Sean Turner, President

Sean Turner, President

Currently working on: Planning Liverpool’s part in the boycott of the National Student Survey. Working with the University to implement its Education Strategy for the next five years.

My passion: Seeing everybody having an equitable chance. Innovative ideas for the third sector. Debating with friends how we’re going to start the revolution… as soon as we’ve finished this drink.

Favourite thing about the Guild: The consistent dedication our members show to improving their own, each other’s and the community’s experience. The efforts they put in, whilst studying for their degrees, are not only humbling but making a difference.

My priorities: Ensuring Liverpool’s voice is heard in the national fight against the current Education reforms. Growing Liverpool RAG. Better publicising the fab work that students and the Guild do.

My plans and progress so far:

1. Redesigned RAG into the Guild Fundraising Forum.
2. Planned a calendar of fundraising activity from bucket collections to Blind Date.
3. Employ two members of staff; one to look after fundraising and one to look after volunteering.

Give societies more opportunities to advertise their activities on the Guild’s digital screens.

Successfully increased the guild’s block grant from the University by £140,000 during my term.

1. Organised a series of impactful film screenings.
2. Held a UK-EU information evening.
3. Organised and hosted Ed Miliband & Geoff Lloyd’s ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ podcast recording at the Guild.

Secured four scholarships from the University for asylum-seeking students, two of which specifically for those in the Liverpool area.

1. Host a council for society leaders to discuss any issues they face.
2. An occasion to improve networking and collaboration between societies.
3. An opportunity to question Guild Officers and hold them to account.

1. As part of a nationally-coordinated campaign to break the link between fee increases and TEF, I led the Liverpool campaign.
2. It was the most successful campaign in the country.
3. As a result of this and other activity, the TEF-fees link has been broken, fees have been frozen for the next couple of years and the government have committed to reviewing Higher Education funding.

Organised the Liverpool delegation to the 2016 London NUS March for Free Education.

Societies can now bid into a pot of £2,000 to fund travel costs associated with their activity. This runs alongside Spend It.

Push for the University to return much-loved and missed items the food menu in the Sphinx

Including the NUS Strategic Conversation.

Enhancing our lobbying power by increasing the frequency and time of access to senior decision-making staff at the University.

Working with society leaders and department staff to smoothly transition these excellent societies into ratification by the Guild.

This included writing a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, submission can be found here, amongst others:

Engaging with the press and other sector bodies nationally on the issue

1. Review how the Guild’s building is used and evaluate how it can be best utilised.
2. Explore new uses for commercial outlets.

1. Following Universities UK’s Report of the Universities UK Taskforce examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students and the accompanying legal guidance worked with the University to implement this within their policies.
2. Worked on writing a new student code of conduct on student behaviour and improving the disciplinary procedures and outcomes. More information can be found here

1. Lobbied for and now gained summer resit opportunities for final year students with extenuating circumstances

Had the University set up a Student Experience Committee to better coordinate the non-academic experiences of students.

Using the Guild Democracy Task & Finish Group, launched by Oba, Summit, Change It and Officer Accountability have been reviewed and recommendations for improvement will be implemented for next academic year

1. Through the work of the Democracy Task & Finish Group, ways of Officers being held accountable by students have been explored and a new system of methods to hold
2. Guild Officers twitter set up and so Officers are available via that.
3. Officers have had 360 appraisals carried out.”

This year we had an exceptionally diverse range of candidates, with 10 out of 14 identifying as women and non-binary students, as well as students identifying as LGBT+ and as people of colour. The four new officers will begin on 1 August

Following an idea through Change It and summit, I commenced work supporting UCU members and students through the period of Industrial Action from UCU. This meant liaising with the UCU and University to minimise the negative impact on students. Also informing students in person and through our website articles and FAQs of what was going on and what they could do.

1. Leading on the “Expanding Opportunity” section of the University’s Education Action Plan.
2. Ensuring students’ interests are a priority in the implementation of the University’s Education Strategy.
3. Worked on a new curriculum framework which includes Liberate My Degree, Education for Sustainable Development and student – led curriculum design.

Following the business plan work, prioritising and beginning building works on new bar spaces in the Guild.

After successful extension of the Sphinx bar seeing a large increase in turnover, commencing design work for our outdoor seating area

Working with the University to write an ethical investment policy.

In conjunction with Vice-President Rory and the University, I have come up with a draft Ethical Investment Policy that has been hailed as sector-leading and includes divestment from companies profiting from armaments, tobacco, coal, tar-sands and non-mandatory animal testing. It is going to be approved by the University within this academic year.

1. The University has now had an internal and external audit of Academic Advisors carried out.
2. Designing better ways to communicate the role to staff and students.
3. Improving mechanisms to report poor experience and improve it.

1. Revising and redrafting the University’s Lecture Capture Policy to ensure it is clear what is expected of staff.
2. Ensure academics are complying with the policy.

Following previous years’ Call It Out campaign, engage key stakeholders in shaping a new campaign to tackle sexual misconduct.

Lobbying the University for Fairer Rents in the halls of residence.

Starting the Guild’s work with the University on a new project investigating online harassment among students.

Planning and designing the induction of the four new Guild Officers an providing a brilliant handover.


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