Welcome From The Student Officers

A warm welcome to the sixth 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.

You’ll hear lots more about the Student Officer and NUS National Conference Rep Elections further in this newsletter but can we urge you to find out more about the positions and the people standing for them then make sure you USE YOUR VOTE from Mon, 5th to Thu, 8th March! No matter how involved you are in the Students’ Union it DOES matter who gets elected! They’ll be leading your Students’ Union next year, representing you to the most senior figures at the University and, in the case of NUS Conference Reps, speaking up for ALL Teesside University students on the national stage!

Elections do dominate the coming month but we’re also looking ahead to some fantastic events in The Terrace and The Hub including the eagerly awaited Societies Awards (congrats and good luck to all nominees) and more important campaign events before the spring break. There’s also the pressing matter of the Tees Wear Varsity, our annual clash of the sporting titans with our friends at the University of Sunderland (bring the trophy home boys and girls).

We hope you have another great month and, as always, make sure your SU is right at the heart of your student life for support, social space, fun and more from student life!

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

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TUSU Elections – Have your say about who speaks for you!

Teesside University Students’ Union is led by students for students and every year you decide who leads it as a Student Officer (President Education, President Welfare and President Activities). In a separate election you also get to say who represents ALL Teesside University students as an National Union of Students (NUS) National Conference Representative.

Student Officers get paid to lead the SU for 12 months from July 2018, represent you to the most senior figures at the Uni including the Board of Governors and Vice-Chancellor, lead on big events and run campaigns to improve student life.

NUS National Conference Reps will attend the 3 day conference at the end of March to make sure Teesside University has a voice on the big stage. They’ll vote on NUS policy and who leads the national student movement next year.

It’s vital that those elected have a proper mandate from students to be in their roles and so we hope you’ll take the time to get to know the candidates and read their manifestos/ check out their campaign videos before voting.

You can also see all of the reasons we think you should vote by clicking here.

Elections Week runs from Thursday, 1st March to Friday, 9th March and includes Meet The Candidates (1st March), the chance to vote online anytime, anywhere (5th to 8th March) and our massive Results Party (9th March).

We’ll have a voting station right here in the SU Building all four days and mobile voting stations out and about around campus with the chance to win great prizes if you vote there and then in our elections lucky dip including vouchers, event tickets and more!

Get full info and all the latest elections updates by clicking here.

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Celebrating our super societies!

We’ll be recognising societies and society members who have excelled over the past year again at our hugely popular Societies Awards on Thu, 15th March in The Hub (2nd floor, SU Building). Tickets are available by clicking here and you can view the various categories and nominees when they are announced by clicking here.

We’re hoping it will be a special event and you can view pictures and video from last year by clicking the links.

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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 (President Education) and Georgina (President Welfare) if you have any educational or welfare related issues in their Friendly Faces sessions.                         

This month the Student Officers are going to be back out around campus gathering your feedbackfinding out what you think about the academic side of life,and helping you become more work ready and enterprising. They’ll also be focussing on hate crime awareness, Fairtrade issues and sexual violence awareness.

Find out more about all our current campaigns at tees-su.org.uk/campaigns.  

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More unmissable events before the spring break!

Our multi award winning venues The Terrace and The Hub are THE place to be throughout semester time for unforgettable events and unbeatable drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) offers!

  • Our ever popular Monday Night Quiz has got bigger and better for 2018 with more chances to win and loads of fun all night.
  • Enjoy pub games, fun packed challenges, karaoke and heavily discounted drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) on Wednesday nights.
  • Vintage video and board game action plus audience fun with limbo challenges and top tunes all night at Squids on selected Thursdays. The brilliant Bingo Revolution returns every other week with loads of laughs and great/ not so great prizes.
  • Top tunes, discount drinks and fun packed themed nights every Friday in The Terrace.
  • Classic movies every Sunday night at the SU Cinema in The Terrace with you guys choosing the movie you watch each week.
  • Huge one off events run by the SU, students and external promoters including Raver Tots, The Supa Funky Roller Disco, The Gin Society Festival and a fun packed Race Night. There’s also the massive Elections Results Party and the epic St. Patricks Day Party to come.
  • As if all that wasn’t enough we’re already looking ahead to our legendary end of year party The Final Fling. Why not beat the rush and get your tickets sorted?

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

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Clash of the Tees Wear Titans!

Students from our various sports clubs will head to the University of Sunderland on Wed, 21st March for the annual Tees Wear Varsity. After our emphatic 16.5 to 5.5 point victory here on campus in 2017 they’ll be looking to bring the trophy back with them.

There’s full details of the fixture schedule for the day and info on how to get tickets plus a look back at last year’s victory in pics and video at tees-su.org.uk/varsity.

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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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24 Hour Cycle Challenge! Not too late to donate!

The Student Officers and a number of student volunteers got on their bikes to complete a 24 hour cycle challenge from Monday, 29th to Tuesday, 30th January in The Terrace. The event was held to raise funds for Papyrus Suicide Prevention and Target Ovarian Cancer and you can see pics here and watch video highlights here.

Thanks to everyone who contributed and donated, it’s not too late to add anything you can spare. Click here for our donation page.

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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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The Student Experience Fund can help you bring your great ideas to life!

If you're a current student and have a great idea for a project that could make a real difference, why not apply for funding for help to do something amazing? You can apply for up to £2,000 to support you as an individual or as part of a group project.

The University has committed £140,000 of philanthropic funding over three years to you, our students, to help you deliver projects that give you new opportunities. You might want to increase your access to enterprise and work-related learning opportunities or undertake a learning experience outside of the UK such as an exchange or field trip. The project must be in addition to your standard student experience or programme of study, and must enhance your development and be inspirational to other students.

The Students' Union is able to help you develop your application. Drop into one of our sessions in SU Studio 1 (2nd floor SU Building) to find out more (dates and times on the web page below).

Click here for full info

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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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Student Safety Tip - Worried about your home safety? Arrange a visit from a PCSO

If you’re concerned about your safety and security at home why not arrange for one of the Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) to visit you? They’ll check your property and give hints/ tips about staying secure. To book a House Safety check visit SU Student Support (SUSS) reception on the first floor of the SU Building from 10am to 4pm (Mon to Thu) and 11am to 4pm (Fri) or call 01642 342247.

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How do you rate your landlord? Tell us and you could win a £50 Amazon voucher!

Our annual Rate Your Landlord survey is your chance to tell us about your experiences renting rooms, flats or houses in Middlesbrough. Which landlords and letting agents get it right, which ones need to up their game for students? The feedback will be presented to them and it will help us decide who wins our annual Housing Awards on 20th March so please take a minute to tell us what you think.

Click here to complete it by Wed, 28th Feb and be in with a shot of winning one of two £50 Amazon vouchers.