In the recent National Student Survey 2016 results, Union Southampton dropped six points to an overall satisfaction rating of 66%. The sector average for satisfaction is 68%, so we are slightly below that. While we had some good news, specifically a massive increase of satisfaction at the Winchester School of Art campus, this overall satisfaction result is obviously disappointing.

We had a high percentage of respondents who responded that they neither agreed nor disagreed with the statement (20%) or felt the Union was not applicable to them (2%). This represents a large percentage of our members who are indifferent and we must tackle this indifference with some urgency.

The simple ratios for our students are that 2 out of 3 are satisfied, 1 out of 5 is indifferent, and 1 out of 8 is not satisfied. We must improve dramatically in both of the latter two categories.

The WSA results, which went up by 22% from 33% to 55%, were assisted by the addition of a full-time manager, a part-time officer, and by focusing our provision on the specific needs of those students.

Our leadership, staff and volunteers are committed to working hand in hand with the University and our students to improve everyone’s experience here.

Alex Hovden – Union President

David Allwright – Vice-President Welfare

Flora Noble – Vice-President Student Communities

Elliot Grater – Vice-President Education,

Dan Varley – Vice-President Engagement

Cameron Meldrum – Vice-President Democracy and Creative Industries,

Tom Provan – Vice-President Sports Development