SUSU Job Shop (1314P8)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Employability

Passed: 27/03/2014 | Lapsed: 27/03/2014

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • Research from NUS[1] shows that some students are currently facing a cost-of-living gap of over £7,500 once their costs and possible government funding support are taken into account
  • Research from WL Perna[2] showing that students who work up to 20 hours a week show increased cognitive development, critical thinking skills and reading comprehension
  • The SUSU Advice Centre does  fantastic work in helping students to deal with financial difficulties
  • Students with a cost-of-living gap of £7,500 would need to earn above the minimum wage (£6.50 in 2014) to close this gap
  • In 2013, SUSU was able to recruit just fewer than 100 new student staff members, whilst almost 3 times this number applied for jobs
  • The University of Southampton currently advertises job vacancies, however a small proportion of these are for current students seeking part-time jobs (under 35 jobs on 10th February 2014)
  • That financial difficulties shouldn’t hold back students from getting an education
  • That the University is better placed to focus on improving the employability prospects of graduating students by separating this from improving the financial welfare of our students through part-time jobs
  • That SUSU should advertise job vacancies to students
  • That SUSU should prioritise advertising jobs from companies who have ethical employment practices, as based on criteria set by the SUSU BEES project
  • To create a SUSU Job Shop to help increase part-time employment opportunities for students
  • The VP Welfare and Union President to create a business plan for a SUSU-run Job Shop