How Can SUSU Make Life Better For You?


SUSU exists to represent every student.
So we want to hear your ideas on how to make your life better.

You may want SUSU to lobby the University to change something about your course. It could be that you want SUSU to fund the Societies more. You may even want SUSU to protest on a national issue. It doesn’t matter how big or how small it is.

The best ideas will then be discussed at union council. If approved the student union will work to see it carried out.

Previously we have had policy on providing common room space at Southampton General Hospital. This is currently being built and will open in the near future. Or for example it was suggested that each club and society should have one non-alcoholic social, this was agreed by Union Council and now all affiliated clubs and societies have to abide by it. Finally SUSU was asked to fight for a seat on the Vice Chancellors appointment panel, a fight that we won and so now have an input on who runs the University from the highest level.

Think you’ve got some good ideas? Then submit them on the Union Council website or comment below. The best ones will be discussed at the next Union Council on the 6th February.

Comment below or submit on the union council website here.


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5 Comments on "How Can SUSU Make Life Better For You?"

  1. Joe
    23/01/2012 at 2:48 am Permalink

    Create a Southampton Forum (like the student room). One that will allow people on the same course to discuss their subjects. When it gets to exam periods, students can discuss previous past papers and how to answer them.

    Another benefit is module evaluation for students picking modules. Could create a bank of the “real” opinion of the module such as how much courseowork is. Quality of teaching. How hard it is. Is it worth buying the text book? Should I consider doing this as it is useful for my future career?

    Other benefits will be will be that it will be great to get information about internships and graduate jobs. What other students are applying to and where previous students have got accecpted for. If you get through to an Assesment centre, other students can give you tips and their experiences.

    You could have sections for scoieties or even Events at the Union. There could be general topics for news and discussions. Things to do in southampton etc.

  2. Joe
    23/01/2012 at 7:20 am Permalink

    How about a SUSU teaching awards for University staff to show student recognition of excellent lecturers who inspire and make the student experience what it should be. The University’s Vice-Chancellors Teaching awards only recognise those who do something extra to teaching but do not recognise those that do ordinary teaching really well and this really does make a difference to students. It would also foster a greater staff-student relationship, aswell as boosting university staff morale and encouraging lecturers to make their classes as interesting as possible.

  3. Joe
    23/01/2012 at 7:23 am Permalink

    It could be student led with votes and nominations being cast by students, encouraging student engagement and ownership of the scheme.

  4. Joe
    23/01/2012 at 10:37 pm Permalink

    This is something I’ve seen at other institutions and was hoping to incorporate into the Course Rep structure this year and initially have them suggest lecturers – but because of the overhaul to the system we’ve had to do, as well as added training and emphasis on more pressing issues, its had to be pushed back. I’d like to think that next year it can definitely happen though!

  5. Joe
    26/01/2012 at 7:52 pm Permalink

    A sabbatical surgery each week. A time when students can go along with any problems, questions or ideas they have and directly talk to the sabbs. This would also make the sabbs seem more accountable and would give the average student a chance to have direct contact with them. It would also give students a greater opportunity to know who the sabbs are, after all they put them there. At the moment it seems that the sabbs are only interested in this when they are trying to get peoples votes. The sabbaticals are supposed to be the leaders of the union, but hardly anyone knows who they are, let alone are willing to approach them. The surgery would open up this possibility. It could be held in an open place such as on the concourse or in one of the pods, rather than their office. It would also give an opportunity for the sabbs to let students know what they are actually doing. This would hopefully remove some of the perceptions about the sabbs hardly doing anything but sorting out freshers week and writing a few blogs. Although students do have other opportunities to put problems, ideas or questions to the sabbaticals online or at union council, this is much more accessible and face to face contact is invaluable. It would also allow people to feel more involved in the union and that their voices were actually being heard rather than passed from one person to another or up a chain of command that they don’t even understand. The sabbs are the figureheads of the union and therefore if they seem approachable it gives a much more positive view of the union in general.

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