Our role, as a Students’ Union, is to make sure you have a great time in Bangor, by lobbying for change in the University, and providing a wide range of opportunities for you. We regularly measure what impact we’ve had on your time here in Bangor, to showcase some of the amazing work we get up to, as well as highlighting some of the exciting opportunities available to you.
Our Work - Update 2016 – 17
Your Education and Voice
- New ‘Student Led Teaching and Learning Strategy’ – we are the first Union / Institution in the UK to do this
- Secured ‘Electronic Only Submission for Assignments’ – meaning no student will have to pay to print their work to submit it
- Played a key role in the ‘University Financial Sustainability Project’ – ensuring that all decisions took into account the student experience
- Worked closely with the University to develop a roll out the ‘#togetherwe campaign’ – to show the impact and reach of your voice
- Secured ‘Student Representation on every University Panel’ that affects students – so that all decisions consider the student perspective
- Achieved our first ever ‘Varsity Away Win in Aberystwyth’ – can we do it again in Bangor 2018?
- Set up our first ever ‘Student Opportunities Fair’ – to showcase our activities mid-year and engage students with new opportunities
- Once again rolled out another huge ‘Summer Sessions Programme’ – taking students around North Wales and engaging with our international community
- Delivered our first ever ‘Student Leadership Conference’ – where over 600 of you came to learn about leading and developing your activity
- Confirmed our place once again as the home of the ‘Best Clubs and Societies in the UK’ – What Uni Award Winner 2017 and NUS Wales Student Opportunities Winners
- Further development of ‘www.undebbangor.com’ - so that you can do and engage more through our digital platform
- ‘Incorporation of the Union and Governance Review’ – not always the most interesting! but an important step to strengthen and modernise your Union
- Secured ‘Gold in the NUS Green Impact’ for the 5th time –making us one the greenest and most sustainable Unions in the UK
- Bigger and better ‘Welcome Week’ events – helped hundreds of students engage in events and get to know each other in the Union space and ensured that we were on hand for any ‘Welcome Wobbles’
- Invested in ‘Seven New Union Vehicles’ – so that you can do more of the activities that you love
- Shaped the ‘2017 General Election’ – we supported hundreds of students to register and saw a huge surge in the student vote in Arfon
- Worked closely with the ‘Widening Access Unit’ - to support Parents and Carers and to develop a wider range of activities for the future
- Won the ‘Gwynedd High Sheriffs Award for Community Engagement’ – showcasing the work our students do in the community
- Worked with the Student Housing Office on ‘Housing Week’ and a new ‘Students in their Community Guide’ – to ensure that students were able to make the right choice and find the best accommodation
- Set up new partnerships with the ‘Royal Voluntary Service and North Wales Police’ – to provide students with new opportunities and to develop our community outreach
- Launched our ‘Mind Your Head Week’ - with conversations around Mental Health and activities to promote self-care
- Once again rolled out ‘Welfare on Wheels’, ‘Study Aid’ and ‘Walk n Talk’ – to provide students with fruit, water, condoms, tea and coffee, ice creams, maps of the University and opportunities to talk at stressful times
- Secured £5,000 to set up a specific training programme around ‘Suicide Awareness’ – we’ll be rolling this out to Student Leaders who are interested at the start of October
- Worked with the University to create the first ever ‘Gender Identity Policy’ – an important policy to support students at University and remove barriers
- Developed our ‘Academic Advice Service’ – with a brand new dedicated Advice Caseworker to provide 121 support and guidance with academic issues
- UMCB members had a great success at the annual National Eisteddfod Yr Urdd - with Aelwyd JMJ which is a local youth choir
- UMCB celebrated 40 years last year and received great response and support at the national Eisteddfod by past members - highlight of the week was the last big event which was Band Pres Llarregub play to a packed tent
- UMCB took their annual trip to Edinburgh and will be going to Dublin this year – over 150 proud Welsh students will make their presence known we’re sure
- UMCB fundraised to Ward Alaw at Ysbyty Gwynedd - over £1500 was raised and will be presented at the end of October
- Cymdeithas Llywelyn (Welsh Learning Society) has been reborn - has worked closed with UMCB to present a Welsh Language awareness week in October
Looking Back 2012 – 2015 – Our Impact
We think it’s been a fantastic three years, but don’t just take our word for it, between 2012 and 2015 your satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey grew by 10%, making us a top 50 Students’ Union in the UK. We’ve seen exponential growth in the number of student opportunities available, a closer more equal working relationship developed with the University and a deluge of awards that confirm our place as a great Students’ Union. Something we couldn’t have done without you.
Here’s a snapshot of our success and achievement over the last three years:
- We’ve put the Student Voice is at the forefront of the Union and University agenda when it comes to developing and delivering change. Students agree that we represent their voice and that through our access to the most senior University decision makers, our work is a genuine partnership. Through our work on the Course Representative System, Annual Student Statement and Bangor Student Survey we have developed a comprehensive understanding of the needs and wants of students and have been able to deliver actual change year in year out. This includes:
- Developing the first ever ‘Course Representatives Code of Practice’ – which has set in the stone the role of student representation and the role of students as partners in their education
- Identifying the ‘Hidden Course Costs’ that effect Bangor students and securing huge changes to the costs around graduation, printing and field trips
- Developing a brand new ‘Code of Practice for Postgraduates Who Teach’ which has led to contracts being issued for the first time and changes to the rates of pay for demonstrators
- Through our nationally accredited Volunteering Programmes we’ve transformed our work and influence in the community, increased our projects from 18 to 38, increased our volunteering opportunities from 339 to 753 and set up some very high profile projects with the North Wales Health Board. We’ve also set up the first University volunteering residential and launched the first ever Volunteer Management Module for our volunteering leaders. Our work is changing lives, opening doors for Bangor students and enabling the community to benefit through volunteering. Our work is so good that in 2012 we received the Queen’s Award for Volunteering and are proud holders of the Investors in Volunteering status.
- In 2011 we secured additional funding from the University to make all of our Clubs and Societies free at the point of entry, one of only a handful of Students’ Unions across the UK that do this we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of students taking part in activities, leading their own activity and working together to set up new and exciting opportunities across Bangor and the UK. Our research tells us that the impact on employability, sense of belonging and widening access to University is huge and directly related to fantastic student led activity. Our students are more employable, involving themselves deeper in extra- curricular activity and opening doors to the local community. Things that just wouldn’t have happened without our work and direct support.
- In 2010 we approved our first ever Zero Tolerance Policy to clearly set out the acceptable behaviours within the Union and our vision for a more equal society. Since then we’ve continued to build on this landmark moment and through initiatives like ‘Rainbow Laces’, ‘Out in Sport’, ‘Take a Stand’ and ‘Reclaim the Night’ we are changing perceptions, starting discussions and taking action against prejudice.
- We are at the heart of Bangor student life, thousands of students are involved in life shaping activities every day, huge events such as the Student Led Teaching Awards, Study Aid, Serendipity, Athletic Union Awards, Student Volunteering Bangor Awards, Big Elections, Varsity and our democratic forums shape the student experience at Bangor and we know from our conversations that we are literally keeping students in University when things get tough and we’ll continue to do this for as long as there is a Bangor University.
We hope you’ll agree that we’ve achieved a lot in those three years, we’ve also (finally) moved into our new home in Pontio, we’ve launched our new online membership system and website and we’ve had a major re-brand, but there is a lot more to come and over the next three years we want to continue changing lives, continue winning awards and continue to shape the student experience here at Bangor. We can’t do this without you.
Every year we'll work to update you on what we have done, how we have worked together and the difference we are maiking together to the Bangor experience.
Check out the 2016 Annual SU Report here.