Welcome From The Student Officers

A warm welcome to the seventh 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, can we say thanks to the 1307 students who took the time to cast 4818 votes in the Student Officer and NUS National Conference Rep Elections earlier this month. We also want to pay tribute to all of the candidates for their tireless work gathering votes and of course congratulate the Student Officers Elect who join the team from July. We’re also delighted for those representing Teesside Uni at the NUS Conference. More about the elections and the Student Officers Elect/ NUS National Conference Rep further down.

Although the past month has been dominated by the elections we’ve also had a busy period of important campaigns covering everything from mental health and sexual violence awareness through to the academic issues students face. Meanwhile, more congratulations are in order for all of our wonderful Societies Awards nominees and winners! It was another unforgettable night recognising the incredible work our many societies and their members do, full summary further down! We’re also celebrating a great month of sporting success for our clubs and looking ahead to the Tees Wear Varsity this week…let’s bring it home where it belongs everyone!

Finally, we’re delighted to be shortlisted for Students’ Union of the Year at the What Uni Awards, thanks to everyone who gave us and the University (also shortlisted in two categories) positive ratings. We hope whatever you’re doing over the spring break you have a safe and happy time. It’s easier said than done we know, but try not to spend all of it working or revising!

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

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New Student Officers and Delegates elected!

The Student Officer and NUS National Conference Rep Elections 2018 saw 1307 students cast 4818 votes to choose the three people they want to lead the SU next academic year as President Education, President Activities and President Welfare. In a fourth election they were also able to choose the students they wanted to represent Teesside University at the National Union of Students (NUS) National Conference.

The Student Officers lead the Students’ Union, are lead members of the Board of Trustees at the SU, represent all students to the most senior figures at the Uni including the Vice-Chancellor and Board of Governors and lead on a range of campaigns and events run by the SU.

NUS Reps attend the National Conference at the end of March and have a say on all the big decisions taken by the national student movement as well as voting in elections to find the next national student leaders.

After a hard fought week of campaigning students re-elected Tom Platt as President Education with 699 votes, Andrew Richardson was confirmed as President Activities with 706 votes and Sophie Bennett will take over as President Welfare after securing 661 votes. Meanwhile, Evangeline Holland will represent Teesside University at the National Conference, she picked up 901 votes. The Uni still has three more representative positions available at NUS Conference and two will be filled by current Student Officers Amy Preston and Georgina Arksey, we’ll confirm what we plan to do with the third very soon.

A big well done to all of the candidates who participated! You can see a full summary of the results and watch pics/ videos at tees-su.org.uk/elections. You can also find out more about Tom, Andrew and Sophie at tees-su.org.uk/officerselect.

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Spring Break Opening Hours

Teesside University Students’ Union reverts to holiday opening hours from Sat, 24th Mar until, and including, Sun, 15th Apr. The building will close at 5pm weekdays and is closed completely at weekends as well as all over the Easter Bank Holiday from Fri, 30th Mar to Mon, 2nd Apr. Student Officer and service/ venue availability will be more generally affected over the period as follows:

  • The Student Officers will be out of the office and won’t respond to calls and e-mails from, and including Good Friday, through to Mon, 9th  Apr.
  • The Terrace and The Hub are closed, except for private parties, until Mon, 16th Apr. The Terrace is however opening to show live coverage of the Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker boxing match on 31st March.
  • The SU Shop is open from 9am to 3pm weekdays only until Mon, 16th Apr except for the Easter weekend.
  • SU Student Support (SUSS) remains open from 11am to 3pm on weekdays except for the Easter weekend.
  • The SU Welcome Desk is closed from Fri, 30th March until Mon, 9th Apr. SU Activities staff will still be available throughout the spring break (except for the Easter Bank Holiday) but please contact them in advance through activities@tees-su.org.uk to check on availability
  • The SU Studio is open weekdays as usual except for the Easter weekend and meeting rooms can still be booked out with the SU Welcome Desk or SU Activities staff.
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Super Societies

The Societies Awards, which took place on Thursday, 15th March here in The Hub, was another glittering night celebrating the societies and society members who have really shone over the past year.

Amongst the big winners were The Midwifery Society who picked up the coveted Society of the Year title, Ollie Pepper (Tabletop Gaming Society) who was named Societies Personality of the Year and Enactus who were judged to have delivered the outstanding achievement of the year with their Your Fridge” initiative.

Amy Preston, President Activities said: “It’s always an honour to recognise or many brilliant societies and, although we always say it, we really did have some very difficult choices to make. So many societies and their individual members excelled this year and I want to thank everyone for their efforts and of course congratulate all the wonderful nominees and winners!”

Thanks again to our sponsors Dominos Middlesbrough, Geonet Solutions and Kexgill Middlesbrough.

View a full report and list of winners plus pics and videos from the event at tees-su.org.uk/awards.

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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.                        

We’ll have more campaign events before the end of the academic year. Keep an eye on what’s coming up and and all our current campaigns at tees-su.org.uk/campaigns.  

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Student Voice Launched

Teesside University is committed to improving the student and learning experience and has launched Student Voice to ensure everybody's views can be heard. Student Voice is an ongoing initiative which, working alongside the Students' Union, encourages students to share their experiences of Teesside University.

The feedback helps the University to continue to make improvements. Student Voice was launched with a special drop-in event last month where students could call in and talk to senior members of staff from a range of schools and departments. Keep an eye out for more events in the coming months.

Carla Drinceanu, a 20-year-old Business Management student who came to study at Teesside from Romania, was full of praise for the Student Voice initiative.

She said: “It is very important that when you want to develop yourself, you have the right environment. For me, as an international student, I have been made to feel so welcome and the people here are fantastic.

'I think it is really important that students are listened to in this way and are able to provide direct feedback that can have a positive impact on their course and the University as a whole.”

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Clash of the Tees Wear Titans caps epic month of sporting glory!

The annual Tees Wear Varsity, taking place at the University of Sunderland on Wed, 21st March, is a jam packed day of sporting clashes across over a range of sports. The Uni with the most overall points lifts the coveted Tees Wear Varsity trophy and we’ll be hoping to bring it back to Teesside after an emphatic 16.5 to 6.5 point success last year!

We’ll have live coverage and updates across our social media on the day and 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.

If we do bring the trophy home it will cap a sensational few weeks of sporting success for Teesside Uni clubs and teams!

  • Women’s Football got the ball rolling after winning their British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) league with a game in hand last month. They narrowly missed out on a league/ cup double after defeat in their BUCS cup competition.
  • The Netball Club quickly followed suit by winning their BUCS league, again with a game to spare. They finished three points clear at the top.
  • Student boxer Caine Singh then collected gold for Teesside University in the BUCS boxing championships at the end of February.
  • Teesside Uni Dance Club went on to excel in their competition at the start of March with 14 trophies for their talented members!
  • Men’s Hockey capped a superb season by going unbeaten to win their BUCS league in March. They narrowly missed out on a double after defeat in their cup final.
  • Student cyclist Harry Tanfield won BUCS gold and silver medals in the track cycling championships, while Karina Le Fevre won a BUCS bronze medal in the individual table tennis championship.
  • Honourable mentions too for Men’s Futsal who reached a BUCS cup final after a great run but were narrowly defeated and American Football who reached the quarter finals of their BUCS competition.

Amy Preston, President Activities said: “It’s been a FANTASTIC climax to the sporting season! A huge well done to all our successful clubs and teams along with everyone who puts time and effort in to representing Teesside Uni on the pitch, field, track, ring or court. We’re still obviously hoping for more and I’m confident we have the quality to bring the Varsity trophy back home with us! Tees What???”.

We’ll be celebrating all our sporting success soon with pics, videos and full reports on each successful club and team on our website and across social media soon!

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More unmissable events before the end of the academic year!

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 this year 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 continues every other Thursday with loads of laughs and great/ not so great prizes.
  • Top tunes, discount drinks and fun packed themed nights every Friday in The Terrace.
  • A new Tuesday cinema night courtesy of The Cinema Society and the SU Cinema night every Sunday showing classic movies you choose!
  • Another unmissable event from external promoters in our venues with a great range of DJs gracing The Hub stage for “I am a Raver” on 28th April.
  • The one off event to end them all! Yes our epic end of year event Final Fling is back to close the academic year and kick off your summer break on Fri, 18th May! Amazing acts and attractions confirmed very soon!!! Keep an eye on tees-su.org.uk/finalfling and buy your tickets there!

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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Apply now to be a School Rep!

Why should I be a School Rep?

  • Do you have the desire to drive change in your school and make real improvements?
  • Would you like to get involved in the improvement and development of Representation alongside the Representation Coordinator?
  • Are you motivated to help people, providing support and guidance?
  • Do you want to offer support and guidance to Course Representatives in your school?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes then you should apply to become a School Rep!

What will I get from being a School Rep?  

  • Learn new skills which will enhance your CV making you more employable after your graduate
  • The opportunity to achieve real improvements within your school and share your success with your fellow students
  • Earn a £350 bursary for your hard work and valuable input
  • Get involved in the wider work of the Students’ Union and the University
  • The chance to meet the Vice Chancellor of the University
  • The opportunity to influence and enhance the student experience at Teesside University
  • Make new friends

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact the Representation Coordinator, Harjot Ghundoo, on 01642 342247 or e-mail representation@tees-su.org.uk. Full training will be provided to the successful candidates. Application packs are available from SU Student Support  

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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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 The Student Centre has moved

The following services previously located in the Student Centre building, including the information desk, will be relocated within Europa with effect from 5 March 2018.

  • Counselling
  • Information & Advice Services including Finance, International and General Advice
  • Disability Services
  • Assessment Centre on Teesside

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01642 342277 or Email studenthelp@tees.ac.uk.

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Work gets underway on National Horizons Centre

Work has formally begun on a new £22.3million, research, teaching and training facility set to drive growth in the regional and national bioscience industries.

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Jake Berry joined Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Teesside University Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Paul Croney, along with SU President Welfare Georgina Arksey, to mark the start of the build programme, due to be completed in spring 2019.

The National Horizons Centre, based at the University’s Darlington campus, is being established to support the bioscience sector, and will play a key part in driving STEM skills and economic growth in the Tees Valley.

Professor Croney said: “A key priority of Teesside University is to help drive the knowledge economy, by growing the high-level skills base, building partnerships with industry and the professions, and creating graduates with the knowledge, aptitude and mindset to add real value to business.

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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. It closes at the end of April and is an important 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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Get glammed up and celebrate student success this May!

The Annual Awards 2018 take place on Wed, 2nd May here in The Hub! They’re a glittering occasion where we celebrate outstanding sports clubs and individual members and recognise exceptional sporting achievement over the past academic year. We also reward School and Course Reps who either individually or as part of a team have excelled over the past year.

You can buy tickets for the events and get yourself in the mood by looking back at last year’s event in pics and video by clicking here.

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Student Safety Tips

If you’re going to be away over the spring break we hope you have a great time! Check out our handy tips for keeping your property, valuables and yourself safe over the holidays!

  • If you’re going to be leaving your accommodation empty try to make sure any valuables are well hidden and ensure all doors are locked. You could also ask a neighbour you trust to keep an eye on things while you’re away?
  • Make sure that domestic appliances are switched off and that all taps are properly turned off.
  • If you’re going to be partying over the spring break we always advise you to drink sensibly, avoid mixing alcoholic drinks, drink plenty of water and don’t take illegal subtances…especially if offered them by someone you don’t know.
  • If you’re heading abroad make sure you’ve got proper travel insurance and are as familiar with the areas you’re travelling to as possible. Try to stay with people you know and avoid being left alone with people you don’t.

Check out tees-su.org.uk/safety for more info on our year round student safety campaign.