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24
Nov

Postgraduate Guest Blog: Advice to my younger self – top tips for new (and current) PhD students Part 1 The PhD

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We asked postgraduate student Zoe M. Harris to write a post to give students some advice for new and current PhD students. She has done just that and some of her gems of knowledge may be useful to undergraduates as well! Zoe’s advice will appear in a weekly series starting with this post with tips on the PhD. Stay tuned for next week’s post about the job hunt.

After handing in my thesis and waiting to viva (this is an oral examination for those that don’t know!), I was applying for jobs and working as a research assistant writing papers … Read the rest

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24
Nov

Curbing Crime at Christmas

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With Christmas fast approaching, most of you will be preparing to head home to celebrate with your families. But with 70% of student homes being left empty throughout the festive period, this really is ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ for burglars looking to strike it lucky.

It is estimated that the average person takes £1,000 worth of equipment to university. With 70% of students owning a computer or laptop, and 86% of you with mobile phones, unprotected student housing presents a veritable goldmine for any opportunistic thief. So it’s no surprise that 1 in 3 studentsRead the rest

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24
Nov

Halls Committee Results and By-Elections

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Last Wednesday was a great night, with lots of people gathering in The Bridge to find out the anticipated results of the Halls Committee elections. There is a full run down of who was successful in which positions here, and congratulations to everyone involved! https://www.susu.org/elections/2015/halls-committee-candidates.

There were some positions which had no nominations so If you were thinking about standing but you didn’t get a chance, we are holding by-elections.

 

So, what is a by-election?

The by-election is a really simple process, what it means, that instead of the whole halls population voting on candidates, the Halls Committee Board … Read the rest

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23
Nov

How to Decorate your House at Christmas on a Budget

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The festive season is creeping up and we know some of you might be eager to get started on those Christmas decorations. As a student though, we get that it’s hard to make your place look good on a budget so here are some great ideas for a fiver or less! We know it is early, but we thought you would want time to enjoy any decorations you have before term ends.

1) Paper Snowflakes: A classic way to decorate your windows, which costs you pretty much nothing. All you need is paper, scissors and a steady hand – be … Read the rest

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22
Nov

10 apps that every student needs…

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There’s an app for everything these days; with so much choice it can be tricky to work out which ones will actually make your life easier rather than just using up valuable space on your phone otherwise reserved for “hilarious” photos of your most recent clubbing-in-a-costume antics.
Here are a few we’ve tried and tested to save you the trouble:

MySouthampton (Free)Android/IOS/Blackberry/Browser
The MySouthampton app is your one-stop-shop for University of Southampton essentials, such as your personalised timetable, library information, currently empty PCs and workstations, campus maps, and a few other bits and pieces.

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21
Nov

The Stag’s Winter Beer Festival returns!

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The Stag’s bar are holding a Winter Beer Festival starting next Monday (23rd November) at 11.30am – Sunday (29th November) to get you in the Christmassy spirit!

There will be 12 craft bottle / can beers from some of the best brewery’s in the UK, along with 12 locally sourced cask ales!

Featuring beer from the likes of Vibrant Forest Brewery, Siren Craft BrewArbor Brewing Company, Red Willow Brewery, Elgoods Brewery, BrewDog Brewery, Wiper and True Brewing Co., Hop Back Brewery & many more!

To help you to pick your favourite, we … Read the rest

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20
Nov

Christmas at Halls

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While many students will be leaving university soon to spend Christmas at home, there are those of you out there who will be remaining in halls throughout the festive period. But rest assured – your Halls Committees have plenty of activities planned to ensure you won’t be lonely this Christmas. Don’t forget to keep an eye out on your Halls’ Facebook pages for updates in the run up to Christmas!

FIFA Tournament Grand Halls Final

Glen Eyre, Wessex Lane, Mayflower, Erasmus Park, City Gateway, Highfield, Bencraft and Archers Road are all invited to take part in the FIFA Tournament Grand … Read the rest

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19
Nov

Postgraduate Guest blog: Four cities, four years, one PhD.

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This week, we caught up with Rosemarie Stolte, who has travelled, married and has still managed to fit in her PhD. She told us about her journey and why it has all been worth it…

As the title indicates, my story is not so straightforward. At 30 when all my friends had gotten married and were having children – or the other way around – I decided it was time to work on a project that I had been thinking about for a long time. At that time I was already teaching German at the University of Southampton. I was … Read the rest

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18
Nov

Calling all PGRs – Nominations for PGR Committee opening soon!

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Nominations open tomorrow for a range of positions as part of an all-new PGR Committee, designed to provide greater representation, support and opportunities for all PGRs.

 

What roles are available?

The line-up includes four new roles covering the following key areas:

 

Training & Development Officer

  • Responsibilities include gauging PGRs’ satisfaction with current training and development opportunities, and communicating ideas and feedback to the Union and University.

Academic Quality Officer

  • This role involves representing PGRs’ academic issues to the doctoral college, and suggesting and supporting policies that will improve the quality of their academic lives.

Welfare Officer

  • This position
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17
Nov

Waste not want not! The perils of best-before dates

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Let’s start off with some stats to surprise you:

THE PROBLEM:

  • 16% food we take home from a shop, we throw away.
  • Equates to £15 each week (average household).
  • 50% of total food wastage comes from our homes and 50% of our wastage is actually edible!

EFFECTS:

  • Huge environmental damages – the process of landfill degrades the land, pollutes with toxic gases and uses up scarce resources.

BENEFITS:

  • Waste reduction
  • Save money
  • Improved environmental conscience
  • If we ate all the wasted edible food, the environmental impact would be the same as taking a quarter of all cars off the road!
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