Contents...cont. Governor Review Motions / Amendments of Constitution Acknowledgement of support AOB
Introduction The AGM is the highest decision making body of the Union and every student has the right to attend, vote and submit business to discuss at the meeting. The AGM gives Students of SERC the opportunity to vote on motions of their choice and motions are only passed if they receive enough votes. Student input at the AGM will play a vital role in shaping the Union and its policies.
Students’ Union and… Review 2009/10
Students’ Union SERC Students’ Union is a democratic body with the sole aim to work on behalf of and for the benefit of students. All students both full-time and part-time are members of the Students’ Union.
Objectives 09/10 Have a fully operational Student Executive committee To be a unified Students Union across all campuses Establish numerous clubs and societies To represent the interest of all students regardless of race,gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or creed
SU AT THE HEART OF SERC
Students’ Union and… Swot Analysis
Strengths Strengths Continuous growth from 2009-2010 – student involvement in SU activities from Elections; Campaigns and fundraising has dramatically increased. Awareness has improved.
Well represented team – SU executive members on each site with a strong, influential SU Governor in office.
Work of SU being recognised – both internally and externally.
Network of support – Strong links with local services e.g. ASCERT; Health Trust; PSNI; DPP. Partnership with Unite against Hate.
Innovative and interactive services – students can contact SU staff and interactive across campuses through online social networking sites – using post; blogs; photo tagging; live chat and e-mail. The Students’ Union also has a dedicated e-mail account.
Weaknesses Weaknesses Only one Student Affairs officers for 4 campuses since December 09 Lack of facilities – No ‘common’ area for students. No office space as yet on Downpatrick Campus and Lisburn is still to be set up Clubs and Societies – only small number current and are campus specific Still in infancy of ‘one’ Students’ Union – not recognised by all students Communication – not all students are getting information via e-mail.
Opportunities Still growing – The SU is still in its infancy since the merger but has developed greatly from 09/10 but there is still opportunities for improvement and increased involvement of the student body. Opportunity for increased numbers of clubs and societies; more varied schedule of events. The aim is to make the SU a house-hold name within the college Additional Funding – Opportunity to research new avenues of funding sources to support clubs, societies and new innovative ideas brought by the students Greater Links – Opportunities to build on and expand the network of support for the SU Training – Improvement of expertise of Student Representatives and Student Affair officers to provide a better service. Opportunities
Threats Recession – Students have increasingly less disposable income, difficult to encourage involvement across campus when travel is costly Misunderstanding of SU and work – Stereotyping of SU Time – Traditional Clubs and Societies run on Wednesday afternoons. Proven difficult as Staff with expertise are not available to support the Students Union Threats
Students’ Union and… Achievements
Key achievements for Students Union 09/10: 300% increase in voters for SU representatives 74% increased in voters for Governing Bodyrepresentative 5 times more people standing for election 5 times more activities, events and campaigns running Student Voice representative on every course Improved IT facilities thanks to SU Best New Delegate 2010 at NUS-USI Conference Nominated by NUS-USI for Best FE Students Union in NUS Awards 2010 Shortlisted for Equality and Diversity Award in NUS Awards 2010
Students’ Union and… Student Involvement
Students’ Union Executive Committee Student Union Executive committee Elections / By-Election - Sept / Oct 2009 Student Governor Elections – Oct 2009 NUS-USI Conference – April 2010 Student Governor Elections – April / May 2010 Student Governor 09/10 Adrianne Peltz Student Union Executive Committee 2009 / 10
Raise and Give The Students’ Union has been involved in a number of fundraising activities from 5 a-side football tournaments; loose change campaigns; abseils and a retail events.
Students’ Union Formal Students’ Union Cross Campus Formal 2010 Stormont Hotel
SERC DJ Competition 1st Diploma students went head to head at the Sumo Lounge in Bangor. All students across campus were invited to attend this event and show support.
Snow Patrol Concert, Ward Park 2010 20 SERC Students and Staff volunteered at last Saturday’s Snow Patrol Concert in Bangor. With a crowd of 40,000 plus in attendance at the concert the SERC Volunteers distributed 25,000 wristbands to help promote the campaign which was backed by Snow Patrol’s front man, Gary Lightbody!
Students’ Union and… Equality and Diversity
World without Label Campaign Purpose of Campaign: To raise awareness of the diversity within the student body, to stimulate discussion about racism and sectarianism (as well as other forms of prejudice such as homophobia and sexism) and to challenge the negative stereotyping of fellow students and the wider community
Leaders of Change Residential 2 Day Residential Training – Prejudice awareness and Diversity Training / OCN Level 2 Leaders of Change (22nd / 23rd October) Aims: To gain better understanding of Equality and Diversity To know how to handle a situation To be able to challenge those who discriminate against others To learn the correct terminology and how to approach people who are ‘different’.
UNITE AGAINST HATE campaign objectives: To inspire and to unite To sensitise general public to the problem of hate crime and its real costs To create a climate of zero tolerance for hate crime and discrimination. To promote diversity Unite Against Hate
The 5 A-side football tournament was organised by Downpatrick sports students. Unite Against Hate provided country bibs for each team for their World Cup theme. This event brought students from all campuses together. All involved were also provided with Unite Against Hate wristbands. The winning teams were awarded with the ‘Unity Cup’.
Students’ Union and… Health and Welfare
Freshers’ Week Freshers’ Week will be an annual event organised by the Students’ Union of SERC – we endeavour for this to become the most important week of the Union calendar. The main purpose of this event is to raise the profile of the Students’ Union and its services within the college. This is a crucial time to establish awareness and build lasting relationships at the beginning of a new, independent student life. A timetable of activities was arranged to generate awareness of the Students’ Union at SERC from the incoming (Freshers) and returning students.
Re-Freshers’ Week The Students’ Union ran a follow-up event in January to reinforce the messages received at the Freshers’ in September. We found students’ issues such as financial constraints and exam stress overwhelmed a lot of students entering into the new academic year. The information provided to the students in September was an after thought at this stage. To combat this we asked the students to ‘Re-Fresh’ themselves. The Re-Freshers’ Fair helped to increase awareness on issues and raise the profile of support services (such as Health, welfare and wellbeing; personal safety; road safety; Mental Health; Equality and Diversity; Women’s issues; Drug, Alcohol and substance abuse; Anti-Bullying; Anti-Littering; Accommodation; Student Finance; etc.) within the Student Body.
No Smoking Day - 2010
Looking Good for Life Event 2 Day Welfare event Funded by North Down Borough Council Event included:
Carbon Monoxide testing
Free information, advice and help on stopping smoking
Free patches to help students give up smoking
Age progression on student smoker photos
Gym passes provided from North Down Leisure Centre
Nutritious food sample and free lunch in Birches
SERC Beauty treatments
Students’ Union and… Finances
Charity Fundraising Cancer Research UK £143.04 Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice £182.75 Children In Need £94.57
Students’ Union and… Governor Review - Adrianne Peltz
The areas that I will be covering today are:
Scheme of Work
Learning and Resource Centre Facilities
Sexual Health Issues
Scheme of Work
Learning and Resource Centre Facilities
Extra Wi-Fi area added to the Bangor canteen area and corridors
Additional printing facilities added to Bangor and Lisburn campus LRC
Additional Laptops and PC’s added to the Bangor LRC during half term
A system of scheduled free rooms to be introduced to enable students to conduct group work etc
This has been a major victory for the Union and myself, and will ultimately create an environment more conducive to learning for current and future students.
Sexual Health Issues
Research has been undertaken on the effects of Sexual Health problems on students, and the impact of these on their academic performance. It has been a goal of the Union to develop a sexual health strategy to tackle the issues that face students, and educate them on making informed choices. With this in mind the union has been in talks with the Brook Project and will take these plans ahead into the coming academic year.
The future developments will be focused on the strategic development plan of the SU. The main areas I will be focusing on during 2010/11 will be: Developing and delivering sexual health awareness to all students at each campus in partnership with Brook and Rainbow project Focusing on SERC charities, and encouraging students involvement with the communities they live in Encouraging higher participation in the Regional executive council by making students aware of vacant positions both within our SU and the NUS-USI Running for the position of Further Education Union Development Officer within NUS-USI to promote engagement in more FE unions and create stronger networks for the SERC SU
Students’ Union and… Motions
Student Union spending Timetabling Wednesday afternoons dedicated to clubs / societies Introduction of International Student Officer position Introduction of HE officer position Introduction of FE officer position
Students’ Union and… Amendments to Constitution
Officer positions: Each of the 4 Main Campuses will have a site committee, Newcastle and Ballinahinch will have a Campus President. Students from Newcastle and Ballinahinch can run for DPK Positions. Cheque Signatories: Change this to Student Affairs Officers, Head of Pastoral Care and Guidance, David Smith and a Finance Department Representative. Petty Cash: Change this amount to £50
Students’ Union and… Acknowledgement of Support
For 09/10 the Students Union of SERC have received support from a number of individuals; organisations and groups. We would like to thank the following internal departments and individuals: Sports department across all campuses with special thanks to Ronan McAnespy and Alan Simpson for their help with the Sports club. SERC Extra with a special thanks to Sian Harvey and Julie Smyth Michelle McGillion and her team at Learning Support Sarah McGreevy for the help with the setup of the Drama Society in the Downpatrick campus Catering department for their help Marketing Department with special thanks to Charlie McCloskey Estates across all campuses for completely all requests and set ups Reprographics with special thanks to Kim Kinder
We would like to thank the following external organisations and individuals: NUS-USI Unite Against Hate with special thanks to Eva Grossman and Gwyneth Wilkinson for their continuous support in Student Union activities and campaigns. Caroline McGrath from the Health Trust (Lisburn) PSNI, DPP and the Traffic Branch, with special thanks to Ken Butler (Bangor); Helen Black (Traffic Branch); George Ellis (Lisburn) ; John Hanna (Downpatrick) and Ian Young (N’Ards). We would also like thank Gillian McCready for her continued support of the Students’ Union. Mint Condition / Café Ceolwith special thanks to Colin Patterson for his help and dedication in SU Events. ASCERT with special thanks to Alison Holdsworth and Susan Bateman Eddie Irvine Sports BROOK Rainbow Project Lucozade Sport for their Sponsorship support North Down and Ards Borough Council Clockwork Orange Hanna and Browne