Union Vision and Values
Our staff play an important role in delivering the organisations promise to our members, our organisational strategy and our values. As an employee all of your work is centred on benefiting students. We are a not-for-profit unincorporated organisation, and registered as a charity in 2012. The work of the Students' Union also falls under the Education Act, as we meet the need for the University to have a representative body for students.
It is important that all staff understand and are working towards our commitment to students.
A copy of The Union's Strategy 2012-2017 can be downloaded here
Our Vision is:
that every student will be proud to be part of Staffs
Our promise to our members is:
To represent your views, concerns and aspirations
To campaign, educate and advise on the issues that matter to you
To ensure you have access to quality space, opportunities and services
To enable and encourage you to interact through cultural, recreational and sporting activities
To support the development of your skills, knowledge and experience through involvement with your Union
Putting Students First
Our students are the focus of our work. We are passionate about them, led by them and represent and advocate them at every opportunity. They are our first consideration in everything we do
Our membership is constantly changing and reflects a broad range of backgrounds, ages and lifestyles. Our approach is to find ways to listen to, connect and welcome in those individuals to unite as a community
We recognise our role is to support students through their time at University and what underpins our approach is a focus on giving our members and staff the ability and confidence to undertake things for themselves, rather than always serving up a solution.
We believe we can make things happen, and seek out ways to challenge ourselves and find new approaches or solutions to achieve results. However we don’t believe solutions only come from within and are comfortable in building from the efforts of other. We don’t feel constrained by convention and are willing to revisit and re-engineer our work if it gets better results.
To us this is more than just being approachable and smiley. It is about the qualities of a good friend, someone you know you can turn to and will be there to listen and be supportive without judging. But equally a friend who will tell you what you need to know and be honest about giving you the right information even if it isn’t always what you want to hear.
We recognise the responsibilities we have as an organisation towards our members, our staff, the University and the wider communities we are part of. We ensure we understand the impact of our actions and actively seek ways of eliminating or mitigating any negative impacts or consequences.