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Union awarded Quality status

Your Students' Union has been recognised for its work - find out more!

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During 2021, your Students' Union took part in a national accreditation scheme run by the National Union of Students (NUS) called 'Quality Students' Unions' (QSU). Crucially as part of this, our assessors spoke with students, Union and University staff to understand how we deliver for you. Further information on QSU can be found on the NUS website.

QSU is a quality framework outlining what good practice in Students’ Unions looks like across a number of themes covering their governance, leadership and management, their activities and their outcomes. It interlocks with, and complements, relevant standards and codes that also exist within the student movement and the charities sector such as the SU good governance code, Green Impact and Investors in People. 

We are judged against KEY criteria in a number of areas including relationships and partnerships, democracy, services, equality, diversity and inclusion, participation and more (there are 11 areas in total). We recieved the highest rating of excellent in 6 of these and 4 were very good. Our sustainability work was noted as 'working towards' on the basis of the Green Impact scheme but due to COVID we were unable to run this in 2021 - the assessors did note our great work in this area including that we are the first Carbon Neutral Students' Union in the UK.

Moving forward, staff and Officers will be identifying and building on the excellent work identified and establishing what else we need to be doing with you in mind.

A big thanks must go to those students who took part in interviews with assessors and to Union staff and Officers who help deliver this work collectively so we can 'make students' lives better'.

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