Our five-year strategic plan is called our Big Plan because we’ve thought big! Our Big Plan 2014-2019 sets out what we’ll be focussing on over these five years so that every valued KCLSU member makes the most of their time at King’s and leaves ready and able to shape the future.
Here are our key successes in 2016/17 (Year 4 of the Big Plan), based on the priorities set out:
Building a Students’ Union for all
- We have launched a Digital Transformation program to develop our ability to communicate with members from all student communities– particularly those who don’t use KCLSU spaces. Our Digital Transformation will also improve our internal systems and use of data to ensure students have the best student experience possible.
- Secured double the physical space for our members at the Strand Campus, as part of the renovation of the recently acquired Bush House Buildings.
- We have re-launched Guy’s Bar and opened The Shed Café – offering affordable, ethically sourced food and drink at Guy’s Campus.
- We responded to over 32,000 enquiries through Student Centres (now called KCLSU Hubs) across four campuses, from simple questions to more complex issues.
Support, information and advice for student life
- Implementing the recommendations from our Advice Review saw us support over 1,200 students to resolve their problems. Following the help from the advice team, students reported a significant reduction in their levels of worry.
- Worked in partnership with King’s College London to tackle sexual harassment, through the It Stops Here project.
- Developed a new peer support scheme for students in the Health Schools, and tripled the number of societies delivering Widening Participation outreach to over 500 children & young people across London.
Supporting student-led communities
- We spent over £1.25m on student activities and societies last year, which represents a 3% increase on the year before.
- We over-achieved our target of memberships of clubs and societies, with a total of 11,395 memberships across our sports and activity groups.
- We trained 628 student leaders from our sports teams and activity groups, so that they could lead financially sustainable and inclusive communities.
- We supported students to log over 8,300 hours of volunteering time, play 33 Varsity fixtures, and enter 425 sports competition.
- We supported our newly formed and emerging student associations to become established, active and supportive communities for liberation, international, postgraduate, mature and widening participation.
- We improved our external speakers and room booking systems. We also improved the process of promoting student events to get a wider audience.
Empowering student change-makers
- Successfully delivered our new campaigns process, supporting 10 student-led campaigns that between them, gained support from 2,499 students and organised 396 active campaigners.
- We saw an increase in the number of Liberation History Month events this year with double the number of Black History Month events and triple the number of LGBT+ History Month events.
- Delivered a 66% increase in votes in our Spring Elections with 6,200 votes cast.
Values in Action
- We have grown our Commercial enterprises by over 40% this year.
- We retained our Excellence Green Impact Award and won a Best Bar None Gold Award for the third year in a row.
- We also won a diversity award from the NUS in recognition of our commitment to equality and diversity. Support, information and advice for student life
Our Green Impact