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Representing and supporting students to develop and achieve

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by the year 2030.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

Worcester Students' Union, alongside the University of Worcester is a proud signatory of the SDG Accord, which is the University and College sector's response to the UN SDGs and aims to embed the SDGs into our work. This is how the Students' Union works towards achieving the global goals:

GOAL 1: No Poverty

  • Contributed to NUS Poverty Commission and cited several times in the report
  • Support students through applications to the Access to Learning Fund from our Advice and Support Service
  • Ensure that we keep membership fees for clubs and societies as low as possible
  • Consulted by the University on their Access and Participation Plans and fundamentally support widening access to education as a route out of poverty
  • Facilitate collections and micro volunteering for the local Food Bank and Bra Bank.  Support national fundraising activities such as Children in Need and Comic Relief

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

  • Healthy eating and living campaigns
  • Work with University caterers and University to ensure range of healthy options in shops and eateries and to that prices are kept as low as possible for our membership

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

  • Facilitate general interest and academic societies to ensure students can get together as groups, learn, develop their talents, and have fun, increasing their sense of belonging and community.
  • Provision of recreational and competitive sport
  • Inclusivity Reps mandatory for all clubs and societies and trained in ‘Look After Your Mate’
  • Support World Aids Day campaign
  • Run a Safe Sex campaign all year round
  • Chlamydia Screening within the SU
  • Promote cervical screening
  • Free Periods campaign
  • Personal safety and ‘How are you getting home?’ series of campaigns, in conjunction with a local night club and University Security.
  • Run several campaigns within the SU bar, including Every Other One Water, AskAngela, drink and drug awareness etc.
  • Support national campaigns such as World and University Health Days and Mental Health Awareness Week, International Men’s Day, Movember, Sober for October, running various activities and working in partnership with charities such as Guide Dogs, It Takes Balls to Talk, Papyrus, Student Minds, Off the Scale.
  • Run a Sport & Mental health awareness week, Colour Run and other participative activities, such as #ThisGirlCan.
  • Support the BUCS #ThisGirlCan initiative to promote inclusion in sport
  • RAG fundraising for health research charities
  • Support liberation (part-time) Officers to represent the views of different cohorts of students and raise awareness around different issues and where students can find help and support
  • Provide an independent Advice and Support Service to students, helping with a range of issues from academic to consumer
  • Regularly host local charities within the SU
  • Facilitate students to volunteer and micro-volunteer in the local community for mutual benefit
  • Healthy eating and living campaigns
  • Work with University caterers and University to ensure range of healthy options in shops and eateries
  • Support the Nutrition Society
  • Fruit drives for students during Exam and Assessment times

GOAL 4: Quality Education

  • Ensure effective and robust academic representation for all UoW students through an agreed Code of Practice
  • Course Rep Forum and comprehensive training for School and Course Reps
  • Officers sit on all major University committees and on Board of Governors
  • Provide a wide range of extracurricular opportunities to develop key transferable skills and complement their academic studies
  • Support liberation officers to tackle issues of equality within Education e.g. black attainment gap and the SU engages in national campaigns and debates around this.
  • Provision of gender neutral toilets to create inclusive learning environment
  • Work with the university to deliver Responsible Futures accreditation 

GOAL 5: Gender Equality

  • Women’s Officer and their campaigns
  • Mature Students/Student Parents societies
  • Provision of gender neutral toilets to create inclusive learning environment

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

  • Have fundraised for Water Aid in the past

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

  • Student Switch off campaign
  • Energize Worcester project with University, City Council, WPI and Worcester Bosch

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • Skills development through volunteering
  • Partnership with Careers Department
  • Support university with recruitment (reducing number of youth population not in education, training or employment)
  • Employ students in frontline roles wherever we can
  • Arranging Employability Fairs for students
  • Comprehensive training for volunteers

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

  • Encourage students to develop new and interesting societies and student-led projects.
  • Support our business/entrepreneur society, ‘Bright Futures’
  • Arranging Employability Fairs for students

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

  • Liberation officers and Student Council Reps
  • Liberation campaigns (locally and nationally through collaboration through NUS)
  • Working with the University on initiatives around inclusivity
  • Equality and diversity monitored as part of staff and trustee recruitment processes
  • Equality and Diversity training compulsory for new staff and officers
  • Equity at Work training delivered to staff and officer team
  • Inclusivity Reps mandatory for all clubs and societies
  • Outreach programme to talk to as many students as we can throughout the year
  • Support students in Partner Colleges

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • Contributions to NUS Homes Fit for Study
  • Campaigns for buses and bikes (change week)
  • How are you getting home? Campaigns  
  • Work with local community (community forum), work on students being good neighbours
  • Advice and guidance to students from our Advice Service around private housing, energy consumption etc.
  • Facilitate students to contribute to and volunteer in the local community and on campus
  • Promote recycling and upcycling initiatives e.g. vintage clothing sales, bra bank, food bank collections

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

  • Recycling campaigns (bags for landlords)
  • Composting by staff
  • Reduce printing and waste in SU
  • Most marketing and promotions done on-line
  • Membership forms and processes moved on-line wherever possible
  • Reduction of single use plastics
  • Green Impact campaigns
  • Sustainability included in all staff job descriptions
  • Supported students to run projects around the use of plastic
  • Helping to promote University’s ‘keep cup’ initiative

GOAL 13: Climate Action

  • Work with university to raise student awareness
  • Green Impact campaigns
  • Student switch off
  • Sustainability Officer

GOAL 14: Life Below Water

  • Single use plastic policy, member of Plastic Free Worcester
  • Supported students to run projects around the use of plastic

GOAL 15: Life on Land

  • Support the Nature Society
  • Wildlife volunteering opportunities, long standing partnership with Wildlife Trust
  • Support for and partnership with Wilder Worcestershire and campaign for the Bill to Act

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

  • Democratic decision making processes and structure, with annual elections (increasing engagement over recent years)
  • Student representation in academic matters through Course and School Reps
  • Trustee board ensures we operate ethically, prudently, and sustainably, and according to our charitable aims and objectives
  • Register to vote campaigns
  • Adherence to Charity and Students’ Unions’ governance code
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Participation in NUS National Conference, liberation conferences and zone committees
  • Promotion of events like student model Commonwealth Summit in Birmingham in May 2019
  • Consult our membership annually on satisfaction levels
  • Measure ourselves against agreed Values, Key Performance Indicators and a long-term Strategic Plan, as well as through benchmarking exercises within the sector
  • Produce an annual Impact Report

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

  • Partnership with University in general
  • Partnership with University to deliver Responsible Futures
  • Signatory of SDG Accord
  • Partnership with several charities around health and wellbeing