Your Elected Officers

Our four Staffs students, much like yourself, are elected to lead and shape the direction of the Students' Union.

They are creating game-changers 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
President
Len Stuart
Vice President
Hayden Tsang
Vice President
Anesu Choto
Vice President
       
Hannah Blackburn Len Stuart Hayden Tsang Choto Anesu
       
 
 
 
 

 

2022-2023 MANIFESTO - COMING SOON!

Team Manifesto 2021/22 - Health and Wellbeing (Click here)
  1. Health and Wellbeing Activities; including as mental health lounges and dog destress days.  

  2. Training;  providing first aid and mental health first aid training for committees and department reps.  

  3. Improve Services; including increasing access to the gym and wellbeing services, providing funding for students for gym/sports/societies access and creating partnerships with Shelton Primary Care and external charities.  

  4. Sexual Health; including monthly STI drop-in slots and more accessible morning-after pills

Progress

 

  1. Led Amber Clip ArtHealth and Wellbeing Activities

  • Rest & Reset Mental Health Lounges now run as a weekly event
  • A Dog Destress Day event has been scheduled with ResLife - updates online soon!
  1. Led Amber Clip ArtTraining

  • Work on Mental Health First Aid Training for students continues, with Rest & Rest Lounges explored as way to deliver over a period of weeks

  1. Led Amber Clip ArtImprove Services

  • Meetings between the Officer Team and the local GP now happen every month to give tudent feedback directly to services

  1. Led Amber Clip ArtSexual Health

  • Monthly drop-ins remain a priority. Collaboration with the University's wellbeing teams will hopefully deliver this during semester two

 

 

Our Team Manifesto - Safety and Sustainability (Click here)
  1. Local and Campus Safety; including improving lighting to pathways on campus, introducing new schemes such as the Walk my Home System and Safe Taxi Scheme, and improving our current systems, Ask Angela and the Union Angels.  

  1. Personal Safety; including offering self-defence classes, promoting apps such as HollyGuard, and working with the Cop Shop.  

  1. Lobbying for Sustainability; including accelerating current University plans for sustainability, promoting more cruelty-free products in shops, and looking into adding timers to light sources.  

  1. Activities to Promote Sustainability; including litter picks, jar donations and Halls Competitions.

Progress: 

 

  1. Led Green Clip ArtLocal and Campus Safety;

  • Work on better lit pathways was completed early in semester one, meaning lighting has now improved - especially for those students at Clarice Cliff Halls

  • Ask Angela has been re-branded and re-launched!

  • We're working collaboratively with the Cop Shop and the School of Justice, Security & Sustainability to further bolster the service with new ideas

  1. Led Green Clip ArtPersonal Safety;  

  • A full programme of self-defence classes is available through the University's Sports Centre!

  • Joint videos between the Team and Cop Shop have been created and shared to students

  1. Led Green Clip ArtLobbying for Sustainability; 

  • Lobbying via membership of the University's Sustainability continues

  • We're planning an audit of our own stock across Union outlets to make sure we're sourcing products as sustainably as we can

  • The Union's internal Green Group is exploring how we can make funding available for initiatives to have a positive sustainable impact

  1. Led Green Clip ArtActivities to Promote Sustainability;

  • We've held two Vintage Fairs in Stoke to encourage students to buy second hand and change habits

  • We've begun work alongside the Biology Department to see how else we can support sustainable projects at our University

  • We held a successful Green Week programme!

Our Team Manifesto - Activities, Events and Vibrancy (Click here)
  1. Bigger and Better Welcome; including as creating a Welcome Festival, and ensuring Welcome is more inclusive.  

  1. Celebrating Sports and Societies; including creating sports rallies, introducing the Charity Cup, and continuing society recognition and TeamTV.  

  1. Improving Events; including creating new events and holding holiday clubs for parents.

Progress: 

 

  1. Led Green Clip ArtBigger and Better Welcome;  

  • Held "The Great Comeback" for our returning students to settle into campus before Welcome Week

  • This approach is now being considered for next year, too!

  • Engaged students across an extended Welcome period to help students feel at home at Staffs

  1. Led Green Clip ArtCelebrating Sports and Societies; 

  • Delivered the Officers' Spotlight of highlighting different Clubs and Societies and the amazing work they do

  • Supported a reinvigoration of our Student Media (StaffsTV and StaffsRadio)

  • Attended and support Sports Awards as the first major event in the new Catalyst building

  1. Led Green Clip ArtImproving Events; 

  • Collaboration with our own Sports Centre Team and friends at Keele to develop a shared Varsity programme for 2022

 

Our Team Manifesto - Opportunities and Employability (Click here)
  1. Opportunities; including creating more internal placements, sourcing local apprenticeships and part-time jobs, and introducing cross-course projects.  

  1. Enhancing Employability; including running more job fairs, fully introducing Creativity Sells, and offering workshops and training courses.  

 

Progress 

  1. Led Green Clip ArtOpportunities; 

  • Re-opening after the pandemic's lockdowns, we've been able to employ over 100 students as Union Team Members

  • 50 internships made available the University for recent graduates, following the University's revamp of the Careers Team

  1. Led Green Clip ArtEnhancing Employability

  • Creativity Sells ran its first Student Market event before Christmas, with a evaluation ongoing to hopefully deliver more, soon!

 

Our Team Manifesto - Inclusion, Accessibility and A Quality Experience (Click here)

Inclusion, Accessibility and A Quality Experience 

  1. Inclusion; improving our networks, increasing hidden disability awareness and closing the gap between Stoke and the satellite campuses.  

  1. Accessibility;  focusing on equal access to period products, and keeping students informed.  

  1. The Campus Offer; including restructuring BUCS memberships, installing outdoor vending machines, introducing single night Rent-A-Rooms for next day exams, and refurbishing halls.  

  1. Student Voice on Key Issues; including ensuring a smooth transition to hybrid learning, and keeping students involved in key projects happening around campus.  

 

Progress: 

  1. Led Green Clip ArtInclusion;  

  • Engagement across our Representative Networks to ensure we have students in place to represent the diversity of our student body

  • Introduction of the new Coordinator role at Staffs Uni London to stay connected with our students in the capital

  • Weekly staff presence at Blackheath Lane and continued connection to students living in Stafford Court

  • Disability Awareness Week dlivered by our Disabled Students' Network

  1. Led Green Clip ArtAccessibility;

  • Free sanitary products made available across toilets for Blackheath Lane

  • Campus walk-around scheduled in response to accessibility issues raised through our Disability Network

  • Wherever possible, all events (e.g. Better Staffs Forums) held as accessible in person and online at the same time

  1. Led Amber Clip ArtThe Campus Offer:

  • Lobbying and collaboration with the University means Rent a Room is now available in Stoke Halls of Residence!

  1. Led Amber Clip ArtStudent Voice on Key Issues;

  • As a Team we have engaged students beyond immediate campus contact through phone call conversations to inform our strategic review

  • Lobbying the University on policies for hybrid learning, online exams and leture capture