So far SUSU’s housing campaign has seen us get in touch with the top 10 worst offending Letting Agencies as declared by you who filled in the Vent about your Rent survey (still available to read online or in the Advice Centre). Here, we asked them to sign up to six pledges to improve the service that they provide to students. We also got in contact with the local Residence Associations about working together to lobby councillors about To Let signs .
We’ve now got five of the worst rated Letting Agencies to sign up to our “Don’t Rush” pledges. … Read the rest
Union President, David Gilani is looking for two new researchers to help him fight against student poverty. The first of the two will focus on funding opportunities for Post Graduate students. This will concentrate on the different areas of financial support that are currently open to Post Graduate students so that SUSU can better lobby for improvements. The research will also look towards introduce a Post Graduate loans system nationally.
The second position will analyse the income and expenditure of a typical student to find out what further financial support they would need. This will involve research into the current … Read the rest
Nominations will be open from Friday 7 February at 12pm and will close on Monday 17 February.
Voting will be between Monday 24 and Friday 28 February (week 22) and the results will be announced on Friday at a special Results Night ceremony, starting at 7pm in the Cube.
70 positions are up for election, from President of the Union to 30 Union Councillors.
Up for grabs are seven full-time (sabbatical) positions, and 63 part-time positions – Student Leaders, student trustees and Union Councillors – you can find out more about the positions here.
David Martin, Vice-President for Democracy … Read the rest
The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), is asking disabled students about their experiences of career support at university. The findings will be used to help careers services work with employers to remove barriers to employment and support disabled students in developing employability skills and identifying career paths. The survey is part of a project supported by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
ECU works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education across all four nations of the UK, and in colleges in Scotland. ECU works closely … Read the rest
RAG are pleased to announce they have raised over £20,000 for charity. This grand total beats last year’s amount by over £3,000!
The RAG committee is always hard at work planning new fundraising events and schemes, and helping others plan theirs.
This impressive total comes alongside the launch of RAG’s new totaliser – the groups new and exciting way of showing off all their hardwork.
So where did the £20,000 come from?
Here is a helpful breakdown…
RAG Events & collection pots: £2078.65
RAG Events Not For Core Charities: £1815.93
Student Fundraising: £13430.73
Activity added in last 7 … Read the rest
Unfortunately students’ homes are a major target for burglaries – particularly in the Christmas period!
To keep your valuables safe this festive season, SUSU advises following these simple safety tips:
Lock your doors and windows.
Always check your back door and lock your own bedroom door just in case that forgetful housemate is the last one to head home! Almost all burglaries that have occurred in the last month have been because windows/doors have been left unlocked and open.
Now is a good chance to meet your neighbours if you haven’t already – ask them to keep an eye out … Read the rest
Southampton Hub has recently expanded their Schools Plus programme to three schools in the city, connecting over 50 university students with school children who may miss out on reaching their full academic potential. Schools Plus was launched in Southampton last year, following its achievements in Oxford, and has since been set up in London and Bristol.
Schools Plus is a community volunteering project led by students at the University of Southampton and supported by Southampton Hub, a charity which aims to inspire, connect and support students to make a difference during their time at university.
Tasha Unwin, Southampton Hub Support … Read the rest
The results are in for the Winter By-elections! Following on from over a week of nominations and voting, Giles Howard was elected as the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering (FPSE) Officer.
This role involves the co-ordination of the relevant student academic representatives, working with the aforementioned representatives and the VP Education to represent student views to the University.
Unfortunately, there were no candidates for the other positions up for election.
These included Postgraduate (Taught) Students Officer, Community Volunteering Officer and Outreach (Site) Officer.
We’ll keep you updated on the status of all these positions, but for even more information … Read the rest
SUSU has recently been looking into a number of messages from concerned students about being featured on the ‘Ratemash’ website – http://tiny.cc/ratemash
For those who don’t know, RateMash is a website which allows users to rate other students at their University and ‘ranks’ them to create a leaderboard of the “hottest guys and girls” at each institution. To get the information, Ratemash asks users to sign up through Facebook allowing them access to their profile and to some information and photos from their friends’. Because of this, people who haven’t agreed to be on the site are getting featured without … Read the rest
We’re pleased to announce the University of Southampton’s performing art societies have been recognised again by the Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards. Known as the Academy Awards for amateur dramatics, the awards recognise the very best of amateur theatre in the South every year and once again we’re excited that Performing Arts have managed to scoop nominations for nearly half of all the awards on offer.
There were two wins for SUSU Showstoppers for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical and Best Musical Director, following a total of 15 nominations at last year’s ceremony but this year we’re hoping for … Read the rest