On Wednesday 5 February we will be hosting a special Your Skills assertiveness workshop. This unique session aims to help students use a range of interpersonal and personal skills so that they can confidently assert their needs.
The session is open to all student volunteers, from course representatives to JCRs – everyone is welcome!
The event is taking place from 2-4pm in Meeting Room 1 Level 2, Building 42 with VP Democracy and Creative Industries, David Martin. Bookings close for this session today at 4pm. To book your place, click here.
However, if this session isn’t for you there are … Read the rest
On Wednesday February 5th, Solent Students Union and University of Southampton Students’ Union are teaming up with Bite the Ballot to hold a day of coordinated action, aimed at empowering students through registering to vote.
Bite the Ballot (bitetheballot.co.uk) is a party neutral organisation aimed at increasing voter engagement among young people. In the 2010 General Election, only 56% of 18-24 year olds were registered to vote, and just 44% voted. This is compared to 96% of people aged 65+ registered, with 76% of that age group voting.
Claire Gilbert, VP Engagement at University Students’ Union, … Read the rest
Are you interested in getting involved at SUSU but don’t know where to start? Now’s your chance!
We have ten places on Union Council up for grabs at our next meeting on Tuesday. No matter how experienced you are (or aren’t), this is the perfect opportunity to get more involved with what we’re up to and get your voice heard.
Open Place Union Councillors are students who sit on Union Council and are elected at-large from the student body, and sit alongside the other 30 Union Councillors, who are elected to reflect the various backgrounds of the student … Read the rest
On Thursday 30 January we’re taking part in a 24 hour tweeting project for students’ unions across the UK to showcase what we do.
The project, using the #ourSUday hashtag, aims to highlight the variety of things student unions do.
Students’ unions, associations and guilds across the UK will be tweeting a running commentary of their day to day activities. This is based on similar ‘tweetathons’ by councils, police forces and the UK housing sector.
The day has been organised by University of Sussex Students’ Union Digital Marketing, Engagement and Communications Manager, Joanna Walters as a way to … Read the rest
A new committee is coming to help improve the welfare of SUSU students. The Wellbeing Committee will look at a variety of issues affecting students, including mental health, sexual health, physical health and financial health. To tackle these issues the committee are currently looking to recruit the following roles:
1) Mental Health Co-ordinator
2) Sexual Health Co-ordinator
3) Healthy Living Co-ordinator
4) Financial Health Co-ordinator
5) Substances Co-ordinator
6) 2x Co-ordinators without portfolio
Talking about the new committee Wellbeing Officer, Josh Cox said, “SUSU is committed to improving the wellbeing of students at our university and the Wellbeing … Read the rest
It’s time for another hall of fame focus…
You may have noticed we have a selection of great– but how much do you know about the people who have won them?
In our series of interviews we’ve been finding out more about the different winners behind the trophies on display in the Concourse.
This time it’s our very own VP Engagement Claire Gilbert talking about The EVA excellence in volunteering awards – Commitment …
What are the EVA excellence in volunteering awards?
The EVAs are an annual event to celebrate the amazing achievements of all the different volunteering that happens … Read the rest
The Student Opportunities fund is awarded to universities to help them support disadvantaged students who attend university. This fund is vital because it encourages universities to recruit able students regardless of their background. However, the government is currently proposing to cut the fund by 60%, which will have a huge effect on the support Southampton can provide for its students.
To put this in context – last year the University of Southampton received £1.4 million from the government. If the proposed cuts are made, the university will lose £840,000. This means it will only have £560,000 left to … Read the rest
SUSU’s unique training programme Your Skills is returning this term with loads more great sessions to help you gain essential skills for your development.
The useful sessions are open to all student volunteers, from course representatives to JCRs – everyone is welcome!
Led by trained members of staff, all the sessions are fun and interactive using a variety of techniques, designed to prepare you with all that you need for your volunteering role.
Kicking things off, on the 29 January from 2-4pm in Meeting Room 1, Building 42, there will be a time management session. Perfect if you find it … Read the rest
The UCU (University and College Union) have voted for another strike to take place on 23 January.
The strike follows on from their demands in October for a pay rise for all staff above the yearly increase of 1% currently offered by universities.
As Union Council was unable to sit before the latest strikes, it has been decided by the Sabbatical team that Council’s previous action to not support the strikes is being maintained.
Union President, David Gilani explains, “SUSU believes that this industrial action will severely affect the student experience and therefore we cannot support it. To help lessen … Read the rest
This year’s Grad Ball is shaping up to be one of the biggest events SUSU has ever done.
It will take place on Monday 9 June 2014, and here’s how you can guarantee your ticket to the best party of your University career…
This year it’s all about The Priority Sign Up – launching on Monday 27 January.
The Priority Sign Up is available over THREE days ONLY, and will give you first access to ticket sales, a guaranteed ticket price of £49, split payment opportunities and a first look at all the special announcements including acts!
Sign up website … Read the rest