Leeds Trinity Students’ Union has become a proud recipient of NUS ‘Students’ Union of the Year.’
At the annual National Union of Students (NUS) Awards ceremony held on Wednesday 5th July 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham, LTSU was presented with the highly coveted and prestigious award alongside three other Unions.
The award follows a successful year for the Union with this being the second ‘Students’ Union of the Year’ award given to them after receiving a similar award from Educate North & UK in April 2017. Steph Little was the elected President and Josh Clough was Vice President during the past academic year.
It has been a busy year for us at LTSU. We have taken on overall running of the Course Rep system ensuring a significant number of students were elected and trained up in their roles. We also almost doubled our nominations for our Student Led Staff Award compared to the previous year, celebrating the incredible staff who make a difference to students across the campus. We also saw more than one in three of Trinity students voting in our elections, one of the highest turnouts in the North of England in any Students’ Union election.
The Union has also set out future ambitions by creating the ‘Big Plan’ for 2017 – 2020. This has been created from student feedback from an online survey and then once this shaped priorities we ran a series of ‘ideas groups’ with students to work out how we meet each priority. Student ideas included us running 200 events each year on and off campus and to have every student automatically enrolled in an academic society.
Our Sport Clubs and Societies saw an increase in overall members and number of groups as well as as ensuring students decided on allocation of sport club and society funding with a student elected ‘Student Activities Committee.’
Student Council members and our Welfare service worked closely to lobby a national bus provider to make changes to their service. The Union also worked closely with the University to put in place a successful pilot for a twenty-four-hour library during peak assessment times and contactless payments on campus.
Finally, we launched a new website in summer 2016 ensuring students could join Sports Clubs and Societies online, buy tickets to events such as our Freshers’ Wristband, created a central list of events for everything on campus on our events hub and voting in elections now takes place electronically rather than through a paper ballot.
Of course all of this would not have happened without all the incredible students who are involved in their Students’ Union so well done to everyone studying at Leeds Trinity University who have been involved in a record breaking year!
Charles Isherwood, Union President at Leeds Trinity Students’ Union commented on the award, “I am so thankful for us to be getting this award! There has been so much work done by the staff at the Union, this award is for them so well done! Special mentions to Josh Clough, Steph Little and the whole staff and volunteer teams. Without them none of this would have been possible."
Professor Margaret A House, Vice Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University said, “I am extremely proud of and for LTSU on being given this award. The Sabbatical Officers and Union staff have worked tirelessly in recent years to enhance the support and services offered to and for our students and for them to receive national recognition for their hard work is just excellent.”
You can read our Annual Impact Report which tells you more about our shared successes with students here. If you want to find out more about future plans then we have just finalised the Big Plan for the next three years here as well as our plans for the next year here.