A very warm welcome to the latest edition of the Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU) newsletter. We get in touch every month during the academic year with all our latest news and events unless you ask us to stop by unsubscribing.
We want to start by thanking everyone who took the time to vote in the Student Officer elections last month and say a big well done to all of the candidates. It was a particularly challenging year in which to campaign with so few students on campus, and the election wholly conducted online.
However, everyone worked hard to secure votes, and we wish our successors Rebecca Gilling (President Education Elect), Harriet Dryden (President Activities Elect) and Madhu Bethina (President Welfare Elect) all the very best in their roles. They will take over from us at the start of July, and there is more about them in the article below or at tees-su.org.uk/officerselect.
We are also extremely excited to be able to tell you about the gradual re-opening of the SU Building following the national relaxation of lockdown rules. You can find out which services and venues you will be able to access in-person, and which will continue to be offered virtually in the article further down this newsletter or on tees-su.org.uk/coronasupport. We understand that many of you will be keen to get back out and enjoy the spring/ summer weather, but we would urge you to continue to be sensible and cautious in the coming weeks and months for your own and everyone else’s welfare.
As always, we are extremely keen to hear about your student experience and, as we pass a year of the life-changing pandemic, we would love to hear about how you feel it has affected you and the role you think your SU has played. Complete our short, simple survey through tees-su.org.uk/soc, and you could win up to £100!
We hope everyone has a great month and, if you are returning to campus, we look forward to seeing you in the SU Building before we break for the summer. Remember that even if it must be remotely, your SU is always here to offer help, support and representation, so if you are struggling with anything, don’t hesitate to drop firstname.lastname@example.org a line.
Alan, George and Elisha – Student Officers 2020/21
Students went to the polls to choose their next three Student Officers (President Education, President Activities, President Welfare) on Monday, 8th and Tuesday, 9th March. Due to the lockdown, the elections were conducted entirely online this year, presenting a unique challenge to the candidates, and we congratulate all of them for their campaigning efforts. We also thank the students who took the time to cast over 1460 votes in total across the three polls. You can see full a summary of the votes and results through tees-su.org.uk/elections.
We look forward to welcoming Rebecca Gilling (President Education Elect), Harriet Dryden (President Activities Elect) and Madhu Bethina (President Welfare Elect) to their roles this July.
Rebecca is originally from County Durham and completed a single honours in Psychology at Teesside University before moving on to a master’s in Health Psychology. Harriet is originally from Middlesbrough and has studied Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at undergraduate level before moving on to a Masters in Applied International Public Health. Madhu is originally from Andhra Pradesh in India and is currently in the first year of a Masters in Computer Science
There is more about all three of the Officers Elect, including the reasons why they wanted to run for the roles and what they hope to achieve on behalf of all students on tees-su.org.uk/officerselect. We will also have updates from them on our social media and that web page throughout the summer as they prepare to take office.
As the nation gradually moves out of lockdown, we wanted to update you on what it means for the availability of services, venues and facilities provided by Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU) in the coming weeks and months. We hope to resume a full, unrestricted service as soon as possible, but in the immediate future, we will continue to take all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of everyone who visits the building and our staff.
PLEASE NOTE: All of the information below is subject to no changes in Government advice over the coming weeks and months. We also reserve the right to alter opening hours for any of our venues or services if there is insufficient use to justify them being open. You can get regular updates across our main social media facebook.com/teessidesu, Instagram.com/teessidesu and twitter.com/teessidesu or tees-su.org.uk/coronasupport. You can also drop those pages or email@example.com a line with questions.
We wish everyone the best spring and summer possible and urge you to stay safe and comply with guidelines whether you are using the SU Building or any other facilities/ venues. We look forward to seeing you in person again very soon.
Teesside University Students Union (TUSU) is committed to giving all Teesside University students a voice and acting on your feedback. Your Student Officers will soon be launching a selection of discussion groups that will meet online or in-person regularly to discuss issues affecting different groups within the student body, Each group will be chaired by one of the three Officers and all current students at the university are welcome to participate in them. It will be another opportunity to tell us about your student experience and give your suggestions for how your SU can make things even better for you and other students. At this stage, we are registering interest in each of the groups so check out the descriptions of each of them on the Student Groups page and then complete the short, simple registration form on there if you would like us to get back in touch once we are ready to start them.
PLEASE NOTE; THE NAMES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF THE GROUPS ARE BASED ON ADVICE WE HAVE RECEIVED BUT IF YOU FEEL THEY SHOULD INCLUDE DIFFERENT WORDS OR PHRASES THEN PLEASE DO LET US KNOW AND WE WILL TAKE YOUR FEEDBACK INTO ACCOUNT.
TUSU is currently preparing to re-open the SU Shop, The Terrace, and resume external events such as private parties. We need talented, hard-working student staff to help us deliver those services and events!
We are currently looking for bar and venue/ security staff along with people to assist with the technical and logistical sides of our external events. If you think you have what it takes to work for your SU, we would love to hear from you by 23rd April if applying for a position working behind the bar and 30th April if you are interested in a role as venue/ security or technical staff.
Even though most of you will not be on campus much at the moment, your Course and School Representatives will still be working tirelessly to ensure that you have a positive academic experience at Teesside.
It may not be possible to meet your reps as much face-to-face at the moment; however, there are still plenty of ways to contact your reps if you are experiencing an issue with your course or have some feedback about your studies, good or bad! You can also keep updated with what has been happening in your school and what your reps have been doing via our social media channels.
If you would like to contact your reps, you can do so via e-mail, Facebook, or Instagram. All details can be found on our website tees-su.org.uk/schoolreps.
As we pass over 12 life-changing months of the pandemic and two lockdowns, we want to know how it has impacted on your student life and experience. We also want to know what role you feel the SU has played in helping and supporting students during this challenging time and if there is any more, we can do for you going forward.
Complete our short, simple Student Opinion Counts (SOC) survey, and you could win £25, £50 or £100. Your feedback will also help us keep improving the services, venues and support we give as we move into a new normal in the coming months and years.
Visit tees-su.org.uk/soc now to give us your feedback, it matters, and it will make a big difference!
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Not only will it save you a fortune on food, drink, fashion, cinema and more, it is also accepted as proof of age and incorporates the International Student ID Card (ISIC).
As if all that wasn’t enough, you will be doing your bit for TUSU! We get a share of every sale of the card and further payments depending on how often you use the app. That’s all much-needed cash we can reinvest in your students’ union!
TUSU works closely with the University and a range of key external agencies such as Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire and the NHS to try to keep students safe while they study and live here in Teesside. This month we simply want to remind you that despite the easing of lockdown there is no room for complacency! The only way we will continue to enjoy all of the freedoms we’ve missed is if we keep being sensible and following government guidelines. This includes: