Project Partnership Launch - Foresight and NUS

Third Sector Foresight and the National Union of Students (NUS) have recently embarked on a partnership project to look at the future of Students' Unions.

The operating environment for the student movement is experiencing significant change – responding to this change is presenting a number of challenges and opportunities for the student movement.

In order to effectively respond to this change the NUS has been undertaking work to explore the potential future/s of their external environment and discuss the values and purpose of Students’ Unions in order to agree and implement a strategic response. 

The partnership project between Third Sector Foresight and the NUS is an invaluable part of this work. This project will undertake an analysis of current and emerging social, political, economic and other external trends likely to impact on the student movement. 

Ben Ward, Regional Organiser for London (NUS) along with Sarah Coombes, Third Sector Foresight Officer (NCVO) are working on desk research, events with key stakeholders, interviews with sector experts and on - line engagement with those involved in university life or have an interest in higher education - in order to produce a series of drivers likely to impact on the student movement – drivers are trends or forces outside of your organisation which could have a positive or negative impact on your organisation’s future. A final report will be out in the Autumn.

This project is funded by the Capacitybuilders’ National Support Services Programme.

If you would like more information about the project please contact Ben Ward or Sarah Coombes.

For more information about the work the NUS have previously undertaken have a look at their report ‘A Wave of Change: The Future Landscape of the Student Movement’.

Last updated at 14:38 Thu 13/Aug/09.
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