November

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Welcome From The Student Officers

A warm welcome to the third 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 forward to one of the most important events in the SU calendar The Annual General Meeting (AGM). It’s your chance to hear about our plans including the very important Three Presidents Proposal, put your questions and have your say.

We’re also previewing a busy period of campaigns with Yes To Respect events designed to make us all think about what we say and how we behave plus a new look Student Housing Day. On top of that we’ve got another incredible set of evening events including some epic Friday nights you won’t want to miss.

We hope you have another great month at Uni and remember to keep TUSU right at the heart of your student life…we’re here for everyone whether you need support, social space, events or opportunities to develop.

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

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Hear from the Student Officers and have your say at the AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is every student’s 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 be able to put your questions and have a vote on any changes to the constitution including The Three Presidents Proposal.

The meeting won’t last longer than an hour and we’re so keen for you to come along that we’re laying on FREE PIZZA FROM DOMINOS MIDDLESBROUGH...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 important papers for this year’s meeting at tees-su.org.uk/agm.

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Chill out or party hard 7 nights a week at our events and venues!

We’ve got something for everyone at the SU of an evening in our safe, welcoming and award winning venues The Terrace and The Hub! Before the holidays even start you can get a little festive with upcoming highlights including…

  • Our hugely popular quiz hosted by Matty Morgan followed by top tunes and drinks starting from £1 at the official after party Kapow! We’re also showing Season 8 of The Walking Dead every week!
  • Great offers on a wide selection of craft beers and cocktails every Tuesday night. Check out the menus here.
  • Discount drinks, top tunes and fun filled club/ society challenges every Wednesday night at The Drinks Exchange.
  • Fun packed Thursday nights with Bingo Revolution giving you the chance to win great prizes every fortnight and retro video/ board game fun with Squids every week. Don’t miss our world record 25 foot “Parmo” challenge on Thursday, 16th November!.
  • Our MASSIVE Friday night “Trash” boasting a different theme every week and some unbeatable drinks offers.
  • Jam packed weekends with all the biggest sporting clashes on our big screens, a smooth Saturday night “Soul Jam” including some classic tunes, pool competitions and movie nights every Sunday where you guys decide what we show!

AND…we’re starting the festive cheer early with a huge Christmas Party Night on 1st December and our epic end of year party The Festive Fling on 15th December.
Check out our latest events planner for a full guide and keep track of everything that’s coming up by visiting tees-su.org.uk/events and liking our Facebook events page.

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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 student’s life.

We continue to focus on housing, acceptable behaviour and language, safety, managing stress, course related issues and employability plus much more. You can also chat to Tom (VP Education) and Georgina (VP Welfare) if you’ve got any educational or welfare related issues in their Friendly Faces sessions.

This month we’re also looking at sexual health and running a whole week devoted to the Yes To Respect campaign. There’ll be stalls, info and freebies in the SU Building whenever a campaign day is on so make sure you check it all out!

Get full info on all our current campaigns and upcoming campaign days by clicking here.

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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 (1st floor) 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 as well as a wide ranging menu. There’s also a very special festive menu available from 27th November including Christmas Dinner from £8.50 and festive themed drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

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 also want to remind you 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.

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

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Get help, get info and get sorted at the Student Housing Day

Do you need info/ support with student housing (your contract, issues with a landlord, problems with housemates, repairs)? Maybe you’re starting to think about where you want to live next year and what’s available?

The Student Housing Day, on Tue, 21st November on the 1st floor of the SU Building, will include stalls from a wide range of accredited landlords and letting agents, the SU Student Support team, Teesside Uni accommodation, and more. We’re continually updating the Facebook event with a full list of those attending so check it out.

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Started your Christmas shopping? Why not get extra to get savings and discounts

The National Union Of Students (NUS) Extra Card is just £12 and valid for 12 months from whatever date you buy it! So…it’s a great way to get some savings and discounts if you’re going to be buying Christmas gifts for friends and family over the next few weeks! A huge range of local and national retailers will offer card holders BIG SAVINGS in store or online and there’s 6 whole weeks of extra special offers through the “Shake Up Your Christmas” campaign NUS are currently running, check out all the offers for card holders by clicking here.

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Fancy speaking up for every student next year? Want to get paid to lead your SU?

The SU is led by students for students and every year ANY STUDENT* can run in our elections to find the next three Student Officers and next 4 NUS Conference Reps.

Student Officers get paid over £20,000 per year to work full-time for at least 12 months (Starting July 2018) with responsibilities including…

  • Overseeing the running of the SU
  • Leading on key campaigns
  • Speaking up for all students to the most senior figures at the Uni

NUS Conference Reps attend the National Union of Students (NUS) Annual Conference (27th to 29th March 2018 at The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow). You’ll represent all Teesside Uni students and vote on the key issues debated there, it’s a small commitment of just 3 days and most expenses are paid by the SU. Just running in the elections is an amazing experience and a great chance to build new skills and if you’re elected you can make a real difference for all students, have lots of fun and boost your long term employability.

The elections open on Mon, 29th January 2018 and there’s a wealth of general info, key dates and downloads available from tees-su.org.uk/elections. You can also fix up a time to speak to current Student Officers about their roles by e-mailing: elections@tees-su.org.uk

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Do you love it? Tell us about your student life…you could win £500*

Student Opinion Counts (SOC) is the biggest and most influential piece of research that the Students’ Union carries out. The short, simple surveys cover everything from your student experience and the challenges you face through to the events, social spaces, support and activities provided by the SU.

The feedback makes a BIG difference as it’s used by the Student Officers and staff to identify the areas YOU want us to focus on in the year ahead and which areas of the SU we need to improve as a priority.

You could win anything from £100 for completing one of the surveys through to £500 if you complete all of them. Find out more and complete the surveys at tees-su.org.uk/soc

Terms and conditions apply, please review them on tees-su.org.uk/soc

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Does your sports club get the credit it deserves?

Are you a member of a sports club who are achieving great things? Why not get some extra credit from the Students’ Union with our brand new club accreditation scheme?

All you need to do is demonstrate what you’re doing to become more competitive, generally develop and be more inclusive. There’s full info available on the criteria and how to apply at tees-su.org.uk/clubaccred or drop Martin Hawley, Clubs Development Coordinator a line, e-mail: m.hawley@tees-su.org.uk.

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Stay in touch with your School Reps all year!

School Reps are recruited every year by the SU to gather the views and suggestions of fellow students and work with senior staff in their school to keep improving all aspects of the student experience. You can find out who your School Reps are and keep in touch with them by clicking here, the page includes links to all of their individual Facebook pages and any other social media they run.

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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.