Welcome from the Student Officers

A warm welcome to the February/ March 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.


There’s one undoubted highlight this coming month…Student Officer and NUS Conference Rep Elections! If you fancy getting paid over £21,000 to do our job next year and/ or want to represent all Teesside Uni students at NUS National Conference then it’s nearly time to stand! Full info on key dates for both candidates and voters plus info on why we think you should stand further down this newsletter. There’s also a wealth of info on tees-su.org.uk/elections and we’re all very happy to discuss our roles and why we think you should run for them…just drop elections@tees-su.org.uk a line to fix up a time to talk to us!


However, it’s not all about elections this month! We’re also looking forward to our annual Tees Wear Varsity sporting clash with our friends (and rivals) at the University of Sunderland at the end of March. While there’s loads of great evening events coming up at TUSU over the next month, and it’s never too early to get excited about our massive end of year event The Final Fling…save cash by buying a ticket NOW!!!


Finally, we want to say a big well done and thanks to all of the students and volunteers who have given their time to the very successful launch of Nightline in the past few weeks. Our brand new listening service is available overnight at weekends so if you need someone to listen and to help please do give them a call! More about the service further down.


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


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

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President Activities confirms he won’t re-stand, urges all students to run in the elections!

Andrew Richardson, President Activities at Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU), has confirmed he will not be standing for a second year in his position. He has also urged all students to consider running for a Student Officer and/ or NUS National Conference Rep role when nominations open on Mon, 25th February.


“It’s been a very tough decision as I’ve loved every second in the role so far and I still have a lot I aim to achieve. However, I am keen to begin my PhD which will look at tackling the sociological aspects of sedentary lifestyles in the Tees Valley region and I’m proud to say I’ll be undertaking my studies here at Teesside University.


I really hope all students…whether you’re currently involved in the Students’ Union or not…consider running for my role or another position leading the Students’ Union/ representing all Teesside University students. These are unique opportunities to make a real difference to student life and gain the kind of experience/ skills other students can only dream of. I’m more than happy to discuss my role with anyone who wants to know more.


I still have a lengthy period left in the role and I intend to continue working with sports clubs, societies, volunteers, individual students and staff. We’ll keep up the progress on student experience, employability and opportunities until I leave the role in June.”


Find out more about elections and the roles available in the item below or at tees-su.org.uk/elections.

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Stand up and be counted! TUSU Elections 2019 are coming from 25th Feb!

TUSU is led by students for students and every year any current student* has the right to stand in our elections to find the next Student Officers and NUS National Conference Reps.


Student Officers work full-time from July of each year for at least 12 months and get paid over £21,000. Their responsibilities include leading our Board of Trustees, overseeing the running of the SU, running a range of campaigns and events and representing all students to the most senior figures at Teesside University and external bodies.


NUS National Conference Reps attend the National Union of Students (NUS) National Conference 2019 for three days in April to represent all Teesside Uni students. They vote on key decisions affecting all students and who will lead the national student movement for the next year. There’s also a great social scene each night and most expenses are paid by the SU.


These are all incredible opportunities to gain the kind of experience and skills other students can only dream of while making a real difference to all students. Enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and a passion for helping others are more important than past experience or a lot of past involvement in TUSU.




*There are a small number of circumstances which may prevent you from standing as a candidate in the elections/ being a Trustee of TUSU. Please check out tees-su.org.uk/eligibility and e-mail us through the address above for a confidential discussion about any concerns you have.

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Have your say about who speaks for you during Elections Week 2019!

Once the candidates have entered the race and nominations close it’ll be time for all current students* to decide who they want to be the next three Student Officers and the next four NUS National Conference Reps. No matter how involved you are in your SU at the moment it WILL matter to you personally who gets elected so please do take the time to get involved and cast well informed votes! It’s quick and simple but very important!


Here’s four ways you can do your bit for democracy from Mon, 4th Mar to Wed, 13th Mar…


  • Candidates will be out around campus campaigning from Mon, 4th Mar while  their personal statement/ candidate videos will be available later that week. Make sure you chat to them and check out their campaign publicity on tees-su.org.uk/elections or facebook.com/teessidesu.
  • All of the candidates will speak and answer your questions at our Meet The Candidates event on Thu, 7th March from 12pm to 3pm in The Terrace (1st floor, SU Building). Make sure you get along to find out more about the people behind the campaign!
  • Cast your votes electronically through tees-su.org.uk/elections between 10am and 8pm on Mon, 11th or Tue, 12th March. Voting is quick, simple and can be done on devices supplied by TUSU or your own phone/ tablet/ laptop or PC. PLEASE DON’T VOTE ON DEVICES SUPPLIED BY CANDIDATES OR THEIR CAMPAIGNS TEAM and please don’t allow them to pressure you in to voting for them…give all candidates a fair hearing! If you’re unhappy with anyone’s elections related behaviour while voting is open you can report it to elections@tees-su.org.uk.
  • Get yourself along to the Elections Results Party on Wed, 13th March from 8pm in The Terrace (1st floor, SU Building). It’s your chance to experience all the fun, drama and tension as winners are announced. There’ll also be loads of fun, top tunes, discount drinks and prizes to be won as DJ Matty Morgan takes to the booth all night.


*If you cease to be a current student when voting is open you probably won’t be able to cast a vote. If you find you’re unable to vote and think it’s a mistake please contact the SU through elections@tees-su.org.uk ASAP and we’ll do all we can to resolve the issue before voting closes.

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Enjoy more fantastic day and evening events at the SU!

TUSU is the place to be for you, your family and friends (non-students welcome to attend our events) this February and March! Our multi-award winning venues 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


  • Indie and rock classics, competitions, discounted entry to the main event and more at Empire Shangri-La Saturdays! The perfect way to prepare yourself for the biggest Saturday night in Middlesbrough, Shangri-La at The Empire!


  • Huge recent movie releases on screens across the first floor of the SU Building on selected Sundays with our fun, relaxed movie nights.


  • Massive one off events from external providers including a huge vintage clothing sale on Mon, 18th Feb.


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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Get your game face on…Tees Wear Varsity is coming!

The Tees Wear Varsity is our annual sporting clash with our friends (and rivals) at the University of Sunderland! It’s back here on campus and at sports facilities close by this year on Wed, 20thMarch with the coveted trophy presented to the winner at a massive after party in The Hub from around 9pm.

Enjoy a feast of clashes across over x sports as stars of our sports clubs and teams do battle with their counterparts from Sunderland. We’re confident of a fourth consecutive win but we want your support! Make sure you get over to as many matches as possible and buy a ticket for the presentation…it’s an amazing atmosphere and we’ll have some unbeatable drinks offers all night!


Check out the Varsity minisite for full info and a schedule for the day…we’ll also have coverage throughout the day and night across our social media! Tickets will be available online and from the SU Welcome Desk (1st floor, SU Building) from Mon, 18th Feb.

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

Our annual Rate Your Landlord survey is now open! Tell us about your experiences (good and bad) when renting student accommodation and you’ll be helping us decide which landlords and letting agents should pick up our coveted Housing Awards 2019.


The survey is short and simple but very important! You could win one of two £50 Amazon vouchers for your time too! Click here to complete the survey.

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The biggest event of the year is coming soon…why not save cash and get your tickets now?

Our epic, legendary end of year party The Final Fling lands on Fri, 17th May this year but we’ve already got 1,000 tickets on sale for current students at just £30!

The price will go up very soon so why not nab a bargain NOW? Non-students can also buy tickets at a bargain £35!


We’ll be announcing the full line up soon…which will include massive names from the music world, a huge fairground and loads of other amazing attractions…so why not beat the rush and bag your place at the biggest event of the year?

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Our Nightline volunteers are listening every weekend…give them a call.

Nightline is a confidential, anonymous listening service provided by students for students and it’s now available from 8pm to 7am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Why not give our highly trained volunteers a call on 01642 738600…they’ll be there to listen and to help whatever you’re going through.


Find out more and get info if you’re interested in being a volunteer 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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Calling final year students! Have your say and win BIG PRIZES!

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’s now live and every student who completes it will be entered in to a prize draw to win £1,500 off further study at Teesside Uni. You can also help your course win a VIP reception during Graduation Week 2019 with the cohort who get the most respondents receiving very special treatment this July!


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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Have you checked out the new look TUSU website yet?

As you may already be aware, Teesside University Students' Union (TUSU) has recently changed web provider. Our website tees-su.org.uk is now provided by One Voice Digital, who work closely with the National Union of Students (NUS) to supply website services to a large proportion of the Students' Unions across the United Kingdom. We've taken the opportunity to redesign the website, hopefully improving the design, layout and how user friendly it is. There's also several new features including a "Student Voice" section where you can suggest ideas for improvement to the University, Students' Union or both and see if other users like them enough for us to work with you on implementing them. Here's a few things we want you to do and check out.


  • Activate your account - If you're a current student there's no need to register with the website simply login as a student with the same username and password you use to log in to the University Blackboard system and follow instructions. It's quick, simple and means you'll get full use of the website. If you encounter any issues with activating your account please drop marketing@tees-su.org.uk a line and we'll look in to it ASAP.
  • Take a tour of the website - Check out the various sub-sections and pages to get a full picture of everything your Students' Union can do for you while you study here.
  • Check out the clubs and societies section - If you're a lead member of a club or society please check you have the same level of access and rights you had before we changed web provider by logging in and going to your club or societies section. If not drop activities@tees-su.org.uk a line and they’ll look in to it for you ASAP.
  • Use the Student Voice section - The Student Officers want your ideas, suggestions and comments. Submit them through the new student voice section and we'll come back to you with what we're going to do in response!
  • Give us feedback - The new website is a work in progress! Tell us what you think of design, layout, content and anything else you think's great or that we can improve on! Dropmarketing@tees-su.org.uk a line with your feedback or any technical support queries.
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Student 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.
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Have you got the X Factor? Prove it at TUSU this March!

The makers of smash hit talent show The X Factor are back in the SU Building looking for future stars for their next series! Book your spot at the SU Welcome Desk (1st floor, SU Building and open 9am to 5pm weekdays) or simply turn up on the day (you will have to wait until bookings are completed).

A microphone and sound system plus spotify will be available...if you have any other special requirements please e-mail: leanne.smelt@thames.tv direct. NON-STUDENTS ARE WELCOME BUT UNDER 18'S MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT.

Click here to find out more.

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Help your STAR Uni and SU staff get recognised now!

The STAR Awards, run in partnership by Teesside University and TUSU, are presented to the academic and support staff who students and fellow staff have nominated as the best over the past year. If there’s a member of staff who you think has really gone the extra mile for you and fellow students why not take a few moments to nominate them? It might mean they get the recognition you think they deserve! tees.ac.uk/star for more info and to submit nominations.