After a busy first term, we are focussed on six key areas of priority for the second term of the academic year. Outlined below are the activities and campaigns we will be concentrating our energy on as an organisation to ensure that you have the best time whilst at Cardiff Met and as a member of Cardiff Met Students’ Union.
Whilst these priorities outline our focus for this term, we will always continue to represent our members. Whether that be capturing student voice through the Students’ Union Rep Structure, offering a range of clubs and societies, helping members to develop their personal skills through the Cardiff Met Award or offering advice and support on anything from housing to academic issues, your Students’ Union is here for you.
The SU is a democratic membership organisation and this means that every decision is influenced by the student members of Cardiff Met. During elections, eligible students are able to put themselves forward for nomination and run as a candidate for the position of President or Vice President. The elected candidates form part of the Students’ Union Representative structure, which represent the views of students in the University and ensure that the SU operates according to its policies and procedures, with the best interests of its members in mind.
Elections take place in term two and a full elections timetable, along with further information on how to run for President or Vice President can be found here. The elected officers are the highest positions within the Students’ Union and have the power to make great changes for students. Make sure you get involved and vote to ensure you are represented!
As a Students’ Union, we are taking a fresh look at the way we support the wellbeing of our members. We are moving to create and effectively implement a bespoke Wellbeing Support Network for Cardiff Met SU Sport Clubs, SU Societies, SU Representatives and SU Part-Time Officers with a view to influencing the wider student body. The network will play its part in the wider University wellbeing strategy with a clearly defined remit for improving wellbeing whilst signposting to relevant services for further information and support. If this sounds like an area of interest for you, please get in touch and help us to shape the future of wellbeing at your Students’ Union.
The University is creating a masterplan which outlines the vision of how the University and its buildings will look in the future. The plan is phased and is set to be completed by 2032. Both the SU President and Vice-President will be heavily involved in providing feedback on what both students need and want from their campus experience.
We will be creating a student steering group (made up of SU Representatives and SU members) who will help to provide insight and feedback on the plans which the SU President and Vice-President will take to the University’s on the Masterplan Planning Group. This will not only be a focus for this term, but will be a long term focus for the Students’ Union.
Quality Enhancement Review
The University is currently being reviewed by the Quality Enhancement Agency (QAA). The Quality Enhancement Review (QER) provides quality assurance and supports quality enhancement, assuring governing bodies, students and the wider public that Universities meet the requirements of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). QER assesses providers against agreed baseline regulatory requirements and the European Standards and Guidelines.
The Students’ Union is writing its own submission as part of the QER to ensure that student voice and opinion is included within the review. We will be highlighting the ways in which the SU contributes to Enhancing the Student Learning Experience, Academic Standards and Quality, Learning and Teaching, Collaborative Provision and general student life and the submission will be reviewed and signed off by the SU’s Board of Trustees.
February will see students from Cardiff Met’s 15 partner institutions around the world arrive in Cardiff for the Students’ Union Partner Event 2020. The event is an opportunity for the Students’ Union to train proactive students from partner institutions in how to effectively use student voice for positive change within their own institutions and to check on student life for our members abroad. Our guests will receive training from industry experts, campus tours, an opportunity to explore Cardiff and learn more about student life at Cardiff Met.
April will see the fifth annual varsity between Cardiff Met and Bath University. We will be organising the travel and transport for the bus loads of Archers who will travel to Bath to support our SU Sport teams. Make sure that Wednesday 1st April is kept clear in your diary as we will want to take as much support for our teams as possible. Sports set to be included this year are Badminton, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, Rugby, Rugby League, Squash, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting and Wheelchair Basketball. Full ticket and travel information will be released shortly!
Best wishes and good luck for the term!
Amy-Louise (President) and the SU team.