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Welcome From The Student Officers

Welcome to the second newsletter of the year from Teesside University Students’ Union, we’re going to be in touch regularly with all the latest news and events from the SU unless you ask us to stop by unsubscribing.

This month we’re looking back on what we thought was another brilliant Freshers’ Fortnight, we hope you enjoyed it too! You can win cash for your feedback in our short simple Freshers survey. You can also look back on all the best bits in pics and video through our Freshers media web page.

We’re also looking ahead to another busy month at the SU including campaigns, amazing events through the day and at night as well as November’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

As always we want to remind you that the SU is here for ALL STUDENTS whenever you need us. Whether you need help or support, want to participate in our activities or use our social space day or night you’re very welcome to come in and check out what we offer.

Have a great month and if you see us around make sure you say hi and give us your feedback!

Tom, Amy and Georgina – tees-su.org.uk/officers

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Look back on another unforgettable Freshers

Freshers 2017 (Sat, 16th Sep to Sat, 30th Sep) saw thousands of new and returning students enjoy a wide range of day and evening events. These included freebies, discounts, sports clubs, societies and wellbeing through the day then live performances from the likes of Lethal Bizzle, Nick Grimshaw and Basshunter at night.

They also picked up essential info and support to help them settle in to student life from our Student Officers and staff in the SU Student Support (SUSS). Look back on all the very best bits from an incredible fortnight in pics and video now through our Freshers Media section.

Finally, whatever you thought of Freshers, we want your feedback to help us keep improving the events and support we offer. You could win £25, £50 or £100 for completing our short, simple survey before the end of October.

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Have your say at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The SU AGM (Tue, 21st Nov from 5pm in The Hub, 2nd floor) is every students chance to hear from the Student Officers about their plans for the year and have your say about how your SU is run. You’ll have a vote on any changes to the constitution and regulations and be able to put your questions to the Officers.

The meeting won’t last longer than an hour and we’re so keen for you to come along that we’re laying on delicious FREE FOOD ...and offering cash prizes for the club and society who each have the most members in attendance.

You can view the minutes of the 2016 meeting and, when added, important papers for this year’s meeting at tees-su.org.uk/agm.

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Amazing events in The Terrace and The Hub all semester!

Freshers may be over for another year but the party definitely isn’t! We’ve got events for ALL STUDENTS to enjoy in our multi award winning venues The Terrace and The Hub before the Christmas break!

These include…

Mondays - Our ever popular quiz night followed by top tunes and discount drinks at the legendary Kapow.

Tuesdays - The chance to sample our fine selection of cocktails and beers at bargain prices. tees-su.org.uk/terracemenus for the full selection.

Wednesdays - Discount drinks and karaoke every other week at The Drinks Exchange plus special one off events for clubs and societies.

Thursdays - Retro tunes and vintage board/ vintage games at Squids plus the fun packed Bingo Revolution nights every fortnight.

Fridays - Our massive club night Trash continues with big names regularly appearing live including the eagerly awaited return of the incredible Cascada on 3rd Nov!

Saturdays – Soul Jam playing soul, jazz, motown and funk classics all night.

As if all that wasn’t enough we’ve got some amazing one off events including the biggest Halloween party in the area Nightmare on Southfield Road and we’re always showing football and other sports on our big screens around the SU Building.

Keep up to date with everything at tees-su.org.uk/eventsplanner, Our Events Facebook and the events section on our website.

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Campaigns Corner

We’re an SU that’s committed to running campaigns which are relevant to the day to day issues all students face and make a positive difference to every students’ life.

We continue to focus on housing, acceptable behaviour and language, safety, managing stress, course related issues and employability plus much more.

There’s also an extra chance to chat to Tom (VP Education) and Georgina (VP Welfare) if you’ve got any educational or welfare related issues in their Friendly Faces sessions. Simply book a slot, turn up, have a hot drink and a chat…if they can’t help they’ll put you in touch with someone who can.

Get full info on all our current campaigns and upcoming campaign days through tees-su.org.uk/campaigns

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Loads going on through the day at the SU

We always like to remind students that even if you’re not planning to attend many of our evening events or don’t have time to join clubs and societies there’s still plenty here for you. We’ve got great facilities, services and events for you to enjoy at your leisure through the daytime in the week and, in some cases, at weekends.

The Terrace is open 7 days a week for delicious hot food, a wide range of soft drinks, teas and coffees. It offers superb customer service and a modern, comfortable social space. They have a great new menu for 2017/18 which you can view here.

The Love It Lounge (1st floor) and SU Studio (2nd floor) are both ideal spots for any student to socialise, study, hold meetings or do group work. The SU Studio has 10 computers available and 2 meeting rooms which can be booked at the SU Welcome Desk (1st floor). We don’t serve alcohol in either space.

The SU Shop (ground floor) is open 7 days a week for food, drink, stationery, newspapers and magazines plus much more. It’s also the only place on campus to buy official Teesside Uni clothing and other merchandise. We that if you do pay for products using your card/ contactless facilities it can take up to 3 days for the debit to show in your account.

Finally, we’re aiming to run many more events through the day this year that students from all backgrounds can enjoy. We’ve already confirmed a series of bargain priced trips to locations around the North East before the holiday break including visits to Beamish for Halloween and Newcastle for some retail therapy.

Find out about everything you can do during the day at the SU through tees-su.org.uk/daytime.

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Pay just £12 for 12 months of savings, discounts and offers…get extra!

The NUS Extra Card is any student’s gateway to great savings and discounts from a huge range of international names, high street favourites and plenty of smaller, local retailers.

You can buy the card at any point in the year and it remains valid for 12 months plus your SU is adding value to the card this year with special card holder only offers including spot prize draws throughout the year plus occasional offers from The Terrace and SU Shop.

Visit the SU Welcome Desk (1st floor) and keep track of the card holders offer of the month throughout the year by visiting tees-su.org.uk/nusextra.

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Get help and support from your SU and our partners

SU Student Support (SUSS) is based on the first floor of the SU building and provides ALL STUDENTS with professional and independent advice and support. Staff can help with a range of issues including money, housing, course related or personal problems.

They’re also getting out and about to meet you at the end of this month with drop in sessions across the campus. If you spot the SUSS banner make sure you stop and have a chat with the team, they’re happy to listen and to help.

SUSS have recently begun providing another essential service for students and landlords/ letting agents. Staff now accredit properties which are intended for students to ensure they are safe, properly maintained and good quality. Find out more about our accreditation service by clicking here.

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Become more work ready and enterprising with help from your SU

Student employability is one of our biggest priorities and, alongside our year round employability campaign, we offer help and support to any students through our Enterprise and Employability Coordinator Peter Russell-Wilson.

Peter, based in the SU Activities team on the first floor, can offer advice and support with your CV, application forms or developing any business ideas you have. Find out more at tees-su.org.uk/enterprise.

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Student Safety Tips

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.

Teesside University have recently released a new safety app which you can download to your phone. It will allow you to get help quickly in an emergency, check in when working alone or in high risk areas and receive notifications so you know what to do in an emergency.

They’ve also published a Student Safety Guide offering a wealth of info on staying safe and healthy whilst you study.

As the dark nights draw in maybe it’s time to think about your home security?

Don’t forget the SU also has a wealth of safety related info and details of upcoming safety campaign days available through tees-su.org.uk/safety.