The University of York Students' Union (YUSU) has been ranked 21st in The Sunday Times Top 100 Not for Profit Organisations to work for, beating The University of Sheffield, Kent Students’ Union, Benenden and HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council For England).
YUSU, which represents, supports and campaigns for the rights of students at the University of York, was the highest scoring employer in York.
This outstanding achievement was a result of the Best Company survey, which was shared and completed throughout the organisation in summer 2017. It focused on 8 specific areas including management, wellbeing and salaries, as well as overall satisfaction.
The results of the survey were mostly positive, revealing that 82% of staff ‘feel proud to work for YUSU”. 94% agreed they ‘feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me.”, and the majority of those asked said that they have fun working for the organisation.
YUSU staff, which include some student staff members too, assist the elected sabbatical officers in fulfilling their manifestos, whilst also working closely with the local community and City of York Council. The current cohort of sabbatical officers, who leave office at the end of the year, said of the award “We are incredibly proud that the selfless, passionate and progressive work of a truly caring and conscientious organisation has been recognized as the 21st best non-profit in the UK. We'd like to congratulate all the YUSU staff and officers past and present.”
Alex Urquhart, YUSU President, said "YUSU’s student and career staff have been working with elected officers to deliver a period of rapid growth. All our staff are engaged, altruistic and passionate about working with students at the University of York. This is external recognition of YUSU by a major national body that is just reward for the many students and career staff who work with us.
“Everyone involved in delivering our program of student support, representation of students’ views, the wide range of student opportunities for sport, volunteering, RAG and societies and our variety of on campus venues and events are something we can all be proud of."
To see the full list of The Sunday Times’ Best Companies to work for, please visit their website.
Alex Urquhart (President), Mia Shantana Chaudhuri-julyan (Community and Well-being), Julian Porch (Academic) and Mikey Collinson (Student Activities) with the Best Companies award