Executive Officers

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.

Top 10 Priorities For The Year

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.

  1. To work with the University to reduce the BME attainment gap 

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 – May:

We have been continuing meetings with the University on the process of this research. Vice Presidents of Education, Postgraduate and Welfare and Community met with Professor Gus John to discuss the project and look at a combined approach to addressing the issues facing BME students at Coventry University. Further meetings are scheduled to ensure the Union continues to work closely with the University on this key issue.

 

      2. To encourage students to be active citizens through the promotion of volunteering activities in the community, developing on the work of Student Wardens

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 – May:

We are looking to open the SVT recruitment for postgraduate students this month, this is to specifically target postgraduate students with the recruitment process and hopefully drive up numbers.

 

      3. To make student mental health a key campaign. We will embed it into our activities throughout the academic year and work on projects such as a Mental Health First Aid Add+ Vantage Module and awareness campaigns.

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

Progress so far – Apr:

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 – May:

A group of students called Parlimentors have been hosting an event for the last 2 weeks in collaboration with CUSU. This has been a mental health workshop, they had speakers from the University and mental health first aiders amongst other speakers and individuals who have struggled with mental health issues in the past, encouraging other students to speak up.

With mental health week coming up soon, the sabbs are looking to spend some days at the London Campus to help embed mental health week there as well as in Coventry. Planning on Mental Health week has encountered some hiccups but will have individual focuses through the week. Using social media and other outlets to maximise engagement.

     4. Develop support for students to reduce exam and coursework stress throughout the academic year.

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

Progress so far – Apr:

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 – May:

Over the last 2 weeks there have been students delivering fruit and water to the major and minor halls to help relieve some exam stress. This was over the course of 8 different exams each containing a number of modules.

A student has worked with the library to coordinate some exam stress work in the library too, this included bringing dogs into the library to alleviate some pressure. This event is always popular and saw good engagement.

CU active ran a series of give it a go sessions over the last week, including Wii games, darts, unihoc. These were designed to allow more students to try out the wonderful activities provided by CUSU and help relieve stress at the same time.

     5. Working with Faith Societies to create awareness and develop projects around inter-faith such as Faith Week.

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

Progress so far – Apr:

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 – May:

The officers collaborated with the Krishan Consciousness, a faith society and Food for all, a charity who’s aim is to feed those who need it. They worked together to give free food out to the community around Coventry University, this was a range of food from salads to chickpea based foodstuff to desserts.

The video has now been completed and is currently being edited by our team at CUSU.

The officers have also collaborated with Chartwells to give out some free food to students whilst talking about the different faith groups on campus and enabling them to develop a sense of community within those groups.

     6. To increase outreach and engagement with underrepresented student groups and develop relationships with satellite campuses.

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

Progress so far – Apr:

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 – May:

With CU London growing in stature, CUSU are looking to increase our engagement there through a series of events organised by the Union.

In the past weeks we have had an information fair at CU Coventry, this involved the SU Advice Centre, Student Wardens and a mixture of societies and sports. The goal of this was to engage a number of part-time students who wouldn’t normally be able to engage with CUSU. The attendance of the event was good with a lot of interest being shown in the services that CUSU offer.

     7. Initiate the restructure of Varsity to increase competition, participation and engagement across campus.

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!

Progress so far - Dec:

- 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 – May:

To increase female participation in sport and interest in women’s sport, the decision was made to feature a number of women’s matches before the showcase events. This included basketball and football, both of which had great attendance and more exposure for the female athletes of CUSU.

     8. Make employability and Student Skills a new focus for the Students’ Union and launch significant initiatives in this area and ensure they are inclusive of Postgraduate and International students.

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.

Progress so far - Dec:

- 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

Progress so far – Apr:

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.

 

     9. Revitalise our fundraising for charity through the development of the RAG society 

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.

Progress so far - Dec:

- 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

Progress so far – Apr:

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:

  • Focus Birmingham
  • Meningitis Search Foundation
  • MIND

Progress so far – May:

 We will soon be providing a report on the amount of money raised by these societies in order to promote their hard work and the generosity of students and the Coventry community.

    10. Increase student’s awareness of their rights as tenants through housing campaigns and fairs.

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.

Progress so far - Dec:

- 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

Progress so far – Apr:

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:

  • Study In
  • Future Lets
  • Prestige
  • City Village

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

Progress so far – May:

The housing committee was nominated for a CUSU Award for “The Committee of the Year” this really shows the great work from the Committee and Officers on this area this year.

 

If you want to discuss any of these priorities or find out any additional information then please contact your SU President - Francis - on ac3095@coventry.ac.uk or drop into his office on the first floor of The Hub, Office 1.24.

 

 

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