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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Students’ Union recruiting Student Trustees

Students have just a few days left 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 19 October.

Voting Open in the SU Autumn Elections

Voting in the Students’ Union Autumn Elections will be open from 10am on Tuesday 9 October until 2:15pm on Thursday 11 October.

Students will be asked to vote for Part-Time Officers, NUS Delegates, and Student Councillors. Every single Worcester student, no matter their subject, degree level, or campus, has the opportunity to cast their vote for the students that will lead the Students’ Union and help to make this student community what it is.

Polling stations will be open at the Main Reception in St Johns and at the reception in Charles Hastings. Students will also be able to vote online at www.worcsu.com/vote.

We would like all staff to encourage students to vote in these elections, as they will have a huge impact on the Students’ Union and help to shape student life here at Worcester.

For more information on the SU and the election process, please visit www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections

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Worcester Students’ Union backs a People’s Vote – 20 October

Posted on behalf of Worcester Students’ Union

Free travel for students to national demonstration in London on 20 October

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 Education (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.

The march will be 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 a deposit of £5 will be required, which will be refunded on attendance.

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

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Students’ Union recruiting Student Trustees

The Students’ Union is currently recruiting Student Trustees to sit on its 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 19 October.

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/

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SU Colour Run a huge success

As part of National Fitness Day on Wednesday 26th September, the Students’ Union and RAG hosted our first ever Colour Run. The run took place on St Johns Campus, with the route taking students and staff around the campus grounds with some colourful surprises around a few corners along the way.

We had an incredible turnout and would like to thank all staff at the University that took part and made it such an enjoyable day – the fantastic weather certainly helped!

The atmosphere was incredible and we had a total of 200 participants helping us to raise £1,029. The money raised will go towards our RAG charity of the year WMRSASC, Smile for Joel, and funding future RAG events.

Visit the RAG Facebook page for regular updates on everything RAG.

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World Teachers’ Day

Who was your most inspiring teacher, and why?

To celebrate World Teachers’ Day on 5 October, as well as all the trainee teachers here at the University of Worcester, we’re asking you…

‘Who was your most inspiring teacher, and why?’

If you want to take part, please send your response to sucommunications@worc.ac.uk before Friday 28 September.

On World Teachers’ Day, the Students’ Union will be in St. John’s Main Reception between 10am and 1pm, celebrating teachers and promoting the PGCE courses here at the University. We’ll also be displaying people’s responses to the above question and inviting staff and students to contribute on the day.

The Education Enhancement Society will also be holding a ‘Sign-Along’ session on the 3 October from 1.15pm-2.15pm in room BYG199.

We hope to see you there.

The Students’ Union Autumn Elections are coming…

Recommend a Student!

Dont duck out of democracyWorcester Students’ Union holds annual Autumn Elections to elect Part Time Officers, Student Councillors, and NUS Conference Delegates.

What do Part Time Officers do?

Part Time Officers hold unpaid elected positions. Each position has a specific area of responsibility and it is the responsibility of each officer to promote that area in the activities of the Students’ Union. Part Time Officers continue with their studies during their time in office. Students can stand for the following positions:

  • BAME Officer
  • International Students’ Officer
  • LGBT+ Officer
  • Mature Students’ Officer
  • Student Disability Officer
  • Sustainability Officer
  • Welfare Officer
  • Women’s Officer

What is Student Council?

Student Council is the overarching representative body of the Union and provides any student with the opportunity to try to influence the policy, priorities and activities of the SU. Elected Student Councillors represent a range of students from across the University, its campuses, accommodation, and Schools. Ideas from students are discussed and debated by Councillors who then vote on whether to approve these proposals and ideas. You can find a full list of positions here: https://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/autumnpositions/

Do you know a student who would be amazing?

We really want to encourage as many students as possible to stand in the Autumn Elections. Being a member of Student Council and a Part Time Officer is a tremendous opportunity for students of any age and from any academic background. This role will help students to develop their confidence and provide them with a range of experiences and opportunities that will improve their employment skills and prepare them well for their future careers.

In order to encourage students to consider standing for one of these positions, the Students’ Union is inviting both students and staff to recommend individuals who they feel would be suitable candidates. These anonymous recommendations will be followed up by the SU where the students concerned will be told that they have been recommended and they will be invited to consider nominating themselves. If you would like to recommend a student, please complete the form at https://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/recommend/.

Students will be able to nominate themselves as candidates for the Election during the period from Monday 24 September 2018 to Thursday 4 October 2018, with voting taking place from 9-11 October 2018.

You can find out more about the Autumn Elections on our website https://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/

The Students’ Union Autumn Elections are coming…

Dont duck out of democracyRecommend a Student!

Worcester Students’ Union holds annual Autumn Elections to elect Part Time Officers, Student Councillors, and NUS Conference Delegates.

What do Part Time Officers do?

Part Time Officers hold unpaid elected positions. Each position has a specific area of responsibility and it is the responsibility of each officer to promote that area in the activities of the Students’ Union. Part Time Officers continue with their studies during their time in office. Students can stand for the following positions:

  • BAME Officer
  • International Students’ Officer
  • LGBT+ Officer
  • Mature Students’ Officer
  • Student Disability Officer
  • Sustainability Officer
  • Welfare Officer
  • Women’s Officer

What is Student Council?

Student Council is the overarching representative body of the Union and provides any student with the opportunity to try to influence the policy, priorities and activities of the SU. Elected Student Councillors represent a range of students from across the University, its campuses, accommodation, and Schools. Ideas from students are discussed and debated by Councillors who then vote on whether to approve these proposals and ideas. You can find a full list of positions here: https://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/autumnpositions/

Do you know a student who would be amazing?

We really want to encourage as many students as possible to stand in the Autumn Elections. Being a member of Student Council and a Part Time Officer is a tremendous opportunity for students of any age and from any academic background. This role will help students to develop their confidence and provide them with a range of experiences and opportunities that will improve their employment skills and prepare them well for their future careers.

In order to encourage students to consider standing for one of these positions, the Students’ Union is inviting both students and staff to recommend individuals who they feel would be suitable candidates. These anonymous recommendations will be followed up by the SU where the students concerned will be told that they have been recommended and they will be invited to consider nominating themselves. If you would like to recommend a student, please complete the form at https://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/recommend/.

Students will be able to nominate themselves as candidates for the Election during the period from Monday 24 September 2018 to Thursday 4 October 2018, with voting taking place from 9-11 October 2018.

You can find out more about the Autumn Elections on our website https://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/

National Fitness Day Colour Run

As part of National Fitness Day 2018 on Wednesday the 26 September, the Students’ Union and RAG would like to introduce our first ever Colour Run.

Run, walk, jog or skip – everyone can take part.

The run will take place on St John’s campus, and the route will take you around the grounds. You can walk/run the Colour Run at your own pace. Throughout the route you will have powdered paint thrown on you.

Confirm your place today here, there is a £5 entry fee which includes a white t-shirt and sunglasses. These will be available to collect on the day of the event.

Please meet at Union Square for 12.30pm, where registration will take place followed by a warm up. The event will commence at 1pm.

Before participating in the National Fitness Day Colour Run, you must read our disclaimer and agree to the contents. Please also find other Health and Safety information.

42.5% profits will go to WMRSASC (registered in England and Wales (No 1136677). 42.5% profits will go to Smile for Joel, Victim Support (registered in England and Wales (No 1175874) 15% will go to fund future RAG events. Worcester RAG is part of Worcester Students Union which is a charity registered in England and Wales (No 1145192).

Staff Open Day – thank you from the SU

The Students’ Union would like to thank everyone who attended our Staff Open day on Tuesday 11th September. We welcomed almost 100 University of Worcester staff members to the SU, speaking to people from all across the University, from Finance, to Sport & Exercise Science, to Student Services.

We hope to see you all back at the SU over the coming academic year, and we’re looking forward to working closely with all the teams and departments at the University to give our students the best possible experience during their time at Worcester.

Don’t worry if you were unable to attend. Staff are always welcome to pop into the SU any time of day to see what we’re up to and have a chat.

Live @ The Hangar returns this week!

This Thursday sees the return of our Live @ The Hangar comedy night. We’ll be hosting some of the best comedians on the UK’s live comedy circuit for another night of outrageously funny entertainment.

The Noise Next Door will be headlining our stage once again, bringing with them their anarchic blend of improv, bizarre storytelling, and hilarious songs. And supporting them will be comedy up and comers Ryan McDonnell and Javier Jarquin.

Tickets are only £5 and can be bought at the Students’ Union Welcome Desk or via our website.

SU Open Day for University of Worcester Staff

The Students’ Union annual open day will be taking place Tuesday 11th September.

This is an opportunity for all University of Worcester staff members to visit the Students’ Union and meet the Officers and staff. You’ll be able to find out about everything we do at the SU; Clubs, Societies, Help & Advice, fundraising, student representation, and much more. This is your chance to discover everything there is to know about the SU and pass this on to your colleagues and students throughout the year.

To register your interest in attending, please complete our short Wufoo form – https://worcsu.wufoo.com/forms/s1pqhv1d0a87xzo/

And remember, all staff are welcome to pop in to the SU at any time to come and speak to our Officers and staff team.

Colour Run at the SU!

To celebrate National Fitness Day we’re hosting our very first Colour Run at the University of Worcester!

Run, walk, jog, or skip your way round campus and get covered in a kaleidoscope of colours as you do it. The Colour Run is open to all University of Worcester students regardless of your fitness level. There’s no winner, no recorded times, and no reason for you not to get involved.

The Colour Run is taking place on Wednesday 26th September to coincide with National Fitness Day, meeting from 12.30pm in Union Square. Entry is just £5 and includes a white t-shirt and sunglasses. Profits will go towards West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Smile for Joel, and future RAG events.

The run is open to everyone at the University of Worcester – staff and students alike. Visit – https://www.worcsu.com/ents/event/950/ – to pre book your space.

We will also be hosting a Zumba session in Union Square from 9.30am-10.30am and a Yoga session in the Hangar from 10.30am-11.30am. Just turn up on the day and make a £1 donation to take part.

Head over to the RAG Facebook page to get all the details and make sure you like and follow to get regular updates – https://www.facebook.com/wsurag/

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SU Open Day for University of Worcester Staff

The Students’ Union will be hosting its annual staff open day on Tuesday 11 September.

This is an opportunity for all University of Worcester staff members to visit the Students’ Union and meet the Officers and staff. You’ll be able to find out about everything we do at the SU; Clubs, Societies, Help & Advice, fundraising, student representation, and much more. This is your chance to discover everything there is to know about the SU and pass this on to your colleagues and students throughout the year.

To register your interest in attending, please complete our short Wufoo form – https://worcsu.wufoo.com/forms/s1pqhv1d0a87xzo/

And remember, all staff are welcome to pop in to the SU at any time to come and speak to our Officers and staff team.

 

Students’ Union RAG highly commended in ‘Most Improved Student Fundraising Group’

Following a fantastic year of fundraising, Worcester Students’ Union RAG have been highly commended in the 2018 National Student Awards for ‘Most Improved Student Fundraising Group’.

Over the last academic year, students at the University of Worcester managed to raise an outstanding £17,993 for a variety of charities, including our chosen charity for 2017-18, the Alzheimer’s Society. This total has doubled from the previous year, showing considerable improvement and enthusiasm in terms of student fundraising at Worcester. Congratulations must go to the RAG Committee (comprised of students) and its Chair, Harry Lonsdale, as well as our Student Engagement Coordinator, Eleanor. Most importantly, we’d like to thank everyone who has put time aside this year to raise money for worthy causes.

The National Student Fundraising Conference celebrates the work of RAGs and student fundraising groups nationwide, whilst providing an environment where RAGs, staff members, charities and companies can all come together and learn from each other, in order to raise as much money as possible for charity. The conference ends with the National Student Fundraising Awards which recognise the amazing successes of fundraising groups over the last year.

For regular updates surrounding student fundraising, head over to Facebook and Instagram.

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Students’ Union Induction Talks

We’d like to give staff a friendly reminder that this September, the SU is once again offering 15 minute induction talks for all courses. These talks can be embedded within your existing induction sessions and we can be flexible regarding locations and times.

For more information, and if you would like to book an SU talk for your induction session, please email our Student Voice Assistant, Jodie Stilgoe at j.stilgoe@worc.ac.uk with the date, time, and course(s).

Comedy Night Returns to The Hangar

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

Thursday 20 September will see some of the UK comedy circuits finest talents joining us for two hours of laugh out loud entertainment.

Host Comedian – Ryan McDonnell

Belfast boy Ryan McDonnell is currently building up quite a reputation on the UK comedy circuit. Sometime bizarre, sometime dark, he’ll guide you on a journey through the world as he sees it. On his debut at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Ryan’s stand-up was acclaimed as “Apollo quality live comedy”.

Host Comedian – Javier Jarquin

Javier is a regular on the UK comedy circuit, delighting audiences with well-crafted jokes and his likable stage persona. A New Zealand native, Javier won the Christchurch ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition and was a core member of ‘Scared Scriptless’ – New Zealand’s longest running comedy show.

Headline Comedian – The Noise Next Door

Making a welcome return to Live @ The Hangar, The Noise Next Door are the UK’s premier improv comedy group. The Noise Next Door perform with a distinctive brand of off-the-cuff comedy, blending ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, epic stories, and explosive physicality. Unstoppably funny and uniquely talented, The Noise Next Door are the next big thing in British comedy.

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!

Updates to Academic Representation

The Students’ Union has been working with the University over the last year to review the academic representation system here at the University of Worcester. We have worked together to develop a new code of practice and agreed a few changes to the system.

One of these changes relates to the election of Course Reps.The number of reps required for each course will now be based on a ratio system as follows:

The allocation of the number of course rep positions available should follow the guidance below:

  1. a) A Course with 40 students or less at a level should be represented by 1 Course Rep per level
  2. b) A Course with between 41-80 students at a level should be represented by 2 Course Reps per level
  3. c) A Course with over 81 students at a level should be represented by 3 Course Reps per level

Where there are a number of small similar courses these may be grouped together as one course for the purpose of the representation system. Very small courses with multiple pathways should be grouped together where possible.

Should a course require further student representation the Course Leader should make an application in writing to the Academic Representation Oversight Group for consideration by emailing arog@worc.ac.uk.

For those of you who have already recruited Level 5 and 6 reps last semester for the upcoming year, we recognise there will be a transition period and any extra reps should continue to represent students for the upcoming academic year.

This information was circulated around Course Leaders last week but if you have not received this information or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either Euan Morrison, the Vice President Education (e.morrison@worc.ac.uk) or Tim Hewes-Belton, the Student Engagement Manager at (t.hewesbelton@worc.ac.uk).

The Union Awards: Students’ Choice – find out more about your nomination!

Now that our awards season has drawn to a close, we would like to give all staff nominated by students in the Union Awards: Students’ Choice the opportunity to request details of their nominations.

The Students’ Union has recently sent a headline report to all heads of Institute/Department with more information regarding the demographics of students making nominations, the shortlist for each award, and some of the comments students made in each category.

However, staff are able to request details of their full individual nominations. If you would like to receive this information, please email Kate Gynn k.gynn@worc.ac.uk.

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The RAG total is in!

With a combined effort from our RAG Committee, Clubs and Societies, SU Crew, University staff, SU staff, and our amazing students, the Students’ Union has had a fantastic year of fundraising.

Our students have hosted and taken part in sports tournaments, bake sales, Zumbathons, tough mudders, puppy pat and chat, and our Student Race Day. All of these efforts have seen us raise money for 33 worthy charities.

And after all this, our RAG total for the 2017-18 academic year has reached a total of £17,993!

Part of this total will be going to our RAG Charity of the Year for 2017-18. The Alzheimer’s Society will receive £3,916 to help them conduct research, offer support services, and provide advice and information to those that need it the most.

The RAG total will now be reset to £0 in anticipation of another fantastic year of fundraising.

We want to thank everyone that has supported and contributed to our total. Our students have gone above and beyond this year, and we’re excited to see what the next year will bring!

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Students’ Union Induction Talks

We’d like to give staff a friendly reminder that this September, the SU is once again offering 15 minute induction talks for all courses. These talks can be embedded within your existing induction sessions and we can be flexible regarding locations and times.

For more information, and if you would like to book an SU talk for your induction session, please email our Student Voice Assistant, Jodie Stilgoe at j.stilgoe@worc.ac.uk with the date, time, and course(s).

Donate Lego to the Students’ Union

The Students’ Union are asking for donations of Lego in order to provide new and returning students’ a different activity during their ‘Crafternoon’ events. The Crafternoon events enable students to engage with the Students’ Union on a friendly and social basis, doing activities that aid creativity and relaxation. Discussions with other Students’ Union’s across the country highlighted that building and constructing Lego was amongst their most popular daytime activities and so we thought Worcester should follow suit.

Therefore we are sending out a plea for donations of any used Lego you may have lying around, either hidden in boxes or sitting unused in a corner. Thank-you in advance for your help!

Lucy Conn – Students’ Union President

Students’ Union RAG Shortlisted for ‘Most Improved Student Fundraising Group’

Following a fantastic year of fundraising, Worcester Students’ Union RAG have been shortlisted in the 2018 National Student Awards for ‘Most Improved Student Fundraising Group’.

Over the last academic year, students at the University of Worcester managed to raise an outstanding £17,993 for a variety of charities, including our chosen charity for 2017-18, the Alzheimer’s Society. This total has doubled from the previous year, showing considerable improvement and enthusiasm in terms of student fundraising at Worcester. Congratulations must go to the RAG Committee (comprised of students) and its Chair, Harry Lonsdale, as well as our Student Engagement Coordinator, Eleanor. Most importantly, we’d like to thank everyone who has put time aside this year to raise money for worthy causes.

The National Student Fundraising Conference celebrates the work of RAGs and student fundraising groups nationwide, whilst providing an environment where RAGs, staff members, charities and companies can all come together and learn from each other, in order to raise as much money as possible for charity. The conference ends with the National Student Fundraising Awards which recognise the amazing successes of fundraising groups over the last year.

Shortlist for Most Improved Student Fundraising Group

Derby Raise & Give
Hull University Union RAG
Rotaract Society, Chester Students’ Union
Worcester Raise & Give

The awards will take place on 22 August 2018 at UWE Bristol’s Exhibition and Conference Centre.

For regular updates surrounding student fundraising, head over to Facebook and Instagram.

Invitation to Students’ Union Open Day – 11 September

Dear Colleague,

Worcester Students’ Union Open Day

Tuesday 11 September

11.00am – 2.30pm

The Students’ Union at the University of Worcester exists to represent and support students throughout their time studying here. We are dedicated to the educational interests and welfare of all students and provide them with extra-curricular activities, initiatives to develop employability skills and an advice and support service. The Students’ Union is a student-led organisation, with student Sabbatical Officers elected each year to champion student matters alongside a team of professional staff to assist and guide them.

The Students’ Union has undergone quite a few changes over the last few years and, this has been recognised this academic year as we have been shortlisted for Students’ Union of the Year at the NUS Awards 2018, as well as climbing the rankings in both the WhatUni rankings and in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. We are incredibly proud of our Students’ Union and as well as reaching out to as many students as possible we endeavour to meet as many University staff, and those from the University’s partner institutions as possible, to ensure a greater awareness of the services we provide and why, or when, you may want to refer students to the SU.

Last year we hosted our first Staff Open Day at the Students’ Union and due to the success and feedback received we are hosting a second Staff Open Day at the Students’ Union on St John’s Campus on Tuesday 11 September. You will be welcomed by the 2018/19 Officer team – Lucy, Euan and Harrison – and given a closer insight in to what the SU does and be able to find out how the SU can engage with the students you teach or support.

Please could you confirm your attendance using the following link – https://worcsu.wufoo.com/forms/s1pqhv1d0a87xzo/

We look forward to meeting you all, and everybody within the Students’ Union hopes you can attend.

Kind regards,

Ross and Lucy

 

Ross Renton
Pro Vice Chancellor Students
University of Worcester

Lucy Conn
Students’ Union President
Worcester Students’ Union

The Union Awards: Students’ Choice – find out more about your nomination!

Now that our awards season has drawn to a close, we would like to give all staff nominated by students in the Union Awards: Students’ Choice the opportunity to request details of their nominations.

The Students’ Union has recently sent a headline report to all heads of Institute/Department with more information regarding the demographics of students making nominations, the shortlist for each award, and some of the comments students made in each category.

However, staff are able to request details of their full individual nominations. If you would like to receive this information, please email Kate Gynn k.gynn@worc.ac.uk.

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SU Open Day for University of Worcester Staff

The Students’ Union will be hosting its annual staff open day on Tuesday 11 September.

This is an opportunity for all University of Worcester staff members to visit the Students’ Union and meet the Officers and staff. You’ll be able to find out about everything we do at the SU; Clubs, Societies, Help & Advice, fundraising, student representation, and much more. This is your chance to discover everything there is to know about the SU and pass this on to your colleagues and students throughout the year.

We’ll be releasing more information about the event shortly. So make sure you mark it in your calendars and stay tuned for all the details.

And remember, all staff are welcome to pop in to the SU at any time to come and speak to our Officers and staff team.

 

Students’ Union Induction Talks

We’d like to give staff a friendly reminder that this September, the SU is once again offering 15 minute induction talks for all courses. These talks can be embedded within your existing induction sessions and we can be flexible regarding locations and times.

For more information, and if you would like to book an SU talk for your induction session, please email our Student Voice Assistant, Jodie Stilgoe at j.stilgoe@worc.ac.uk with the date, time, and course(s).

Help & Advice service available throughout the summer

Students can continue to access the Students’ Union Help & Advice service over the summer.

The SU offers advice on academic issues such as academic misconduct, mitigating circumstances, and fitness to practise. Advice is also available on accommodation and welfare issues, and much more.

Students can arrange appointments in person, via Skype, or telephone.

To make an appointment, visit the SU Welcome Desk between 10-3:30, or make an online enquiry via https://www.worcsu.com/helpandadvice/adviceform/

SU advice

New Officer Team at the Students’ Union

After saying a very sad goodbye to Jade Haley and Sophie Glenny, our outgoing President and VP Student Activities, our new Full-Time Officer team has officially started at the Students’ Union.

Back in March, our students turned out in record numbers to elect Lucy Conn as President, Euan Morrison as VP Education, and Harrison Jarrett as VP Student Activities. The new Officers have had a whirlwind induction getting to grips with life at the SU, and are now looking forward to their year in office representing students here at the University.

All three Officers already have some fantastic ideas for the SU, and will help us to grow and continue giving our students the best possible university experience.

Take a look at their first ever (and slightly chaotic) Officer Vlog right here –

You can also follow them via their Twitter accounts; @worcsupres, @worcsuvpsa, @worcsuvped

RAG Charity of the Year announced

We are pleased to announce that our students have voted West Mercia Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (WMRSASC) as our 2018-19 RAG Charity.

Throughout the year the newly recruited RAG Committee, made up of student volunteers, will work together to create fantastic events and come up with creative and fun fundraising activities in order to raise money for such a great cause.

Keep an eye on the RAG Facebook page and Instagram (Worcestersurag), for further updates on their plans for Welcome Week 2018 and RAG Week 2018, as well as other fundraising activities.

About WMRSASC

WMRSASC provides a free, confidential, and non-judgemental service for male and female survivors aged 5+ who have experienced rape or sexual abuse at any time. WMRSASC is committed to raising awareness about the damaging effects that rape or sexual abuse can have on individuals. WMRSASC offers both a face to face counselling service and an advocacy service that supports clients through the criminal justice system. They operate two telephone helplines covering the Worcestershire and Herefordshire areas, providing both crisis and ongoing support to survivors of any form of sexual assault, violence or abuse; be it recent or historic; and their family and friends.

For more information on West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre: https://www.wmrsasc.org.uk/

About RAG

RAG stands for ‘Raise and Give’ and that’s exactly what we do. RAG is run by a student committee who organise fundraising events and other activities to raise money for nominated Charities. RAG supports students to fundraise for any registered charity of their choice as well as fundraising for our nominated charity. We also coordinate the Students’ Union’s efforts for national events like Red Nose Day and Children in Need.

We’re still looking for students to join the RAG Committee for 2018-19. Any student can be on the committee and it’s a fantastic way for students to get involved with a number of great causes while at university. To find out how to get involved, please visit the RAG pages on our website – https://www.worcsu.com/volunteer/rag/getinvolved/

While the Students’ Union will focus its’ fundraising on WMRSASC, we will support all students in their fundraising efforts. We can loan buckets, promote events on social media, and host events in The Hangar. We also provide expert advice on fundraising legally and help you complete street collection permits etc. We also bank the money you raise and make sure it gets paid to the right charity. Anything you raise will also be added to the RAG total.

For more information on anything RAG related please email Eleanor York, Student Engagement Coordinator – e.york@worc.ac.uk

Worcester Students’ Union nominated for NUS Union of the Year Award

The Students’ Union has been shortlisted for the NUS Union of the Year Award. There were a total of 41 nominations for the award, so making the shortlist is a great achievement in itself.

The SU has gone from strength to strength this year, with a record turnout in the March elections, increased levels of student satisfaction, over £15,000 raised for RAG, and a number of fantastic achievements from our Clubs and Societies.

The NUS Union of the Year Award recognises the excellent work of all those who have been involved in making this one of the best years yet for the Students’ Union.

Winners will be announced at the annual NUS Awards ceremony at the NEC Birmingham on 4 July.

Union of the year

 

Union Awards: Students’ Choice 2018

This year we received almost 600 nominations from students for the Union Awards: Students’ Choice. This was a 98% increase on last year’s total nominations. Congratulations to all those nominated.

The Union Awards: Students Choice celebrates the hard work of teaching and support staff here at the University of Worcester, from Outstanding Lecturers, to Personal Academic Tutors, to those members of support staff who consistently go the extra mile. All of the winners were initially shortlisted from the nominations submitted by students, with the Institute of Education receiving the most nominations. A panel consisting of Institute Reps and Euan Morrison, our VP Education, then chose the winners. The night ended with Deputy Vice Chancellor, Sarah Greer, presenting her very own special award. The recipient of this award was Lisa Griffiths of the Institute of Sport & Exercise Science.

union awards

The Students’ Union will be producing profiles for all the winners of the Union Awards: Student Choice. Our Student Engagement team will be in touch with winners within the next few weeks.

And once more, we would like to congratulate all members of staff who were nominated for the Awards!

Student Choice Poster