Four Staffs students, much like yourself, are elected to lead and shape the direction of the Students' Union. They are focusing on the issues that matter to you! So if you see them out and about why not stop them for a chat, or add your big ideas to our online Better Staffs Forum.


Hannah Blackburn

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Len Stuart

Vice President
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Hayden Tsang

Vice President
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Anesu Choto

Vice President
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Your Union Priorities

  1. Information and Advice
    1. Students are better informed about budgeting, their rights, and skills that may help them during tough financial times.
  2. Events
    1. Keeping the cost of our social events down.
  3. Making Life Easier
    1. Students understand how the Unions' services offer value and free support.
  4. Lobbying for Increased Support
    1. We will lobby for better support to help students continue their studies and thrive.

Our Progress

  • Information and Advice

    • Officer cook-off
    • Budgeting advice workshops
    • Continued podcasts on budgeting and more detailed financial support
    • Signposting apps and sites that assist in better deals, free food, and heavily discounted items for smaller budgets
  • Events

    • Clothes Swaps
    • Tabletop sales
  • Making Life Easier

    • Free cereal or toast in Ember
    • Tips on saving money while enjoying student life
  • Lobbying for Increased Support

    • More Support Fund money available
    • Additional funding to engage with student groups for free when in hardship
    • Additional support for public services students

Your Union Priorities

  1. LGBT+
    1. Support opportunities for this community continue to develop, with good practice implemented and successes recognised.
  2. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    1. Fighting for our university to become a more consciously inclusive environment for everyone, especially marginalised groups.
  3. Inclusive Student Groups
    1. Our student groups, through their student leaders, are equipped to operate in equitable and inclusive ways.
  4. Period Poverty
    1. Ensuring sanitary products are more readily available for free or at cost price wherever possible.

Our Progress

  • LGBT+

    • LGBT+ Conference
    • Accessible and Inclusive Spaces
    • LGBT+ Accommodation
    • Rainbow Laces
    • Review of Trans Inclusion Policy
    • Inclusive blood donations on campus
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    • Addressing Cultural Ignorance
    • Making Exceptional Circumstances More Accessible
    • EDI Training for University Staff
  • Inclusive Student Groups

    • Ally Programmes
    • Bystander Training
    • Inclusivity Framework
  • Period Poverty

    • Period Poverty extended provision

Your Union Priorities

  1. Welcome
    1. Students feel welcomed and that they belong at Staffs.
  2. "Team Staffs"
    1. Student Groups feel and celebrate a shared affinity for our identity as an institution.
  3. Student Media Development;
    1. Student Media outlets continue to grow in their output, engagement and visibility.
  4. Parents and Carers
    1. Enabling students to engage with their studies more effectively thanks to better support and a sense of belonging and community.

Our Progress

  • Welcome

    • Delivering a brilliant Welcome and the Great Comeback 2
    • Campus Vibrancy: Events and Open Mics
    • No-alcohol events programme
  • "Team Staffs"

    • Member Led Initiative: Connecting Networks and Societies
    • Branded Merch Available Beyond Stoke
    • Society and Club Spotlight
  • Student Media Development

    • BUCS coverage
  • Parents and Carers

    • Half Term Kids' Clubs
    • Accessible Participatory Sports Offer for Mature/Parent Students
    • Child-Friendly Campus: Breastfeeding Spaces
    • Carer Passport
    • Family, Couples and Quiet Accommodation

Your Union Priorities

  1. Consent
    1. Providing students with better education about consent and healthy relationships.
  2. Harm Reduction Stance
    1. Ensuring students are better informed about harm reduction and have more readily available access to support for addiction.
  3. Safety Anytime, Anywhere
    1. Enabling students to feel safer and know how they are kept and can keep themselves safe.

Our Progress

  • Consent

    • Consent Module
    • Healthy Relationships Training
    • Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence Campaigning
  • Harm Reduction
  • Spiking Kits in Venues
    • Create a supportive harm reduction culture around viewing drugs as a health concern
  • Safety Anytime, Anywhere
  • Walk Me Home System
    • Library Angels
    • Safe Taxi Scheme
    • SafeZone
    • Safety Teams and Students Connected

Your Union Priorities

  1. Representation Beyond Stoke
    1. Ensuring the Student Voice is loud and clear from study sites outside of Stoke, with better engagement and clearer priorities identified from student contribution.
  2. Educating Our Students
    1. Allowing students access to resources and opportunities that make them feel more confident understanding their rights and opportunities.
  3. Accountability
    1. Enabling students to understand how their Union and University work and can identify examples of where student voice has created change.

Our Progress

  • Representation Beyond Stoke

    • TBA
  • Educating Our Students

    • Development Resources
    • University Opportunities (eg. microcredentials)
    • Mental Health Training
  • Accountability and Transparency

    • Improving Academic Mentoring
    • Study space and resources
    • Quiet study spaces
    • 24/7 campus
    • Lecture Capture Policy
    • Officer accountability