Welcome from the Student Officers

We’re delighted to welcome you to the Fresher’s edition of our monthly newsletter! We’ll be in touch every month this academic year, unless you ask us to stop by unsubscribing, with all the latest news and events from Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU).


We’ve got an absolutely fantastic fortnight to get the new year started in style with a wide range of day and evening events for EVERYONE to enjoy plus the chance to join some of our amazing clubs and societies. Check out everything coming up further in this newsletter or on tees-su.org.uk/freshers and make sure you save a packet on our usual event prices with the amazing value Fresher’s Pass or, better still, upgrade to the year round Love It Card. We’re particularly keen to see as many of you as possible at the very first TU Active event on Wed, 25th September. It promises to be a fun packed day of activities, events and taster sessions for everyone to enjoy…no matter if you’re part of a sports club or society or not and regardless of your ability.


Although we hope everyone has an exciting and fun packed Freshers, we know it can be a stressful and challenging time with homesickness, adapting to uni life and coping with the early days of your course amongst common issues that new and returning students face. We’re here to help with anything you’re struggling with through our SU Student Support (SUSS) team and the Welcome Desk is open 9am to 5pm weekdays for general info and advice if you need it.


We’re still a relatively new team with two new Officers (Alan and George) and one returning Officer (Sophie) so make sure you find out more about us through tees-su.org.uk/officers and whenever you see us around the SU building or campus please do say hello and tell us about your student experience! There’s also more about our upcoming campaigns to make a difference for you further in this newsletter so please do check that out!


Have a great first month and make sure TUSU is right at the heart of student life…see you soon!


Alan, George and Sophie – Student Officers 2019/20.


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Freshers 2019 is coming and there’s something for everyone

We’re all set to welcome new and returning students from Sat, 14th to Sun, 29th September with a jam packed fortnight of:


Check out everything that’s coming up through tees-su.org.uk/freshers or our official Fresher’s Facebook group.

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Save a bundle of cash and get guaranteed entry with the Fresher’s Pass or Love It Card 

We’ve got unmissable evening events during Freshers and throughout the academic year in our multi award winning venues! It’s only natural that you won’t want to miss a thing but you’ll be worried about costs and waiting in lines! Well…fear no more! The Fresher’s Pass is just £20 and gets you GUARANTEED ENTRY to every evening event over the fortnight…that’s a saving of over £60 on individual ticket prices! Even if you only end up making it to three or four events you’ll still be quids in!


Or, better still, why not upgrade to a Love It Card for year round savings and a ringside seat all of our biggest events? For a one off payment of just £75 you’re sorted for every quiz night, club night, bingo revolution as well as our massive one off events like our Halloween, Christmas, St Patrick’s Day and Final Fling events!

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Have your say and win £100 in our Fresher’s Ballot

We want you to tell us what you think from the moment you start or return to student life! Take 30 seconds to complete our Fresher’s Ballot (just 2 simple questions to answer) and you’re entered in to a prize draw to win a cool £100! Your feedback will help the Student Officers decide on early priorities for the year and you can either complete the ballot online by clicking here or complete a form that will be available from the SU Building throughout Freshers!

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Campaigns Corner

TUSU is a students’ union that is committed to real world campaigns that make a real difference to all students at Teesside University. We’ll keep you up to date with what our Student Officers and Campaign Reps are working on in this column every month and make sure you check out our page or tees-su.org.uk/campaigns for dates of upcoming campaigns.


We’re campaign event heavy during Freshers, as you’d expect, with Wellbeing Wednesday (18th Sep) providing info, freebies and support to help you with your physical and mental health while you study. Then there’s stalls, information and a display from Cleveland Fire Service on Safety Day (23rd Sep) to help you stay safe at home and when you’re out and about. Finally, the Student Officers want everyone to get involved in TU Active (25th Sep)! No matter your ability or whether you’re currently involved in clubs and societies you’re welcome! Come and enjoy a free, fun packed day of taster sessions and activities across campus and close by including old school sports day competition, inflatable games, a treasure hunt, dodgeball, dance, badminton, spinning, yoga and loads more! Check out the full schedule and locations through tees-su.org.uk/tuactive.


The Student Officers will also be back out and about around campus through Semester One gathering your feedback about how student life is going. If you see the SU on Tour display make sure you stop for a chat with them…they can only improve your student experience if you tell them about it. Even if you don’t run in to them, why not give us feedback through tees-su.org.uk/suontour.

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You said... We did! SU Heat And Eat

We're a Students' Union that is committed to listening to and acting on your feedback! In the past academic year students told Student Officers and Reps that they wanted facilities in the SU Building to heat up their own food while they were busy studying, doing group work or just relaxing in our various spaces. We've delivered!!! You can now use a microwave and kettle provided by TUSU in the SU Studio (2nd floor, SU Building) whenever the space is open but please do take a moment to note the do's and don't of using the facilities which are printed on the wall just above them. And don't forget that if you ever forget to bring your own food or just fancy letting someone else do the cooking we have snacks and meal deals in the SU Shop plus delicious hot food in The Terrace.

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School and Campaign Reps

This year we have recruited almost a full new team of School Representatives across the University. School Reps attend meetings with higher academic staff in the University to put forward your views and feedback. If you have something you’d like the University to change, get in touch with your reps! To find out more and contact the Reps/ check out their social media click here.


New to the SU this year are Campaign Reps! They will be doing the job of the former Freshers Reps over freshers week, whilst also providing help and support to the Officers on their various campaigns over the year. Look out for them in their white hoodies! If you want to know more about the various campaigns the SU run click here and check out the next edition for more on your School and Campaign Reps.

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TUSU is the place to be at night during Semester One

TUSU is open every night during the academic year with a great range of events for everyone to enjoy in safe and welcoming venues which have won numerous gold standards in the prestigious Best Bar None Awards and finished UK runner up in 2019! There’s also an unbeatable drinks offers (including many non-alcoholic options). No matter your age or background we’ll have something for you and don’t forget that non-students are welcome so why not bring your friends and family in now and then? In the early part of this semester we’ve got:


  • The chance to win cash prizes and free drinks at our hugely popular Quiz Night (Mondays)
  • Karaoke, discount drinks and loads of top tunes before you head for Go Ninja at Spensleys (Wednesdays)
  • Fun packed bingo with great prizes (Selected Thursdays) Top tunes, discount drinks and an amazing atmosphere (Every Friday)
  • The pre-bar for one of the biggest events in town “Shangri-La” at The Empire (Every Saturday)
  • European, Premiership and Championship football plus other sport on our screens across the first floor (All week and weekends)
  • Big occasional and one off events like our incredible Halloween Party Nightmare on Southfield Road (October).


Find out more and keep track of everything coming up by joining our Facebook group and checking out tees-su.org.uk/eventsplanner, printed copies available from the SU Building.

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How TUSU can help you

The start of a new year at university is exciting and fun but it can also be challenging and daunting at times! If you’re struggling with any aspect of student life or already have existing mental health issues then our SU Student Support (SUSS) and Nightline services may be able to help.


SUSS can assist with issues around housing and your housemates, money, your course, generally settling in to student life or feeling homesick, anxious or depressed. Nightline is our confidential listening service staffed by trained student volunteers. From 8pm to 7am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can call them to talk about anything you’re struggling with and they’ll listen without judgement.


The SUSS team will also be out and about around campus from Mon, 23rd to Fri, 27th Sep with loads of handy help on managing your money and steering clear of debt as Semester 1 progresses. Check out when their Loaded campaign is headed to a building near you by clicking here!


We’ll also be running a range of mental health campaigns and sessions where you can drop in to the SU for a hot drink and a chat with fellow students struggling with similar issues. Keep an eye on tees-su.org.uk/campaigns for more info and dates of events.


And we’re always keen to work with partner organisations to widen the support we offer to students. We’ve teamed up with Arch North East and SARC Teesside this academic year to offer confidential support for anyone affected by sexual assault. Click here to find out more.

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Great offers and unbeatable service in the SU Shop and The Terrace

The SU Shop (ground floor, SU Building) and The Terrace (first floor, SU Building) are open 7 days a week from early to late with top quality products and service for your convenience! Non-students are more than welcome to use both of them!


Get yourself great value meal deals, snacks, drinks, stationery, course materials, Teesside Uni clothing and more in the shop! There’s also great offers and discounts including this month:

  • 10% off ALL Teesside Uni branded clothing.
  • Jimmy’s Iced Coffee for just £1.49 a bottle.
  • 3 for £1 on packs of “Little Treats” old school sweets. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, young or old.
  • Various bags of confectionary for just £1.
  • An expanded range of vegan and vegetarian options including soya milk.
  • Tubes of pringles for just £1.


You can enjoy a wide range of delicious hot food, quality beverages, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks in The Terrace. It’s a great place to spend times with course mates and friends between lectures and seminars or when you’re done for the day. Check out the 2019/20 menu by clicking here.

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Witness something unique at the Vivit event

The Vivit Live Dissection Event, as featured on BBC 2 Dragons’ Den, gives students the opportunity to see and handle ‘real’ body parts and view them in anatomical relationship to each other. The event staff are all medical anatomy and physiology teachers who will guide you through your personal journey of discovery of the human body in both its magnificence and fragility.


The event is ideal for any health, sports, human science, forensic and art students who WISH to enhance their understanding of the human body for their studies. This unique experience is brought to you by the Paramedics Society thanks to an allocation from the Student Experience Fund which is comprised of donations from Teesside University alumni.



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Join clubs and societies to get more from student life

Whether you’re new to student life or back for more we’d urge you to find out more about our wide range of societies and sports clubs. No matter who you are, no matter your ability and no matter how much time you can spare we’ll have something for you!


Clubs and Societies are:

  • A great way to meet new people and settle in to uni life more quickly.
  • A chance to continue an existing interest or hobby or develop a new one.
  • A proven way to get more from your student experience and a chance to improve your skills and employability.
  • An ideal way to get to know course mates better and improve your knowledge/ learning through a course based society.


Find out more about our current clubs and societies here or attend our societies and clubs days during Fresher’s. And remember that if nothing takes your fancy, you can always talk to our activities team about starting your own…some of our most successful groups began life this way!

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Have your say at the TUSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) this November

TUSU is led by students for students and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) is YOUR chance to hear what your Student Officers have planned for the year and put your questions to them. You’ll also vote on some key organisational matters such as which external organisations we affiliate with, who audits our accounts, any amendments to the constitution and how our Student Officer and NUS National Conference Rep Elections 2020 are run.


The meeting takes place on Tue, 19th November from 5pm in The Hub (2nd floor, SU Building) and although we know you’re already excited to attend we have a couple of extra incentives. There’s £100 for each club and society who get the highest proportion of members to attend and there’s FREE DOMINOS PIZZA for everyone who attends.


Check out tees-su.org.uk/agm for more info, papers for this year’s meeting and highlights from 2018.

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Make BIG savings and help your SU out…get TOTUM!

The Totum card and app (previously known as NUS Extra) is the OFFICIAL and BEST way to get a great range of student discounts from national and local names! Sold by the National Union of Students (NUS), it gives you savings on fashion, food and drink, cinema, music, travel and more! You’ll also be helping out your SU as we get a cut of every card sold and payments depending on how often you use the Totum app…so please make sure you download and use it regularly! The card is also accepted as proof of age and incorporates the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) at no extra charge! If it’s good enough for Harold…it’s good enough for you…get it for just £12 for 12 months from whatever date you buy it!


Click here now to get Totum!

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Fancy leading your SU next year? Start planning now!

TUSU is led by three Student Officers (President Education, President Activities, President Welfare) who are elected by students just like you every Feb/ Mar. Any current student* can run for the roles and they’re a unique opportunity to lead the Students’ Union, gain unrivalled experience and skills other graduates can only dream about and get paid over £21,000 per year for the privilege.


At the same time, a small group of current students are elected to represent Teesside University at the National Union of Students (NUS) National Conference. Another incredible opportunity gain experience and skills while making a real difference for students and having a say about some of the biggest decisions facing the national student movement such as who leads it in 2020/21 and what policies TUSU adopts.


We know it’s early days but the sooner you find out more and start planning the better! So why not check out tees-su.org.uk/elections, speak to current Student Officers and/ or chat to key support staff by e-mailing: elections@tees-su.org.uk.


*There are a few circumstances that may prevent you being a Trustee at the Students' Union including a criminal record and previously being declared bankrupt. If you're unsure contact us through the elections e-mail below for a confidential discussion.

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New faces on the TUSU Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees includes our three Student Officers with Sophie Bennett (President Welfare) chairing the Board this year. They are joined by two current Teesside University students bringing grassroots feedback and perspective to the Board. Finally, we have four External Trustees who are experienced and distinguished figures from a range of sectors including Local Government, Higher Education, politics and the arts. They provide invaluable expertise, experience and advice. The Board meets four times a year and have the final say on all of the major decisions about spending and development at the Students’ Union, External Trustees also participate in sub-committees of the board looking at matters around finance, Human Resources and strategic development.


We want to begin by giving our thanks to Andrew Richardson (Former President Activities) and Heather McLean (Former External Trustee), who have left the Board over the past few months, for their invaluable service. We’re also delighted to welcome Graham Wright and Mark Grayling (not pictured in the banner) who will join Clare Powne and Linda Maughan as our External Trustees on the Board. They both bring a wealth of experience and skills with Graham having had a long career in the arts and education while Mark has previously being Chief Executive of a Students’ Union and worked extensively in local and national politics supporting the work of several MPs.


We also want to remind all students* that you are welcome to join Anna Chatzikou as one of our Student Trustees. This is a unique opportunity to help improve your Students’ Union, build up your contacts and gain the kind of experience and skills other students can only dream of.


Find out more about the Board and how you can get involved through tees-su.org.uk/trustees.


*There are a few circumstances that may prevent you being a Trustee at the Students' Union including a criminal record and previously being declared bankrupt. If you're unsure contact us through admin@tees-su.org.uk for a confidential discussion.

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Top tips for staying safe this Freshers and through semester one

Teesside is, generally speaking, a great place for students to live where you’ll find you’re made very welcome! However, it’s always important to think about your personal safety/ wellbeing and the ways that you can minimise the risk of being affected by crime. Here’s a few handy tips from the Students’ Union.


  • Start by attending our Wellbeing Wednesday and Safety Day events for expert advice, info and freebies to help you stay safe and well while you study!.”
  • If you’re going to be living in rented accommodation ensure it has a working smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector and up to date gas safety certificate. Contact your landlord or letting agent immediately if you notice any issues.
  • Try to keep your valuables securely locked away and out of sight when you’re heading and always ensures windows and doors are properly locked.
  • Try to avoid cooking at home if you’re very tired or you’ve returned from a late night out and consumed a lot of alcohol.
  • Try to get to know the area as well as possible and know the places to avoid, also stay in groups and well lit areas after dark wherever possible.
  • Cleveland Police advise caution when engaging with beggars on the street and ask that you don’t give them money as it often only worsens their problems and makes it hard for support workers to help them.
  • Uni is a time for making lots of new friends but try to fully get to know people before you’re alone or intimate with them.
  • Be mindful of possible drink spiking when on nights out, never leaves drinks unattended and only leave them in the care of people you know and trust.
  • Drink alcohol responsibly, avoid mixing drinks and NEVER drink and drive!
  • We strongly advise against using illegal drugs…you’re risking prosecution and they can be very dangerous especially if supplied by someone you don’t know.
  • Remember you can speak to Cleveland Police regularly here in the SU Building if you have any concerns about your safety or just want crime prevention advice/ freebies. Dates and times when they’ll be in are published across our social media and tees-su.org.uk/daytime.
  • We run many campaign days around student safety published on our social media and tees-su.org.uk/events while we have a dedicated student safety web section tees-su.org.uk/safety.

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