Officer Manifesto Tracker

Tobiloba Adeyemi - President

Tobiloba Adeyemi - President

Representing the Student Voice

30% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcome outcomes & measures:
This will elevate the voices of BAME students and help shape/improve social and academic experience as well as individual wellbeing. -Black voices priority campaign and its manifesto/action plan to serve as launch pad - Students feeling that the Guild has been able to represent their interests and improve their academic and social experience.
  - Ensuring that Guild activities are diverse and inclusive – in collaboration with the AEO - More students satisfied with the wellbeing services on offer and feeling comfortable to access them
    - A positive increase in Black students satisfaction levels within the NSS scores (Depends on if the NSS runs next year)
 
100% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
This will elevate the voices of BAME students and help shape/improve social and academic experience as well as individual wellbeing. - Propose to the appointments panel to approve a reserved BAME student space on the Trustee board - Improving Guild governance diversity by getting more student representation from minority ethnicities on the trustee board which overall positively affects the Guild’s good governance.
 

Engagement and Participation

30% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- This will help students know more about how Guild structures operate and how it responds to students needs - Ensure that students are engaged with the new democratic structure - More international student engagement
- Give students an opportunity to engage with the Guild and help shape their student experience - Give students an opportunity to feedback on any issues or questions that they might have with current Guild democratic structure - To engage students who are not likely to be engaged in the first place. i.e moving from typically engaged students to wider range of students (Distance learners included)
  - Encourage students to join committees within the new structure - Guild annual survey to track how many students know who the officers are and how they engage with Guild structures and governance.
  - Simplifying the language used around comms for democracy and student governance -  
  - Track the number of students (via a survey for instance) that engage in committees - get a baseline data and work next year to improve that -  
 

Sustainability

30% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- A more sustainable university will support the wellbeing of students and help them to adopt more sustainable practices which will have a positive impact on the overall health of both students and staff. - Identifying student opportunities available within the University’s sustainability plan and work collaboratively with the university to get students involved - The university will be able to demonstrate how sustainable they are
  - Work with Uni campus/catering services to Refuse, reduce, reuse or recycle  
  - Lobby the uni to publish plans to reduce emissions – these should be updated regularly by uni central comms  

Amie Raphael - Activities and Employability Officer

Amie Raphael - Activities and Employability Officer

Supportive and Inclusive

40% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Better employability opportunities - Research how to provide this training and if it's something. the guild can run internally or externally - Higher level of satisfaction in volunteer groups
- Beneficial training for a society - Research potential external companies to run the training and evaluate the costs - Preventing any dangerous running of volunteer groups
- Needed training for volunteer groups - Source funding for any training which the guild can either cover or help to cover - Better supporting groups who in turn may be supporting their members
- Better awareness of mental health and how to support and signpost their members who are struggling - Introduce the training into optional added sessions unless vital for that society e.g. safeguard training for volunteer groups - Higher level of satisfaction of training provided by the guild
  - Reflect on how good the canvas safeguarding training is  
 
50% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcome outcomes & measures:
- Student group committees are provided with a higher level of training and knowledge - Research training other unions provide for their societies - Higher satisfaction with training
- Tailored training for specific roles which ensures smooth running for the year - Evaluate our current training and get feedback on how it is delivered and what could be improved - High attendance at training sessions
- mproves the committee experience and members experience if everyone feels trained to a high standard - Review which roles get training and which ones don’t and formulate training for those lacking anything - Better understanding of committee roles
- Gain employability skills to put on a CV/applications - Run the new training and get feedback on it - Employability opportunities
  - Get feedback on training in the Super AGM  
 
100% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Better support for presidents which can improve group activity - Find ways to expand the induction for presidents - Higher level of training for Vice presidents and co-presidents
- Better prepare students for their role to support their president. - Look into releasing videos of the training presidents receive at president induction day - Better satisfaction levels from VPs about the training they receive
Give VPs/ co-presidents a better understanding of their role - Expand training as a whole - Guild annual survey to track how many students know who the officers are and how they engage with Guild structures and governance.
- Give committee the same opportunities    
 
100% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Ensuring all types of student groups feel supported and fairly attended to - Review the split in resources and attention across groups - Higher level of satisfaction across all types of groups
  - Evaluate what changes can be made to ensure attention/ resources is fairly distributed - Fairer distribution of resources and attention
  - Review if the number of staff needs to be increased to ensure groups are as supported as possible  
  - Survey all types of student groups on how supported they feel and the changes they would like to see  
  - Review the restructure and if that is working for both the student groups department and societies  
  - Student groups to give updates on resources/ department as a whole  
 

Supportive and Inclusive - Digital

Medsoc on the Guild website

10% Complete
 
50% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcome outcomes & measures:
- Makes everything accessible and streamlined which in turn makes life for committees much easier - Review changes to the guild website, in particular the student groups hub - Easier access for student groups
- This also makes life for staff easier - Review student feedback about the forms and website - Easier to track forms on behalf of the student groups team
- Will make document processes much quicker - Develop a better student groups hub with a better document layout for societies - Quicker document turnover
    - Higher satisfaction with the student group hub
 
25% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcome outcomes & measures:
- Better experience coming in to a new committee - Review the handover document created this year - New committees feeling more confident during and after handover
- Knowledge and advice passed on to a new committee - Survey how useful societies found this and get feedback- super AGM - Less emails asking for details outgoing committees forgot to put in a handover or pass on to the incoming committee
- Gives structure to a handover which can help with organising a meeting with outgoing and incoming committee - Adapt the form if needed and develop it further  
- Student groups can ensure committees are supported as much as possible and don't feel lost - Develop a student groups handbook  
 
75% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcome outcomes & measures:
- All volunteering opportunities in one place on the website which is easy to navigate - Collate all volunteering opportunities within the guild - Increase in volunteers- student engagement increase
- Better employability opportunities - Organise the opportunities into sections - Increase in students adding to their enhanced transcript
- Signposting students to the relevant societies to volunteer through as well as other opportunities - Set up a webpage specifically for volunteering - Increase in students adding to their personal skills award points
- A clear section on the website that is easy to find    
 

Inclusive

100% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- A welcoming environment at the guild - Introduce a collaboration event of the month to the student groups newsletter - Societies/members putting events forward to be recognised under the new addition to the student groups newsletter
- A community feel to the guild and between societies - Organise a forum/session on collaborations with examples and societies who have succeeded - A new webpage for societies to find groups who want to collaborate
- Giving students both in committees and members the chance to meet new people - Providing a space for societies to get in contact with other committees to collaborate on an event together - Students feeling like there is a community at the guild and within societies
- Celebrating the hardwork behind organising an event with other societies - Create a help a society page on the guild - Increased engagement with societies
 
50% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Celebrating the hardwork behind organising an event with other societies - Invite Medsoc to the collaboration forum - Increase in collaborative events
  - Introduce Medsoc awards at the Guild awards - Increased engagement with societies
 

Representative and supportive

40% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Better understanding of the guild and its processes - Send out a survey to investigate where gaps of knowledge are and where the guild is and isn't seen as transparent and accountable - Satisfaction levels in regards to transparency and accountability
- Students are aware of the services on offer and how to access them - Survey students gaps of knowledge about the guild and their key areas of frustrations - Level of student engagement with different guild areas and how this compares to other years
- Higher level of engagement which could improve their student experience e.g. societies, volunteering etc - Survey levels of engagement with different departments of the guild - Better officer awareness
  - Look at the difference the new democratic system will make and review how to introduce this to new students - Officer presence downstairs
  - Consider what other steps can be made in order to appear transparent and accountable - Hot desking - officers go and work in departments/locations reflective of their remits sometimes
  - Officers move downstairs in the building plans  
 

Fun

5% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Giving students an opportunity to perform at a local level - Set up a plan to use mermaid bar/ the guild for opportunities to showcase student performers - High level of interest and attendance at the events
- Giving students experience performing - Review if the mermaid bar can be used as a venue for performers and the capacity - Good reviews of the event
- Allowing other students to try out new opportunities such as watching a band they don't know - Work with venues to determine the best day for live performers and how frequent this would be  
  - Advertise to students that we want local performers to apply to perform and find out the level of interest  
  - Host a series of evenings of live performances  
 
5% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Societies get an opportunity to have their name known and get organisational skills - Rebrand societies night as an opportunity for students to organise a themed night with DJs or live performers - Higher attendance at societies night
 

Jules Singh -Education Officer

Jules Singh -Education Officer

Academic & Learning Experience

60% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Creating a more positive/ better learning environment - Speak to Library/ Student Services about improving provisions in study spaces - Increased Amenities in Study Spaces e.g. Microwaves, Hot/cold water taps etc…
  - Collate data on the kinds of improvements students desire  
 

Representing The Student Voice

75% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- A high standard academic experience for Students at UoB - Survey students to assure they are happy with the online learning provisions and their overall academic experience - Higher NSS Score on Question 26 60%
  - Listen to Student feedback through the Reps system on issues within Schools and Colleges and act on it - Advise College leads on student feedback with desired results for improvement including but not limited to a no-detriment policy
  - Facilitate joint conversations between the Uni and the Guild for areas of improvementt - Q&A’s with DofE’s and encouragement for Colleges to have frequent contact with student feedback
  - Assure the New Democratic System works successfully  
  - Work on a system of quick feedback for the University and Guild  
 

Support - Mental Health & Financial Assistance

75% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Being able to support themselves through their degree - Assure there is adequate signposting to; Available part-time work from JSV and Worklink The University Hardship Fund - No drastic decrease in students in part-time work (currently 24%)
  - Advertise Scholarships and Bursaries available to students (Ideal world- have a small non-means tested amount available to students) - Easy access to Hardship fund amongst other scholarships and bursaries
  - Create a Guild Employability Week and Hub  
  - Work on easing criteria for University scholarships with FGA  
 

Academic & Learning Experience

50% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Ensuring the MyUoB app is accessible to all - Work with Registry and Timetabling to work out a solution to the issues - Timetables are delivered to students on time or with less negative feedback about delays due to clarity
- Assure Timetables are delivered to students on time - Communicate issues and delays more clearly to students - Easy access to Hardship fund amongst other scholarships and bursaries
 

Wei-Lun Chen - International Officer

Wei-Lun Chen - International
90% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- International Students Support - Plan induction sessions - International Welcome Celebration ( 3 sessions; 400 Students attended)
  - Deliver induction sessions  
 
40% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Student Groups inclusiviity - Plan Training sessions - Target: Deliver training 50+ student groups
  - Deliver Training sessions  
 
40% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Sports Engagement & inclusiviity - Plan Workshops - Target: Deliver workshops for 10+ Sports Clubs
  - Deliver Workshops  
 
80% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Incoming Exchange Students Support - Create the group - Facebook Group created
  - Answer questions - Facebook Group chat created
  - Signpost to support  
 
60% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Outgoing Exchange Students Support - Liaise with the exchange tutors and the returning students - (4 sessions; 120 students attended)
  - Organise and deliver sessions  
 
40% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Year Abroad Student Support - Collect Data - Target: Collect data for 80% of partner universities
 
80% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- International Students Employability - Liaise with Careers Network - Careers Network Mentor Scheme (Outcomes TBC)
  - Promote Mentor Scheme  
 
10% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Langauge Events - Liaise with SMT - Currently exploring alternatives
  - Introduce scheme  
 
50% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Cutural Events - Liaise with Cultural Societies - TBC
  - Promote events  
 
10% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- International Event - Plan Event - TBC
  - Deliver Event  
 
40% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- University-wide activiity - Plan Event - TBC
  - Organise and communicate with societies  
 
60% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- International Students Accomodation Support - Lobby University Accomodation Team - TBC
 
10% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- International Students Well-being Support - Lobby University Wellbeing Services - TBC
 

Rebecca Cutler - Postgraduate Officer

Rebecca Cutler - PostGrads
30% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- They can get off to a strong and well informed start to PG study - Review current induction offerings from different schools/ colleges - Minimum standard set for inductions for postgraduates starting from September 2021
- Saves time for PGTs studying at Bham for 1 year by putting lots of information in one place - Review COVID limited inductions - Improved PTES/ PRES scores in Spring 2022
- Highlights services that are specific to PGs - Find out what students need and want to know when they arrive at Birmingham from varied demographics of PGT and PGR - Positive feedback on inductions in Autumn term 2021
- Highlights services that some PGs may not be familiar with (mature, international) - Develop plan of what can be included online, what should be done offline - 400 responses (against Voice target of 800 responses total for Speak Week)
- Increase feeling of belonging - Update Dec 2020: meeting with Wellbeing Officer from CAL in the New Year to discuss their Canvas-based ‘wellbeing portal’ which covers many aspects of university life to help different demographics adjust/ understand to the university environment - Increased PG rep engagement
  - Analysing Speak Week results to identify areas where students may require more support/ information at the start of their studies - Increased satisfaction in PTES and PRES
    - Present results to Guild
    - Present to Dean of PGs, PGT and PGR leads – make info available to everyone working specifically with PGs
    - Update Dec 2020: 372 students completed a PG specific survey, the data is currently being analysed and a report written to be presented at Jan GRB and Feb GTB, with updates planned for PG leads/ management and SEOs
 
100% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Increased PG student voice at the Guild and the university - Design Speak Week questions to consider what we want to find out from/ about PGs and how we can work with the data they provide – data vs free text - 400 responses (against Voice target of 800 responses total for Speak Week)
- Opportunity to provide feedback on all aspects of their university life – feel like their voice matters - Design comms/ branding to work with Speak Week branding but with added PG - Increased PG rep engagement
- Issues raised can be actioned/ improved – improving student experience - Promote on social media - Increased satisfaction in PTES and PRES
  - Promote via UGS and SEOs - Present to Dean of PGs, PGT and PGR leads – make info available to everyone working specifically with PGs
  - Email for distance/ part time/ all learners - Update Dec 2020: 372 students completed a PG specific survey, the data is currently being analysed and a report written to be presented at Jan GRB and Feb GTB, with updates planned for PG leads/ management and SEOs
 
50% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Support students to understand current UK academic practices and skills to ensure they can achieve their full potential regardless of identity or mode of study – such as mature students, international students, part time and distance learners - Identify areas where students may need study skills support through Reps, Speak Week feedback, previous sessions - Delivery of skills sessions
- Improve academic achievement - Identify skills requirements for researchers - Increased satisfaction with Guild in PTES
- Combat imposter syndrome - Identify or build relationships across the university with people/ functions that can deliver skills sessions - Good feedback from sessions/ requests for repeat or additional sessions
  - Schedule, promote, deliver and provide resource for skills sessions  
 
50% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Encourage community building within and across the postgraduate population - Identify different possible kinds of events to engage postgrads and ways to increase engagement - Increased attendance at PG events through the year
- Combat loneliness/ isolation of PG study - Develop a calendar of events and update the Guild website - Repeat attendance at events by students
- Increase PG engagement with the Guild of Students - Plan, promote and hold events - Positive feedback about events
    - Increased satisfaction in PTES 2021
 
30% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Enable PGs to access a variety of academic, social and support events - Issue of increased study skills sessions and increased PG social events to be targeted by making sure that current offering is made more accessible by lobbying for a ‘one stop’ place for PGs to find social, academic, skills, careers/ development hosted by different parts of the university in the same place - Brings the same benefits of increasing study skills sessions and social events
 

Rob Hegarty - Sports Officer

Rob Hegarty - Sports

Inclusivity and Fair representation

65% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Every student will feel confident to enjoy sport and then reap its benefits. - Continually meet with the inclusive legacy team (One I recently set up that has PTOs and other FTOs) - Ideally have no student who feels they cannot participate in sport because of exclusion
- No student will feel that they cannot take part in a sport based on their race/creed/identity/ gender / how they feel/ amongst other things - Help deliver another successful LGBTQ+ Sports week (rainbow laces, LGBTQ+ themed sports night etc) - Have less complaints (ideally none) regarding exclusivity
- This will not only help students, but also increase participation which in turn can improve performance level - Help deliver another successful One world Cup as part of One world festival – Working closely with Wei Lun on this one - More multicultural and accepting sports clubs
- It will also provide good ‘press’ for UB Sport and thus the University   - Greater levels of participation
 

Improve Student Health

70% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- To reap the sporting benefits, which are essential for physical and mental health, which is so important especially now - Constantly adapt training sessions and ways to return to play – try to make it as fun and as accessible as possible - Students remain healthy during the pandemic – keeps them active and keen to resume sport as of when they can
- Get people’s confidence back by facilitating them to make friends, participate in sport and be active again - Ensure social distancing measures are implemented in the gyms - Performance and participation levels are maintained to the best of their ability and clubs can survive the pandemic
  - Meeting with Fiona Wilkie and James Johnson from retail over the nutrition in the Universities food story - Helps people to bond with their future team mates/make or consolidate existing friendships
  - Encourage people to partake in other forms of exercises that may not be their usual sport – sports like rugby might not be able to go ahead, so encourage those players to try tennis, badminton, etc  
  - Constantly get students back to exercise and sport where guidelines allow  
  - Work on a plan with the new DoS, Andy Allford  
  - Provide good food choices across social media platforms  
 

Improved communication between student athletes and academic services

50% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Means it removes some of the disincentives to sport - Meet again with academic services - Tutors biweekly/monthly checking up on those involved in sport – especially committee members
- Students feel they can be let down in their final year by almost having to put sport to the side - Push Jules (the education officer) to push this through at many of his meetings/ask to be involved in the relevant ones - Potential allowance for minor extensions for those on the committee in extreme cases
- Can help academic productivity (something to look forward too), time management and wellbeing    
 

Charlotte Minter - Welfare and Community Officer

Charlotte Minter - Welfare

Develop culture of support

20% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Improved awareness of what counts as sexual misconduct - Create a video with ambassadors promoting the campaign - More students signing up for the training
- Better tools to help themselves and friends stay out of danger - Expand on the idea of Not On November and dedicate a month to encouraging sports teams to sign up to the training - Increased interest in the campaign
  - Look into intense promotion around committee members training time period (early summer) – create incentive - Less instances of sexual assault
  - Get something in place for September 2021 to be shared in Welcome – as part of initiative to try and integrate the campaign more into academic life - More pledges made online
  - Look at American Universities for awareness stuff – delivery and resources (NYU)  
 
50% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Students feel comfortable accessing mental health support - Ensure that students are receiving culturally competent support - More diverse range of students accessing support – seen in data and reports from Wellbeing services
- Students get the help they need with as little barriers as possible - Ensure BME students can request to see a different councillor if they feel it is necessary - Improved perception of mental health services
  - Explore what the waiting time looks like from when a student requests a councillor until they get one. Same for when swapping concillors  
  - Be more transparent about the diverse range of councillors – ask the University to publish faces of councillors  
  - Assess support available outside of University hours. Establish gaps in support available and look to build partnerships with companies or charities that can help fill these gaps  
 
60% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- Healthier, happier students who are aware of how they can seek help - Don’t Rush to Rent Campaign – encouraging students to hold off from renting too early without having formed their proper friendship groups - Number of participants in Don’t Rush competition
- Students who haven’t been disadvantaged as a result of the pandemic - Support Month – a month to signpost students to the relevant services and resources that they can access should they need help - Engagement/views on key videos/messages/stories
  - More students accessing the relevant support networks - Less students dropping out as a result of poor mental health
 

Encouraging more students from under-represented groups to engage

20% Complete
What is the benefit to students? To deliver this we will need to: SHORT/LONG TERM outcomes & measures:
- A more inclusive environment on and off campus - Write a blog encouraging students to make use of the EDI materials available to them and encourage students to actively want to educate themselves more on these topics - Attendance to any training sessions/courses
- Increased awareness of behaviour and actions - Create a bank of resources that show the different types of EDI/bystander training going on at the University - Increased student satisfaction amongst BME students, specifically Black students
  - Get involved with the Guild/University anti-racism campaign, recommended by the Student Voice report  
  - Look into white allyship training to be put on at the Guild  
 

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