Dependable & Professional

We pride ourselves on being a Union that students and our stakeholders can trust and rely upon, and being an organisation that staff and volunteers want to be a part of.

Doing our bit for the environment

We're Excellent

We were once again awarded ‘Excellent’ in NUS Green Impact, making us one of the top twenty SU’s in the UK, and obtained a higher audit score than the previous year.

Our first batch of compost

Last year we were successful in getting an industrial composter and in June 2019 we held the ceremonial opening of the first batch of compost made with our food waste from Canterbury Christ Church University.

 

This diverted 4,333L of food waste away from landfill and created 900L of compost which is being used on Christ Church’s Wellbeing Garden.

To enable this we created an Eco Students Society who dedicated 152 volunteer hours to running the composter during the year. 

Getting our message out there

Communication and Transparency

It is no good being good if nobody knows it.  As a membership organisation it is even more important we are effective at two-way communication with all students at Christ Church to remain relevant to student life.

Our Website

CCSU.co.uk recorded 157,000 visits with over 515,000 page views.

Twitter

We tweeted 1191 times over the year and our tweets were viewed over 1.1 million times!

Facebook

Our posts on Facebook had a reach of over 850,000, which was a drop on the previous year, but echoes a trend of students moving away from the platform towards Instagram etc.

Recognising Excellence

Sports Federation Dinner

We had a record 521 students attend the annual Sports Federation Dinner at the Margate Winter Gardens, celebrating another successful year for #TeamChristChurch. This was a 16% increase on the previous year’s attendance.

Student Publication Association Awards

UNIfied won four awards at the Student Publication Association Awards in April, including the main award for Best Student Publication.

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Student Opportunities Awards

The first ever Student Opportunities Awards took place in April 2019 with over 140 students attending.  This event was a fusion of the Volunteering Awards and the Student Activities Awards and delivered in partnership between the Union and University.

Fundraising

Raise and Give (RaG) raised £11,750 for good causes.

PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT

Great People

Great organisations are made by great people and volunteers – our people are at the heart of Christ Church Students’ Union.  Great people deserve reward, recognition, development and celebration.

Strategic Plan

We refreshed the organisation’s strategic plan via new student, staff, and stakeholder research and sense-checking.  This re-affirmed the Union’s Vision, Mission, Ambition, and Values as well as updating the stated five strategic themes and five strategic enablers to create Your Union Plan 2019-22.

Staff Organisation Change

We embedded the Staff Organisation Change from May 2018 with the new staff structure, including the recruitment of a Deputy CEO and successfully outsourcing the Union’s finance function.

360° appraisals

The Sabbatical Leadership Team all participated in an externally facilitated 360° appraisal, a first for CCSU, to inform their current and future development.

 

Our aim is that the officers not only develop their skills whilst working at CCSU but also take on qualities to help them in their future.

FINANCIALLY SOUND

INCOME 2018/19

Grant from the University: including £53k of ‘in kind’ rent –  £761,360

Commercial: Sponsorship, Club Chemistry agreement, TOTUM cards, etc. – £42,043

Events: Freshers’, Sports Federation Dinner, Student Opportunity Awards – £19,799

Sports: Designated income from memberships – £127,465

Societies: Designated income from memberships – £24,559

RaG: Designated charity funds – £26,059

TOTAL INCOME = £1,001,285

Designated Funds

Clubs / Socs: Money held by the Union on behalf of sports clubs and societies – £ 13,167

Lucy Bannister Fund: Charity money held by the Union on behalf of MidSoc – £4,531

 

RaG Funds: Charity money raised by students and awaiting transfer at year end – £1,571

EXPENDITURE 2018/19

University: Money paid back to CCCU for SLA’s, and the ‘in kind’ rent charge – £127,036

Business: Running the organisation including insurance, office costs, travel, audit, etc – £198,319

Commercial: Money spent on generating income – £16,757

Events: Freshers’, Sports Federation Dinner, Student Opportunity Awards – £54,822

Communications: Promoting the Union, website and membership platform – £73,542

Voice: Sabbatcial officers, programme reps, NUS affilliation, campaigns, advice, etc – £236,606

Sports: Supporting competitive sport – £209,087

Societies: Supporting societies – £41,987

Rag: Designated charity funds – £19,957

TOTAL EXPENDITURE = £978,113

Surplus

£3,904 put into savings.