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25
Oct

Welfare Wednesday Podcast No.3: Don’t Rush to Rent

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Boo! It’s almost Halloween! Which means it’s almost that time of year where the student housing nightmare begins. Every year the rumours about all the good houses being gone begin to circulate, the rush of panicked house viewings start and deposits are begrudgingly handed over.

But what if we told you it didn’t have to be this way, that it’s OK to take your time, choose your new housemates wisely and that you don’t have to rush to rent?!

Sounds pretty good huh? Listen to our Welfare Wednesday podcast below to hear some student housing horror stories, sound advice Read the rest

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24
Oct

How can the Union improve our campuses?

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Our VP Student Communities, Emily Harrison, launched our Sites Survey this week to hear your feedback on how we can improve student life at Avenue and Boldrewood campuses, the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton General Hospital and the Winchester School of Art.

If you spend time studying at any of these campuses, whether it’s a full week or just a few hours, we want to hear from YOU! Whatever ideas you have about how they can be improved or how we can extend the Union’s presence there, let us know.

Complete the survey here: Sites Survey

If you have any … Read the rest

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19
Oct

Let’s Talk About Brexit

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Hi everyone, it’s Evie, your VP DCI.

On 23 June 2016, Britain held a referendum to ask whether it should leave the European Union, with Leave winning by 51.9% to 48.1%. Since then, more than 1.4 million young people are now eligible to vote.

When the referendum was held, the Union backed remain, citing a negative impact on higher education and graduate opportunities as key reasons for this decision. Our full blog on this decision can be found here: EU Referendum: BritaIN or BrEXIT?

2 years on, the deadline for the government to produce a deal with the EU is … Read the rest

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18
Oct

Students create over 100 crafts for Post Pals charity

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Over 90 string butterflies and 38 cards created by students during Freshers’ week will now be sent as gifts to seriously ill children in the UK through the charity Post Pals.

During Freshers’ 2018 the Union held Creative Chill Outs at Highfield, Avenue, WSA and NOC campuses. If you wanted a break from the rush of Freshers’ week, these chill outs were for you! A chance to relax, meet new people, grab a snack and create some arts and crafts. This included crafting small butterflies from lolly sticks, string and pipe cleaners, and decorating greetings cards.

These butterflies and … Read the rest

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15
Oct

Christmas Lights Switch On Date Announced!

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This year’s Christmas Lights Switch On will take place on Tuesday 20 November at Highfield Campus!

Don’t miss this event to get into the festive spirit, with drinks, food, and our very own Southampton University Brass Band filling the air with all your favourite seasonal songs.

The market stalls will also be returning, and bookings are now being taken for those who would like to host a stall. If you’re interested, please contact events@soton.ac.uk and remember there are limited spaces available. The deadline for stall applications is Monday 05 November.

The University have put together some top tips and … Read the rest

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11
Oct

Voting for Autumn Elections now open!

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Voting for our Autumn Elections is now open. This is your chance to have your say on who will represent you and make your voice heard at University, at your Halls, and in all aspects of student life at Southampton.

Vote for who will be your Course Reps, Faculty Officers, Halls Committee and Zones members. Postgrad students can choose who will be on the Postgraduate Committee and the new Postgraduate Research Reps. WSA students can decide who they would like to be part of the Winchester Committee. There’s also chance to vote on who will hold the Union to account … Read the rest

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11
Oct

International Day of the Girl: Feminist Society

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 Today is International Day of the Girl, an observance day declared by the United Nations, which aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. 

In recent years there seems to be an overload of national awareness days and we’re definitely guilty of jumping on almost every single one, (did you see our blog post for #NationalCupcakeWeek BTW?). While some make fun posts for social media, they can be also be great tool in getting conversations started. We used this opportunity to sit down withRead the rest

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10
Oct

Welfare Wednesday Podcast No.1: World Mental Health Day

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10th October is World Mental Health Day, an annual day recognised by The World Health Organisation to provide an opportunity for those working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done. This year’s theme, chosen by the World Federation for Mental Health, is ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’.

As a Students’ Union, young people’s mental health and well being is so important to us. We would like to take this World Mental Health Day to talk about the work being done and the work left to do. Read the rest

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09
Oct

World Mental Health Day: Mind Society

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10th October is World Mental Health Day, an annual day recognised by The World Health Organisation to provide an opportunity for those working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done. This year’s theme, chosen by the World Federation for Mental Health, is ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’.

As a Students’ Union, young people’s mental health and well being is so important to us. We would like to take this World Mental Health Day to talk about the work being done and the work left to do.Read the rest

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09
Oct

News: Surge Radio features on BBC Radio Solent ‘Teenage Takeover’ Launch

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The University of Southampton Students’ Union student-run radio station, Surge Radio, interviewed BBC Radio 1 DJ, Chris Stark, as part of a new launch on BBC Radio Solent last night.

The interview with Chris Stark aired live on Surge on Sunday 23 September and was played on BBC Radio Solent as a part of the launch of their evening show, Teenage Takeover with Stephanie Newenhouse, a new show which aims to celebrate and champion young people.

Chris Stark, who is a University of Southampton and Surge Radio alumnus, appeared as a guest and was interviewed by Surge Radio, … Read the rest

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