Survey Reports – Feedback Executive Summaries

Survey Reports – Feedback Executive Summaries 

 

UPSU Staff:
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
With the feedback that was provided by the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union employees (including the Sabbatical Officer team), it is clear that both models are seen as an improvement over the current Students’ Union model and either could reach the primary objective. It was noted, however, that more respondents thought that Model B was the better choice at reaching this goal.

The opinions given about both models and the changes were largely positive and mainly concentrated on the ‘Listening and Acting’ function. A few areas of concerns were raised. These were centred on the lack of physical support in Model A and possible changes that could come from the models (such as staffing restructures or financial changes).

RECOMMENDATIONS/ACTIONS
From the feedback provided by employees and also questions asked during drop in sessions, adjustments were made to the terminology used within the models to enable clarification and understanding. No adjustments were made to content.

These adjusted models were presented to Board of Trustees on 31st January 2017 who approved the continued progress towards the Future Union Models.

The Project Team are currently investigating quick wins projects (as identified from the feedback) to enable progress towards the Future Union Models in the next financial year.

The Project Team are also investigating resources and possible structures for the Future Union Models to bring back to Board of Trustees in April 2017.

 

Students:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
With the feedback that was provided by the University of Portsmouth students, it is clear that both models are seen as an improvement over the current Students’ Union model and either could reach the primary objective. It was noted, however, that more respondents thought that Model B was the better choice at reaching this goal.

The opinions given about both models and the positive impacts were centred on being proactive, support and training and signposting for those key services. A few concerns were raised about possible areas that were missing in the current models. These were generally about training and support on offer, clarity of where the extra funding will come from and advertising for the services that the Union will offer.

 

University Staff:
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
With the feedback that was provided by the University of Portsmouth staff, it is clear that both models are seen as an improvement over the current Students’ Union model and either could reach the primary objective. It was noted, however, that more respondents thought that Model A was the better choice at reaching this goal (although the conclusion is made using low numbers of respondents).

The opinions given about both models and the changes mainly concentrated on the positives of deeper, broader engagement and the partnership that would be essential between the students, the Union and the University. A few areas of concerns were raised. These were centred on the how the partnership, which is seen as a positive, would be delivered, whether diversification could cause dilution of the overall goal and the possible lack of resources or funding.

When comparing the data, about which model was significantly better at delivering the goal, from University of Portsmouth staff with students and Union staff there was a difference. University of Portsmouth staff were more likely to state that Model A was more effective at delivering the primary goal. However Union staff and students were more likely to state that Model B was more effective.

The feedback provided on the enhanced training and development centre in Model B given by the Union is seen as largely positive (78% agreement).

The feedback provided on the enhanced support provision given by the Union was seen as largely positive (56% agreement) but less so than agreement with the training and development areas. Comments provided at drop-in sessions centred on fear of duplication and that this area should be provided by the University with support/challenge from the Union where required.

Partnership and collaboration were also mentioned when talking about training and development and the support mechanism as it is seen to be vital throughout all areas of Project 25. Alongside this, concerns raised were around the funding provision, resources and whether these new provisions would take over from what the University currently provides or help to support them.

 

To see the full reports email project25@upsu.net

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