Don’t Rent Yet Campaign

The Students’ Union is encouraging students to wait before committing to housing contracts with the message ‘Don’t Rent Yet’. Students are often pressured to sign contracts before they are ready and end up living in unsuitable accommodation. This is despite there being a surplus of student housing in Worcester.

We would like to ask University staff to spread the ‘Don’t Rent Yet’ message to all Worcester students, and encourage them to attend the Housing Fair in The Hangar on Monday 21 January. The Fair gives students the opportunity to meet with local landlords and browse properties available. The SU will also be on hand to provide help and advice for any students with queries or issues surrounding accommodation.

#DontRentYet

dont rent yet

Hire out The Hangar for your next party!

The Hangar bar in the Students’ Union is available for private hire for all University of Worcester staff (and anyone else!). We can host pretty much any kind of event you like, from birthday parties, to wedding receptions, to school proms.

Venue hire is just £360 and our Bar and Events team will work with you to make sure your event is exactly how you want it.

To get in touch with the team, email thehangar@worc.ac.uk

You can also find us on social media:

Facebook – @TheHangarSU

Instagram – @the_hangar_

Give a gift this Christmas

The Students’ Union is working with Worcester Food Bank to help with their Christmas Present Donation Project. Worcester Foodbank helps local people in crisis to ensure that no one in the local community goes hungry. When the festive period arrives, many families find themselves worrying about what will happen over Christmas and getting themselves into more debt as they try to provide for their children. To prevent this, Worcester Foodbank have expanded their offering and from 26 November to 14 December, they take donations of Christmas presents and then meet with families to best match a present for their child based on their interests.

Below are the guidelines for the collection:

Yes please:

  • Presents for children aged 0-18 years old
  • Unused/unopened/new
  • Keep Presents unwrapped

No thank you:

  • No more than £15
  • No clothing items
  • No electronics/video games/anything that requires batteries

We will be collecting donations at the Students’ Union, both students and staff can donate, and these can be dropped off to the Welcome Desk between Mondays – Fridays, 9am – 5pm, up to the 14 December. At the end of the collection they are dropped off to the Foodbank where we will have some of our student volunteers at the ready to wrap.

International Experience Christmas Ceilidh – All Welcome!

The International Experience team would like to invite you to our Christmas Ceilidh on Monday 10 December from 7pm in The Hangar at the Students’ Union.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fun event bringing home and international students and staff together. The live Herefordshire band ‘The Hopeless and Maria Nowhere’ will be calling the dances so no excuses for not joining in!

Roast chestnuts and other traditional treats will be served. Hot mulled wine (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available at the bar.

Tickets are £2.50 in advance (£3 on the door) and are available here: https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/christmas_ceilidh/booking.pl.

For more information please contact internationalexperience@worc.ac.uk

Look forward to seeing you there!

New Christmas Ceilidh

World AIDS Day – Thank You!

The Students’ Union and University LGBT+ Society would like to say a big thank you to all staff at the University who showed their support for World AIDS Day. The LGBT+ Society jumble sale managed to raise a total of £61.30 for the National AIDS Trust.

Their support of the Rock the Ribbon campaign also helped raise awareness for HIV and AIDS, and the fight to stamp out HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

World Aids Day

RAGVent Raffle – Prizes still to be won!

The Students’ Union, Hangar, and RAG are more than half way through their 12 Days of Christmas RAGVent and there are still some great prizes to be won!

Each day of RAGVent brings you a new prize and a new opportunity to purchase a strip of tickets. So far we’ve given away a Lush pamper evening, Worcester Wolves tickets, a tour of Wimbledon, and a whole lot more. And we still have the following prizes to give away:

  • £100 Amazon Voucher
  • £50 PSW Print Café and Art Supplies Voucher
  • Worcester Race Course, 2x Ladies day Tickets
  • Toni & Guy, Cut & Colour

Raffle tickets are available from Welcome Desk, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, or keep an eye out for us at various locations on both campuses over the course of the two weeks. Tickets are £2 for one strip, or £5 for 3 strips.

Winners for each day will be announced between 4:30pm-5pm on Facebook & Instagram (WSU & RAG). A door will be opened each day to reveal the winners’ prize.

Give a gift this Christmas

The Students’ Union is working with Worcester Food Bank to help with their Christmas Present Donation Project. Worcester Foodbank helps local people in crisis to ensure that no one in the local community goes hungry. When the festive period arrives, many families find themselves worrying about what will happen over Christmas and getting themselves into more debt as they try to provide for their children. To prevent this, Worcester Foodbank have expanded their offering and from 26 November to 14 December, they take donations of Christmas presents and then meet with families to best match a present for their child based on their interests.

Below are the guidelines for the collection:

Yes please:

  • Presents for children aged 0-18 years old
  • Unused/unopened/new
  • Keep Presents unwrapped

No thank you:

  • No more than £15
  • No clothing items
  • No electronics/video games/anything that requires batteries

We will be collecting donations at the Students’ Union, both students and staff can donate, and these can be dropped off to the Welcome Desk between Mondays – Fridays, 9am – 5pm, up to 14 December. At the end of the collection they are dropped off to the Foodbank where we will have some of our student volunteers at the ready to wrap.

Save Money this Christmas with TOTUM

TOTUM cards are available to buy from the Students’ Union, offering you great deals and discounts at a wide variety of national and local retailers. And in the run up to Christmas, TOTUM are bringing you a brand new special offer every week all the way until 23 December.

TOTUM is the new name for NUS Extra and brings you a range of offers from the likes of Co-op, Zizzi, ASOS, Apple, CrossCountry Trains, and a whole lot more. Cards are available to buy from the Students’ Union right now, meaning you can start saving money straight away.

Cards are £12 for one year, £22 for two years, or £32 for three years. Visit the TOTUM website to find out more and view all the discounts available – www.totum.com

totum

RAGVent Raffle – Prizes to be won!

Brand new this year, the Students’ Union, Hangar, and RAG bring you their 12 Days of Christmas RAGVent. It’s our very own Advent Calendar helping to raise money for our nominated Charity, WMRSASC, and giving you the chance to win some amazing prizes!

Each day of RAGVent brings you a new prize and a new opportunity to purchase a strip of tickets to be in with winning any one of these prizes:

  • Lush Pamper Evening
  • Something special from The Hangar
  • Worcester Wolves Tickets for a date of your choosing
  • Bill’s Hamper, full of goodies
  • Wimbledon Tour for Two (Courtesy of Experience Days)
  • 2 x Tramps VIP Cards
  • £100 Amazon Voucher
  • £50 PSW Print Café and Art Supplies Voucher
  • Worcester Race Course, 2x Ladies day Tickets
  • Toni & Guy, Cut & Colour
  • Boston Tea Party Voucher

Raffle tickets are available from Welcome Desk, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, or keep an eye out for us at various locations on both campuses over the course of the two weeks. Tickets are £2 for one strip, or £5 for 3 strips.

Winners for each day will be announced between 4:30pm-5pm on Facebook & Instagram (WSU & RAG). A door will be opened each day to reveal the winners’ prize.

Mature Students’ Food & Poverty Period Drive

The Mature Students’ Society are holding a Food & Poverty Period Drive raise awareness, money, and most of all donations for Worcester Food Bank and the Homeless Period. They will be collecting food donations and sanitary products in The Hangar on Wednesday 5 December from 10am-3pm. You can also find them around campus for you to donate via cash instead. Please do what you can to donate to this great cause and help those in need this Christmas.

SU poster

International Experience Christmas Ceilidh – All Welcome!

The International Experience team would like to invite you to our Christmas Ceilidh on Monday 10 December from 7pm in The Hangar at the Students’ Union.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fun event bringing home and international students and staff together. The live Herefordshire band ‘The Hopeless and Maria Nowhere’ will be calling the dances so no excuses for not joining in!

Roast chestnuts and other traditional treats will be served. Hot mulled wine (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available at the bar.

Tickets are £2.50 in advance (£3 on the door) and are available here: https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/christmas_ceilidh/booking.pl.

For more information please contact internationalexperience@worc.ac.uk

Look forward to seeing you there!

New Christmas Ceilidh

Gift Donations wanted for Worcester Foodbank

Poverty affects more than one in four children in the UK today. And that means many children will wake up on Christmas Day without any presents to open. During the festive period, many families find themselves getting into debt as they try to provide for their children.

This Christmas, Worcester Foodbank is asking for donations of presents that can be given to those most in need. The Students’ Union is offering their support and asking for donations of presents to be dropped off at the Welcome Desk between now and Friday 14 December.

Presents must be no more than £15 and targeted at children aged between 0-18 years old. Please don’t donate clothing/electrical games or games that require batteries and make sure presents are left unwrapped. This is so presents can be matched to each child personally.

A box will be left behind the Welcome Desk in the Students’ Union for any donations from staff or students, which will then be dropped off weekly at the foodbank.

You have until Friday 14 December to make a donation.

Call for Donations of Plastic

One of the University’s Film Production students is producing an experimental exhibition on plastic waste entitled ‘The Tide Mourns’. We are requesting donations of plastic to be delivered to the Students’ Union Welcome Desk between now and Wednesday 19 December. Plastic straws, razors, or toothbrushes cannot be accepted, but all other plastics are okay. Please wash all plastics before donating.

The final exhibition will be open to the public in the New Year.

International Experience Christmas Ceilidh – All Welcome!

The International Experience team would like to invite you to our Christmas Ceilidh on Monday 10 December from 7pm in The Hangar at the Students’ Union.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fun event bringing home and international students and staff together. The live Herefordshire band ‘The Hopeless and Maria Nowhere’ will be calling the dances so no excuses for not joining in!

Roast chestnuts and other traditional treats will be served. Hot mulled wine (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available at the bar.

Tickets are £2.50 in advance (£3 on the door) and are available here: https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/christmas_ceilidh/booking.pl.

For more information please contact internationalexperience@worc.ac.uk

Look forward to seeing you there!

New Christmas Ceilidh

Comedy Night Returns to The Hangar

The Students’ Union is delighted to announce that Comedy Night is returning to The Hangar!

Thursday 29 November will see some of the UK comedy circuits finest talents joining us for two hours of laugh out loud entertainment.

Host Comedian – Tony Simpson

Tony is full of energy and improvisation, a strong compere who can interact with any kind of audience. Finding fun, energy, and positivity he loves nothing more than taking the audience by the hand and dragging them along.

Tony has written and performed in two sell out Comedy Festival Shows on matters such as being ‘Cheeky’ and why we all need a bit of ‘cheekiness’ in our lives. And a show all about adrenaline called ‘Adrenaline Junkie’ in which Tony tells the tale of a year in his life of competing in the British Rally Championships while also performing stand up gigs as he travelled around.

Opening Comedian – Peter Brush

A highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes. Peter Brush unassumingly takes the stage with his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion.

Peter has been a finalist in a variety of local and national comedy competitions including the BBC New Comedy Award 2013, as well as winning the Harrogate Comedian of the Year 2012. He has also written for BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’, ‘The Show What You Wrote’ and ‘Newsjack’, and supported Arthur Smith during his 2013 tour.

Headline Comedian – Jack Gleadow

Jack Gleadow is an award winning ‘one man comedy variety show’ from Hull. His show is an homage to the golden era of variety and includes sounds, funny stories, jokes, and sometimes even a scooter. Gleadow recently took home the prestigious title of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018. The competition has a star making formula as previous winners include Josh Widecombe, Jason Manford, Jonny Vegas, and Romesh Ranganathan.

Other recent awards under his belt include Great Yorkshire Fringe Comedian of the Year and the Amused Moose National New Comic. This new rising star in comedy travels all over the UK to perform, including the Latitude festival Comedy Stage and recent tour support for Lloyd Griffith.

Tickets are on sale now at the Students’ Union Welcome Desk for just £5. Doors at 8pm.

You can also buy your tickets from the Students’ Union website – https://www.worcsu.com/ents/event/1019/

Make sure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a great night out!

Donations needed for World AIDS Day clothes sale

The LGBT+ and Student Minds societies will be in the Students’ Union on Friday 30 November (11am-4pm) raising money and awareness for World AIDS Day.

We are asking for donations of unwanted clothes (in good condition please!) to be sold on the day to help raise funds for National AIDS Trust. If you have any unwanted clothes you are willing to donate, please bring them to the Students’ Union Welcome Desk by 5pm on Thursday 29 November.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. World AIDS Day gives you the chance to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide, by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon. Ribbons will be available from the stall on the day.

Please come along and show your support.

Course Rep Conference: Call for Sessions

The Students’ Union is hosting the Course Rep Conference on Monday 4 February 2019. The Conference will be an all-day event and will include a variety of development sessions, a high level panel debate, and School specific sessions where Heads of Schools and Rep Coordinators can meet with their Course Reps. This will also be a chance for Course Reps to meet each other, and share experiences and feedback to the University. The Conference will provide Reps with the opportunity to develop transferable skills and to network with members of staff and other students across the different Schools and Colleges.

We are now issuing a call for sessions to be run for the Reps as part of the Conference. Each session will be 1 hour long and the aim of the sessions should be around development (this may be in their role, preparing them for when they graduate, or their skillset) or providing them with information that would enhance their experience as a Rep specifically.

We would like to have different sessions run by a variety of people from around the University including support services and academic Schools. Examples of sessions could include:

  • Skills based training e.g. public speaking, leadership, networking or collecting feedback and communicating it effectively (making your voice heard effectively)
  • Current issues in higher education
  • Higher education policy
  • Issues that reps have highlighted to us they are interested in e.g. mental health, fees, and sustainability
  • Employability themed sessions e.g. organisational citizenship, entrepreneurship, transferable skills etc.
  • Giving an overview of something you have done with Reps that has been really effective
  • Anything else that you think would help develop our course reps or involve them in something that you are doing

We have a total of 8 one-hour-long sessions to fill so if you would like to submit a proposal for a conference session please could you fill in the online form which gives us some insight into the topic you would like to deliver.

The Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday 23 November 2018.

We are looking forward to your response. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Euan Morrison, Vice President Education  e.morrison@worc.ac.uk 01905 543217

Tim Hewes-Belton, Student Engagement Manager t.hewesbelton@worc.ac.uk 01905 543222

Jodie Stilgoe, Student Voice Assistant j.stilgoe@worc.ac.uk 01905 543224

Comedy Night Returns to The Hangar

The Students’ Union is delighted to announce that Comedy Night is returning to The Hangar!

Thursday 29 November will see some of the UK comedy circuits finest talents joining us for two hours of laugh out loud entertainment.

Host Comedian – Tony Simpson

Tony is full of energy and improvisation, a strong compere who can interact with any kind of audience. Finding fun, energy, and positivity he loves nothing more than taking the audience by the hand and dragging them along.

Tony has written and performed in two sell out Comedy Festival Shows on matters such as being ‘Cheeky’ and why we all need a bit of ‘cheekiness’ in our lives. And a show all about adrenaline called ‘Adrenaline Junkie’ in which Tony tells the tale of a year in his life of competing in the British Rally Championships while also performing stand up gigs as he travelled around.

Opening Comedian – Peter Brush

A highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes. Peter Brush unassumingly takes the stage with his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion.

Peter has been a finalist in a variety of local and national comedy competitions including the BBC New Comedy Award 2013, as well as winning the Harrogate Comedian of the Year 2012. He has also written for BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’, ‘The Show What You Wrote’ and ‘Newsjack’, and supported Arthur Smith during his 2013 tour.

Headline Comedian – Jack Gleadow

Jack Gleadow is an award winning ‘one man comedy variety show’ from Hull.  His show is an homage to the golden era of variety and includes sounds, funny stories, jokes, and sometimes even a scooter.  Gleadow recently took home the prestigious title of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018. The competition has a star making formula as previous winners include Josh Widecombe, Jason Manford, Jonny Vegas, and Romesh Ranganathan.

Other recent awards under his belt include Great Yorkshire Fringe Comedian of the Year and the Amused Moose National New Comic. This new rising star in comedy travels all over the UK to perform, including the Latitude festival Comedy Stage and recent tour support for Lloyd Griffith.

Tickets are on sale now at the Students’ Union Welcome Desk for just £5. Doors at 8pm.

You can also buy your tickets from the Students’ Union website – https://www.worcsu.com/ents/event/1019/

Make sure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a great night out!

 

Save Money This Christmas with TOTUM

TOTUM cards are available to buy from the Students’ Union, offering you great deals and discounts at a wide variety of national and local retailers. And in the run up to Christmas, TOTUM are bringing you a brand new special offer every week all the way until 23 December.

TOTUM is the new name for NUS Extra and brings you a range of offers from the likes of Co-op, Zizzi, ASOS, Apple, CrossCountry Trains, and a whole lot more. Cards are available to buy from the Students’ Union right now, meaning you can start saving money straight away.

Cards are £12 for one year, £22 for two years, or £32 for three years. Visit the TOTUM website to find out more and view all the discounts available – www.totum.com

totum

 

Raising Awareness for Men’s Health

In support of International Men’s Day, the Students’ Union will be hosting activities and information stands in The Hangar on Monday 19 November. International Men’s Day aims to raise awareness of issues affecting men, and encourages positive conversations around mental and physical health.

The charities, It Takes Balls to Talk and Papyrus will be in The Hangar from 11am-3pm, giving out information on how we can help tackle the stigma of men talking about their mental health. There will also be a number of games and activities, including a reaction board and communal video games hosted by the Gaming Society.

We want to encourage all students at the University of Worcester to speak out about mental health in a positive and constructive way and the Students’ Union’s Help & Advice service is here to support all Worcester students.

Five Facts About Men’s Mental Health

  • One in eight men in the UK have experienced a mental health problem.
  • 17% of men show symptoms of anxiety or depression.
  • Only 48% men say they rely on their friends for support.
  • Suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under the age of 45.
  • Globally, every minute, a man dies from suicide

    International men's day

Children in Need at the Students’ Union

On Friday 16 November the Students’ Union will be hosting a Zumbathon to raise money for Children in Need. Led by members of the Zumba Society, the Zumbathon will run from 1-4pm and is open to all staff and students at the University.

All abilities are welcome and you can jump in and out at any point during the Zumbathon, all we ask is for a £1 suggested donation!

You can also donate to our Children in Need total online via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/worcestersu2018 and more information about Children in Need can be found on their website – https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/fundraisinghub

Children in Need

RAG Week is here!

Monday 12th to Thursday 15th November is RAG Week at the Students’ Union. Our RAG Committee have put together a range of events and fundraising activities for students to get involved with. All the money raised from these events will go towards the West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC), our chosen RAG charity for this academic year.

Look out for one of our SU Crew volunteers who will be out on campus fundraising throughout the week. Or you can donate to our RAG total online – www.worcsu.com/volunteer/rag/donate/. Every penny you donate to WMRSASC ensures they can be there for people who have survived any form of sexual abuse or violence.

A full list of RAG fundraising events can be seen on our website – www.worcsu.com/ents and you can get more information on RAG right here – www.worcsu.com/volunteer/rag/

RAG week

TOTUM Cards available from the Students’ Union

TOTUM cards are available to buy from the Students’ Union, offering you great deals and discounts at a wide variety of national and local retailers.

TOTUM is the new name for NUS Extra and brings you a range of offers from the likes of Co-op, Zizzi, ASOS, Apple, CrossCountry Trains, and a whole lot more. Cards are available to buy from the Students’ Union right now, meaning you can start saving money straight away.

Cards are £12 for one year, £22 for two years, or £32 for three years. Visit the TOTUM website to find out more and view all the discounts available – www.totum.com

Course Rep Conference: Call for Sessions

The Students’ Union is hosting the Course Rep Conference on Monday 4 February 2019. The Conference will be an all-day event and will include a variety of development sessions, a high level panel debate, and School specific sessions where Heads of Schools and Rep Coordinators can meet with their Course Reps. This will also be a chance for Course Reps to meet each other, and share experiences and feedback to the University. The Conference will provide Reps with the opportunity to develop transferable skills and to network with members of staff and other students across the different Schools and Colleges.

We are now issuing a call for sessions to be run for the Reps as part of the Conference. Each session will be 1 hour long and the aim of the sessions should be around development (this may be in their role, preparing them for when they graduate, or their skillset) or providing them with information that would enhance their experience as a Rep specifically.

We would like to have different sessions run by a variety of people from around the University including support services and academic Schools. Examples of sessions could include:

  • Skills based training e.g. public speaking, leadership, networking or collecting feedback and communicating it effectively (making your voice heard effectively)
  • Current issues in higher education
  • Higher education policy
  • Issues that reps have highlighted to us they are interested in e.g. mental health, fees, and sustainability
  • Employability themed sessions e.g. organisational citizenship, entrepreneurship, transferable skills etc.
  • Giving an overview of something you have done with Reps that has been really effective
  • Anything else that you think would help develop our course reps or involve them in something that you are doing

We have a total of 8 one-hour-long sessions to fill so if you would like to submit a proposal for a conference session please could you fill in the online form which gives us some insight into the topic you would like to deliver.

The Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday 23 November 2018.

We are looking forward to your response. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Euan Morrison, Vice President Education  e.morrison@worc.ac.uk 01905 543217

Tim Hewes-Belton, Student Engagement Manager t.hewesbelton@worc.ac.uk 01905 543222

Jodie Stilgoe, Student Voice Assistant j.stilgoe@worc.ac.uk 01905 543224

Course Rep Conference: Call for Sessions

The Students’ Union is once again hosting the University of Worcester Course Rep Conference on Monday 4 February 2019. The Conference will be an all-day event and will include a variety of development sessions, a high level panel debate, and School specific sessions where Heads of Schools and Rep Coordinators can meet with their Course Reps. This will also be a chance for Course Reps to meet each other, and share experiences and feedback to the University. The Conference will provide Reps with the opportunity to develop transferable skills and to network with members of staff and other students across the different Schools and Colleges.

We are now issuing a call for sessions to be run for the Reps as part of the Conference. Each session will be 1 hour long and the aim of the sessions should be around development (this may be in their role, preparing them for when they graduate, or their skillset) or providing them with information that would enhance their experience as a Rep specifically.

We would like to have different sessions run by a variety of people from around the University including support services and academic Schools. Examples of sessions could include:

  • Skills based training e.g. public speaking, leadership, networking or collecting feedback and communicating it effectively (making your voice heard effectively)
  • Current issues in higher education
  • Higher education policy
  • Issues that reps have highlighted to us they are interested in e.g. mental health, fees, and sustainability
  • Employability themed sessions e.g. organisational citizenship, entrepreneurship, transferable skills etc.
  • Giving an overview of something you have done with Reps that has been really effective
  • Anything else that you think would help develop our course reps or involve them in something that you are doing

We have a total of 8 one-hour-long sessions to fill so if you would like to submit a proposal for a conference session please could you fill in the online form which gives us some insight into the topic you would like to deliver.

The Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday 23 November 2018.

We are looking forward to your response. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Euan Morrison, Vice President Education  e.morrison@worc.ac.uk 01905 543217

Tim Hewes-Belton, Student Engagement Manager t.hewesbelton@worc.ac.uk 01905 543222

Jodie Stilgoe, Student Voice Assistant j.stilgoe@worc.ac.uk 01905 543224

Movember at the SU

The Students’ Union is once again supporting the Movember campaign to help raise funds and awareness for men’s physical and mental health.

The Movember Foundation are a leading charity changing the face of men’s health. They continually strive to address some of the biggest health issues faced by men; prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Worcester RAG are encouraging University of Worcester staff and students to get involved with Movember this year and get growing that facial hair! Your Mo can inspire donations, conversations, and real change.

You can donate to the SU Movember total here: https://uk.movember.com/mospace/13629567 – all proceeds will go to Movember, registered in England and Wales (No.1137948)

To find out more about Movember and the Movember Foundation, visit uk.movember.com

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Comedy Night Returns to The Hangar

The Students’ Union is delighted to announce that Comedy Night is returning to The Hangar!

Thursday 29 November will see some of the UK comedy circuits finest talents joining us for two hours of laugh out loud entertainment.

Host Comedian – Tony Simpson

Tony is full of energy and improvisation, a strong compere who can interact with any kind of audience. Finding fun, energy, and positivity he loves nothing more than taking the audience by the hand and dragging them along.

Tony has written and performed in two sell out Comedy Festival Shows on matters such as being ‘Cheeky’ and why we all need a bit of ‘cheekiness’ in our lives. And a show all about adrenaline called ‘Adrenaline Junkie’ in which Tony tells the tale of a year in his life of competing in the British Rally Championships while also performing stand up gigs as he travelled around.

Opening Comedian – Peter Brush

A highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes. Peter Brush unassumingly takes the stage with his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion.

Peter has been a finalist in a variety of local and national comedy competitions including the BBC New Comedy Award 2013, as well as winning the Harrogate Comedian of the Year 2012. He has also written for BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’, ‘The Show What You Wrote’ and ‘Newsjack’, and supported Arthur Smith during his 2013 tour.

Headline Comedian – Jack Gleadow

Jack Gleadow is an award winning ‘one man comedy variety show’ from Hull.  His show is an homage to the golden era of variety and includes sounds, funny stories, jokes, and sometimes even a scooter.  Gleadow recently took home the prestigious title of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018. The competition has a star making formula as previous winners include Josh Widecombe, Jason Manford, Jonny Vegas, and Romesh Ranganathan.

Other recent awards under his belt include Great Yorkshire Fringe Comedian of the Year and the Amused Moose National New Comic. This new rising star in comedy travels all over the UK to perform, including the Latitude festival Comedy Stage and recent tour support for Lloyd Griffith.

Tickets are on sale now at the Students’ Union Welcome Desk for just £5. Doors at 8pm.

Make sure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a great night out!

 

Course Rep Conference: Call for Sessions

The Students’ Union is once again hosting the University of Worcester Course Rep Conference on Monday 4 February 2019. The Conference will be an all-day event and will include a variety of development sessions, a high level panel debate, and School specific sessions where Heads of Schools and Rep Coordinators can meet with their Course Reps. This will also be a chance for Course Reps to meet each other, and share experiences and feedback to the University. The Conference will provide Reps with the opportunity to develop transferable skills and to network with members of staff and other students across the different Schools and Colleges.

We are now issuing a call for sessions to be run for the Reps as part of the Conference. Each session will be 1 hour long and the aim of the sessions should be around development (this may be in their role, preparing them for when they graduate, or their skillset) or providing them with information that would enhance their experience as a Rep specifically.

We would like to have different sessions run by a variety of people from around the University including support services and academic Schools. Examples of sessions could include:

  • Skills based training e.g. public speaking, leadership, networking or collecting feedback and communicating it effectively (making your voice heard effectively)
  • Current issues in higher education
  • Higher education policy
  • Issues that reps have highlighted to us they are interested in e.g. mental health, fees, and sustainability
  • Employability themed sessions e.g. organisational citizenship, entrepreneurship, transferable skills etc.
  • Giving an overview of something you have done with Reps that has been really effective
  • Anything else that you think would help develop our course reps or involve them in something that you are doing

We have a total of 8 one-hour-long sessions to fill so if you would like to submit a proposal for a conference session please could you fill in the online form which gives us some insight into the topic you would like to deliver.

The Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday 23 November 2018.

We are looking forward to your response. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Euan Morrison, Vice President Education  e.morrison@worc.ac.uk 01905 543217

Tim Hewes-Belton, Student Engagement Manager t.hewesbelton@worc.ac.uk 01905 543222

Jodie Stilgoe, Student Voice Assistant j.stilgoe@worc.ac.uk 01905 543224

SU Supporting BUCS #DoesYouGood Campaign

The Students’ Union is supporting the BUCS #DoesYouGood campaign, to inspire and enable all students to be more active during their time at university. Students who are active are more likely to perform better in their academic studies, are more employable, and enjoy better mental wellbeing.

The #DoesYouGood campaign is all about reinforcing the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle, and finding a balance that’s right for you.

The SU currently has over 35 sports clubs that students can join, ranging from football to cheerleading, to athletics to ultimate frisbee. There are also plans to develop the recreational sports on offer from these clubs, giving students even more opportunities to get involved and get active.

For more information on sport at the SU, visit our website – www.worcsu.com/sports_activities/sport or get in touch with the Vice President Student Activities, Harrison Jarrett via Harrison.jarrett@worc.ac.uk

BUCS does you good

Help and Advice in the City

The Students’ Union Help & Advice service will be available for students on City Campus every Thursday during term time. Our Academic and Welfare Advisor will be based in Charles Hastings 9:30-3:30 offering appointments for all University of Worcester students.

The SU Help & Advice service offers support for students in a number of different areas; academic, health and wellbeing, housing, finance, consumer advice, and employability. Students can make appointments with an advisor through phoning 01905 543210, emailing studentsunion@worc.ac.uk, or visiting the Students’ Union Welcome Desk.

Feedback from students has shown they would like more services available to them at City Campus. As a response to this, along with Help & Advice, staff from the Students’ Union will be maintaining a regular presence on City Campus throughout term time.

Visit our website for more information on the SU Help & Advice service – www.worcsu.com/helpandadvice/

SU help and advice in the city

 

Course Rep Conference: Call for Sessions

The Students’ Union is once again hosting a University of Worcester Course Rep Conference on Monday 4 February 2019. The Conference will be an all-day event and will include a variety of development sessions, a high level panel debate, and School specific sessions where Heads of Schools and Rep Coordinators can meet with their Course Reps. This will also be a chance for Course Reps to meet each other, and share experiences and feedback to the University. The Conference will provide Reps with the opportunity to develop transferable skills and to network with members of staff and other students across the different Schools and Colleges.

We are now issuing a call for sessions to be run for the Reps as part of the Conference. Each session will be 1 hour long and the aim of the sessions should be around development (this may be in their role, preparing them for when they graduate, or their skillset) or providing them with information that would enhance their experience as a Rep specifically.

We would like to have different sessions run by a variety of people from around the University including support services and academic Schools. Examples of sessions could include:

  • Skills based training e.g. public speaking, leadership, networking or collecting feedback and communicating it effectively (making your voice heard effectively)
  • Current issues in higher education
  • Higher education policy
  • Issues that reps have highlighted to us they are interested in e.g. mental health, fees, and sustainability
  • Employability themed sessions e.g. organisational citizenship, entrepreneurship, transferable skills etc.
  • Giving an overview of something you have done with Reps that has been really effective
  • Anything else that you think would help develop our course reps or involve them in something that you are doing

We have a total of 8 one-hour-long sessions to fill so if you would like to submit a proposal for a conference session please could you fill in the online form which gives us some insight into the topic you would like to deliver.

The Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday 23 November 2018.

We are looking forward to your response. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Euan Morrison, Vice President Education  e.morrison@worc.ac.uk 01905 543217

Tim Hewes-Belton, Student Engagement Manager t.hewesbelton@worc.ac.uk 01905 543222

Jodie Stilgoe, Student Voice Assistant j.stilgoe@worc.ac.uk 01905 543224

Chatter and Natter table at Worcester Students’ Union

Worcester Students’ Union (WSU) is the first venue in Worcester – as well as the first Students’ Union in the country – to sign up to the Chatty Café Scheme. The scheme has proved successful nationwide, with more and more businesses signing up every day. It creates spaces for people to talk and have simple interactions to combat loneliness and, hopefully, have a positive impact on someone’s day.

WSU President Lucy Conn is enthusiastic about establishing the scheme within the Students’ Union; “Loneliness can affect anybody and everybody. Recent surveys suggest that loneliness is felt most intensely by young people, and getting behind a scheme which has the ability to connect different individuals from diverse walks of life is something I am proud to promote and encourage. Encouraging face to face communication is at the heart of this scheme, and it is amazing how one positive interaction can shape your outlook for the rest of the day or week.”

WSU will now have a ‘chatter and natter’ table available every day for all students and staff at the University of Worcester, with plans for more tables across University venues and campuses. They’ll be available for anyone to come along to talk, whether for just a few minutes or for an hour of good conversation. WSU already provides a full Help & Advice service for students and works alongside the University to deliver several mental health awareness campaigns throughout the year. It hopes that this will be another way to demonstrate its continued commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff at the University.

 

Students’ Union recruiting Student Trustees

The deadline has now been extended for students who wish to apply for the position of Student Trustee and sit on the Students’ Union Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for the management and administration of the Students’ Union, including responsibility for governance, finances, and overall strategy.

Student Trustees will be expected to attend all Board meetings, usually six per year, and participate in these meetings as fully as possible. They will play an important role in all aspects of the Students’ Union administration and management.

Student Trustees must be current University of Worcester students and will be appointed for a period of two years (final year students are therefore unable to apply for this position).

If you know of any students who may be suitable for this role, please let them know about the position and direct them to our website for further information – www.worcsu.com/jobs/vacancy/50/. Applications will close on Friday 2 November.

Autumn Election Results

Last week the Students’ Union held its Autumn Elections for Part-Time Officers, NUS Delegates, and Student Councillors. The turnout was the second highest ever for an autumn election, with almost twice as many students voting than in 2017.

We’re pleased to announce the following students as our new representatives:

Hannah Barnett – BAME Officer
James Gould – LGBT+ Officer
Neal Morris – Mature Students’ Officer
Kaya Tveito-Duncan – Student Disability Officer
Shannon Bolton – Sustainability Officer
Chris Wolff – Welfare Officer
Euan Morrison – NUS Delegate
Gianina Ratiu – NUS Delegate
Valerie Deeley – Student Councillor for School of Nursing and Midwifery
Harry Lonsdale – Student Councillor for School of Sport and Exercise Science
Emmy Khan – Student Councillor for School of the Arts
Gianina Ratiu – Student Councillor for Worcester Business School

Part-Time Officers and Student Councillors will now sit on Student Council, which represents a range of student groups and interests and holds all of our elected officers to account.

Our NUS Delegates will represent the Students’ Union at the NUS National Conference in March 2019. The conference gives delegates from students’ unions across the country the opportunity to debate and vote on various issues, and elect the political leadership of NUS for the year ahead.

For more information on Students’ Union elections please visit our website – www.worcsu.com/elections

Book your place for free transport to the People’s Vote March in London

On Thursday 27 September, Student Council approved a motion for Worcester Students’ Union to support the campaign for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal, and call on our students to join fellow students from Unions affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS) on Saturday 20 October in London for the People’s Vote March.

Passing the motion means that Worcester Students’ Union will now align with NUS to support the campaign for a People’s Vote and a final say on Brexit.

Student Council noted that leaving the EU would have a number of impacts for our students including academic mobility, such as the Erasmus+ scheme which offers opportunities for not only Higher Educations (HE) students but apprentices, volunteers, academics and young people to study, work, volunteer, teach and train across Europe.

Student Council believes that whether students voted leave or remain, nobody voted to damage the prospects of our graduates, make this country worse off, to harm jobs, to damage the NHS, to affect the future of millions of young people, or to make this country more divided. The motion also held the viewpoint that, given the current state of negotiations and with a no-deal Brexit becoming increasingly more likely, students should have a final say on how or if we leave given the likely impact of Brexit on HE, the economy and wider society.

If you would like to support the campaign the Union will be providing free transport for staff and students to and from the march.

We will be marching from Hyde Park to Parliament Square in support of the People’s Vote campaign.

Book your space now at http://www.worcsu.com/ents/event/1008/. The deadline for booking your space is Friday 12 October at midday. Travel is free but we will be asking for a deposit of £5 that will be refunded on attendance.

We will also be holding a placard making event in the Students’ Union from 3pm to 5pm on Friday 19 October.

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