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Welcome from the Student Officers

An extra warm welcome (as it’s so cold outside just now!!!) to the January/ February newsletter from Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU). 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 hope everyone who celebrates it had a great Christmas and that you all got time to relax and refresh over the holidays. We wish you a happy, successful 2019 and remember that TUSU is here for you throughout the year for support, advice, activities including sports clubs and societies, fun, social space and great events! 

This month we’re looking back on a brilliant 2018 including awards, national recognition, our various services performing superbly and some unforgettable events. Check out our Impact Report and video by clicking here.  

We’re also looking forward to nearly three weeks of activities, events and campaigns to get Semester two started in the right way with Refresh from Mon, 21st January. And we’re excited for a great new year of events in our award winning venues as well as the drama of the Student Officer and NUS Conference Rep Elections in February. We also hope you like our brand new look website (launching Mon, 21st Jan) as much as us! You can view the beta site by clicking here now…it’s a work in progress so if you have ideas and suggestions of anything we can improve then don’t hesitate to contact marketing@tees-su.org.uk  

Have a great month and, as always, make sure TUSU is right at the heart of your student life once we’re fully back up and running!  

Tom, Sophie and Andy – Student Officers, 2018/19. 

tees-su.org.uk/officers

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Reconnect with your SU and student life this January/ February!

Semester 2 is just around the corner and we know you might need a little help getting back in to student life after the holidays and exam season! 

Refresh runs from Mon, 21st January to Sun, 3rd February with events including: 

  • Savings, discounts and offers from the SU and our external partners at Mini Mega Monday. 

  • Another chance to find out about our many clubs and societies then join your faves at Societies Day 2 and Clubs Day 2

  • Help, support and info on becoming more employable and enterprising at the Employable Me campaign days

  • A chance to tell your Student Officers how student life is going for you at SU on Tour.  

Check out everything we’ve got coming up and keep in touch with further additions through tees-su.org.uk/refresh.

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Look back on a brilliant 2018 at TUSU

We’re not ones to boast (well not much anyway) but 2018 was another great calendar year at the SU with awards, national recognition, student success, sporting glory and services/ campaigns that made a real difference. 

We’re looking back on the best bits in our Impact Report and Impact Video now and you can pick up printed copies of the report from the first floor of the SU Building. 

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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 open on Mon, 25th Feb but NOW is the time to start finding out more and planning your campaign! 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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Get set for another great semester of evening events at TUSU!

TUSU is the place to be for you, your family and friends (non-students welcome to attend our events) this January and February! Our multi-award winning venues The Terrace and The Hub are home to great events every week including: 

  • The hugely popular Monday Night Quiz with different fun packed themes each week and the chance to win FREE DRINKS and CASH PRIZES. There’s loads of fun, top tunes and discount drinks between rounds too! 

  • Sing your heart out and enjoy discount drinks every Wednesday night at karaoke! What better way to warm up for Go Ninja at Spensleys? The biggest mid-week student night around!   

  • The much loved Bingo Revolution every second Thursday! A sideways take on bingo with comedy, great prizes and unbeatable offers on a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks! 

  • Discount drinks, classic cuts and the biggest current sounds from our resident DJs plus an amazing atmosphere in which to start your weekend at 3-2-1 Fridays!  

Keep in touch with everything that’s coming up and confirm your attendance through our events group on Facebook. You can also check out tees-su.org.uk/events and tees-su.org.uk/eventsplanner

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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) will also give students the chance to improve their employability and job prospects at employable me campaign days and a brand new Sport, Health, Wellbeing and Opportunities Fair.

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Already thinking about next year’s accommodation? Get yourself to Housing Day on 5th Feb!

If your thoughts have already turned to where you might live in the 2019/20 academic year or you just want more info, help or support with current student housing then get yourself to our latest Housing Day. 

The event on Tue 5th February from 11am to 3pm, will feature:  

  • A wide range of landlords and letting agents accredited by the SU. 

  • Tips on keeping your accommodation safe and secure from Cleveland Police. 

  • The chance to get advice and info on a range of housing issues from our specialist housing Advisers.

Find out more and confirm your attendance by clicking here

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Look no further than the SU Shop for food, drink, course materials and more!

The SU Shop (ground floor, SU Building) is open 8am to 9pm weekdays and 12pm to 7pm weekends during term time with a wide selection of food, drink, great value meal deals and all your course related essentials. It’s also the only place on campus to buy official Teesside University merchandise and get hoodies branded for your course, group, club or society!  

There’s a wide range of special offers and discounts for customers to enjoy every month, including the below this January and February: 

·         A great new range of gluten free, dairy free and vegan ice cream starting from just £1.

·         The chance to get the Easter spirit early with 2 Cadburys Crème Eggs or Malteser Bunnies for just £1

·         Even more gluten free and vegan options in our sandwich range from just £3.49

·         A wide range of snacks available from just £1

·         A sixth coffee free when you buy five with our loyalty system.

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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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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.