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Welcome From The Student Officers

A very warm welcome to the November/ December edition of our newsletter. We’ll be in touch every month this academic year unless you ask us to stop by unsubscribing. You can also review how we use and store your data by clicking here.

We can hardly believe it’s already November and we’re just a few weeks away from everyone taking a well-earned break! There’s still, of course, plenty to come before Christmas including our Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Tuesday. It’s a short (should last no longer than an hour) but very important meeting where you can hear about our plans for the rest of the year, put your questions and have a say in how your SU is run. There’s also FREE DOMINOS PIZZA and CASH PRIZES for the club and society who each get the most members to attend.

In addition, we’ll be continuing our range of campaigns work and looking ahead to the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019 which gives final year students an important opportunity to feedback to the Uni and TUSU. We’re also encouraging you to start planning your campaign now if you’re thinking of running in the Student Officer and/or NUS Conference Rep Elections 2019! And don’t forget that there’s loads of great stuff coming up in The Terrace and The Hub every night before the holidays culminating in the epic Festive Friday on 14th December!

And don’t forget that it’s not too late to get more from your student life! Sports Clubs and Societies are a proven way to meet new people, continue an interest or develop a new one, improve your long term employability and of course have a richer student experience.

Have a great month and make sure TUSU is right at the heart of your student life!

Tom, Sophie and Andy - Student Officers 2018/19 - tees-su.org.uk/officers

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Amazing events in our award winning venues!

We’ve got something for everyone in our multi award winning venues The Terrace and The Hub this month! Students and your friends/ family are welcome to join us for…

  • Mega Quiz Night every Monday from 8pm. Loads of fun and games with DJ Matty Morgan, top tunes between rounds and the chance to win FREE DRINKS all night.
  • Stunning solo and group performances (well they think so) from our karaoke performers and discount drinks at Drinks Exchange every Wednesday night. The perfect way to warm up for Go Ninja at Spensleys…the biggest Wednesday night in town!
  • The brilliant Bingo Revolution on selected Thursdays! Loads of laughs, top tunes and great prizes to be won!
  • 3-2-1 deals on selected Friday nights. Get shots from £1, bottles from £2 and bombs 3 for £5 all night! (Many non-alcoholic options also available).
  • Shangri-La every Saturday night! The Terrace is the official pre-bar for the biggest new Saturday night in town over at The Empire. Make an early start for discount drinks, classic tunes and great prizes before you head round to the main event.
  • Food, drink and sport on the big screen including Premiership football every weekend.
  • Special one off events including the return of our hugely popular Mamma Mia Sing-Along this Sunday, an overnight lock in to enjoy coverage of the MASSIVE Fury vs Wilder fight on 1st December.
  • And don’t miss our epic, end of year extravaganza Festive Friday on 14th December. The biggest, best Christmas party around for students and your friends/ family with amazing drinks deals, festive classics and top current tunes from our resident DJs, Loads of seasonal giveaways, Santa emptying his sack full of special gifts and much, much more besides.

Keep in touch with everything going on and coming up through tees-su.org.uk/events or our Facebook events group.

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Have your say at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Annual General Meeting (AGM), taking place on 20th November is one of the most important events of the year. It’s your chance to hear from your Student Officers about their plans for the year ahead and have your say about them.  

You’ll also be asked to approve our affiliations, the way the 2019 elections will be run and will receive our 2017/18 accounts. In addition, whichever club and society each get the most members to attend can win £50 and there’s free pizza courtesy of Dominos Middlesbrough. 

Find out more and read key papers including the agenda and minutes at tees-su.org.uk/agm.

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Campaigns Corner

We’re a students’ union that’s committed to real world campaigns that make a difference for ALL students. Our Student Officers lead on campaigns covering housingmental health and general wellbeingacceptable behaviour and language on campus (Yes to Respect), safetyemployability and more. 

Throughout this semester the Officers will be out and about with SU on Tour giving you the chance to tell them about your student experience. Andrew Richardson (President Activities) has also recently launched his clean sport campaign which raises awareness of the dangers of drugs in sport.

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Not too late to get involved in clubs and societies!

Our huge range of sports clubs and societies are a great way to get more from your time at Teesside University. You can keep fit, compete and represent your Uni in league and cup competitions by joining one of our many clubs covering everything from football to martial arts. Meanwhile our societies are a great way to continue an interest or develop a new one and meet like-minded people, you can be part of everything from Battle Re-enactment through to knitting!

Clubs and societies are a proven way of making new friends, getting more from student life and becoming more employable! It doesn’t matter about your age, background or how often you’re on campus, we’ll have something for you to enjoy!

Chat to our Activities team through activities@tees-su.org.uk or on the first floor of the SU Building (10am to 4pm weekdays) about what may suit you.

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Nightline needs you!

Nightline is an overnight, confidential listening service for Teesside University students. We are still recruiting student volunteers to listen to callers or more widely to help us promote this important new service. E-mail: nightline@tees-su.org.uk to find out more or create a voluntees account to find out more about the opportunity. 

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Convenience and bargains on campus with the SU Shop 

The SU Shop (ground floor, SU Building) is open 8am to 7pm weekdays, 12pm to 7pm weekends with a great range of snacks, drinks, meal deals, stationery, course related materials and more! It’s also the only place on campus to buy official Teesside University merchandise! 

Meal deals are just £3.49, You can get a 6th hot drink free for every 5 you purchase and there’s bargain offers every month of the academic year including great offers on vegan and gluten free snacks and a wide range of American sweets until the festive break. 

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Final year students…tell the Uni and SU about your time here from January!

The National Student Survey (NSS) is one of the biggest and most influential student surveys around. It’s a chance for most final year students to tell Teesside University and the SU what you thought of the teaching, resources, facilities and feedback you’ve had throughout your time here.

It launches at the end of January and every student who completes it will be entered in to a prize draw to win cash prizes (full details confirmed soon, winners announced in April 2019, check our terms and conditions for the competition at the web link below).

Find out why we think you should spend a few minutes giving your feedback now at tees-su.org.uk/nss

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Get help and advice with housing this Tuesday!

Need help or advice with student housing from SU Student Support (SUSS), Teesside University and external partners? Want to speak to a range of accredited landlords and letting agents? Get loads of top tips on student housing and start looking at possible properties for next year at our housing day on 20th November.

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Bring your great ideas to life with the Student Experience Fund

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 from the Student Experience Fund run in partnership by Teesside University and the Students’ Union.

£140,000 of philanthropic funding over is available over three years to students, to help you deliver projects that give you new opportunities. You might want to increase your academic knowledge or skills; increase your career opportunities or enterprise and employability skills; maybe you'd like to volunteer to help a deprived or disadvantaged community outside of the UK?

We were recently delighted to help seven of our Occupational Therapy students with a two week work experience trip to Ecuador where they assisted Elaine Keane at her Occupational Therapy Centre in Ibarra. They helped her to deliver OT services to adults and children with learning difficulties and went on an amazon jungle adventure to learn more about ancient ways of healing and medicinal plants.

To find out more and apply click here.

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Get paid to lead your SU! Speak up for all Teesside Uni Students

Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU) is led by students for students and in March of every year three current students are elected to lead the organisation and oversee how it’s run as Student Officers (President Education, President Activities and President Welfare).

They work full-time from July 2019 for at least 12 months and are paid over £21,000 per year to represent students to the most senior figures at the Uni and a range of external bodies. They also lead on a range of campaigns and big events at the SU. It’s a unique opportunity to make a real difference and gain the kind of experience and skills other graduates can only dream of!

In addition, students can run to be one of the four Teesside Uni representatives at the National Union of Students (NUS) National Conference. The three day event takes place in April 2019 and is the biggest single gathering of Students’ Unions and students. You’ll have your say about a range of national issues affecting students with most of your expenses paid by TUSU. There’s a great social scene every night too!

The opportunities are open to any current student* and past experience/ involvement in the SU is much less important than a passion for representing students and a willingness to work hard! You’ll get lots of support from staff at the SU from being a candidate right through your time as a Student Officer.

Nominations don’t open until February 2019 but why not start finding out more and planning your campaign NOW? There’s a wealth of information available from tees-su.org.uk/elections or drop a line to elections@tees-su.org.uk to speak with current Officers and key support staff about what’s involved.

*There are a small number of circumstances which may prevent you from running in our elections and becoming a Student Officer/ Trustee including previously being declared bankrupt, having a criminal record or not being a current student at the time elections voting takes place. Please contact us through the elections e-mail above for a confidential discussion about any concerns.

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 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.

  • Get a timer for a lamp to automatically come on at night, this is the easiest way to deter unwelcome visitors. Pick one up from our accommodation pop-up in November.
  • Make sure you stay to areas that you know and that you are walking with friends if possible.
  • Put your phone away while walking, it can distract you and attract others.
  • Turn your headphones down and be  aware of your surroundings.
  • Know your way around campus and familiarise yourself with the streets near where you live.
  • Always pre-book your taxi and make sure you know the company you are booking with.
  • Always keep some emergency cash with you. You may need it for a taxi unexpectedly.
  • Enjoy your nights out with friends but don’t go out on an empty stomach, eating isn’t cheating, oh and don’t lose control.
  • 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.