The Student Executive Team are elected by students for students.
The Full-Time Officers are elected to spend a sabbatical year working for students whilst the Faculty Reps are students who are elected into voluntary positions they undertake whilst studying to oversee representation within their faculty, support other Reps and liaise with faculty staff.
The Executive Committee meet together once per week throughout the year to ensure that the Students' Union is student led.
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Each year you elect full time Sabbatical Officers (President and Vice Presidents) to work to ensure that your experience here at Coventry University is amazing.
During the elections, all the officers put forward their ideas in the format of their manifesto pledges, which between them all is a lot of ideas! So as a team, the officers have come up with their Top 10 Priorities.
Progress so far - Oct: Black History Month panel talk on the attainment gap and networking with external professionals in the area. Survey being developed to review the BME student experience and a paper is being developed to go to the Quality in Learning and Teaching Committee to outline the Students' Union response to the attainment gap and push for anonymous marking to be standard practice across the University. The BME Student Experience Survey will be launched in January and the results will be reviewed and collated into a report with recommendations.
Progress so far - Dec: Anonymous marking as the default method for marking assessment will be in place from September 2018 following a paper produced by CUSU on our response to the BME Attainment Gap. Still on track to produce the Student Experience Survey for January 2018.
Plans for 2018: Produce a strategy paper on how CUSU can work with the University to reduce the BME Attainment Gap
Progress so far –Apr:
Some research is being undertaken by CUSU into the Black Attainment Gap, the hypothesis and the questions are being formulated currently. The aim of the research is to see how CUSU can help Students who may find themselves affected by the black attainment gap and to learn how to best overcome it. This is being run by student voice so we can get as much student input as possible, making sure this is student led at all times.
Progress so far - Oct: The Student Volunteer Team has been expanded with recruitment of new students in September to ensure that PG students and 1st year students can be involved. New Student Wardens will be receiving training from the Protection Service, the police and the local Council to build up their knowledge of community support mechanisms on campus and across Coventry. Further promotion planned to demonstrate the work of Student Wardens and to be featured in the Volunteering Newsletter. Volunteers to have more opportunities to join the activities of Student Wardens.
Progress so far - Dec: Training for Student Wardens to start in the New Year and continued recruitment of wardens during Refreshers. Volunteering Department will continue to run more MADD, more volunteering opportunities in the community, more student led projects and train more volunteers for the Gen2Gen project.
Progress so far – Apr:
The Sabbatical Officers and staff coordinated a volunteering day for members of Team Phoenix (our performance sports). These activities included, levelling paths, reworking the paths and litter picking at the Canal Basin.
Student wardens have now gone through the training they need and have already started their work, patrolling and working with CUSU officers doing a safety awareness campaign. This is in collaboration with the PCSO (police community support officer).
Had more make a difference days, where students would be helping charities in their areas of work. We more than doubled the amount of students helping out from where we were last year; it was great to see so many getting involved!
Progress so far - Oct: Applied for funding from NUS to support projects through the Activities Fund but this was unfortunately this was unsuccessful. VP Sport promoted Mental Health within Sport Week and used social media to promote the stories of athletes who had experienced mental health issues during their careers. There are further plans to undertake a campus wide research project to look at the experience student mental health and wellbeing on campus and take a focus on extension requests and extenuating circumstances to ensure the Universities policies are fit for purpose. Conversations to be had with the Employability Committee and University to discuss the development of the Add+ Vantage Module.
Progress so far - Dec: Promote mental health and wellbeing through the Exam Stress campaign. Launch further activities in the New Year. Volunteering activities with Team Phoenix focusing on mental health
Had university mental health day, which was a success, the officers worked alongside the advice centre and the mental health and wellbeing committee to coordinate involvement.
The Sabbatical Officers gave away information sheets, in line with the inhouse advice centre, along with healthy snacks, stress balls and other goodies, all whilst promoting Mental Health Awareness.
Sports teams shared stories of the athletes in their sport that had been through various types of Mental Health issues and how they overcame these. These were all pushed out through social media to all of their members.
Progress so far - Oct: An Exam Stress Campaign ran during the last exam period and the Sabbatical Team gave out fresh fruit and water to students revising for exams. Further plans for this to happen during the exam period in January. Discussions have been taking place with the University about changes to the exam and assessment process to try and reduce stress.
Progress so far - Dec: The Junction will be available as a "Chill Out Space". Developing the campaign across the Coventry University Group and running events for CU Coventry next block
In January the Sabbatical team went around sharing water, fruit and pens to different exam venues, making sure students were being looked after. This was extended to Scarborough and London Campuses also featuring CU Coventry.
The Officers are planning to do another Exam Stress Campaign for the next exam block, the students have provided feedback saying they would like some comfort food on offer as well.
There were a good number of student volunteers from a number of demographics to help with the exam stress campaign; they worked alongside the Sabbatical Team to promote this.
Progress so far - Oct: Proposal submitted to NUS and £500 awarded from the Activities Fund. Projects to be developed through the Inter Faith Committee and societies.
Progress so far - Dec: Opportunity still available for Inter-Faith Officer to work on this project. Plans to work with Faith Societies in the new year to start planning
The inter faith committee has elected a new officer, who has been fully trained and they have had their first meeting. Different plans for the Inter Faith week were suggested, the week itself is due to go ahead 23rd - 27th April. There will be a video produced by some of the faith societies to create awareness of the different faiths on campus, there will also be a movie night. Finally there will be an information fair with different faiths and faith societies getting involved, including a prize draw, which will engage more students.
On the final day we will be having a celebration of every faith in the inter faith centre involving music, open mic and food and drinks from different cultures.
Additionally CUSU are looking to collaborate with a faith society to work to give food out on Campus every week.
Progress so far - Oct: The first Campus Officer has been elected at Coventry University London and the Scarborough election is now open. Sabbatical team have visited the London and Scarborough campuses to develop a CUSU presence on satellite campuses. A video was produced with the London Campus Officer to promote the SU and activities.
Progress so far - Dec:
- We have an elected Campus Officer in Scarborough
- A new Student Rep System is being launched on London
- Frequent visits are taking place to Scarborough and London
- Campus Officer training taking place in January
Since the last update the number of societies at London Campus have doubled, the focus will shift to looking at increasing the sport options in London
The Campus officers were fully trained in January, this enabled them to work with CUSU much more closely. Nick from Scarborough also joined in with the exam stress campaign, taking that back to his students.
There was increased involvement from our satellite campuses in all aspects of Student Voice, the ASM had a viewing party in London and they were able to submit questions, we even had students from London nominate themselves for Sabbatical Positions in Elections.
Cheny went to London Campus to promote Green Week, engaging students in aspects of sustainability.
The NUS delegation to National Conference this year featured a London student, together they wrote and presented on two motions. The Conference went well and all attendees were astonished at the level of activism on display.
We have hosted a Winter Ball for Postgraduate Students for which the tickets sold out. The Postgraduate picnic will take place in May we also have a Postgraduate Conference coming up in June.
There have been two Postgraduate coffee mornings with free cakes, there has also been work into a Postgraduate Welcome event
There has been a motion passed at ASM for Postgraduate Personal Tutors and NUS delegates wrote a motion around Postgraduate research to be discussed at National Conference.
Progress so far - Oct: Conversations have been taking place with Warwick SU about Varsity. Varsity is to be condensed to ensure more engagement over a shorter period of time. Lots of events to be run at one venue so students can see multiple sports activities in one day. Food stands and societies to be involved to showcase the work of societies and engage different students. Opening and closing events to be completely different from previous years!
- Discussions have taken place with Warwick but initial plans have not been possible due to facilities and differing priorities.
- More showcasing events and events leading up to Varsity to highlight different sports.
- Varsity will be smaller and more competitive.
Progress so far – Apr
Varsity was condensed this year into a more competitive structure, this enabled some close fought fixtures but unfortunately we couldn’t bring it home
This year we brought in Women's and Men's showcases hand in hand with one another
Rainbow laces were incorporated into as many fixtures as possible to show support of the LGBT+ Community.
Discussions on improvements have already begun for Varsity 2019, as we search for that illusive win!
Progress so far - Oct: Met with the Careers team to develop a leaflet for International student to promote opportunities for International students around careers, employability and other opportunities. Leaflet to be approved.
- A gap between the provision provided for International students in the form of career opportunities has been recognised.
- Still awaiting leaflet for approval from Careers
- Employability Committee have been discussing the idea of running an Employability Conference
There have been numerous careers fairs with employers that can support tier 2 visas; this is great news for international students.
The Sabbatical Team have been working with Employability Committee Officer to organise a seminar about Employability amongst students and linking in transferable skills.
Progress so far: RAG society is up and running for this year. Discussions are taking place about the promotion of the Society and how to get more students involved in fundraising.
- RAG society now has 9 registered members
- RAG society to be at Refreshers event to get more members
- New RAG logo created
- Events planned for the new academic year
RAG are having 2 big events this summer, the first is the 3 peaks challenge, they will be doing this in partnership with Meningitis Search Foundation. The second event is a skydive for MIND, raising money for Mental Health which is another priority of CUSU.
The membership has now increased to 18; they have had a Fairtrade bake sale during green week to raise money for Meningitis Search Foundation.
They have booked stalls in the Hub over the next months to raise awareness for their challenges and to boost their fundraising.
The 3 main charities they have raised money for, or plan to raise money for are:
Progress so far - Oct: Meetings have taken place to plan a Housing Campaign for the 1st week of December and a Housing Fair that will be taking place on the 29th and 30th of January. Plans are yet to be finalised but we are inviting landlords and agencies to the Housing Fair.
- December event had to be postponed to January
- Housing Fair to run during the last week of January
- More publicity of the Students' Union Advice Centre to support students with their housing contracts
The housing fair went ahead in January, on the first day the advice centre, police and council were in attendance, we also had a pull up banner promoting the local council election in May. The first day was built around student’s rights, safety and how to integrate into their community featuring Gosford Park Resident Association. Student Wardens were also in attendance on the first day, promoting themselves and the services they offer.
The second day was based around accommodation, with a number of services invited and in attendance. These included:
The officers are to looking to make this event bigger for next year, with more local groups attending. Students have asked us to potentially move the event to different locations to better engage more students
If you want to discuss any of these priorities or find out any additional information then please contact your SU President - Francis - on firstname.lastname@example.org or drop into his office on the first floor of The Hub, Office 1.24.
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