Thumbs up for students’ union

Leeds Trinity University
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Leeds Trinity Students’ Union (LTSU) has been named ‘Students’ Union of the Year’ at the National Union of Students (NUS) Awards 2017.

The team, led by president Steph Little and vice-president Josh Clough, received the accolade for their achievements over the past 12 months which included the launch of a new website for students that can be used to join clubs and societies online.

They achieved one of the highest turnouts in the North of England for SU elections with more than a third of students voting, have doubled the number of clubs and societies on campus, and have seen a 40 per cent increase in recruitment and training of course reps.

LTSU also created a ‘Big Plan’ for 2017-2020 using student feedback and focus groups, lobbied a national bus provider to make changes to the local service, and introduced a student-elected Student Activities Committee to determine allocation of funding for clubs and societies.

Charles Isherwood, president of LTSU since July 1, said: “There has been so much work done by the staff at the union, this award is for them so well done. Special mentions to Josh Clough, Steph Little and the whole staff and volunteer teams. Without them none of this would have been possible.”

The team has also worked closely with Leeds Trinity University to trial a 24-hour library for students during peak assessment times and introduce contactless payments on campus.

Professor Margaret A House, vice-chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: “The sabbatical officers and union staff have worked tirelessly in recent years to enhance the support and services offered to our students, and for them to receive national recognition for their hard work is just excellent.”