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Hot seat: Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is a parliamentarian and one of the UK’s most successful Paralympians. She talks to Spotlight about student engagement, role models, and dealing with challenges.



Popping the question: surveying student engagement

Kate Little explores the pros and cons of student engagement surveys.

Paint your campus green

We know that 80 per cent of students want their institutions to do more on sustainability, and so it’s little surprise that an increasing number of students are engaging with their union to take positive action on green issues. Russell Warfield, NUS sustainability communications co-ordinator, tells Spotlight how your union could help students go green.

Here comes the outfitter...

Innovation in students’ unions isn’t always easy, but in 2012, Swansea University Students’ Union was given the opportunity to develop two-brand new retail units, with one becoming a successful clothing store. Finance and commercial manager Martin Caldwell explains how fashion became the hottest trend in South Wales.

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Frances O'Grady: Women leading the way

Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, speaks to NUS about how she became a leader and explains what we can do to level the gender gap in leadership positions.

Shami Chakrabarti: Women leading the way

Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti shares her experiences of being a leader and gives her views on gender inequality.

Women in leadership

One of the key priorities of NUS president Toni Pearce is advancing the role of women in leadership. As part of this we’ve been speaking to some of the country’s most influential women with backgrounds in politics, education and business, to ask them what can be done to encourage more women to seek leadership roles.




Becci King: Appealing approach to academic advice

Tue 04 Feb 2014

Becci King, student adviser at LiverpoolSU, outlines their new approach to workshop advice sessions....read more

Reni Eddo-Lodge: Deconstructing leadership

Wed 27 Nov 2013

We need to reconsider the traits we desire in leadership roles, argues writer Reni Eddo-Lodge....read more

Kelley Temple: Busting the myths of feminism

Wed 27 Nov 2013

Stereotypes about the movement are preventing some women from identifying as feminists. NUS national women’s officer Kelley Temple challenges the clichés....read more

Gareth Hughes: The future of student advice

Wed 27 Nov 2013

Gareth Hughes, membership services manager at Coventry University Students’ Union, considers how student advice services may need to adapt in a time of unp...read more


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