A very warm welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter, we will be in touch every month this academic year with updates and upcoming events unless you ask us to stop by unsubscribing.
We know that this has been a very different start to Semester 1 than in previous years and as we head into the autumn months, a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety remains for all students. One thing we can promise is that ourselves, the student reps and staff at TUSU will continue to do everything we can to help and support you. We will also continue to ensure the most senior figures at the University hear your views, give us feedback anytime, anywhere by clicking here.
At the time of writing and subject to no further changes in national or local Government advice, we intend to remain open day and night. And, with your help, we will keep our building as safe as possible for everyone who enters. You can support our efforts by following all of the guidelines around social distancing, wearing a mask, regularly sanitising your hands and only sitting in our bar/ restaurant, The Terrace with people from the same household as you. Get the latest updates on our response to COVID-19 and how it affects the availability of our services and events by clicking here.
Despite the challenges, there is plenty to look ahead to here at the SU before the festive break. We will be continuing to offer fun-packed evening events including our Monday Night Quiz and a special sit-down Halloween party. We are also regularly online for interactive campaigns and other sessions through the day, including this year's very important Annual General Meeting (AGM). on Tue 17th November. Keep an eye on everything that is coming up through tees-su.org.uk/events.
Have the best possible month you can and, as always, make sure TUSU is right at the heart of your student life.
Alan, George and Elisha – Student Officers 2020/21
We wanted to update you on which of our venues and services are available for you to use in-person and which can only be accessed online following the latest changes introduced by the Government yesterday. In short, Teesside University Students' Union (TUSU) remains open and available as it has for the past few weeks. You can see who and what is available when below. We also summarise what you and people in your household can do to keep the TUSU Building safe and minimise the risk of infection, please read all of it carefully:
You can do your bit by:
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is one of the most important events in the TUSU calendar. It is short and simple, usually lasting no more than 45 minutes, but it is vital, so please do join us for it online on Tue, 17th November from 5 pm.
You will be able to hear from your Student Officers about their plans and priorities for the rest of this year then put your questions. You will also be invited to vote on proposed changes to the rules by which your SU is governed and which organisations we choose to affiliate with.
Best of all you could get FREE DOMINOS PIZZA and earn your club or society £100 to add to their budget just by logging on and being part of the meeting!
Find out more, read key papers before the meeting like last year's minutes, the agenda for this year and details of any proposals you will be asked to vote on by clicking here. You will also find details of how to join the meeting through the Zoom application on that link.
Despite the challenging times and increased restrictions on social gatherings, we are determined to keep providing day and evening events to support and entertain students online and in person.
The Terrace (1st floor, SU Building) is open from Monday to Saturday until 10 pm (last orders are 9.15 pm) for groups of up to six from the same household to enjoy:
We will be online through the day regularly all semester time with Q and A/ feedback sessions, campaigns and more. Keep an eye on tees-su.org.uk/events or our Facebook events page for the very latest on that and all of the evening events mentioned above.
We are a students' union that is committed to "real world" campaigns addressing the issues that matter the most to students at Teesside University. Your Student Officers lead on activities and events around mental and physical wellbeing, academic issues and the wider student experience to name a few things.
Campaign priorities are based on what you tell us so make sure you participate in our regular online Talk to TUSU sessions and/ or give us your views on all aspects of student life anytime, anywhere through our feedback form. Meanwhile Elisha Lycett (President Welfare) is online every Wednesday addressing different aspects of student wellbeing, make sure check out her work profile for the latest live and pre-recorded videos.
We are also always proud to support major national campaigns throughout the year and this has included World Mental Health Day on Saturday, 10th October and Black History Month all of this month.
Find out more about our campaigns and check out upcoming campaign-related events through tees-su.org.uk/officers.
Even though you will not be on campus as much this semester, your Course and School Representatives will still be working tirelessly to ensure that you have a positive academic experience at Teesside. It may not be possible to meet your reps as much face-to-face at the moment; however, there are still plenty of ways that you can contact your reps if you are experiencing an issue with your course or you have some feedback about your studies, good or bad! You can also keep updated with what has been happening in your school and what your reps have been doing via our social media channels.
If you would like to contact your reps, you can do so via email, on Facebook or Instagram. All details can be found on our website tees-su.org.uk/schoolreps.
The SU Shop (ground floor) is currently open 8.30 am to 4 pm weekdays and, aside from food, drink, meal deals, course materials and more, it is also the only place on campus to buy and personalise Teesside Uni branded clothing!
We have a wide range of Teesside Uni hoodies, shirts, sweatshirts, hats and also offer the option to create and personalise your own clothing! Click here now to view/ order the full range and speak to staff in the SU Shop about any specific requirements.
Teesside University Students' Union (TUSU) is led by students for students, and from the end of January 2021, two incredible opportunities come around again!
Any current student at Teesside University* can run in our elections to find the next three people who get paid over £23,000 per year to lead TUSU and speak up for all students as President Education, President Activities and President Welfare.
In a separate election, you could also run for one of the five positions available representing Teesside University at the single biggest, annual gathering of students and students' union. You would get most of your expenses paid by TUSU to attend the NUS National Conference 2021 and make sure all of your fellow students’ voices are heard on the big stage.
Just running as a candidate is an amazing experience and a great way to boost your skills and widen your experience while making sure we have properly contested elections with as high a voter turnout as possible! And if you are interested, there's no need to wait until the New Year! Drop email@example.com a line with questions about running in the elections and to speak to current Student Officers/ key support staff.
There will also be a wealth of useful info, and handy downloads added to tees-su.org.uk/elections this November so keep checking that web section!
*There are various factors which may prevent you being eligible to be a Trustee of Teesside University Students' Union and thus running in the Student Officer elections. Click here to find out more or contact us using the elections e-mail address for a confidential chat about your situation.
The Terrace (1st floor, SU Building) is open six days a week from 10.30 am to 10 pm on weekdays and 12.30 pm to 10 pm on Saturdays*. Join us in your group of six from the same household for delicious hot food and a wide range of drinks (including many non-alcoholic options) which you can order online by clicking here when you arrive in the venue.
We are taking every possible precaution to keep our customers safe and ask you to help us by following all of the rules on social distancing, staying in your group at your table, making use of our hand sanitising stations and not approaching the bar.
This is a difficult and uncertain time, but you can be sure that you will still get great service and enjoy an amazing atmosphere in The Terrace so, providing you are feeling well, get yourself in and enjoy!
Check out tees-su.org.uk/terracemenus for more info on what is currently available.
*Opening hours are subject to change depending on levels of trade, we will aim to keep you informed of any revisions to them across our social media and website.
The TOTUM card and app are the modern equivalents of the National Union of Students (NUS) or NUS Extra card. It is still the only OFFICIAL student discount card and the only one that your SU endorses and benefits from. You can bag yourself incredible savings, discounts and special cardholder only offers on food, drink, cinema, music, fashion, travel, technology and more from just £14.99 for 12 months from the date you buy it. And you can do your bit for your SU as we get a cut of every card sale and payments based on how often you use the TOTUM app.
Your SU works closely with the University and a range of external agencies such as Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire and the NHS to try to keep all students safe and well. This is a particularly important time for taking sensible precautions and minimising risk to both yourself and other students.
Check out our tips for staying over the freshers period and throughout semester 1.