Good News Roundup December 2017
We've had a busy first semester, with many highlights, including:
- Raising a combined student fundrasier total of over £11,500 for charity
- Record numbers of students have voted in our Referendum on the University's leadership and governance, in relation to senior management's pay
- We have had a full Media Makeover with the launch of Bath Time magazine and the newly-refurbished University Radio Bath (URB) are already winning awards.
View our good news update for a fuller picture of what we've been up to in your SU.
Awards and Accreditation
Investors in Diversity
This year we achieved the Investors in Diversity Award. This is a highly prized quality mark which recognises an effective, all-encompassing approach to managing equality, diversity and inclusion.
NUS/UKCISA Internationalised Students’ Union of the Year
In 2015 we were awarded the title of Internationalised Students’ Union of the Year by NUS/UKCISA. With 30% of our student population made up of international students the award recognises the work undertaken by the SU to help and support these students in their inclusion in the University community.
Officer Team of the year 2015
Our 2014/2015 Students’ Union Officer team were awarded the prestigious Officer Team of the Year award at the 2015 NUS Awards. The award highlights the teams work in engaging with and representing all members of the student union as well as their work in highlighting and tackling issues that matter to the University community.
“They demonstrate high levels of student engagement and a commitment to student led change, as well as a strong focus and drive on improving democratic structures and addressing equality and diversity issues” Karen Mellanby, Mind
“They have worked to tackle lad culture and sexual violence and has had a theme of empowerment – in particular tackling race equality, gender equality and LGBT student groups.” Abby Young-Powell, Guardian Education
“Being considered nationally by NUS as the Officer Team of the Year is incredible, and I couldn't be prouder today to lead our Union. The award, however, isn't just about the elected Officers; the work we do isn't possible without the incredible drive and effort of our staff, student leaders and the entire student body.” Jordan Kenny, SU President
Investor in People (IIP)
The IIP framework is based on research which looked at how successful businesses operate. To meet the IIP standard, we have demonstrated the following:
- Staff understand the aims of Bath SU.
- Bath SU has a clear business strategy including relevant training and development plans.
- Staff understand their jobs and know how what they do contributes to the Bath SU.
- Staff understand what is expected of managers.
- Staff have the necessary knowledge and skills to help them do their jobs and so help Bath SU thrive.
- The whole process of developing the people to help develop the organisation is evaluated and improved on an on-going basis
Best Bar None
The Students' Union has been awarded the Gold Best Bar None Award for both the Plug & The Tub in July 2016. The Best Bar None Award is granted to British alcohol-vending organisations with a long-standing commitment to social responsibility and the safety of people using their premises. It is awarded by NUS Services in conjunction with the Greater Manchester Police. The award was initiated in 2003 and is now a national programme within Students' Unions and other licensed premises.
Investor in Volunteers
We have achieved the Investing in Volunteers (IIV) Award, the UK Quality Standard for volunteer management.
In order to get the Investing in Volunteers award, we had to demonstrate that we met the required standard in ten indicators measuring the way we recruit, support and value volunteers and have written policies and procedures in place.
For example, organisations have to demonstrate they are using good practice in areas such as fair recruitment procedures, properly resourced programmes and adequate induction and support.
More information on IIV
NUS Awards 2014 - Equality and Diversity Award Winner
Our work on Equality and Diversity, not only in the improvements made but in how far we have gone above and beyond normal expectations, meant we were praised at the NUS Awards this year.
“Bath have done outstanding work this year, improving equality and diversity across many areas by embedding principles of inclusion across the work of the union. From successfully lobbying the university to introduce a gender neutral dress code for graduation ceremonies to promoting disability sport, the union have had a clear impact on a range of issues that will make students’ lives better.” Dani Beckett, Amnesty
“Truly inspiring work. A full, comprehensive, and targeted approach to Equality and Diversity. This Student Union has covered so many issues, worked hard to increase representation and inclusivity of various groups and has employed innovative and appropriate solutions to the problems people face.” Rebecca Gowland, Oxfam
"We are proud to continue our work with the Students’ Union, and the diversity and vision they bring to the volunteering opportunities they engage in…it’s a fantastic resource to the 350 organisations we support, bringing remarkable skills to share for the benefit of those to whom the services are being delivered" - CEO Volunteer Centre, Bath
"I was so impressed by the commitment and passion of the students, and their heart to help so many diverse projects and work in the community" - Mayor of Bath
"I was very pleased to see the high level of morale in evidence, with everyone being enthusiastic in their roles and focussed on achieving their goals. People are obviously happy working in the SU and find ways to work around any problems that come up. It was seen to be a great place to work, with a friendly and professional environment" - IiP assessor 2014
"It was evident that a great deal of knowledge sharing, coaching and peer-support takes place on a day-to-day basis, with discussions and sharing of experiences. The working environment and culture is very inclusive, with a great feel of team-working in evidence, and everyone feeling comfortable working with their colleagues" - IiP assessor