Welcome From The Student Officers

A very warm welcome to the Freshers 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.

It’s great, as a brand new Student Officer team, to tell you about all the incredible events and activities we’ve got coming up from now until mid-October along with our new and returning campaigns. We’ve also got info on all the ways we can help and support you ensuring you get the very best from your time here at Teesside University.

This month is obviously dominated by Freshers (Sat, 15th Sep to Sun,30th Sep) and we hope that whoever you are and wherever you’re from you get involved! There’s amazing events day and night for everyone to enjoy at bargain prices, the chance to join sports clubs and societies, advice on wellbeing and safety, general support and some fab events with local partners at discount prices. Read on for full info or check out tees-su.org.uk/freshers which contains a full list of events, a range of handy downloads and much more!

We’re also keen to help you save money and get as much value as possible! So make sure you invest in a Freshers Pass or Love It Cardfrom the SU for guaranteed entry to all of our biggest events at bargain prices. Plus the NUS Extra Card has evolved to become Totum…same price and valid for 12 months from whatever date you buy it but even more savings, discounts and special offers through the combo of card and brand new phone app! And remember you’re also doing your bit for TUSU as we get 40% of every sale!

Have a great Freshers and first month! And if you see us make sure you say hello! We want to know how things are going and what we can help with!

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


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Freshers 2018 is for everyone!

Here at TUSU we aim to provide a Freshers Fortnight with events, activities and support for all! No matter your age, background or how often you’re on campus we want YOU to get involved and have a great start to the academic year.

We’ve got a wide range of daytime events and activities throughout the period including freebies and discounts from commercial partners and the chance to find out more about our many societies and sports clubs. There's also advice and info for your wellbeing, tips for staying safe in Middlesbrough, help with managing your money and a huge house plant sale to help you brighten up your room, flat or house!.

Plus we've teamed up with the likes of Project EscapeTees Barrage International White Water CourseTees Barrage Air TrailLane 9 Bowling and District 23 Paintball to offer some great group activities at discount prices throughout the fortnight!

And there's an amazing selection of evening events including the legendary Moving In PartyThe Mega Quiz and Kapow, Britain’s Got Talent star Robert White headlining our comedy night and the eagerly awaited return of Bingo Revolution with a massive Freshers special. The fun continues with a chance to get messy at the UV Paint Party or bust your best moves at The Supa Funky Roller Disco, World famous stage hypnotist Lo Reid returns with her raucous live show and members of pop royalty S Club headlining our ultimate Pop Party!

Check out the full range of events by clicking here and remember you can get entry to all SU events plus discounted entry to partner events with a Freshers Pass costing just £25! Better still why not upgrade to a Love It Card for just £80 to get yourself entry to ALL of our biggest events in 2018/19!

Head over to tees-su.org.uk/freshers for more info, a full list of events and handy digital downloads including our essential guides, events planner and guide to societies!

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Get a Fresher’s Pass or upgrade to a Love It Card for big savings and guaranteed entry!

The incredible Fresher’s Pass is your gateway to GUARANTEED ENTRY to every event during Fresher’s 2018 for just £25…saving you £31 on usual entry prices! You also get over £40 in vouchers, free food and drinks and there’s no waiting in pesky lines for you lucky pass holders! PLUS….we’ve partnered with a great range of external venues this year to give you even more value! As a pass holder you get discounts at both the watersports and airtrail facilities at Tees Barrage on Stockton Riverside, a free bowl at Lane 7Paintball from just £20 per person at District 23 and Project Escape from just £4 per person!

Or, better still, upgrade to a Love It Card for just £80 and get all fresher’s event plus entry to all of the biggest events at the SU throughout the year! That’s a saving of £266 on ordinary ticket prices!!!

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Introducing Totum!

The NUS Extra Card has long been THE discount card to have if you’re a student and it’s got bigger and better this year after evolving in to Totum! You pay just £12 and the card is valid for 12 months from whatever date you buy it! It’s your gateway to a great range of savings, discounts and special offers from massive names like Apple, Pizza Express, Alton Towers and ASOS, while many local retailers also offer discounts to Totum card holders AND it’s got even bigger this year with the new Totum app offering even more to card holders! 

Click here to buy your card now or speak to staff at the SU Welcome Desk (1st floor, SU Building, open 9am to 5pm weekdays) about why you should bag yourself one.  If you need any other reasons here’s a good one…TUSU gets 40% of every sale to reinvest in services, events and facilities for YOU!

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Have your say at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) this November

We hope EVERY student will take the opportunity to have your say about how TUSU is run and hear from your Student Officers about their plans for the year ahead at the TUSU AGM on Tues, 20th November.

You’ll get the chance to approve any changes to the governance of the SU and the way the 2019 elections are run plus the Student Officers will give a quick summary of their campaigns and general priorities this year.

And…there’s FREE PIZZA from Dominos Middlesbrough plus a cash prize for the club and society who each get the most members to attend. The meeting should last no longer than an hour!

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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. In the year ahead the Student Officers will lead on campaigns covering housingmental health and general wellbeingacceptable behaviour and language on campussafetyemployability and more.

We’re wasting no time either with Sophie Bennett (President Welfare) running Wellbeing Wednesday and Safety Day during the Freshers period, Tom Platt (President Education) asking for your experiences of hidden/ unexpected course related fees at the start of Octoberand all three Student Officers out and about listening to and acting on your feedback through our ongoing SU on Tour campaign.

Keep up with all the latest campaigns and campaign events through tees-su.org.uk/campaigns

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New look Board of Trustees for TUSU

Teesside University Students’ Union’s Board of Trustees oversees the running of the Students’ Union and have the final say on all major decisions about strategic direction and spending. The Board includes three Officer Trustees (the current elected Student Officers), two Student Trustees (current students appointed to the Board) and four External Trustees (experienced and distinguished figures from various sectors appointed to share their expertise).

Alongside new Officer Trustees Sophie Bennett (President Welfare) and Andrew Richardson (President Activities) we’ve recently welcomed Anna Chatzikou and Jill Mortimer as our new Student Trustees. We’re also delighted to have Clare Powne and Heather McLean joining our existing External Trustees Heather Ashton and Linda Maughan.The Board is completed by another Officer Trustee in the shape of Tom Platt (President Education).

We’d like to thank all of the outgoing trustees (Amy Preston, Georgina Arksey, Paul Harrison and Dr Mark Fishpool) for their service over the past few years. A special thanks to Dr Fishpool who served on the Board for eight years despite a number of other commitments. Find out more about all of the trustees at tees-su.org.uk/trustees and watch some of the members talking about their roles here.

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Fancy leading TUSU next year? 

TUSU is led by students for students and ANY CURRENT STUDENT* could be President Education, President Welfare or President Activities. You’ll get paid over £21,000 to work full-time for at least 12 months overseeing how the SU is run, representing all students, leading campaigns and gaining the kind of experience other graduates can only dream of!

Nominations don’t open until the end of January 2019 but why not start finding out more and planning your campaign now??? There’s more info at tees-su.org.uk/elections and you can drop elections@tees-su.org.uk a line with questions.

*There are a small number of circumstances which may prevent you running in the elections and becoming a Student Officer/ Trustee of the Students’ Union. These include…but are not limited to…previously having been declared bankrupt, having a criminal record or not having the right to work in the UK once you complete your studies. Please contact us through the elections e-mail to discuss your eligibility in confidence.

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Freshers is only the start of the party

The fun is far from over after our incredible Freshers period! We’ll have unmissable events in our award winning venues throughout the academic year. In October that includes:

  • More Monday night quizzes with a chance to win cash and free drinks
  • Belting out a few classics and hear others do the same at karaoke on selected Wednesdays!
  • Bingo Revolution back and bigger than ever on selected Thursdays with amazing prizes and loads of laughs.
  • Massive Friday nights in the Terrace with discount drinks, top tunes and an amazing atmosphere.
  • HUGE events from external providers including Go Ninja at SpensleysMiddlesbrough Comic Con, live music from rising stars Blaenavon, the massive Gin Society Festival and, bigger than ever for 2018, the incredible Twisterella music festival.*

Remember that our events are open to both you and your non-student family/ friends, we serve a wide range of non-alcoholic drinks from our bars and every effort is made to ensure our venues are safe, welcoming and inclusive. Check out everything through tees-su.org.uk/events, the tusu events Facebook page and the digital version of our events planner.

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Meet your School Reps

School Representatives seek out opportunities for improvement in the schools. They work closely with senior academic staff and help students to deal with issues by ensuring they are connected with the appropriate staff and support services.

Find out more about the current team by clicking here.

SOHSC: Marie Sigsworth, Holly Thorpe, Alison Anderson and Rachel Lunney

SSED: Bethany Whitelock, Emma Darke, Conor Adnitt and Mohammed Al-Tuhaif

SSSHL: Michael Dixon, Patrick Carr, Michelle Jacobs, Anna Mockler, Evangeline Holland and Ian Mendum

SCMA: Jordan Bickerton, Beth Reed, Edd Stephens, Tom Johnson and Tammy Thorpe-Slater

TUBS: Georgina Arksey, Michael Backhouse, Jason Whitehouse and Carla-Gabriela Drinceanu

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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 currently including…

- A sweatshirt, t-shirt and bag for just £22 over the Fresher's period.

- Large bars of Dairy Milk and Galaxy for just £1.

- A brand new Teesside Uni clothing range with prices starting from just £8.

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Accredited landlords and letting agents

Did you know that TUSU has been accrediting student houses, flats and rooms for the last two years? Our SU Student Support (SUSS)team check the agreements that students are asked to sign by accommodation providers. They then inspect a proportion (at least 10%) of their properties for safety, quality of repairs and general maintenance. If a landlord or letting agent wants to be known as accredited by the SU and advertise their services with us they need to respond to recommendations by the SUSS team in an agreed period.

The aim is to ensure that students have the highest possible quality properties to choose from and to give landlords and letting agents who follow best practice the opportunity to really showcase their services. You can find out more about accreditation and see who is currently accredited by clicking here.

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Stay safe this Freshers and throughout the year!

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.

  • If you’re going to be living in rented accommodation ensure it has a working smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector and up to date gas safety certificate. Contact your landlord or letting agent immediately if you notice any issues.
  • Try to keep your valuables securely locked away and out of sight when you’re heading and always ensures windows and doors are properly locked.
  • Try to avoid cooking at home if you’re very tired or you’ve returned from a late night out and consumed a lot of alcohol.
  • Try to get to know the area as well as possible and know the places to avoid, also stay in groups and well lit areas after dark wherever possible.
  • Cleveland Police advise caution when engaging with beggars on the street and ask that you don’t give them money as it often only worsens their problems and makes it hard for support workers to help them.
  • Uni is a time for making lots of new friends but try to fully get to know people before you’re alone or intimate with them.
  • Be mindful of possible drink spiking when on nights out, never leaves drinks unattended and only leave them in the care of people you know and trust.
  • Drink alcohol responsibly, avoid mixing drinks and NEVER drink and drive!
  • We strongly advise against using illegal drugs…you’re risking prosecution and they can be very dangerous especially if supplied by someone you don’t know.
  • 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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Nightline launches January 2019

Nightline is an overnight, confidential listening service for Teesside University students. We are still recruiting volunteers to help out both as an actual nightliner listening to callers or more widely helping us promote this important new service. E-mail: nightline@tees-su.org.uk to find out more.