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Welcome From The Student Officers

A warm welcome to the fourth newsletter of the year from Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU), 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.

It’s slightly difficult to believe it but we’ve almost reached the end of this calendar year and it’s just a few days until you hopefully start a well-earned break! We’ve got details of the TUSU opening hours from the end of this week to 2nd January further in this newsletter. We’ve also got some top tips to help you stay safe and protect your property over the festive period.

We’re looking back on another very successful Annual General Meeting (AGM) where 364 of you came along to hear from us about our plans and had your say on proposed changes to our constitution and bye-laws. We’re delighted so many of you made it and thrilled you supported our proposal to restructure the Student Officer team to three people holding the titles of President Education, President Activities and President Welfare.

We’re also looking forward to plenty of festive fun this week including the release of “TUSU Wonderland” our Christmas song and video. Please be kind about our incredible vocals if you’re commenting on social media : - ) and, if you can, make a small donation to Papyrus after listening to and downloading it! There’s also the epic end of term/ Christmas classic The Festive Fling to enjoy on Fri, 15thDecember, don’t miss it!

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not we hope you have a safe, happy and relaxing holiday. We look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year : - )

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

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TUSU Holiday Opening Hours

The Students’ Union building reverts to holiday opening hours after Fri, 15th Dec 2017 to Tue, 2nd January 2018. The building is closed completely from 5pm on Thu, 21st Dec and does not re-open until 8am on Tue, 2nd Jan.

  • You will be able to speak to or contact at least one member of the Student Officer team until 5pm on Thu, 21st Dec. They will then not be available for meetings or respond to any calls or e-mails until Wed, 3rd Jan.
  • The Terrace and The Hub are closed to students from the early hours of Sat, 16th Dec until 9.30am on Mon, 8th Jan.
  • The SU Welcome Desk and SU Activities closes at 5pm on Thu, 21st Dec until 9am on Wed, 3rd Jan.
  • The SU Shop is closed Sat, 16th and Sun, 17th Dec then open from 9am to 3pm on Mon, 18th and Tue, 19th Dec before closing completely until Mon, 8th Jan at 8am.
  • SU Student Support (SUSS) closes at 4pm on Fri, 15th Dec and will re-open at 10am on Tue, 2nd Jan.
  • The SU Studio and Snooze Room are closed from 5pm on Wed, 13th Dec and re-open on Mon, 8th Jan at 9am.
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"TUSU Wonderland”…Watch, listen and donate now!

When the previous Student Officer team recorded and treat the world to TUSU Thrills in September 2016 it seemed the musical bar had been set so high it could never be surpassed. However, your current team Tom Platt (President Education), Amy Preston (President Activities) and Georgina Arksey (President Welfare) accepted the challenge, penned some lyrics and practised their vocal gymnastics! They then got themselves in to the studio and in front of the green screen, we’re confident you’ll agree they have come up with a new Christmas classic based on an old favourite.

You can watch, listen to and download “TUSU Wonderland” now by clicking here! All feedback welcome (though they’d rather you were nice) and if you’re feeling extra charitable why not download the track from that page? You can watch, listen to and download “TUSU Wonderland” now by clicking here! All feedback welcome (though we’d rather you were nice) and if you’re feeling extra charitable why not make a small donation to a great cause once you’ve listened to and downloaded the track?

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364 students give their approval at Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The TUSU AGM took place on Tue, 21st November and offered students the chance to hear from the Student Officers about their progress in office so far and plans for the year ahead. They also got to have their say about our accounts including who audits them, the way we run our elections, the organisations we affiliate to and a proposal to restructure and improve efficiency within the Student Officer team. The vast majority of those voting (over 95%) agreed with a proposal from the Officers to cut the team down to three. The proposal gives them equal responsibility as President Education, President Activities and President Welfare while making them all more accountable, that change has taken immediate effect. You can read minutes from the meeting, check out pictures and watch a full video of proceedings by clicking here.

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Get the holiday spirit started early at Festive Fling

There’s simply no better way to finish the term and start the holidays than our epic party The Festive Fling! Confirm you’re attending and find out more on the Facebook event now to be in with a shot of winning an incredible VIP package including 5 tickets to the event, FREE Christmas dinner and 2 FREE bottles of Prosecco. Even if you don’t win the competition it’s an absolute bargain! For just £7.50 you can get the VIP treatment including a limited edition Festive Fling t-shirt, 2 free drinks vouchers, and a Festive Fling voucher card full of great offers from the SU and our sponsors Dominos Middlesbrough.

We also have a £5 standard ticket option if your budget is a bit tighter or if there’s a group of you coming you can save a bundle with our housemate/ friends deal! Buy 4 tickets (standard or VIP but not a mix) and get the 5th FREE!

Proceedings start at 12pm with a delicious Christmas Dinner for just £5 then from 4pm our resident DJ will be blasting out top tunes including plenty of festive classics. There’s also unbeatable drinks offers from The Terrace Bar, Santa will be dropping in to hand out gifts and listen to your Christmas wishes and we’ll be setting the snow cannons off throughout the night!

Buy VIP and standard tickets here or pick up any kind of ticket (including the housemate/ friend deal) from The Terrace (1st floor, SU Building).

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Refresh yourself at the start of Semester 2

We know it might seem a long way off at the moment but Semester 2 kicks off on Mon, 22nd January…just over 5 weeks away! Your SU will be welcoming you back with events, campaigns and freebies from that day until Mon, 12th February.

We’ll have events to help with improving your sleep patterns, managing your stress levels and coping with exam/ assignment deadline pressure! We’ll also be showcasing the ways you can get more from student life all of next semester and we’ll have some very special offers from The Terrace and SU Shop throughout Refresh!

Keep an eye on tees-su.org.uk/refresh and our main Facebook/ Twitter pages for a full planner and details of specific events over the next few weeks!

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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.

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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Another amazing event for students, the general public and children to enjoy!

Another amazing event for students, the general public and children to enjoy!

Click here to find out more

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Check out our impact in 2017

Even if we do say so ourselves we think we’ve had an INCREDIBLE impact on student life again this calendar year! We’re very proud of the difference our services, facilities, events, campaigns, Student Officers, staff and student reps have made and we want to share it with you!

Click here to read our Impact Report and watch our Impact Video.

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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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Started your Christmas shopping? Why not get extra for 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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Calling final year students! Have your say about your student experience!

The National Student Survey (NSS) is one of the biggest student surveys around. Opening in early 2018, it’s a chance for final year students to tell Teesside Uni and the SU where we got it right and the places where you think we need to improve for future students. To encourage you to complete the survey, Teesside University is offering the following prize: 1 x £1,500 discount off full-time, further study at the Teesside University main campus in 2018/19 to be awarded randomly to a student who enters the online survey prize draw before midnight on 30 April 2018. A cash alternative of £500 can be substituted for the prize.  The winner will be notified by email from Tina Hannon, Executive PA to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) on 11th May 2018.  The results will be announced on the University website by 18th May 2018.

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Stay safe and crime free this holiday period!

The Christmas holidays are a time for travelling to see family and friends, socialising and having loads of fun. We want everyone to have a safe, happy and crime free break, click here to check out a handy list of tips for staying safe and reducing your chances of being affected by crime over the holiday period.