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Organisational Health Assessment

Students Unions are constantly developing to meet the evolving demands of their members and their institutions. We are working with Greenhouse, MiraGold and Atkinson HR Consulting in delivering a supportive framework to empower Senior Leaders with their Trustees to take stock and drive improved results and impact.

Proven Methodology

Evidenced by comprehensive market research of Chief Executives and building on the recognised Quality Students’ Unions’ framework of NUS, the Organisational Health Assessment allows CEOs to tailor the scope and outputs to their own context, focussing on elements which will show greatest benefit.

Utilising a combination of key documents review, in-person stakeholder interviews, and rigorous desk-based research, the assessment results in a set of valuable recommendations that offer the best potential outcomes for the students’ union.

Assessment Framework

The Organisational Health Assessment is most effective when tailored to the unique needs of the Students’ Union; each proposal to deliver the work is based on an initial conversation with the CEO to determine the purpose of the assessment, optimal outcomes, and subsequent areas of focus from the themes below :

  1. Strategic goals development, considering progress, KPIs and useful benchmarks

  2. Engagement with the membership – breadth and depth

  3. Representation of students to the institution, and potential improvements

  4. Relationship with institution across tiers of the SU and its principal funder

  5. Trustee board effectiveness and Full Time Officer development

  6. People development, culture, EDI, wellbeing and performance

  7. Financial resilience

  8. Marketing & Communications, Insight & digital engagement

  9. Risk management – financial, reputational, and structural

  10. Impact of the organisation and/or its programmes on key stakeholders

Who is it For?

As indicated, the Organisational Health Assessment relies on a collaborative approach with each students’ union that we work with; CEOs will benefit most from the Assessment, providing clear lines of future priorities and workstreams.


`There will also be specific benefits derived from this work being conducted in certain circumstances, including:

  • A newly-appointed Chief Executive looking to expedite an initial assessment of the current strengths andweaknesses of the organisation

  • A CEO seeking supporting evidence for increased or targeted investment from the institution in specific areasof work

  • A CEO approaching a strategic planning cycle keen to align operating strategies beneathoverarching objectives

  • A CEO about to embark on Quality Students’ Unions, before commitment to the self-assessment or verification

  • A CEO desiring objective external advice on areas for improvement


If a students’ union were to find itself with an interim CEO, the Organisational Health assessment would greatly assist the subsequent recruitment process for a permanent senior staff member.

Who We Are

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is a strategic organisational development team of highly experienced business.


The founder Jan Sowa focusses on organisational strategy in the charity and education sectors – he has worked with over 80 students’ unions on board effectiveness, strategic development, and improved impact with highly positive post-assignments feedback and a proven track record. professionals.

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provides wonderful Governance, Organisational Leadership and Development to the Charity and Voluntary sectors with collaborative working at its heart.


Kathryn Sullivan, its founder, has a strong history of working within the studentmovement and has been a trustee of a range of charities for over 11 years.


helps values-driven organisations become even better employers.


The team at Atkinson HR have proven experience in HR management, Learning and Development and Organisation Design. They work with a wide range of students’ unions and Voluntary Sector organisations to help build performance and capacity.


is the home of students’ union development, driving sector improvement through collaboration, expertise, and insight.


We work hard in our pursuit of getting the right thing done by people, and by organisations. We embody the transformational power of the student movement, and share our lived and work experience of this power to maximise the potential of elected student leaders, professional staff teams, and students’ unions as organisations.

For more information please contact

Jan Sowa: 07767 248648 or 01423 313067 and

Steve Coole: 07811 305376 and

Kathryn Sullivan: 07709 646723 and

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