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Board Round-Up Quarter 3

Thursday 12-03-2015 - 14:40

Summary of Board meetings from the Chairs of the Boards. 

The NUS Group Boards continued their year cycle with their 3rd round of meetings between 3rd February and 5th March 2015. The NUS UK Board is Chaired by Toni Pearce. The NUS Charity Board and NUS Services Board are Chaired by Raechel Mattey.

You can find out more about how each of the Boards work and interrelate by visiting our Shape Our work pages. Further to this you can get involved in these Boards and the subcommittees yourself. To discover the opportunities that are suitable for you visit our Get Involved Pages.

At this round of meetings the Boards all received the estimates for their area of work. This is the first time the process has been completed in this way. The NUS UK estimates will need to be approved at National Conference. Following this the Boards will receive detailed budgets to approve at the final meetings of the year. All the Boards discussed the findings of the Commission on costs and benefits and shared ideas on how we can take this work forward.
 

NUS SU Charitable Services Board

This Board is responsible for ensuring that resources are properly allocated and provide oversight and leadership for our Supporting Students’ Unions plans.

The Board also considered setbacks and challenges in relation to our Supporting Students’ Unions work including:

  • Plans to develop the Alcohol Impact project and make it self-financing if grant funding falls through.
  • Finalising the NEF Impact project and the development of generic impact metrics for the student movement as a whole.
  • The Board discussed the further communications planned to advertise the coaching and mentoring scheme and improve take up by black coaches and coachees.

The Board started to explore the content of the Supporting Students’ Unions long term plan and a more detailed plan will be discussed at their meeting in May.


NUS Services Board

This Board is responsible for ensuring that resources are properly allocated and provide oversight and leadership for our Enterprise and Engagement plans.

The Board also considered setbacks and challenges in relation to our Enterprise and Engagement work including:

  • UnionCloud and bespoke integration and looked at the opportunities to Create a more robust relationship model.
  • They discussed the future of the extra card and the opportunities to improve sales and drive more traffic onto the website.
  • Business development and the pace of growth and the internal support for the work. The now fully recruited Union Development Team will be able to assess the business in all areas.

The Board discussed the revision of the Byelaws and made some amendments to ensure there is clarity in all the points. These will be available on Shape our work shortly for review and they will go to the AGM meeting for approval.


NUS UK Board

This Board is responsible for ensuring that resources are properly allocated and provide oversight and leadership for our Campaigning and Influencing plans.

The Board also considered setbacks and challenges in relation to our Campaigning and Influencing work including:

  • Policy progress; where we are optimistic that we can make good progress over the next 12-18 months on our policy asks. At the time of the meeting 19 of our policies are supported by political parties.
  • Improvements to more effectively manage our relationships with external stakeholders, influencers and decision-makers.
  • Being effective change agents where we have begun to identify key areas for development to enhance the change effectiveness of the student movement.

At this meeting the Board spent time on exploring the ways in which the possible changes following the report from the Commission on costs and Benefits would have an impact on: organisational culture, formal structures and member services. This included greater understanding of how the group works together and greater focus on commercial activity being student union led. The Board agreed with the analysis in the report and noted the motion being submitted by the NEC to National Conference.

The Board agreed the affiliation fee methodology that will be in the report to the AGM and the rebate methodology for any over collection of Fees.


Subcommittees

The Audit, Risk and Remuneration (ARR) and Human Resources (HR) Subcommittees have responsibility for finance and people matters across the NUS Group. They met on the 27th November and a summary following these meetings went to each of the Boards.


What’s next?

HR and ARR Subcommittees: 13th May 2015
NUS SU Charitable Services Board: 19th May 2015
NUS Services Board: 21st May 2015
NUS UK Board: 9th June 2015
NUS Media Board: 9th June 2015
NUS Holdings Board: 9th June 2015

 

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