January 2018

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Welcome From The Student Officers

A warm welcome to the fifth newsletter of the year from Teesside University Students’ Union, we’re going to be getting in touch every month this academic year unless you ask us to stop by unsubscribing.
Firstly, we hope everyone had a great holiday whether you celebrate Christmas or not and we wish you all a safe, happy and successful New Year! We hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out our Impact Video and Impact Report which celebrate all the best moments from 2017 at the Students’ Union.

We know the early part of Semester 2 can sometimes be bleak and stressful if you’re facing assignment deadlines or exams. As a response we’ve got over a month of fun events, campaigns and support to help you settle back in to student life through Refresh.

We’re also excited (and slightly sad) that the Student Officer and NUS Conference Rep Elections open on 29th January. We’re hugely excited as it’s a fantastic opportunity for ANY CURRENT STUDENT* to be one of the three people who take over from us in July 2018 or, in a separate election, one of the four people who speak up for all Teesside Uni students on the big stage at the NUS National Conference.  We’re slightly sad as it means at least two of us (Amy and Georgina) will definitely be coming to the end of our time in office but we’ve got a jam packed final six months to come we can promise.

We hope you have a great first few weeks back at Uni and, as always, remember to keep TUSU right at the heart of your student life whether you need support, opportunities to get more from your time here or want to enjoy our amazing events and multi award winning social spaces.

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

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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) National 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

*Please note: There are a small number of circumstances which may prevent you becoming a Trustee of the Students' Union. You can review these at tees-su.org.uk/elections and email elections@tees-su.org.uk to discuss your situation confidentially.

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Reconnect and refresh this January/ February

Throughout January and early February we’re helping you settle back in to student life and get ready for a great Semester 2 with campaigns, fun events, freebies, support and advice.

  • Have your say about student life at the Student Voice Day.
  • Get some top tips on relaxing and de-stressing at Stressbusters.
  • Find out how to make the most of your time at Uni at the Give it a go day.
  • Help the Student Officers raise funds for some great causes and have loads of fun at our 24 hour cyclethon
  • Bag some freebies and special offers from a few of our carefully selected commercial partners at Mini Mega Monday.
  • Get help, support and advice from the SU Student Support team during their outreach sessions.
  • Find out more about all our amazing societies and see what they could do for your student experience during Societies Week.
  • Get help with getting a good night’s sleep at Catching the Zzz.
  • Enjoy a great range of evening events including our ever popular Monday night quiz, vintage video and board game fun at Squids on Thursdays, the brilliant Bingo Revolution every other Thursday, cinema nights every Sunday and much, much more beside. Check out the full events planner here.

Keep up to date with the above and everything else going on during Refresh by clicking here.

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Another semester of unmissable events!

We’ll brighten up your winter nights with a great range of events in our multi award winning venues The Terrace and The Hub over the next few months.

Check out the latest and visit tees-su.org.uk/events or like our Events Facebook to keep in touch with all the great stuff coming up.

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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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Our impact on student life in 2017

Our Student Officers, staff, reps and volunteers collectively achieved an incredible amount again last year. We’re proud of the invaluable contribution we made to student life and we want to share the very best bits with you.

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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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Start the new year in style with NUS Extra!

The National Union of Students (NUS) Extra Card is just £12 and valid for 12 months from whatever date you buy it! It’s an unrivalled way to get great savings and discounts on food, clothes, movies, music and much more all year round. There’s also special card holder only offers throughout the year including some great current offers to help out with the inevitable get fit and eat healthier New Year’s resolutions.

Check out their New Year’s offers and reserve your card 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.

Find out more about the NSS now by clicking here

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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. Here’s a few handy tips from the Students’ Union.

  • 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.