The also team ensures that your voice – the Westminster students’ voice is heard by the University. We achieve this by training & supporting our Course Representatives, conducting research into the student experience, and promoting student engagement and participation in student elections and Student Union campaigns.
Goal 1 – Staying Relevant to all our members
· Developing a more comprehensive and efficient Course Representative System. This will help us to ensure the student voice is adequately represented and communicated to the University.
· Organising welfare campaigns that are most relevant to Westminster Students. This is achieved by continually analysing the data collected from our casework using the Advice Pro System for any key trends and themes and using the information to organise relevant campaigns.
· Providing a timely advice service complete with additional useful information.
· Creating a clearer incident reporting system.
Goal 2 – Developing Communities around Students
· Creating reception spaces where students feel free to enter, are warmly greeted by fellow students and receive the information and advice they need.
· Keeping site based advisers who can develop local knowledge of issues affecting each of the respective campuses
· Ensuring Course Rep forums are held at each campus and the forums are publicised and open to all students to attend. In addition, Reps are in regular contact with the Students’ Union
Goal 3 – Ensuring Delivery of Quality Experience
· Ensuring the student voice is communicated to the university by reporting on trends arising from casework and course representative forums
· Ensuring the Research Representation Welfare Coordinators receive adequate training in advice and other relevant areas to maintain credibility
· Undertaking surveys and reports on different aspects of the service
· Training the reception teams and ensuring thy are ready to welcome and adequately deal with your queries
Goal 4 – Being fit and capable to deliver these aims
· Improving internal University decision making systems with regards to appeals and mitigating circumstances
· Engaging in developments in the advice sector.
. Exploring alternative areas of funding
Goal – 1 Develop our existing offering
· Develop and implement a survey to better understand what students’ want
· Establish termly student activities forums
· Introduce annual monitoring and evaluation of societies and clubs membership
· Develop a reward scheme incentivising and improving sport and society activity
· Work with the university to develop an employability award to recognise extra/co-curricular activities
Goal 2 – Empower Student Leaders
· Establish a student led sports and societies steering board
· Develop training for societies and club committees focusing on areas such as; attracting members, retention, event planning, budgeting and defining a sense of purpose and identity for a society or sports team
Goal 3 – Increase the number of non-competitive sporting activities
· Establish a give it a go programme
· Develop an active lifestyle campaign focusing on health and running 10 competitive sports events including runs cycle powered cinema and zumba-a-thon
· Introduce new community and fundraising officer for each club briefed with developing volunteering coaching opportunities in the community for their team
Goal 4 – Increase the number of course based societies
· Collaborate with academic course to establish more course based societies
· Collaborate with the academic course representative system
· Develop course based volunteering projects
Goal 5 – Increase the number of student led opportunities for involvement
· Develop a start your own project guide
· Establish a funding pot to enable for sports clubs and societies
· Work with student services to establish community based volunteering projects
· Work with Estates to develop a strategy for reconfiguring and refurbishing our bar spaces
· Gain use of the catering areas for Students’ Union events or social activities.
· Work with the caterers to establishing synergies between our respective operations
· Work with external agencies to provide quality events with less cost
· Ensure that our entertainment calendar offers a varied programme for all students
· Consult students about existing services
· Conduct a comprehensive review of our current provision to identity a clear strategy
· Develop an ecommerce shop for branded merchandise
· Establish a clear formalized agreement with the University of Westminster regarding crested items
· Selling and preplanning fairs and stalls to give value for money to exhibitors and students
· Implement digital media on all campuses
· Implement student directories
· Increase sales on Web, Facebook, Twitter and Smoke TV
· Hire a member of staff to help search for companies who are willing to hire Students’ whilst they are studying
· Working towards setting up a letting agency
· Training a staff member to work solely on fundraising
Aims for 2014/15
Student Union Communications
Student Engagement with Student Media
Student Audience Levels for Student Media