Effective Collaboration for Social Change: Working Effectively With Your Students’ Union/Association

Venue: Online

Date: Wednesday, 5 June

Time: 12:30 – 13:30

Price: Free to AHEP members

About this Workshop

Following the cancellation of this working session at the AHEP Annual Conference and Exhibition, we are pleased to offer this session online exclusively to AHEP members at an associate level and above!

Students’ Unions have led the charge on social change and activism for many years from South African Apartheid, Gay Rights, transgender inclusivity, and decolonisation of the curriculum. As a member led organisation, students lead the political steering with staff acting as civil servants. This unique structure and engagement methods is a great opportunity to effectively engage students with social & civic change.

Why attend?

This session will give an overview of the key structures and engagement methods of Students’ Unions to help attendees learn about how they can adapt their structures to better engage students with this work. This session will also focus on how Academic & Professional can effectively engage with their Students’ Union/Association/Guild; creating unique opportunities for collaboration so that they can enact social change together. This workshop will help support colleagues with idea generation with the unique student-led perspective as well as how to effectively approach the Union whilst ensuring a student-led perspective to their work.

What you will do:  

Within this workshop, there will be a breakout room activities that attendees can engage with that will focus on the key aspects of working within and in collaboration with a Students’ Union. This will include discussions and activities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

– To understand how Students’ Unions work when it comes to social justice and change making through their unique democratic structures and systems and how to utilse this within their own work

– To understand how to approach conversations around collaborative change with their local students’ union

– To develop key initial ideas on what they can collaborate on with their local Students’ Union

This workshop most closely aligns to Working Together.

Is this workshop right for you?  

All are welcome to attend this webinar. This webinar is open to AHEP members at associate level and above. If you are not yet a member of AHEP, please refer to guidance on our membership levels to determine if this workshop is right for you. 

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Details in brief

Venue: Online

Date: Wednesday, 5 June

Duration: 12:30-13:30

Price: Free to AHEP members

If you have any questions, please contact events@ahep.ac.uk

Ashley Storer-Smith

Student Voice Manager, University of Nottingham

Ashley Storer-Smith is a key voice within the Students’ Union sector. With their work leading the Unitu Engaging Student Voices Webinar Series, frequent writer for Wonkhe and other blogs, and frequent conference speaker; their work is very influential.

Ashley is currently developing academic research within the Students’ Union, student activism, LGBT+ student engagement, and academic representation spheres with exciting work to be released in 2024 & 2025. Recently completing their MA Student Engagement in Higher Education in 2022, their thesis was on how commercialisation of HE and social media has impacted the ways that student leaders conduct activism within their Students’ Union and beyond. Ashley is currently looking for academic writing colleagues around the area of Student Activism since 2000 to today.