As a Students Union, we are independent from the University and we are run by students, for students. We are here to represent you and ultimately help make your university experience the best it can be.
Every Autumn we hold elections to fill roles within the Union such as Student Officers and Academic Representatives – these include our team of Course Reps, School and Department Presidents, and Faculty Officers. These Officers and Reps work with our five full-time Sabbatical Officers to take the concerns and ideas of students and make sure they are acted upon, and ultimately make sure students … Read the rest
Universal lecture capture has been an on campus issue since we conducted a similar survey in 2015/16. The results of this were overwhelmingly in favour of lecture capture being introduced. However, due to a number of reasons, including push back by some lecturers who feared that it might endanger their jobs, the University has yet to enact such policy.
Times have since changed. Read VP Education and Democracy Jo Lisney’s comments on why she thinks this survey will succeed where others have failed.
The way students are consuming academic material is changing. Students are … Read the rest
On Thursday 10 May we celebrated the Academic Awards 2018 – an opportunity to say thank you and well done to our dedicated student volunteers and University staff who strive to improve the academic experience at Southampton. The awards were held right here at the Union and were presented by our VP Education, Sam Dedman.
After the Awards, Sam Dedman commented: “It was my absolute pleasure to host the Academic Awards 2018, recognising the best that our University community has to offer. This year has certainly had its challenges, but Academic Reps and staff alike have persevered and delivered … Read the rest
Following a successful student petition, we conducted an All Student Vote between Monday 10 December and Friday 12 January to gather our members’ opinion on the current restructure of the University. The questions were created in conjunction with the students who submitted the petition, and results were as follows:
Do you believe that there has been full and clear consultation with students on this restructure?
Yes – 325 votes (15%)
No – 1,843 (85%)
Do you believe that the Vice-Chancellor’s pay should be cut as part of the restructure?
The University is entering a period of restructure led by the Vice-Chancellor. As part of this, a 7% reduction in staff costs has been announced, with 50 to 75 academic staff posts at risk from across six departments. The University have claimed this restructure will not negatively impact student experience. A shortened version of the report given to Union … Read the rest