Read the latest updates from the Insight & Policy team


That's a Wrap: Full-Time Officer Elections 2019

22nd March 2019

In spring each year, Students’ Unions around the country run elections across-campus for current students to run for and elect their full-time representatives for the next academic year. These representatives are called Full-Time Union Officers (sometimes referred to as Sabbaticals) and they lead the direction of the Students’ Union, representing and championing the collective student voice.

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International Women's Day

8th March 2019

As its International Women’s Day, it’s interesting to take a brief look at gender in Higher Education; specifically graduate outcomes. There are lots of factors that can influence outcomes and this update only looks at gender, but when you add characteristics such as ethnicity or disability alongside gender, the picture changes again.

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SUBU Responds to National Independent Review of TEF

6th March 2019

Back in 2017 NUS and some Students' Unions lobbied the Government on planned changes to Education and won an independent review of the Teaching Excellence Framework. Read SUBU's response to that review here!

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Preparing and supporting students to transition to University

1st February 2019

On Wednesday 23rd January, Sophie Bradfield attended a Westminster Briefing on behalf of SUBU, on supporting students into Higher Education (HE) which focused on how to prepare students with realistic expectations to help them transition into University life. 

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Higher Education Data on BME student retention and outcomes

7th December 2018

The Office for Students (OfS) published a Topic Briefing on Black and minority ethnic (BME) students highlighting that despite a rise in numbers of students from BME backgrounds participating in HE, there remain issues in retention, outcomes and progression especially when coupled with socio-economic disadvantage.

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23rd November 2018

Sutton Trust has published research on graduate internships detailing that “39% of graduates in their twenties have done an internship, including almost half (46%) of young graduates under 24.” 

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Wonkfest Report

9th November 2018

Sophie Bradfield reports back from Wonkfest, an annual event organised by Wonkhe to give her thoughts on the debate titled 'Students' unions are in need of radical, systemic reform. Or are they?'

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