2012/2013 KUSU ANNUAL REPORT
SPORTS AND SOCIETIES UPDATE - VOLUNTEERING UPDATE STUDENT SUPPORT-COMMERCIAL SERVICES - STUDENT VOICECEO REPORT
WHAT TO EXPECT IMPACT REPORTS SOCIETIES SPORT VOLUNTEERING STUDENT SUPPORT COMMERCIAL SERVICES STUDENT VOICE
CEO REPORT MARK HORNE
3,000 students involved
new societies 92 in total
100 guest speakers
ÂŁ12,780 for charity 55 events held, 2,000 students involved in global festival
800 room bookings 2nd global festival
STUDENTS ON TOUR
VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE MEMBERS
STUDENTS AT VARSITY
STUDENTS AT THE SPORTS AWARDS
WRISTBANDS SOLD AT COUGAR CHAOS
volunteering 67 took
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PROJECTS
STUDENT LED PROJECTS - 20 volunteers
64 took part 363 in‘BE A HOURS SPENT CHAMPION’ IN PROJECTS SCHOOLS 41 PLACEMENTS DURING STUDENT VOLUNTEERING WEEK
195 ONE OFF Placements
534 STUDENTS SEEN
377 ACADEMIC APPEALS
83 academic misconduct cases
STUDENTS ABLE TO REPEAT OR RETAKE
£9,902 compensation awarded to students
SUBWAYS S O L D 27,318 SARNIES S O L D
POOL GAMES PLAYED
5018 NUS EXTRA CARDS SOLD
in 2013 election
783 attended course rep induction
n s s
funded sadras projects
99% w o u l d recommend induction
100 students involved
learning and teaching awards
This time last year I opened my report stating that many metropolitan post 92 Universities and Studentsâ€™ Unions were facing challenging times and this has proved to be true; with demonstrations on campuses across the country against the marketisation of HE, industrial action and the threats to access funding meaning that funding for poorer, â€œnon-traditionalâ€? students is likely to be slashed in the year ahead at a national level. Against this turbulent background, as a London metropolitan Union, we also face the challenges of change within the representational structures we are part of, falling student numbers and a student demographic that includes significant proportions of those students who are less likely to be engaged with their Union. On a more local level, KUSU has faced its own specific challenges, but due to a committed and talented team of officers and staff we continue to hold our own in many areas and despite the challenges below, we remain confident that we are moving in the right direction. The
* Continuing falling student numbers; not only are there less students to use our services , a fall in student numbers means less income for the University which impacts on the availability of funding for KUSU. We have been very fortunate that funding has only fallen in relative rather than real terms; but we believe that we have demonstrated that we provide good value for money for the University.
* Continued uncertainty about the timescale of our future move. This has fluctuated since the last annual report but now we are assured we will be in our new location for the start of the 2015 academic year. However this uncertainty has meant that neither we nor the University have made investments in our Penrhyn Road estate which now need to remain open for an additional year in a poor state. We remain disappointed that the new Town House building does not incorporate a new Union offer, but we are working with an open mind with the University to ensure that our new location offers you the services you are telling us you want
* Whilst student usage of our commercial services has increased in terms of transactions, the types of sales we are seeing means that the profitability of our commercial services has been reduced. This means that we will have to make some difficult choices about future activities, particularly in terms of the move.
However, it would be misleading to suggest that the year has been entirely been doom and gloom; an enthusiastic and talented officer and staff team have worked hard to produce many positives, some of which are not always as visible as they might be, stuck as they are in the mire of committee meetings.
* Increased involvement in both sports clubs and societies means that access to facilities is increasingly difficult, and there is a risk that further expansion in these areas may not be possible to the extent that we would wish. * The Union has produced a deficit for the financial year and a further deficit is predicted for 2013/14
However, we recognise that the University itself is in a state of flux and like them we need to be able to adjust both strategically in the long term and in terms of short-term operational decisions. There is an increasing need to be flexible and responsive; whilst keeping our eyes firmly on long-term improvements to the Union which will make your time here better and give more of you the chance to get involved, whatever your interests.
CEO REPORT The infographic in the annual report shows you some of the headline impacts the Union has made with your input, but some key successes include:
* The Unionâ€™s NSS scores improved by 4%, and whilst still below the national average recorded the highest satisfaction rating of all London metropolitan Unions
* The continued success of the Student Life post introduced last year which has added real value to KUSU in terms of raising awareness of broader issues on campus and has particularly contributed to the strength of liberation work we now do
* The introduction of the campaigning fund has meant that students on campus have easier access to funding for their own campaigns. We continue to encourage you to apply for funding for campaigns that matter to you.
* The continued growth, supported by the VP Learning and Teaching and Student Voice Co-ordinator, of the course representative and senior course rep systems which are putting decision-making back at the Unionâ€™s grassroots and is ensuring we have a strong independent voice on campus * Sports, societies and volunteering continue to grow in both the range of activities and number of opportunities they provide for you to get involved, learn important skills and most importantly make the most of your time at University. This is despite a 10% fall in student numbers. * Election turn-out improved significantly in the annual Union elections and we are aiming to increase that further this year.
* NUS Extra card sales have remained strong and not only provide you with excellent discounts but also provide KUSU with an additional income source. * We have been through a full governance review, a diagnostic process and an internal audit during the course of the year and these have thrown up a number of positives as well as creating some clear aims for the next few years, allowing us to develop further as a Union and reconsider our priorities. No organisation can stand still and it is important to us that we develop to be a Union that meets your needs effectively rather than being tied to archaic systems and processes.
Despite the challenges we face, I think we are in a better place than where we were this time last year, with an increasingly engaged student body being one of the main drivers for this. However, we know that we need to give you even more chances to be heard and to be involved and we hope that you will agree that the new strategic plan we will announce in the summer will put a strong, independent and representational Union right at the heart of your experiences as Kingston students.