RAG Week 2017

The Students’ Union RAG Committee will this week be hosting a number of events and fundraising activities for all students and staff to get involved with. All money raised throughout the week will go towards our chosen RAG charity, the Alzheimer’s Society.

A particular highlight for the week will be gunging our Elected Officers. When we reach our targets of £250, £500, and £750, one of our Officers will be gunged!

On Thursday we will also be looking to ‘Fill the Floor’. The SU logo will be laid out on the floor of The Hangar, with the intention of completely filling it up with spare change.

There will also be a Wheelchair Basketball tournament, Ultimate Frisbee tournament, face-painting at The Hangar, and a screening of cult film ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’. Throughout the week, members of the RAG Committee and SU Crew will be out and about on campus with collection buckets, and donations can also be made via the Students’ Union website.

Every penny raised will go to the Alzheimer’s Society – the only UK charity investing in research into dementia care, cause, cure, and prevention.

Details of all events and to donate – https://www.worcsu.com/ents/event/761/

The Hanger opening

On Friday 15th September, the Students’ Union was delighted to be joined by David Green, Ross Renton, Sarah Greer, as well as the Estates and Facilities and Aramark teams to officially declare The Hangar open. The Hangar is the newly refurbished day and night-time student venue on campus. With comfortable sofas and an inviting Deli downstairs, and an updated bar upstairs, the SU hope this will be the place students and staff can come on campus to meet friends, relax and enjoy a community atmosphere.

The SU have been overwhelmed by the support from Estates and Facilities to ensure this happened in time for our new cohort of students and many returning students have already commented on how much they like it.

A varied programme of evening events will run throughout the year from The Hangar bar, from Open Night Mics to Cocktail Nights, and the space is also available for students and staff to book for their own events. If you would like to find out more, please contact Chris Greaves (Bar and Events Manager) or Matthew Birbeck (Deputy Bar and Events Manager) for more information.

We look forward to seeing you in The Hangar!

Students’ Union – Help & Advice in the City

From Thursday 21 September our Advisor will be working from Jenny Lind JLG013 every Thursday.

Drops in are available 1:30-2.30, students can also make an appointment online or at the SU Welcome Desk, St Johns.

(term time only, make appointments online at www.worcsu.com/helpandadvice  or phone 01905 543210)

The Student’s Union offers independent and confidential help and advice to all students on a range of academic, welfare and accommodation issues.

For any queries please email suadvice@worc.ac.uk

SU Open Day for UW Staff

Dear all,

The Students’ Union will be hosting its first ever staff open day on Monday 11 September.

This is a chance for all University of Worcester staff members to visit our newly furnished Students’ Union space and meet all the staff that work here. You will have the chance to discuss matters with the various departments of the Students’ Union and discover what we do at the Union through all of our services to support and enhance the experience for all of our students. It will be a great chance to learn useful information that you can pass on to colleagues and your students throughout the year.

The event will take place between 10:30am and 14:30pm with tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival. If you would like to attend please sign up to a slot https://doodle.com/poll/tgzvfq7riu2vzvw5. If you would like any more information please contact one of the officers or pop in next time you’re in the building.

President – Jade Haley – jade.haley@worc.ac.uk

VP Education – Euan Morrison – e.morrison@worc.ac.uk

VP Student Activities – Sophie Glenny – s.glenny@worc.ac.uk

SU Open Day for UW Staff

Dear all,

The Students’ Union will be hosting its first ever staff open day on Monday 11 September.

This is a chance for all University of Worcester staff members to visit our newly furnished Students’ Union space and meet all the staff that work here. You will have the chance to discuss matters with the various departments of the Students’ Union and discover what we do at the Union through all of our services to support and enhance the experience for all of our students. It will be a great chance to learn useful information that you can pass on to colleagues and your students throughout the year.

The event will take place between 10:30am and 14:30pm with tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival. If you would like to attend please sign up to a slot https://doodle.com/poll/tgzvfq7riu2vzvw5. If you would like any more information please contact one of the officers or pop in next time you’re in the building.

President – Jade Haley – jade.haley@worc.ac.uk

VP Education – Euan Morrison – e.morrison@worc.ac.uk

VP Student Activities – Sophie Glenny – s.glenny@worc.ac.uk

Name Change for StARs

Hi all

I am very excited to announce that following student feedback and discussions it has been decided to rename Student Academic Reps (StARs), with immediate effect, to Course Reps!

It was felt that the name change should be implemented for the following reasons:

  • The course experience survey showed knowledge of the StARs is inconsistent and that the name Course Rep reflects explicitly what they do as reps.
  • Students have fed back that they feel the name StAR was a term they felt more appropriate for schools and colleges rather than university
  • The name Course Rep would tie in better with the Institute Rep role.

As part of the change we will now refer to those StARs Coordinators, within each institute, as Academic Representation Coordinators or Rep Coordinators for short. This reflects that they support both Course and Institute Reps. We will call the overall system the student academic representation system.

The Students’ Union will be running a campaign to inform returning students of the change when they arrive back in September. We will also undertake with the University to ensure all documentation is updated.

If you have any questions regarding this change please email myself (e.morrison@worc.ac.uk) or our Student Engagement Manager; Tim Hewes-Belton (t.hewesbelton@worc.ac.uk) and we will be happy to help.

Thank you all in advance for your continued support,

Euan Morrison – VP Education 2017/18

Winners at the Colours Ball and Union Awards 2017

The Students’ Union recognises student and staff successes at Celebration Week 2017

Last week the Students’ Union held their annual Colours Ball and Union Awards ceremonies to celebrate the fantastic work of our sports teams, societies, volunteers, academic reps and University staff, as voted for by University of Worcester students.

The competition was fierce this year and hundreds of nominations were received. Please join us in congratulating all those who won.

Photos from both events are now available on the Worcester Students’ Union Facebook page.

 

Personal Academic Tutors – Supporting you to Support Students

One of the key roles of a Personal Academic Tutor is to act as a first point of call for students experiencing difficulties arising whilst at University.

In order to support PATs in this role the Students’ Union has developed a series of postcards which PATs can use to refer students to the SU’s Help & Advice Service.

The Students’ Union offers free, independent and confidential help and advice to all students. For more information about the Help & Advice Service see our web pages.

If any PATs would like to order any postcards please click here to complete a short order form.

 

 

Personal Academic Tutors – Supporting you to Support Students

One of the key roles of a Personal academic Tutor is to act as a first point of call for students experiencing difficulties arising whilst at University.

In order to support PATs in this role the Students’ Union had developed a series of postcards which PATs can use to refer students to the SU’s Help & Advice Service.

The Students’ Union offers free, independent and confidential help and advice to all students. For more information about the Help & advice Service see our web pages.

If any PATs would like to order any postcards please click here to complete a short order form.

 

Raise and Give Recruitment

Raise and Give (RAG) will be one of the new SLS’s, with a more sustainable committee structure. As part of this change the RAG Officer position will be replaced with an appointed RAG Chair, on the basis that it is an operational rather than representative role. The rest of the Committee will also be appointed and will focus on supporting other students to fundraise, to raise the profile of student-led fundraising.

Raise and Give (RAG) our now recruiting for their 2017/18 Committee:

Do you want to come up with creative ideas? Help to plan and run events? Think you can encourage students to dig deep and give to charities? Then apply to be a part of our RAG Committee and you could help to make a difference and be part of the transformation in student fundraising.

How to Apply:

The committee are all students whose aims are to raise thousands of pounds for charity. Any student can be on the committee and we have great positions that could be filled by you. Have a look at the roles available below and read about the committee and the process.

There are 6 positions currently available for the 2017/18 academic year:

Each of the positions requires a slightly different set of skills which they bring to the role. They are students who are ready for a challenge and passionate about raising money. It really is a unique and often life changing opportunity whilst at University.

Once you have made a decision on the Committee Role for you please fill out our online application form telling us why you want to be part of our RAG Committee. After applications close, we will then shortlist and invite students for an interview, following the interview we will get in contact with successful applicants. If successfully chosen to be a part of our RAG Committee you will be asked to take part in our RAG Introduction on Tuesday 30 May.

Applications are open on Tuesday 11 April and will close on Friday 5 May. Interviews to be held on Tuesday 16 May.

Red Nose Day at the Students’ Union

Friday 24 March was Red Nose Day so the Students’ Union got involved in lots of activities to raise awareness and money for Comic Relief! The three Students’ Union elected officers joined in by pledging to receive a forfeit when the donations reached a specific target:

Our first target of £100 saw the Vice President of Education, James Gunther, had to get his hair dyed red.

When £250 was raised the Vice President of Student Activities, Hemaka Pathiranage, dyed his beard red.

And finally, the huge target of £500 saw President, Jade Haley, gunged.

As well as this, the University of Worcester Men’s Rugby team got involved by Zumba-ing for 2 hours in the Pear Tree Bar!

The Pear Tree Bar then continued the Red Nose Day fun by hosting a Societies 80s/90s Lipsync and created Comic Relief Cocktails. When all of the donations from the Comic Relief buckets and our Giving Page were added up at the end of the day, the grand total was £612.55. Meaning that we beat our target by over £100! The Students’ Union would like to say a huge thank you to anyone that got involved or donated on
Friday, as it all goes to help a great cause.

Nominations for the Students’ Choice Awards are now open!

Celebration Week is just around the corner. Nominations for the Students’ Choice Awards are now open!

This May the Students’ Union with be holding the very first Union Awards, celebrating the achievements of student Societies, Volunteers and outstanding staff in the Students’ Choice Awards.

The Students’ Choice Awards (SCAs) give students the chance to nominate the members of University of Worcester staff that they think deserve extra recognition for their work.

They can nominate staff in a number of categories at bit.ly/scas2017

Please feel free to encourage students you work with to fill out the short nomination survey. The available categories are:

  • Outstanding Lecturer Award
  • Module Excellence Award
  • The Extra Mile Award for Support Staff (Non-Teaching)
  • Outstanding Innovation in Teaching Award
  • Award for Exceptional Personal Academic Tutor (PAT)

Nominations for the Students’ Choice Awards are open between 22 March and 24 April. The winners will be announced at the Union Awards on Thursday 25 May at the University Arena.

An email signature line is also attached that staff may like to use to encourage the students they work with to nominate:

 

Red Nose Day for Comic Relief at the Students’ Union

Red nose day at the SUThe three Students’ Union elected officers, James (VP Education), Hemi (VP Student Activities) and Jade (President) pledged at the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year to do more national fundraising.

Starting with Children in Need, we cycled the distance of the River Severn and then cycled back to Worcester, on static bikes in the Students’ Union! It took a full day and lots of energy but it was very rewarding when we counted the £686.96 we raised for Children in Need!

This Red Nose Day, we have set a high target again, at £500. Many activities are planned to ensure we reach it. All staff are wearing red to work to help raise awareness and throughout the day, there will be activities going and as we hit our fundraising targets. Fun punishments will be unlocked for each of the officers. When we raise £100 James will have his hair sprayed red, when we raise £200 Hemi will spray his notorious beard red. When we reach that £500 mark, Jade will be getting gunged! Our Team Worc Sports and Societies will be running a multitude of additional fundraising activities on the day so be sure to keep an eye out and get involved! You can stay updated via our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

If you have any ideas to raise some money for Comic Relief then come and see the officers in the SU or drop Hemaka an email h.pathiranage@worc.ac.uk

We cannot wait! See you on 24th March.

Worcester Students’ Union

The Students’ Union Leadership Elections are coming! We need your help!

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As staff will be aware, Worcester Students’ Union holds annual elections for its Executive Committee. This March, all students will be able to take part in the election of the full-time officers:

·         President

·         Vice President Education

·         Vice President Student Activities

As a Union we would really like to encourage as many students as possible to stand and would like to attract a good number and range of candidates and to increase the number of students voting. Being a students’ union officer is a tremendous opportunity for students of any age and from any academic background, which develops confidence and skills and provides a range of experiences which improve individuals’ employability and prepares them well for their future careers.

Do you know a student who would be amazing?

In order to encourage students to consider standing for one of these positions, the Students’ Union is inviting both students and staff to recommend individual students who they feel would be suitable candidates. For more information on the roles, see http://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/ Staff can make anonymous recommendations, which will be followed up by the Students’ Union and the students concerned will be told they’ve been recommended and invited to consider nominating themselves.  If you would like to recommend a student, please complete the form at http://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/recommend/ Students will be able to nominate themselves as candidates for election during the period from Monday 27 February to Thursday 9 March with voting taking place from the 14-17 March.

If you have any questions or queries about the elections please contact our Student Engagement Manager; Tim Hewes-Belton at t.hewesbelton@worc.ac.uk or on extension 3222.

 

 

Children In Need Fundraising

Cake Sales and Raffle

A big thank you to all who purchased cakes and raffle tickets for Children in Need, we made an amazing £638.71.

Also, a big big thank you to all who contributed by baking, raffle prizes and their time on the day.

 

Students’ Union

This year the Students’ Union held a full day of fundraising activities in aid of Children in Need.

With help from our clubs and societies we have raised a grand total of £680.71 so far. More than double last year’s total!

Daytime activities included:

  • The Students’ Union cycling the River Severn (220 miles) on static bikes in the Pear Tree… which continued into the night allowing us to smash our target distance and cycle back to Worcester again!
  • The Zumba Society’s all day ‘Zumbathon’
  • An impressive bake sale from the Forensic Science Society
  • A Children in Need Raffle

Continuing into the night, the Pear Tree came alive with music in the form of a special Superhero themed Children in Need Karaoke.

Many clubs and societies were involved in fundraising activities throughout the past couple of weeks and it has truly paid off. A huge congratulations and thank you to all those who took part. In case you missed us and want to donate, it’s not too late! You can continue donating until December 18th here.

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Staff and students, save on Christmas and get an NUS Extra card at main reception from Monday 28 November

christmas-money-shopping-1-peirson-plasmaAvailable for all staff and students, NUS Extra cards will save you loads on your Christmas shopping, nights out, restaurant meals and getting dressed up to celebrate the holidays.

Get your card printed on the spot in main reception on these days (from 08:30 to 14:30):

Monday 28th November
Wednesday 30th November
Friday 2nd December
Tuesday 6th December
Thursday 8th December

Enjoy savings at ASOS, Fat Face, Pizza Express, Apple Education Store, Spotify, Odeon Cinemas, Karen Millen and many more. Find out where and how much you can save here.

If you can’t make any of these dates, NUS Extra cards will still be available to you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm from the Students’ Union Welcome Desk.

Prices start from £12 for a 1 year card.

If you have any questions, please contact the Students’ Union on 01905 543210 or studentsunion@worc.ac.uk

 

NUS Extra discount cards – Staff are able to purchase NUS Extra

The NUS Extra discount card is available for all staff and students from the Students’ Union Welcome Desk (open weekdays 9am to 5pm)

Staff and students can enjoy over 140 separate discounts in from places such as Fat Face, ASOS, Pizza Express, Apple Education Store (which can be accessed with an @worc.ac.uk email address), Spotify and Co-op Food; perfect in the run up to Christmas shopping.

Cardholders also enjoy a year’s free ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with any NUS Extra card meaning discounts and student ID available abroad.

Prices start at £12 for a one year card.

Take a look at the discounts online here http://www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/discounts/

20% off for University staff booking the Pear Tree Bar for events

Perfect for big birthday parties, reunions and large family gatherings, University of Worcester staff receive a 20% discount when booking the Pear Tree bar for their events. With the discount, venue hire is just £200 for 6 hours including bar staff, security (if required), set up, photos displayed on digital screens and guests are welcome to bring their own catering at no added cost.

To find out more, email Chris Greaves, Students’ Union Bar Manager, on c.greaves@worc.ac.uk

NUS Extra discount cards – Staff are able to purchase NUS Extra

The NUS Extra discount card is available for all staff and students from the Students’ Union Welcome Desk (open weekdays 9am to 5pm)

Staff and students can enjoy over 140 separate discounts in from places such as Fat Face, ASOS, Pizza Express, Apple Education Store (which can be accessed with an @worc.ac.uk email address), Spotify and Co-op Food; perfect in the run up to Christmas shopping.

Cardholders also enjoy a year’s free ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with any NUS Extra card meaning discounts and student ID available abroad.

Prices start at £12 for a one year card.

Take a look at the discounts online here http://www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/discounts/