The Students’ Union has launched a new initiative to encourage the use of organic produce within SUSU’s food outlets.
The sustainability garden consists of planters on the outside decked area on level two of the SUSU building in which a variety of herbs are being grown. It is hoped will be used in meals served at on-campus restaurant The Bridge within the next month.
The decision to utilise this space to produce herbs is part of a wider push towards sustainability in Southampton, following the success of other initiatives which were celebrated at the Sustainability Action Awards which … Read the rest
A competition has been launched to give environmentally-conscious students the chance to go to Reading or Leeds Festival this summer as part of an initiative to encourage recycling at music festivals.
The Student Recycling Champions competition is a joint initiative by drinks recycling programme Every Can Counts, The National Student, and festival organisers Festival Republic, as an effort to spur young people to consider the impact of rubbish and to raise awareness of the importance of recycling waste at music events. The scheme is perfect if you’re interested in sustainability or environmental sciences, and would be ideal experience if you … Read the rest
Last week saw us wave goodbye to our Chief Executive, Jaki Booth. Jaki has run the organisation since 2009, totalling almost five years of hard work with SUSU. In that time, we have seen SUSU welcome several novel and engaging projects that really set our union apart from others in the country. SUSU has also continued to grow and develop into the vibrant student-focused, and peer supportive organisation that it is today. This has led to us being awarded silver after an ‘Investors in People’ assessment, a high achievement indeed!
This is what Jaki had to say about her time … Read the rest
Following the recent news that Oli Coles will not be taking his second year in office as VP Student Communities next year, it has been announced that SUSU will be holding a by-election to fill his position in the coming weeks.
The role of VP Student Communities is key to the running of SUSU, reaching out to student groups such as International Students, Post-Grad Students and students at sites (i.e. Winchester School of Art and the NOC), as well as overseeing the running of JCRs and Diversity Groups. Over the past year, SUSU has worked on fixing fees for international … Read the rest
A wave of new acts are being announced for SUSU’s biggest event this summer – the Graduation Ball 2014. This year, SUSU is aiming to go bigger and better than ever. We already have free rides lined up, with Dodgems, The Waltzer, and The Twister. This week keep your eyes on social media as we continue to make huge new announcements every day, with exciting new act confirmations. It’s been a big disappointment having Zane Lowe drop out, but we have already had great new acts announced during this week of big reveals!
SUSU President David Gilani said, “We have … Read the rest
The Shop at SUSU has launched a website to provide the opportunity for branded items to be purchased from anywhere in the world.
Items now available on the website,which can be accessed by clicking here, include University of Southampton hoodies and t-shirts, and also items with the Stag’s branding such as aprons, footballs, mugs, footballs, tea towels, frisbees and even boxer shorts.
Talking about how the website will complement the service which the shop offers, Manager Paul Ridge said: “It gives people a chance to buy from the comfort of their own home. So if you’re a … Read the rest
As the academic year begins to come to an end, several students are finishing their degree. Some students have luckily already taken their last exams, and submitted their last assignments. However, many music students are performing in their final recitals at this time of the year. Many of us may relish the opportunity to play an instrument or take to the mic instead of writing a 3000 word assignment. What we may not recognise, is the large amount of hard work and preparation that goes into the performance examination, and getting stage-ready. Third year English Literature and Music student Charlie … Read the rest
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is renowned as the world’s largest arts festival, with weeks of theatre, music, comedy and more being performed across the city, in a range of venues, all day.
This year, a group of University of Southampton students are taking up two theatrical shows, a gender-swapped version of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, and Stephen Belber’s ‘Tape’.
Paying for the performance space alone is setting them back by over £3000, and there are additional costs for set, costume, transport and accommodation. The students are operating under the name of ‘Gone Rogue’, a brand set up … Read the rest
Last week saw the National Union of Students hold a parliamentary reception at the House of Lords to celebrate the positive impacts of its Students’ Green Fund across the movement.
David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Lord Redesdale, and Steve Egan, Deputy Chief executive for HEFCE all attended the event, showcasing the creativity, diversity, green credentials and business acumen of students’ unions across the country.
Using £5million of funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), NUS has helped 25 students’ unions from across England to develop proposals for ambitious green projects, leading … Read the rest
Another SUSU AGM has been and gone, with enough students participating in voting to make this year’s meeting quorate! The minutes of the meeting and the issues discussed will appear on official channels soon, but in the meantime we can reveal a basic outline of the results, courtesy of a helpful thread in the SUSU Ideas and Open Discussion Group.
1. Stop charging for debit card use in SUSU outlets (1314P14) was referred to Trustees.
2. New seats for the Cube (1314P15) had the amendment accepted and was passed.
3. Delivering for our Student Groups with a Bank of … Read the rest