Welcome from the Student Officers

A warm welcome to the March/ April edition of our newsletter, we’ll be in touch every month this academic year with the latest news and events from TUSU (incredibly there are only two more editions to go!) unless you ask us to stop by unsubscribing.


We want to start by thanking everyone who took the time to vote in our recent Student Officer and NUS National Conference Rep elections, we also want to congratulate all candidates on excellent campaigns. You can find out more about Alan Lofthouse (President Education Elect), George Reeves (President Activities Elect) and Sophie Bennett (President Welfare Re-Elect/ Elect), who will lead TUSU from July 2019, further down this newsletter or by clicking here. There’s also details of the four students who will represent Teesside Uni at one of the biggest student events of the year next month..


Alongside elections we’re celebrating recent sporting success for several of our clubs and looking ahead to a jam packed period of big events before the summer break. It includes the Tees Wear Sports Varsity, another glittering Societies Awards, the third annual Housing Awards, the eagerly awaited Annual Awards and our epic, end of year extravaganza The Final Fling.


We hope you have another great month but remember that however things are going we’re here to help and support you! And don’t forget you can now use our superb new listening service Nightline from 8pm to 7am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, if you need to talk then our highly trained volunteers will be there to listen.


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



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Meet the people students elected to represent them

Nearly 1,300 students cast 4,300 votes on Mon, 11th and Tue, 12th March to decide the next three people who will oversee the running of TUSU, lead on a range of campaigns and represent all students to the most senior figures at the University and a range of external bodies.They also chose the four students who will attend the National Union of Students (NUS) National Conference in Glasgow next month to represent Teesside University. They’ll have a say on all of the big issues affecting students and vote for the next set of national student leaders.


Alan Lofthouse was elected President Education with 538 votes in a clsoe race with Jessica-Mae Graves who finished just 13 votes behind on 525. Meanwhile there was even more drama in the race for the President Activities position with George Reeves and Neal McCausland both finishing on 540 votes before George was named the winner because of more first choice votes from students as per Standard Transfer Voting rules. Alan and George will join Sophie Bennett as the three Student Officers from July 2019...she was re-elected to her role with 588 votes. Sophie and Alan will also join Jessica-Mae Graves and Charlotte Dean Barnes as Tesside University representatives at the National Conference.


Find out more about the Student Officers Elect by clicking here


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Spring Break Opening Hours

The SU Building reverts to spring break holiday opening hours after Friday, 5th April until, and including, Sun,  28th April 2019. Our Student Officer and service availability are affected as follows over that period:


  • The SU Building will only be open weekdays and will close at 5pm each evening. The entire building is closed on Good Friday (19th April) and Easter Monday (22nd April).
  • At least one Student Officer will be available throughout the spring break (not including Good Friday or Easter Monday).
  • The Terrace and The Hub are clsoed, except for private parties after Friday, 5th April until, and including, Sun, 28th April. 
  • The SU Shop is open weekdays only (not including Good Friday or Easter Monday) from 9am to 3pm. This may change subject to levels of trade and we'll make you aware on our social media and website. 
  • SU Student Support (SUSS) is open weekdays (not including Good Friday or Easter Monday). Reception is available from 11am to 2pm. 
  • SU Activities staff will be available over the spring break (not including Good Friday or Easter Monday) but please ring or e-mail ahead to ensure they are free.
  • The SU Wecome Desk is open weekdays as usual (not including Good Friday or Easter Monday). 
  • The SU Studio and Snooze Room can be booked out from the Welcome Desk through the week from 9am to 5pm (not inlcuding Good Friday or Easter Monday). 
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The annual clash of the sporting titans returns on 20th March

Our sports clubs, teams and their individual members are busy gearing up for next week’s Tees Wear Varsity 2019! The annual clash with our friends and rivals from the University of Sunderland takes place on Wed, 20th March here on campus and at sports facilities close by.


We’re aiming to win the coveted varsity trophy for the third year in a row and, if you’re not competing, you can get along and show your support for those who are throughout the day!  Then, why not enjoy the massive after party? That includes discount drinks and top tunes along with the presentation of the trophy in The Hub.


Check out the full schedule, get detials of venues to watch matches/ where you can watch online and buy tickets (also available from the SU Welcome Desk from 9am to 5pm weekdays) now through tees-su.org.uk/varsity.


And don’t forget we’ll have live coverage throughout the day and in to the evening on facebook.com/teessidesu and instagram.com/teessidesu too!

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Dance and pop legends lead the line up at Final Fling 2019!

Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU) will welcome international dance stars Chase and Status and pop legends Scouting for Girls as headline acts at our end of year event Final Fling 2019. They’ll be joined at the top of the bill by rising stars Lotto Boyzz.


The event, taking place on Fri, 17th May around and inside the Students’ Union building has grown from a hugely popular end of year party for students to one of the biggest live events in Teesside over the past 5 years. The guests now include many members of the wider community alongside students, all eager to enjoy live music, fairground rides, giant games, three rooms of music, a fun packed Bier Keller and more.


Headliners Chase and Status, who will close the music stage with a storming DJ set featuring MC Rage, have released five acclaimed albums and a string of hit tracks over the past decade including “All Goes Wrong”, “Time”, “End Credits”, “Hitz” and “Flashing Lights”. They’ve worked with some of the biggest names in music along the way and topped the bill at a string of international festivals.


Scouting for Girls, famed for their offbeat but catchy pop, have had 8 top 40 hits over the past decade including the ever popular “She’s so Lovely”, “Elvis Aint Dead”, “I wish I was James Bond” and “This aint a love song”. They’ve also picked up four BRIT Award nominations along the way and remain a hugely popular live act thanks to their energetic, audience focussed performances.


Lotto Boyzz are a Birmingham based Afro beat duo who have enjoyed critical acclaim and airplay with tracks such as “Did it Again” and “Facetime Me”. They also featured on hit track “Bad Vibes” by all female act M.O. last year. The main stage will also see the return of hugely popular duo Rewire and VARSKI keeping the crowd energised with their lively performance style and playing a wide range of music throughout their DJ set. And, for the first time, guests can enjoy the growing phenomenon Massaoke. A superb live band will play rock, pop and indie anthems but the crowd are the stars of the show singing along as lyrics appear on huge screens either side of the stage.


Tom Platt, President Education at Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU), said: “We’re very proud to attract such big names, it’s testament to the fantastic national reputation and profile the event has developed over the past decade. It’s always great to see students relaxing and enjoying themselves after a long hard academic year and we’re also thrilled to welcome ever more non-students each year to enjoy the event and our venues.”


Why not make a night of it at Final Fling with a room that three people can share for just £50 (Just over £16.50 each)courtesy of our friends at Holiday Inn Express Middlesbrough (based on Albert Road)? The offer is open to anyone attending the event and you can check in from 3pm on Fri, 17th May then come and go as you please until 12pm on Saturday, 18th May...breakfast is included in the price! To find out more and book simply e-mail: reservations@hiexmiddlesbrough.co.uk using the code IEYPY.


Get all the latest updates on the fling and buy tickets by clicking here.

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Tell us about your students life and what you think of TUSU... win up to £150

Take a couple of minutes to complete our short, simple Student Opinion Counts (SOC) survey and you could win £150, £100 or £50! You’ll answer eight questions at most and your feedback will help us to better understand the challenges you face as a student, the role you want the SU to play in your student life and how much impact our Student Officers and services have made.


Visit tees-su.org.uk/soc to complete it now.

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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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Outstanding individuals and groups set to shine at Societies Awards

The third annual Societies Awards, taking place on Thu, 4th April here in The Hub, is a very welcome chance to celebrate the amazing, and sometimes underappreciated work, of our various societies and their student members.


We’ll be announcing the various categories and nominees on tees-su.org.uk/awards very soon and you can buy tickets from that web page or the SU Welcome Desk from now. Don’t forget you can also relive last year’s wonderful events in pics and video through that web page to get you right in the mood for another glittering occasion.


Thanks to TS1 Students for their support with the event again this year.


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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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Enjoy fantastic day and evening events at the SU throughout this semester!

TUSU is the place to be for you, your family and friends (non-students are welcome to attend our events) this March and April! 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!
  • The chance to enjoy huge recent movie releases on screens across the first floor of the SU Building on selected Sundays with our fun, relaxed movie nights.
  • Special one off events including… our annual sporting extravaganza Tees Wear Varsity on Wed, 20th Mar and the glittering Societies Awards on 4th April.



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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Men's and Women's Football teams secure silverware for Teesside

A big well done to both the Men’s and Women’s Football clubs who have secured British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league titles in the past month. Women’s Football’s first team kicked things off (see what we did there) by winning the Northern 2B league and sealing a second successive promotion after a string of memorable wins. That included an incredible 11-0 victory over Sheffield Hallam, an 8-0 demolition of Lancaster and a 6-2 drubbing of Durham. Meanwhile Men’s Football first team won the Northern 3B league with a match to spare after drawing 2-2 with nearest rivals York St John. Their road to the title included a 4-1 win over Hull, a 2-0 triumph over Leeds Beckett and a 9-0 despatch of Liverpool Beckett. Men's Football second team continued their glittering season winning the Northern 5B league with 4-1 and 7-0 wins over University of York and a 5-1 thrashing of York St John University amongst their most memorable moments. Congratulations to the Netball Club as well, they've seen two of their teams finish as runners up in respective leagues, and Men's Rugby Union who secured second spot in their Northern 5B league.


Andrew Richardson, President Activities at TUSU, said: “I’m delighted for both teams and thank all of the players for their commitment and skill in securing these titles. The very best of luck to all our clubs, teams and individuals for the remainder of the season…let’s wrap things up in style by retaining the Varsity trophy!

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Go further this spring and summer with Totum

The Totum Card and app (previously known as NUS Extra) is your gateway to great savings and big discounts all year from whatever date you buy it. If you’re planning an adventure this spring or over the summer then why not spend just £12 to get the card and app then save a fortune with the likes of Thorpe Park, Festicket, USA Summer Camp, Super Break and many more. Don’t forget that the card also acts as an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) at no extra charge!

Find out more and get your card now by clicking here.

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Help STAR Uni and SU staff get the recognition they deserve

The STAR Awards are a chance for students to recognise the people working at Teesside University and in the Students’ Union who they think have really shone over the past year.


It’s a chance to say thanks to an outstanding lecturer, a particularly caring member of support staff or someone who you think doesn’t get enough recognition. The nomination process is short and simple, click here to find out more and nominate individuals.


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Calling final year students...have your say and win great 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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Student Safety Tips

If you’re away from your student accommodation over the spring break make sure you do all you can to keep it safe and secure! Here’s a few top tips…


1. If you’re leaving valuables while you’re away make sure they are locked away and well out of sight through any windows.

2. If everyone is going to be away over the holidays why not ask a neighbour you trust to keep an eye on your accommodation?

3. Make sure all external doors are properly locked and any alarms your landlord or letting agent have fitted are turned on.

4. Make sure all taps are properly turned off and, wherever feasible, electrical items are unplugged until you return.

5. Make sure fire alarms are working before you leave for the holidays and, if not, ask your landlord or letting agent to repair them.