Cardiff Students’ Union has been named The Times on Sunday’s Top 100 non-profit organisations, after the results of surveys from over 1,000.
One of three students’ unions to make the shortlist, the Union placed 83rd on the list after failing to make the cut last year. According to a survey created by the Times, the Union received a 73 per cent positive score.
It was given a top 20 score nationally after 84 per cent of employees cited that ‘work is an important part of their lives’. It also placed 62nd for its ‘fair deal’ policies and 77th for its ‘personal growth opportunities’.
The principles of the Union were praised, with 70 per cent of the 102 employees within the students’ union describing its ‘strong principles’.
However, Cardiff Students’ Union placed behind both Kent University’s Students’ Union, placed 15th overall and the University of Surrey Students’ Union, ranked at 48th.
Despite this, Cardiff Students’ Union boasted a higher percentage of employees earning over £35,000 than both Kent and Surrey Students’ Unions, with 11% compared to Kent’s 2%. Cardiff’s male/female ratio was also rated above Kent University’s Students’ Union, with a balance of 54:46 compared to 32:68.
The Union was also commended by its employees, with three quarters of those who work for the SU claiming that they are ‘proud to work for it’.
As a non-profit organisation, the Union uses the profits from its bars and shops in order to improve student services including advice, training and skills development.
The list praised the Union for its ‘extremely diverse’ employee specialisations, including plumbers, chefs, legal advisers and IT specialists. It also cited reasons such as the quantity of financial support available for ‘work-related qualifications’ and time made available for study and development training.
The top 100 non-profit organisations were listed as part of four surveys conducted by the Times involving 1,050 businesses. The news follows after the Students’ Union sabbatical officer team were named the best officer team during the 2015 NUS Wales conference.