Welcome From The Student Officers

A warm welcome to the October/ November edition of the TUSU 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 hope everyone had a great Freshers and that you’re settling in to student life. Remember that however things are going the SU is here to help and support you throughout the academic year. We can also offer you lots of great ways to get more from student life through clubs, societies and more. 

There’s another busy month ahead at the SU including campaign daysdaytime events and fantastic evening entertainment. We also hope to see everyone at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 20th November which is an important opportunity to hear from us about our plans for the year ahead and have your say about how your SU is run. 

It’s also not too early to think about running in our Student Officer and NUS Conference Rep Elections. Nominations don’t open until February 2019 but you can start planning your campaign and find out more through tees-su.org.uk/elections. You’re also welcome to drop elections@tees-su.org.uk a line to speak with us about them. 

Have a great month and make sure the SU is right at the heart of everything you do. 

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

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Revisit a fantastic Freshers and have your say!

Thousands of students enjoyed our great selection of day and evening events from Sat, 15th to Sun, 30th September. We offered more options than ever through the day including freebies and offers from commercial partners, chances to get more from student life through clubs and societies and help and support with wellbeing and safety. There was also the chance to enjoy events with a range of external partners at discount rates including Project Escape, Lane 9 Bowling, District 23 Paintball and Tees Barrage International White Water Centre. 

At night we offered live music from pop legends S Club Party, live comedy from Britain’s Got Talent sensation Robert White, an hilarious hypnotist show, club nights, bingo and more!  

Take a look at tees-su.org.uk/freshersmedia for pics and video from all of the events plus a wide range of handy downloads. PLUS…Have your say about the events, info and support available! You could win anything from £25 to £100 by completing our short, simple Fresher’s survey.

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Have your say at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Annual General Meeting (AGM), taking place on 20th November this year, 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. President Activities Andrew Richardson has also recently launched his clean sport campaign which raises awareness of the dangers of drugs in sport. All three Student Officers recently marked World Mental Health Day and will be continuing their work in this area throughout the year.

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More great events for everyone to enjoy this month

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).
  • Made of Milk every Saturday night! The official pre-bar for Milk at The Empire…a massive Saturday night is assured.
  • Food, drink and sport on the big screen including Premiership football every weekend.
  • Special one off events including the massive German Bierkeller on 17th October and fun for all the family at Raver Tots Halloween Party on 20th October.

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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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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Get help and advice with housing

Need help or advice with student housing? 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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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.

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SUSS are coming to a Uni halls or building near you

SU Student Support (SUSS) Advisers will be out and about with hall talks on student housing from Thursday 8th – Monday 19th November alongside pop up clinics throughout campus from 12th to 16th November, get info and support with all aspects of student housing whether it's a current or future issues.

Click here and here for all the dates, times and locations.

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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.