Welcome from the Student Officers

A warm welcome to the May edition of our newsletter including all the latest from Teesside University Students’ Union. We may be in touch once or twice over the summer unless you ask us not to by adjusting your contact preferences.


It’s hard to believe that we’re rapidly approaching the end of another hugely memorable academic year, we hope it’s been a successful and happy one for you. If you’re due to leave us this summer we look forward to seeing you and your families/ friends back for Graduation in July and we wish you the very best for the future, make sure you keep in touch with TUSU!


In this edition we’re looking back on a fantastic Athletic Union Awards, congratulations to all of the winners and nominees. We’re also excited for our epic end of year event Final Fling (just days away now…don’t miss it!) and we’re reflecting on a whole year of shared success through TUSU in Review.


There’s details of our summer opening hours, important tips for staying safe this summer and a look ahead to Fresher’s 2019. And, last but not least, we’ve got info on the imminent changes to the Student Officer team with one of us (Andrew) saying a fond farewell next month.


Have a great end to the year and a safe, happy summer whatever you’re doing!


Andrew and Sophie, tees-su.org.uk/officers

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Goodbye Andrew... Hello George and Alan!

Andrew Richardson (President Activities) will leave his role towards the end of June after a hugely productive and successful year representing students, leading campaigns and developing a range of initiatives. Andrew was already a well-respected figure at the University having been heavily involved in the Powerlifting club and representing the University at international powerlifting competitions. He was also a regular fixture in the gym working as a personal trainer for several years. He’ll be continuing his studies at the University in the next academic year.


George Reeves, President Activities Elect, said: “Andrew has worked tirelessly to help sports clubs, societies and individual students get as much as possible from their time here. He’s also done hugely important work on student employability and awareness of drugs in sport. This has all been done with consummate professionalism and good humour…we wish him the very best for what is sure to be a very bright future.”


Click here for a short video tribute to Andrew from some of the people who have worked most closely with him over the past year. George and Alan Lofthouse (President Education Elect) will officially join Sophie Bennett (President Welfare Re-Elect) from the start of July. There’s more about both of them at tees-su.org.uk/officerselect.


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Start the summer in style... Final Fling 2019 is this Friday! 

The summer always officially starts with our epic end of year event Final Fling! Tickets are £32.50 for current Teesside Uni students and £35 for anyone else, a total bargain when you consider that you get the below:


  • Live music from the likes of Chase and Status, Scouting for Girls, Lotto Boyzz, Rewire and Varski and Tom Jagger*.
  • A fun packed singalong with a live band to some of your favourite artists
  • The MASSIVE German Bier Keller.
  • Fairground rides and giant games available from 2pm until late.
  • Three rooms of music from our brilliant resident DJs and, later, the good folk at Go Ninja.
  • Hip Hop Karaoke.
  • Drink and food vouchers.
  • Much, much more besides.


And…why not make a night of it with our friends at Holiday Inn Express Middlesbrough based just minutes from the campus? Get a room for three to share including breakfast for just £16.50 each*. Check in from 3pm on the Friday then come and go as you please until 12pm on Saturday! E-mail: reservations@hiexmiddlesbrough.co.uk and remember to use the code IEYPY.


*TUSU not responsible for the content of external websites or social media.

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TUSU summer opening hours

TUSU reverts to holiday opening hours from Sat, 18th May until mid-September. Our Student Officer and service availability is affected as follows:


  • The SU Building is open weekdays only and closed at 5pm except for private events.
  • The Student Officer team will be in and out throughout the summer due to induction and training commitments. They will let you know their availability on their individual social media. You can leave messages for them on 01642 342234 at any time.
  • The Terrace is closed except for Graduation Week (Mon, 15th to Fri, 19th Jul) and external events.
  • The Hub is closed except for external events.
  • The SU Shop is open weekdays only from 9am to 3pm until and including Graduation Week when it closes for the summer.
  • The SU Welcome Desk is open 9am to 5pm weekdays until and including Wed, 19th June. After this date, students can access assignment and binding services from the SU Student Support (SUSS) reception between 11am and 3pm weekdays. open 9am to 5pm weekdays.   
  • The SU Activities team are available most of the summer from 10am to 4pm weekdays but please ring or e-mail ahead to check they are in the office.
  • SU Student Support (SUSS) is open as usual on weekdays from 10am to 3pm (Mon/ Tue/ Thu and Fri) then 11am to 3pm (Wed) except for Bank Holidays and staff training days. Any other closures will be publicised on our social media.
  • The SU Studio and The Snooze Room will still be available over the summer period but please speak to staff on the Welcome Desk and then the SUSS reception desk about access.
  • Our Nightline listening service closes for the summer after Sun, 19th May. If you need to talk to someone in confidence after that date please speak to The Samaritans on 01642 217777, in a very urgent mental health crisis (feeling as though you or someone you know may be an immediate danger to themselves or others) we urge you to ring 999 immediately for help.
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A night for sporting stars to shine!

Men’s Rugby Union picked up the BUCS Club of the Year while Rowing were named Non-BUCS Club of the Year at the Athletic Union Awards. There was also recognition for Men’s Football’s with their first team crowned BUCS Team of the Year while Dance hotfooted their way to the Non BUCS Team of the Year. The awards, presented on Wednesday 1st May at the Students’ Union, celebrate outstanding sporting achievement by Teesside University clubs, teams and individual students.


Men’s Rugby were recognised after a season which has saw them transform themselves and become a core part of Athletic Union supporting other clubs and performing superbly on the pitch while Rowing were commended for the active role they have played in Athletic Union, their fundraising efforts and the developments to the approach and structure of the club. Meanwhile, Men’s Football added more silverware to their trophy cabinet after clinching British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) league title glory earlier this year then Dance were honoured after trophy filled season at regional and national competition, it was noted that they have almost single-handedly filled the SU trophy cabinet this year!


In other categories Men’s Football star Luke Nixon secured Sportsman of the Year after a stellar season leading the line for his team and Sophy Stonehouse was judged Sportswoman of the Year in association with Hush Digital after an equally impressive season for Women’s Hockey and a number of years of outstanding contribution to the club.


Pole Fitness picked up Most Improved Club of the Year after a busy year building their membership and further improving the experience they provide to students while MMA proved team work really does make the dream work as their lead members were named Club Committee of the Year with their organisation, planning and good practice when dealing with member issues all applauded by the panel. Chris Fairless won Coach of the Year after guiding Men’s Football to a hugely successful season and Men’s Hockey/ Futsal star Neal McCausland was honoured for an exceptional contribution to Teesside Sport with the new Service to sport gong. It was noted that Neal lives and breathes sport having competed, coached and helped lead the Athletic Union.


Thanks again to our sponsors Thirlwells TS1 Students, Hush Digital and Stagecoach North East.


Watch video and view pics from this event and the Societies Awards by clicking here.

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Look back on a great 2018/19 with TUSU in Review

It’s been another superb year of shared success at TUSU with Student Officers, Student Reps, staff and of course “ordinary” students all contributing to national recognition, sporting glory, services that really deliver and events/ spaces that are at the heart of student life and the wider community.


Check out all the best bits now through TUSU in Review or pick up printed copies from the SU Welcome Desk (1st floor).

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Mental health support over the summer/ TUSU staff become mental health first aiders

Our confidential listening service Nightline takes a break over the summer period and, subject to volunteer availability, will be available for the final time from 8pm to 7am Fri, Sat and Sun of this week. We’re hoping to bring it back bigger and better in 2019/20 and will keep you informed of developments throughout the summer on our social media, website and in material sent out at the end of August. While it’s closed remember you can always speak to The Samaritans if you need to talk to someone in confidence about anything or other local organisations such as Mind and The Mix may be able to help.  that’s troubling you while in a very urgent mental health crisis (whether it’s you or someone close to you feeling that they may be a danger to themselves or others) we urge you to contact 999 immediately for help.


We’re also delighted to say that a number of frontline staff from our SU Student Support (SUSS), SU Activities and licensed trade/ events teams recently participated in mental health first aid training. This means they are now able to offer basic support should you or someone you know be having mental health, provide advice on the best next steps if you’re having mental health issues and look out for the warning signs of mental health problems amongst career and student staff as well as ordinary students at the Students’ Union.


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Freshers 2019 is coming sooner than you think!

We know you’ve not even started thinking about the summer break yet but Freshers 2019 lands at Teesside University in less than 4 months time! There’ll be an epic fortnight of day and evening events, health and wellbeing campaigns, support with settling in/ back in to student life, the chance to meet loads of great new people through sports clubs and societies plus much, much more besides. It all kicks off from Sat, 14th September and we’ll be keeping tees-su.org.uk/freshers and our official freshers facebook group updated throughout the summer!

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Get paid to make a real difference to campaigns at TUSU next year!

TUSU are looking for current students to be our Campaign Reps in the 2019/20 academic year! It’s a fantastic opportunity to…


  •  Gain superb experience and skills helping TUSU Student Officers and staff with campaigns and big events like Freshers 2019.

  •  Play a major part in the running of our biggest and longing running campaigns like SU on Tour.

  •  Help to generally promote TUSU events and activities.

  •  Make a real difference to student life and increase the number of students who take part in TUSU activities, events and activities.

You’ll be confident and outgoing when speaking to others, interested in student feedback and keen to ensure it’s acted on, highly motivated and of course well organised/ hardworking. The hours are flexible and we do not guarantee that we will have work for you every week. Find out more and apply through tees-su.org.uk/jobs.

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Get set for Graduation 2019!

If you’re graduating this July we can’t wait to celebrate your special moment with you and your family/ friends! The SU Building is open all day every day from Mon, 15th to Fri, 19th July for:


  • Food, drinks, meal deals, Teesside University merchandise and more in the SU Shop (ground floor).
  • FREE coverage of every ceremony on screens across the first floor of our building. The ideal spot for family and friends who didn’t get a ticket for your ceremony.
  • Delicious hot food and a wide range of drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) in The Terrace (1st floor). Where better to grab breakfast, lunch or generally toast your success?


Find out more about Graduation and read our handy checklist to make sure your day goes as smoothly as possible by clicking here.


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Student Summer Safety Tips

We hope that whatever you’re doing this summer you have a great time! Here’s a few tips to help you stay safe…


  • If you’re going to be away from your usual student accommodation for any length of time try to avoid leaving anything very valuable, if you have to make sure valuables are well out of sight and locked away securely.

  • Make sure no taps are left running, electrical items are unplugged and outer doors are securely locked/ alarms are working and put on before you leave. Your landlord or letting agent will advise on anything else that needs turning off if your accommodation is going to be empty for a while.

  • If the property is going to be empty for any length of time why not ask a neighbour you trust to keep an eye on it?

  • If you’re heading abroad make sure you’ve got travel insurance (Endsleigh Insurance can help) and, if appropriate, have got the appropriate vaccinations from your doctor.

  • When abroad try to stay in groups especially if heading to unfamiliar and poorly lit areas. You should also ensure, where possible, that you get to know new people you meet on holiday properly before you’re alone with them.

  • Try to drink alcohol responsibly and our advice is to avoid ALL illegal drugs especially if you’re in an unfamiliar country with a supplier you don’t know.

  • We advise you to practice safe sex at all times. A supply of condoms is a cheap and always useful addition to any suitcase!

  • If you’re going to be working abroad make sure you definitely have the right to work in that country and ensure you know what the situation is in regards to paying National Insurance contributions, your employer should be able to tell you these things.

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Go further for this graduation and over the 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 due to graduate why not keep the student dream alive for another 12 months by nabbing one now for just £12…it’s valid from the day you buy for a whole year whether you continue as a student or not! Don’t forget that it acts as an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) at no extra charge if you’re planning an adventure over the summer, the card and app will help you save a fortune at the likes of Thorpe Park, Festicket, USA Summer Camp, Super Break and many more. Find out more and get your card now by clicking here.