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Spring Elections: Voting now OPEN

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Today marks the start of Voting Week in this year’s Spring Elections – voting opens at 09:00! If you’re a current University of Southampton student, you’re eligible to cast a vote for the students that you want to lead our Union for the next academic year. It’s simple, all you need is your Student ID to be able to vote and head over to www.susu.org/vote, or find a voting station around campus. Don’t forget, if you show us your voting confirmation there will be freebies available for you during the week on campus!

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New water sports equipment for Team Southampton

» 23 February 2018 » In Uncategorized » Comments Off on New water sports equipment for Team Southampton

The Union has recently invested in new equipment for some of our water sports teams, in collaboration with the University of Southampton. We have purchased new kayaks for the Canoe Polo Club and worked alongside the University in their purchase of new starting blocks for Jubilee swimming pool.

Our Athletic Union invested in a fleet of ten new kayaks for the Canoe Polo Club. As the sport is played 5-a-side, this means the club can now train together with new kayaks suitable for indoor use.

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Culture Festival: Southampton Swing Dancers Society Spotlight

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The Union’s Culture Festival is almost here, so we’ve met with some of the societies involved to get to find out more about what they get up to. Last week we went along to Southampton Swing Dancers’ Wednesday evening class at the Students’ Union where we met Mia (society President) and Fabio (society helper).

Ever wanted to try dance the Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa or Blues dancing? Southampton Swing Dancers focus mainly on Lindy Hop, offering weekly Lindy Hop classes, but they also provide taster classes in other swing dances too! Beginners are always welcome and from what we saw … Read the rest

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Culture Festival: Persian Society Spotlight

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The Union’s Culture Festival is right around the corner, so we’ve met with some of the societies involved to get to know them a little better. First up was Persian Society, who will be hosting the Persian Fire Festival (چهارشنبه‌سوری‎) during Culture Festival.

Persian society has over 400 members, which includes students, staff and their families. The society aims to support Iranian students and staff who have come to the UK to study and/or work – welcoming them into their community. Members of the society are from a wide range of backgrounds and religions.

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New Facebook Algorithm: how to keep up-to-date with the Union

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As you may have heard, Facebook is changing its news feed algorithm. This means we will see some changes in the next few months as it begins to prioritise certain content over others.

From letting you know about exciting upcoming events, campaigns and more, our Facebook page is the best way to stay in the loop with everything happening on our campuses, and about all the opportunities we have for you to get involved in.

It’s easy to make sure that our Facebook posts continue to appear on your news feed:

  1. Simply head over to our page: “University of
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Supporting UCU strikes and learning opportunities

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At the recent extraordinary meeting of our Education Zone on Thursday 08 February, we voted to support the industrial action by the University and Colleges Union (UCU), standing in solidarity with academic staff not only from Southampton but across the UK also who are taking what is a last-resort action to protect their pensions.
The presentation which was shown at the Education Zone meeting can be found here, and goes through the context of the strike in more detail.

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Spring Elections campaigning has begun!

» 21 February 2018 » In Uncategorized » Comments Off on Spring Elections campaigning has begun!

Who do you think should lead the Union during 2018/19?

Campaigning in our Spring Elections has now begun for all candidates. The countdown is on to Elections Night Live (Friday 02 March), so candidates will need to win those all important votes (you may have spotted lots of posters around campus!).

It can be tricky to decide who you think is the best person for each role. On Monday SUSUtv  live streamed seven Meet the Candidates interviews, to grill each candidate running for a Full-Time Officer role on their key points and how they would implement these, should they win … Read the rest

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Online Harassment Reporting Tool

» 19 February 2018 » In Uncategorized » Comments Off on Online Harassment Reporting Tool

Hey everyone, it’s Arun Aggarwal (VP Student Communities) and Sam Higman (VP Welfare) here.

This year we’ve seen a rise in the number of reported issues around harassment come to the Sabbatical team, and be publicly risen. Because of this, we have worked alongside the Stand Up To Racism Society to better the Union’s method of reporting harassment and allow us to gather data.

We have come up with a new service to facilitate how to report those issues and how we can provide support to affected people. This new service will be in the shape of an online form … Read the rest

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Society Spotlight: Canoe Polo

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We recently sat down with three members of the Union’s Canoe Polo club, Tom Ladyman (President), Olivia Reed (Club secretary) and Erik Meilak, to find out what the world of canoe polo is all about.

For those who are new to the sport, canoe polo “is a cross between basketball, netball and rugby” or “water polo…in kayaks”. It’s a 5-a-side sport, with no specific positions (such as keeper) so everyone is able to move around and help each other. Contact is allowed, “players can push each other to get the ball, but there’s rarely a bad injury” explains Tom.

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Students’ Union response to UCU industrial action

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UPDATE 22/02/18: A second blog detailing the ‘teach-outs’ organised with UCU can be found here

On Thursday 08 February 2018, our Education Zone met for an extraordinary meeting of the Zone to discuss the recent announcement of industrial action by the University and Colleges Union (UCU).

The Education Zone is one of our groups of elected student representatives who makes decision on specific academic issues on behalf of the student body. This is where previous instances of industrial actions have been discussed. The meeting was also attended by a number of students, and we’d like to extend our thanks to Read the rest

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