shopping_basket 1

What has your Students' Union helped you change recently? Well, we’re glad you asked.

Your Officer team, Academic Reps and all the Union staff are constantly working hard behind the scenes to ensure your academic interests, ambitions or concerns reach the places where changes can be made. With us, no student voice goes unheard.

Here’s your update to find out exactly what's been achieved to improve your academic and personal experience here at Staffs.

Here's some of what's changed already for the 2017/18 Academic Year...

General Student Experience or Multiple Schools

What changed?

Who made it happen?

16 students who arrived during Welcome Week (September) with no accommodation were supported to find a place to live!

The Union's Green Pad Team

3 students who had placements fall-through had individual opportunities created to help get them relevant work experience.

Union Human Resources and Marketing Teams

Sports Executive Student Forum was created to formally continue student input in shaping Sport at Staffs.

The Officer Team

Direct input into the University's review of all academic regulations via their working group, resulting in regulations that are easier to make sense of, and a better process around mitigation in extenuating circumstances.

The Officer Team and Student Advice Team

Student feedback concerning ways to improve learner agreements, access and academic feedback submitted as part of the University's Annual Monitoring event.

Department Reps

Extensive issues with Estates (especially car parking and access to buildings) collated via focus groups and delivered directly to the University

The Officer Team & The Disabled Students' Network

A 24hr extension for all students after a fire close to the Cadman building impeded on student access to the Library

The Officer Team

Extra out-of-hours safety measures and support provided for students after violent incidents in the Shelton area

The Officer Team

Alternative car parking spaces made available by the University for those students affected by ongoing roadworks on Ashford Street in Shelton.

The Officer Team

The University will now be collecting feedback from students taking dissertation/supervisor modules in their final year, via module feedback forms.

The Officer Team & Student Voice Team

Submitted a formal response to the QAA Quality Code Consultation. This is the document which sets what Universities should be doing to make sure their courses are of good quality.

The Officer Team & Student Voice Team

Free First Aid training made available for students, especially those in clubs or societies.

The Union Human Resources Team

Affordable pregnancy tests are now stocked in the College Road shop.

Students' Union Shop

Life Sciences and Education

What changed?

Who made it happen?

Fortnightly meetings with the Dean of the School and the Associate Dean of Students to make sure student feedback is regularly fed to senior University staff.

Department Reps

Extensions for Biology assessments where information and resources was shared with students too late

A Department Rep

Successful student engagement events (Biology & Biscuits!) held for all levels after positive student feedback.

A Department Rep

 Students in both group 1 & 2 have benefitted with extra time to submit two assignments and extra time available to concentrate on the dissertation without another deadline encroaching on it

An Academic Rep

Health and Social Care

What changed?

Who made it happen?

Students at Stafford and Shrewsbury Centres of Excellence recieved support after an administrative error by the University meant they didn't receive any funding. Student loans were paid out more quickly thanks to this being flagged.

The Officer Team

£250 in funding for two Nursing Graduation Ball events, which was then matched by the University

Student Activities and Voice 

Access to the Beaconside Sports Centre for Stafford Centre of Excellence students - at a student friendly price!

Activities Team, alongside Sports Centre Staff

Extension granted for 1 week

A Department Rep

Creative Arts and Engineering

What changed?

Who made it happen?

Media Rooms are now accessible to students after 9pm

Student Academic Reps & The Officer Team

A whole group of Engineering students were given the opportunity to retake an entire module after several issues 

Student Academic Reps & The Officer Team

Supporting the Formula Staffs project with a £500 grant to make sure they can complete a car to race as part of a national competition and represent Staffs! Activities Team

Business, Leadership and Economics

What changed?

Who made it happen?

An idea for a "Passport to Success" to track Events Management students' engagement in different projects is being implemented by University staff.

A Student Academic Rep

Law, Policing and Forensics

What changed?

Who made it happen?

Reimbursement for any travel expenses and an alternative assessment organised within 48hrs of Forensics students being given the wrong exam paper to sit.

The Officer Team

Computing and Digital Technologies

What changed?

Who made it happen?

Dean of the School is exploring opportunities for students to retain the rights to the games they create as part of their studies for after they leave Staffs

The Officer Team

The introduction of a new module in 2018/19 for Computing Science students who don't have the same experience as those who have started the course from a HND route - meaning everyone starts on a level playing field.

Student Academic Reps

And here's some of the successful changes we've made previously...

Working alongside the Sports Centre for the creation of a 'Sports Executive'.

Tash Crump is working with the Sports Centre to create a 'Sports Executive', which will be made up of students from both Union Run and Sports Centre Run Clubs.

This will ensure everything runs smoothly in the new year, and provides deeper planning for varsity.

Working alongside Careers Advice towards the creation of a Employability module.

Some courses, like Journalism, already have career development or empolyabiltiy modules in place.

This will ensure that all students have the correct development towards their future careers.

Ground work in place for a 'creative space'.

International Students in the past have voiced that they would like an appropriate area to practice or play their instruments on campus.

The Union is working with the University to ensure this is done before International Student Induction.

University agree to revisit the Fitness to Practice appeals procedure.

The University have agreed with the Officer Team to revisit the Fitness to Practice appeals procedure.

This will ensure it is brought in line with other appeals processes and make it fairer for students.

Promoting financial transparency.

Vice-President Sam Pillow intends to meet with University core staff to work on promoting financial transparency.

This will show students where their fees are being spent.

Wins for July

Changes to Sports at Staffs

After one of the most successful years ever for Sports at Staffs, the Students' Union and University are proud to announce that over £300,000 in resources, facilities and equipment is being invested into BUCS competative sport.

Sports Centre to pay for coaching qualifications

If the Sports Centre cannot find a qualified coach for your team, they will fund one person from the team to train for the qualification.

Stoke-on-Trent By-Election

In cooperation with Keele and the local council, the Union are striving to make sure as many students register to vote in the Stoke-on-Trent By-Election, before the deadline on February 7th. This is critical as whoever wins the seat of Stoke-on-Trent Central will have some say on the development of the university.

David Bowie Exhibition

With the help of Big Lottery Funding, the Union supported the development of a David Bowie Art Exhibition to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Wins for June

Student Voice in technical review for Film students

There is an undergoing review of support available in the Film. Lead staff want to hear about the student voice and how they [students] feel the service needs improving. .

Kathryn Pogue, School led Rep hopes to set up weekly meetings with staff members conducting the review and plans to talk to students about what they would want changing to put into the review.

If all goes to plan, there will be a better support network of technical staff so that more can be achieved with the resource available.