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Welcome From The Student Officers

A warm welcome to the ninth and final newsletter of the year from Teesside University Students’ Union. We get in touch every month during the academic year unless you ask us to stop by unsubscribing.

We hope everyone’s had a good final few weeks of the semester and exam/ assignment deadline stress hasn’t hit you too hard! We also hope you’re as excited as we are for this Friday’s Final Fling! We know we say it every year but we really do think this is going to be THE biggest one that the campus has ever seen! Tickets are selling out fast but you can still get yours here and don’t forget that your family and friends, whether they’re students or not, are very welcome to attend too!

We’d also like to congratulate all of this year’s Annual Awards and STAR Awards winners and we’re looking ahead to graduation in July with top tips to help ensure you have a problem free graduation. Please do read our graduation checklist carefully, we want it to be a magical week for you and your family.

And, we’ve got some top tips to help ensure that if you currently rent student accommodation and are due to move out it goes without a hitch. We’ve also got some good advice for staying safe and minimising your chance of being affected by crime over the summer.

Finally, for two of us (Georgina and Amy) this is a fond farewell. It’s been an absolute honour to serve you for the past two years and we all hope that everyone else moving on this summer goes on to great things and keeps in touch with the SU.

Have a great last week and a safe, happy summer break!

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

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Goodbye Amy and Georgina…Hello Andy and Sophie!

A big congratulations and welcome to Andrew Richardson (President Activities Elect) and Sophie Bennett (President Welfare Elect) who students chose to succeed Amy and Georgina in the Student Officer elections at the start of March. Andrew secured 706 of the 1170 votes cast in his election while Sophie picked up 661 of the 1091 votes cast in hers.

Andrew is 23 and originally from Coleraine in Northern Ireland, Sophie is 23 and from Darlington. They will both be familiar faces to many with Andrew having led the successful Powerlifting Club and Sophie working behind the bar in The Terrace for several years.

Andrew and Sophie will begin their handover in mid-June then officially take over the roles at the start of July from Amy Preston and Georgina Arksey respectively. Amy and Georgina have both served two terms in their roles as well as being heavily involved in the SU as staff members, sports club members and volunteers prior to being elected.

“Amy’s passion, commitment and great ideas have shone throughout her two years in office. She’s worked continually to boost the profile of both clubs and societies and get more people involved in them.” Andrew said. “She’s also run some really important campaigns around participation, employability and equality. On behalf of everyone at the SU I thank her and wish her the very best for the future.”

“Georgina is a fantastic role model to me and many others. One of the main reasons I ran for the post was because I was so impressed by the work she had done in the role.” Sophie added. “She’s developed and widened the very influential Yes to Respect campaign, worked closely with the Uni to ensure students get the help and support they need and been a very hard-working, creative and well respected Student Officer. On behalf of everyone at the SU I wish her the best of luck with her upcoming studies and what I’m sure will be a glittering future career.”

Find out more about Andrew and Sophie while reviewing the recent elections at tees-su.org.uk/officerselect and watch them talking about getting elected as well as what they want to achieve alongside Tom Platt (President Education Re-Elect) by clicking here.

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2 days and counting…don’t miss our massive end of year party!

Have you got your tickets yet? The Final Fling kicks off at 2pm this Friday in the SU Building and right outside and it’s going to be, frankly, epic! 14 incredible hours of live performances from big name acts, fairground rides, giant games, the ever popular bier keller, 3 rooms of music and much, much more besides!

Students and non-students are equally welcome so, unsurprisingly, tickets are selling out fast! Don’t miss out on the summer party to end them all, find out more and get your tickets now from tees-su.org.uk/finalfling. You can also pop in to the SU Welcome Desk (open 9am to 5pm weekdays).

If you’ve already bought a ticket you can exchange it for a wristband here in the SU Building on Thursday (17th) or on the day of the event itself.

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TUSU summer holiday opening

The SU Building reverts to holiday opening hours from Fri, 18th May through to the middle of September with services and Student Officer availability affected as follows:

  • The SU Building is open weekdays only until September and will be closed at 5pm every night.
  • At least one Student Officer will be available for students to speak to until July when the new team take office. We’ll keep you informed of future Officer availability on social media.
  • The Terrace and The Hub are closed, except for private parties and Graduation Week, until September. It is however possible we’ll open The Terrace to show selected World Cup games so please keep an eye on our social media.
  • The SU Shop will be open, subject to levels of trade, from 9am to 3pm weekdays until and including Graduation Week (Mon, 16th to Fri 20th July). Keep an eye on our social media for any changes to the opening hours.
  • The SU Welcome Desk is open until 1.30pm on Fri, 18th May then closed until Mon, 21st May. It remains open after that until Friday, 15th June before closing until Mon, 3rd Sep.  Students can continue to collect NUS Extra Cards and get assignments bound over the summer from SU Student Support (SUSS reception) from 11am to 3pm weekdays.
  • SU Activities staff will be available throughout the summer but students should ring 01642 342234 or e-mail: activities@tees-su.org.uk well in advance to book an appointment.
  • The SU Studio and Snooze Rooms will be closed on Fri, 18th May then available through the summer though students will need to book with the Welcome Desk or, once it closes for the summer, SU Activities staff.
  • SU Student Support (SUSS) will be open weekdays from 11am to 3pm except for Fri, 1st June when they are closed for staff development.
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The countdown to Fresher's 2018 is on!

Fresher’s 2018, kicking off on Sat, 15th September, will truly have something for everyone! No matter your background, age or mode of study we hope you’ll get involved in our events if you’re still going to be around this autumn!

We’ll have a range of daytime events offering essential support and advice, support with staying safe and healthy and loads of top tips for settling in to or back in to student life. There’ll also be a chance to find out more about our many sports clubs and societies and of course plenty of snazzy freebies and special offers from our commercial partners.

We’ll also be providing events and entertainment every night with big name acts likely to be playing live, some massive club and theme nights plus smaller, more relaxed activities. Remember, you don’t need to drink alcohol to enjoy our many events, there’s always plenty of non-alcoholic options available!

Why not beat the rush and save a fortune by getting an early bird Fresher's Pass (just £25 for guaranteed entry to every evening event)? Better still, get an early bird Love It Card (Just £75 for entry to almost every student event held in 2018/19*).

Keep checking tees-su.org.uk/freshers and join our official Fresher's Facebook group for all the very latest before anyone else. You can also subscribe for exclusive updates on our events before anyone else by clicking here.

*The Love It Card does not entitle holders to entry to the Societies or Annual Awards 2019. You must purchase a separate ticket for these events.

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Congrats to our gold standard students and staff!

We’ve been well and truly in the awards season over the past month with outstanding academic and support staff honoured at the STAR Awards on Tuesday, 1st May. Winners included our very own Stephen Goodall (Activities Development Coordinator) who picked up the SU Staff Member of the Year title after another busy year helping societies to develop. Congrats as well to fellow nominees Gary McNaughton (Deputy Licensed Trade Manager) and Phil Lee (Technical Services Supervisor), the first ever member of student staff to be shortlisted. Watch video from the event here.

Then on Wednesday, 2nd May the SU honoured outstanding sports clubs, team and sports people at the Annual Awards 2018. The ceremony also recognised exceptional School Representatives and student volunteers.

Commonwealth Games medallist and British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) cycling champion Harry Tanfield picked up Sportsman of the Year. Meanwhile his fellow Commonwealth medallist and leading paratriathelete Jade Jones-Hall shared the Sportswoman of the Year with Women’s Football star Bianca Owens.

Women’s Football picked up another three trophies including BUCS Team of the Year following their league title success, while Netball were named BUCS Club of the Year after a stellar season including a league title win and big developments off the court.

In the School Representative categories, the School of Computing, Media & the Arts School Reps picked up Team of the Year after a busy year making sure students in that school are heard by its senior management. Meanwhile, Rebecca Knowles (School of Health & Social Care) was judged School Rep of the Year.

Read a full report on all of the winners, check out pictures and watch videos from the event at tees-su.org.uk/awards.

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Look back on an incredible year at TUSU

It’s been another superb academic year for TUSU including ever improving student ratings, a string of sporting successes, campaigns that have made a real impact on student life and services which have continued to deliver for thousands of students.

We’re proud to present what we consider to be the very best bits in TUSU In Review. Paper copies available from the SU Building from Tue, 29th May.

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Congratulations to all our forthcoming graduates

We’d like to wish everyone who is leaving us this academic year the very best for the future and we hope that if you are graduating this July you and your families have a wonderful day!

The vast majority of students have no problem graduating but you can ensure you minimise the chances of an issue and make certain that you’re fully prepared for the big day with our graduation checklist.

We’d also like to remind you that the SU Shop and The Terrace are open throughout Graduation Week for delicious food, a wide range of drinks and Teesside University merchandise. It’s also the ideal place for family and friends who can’t get a ticket to your ceremony to watch you graduate. We’ll be showing every ceremony across the first floor on our big screens.

tees-su.org.uk/graduation

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Get extra this summer!

Don’t forget that the great value NUS Extra Card is valid from whatever date you buy it for 12 months so if you didn’t get around to getting one this year why not do it now? It’s a great way of making some serious savings on summer essentials including travel, clothes and food!

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Are you a good listener? Help us with an important new service!

We’re launching a brand new listening service for students later this year and we need your help! If you’re a good listener and you want to help other students why not volunteer for Nightline? Full training provided and it’s a great addition to any C.V.

E-mail: nightline@tees-su.org.uk for full info.

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Get paid to be the face of Fresher’s 2018!

We’re currently recruiting confident, articulate and enthusiastic students to help us deliver Fresher’s 2018! You’ll be the face and voice of the biggest fortnight of the year helping to welcome new and returning students, promoting our various events and helping everyone to have a great first couple of weeks!

You’ll work just a few hours per day from Sun, 16th September onwards and you won’t be asked to do any cleaning or heavy lifting! You’ll be meeting and helping people while promoting our events! You’ll receive the national minimum wage per hour plus free entry to every evening event during Fresher’s*.

It’s a great way to add to your experience and skills while doing something really valuable for other students! Find out more and apply now through tees-su.org.uk/freshersreps

*Entry to evening events is subject to satisfactory completion of that day’s shift as decided by your line manager.

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Stay safe and get your deposit back this summer

We know lots of students will be heading abroad over the summer and we want you to stay safe and crime free whatever you’re doing…check out our top tips below.

  • If you’re travelling abroad make sure you have the appropriate insurances you’re going to need and have found out as much as possible about the places you’re going to be staying…it’s always helpful to know a little bit about the culture and people you’re going to be spending time with.
  • We know students are adults and you make your own decisions about what you put in your body but we’d always urge you to drink responsibly and stay well clear of drugs especially if you are offered them by a stranger! Even so called “legal highs” can be very dangerous so please think carefully before taking anything!
  • As always if you’re at parties or socialising over the summer keep an eye out for drink spiking and try to stay in groups and to well lit areas on an evening.
  • Make sure you’re familiar with the general laws and cultures in a country you’re visiting…particularly around what’s acceptable in public and in social situations as it can vary greatly depending on where you visit.
  • Make sure you’re also familiar with the general laws and cultures in a country you’re visiting…particularly around what’s acceptable in public and in social situations as it can vary greatly depending on where you visit.
  • As always if you’re at parties or socialising over the summer keep an eye out for drink spiking, try to stay in groups and well lit areas on an evening.
  • If you’re going to be travelling alone make sure you have a plan for what you’ll do in emergencies and also ensure that family and friends know how they can contact you and check in on your welfare while you're away.
  • If you’re leaving a student property while you travel make sure you keep all valuables out of sight, lock windows and doors and speak with your landlord or letting agent about what you need to do with regards utilities like gas, electricity and water while you’re away.
  • This is far from an exhaustive list, check out reputable travel websites for more info on staying safe abroad this summer and whatever you’re doing…have a safe, happy summer : - )
  • Plus…if you’re due to move out of student accommodation this summer make sure you check out our tips to ensure you get your deposit back.
  • This is far from an exhaustive list, check out reputable travel websites for more info on staying safe abroad this summer and whatever you’re doing…have a safe, happy summer : - )