2015 was a year of success for the Students’ Union with a breakeven budget, more events and a higher level of student engagement than the year before. Although funding ended for some of our green projects, many have been able to continue such as Global Athletes (to make sport more sustainable) and Green Impact (to train students to audit companies). We successfully recruited some new members of staff including a Commercial Services Manager, a Student Voice Manager, an Opportunities & Sustainability Coordinator and the position of Communications Coordinator was made permanent to ensure we effectively promote the good work that goes on in Your Students’ Union.
It has been a big year on social media to help students feel more engaged with the Students’ Union. We have introduced #FeedbackFriday so that students can answer questions anonymously about issues important to them. This has led to some big wins such as as successfully campaigning to limit any rises in food prices in the refectory and getting better WiFi coverage in halls and on campus. As well as this our website has been redesigned to be more interactive and mobile friendly. Our Freshers Fortnight program had more events than ever before and the Freshers' Ball moved to the racecourse resulting in 500 more students coming to the main event.
It is safe to say that it has been a great year and that is down to the hard work of many people. A personal thank you: to all of the staff, part time officers and my fellow full time officers who all helped to make 2015 a successful one. Finally, a huge thank you must go out to the students of the University who have been involved in the Students’ Union this year; without you our amazing year would not have been possible.
The following report will give you a quick overview of our achievements in 2015 as well as our plans for 2016 but remember we can’t do anything unless you get involved and help tell us what to do. We are the charity for students at UoG and we need your input.
Liam Sandford. Students’ Union President.