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Following the largest research and consultation exercise ever, the Guild of Students has just revealed its strategic plan for the next three years. The plan’s overall aim is to support the students and make sure they get the most out of their time at Birmingham.
The “strategic enablers’”that are needed to “facilitate change” are identified in the plan as finance, effective operations, staff and students. The University has agreed to support the project by providing funding while the guild will be allocating more staff to ensure that these aims are achieved.
The plan, which is a response to student feedback, it split into 5 ‘strategic priorities’. Each one presents the findings from the research carried out, describes the steps that will be taken to implement the ‘priority’ and how they will measure success throughout the three-year scheme. In a short video on the Guild of Students website, the Sabbatical Officers briefly explain the 5 areas to be focused on.
The plan also outlined an intention to reform the Guild’s democratic structures and officer team. Poppy Wilkinson, Guild of Students President, emphasised that ‘any model that goes to referendum will be in response to the huge consultation conducted in the last academic year but will not be the same referendum’.
The amount of money the Guild receives from the University has increased this year. The extra funding be used to deliver a new student representative scheme, a new Volunteering and Employability Service and to support improved communications.
In order to support the strategy, 17 new staff posts will be introduced to the Guild. However, Wilkinson told Redbrick there would only be an overall increase of 7 members of staff. Wilkinson stated that ‘some posts have been refocused’, suggesting 10 existing positions have been removed to be replaced with new posts.