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1 “ Great Learning, Great Experience, Great Future ” What? & Why? Rachael Brannan (VP Welfare & Equality) Graham Atkinson (Director of Membership Services & HR)

2 Great Experience… Extra-Curricular Activities within the University –What are they? –Why are they important?

3 What Currently Happens? Outside of the Students’ Union: Student Services –Friends International Scheme –Jobshop / Volunteer Bureaux –One Planet (in conjunction with the Students’ Union) Team Northumbria –Sports Clubs –Sports Coaching Scheme Academic Schools –Mentoring Schemes

4 What Currently Happens in the SU? Societies Student Community Action Skills Trainers Course Reps 120+ Student Staff Student Magazine Welcome Team School Reps RAG Volunteers Campaigns Team Charity Trustees Student Council Committees

5 Did you Know ?

6 How do activities aid Recruitment ? Social life / opportunities does influence prospective students’ choice of institution (=4 th along with league table positions)* Active involvement in Open Days Gives the campus a ‘buzz’ Large presence and feature in the prospectus Huge numbers of school leavers have been involved in societies / volunteering and have an expectation that this will continue at University* *Source = Hobsons’ Syndicated Research of School Leavers

7 How do activities aid Retention ? Helps students to ‘make new friends’ Gives students a sense of belonging and community Helps students to have fun at University Can contribute to academic experience (i.e. Law Soc) Helps them to develop the skills to succeed at Northumbria

8 How do activities aid Employability ? Graduate Recruiters looking for more than just a qualifications Activities help students develop the skills that recruiters are looking for: –Communication Skills –Leadership –Problem Solving –Decision Making Certification and / or accreditation (Northumbria Plus)

9 Employability Continued… A survey by the national volunteering charity, TimeBank, of 200 of the UK's leading businesses found that: 73% of employers would employ candidates with volunteering experience over one who doesn't 94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills 94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted

10 “ Great Learning, Great Experience, Great Future ” What? & Why? Thanks – Any Questions?


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