David Gilani

Finding more jobs for students

SUSU is researching  into the creation of a ‘Job Shop’ to find part-time work opportunities for more of our students.

Keele Students' Union already have a Jobshop, as do many others around the UK.

Keele Students’ Union already have a Jobshop, as do many other SUs.

As you should all know by now, I believe that finances should never be a barrier to education, yet more and more it seems to be that way. Maintenance loans now barely cover your accommodation costs, let alone everything else to live and pay for course costs on top of that; and overdrafts and pay-day loans are being used more and more by students.

All year, SUSU has been working to reduce these financial barriers to education, and our next project is to help students who want to find part-time work. Research has shown that students can work up to 20 hours a week without it having a negative impact on their studies – in fact finding evidence to suggest that having some part-time work helps improve academic results.


Based on this evidence, SUSU is beginning research in partnership with the University to look at how we can help more of our students find access to part-time work, whilst they are at University.  There are three key aims, which I hope a ‘job shop’ could accomplish:

  1. The main aim is to reduce financial barriers by creating an alternative source of income for poorer students.
  2. To promote more ethical employers so that students will be getting jobs that pay fairly and treat them well.
  3. To show employers around Southampton the benefits of employing students.

There are many possible models for this type of project, which is why we are ensuring that we research the different models around the UK that currently exist so that we can create the best system for our students.

As always cheers for reading – David Gilani – Union President 2013/14

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