is more than likely that you were is some way part of the many successes achieved this year, whether it be one of our volunteers, member of GCUSA staff, partner at the University or just a friend of the Association, a huge well done to you all. I cant thank-you enough for all your hard work and commitment to your Students’ Association and making it such a memorable year for myself and the team. Yes, it was a lot of hard work but we all definitely had lots of fun along the way so I hope that the following pages gives you just a little reminder and insight to all the work that goes on in the Students’ Association of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCUSA). I would like to wish the new team every success in their coming year. It has been my privilege to serve as the Student President of Glasgow Caledonian University and it will be a year that I will never forget. Stephanie Pitticas
Student President 2009 – 2010
Outgoing Presidents Welcome
Democracy & Governance
Student Reps & Student Summit 6 Caledonian Conference
Welfare & Nightline Volunteering 9 Societies
Student Leaders Programme
Freshers and GIAG
Engaging and Listening to our members
People and Money
Awards and Recognition
Executive Committee 2009/10
Executive Committee Elections The elections for the 2010/11 Executive Committee broke two records this year seeing both the highest turnout and highest number of candidates ever in the Students’ Association’s history. Turnout was 2186 representing at 16% increase on the year before and the number of candidates rose by almost half from 16 to 23. Two of the lay officer positions were not filled in the main elections but one has since been filled in a by-election.
Caledonian Student Parliament This year saw an initial downturn in attendance at the Caledonian Student Parliament remedied by a successful review which brought in new simplified procedures for making policy and saw the meetings move from the university to being held within the Students’ Association. These changes resulted from consultation with members and further recommendations are to be implemented. In terms of policy, the Parliament was pleased to note the introduction of Wednesday Afternoons Free which is an issue it had supported over the last several years. Other policies developed this year included the introduction of a Black & Minority Ethnic Students’ Convenor, a call for more lectures to be made available online, a new Equality & Diversity policy, and to support the campaign against gay and bisexual men from being prevented from giving blood.
National Union of Students Following the introduction of a new Governance structure within NUS, the delegation entitlement to National Conference has been cut in half and new Zone Conferences created which are open to all students and staff members who wish to attend. Although these are not democratic events, the Students’ Association also sent delegates to some of these conferences to measure their worth for future years. This year there has been an overall increase in attendance at NUS democratic events with only one conference having no representatives from GCUSA. Participation by the Students’ Association’s representatives has also increased to the point where two of our students stood for positions on the National Executive Committee of NUS and another was elected as Postgraduate (Taught) Students’ Representative on the NUS Postgraduate Committee.
Governance The Students’ Association has continued to build on the improvements made to its governance last year by approving a new Trustee Board structure for 2011/12. This board will comprise of sabbatical officers, elected students and external members to ensure that expertise and advice can be brought in while ensuring the student voice remains at the heart of everything we do. This change will also see the volunteer roles within the current structure given more freedom to represent members rather than having to focus on trustee issues. The changes being implemented are in line with best practice across the sector and were passed without opposition by the Student Parliament.
Democracy and Governance
Campaigns 2009-10 saw another major campaign success for the Students’ Association with the introduction of Wednesday Afternoons Free being approved by the university to allow students a fixed time free from classes every week to pursue sports, activities, volunteering or other opportunities. The year also saw successful campaigns encouraging students to get involved with Students’ Association activities and register to vote in the General Election.
Wednesday Afternoons Free Securing Wednesday Afternoons Free from scheduled contact time has been a long standing ambition for the Students’ Association and as such the decision to ensure this for most of our students has been welcomed. The campaign to secure this space in the timetable was backed by the 2009 Caledonian Conference for Class Representatives and the Student Parliament and a pledge to fight for this was also part of several of our elected officers’ manifestos. The campaign culminated with many of our volunteers from across the breadth of our activities descending on a drop in session with the Principal to present her with her very own initialled GCU Sports Hoodie to highlight how important the issue was to them.
Get Out the Vote With the General Election taking place this year the Students’ Association ran a campaign to encourage students to register to vote to make sure their voice was heard. The campaign also aimed to raise the issue of voting with our international students hailing from Commonwealth countries, many of whom were unaware that they were eligible to vote in UK elections. The result of the campaign was over 300 voter registration forms distributed on stalls around campus with Glasgow City Council estimating between 100 and 200 new voters registered in the Glasgow Central constituency in which the university is located.
What’s Your Flavour? At the beginning of the academic year, the Students’ Association acknowledged that not all new students would come through our Getting Involved Fayre. For this reason, the ‘What’s Your Flavour?’ campaign was launched to promote the different volunteering opportunities and activities run by the Students’ Association. The campaign was driven via postcards distributed to students asking them to pick a flavour (activity) and those who left an email address were contacted with more information of how to get involved. Posters were also used to direct students to the campaign webpage where they could find out more information about any of the flavours. Over 100 students completed the postcards and were contacted by the Students’ Association.
Social Space & 24 Hour Computer Lab Since the departure of the Students’ Association’s commercial services and due to increasing student dissatisfaction with noise levels in the library, the need for a social space for students on campus has become apparent. As such the Executive Committee have this year secured an agreement for a Student Social Space and Games Room to be developed within the Students’ Association Building. As part of this development, a 24 hour access computer lab will also be installed in the building – again feedback from students, regarding library opening times and fitting studying around their other commitments, has been the main driver.
Class Representatives For a second year in succession there has been a significant increase in the number of class representatives registered with the Students’ Association with the total number rising from 461 to 542. At the same time the number of students attending class rep training is continuing to grow to and has reached an all time high of 141 as the Students’ Association offers more training sessions at different times of the year.
School Officers Improving connections between students and student representation is something that the Students’ Association constantly strives towards. In order to enhance representation the role of the School Officer has been developed and implemented for the first time this year. The role of the School Officer is to represent the views of students at their School Board by working with Class Representatives and the Students’ Association to get feedback from students. Having this role strengthens the student voice within Schools as there is now a permanent representative on the Board and Class Representatives have a direct representative to speak for them collectively within the University and the Students’ Association. The success of the pilot year has enabled the Students’ Association to continue this project into its second year with an additional officer being elected for the Business School to reflect the number of students studying there.
Student-led Teaching Awards This year the Students’ Association hosted the first ever Student-led Teaching Awards in May to recognise and reward examples of excellence and innovation in teaching. Hundreds of students took part nominating their lecturers, tutors, academic advisers and project supervisors across five award categories. The winning staff members were presented with their awards by National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland President Liam Burns at an awards celebration held in the Students’ Association building. Through the initiation of these awards the Students’ Association is providing students with the opportunity to highlight examples of teaching excellence which improve their overall experience at GCU. At the event, awards were also presented to the students who were named as Class Representatives of the year.
Student Summit Having successfully established the Student Summit in 2008 as a precursor event to the Caledonian Conference, it returned this year building on the recommendations from student feedback. The event was again a half day taking place in Semester A but this year making use of the Students’ Association’s own facilities which was possible due to the additional meeting space that has been developed. This year’s event combined set topics alongside completely and partially open sessions for student reps to raise any issues that they currently faced in order to allow the event to better serve its primary purpose of informing the work of the
Student Reps and Summit
Students’ Association and identifying areas to be developed at the Caledonian Conference. This year the topics discussed were: the presence of work-related learning on programmes at GCU, an open session, the new Student-Led Teaching Awards and what categories should be included, and, a session discussing many of the recent developments such as the changes to the exam diet. The feedback for the event was again very positive and the discussions helped shape the document outlining the principles of work-related learning for students and to decide the categories for the first ever Student-Led Teaching Awards to be held at GCU. There were also useful discussions around what students expected and wanted from feedback that was taken forward in more detail at the Caledonian Conference.
Caledonian Conference The third annual Caledonian Conference for class representatives was the best attended feedback event for students ever held by the Students’ Association with 79 students from across all schools and levels contributing their views at the event. Opened by the University Secretary, Jan Hulme, Conference 2010 addressed the following themes: • Feedback • Study Space • Independent Learning • Graduate Attributes
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As in previous years, the opinions of the students present helped shape a report produced by the Students’ Association which has been presented to the University and will be the basis for actions to be taken improving the student experience in the coming academic year. The Conference also saw the successful continuation of the School Officers project as eight new students were elected to represent student opinion on the school boards. The outgoing officers have greatly developed this new role and it will continue to develop in the coming year. Feedback for Caledonian Conference 2010 was extremely positive and many students noted not only their enjoyment of the event but also how it had improved in successive years:
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Student Welfare It’s been quite a year in Welfare as we’ve been kept busy throughout the whole year providing a free non-judgemental and confidential service to all our students. The department and resource room is ideally situated on the 1st floor of the Students’ Association Building and students can either just drop in or make an appointment that suits their timetable. We are open Monday to Friday 9-5pm and also offer a service during lunchtime and throughout the summer. The Welfare Department dealt with a total of 2763 student enquiries in 2009/10 (September to August) an increase of 464 from 2008/09. Our two Welfare Advisers, Caroline & Kirsty, offer advice, guidance and support on a wide range of issues which include: • Academic Regulations – Appeals, Special Factors and Complaints • Student Disciplinaries • Personal and emotional issues • Financial worries • Employment rights • Accommodation information • Sexual health Our service is completely confidential and students are made welcome if they just want to talk and need someone to listen. Throughout last year students who were included in our aftercare process received ongoing support through emails, phone calls and appointments. This additional service was offered to all our case work students and proved to be extremely beneficial especially for students going through academic appeals, disciplinaries and complaints as many required additional re-assurance and support.
Key areas of enquiry Reason for Enquiry Academic issues Personal/emotional Financial/hardship C-Card Enquiries from International Students
2008/09 797 590 276 710 579
2009/10 1203 984 268 823 871
Difference this year +406 +394 -08 +113 +292
Welfare Volunteering Programme We received a high demand this year from students who were interested in taking part in the programme. Over 80 students put their names forward and 26 secured a place on the programme. Overall the programme for 2009/10 was a success with positive engagement from the student population. The campaigns which had the most impact and aims & objectives achieved were Personal Safety, Sexual Health week and our Wellbeing Fair. Having a stall in the Saltire Centre as well as the Students’ Association building proved to be effective and was beneficial from the volunteers prospective as they were able to engage with many more students.
Campaigns 2009/10 • Healthy Eating • Money Management • Personal Safety • Sexual Health & Guidance week • No Smoking Day • Cultural Awareness • Wellbeing Fair
Nightline Nightline is a student volunteer run confidential listening and information helpline for students at Caledonian and Strathclyde Universities, run jointly by both Students’ Association’s. In September 2009 18 Nightline volunteers returned from 2008/09 session (compared to 6 in September 2008). This meant that Nightline was able to open in the last week of September – more than 3 weeks earlier than last year. 22 new volunteers (11 in each semester) were recruited and trained over the year. 108 overnight shifts were covered by pairs of committed volunteers over the year (95 were covered in 2008/09). Nightline volunteers listened, supported and/or provided information over the year to 214 students (compared to 207 in 2008/09). The Nightline committee organised 2 Nightline Awareness publicity campaign weeks (in addition to year round publicity on both campuses), 5 social events for Nightline volunteers, developed a Nightline website for launch in 2010/11, attended 2 National Nightline conferences and took an active part in the intensive training and probation of new volunteers in both semesters. A 3 week pilot period in April was also carried out to test out extending opening times from 4 to 5 nights per week from September 2010.
Student Societies Societies saw their highest membership ever this year, with 1271 members, compared to 1236 members in 2008/09. There were a total of 34 societies over the year with 131 society committee members that ran the societies.
Societies continuing and active this year BASS, Cali Otaku, Christian Union, Comedy, CUMSA, Environment & Sustainability, Erasmus Student Network, GCU Choir, GCU Hellenic, GCU Research Students, Indian Social Group, International, Irish, Law, Nigerian, Occupational Therapy, Optics (SSOS), Photography, Signs 4 Life and GCU Enterprise: The Brightest Crayons (previously Start from Scratch).
New Societies started this year Baking, Bulgarian Society, Business Events Society, Caledonian British Desi Society, Caledonian Investment Society, GCU Cheerleading, GCU Chinese Students & Scholars (CCSA), GCU Fashion Society, GCU Saudi Students’ Association (GCUSSA), Hong Kong Students, Music, Physio Society, Social Work and Society of Civil Engineers.
STAR Awards The 3rd Annual STAR Awards took place on Thursday 15th April 2010 in Highlight. The STAR Awards recognise and reward Students’ Association volunteers that run societies or volunteer within the Students’ Association. The event had a Oscar theme, with music and entertainment provided by Radio Caley and Bollywood Dancing provided by the Indian Society.
Winners Include Dedication to Welfare Volunteering Welfare Volunteer personality of the Year Outstanding Contribution to Student Parliament Best Section (Re:Union) Best Article (Re:Union) Best Overall Volunteer (Re:Union) Best Behind the Scenes (Radio Caley) Best Behind the Mic (Radio Caley) Outstanding Achievement (Radio Caley) Best Society Event Society Volunteer of the Year Best New Society Society of the Year
Michell Lafferty Andrew Criab Brian Reilly Fashion (Fashion Editor - Tatiana Ashakova) ‘Between Two Lungs’ by Amanda Matheson Ruairidh Pritchard (Editor) Janika Fuchs ‘DIY’ presented by Kay Morrill and Lucy Gordon Kevin Porteous CUMSA – charity fundraising dinner Graham Kerr – Law Society Caledonian Investment Society Optometry
Radio Caley Radio Caley has gone LIVE this year! It broadcasted 50 hours a week from 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday. It has gone from a pre-recorded basis in 2008/09 to 45 live shows on air in 2009/10. Radio Caley has gone from strength to strength with a healthy 63 student presenters and a further 186 students involved in other teams within the station (fundraising, producers, news, PR and tech). Due to a change of the way Radio Caley broadcast (we moved from shoutcast to icecast) we are now able to have outside broadcasts in a much easier way than previously. This allowed us to do our first outside broadcast from the Saltire Centre on Thursday 4 February 2010. To help publicise the station and the GCUSA elections, we broadcasted a number of shows live on Election Day in 2010. This year Radio Caley was awarded the ‘Most Improved Student Station’ in the 2010 I Love Student Radio awards, organised by the Student Radio Association. There were over 50 nominations for the awards. Radio Caley also launched a brand new website at: www.radiocaley.com. Radio Caley has been involved in several events this year: • Hosted the halls party at Freshers Week • Album Covers Party • Fundraising bake sale • DJd at SHAG (sexual health) night • DJ-d at Greek Society event • Great Western Wade – birthday pub crawl for volunteers • First Birthday party at the Flying Duck
Re:Union The Re:Union magazine team have completed and distributed 4 issues throughout the academic year. These issues have been received well throughout GCU. Each issue the editorial team distributes 2,000 copies throughout the campus as well being online at the Students’ Association website at www.caledonianstudent.com/reunion. The last 2 issues were printed in full colour by PDS, this has improved the look and feel of the magazine. The editorial team consists of 8 editors: Editor; deputy editor; News; Arts; Fashion; Features; Music; Marketing and Sport. After the first 2 issues the editor stood down and the Deputy Editor was voted in place. This opened up the Features editor position, and another student was duly elected. Re:Union had a database mailing list of 205 students (97 in 2009) who have registered their interest and are emailed with deadline dates, news and opportunities. There is also a mailing list of 21 students registered for photography. The Editor and Deputy Editor went to the Guardian Student Media Conference in London, this consisted of lectures and speeches along with networking. Both students said they found much benefit from going to this.
Student Leaders Programme The Student Leaders Programme aims to recognise students who engage in leadership roles within Glasgow Caledonian University. Over the past five years it has developed from just one level to three different levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. This year, the most significant change is the incorporation of six leadership competencies which are embedded in every level of the programme. The competencies were developed with the GCU Organisational Development department. The number of eligible roles from which students can join the Student Leaders Programme is currently 17. This along with the introduction of Welcome Evenings and increasing evening seminars has led to a record number of students participating in the programme. The number of students registered on the programme has increased to 427 from 313 in 2008/09. This is broken down to 331 students at Bronze, 68 at Silver and 28 at Gold. In total 265 students completed the Student Leaders Programme this year (26 at Gold, 45 at Silver and 194 at Bronze). This is a rise of 56 students completing the programme from 2008/09. The Students’ Association recognises the need to improve the retention of students on the programme and undertook some student focus groups which indicated: seminars conflicted with timetable/placement/job, too much coursework and didn’t understand what the programme was as the main reason for non-completion.
Glasgow Caledonian University Student of the Year This year there were 59 nominations for the Student of the Year Award; this increased from 28 the previous year. Nominations were received from students, University staff and Students’ Association staff. The winners were as follows: Bronze Student of the Year Janika Fuchs (Head of PR, Radio Caley Committee) Silver Student of the Year Emma McLeod (Student Mentor, Class Rep, Welfare Volunteer, PASS Leader) Gold Student of the Year Kapilan Radhakrishnan (President of Indian Social Group and President of GCU Cricket Club) The overall winner of the Glasgow Caledonian University Student of the Year Award was Emma McLeod.
Student Leaders Ball The Ball took place on Thursday, 18th March in the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. In total 180 students attended along with members of Court, the Principal, members of the Executive Board, University Support Department representatives and Students’ Association staff, past Student Officers and employers. The event was a success, with a sparkling wine reception, complimentary two course meal, guest speaker, ceilidh and Radio Caley DJ set to end the celebrations.
Student Leaders Programme
Freshers Week 2009 The Students’ Association organised a variety of activities to welcome GCU students to the University. We also had the A-Team out and about to provide help and support to students, to promote upcoming events and to encourage students to get involved.
Getting Involved Fayre The Getting Involved Fayre took place on Tuesday 15th September and provided a focal point for all sports and societies and volunteer groups to attract student members. The event ran from 10am to 3pm with over forty different stalls set up in the refectory extension it offered students the opportunity to find out more about the Students’ Association services and meet those involved.
Freebie Fayre This years Freebie Fayre was very successful, with a high footfall of students. We had a great range of 29 companies and charities including club/pubs, Citizens Advice, Rape Crisis, First Buses, Tiso and The List to name but a few. GCUSA also had a stall which was a great opportunity to talk to the freshers and introduce ourselves and had a terrific atmosphere.
Evening Entertainments The Students’ Association worked with external clubs, including: Walkabout, Campus, Jumping Jaks, O’Couture, the Garage and the Classrooms, to provide evening entertainment. These evening entertainments included Stavros Flately, UV Party, Foam Party, Sports Party, Fiesta Night and the traditional school disco.
Give it a Go Events held include sign language, salsa dancing, creative writing, cookery, wine tasting, whiskey trials and paintball. The biggest successes were: •
Sign Language which resulted in a society being started up to allow more students to learn this British Sign Language level 1.
Wine Tasting had maximum attendance and great feedback. This was a ticketed event costing £5.
Whisky Trials had maximum attendance and 10 people on a waiting list. This was also a ticketed event costing £15 per ticket which included a 2 course Scottish meal.
The Students’ Association continues to promote its services and activities through a variety of mediums. This includes our website, social networking sites, Youthmedia Platform, all student emails, university notice boards and the plasma screens in our building. Our activities and events are also communicated within the university through the Communications and Marketing Team.
Student Survey The Students’ Association has undertaken its first membership survey to 5,000 students about its services and activities. The following themes were identified: • • • • • • • •
Lack of social space on campus Lack of awareness of Students’ Association activities and services Saltire Centre too noisy and lack of computers Lack of awareness of Students’ Association location No Job Shop on campus Recycling Facilities on campus Lack of Awareness of Students’ Association Executive Committee That the Students’ Association does not cater for part time or mature students
From the main themes that were identified the Students’ Association produced an action plan that was available to members on the website.
Website Our website is an important information and marketing tool for the Association. From Jan 2010 to May 2010 the site has had 22,045 visits (2009 – 21,706) from an average of 38.05 countries (2009 – 37.71) per week looking at an average 3.37 pages (2009 – 3.65). The Students’ Association are working with our new website provide, BAM, to launch a new website over the summer. The website will have the potential to advertise events, sell memberships for sports and societies and for ticketed events and to run e-voting for student elections. The website link will still be: www.caledonianstudent.com.
Social Networking The Students’ Association has a main BEBO and FACEBOOK page and other associated pages. The BEBO page has 552 fans and the FACEBOOK page has 686 fans. Social Networking is a new area that the Students’ Association is exploring; this will include reviewing how we use Twitter over the summer.
All Student Emails The Students’ Association has continued to send all student emails informing students on what the Students’ Association has been doing and how students can engage with the Students’ Association. These have been sent out fortnightly.
Speak to Steph The Student President had a ‘Speak to Steph’ section on the website where students could email the Student President directly.
Engaging and Listening to our Members
Sport Involvement and Membership Student members of sports clubs benefit from a positive relationship with the Arc via the joint membership options (ACTIVE student & ACTIVE sport) and membership reached 1332 students. One hundred and eighteen volunteers co-ordinate twenty eight sports clubs. Sports club have a wide variety of activities including thirty regular weekly training sessions both on and off campus. Students have the opportunity to try out a number of sports clubs as part of the Give It a Go programme, during the year clubs ran 23 different sessions. Three new clubs, Fencing, Surfing and Tennis, were successfully started by students and have been affiliated for next year through Student Parliament. Performance and competition is not always the main focus for the Students’ Association sports clubs, however, fourteen of the twenty-seven sports clubs participate in competitive team fixtures. The clubs completed 228 fixtures, winning 47%.
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A new Blues and Colours Reception took place in the Deeprose Lecture Theatre on Thursday 25th March and the University Secretary presented certificates to students. The 14th Annual Sports Awards Ball also took place on Saturday 27th March had 230 students attending at the Thistle Hotel, award winners were as follows: Sports Person of the Year: Dan Donnelly – Men’s Basketball Alex Goodman (1st Year award): Janey Douglas – Horse Riding Ross Baillie (Volunteer of the Year): Michelle Bowman – Snowsports Coach of the Year: Rachel Silk – Trampolining Team of the Year: Women’s Basketball Club of the Year: Horse Riding
Marketing and Publicity A new project for this year was the introduction of a student handbook for sports clubs and the Arc. The 20 page booklet provided students with information on activities and timetables, 7000 copies were printed and distributed. The Students’ Association have also developed a range of bespoke leisurewear for students to purchase in association with Provan Sports Ltd, during the year the sale of clothing generated £777.20 for student sport.
The Students’ Association co-ordinated the annual Scottish Universities Sport Christmas Seminar in the Deeprose Lecture Theatre on Tuesday 15th December. Over one hundred colleagues attended presentations on social marketing, representative sport, colleges and HE Sport. Around 100 students and 100 graduates (Legends) took part in the 2nd Annual Legends v Students sports event on the 30th Apr and 1st May. The event consisted of matches in basketball (m), football (m&w), hockey (m&w), netball and rugby (m). The 7th Annual Freshers Intervarsity Sports Day took place on Wednesday 30th September, first year students from Strathclyde, Glasgow and Caledonian had the opportunity to sample a flavour of what university sport is all about at this fun inter university competition. The 4th Annual City of Glasgow Cup took place on Wednesday 27th March; the event was a great success with around 700 students from GCU, Strathclyde and Glasgow participating in 14 sports events all on the one day at three locations including Scotstoun, GCU won the women’s hockey, men’s rugby and trampolining events, with Strathclyde the overall winners. In the photo below GCU students watch on as physiotherapy student, Andrew Gilliland, plays in the badminton competition.
Sporting Highlights British Universities Games 4 students from GCU were selected to play for the Scottish Universities Teams at the BUGS event: Dan Donnelly (Basketball), Emma Findlay (Basketball), Gordon Munro (Hockey) and Claire Bannerman (Hockey).
Swimming Gold GCU student Daniel Scott won gold in the 50m breaststroke at the British Universities Short Course Swimming Championship in Sheffield on the 15th November.
Scottish Universities Representation Two GCU students were selected to represent Scottish Universities in their sport. Fourth year physiotherapy student Craig Ruddy was selected for the Scottish Universities Cross Country team and competed at the Great Scottish Cross Country Race in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh on Sunday 11th January and Grant Irvine was selected for the Scottish Universities Shinty team.
Triple Taekwon-Do Gold Three GCU students won gold medals at the recent British Taekwon-Do Championships. Andrew Barclay in the Yellow and Green Belt under 65kg sparring, Peter McArthur in the Blue and Red belt under 65kg Sparring, Robbie Devennie in the Blue and Red belt 65kg-75kg Sparring.
Karate Success GCU won several medals at the SUS Karate Championship 2009/10: 2 gold, 2 silver and 7 bronze medals. GCU also won the womenâ€™s team kumite shield and were 2nd overall university.
Cricket Club GCU Cricket Club completed their first ever 11-a-side fixture on the 3rd May 2010 at Poloc Cricket Club beating St Andrews University 3rds and won the SUS Cup on the 20th June.
Overseas Trips Student volunteers organised a sports tour to Salou in Spain during the easter break, 97 students travelled to the resort for sport and social activities. 55 snowsports club members had a week of activities in Val Dâ€™Isere from the 11th until the 18th December.
People and Money The Students’ Association continues to acknowledge that investment in developing staff is crucial in order to meet our organisation goals and in building a motivated and engaged team. We have started to critically review on our People Management Strategy through the Student Union Evaluation Initiative, Healthy Working Lives scheme and in starting Investors in People. We also for the first time undertook a comprehensive Staff Survey to let our staff inform us on what we do well and what needs improved.
Healthy Working Lives We are proud to announce, all our hard work has paid off, as we have successfully achieved the Silver level of Healthy Working Lives. By following the Silver award criteria the staff took part in various activities over the past year which included: Fresh fruit scheme, lunchtime walking club, healthy breakfast week, national stress awareness day, onsite massage and 9 members of staff took part in the Women’s 10K in May. All of the staff appreciated the benefits of taking part in this programme as they are more aware of how to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Investors in People Standard The Students’ Association started Investors in People in June 2010. The Investors in People Standard is a business improvement tool designed to advance an organisation’s performance through its people. The Investors in People Standard consists of ten indicators containing 39 evidence requirements which make up the plan, do and review cycle. This will allow the Students’ Association to build up a complete picture of how we manage our people and where we can make improvements.
Students’ Association Staff David Carse, General Manager Finance and Administration Department Anna Dekar and Kirsteen Cox, Finance Manager (job share) Marie Wilkinson, Association Administrator Cherie Jardine, Association Secretary Sinead McIntosh, Evening Receptionist Activities Department Josie McKay, Communications and Media Co-ordinator Gordon McTweed, Activities Co-ordinator Sarah Gurney, Societies and Involvement Co-ordinator (until April 2010) Jaki Speirs, Societies and Involvement Co-ordinator (from April 2010) Nicky St. Clair, Student Leaders Co-ordinator Ryan Horan, Student Leaders Intern Welfare and Representation Department Caroline Miller, Welfare Adviser Kirsty McGregor, Welfare Adviser Kevin Ward, Student Rep Co-ordinator Michael Smith, Student Rep Intern
People and money
Financial performance Glasgow Caledonian University Students’ Association has continued to benefit from the recognition and support from the University, and this year the annual block grant was increased from £510,000 to £540,000. In addition we also received £8,000 in grants to support the School Officers and SUEI projects. Gross income from all sources this year totalled £588,820. Total expenditure for the year on the wide-ranging student services we provide was £588,954. This included the Student Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI), Investors in People, School Officers, Student Led Teaching Awards and investment in the Association Interns programme. The Association also continued to support the development of the Student Leaders Programme, Radio Caley and Caledonian Conference. After an £8,536 transfer to Designated Reserves, a deficit of £134 (2009 surplus £31) was recorded in the General Fund for the year.
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Projects SUEI Since July 2009, the Students’ Association has been working to achieve the Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI) accreditation. The SUEI award is recognised by the National Union of Students and is the sector-wide standard for quality and excellence within Students’ Association’s. In order to achieve the award, the Students’ Association must prove that it is a well run organisation that has a strong connection with its membership and makes a difference to their lives. In the past year the Students’ Association has restructured its governance, made several changes to the usage of its building and introduced an annual student survey in order to better meet the needs of students.
Internationalising Student Unions Project The Students’ Association is taking part in the NUS: Internationalising your Students Union Audit and is only one of twenty in the UK to be taking part. The project aims to enable the Students’ Association to internationalise all aspects of our services so that they not only improve engagement with international students but also enable better integration between home and international students. The audit findings showed that the Students’ Association is engaging well with international students in most areas (welfare, volunteering, sports and societies) but that we still have room for improvement in our representation and consultation with international students and social integration. To date the Students’ Association has also produced an International Strategy and Action Plan as a result of this audit.
Masquerade Ball One of our most inspirational students, Allister Boyd, passed away in April following a battle with cancer. A masked ball and raffle was held in his memory in November and was a huge success, raising £6,000 for charity. Attending the ball in the Saltire Centre alongside staff and students were Allister’s parents Robert and Kim and his brother Russell.
Awards and Recognition
Looking Ahead The Executive Committee are excited about building upon the previous good work undertaken by the Students’ Association in the academic session 2010/2011.
Students’ Association Building There is much work planned for our Students’ Association Building in the upcoming year. The Executive Committee will ensure that a 24 hour computer lab is ready for use by students, an outside Basketball Court is laid, a Student Social Space is installed for students to hang out and that bookable Group Study Rooms are built and available for use. On top of this the Students’ Association are welcoming Radio Caley into the building and they will utilise a brand new radio station facility. Lastly we are excited about building and providing a brand new Games Room for students to use to chill out and have a game of pool. We hope most of these capital works will be completed for use in early Trimester One in the academic year 2010/11. At this time I would also like to acknowledge and thank the University Executive Board, Facilities Management Department and Information Services Department for their support to date in taking these projects forward.
Student Union Evaluation Scheme (SUEI) SUEI is an external assessment model to help the Students’ Association improve its representation, services and activities. We will be entering our second and final year of working towards achieving the SUEI accreditation. This will including undertaking our second annual Student Survey, moving to e-voting for our student elections, identifying how we can further engage and receive feedback from and with our membership on how we are getting on, developing a brand new website and most importantly putting a strategic plan into place.
Rory Herron Student President 20010/11
The Executive Committee will continue to strive on enhancing the student experience for all students at GCU. By reviewing the effectiveness of CSP and its sub-committees, acting on feedback from class reps and school officers and also doing research into how we can accommodate for part-time, international, post-grad and mature students we plan to ensure that everyone gets the most out of their time here at GCU.
Governance The Executive Committee will embed our new Governance Model. This will include piloting Trustee Boards meetings with our current Executive Committee, in anticipation of the Trustee Board with external Trustees starting on 1st July 2011, with trustees focusing on the legal and financial health of the organisation and our future strategy. Executive Committee meetings will continue and will concentrate on how we can enhance our representation, services and activities. Our challenge for the upcoming year will be to establish a strong and active relationship with our sister campus, GCU London. This will involve reflecting on how we can best engage with our students there and ensure they are fairly represented. The Executive Committee will also continue to review the Constitution, its Schedules and By-Laws to ensure our governing document reflects how we operate as a charity.
Welfare and Representation The Students’ Association will continue to build upon on expertise in support
students in academic representation and student support. This includes the vast and varied work we do in supporting all student reps across campus. The Executive Committee plan on working with the university to implement clearer and more precise guidelines regarding academic feedback. This was an issue highlighted by our students during the National Students Survey and Caledonian Conference 2010 and it is our aim to ensure students have realistic expectations on what they can expect. The Executive Committee also intend to work with the university to repeat last year’s Student-Led Teaching Awards. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to reward the hard work of their tutors and academic staff within the university. The Executive Committee will continue our work with the NUS: Internationising your Students’ Association Audit and Students’ Association International Strategy and we will work towards creating a university-wide internationalising group where various departments can come together to discuss issues affecting international students at GCU. The Students’ Association plan to take part in the NUS Green Impact Scheme, aiming to win an award at the end of the academic year. We will also work closely with the University towards achieving the Gold Eco-campus award, taking the lead in organising campaigns and promoting recycling facilities around campus and in Caledonian Court. Our Nightline Service (run jointly with Strathclyde Union) will challenge itself to provide new ways to support students, such as online chat and sustaining a five night a way service during term time. The Nightline Service will also receive investment for a new office facility to take calls. Thanks to GCU Alumni Department for there commitment to funding the new office.
Student Activities The Executive Committee are fully supportive of our Student Radio Station, Radio Caley, and our Student Magazine. We plan to continue to work with both student teams on developing these volunteering opportunities and work towards obtain more recognition for the creative talent within these areas. The Executive Committee aim to build on participation rates in the Student Leaders Programme - our flagship programme which saw over 460 registered students at the beginning of the 09/10 session. In particular we would like to develop our blackboard modules for each level and our engagement with employers and other stakeholders through the establishment of a Student Leaders Stakeholders Group. We wish to continue to harness the enthusiasm of our members and create new sports clubs, for instance we are currently scoping out the possibility of starting a Rafting Club and Octopush Club. We also need to continue to promote starting new societies and the huge benefits that can be obtained from being involved in societies. On behalf of the Executive Committee I sincerely hope we are able to achieve all that is listed and more.
Best Wishes Rory Herron Student President 2010-11
Executive Committee 2009/10
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