CEO Blog | The New Plan!

The direction of change within the Higher Education sector is more unpredictable now than it ever has been; and the pace of change is at its most rapid of all time. It is therefore vital that the Students’ Union develops a strategic purpose and direction that is focussed on future stability and consistency, whilst retaining flexibility to adapt to changing needs and support requirements of the students at York St John University.

Following significant quantitative research including an all student survey which saw 824 completions (14% of the student body), and external and university stakeholder surveys, drafts of the new YSJSU Strategic Plan 2017 and beyond were produced and feedback has been received and considered.

Throughout February 2017 the Students’ Union Team in partnership with colleagues from the University then held the following focus groups with students:

  • Personal Wellbeing (Mon 6th Feb)
  • Life After University (Weds 8th Feb)
  • Inclusivity & Diversity (Weds 8th Feb)
  • Student Experience (Mon 13th Feb)
  • International Students’ (Weds 15th Feb)
  • Post Grad, Commuting & Mature Students’ (Weds 15th Feb)

Significant desk research has also been conducted, analysing and reading the strategic plans of other Students’ Unions and also the NUS Project 100 outcomes.

Following approval of the draft headline themes and enablers of the plan at the May Students’ Union Trustee Board, we now feel that we are at a point to propose the final draft of the future Students’ Union strategic plan taking us to 2020, and we want to know what you think!

All you need to do is click this link, have a read, then drop us an email at su@yorksj.ac.uk with your thoughts!