Posted 2 Weeks Ago
We Are Hiring!
We're looking for the next Marketing Intern to work at the Student Union from May - September 2018. Last year's Intern, Erin, is here to give you all the reasons you should apply for the job.
"Hello! I’m Erin and I’m the Marketing and Communications Assistant at the Student Union. My time here began last summer, when I successfully applied to be the next Marketing Intern. When I first heard about the internship I was immediately interested, but I was in the middle of studying for my exams and wasn’t sure if I had the time to apply. I’m so glad I did! If you’re thinking about it, I would definitely recommend applying, and here’s why.
Over the summer, there’s a lot of work to be done as the Union prepares for Freshers Week. Seeing it from the other side is really fun! Every day is different and you get to do so many things, from running the Union’s Social Media pages to writing blog posts to answering questions from new students. You get so much creative freedom and also the lovely feeling of having helped shape people’s first experience of Heriot-Watt.
Aside from the run-up to Freshers, this year you’ll also get to work on transferring our web pages over to a brand new platform. We all know digital marketing is a big thing, and to have first-hand web experience before you’ve left university is extremely valuable. But please don’t be put off if you’re not a tech wizard (I'm definitely not) – the team here are all very welcoming and very supportive. No question is too small, and you’ll have a lot of laughs along the way!
I can’t reiterate enough how happy I am that I applied for this internship. I’ve done so much and learned so many things – it looks fantastic on my CV. The freedom to make decisions and to experiment with different marketing ideas has increased my confidence in my abilities. As a final year International Business Management with Marketing student, I think the real life experience benefitted my studies, and vice versa.
If you have any questions about the role, feel free to send them to Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you'd like to ask me how I found it last year, I love getting emails - give me a shout at email@example.com.
Posted 1 Months Ago
On Thursday 15th March NUS Scotland held their annual awards ceremony, celebrating the successes of students associations and unions around the country. Heriot-Watt University Student Union were nominated for three awards – and we’re extremely proud to say we went away with two! Our fantastic Officers were awarded with the Officer Team of the Year trophy, which we were absolutely delighted with – but then things went one step further and we walked away with University Students’ Association of the Year too!
This is a brilliant achievement for the Student Union. Not only did we win two awards, but we are the only Union to ever win Scottish Students’ Association of the Year twice – and we were up against some very strong competition! Both of our wins are down to the efforts of our amazing volunteers and staff members, all of whom made this possible. We are extremely proud and we hope you are proud of us too.
Your Student Union (of the Year)
Posted 2 Months Ago
Why are the staff striking?
The short answer is because changes proposed to their pension scheme means staff will get less pension but must pay more for it. Under the current proposal a staff member could lose as much as £208,000 over their career!
The University Superannuation Scheme (USS), which is the pension scheme for most staff in our University, has a hole in the balance sheet, being only 89% funded.
Many pension schemes run at a deficit. To reduce the USS deficit (from 89% funded to 91%) it is proposed to remove the ‘defined benefit’ for staff. What will be put in place is a ‘defined contribution’ pension scheme. While the defined benefit gives staff a guaranteed level of income when they retire, the ‘defined contribution’ is much more dependent on market returns.
This means staff will get less pension, and will have to pay more for it, without a pay rise. This is an income reduction.
Many of our staff have families, mortgages, and other commitments. To enforce a poor deal on our staff is detrimental to our students. What staff member would be happy with a pay cut? A poorer pension? Does that motivate them? Does out support them to provide the best for our students?
The pension deal was put forward on behalf of the University by University’s United Kingdom (UUK), a body that represents Vice-Chancellors and Principals of Universities.
The staff strikes, organised by members of the University and Colleges Union (UCU) are about getting a better deal for our staff.
The strikes dates are as follows:
A Statement from the Student Union Executive:
We, the Student Union Executive, believe staff have a right to be fairly rewarded for their work for students and the University as a whole. We urge the University to lobby UUK to negotiate a better deal for our staff. We believe in quality teaching and research, as it is an integral part of the student experience, the core of what a University an academic institution. We believe that happy and supported staff help provide the best experience for students of our University.
You can support the staff by joining the picket line.
We urge the university to communicate with students on their efforts to avoid the strike, and support our students. We will negotiate changes to coursework deadline dates to ensure our students can continue in their studies, and to maintain the academic integrity of Heriot-Watt University.
If you want to show support for the staff, if you want to make your frustration heard about losing classes, or if you think that our staff deserve better, then please email Richard Williams, our Vice-Chancellor and Principal at firstname.lastname@example.org or James Richards, President of the local UCU branch at email@example.com, or tweet at https://twitter.com/UCU_HWUBranch and let them know your thoughts.
If you want to get involved, show your support by joining the picket line. Show that you support our staff by not crossing the picket line. This is a poor deal for our staff, and something better can be done.
If your studies have been seriously adversely affected then please get in touch with the Advice Hub at firstname.lastname@example.org and they can support you through Mitigating Circumstances forms.
Posted 4 Months Ago
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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!