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18
Jun

Successes from your VP Education and Democracy this year

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During her year as VP Education and Democracy, Jo Lisney has achieved lots of positive changes for students. Here we take a look at what she’s worked on this year and her most successful projects!

  • Lecture recordings implemented across all departments. For the last 10 years, SUSU’s VPs for Education have been lobbying the University to invest in ensuring lectures are recorded for students. As time has gone on, more lecturers have taken this practice up, but it was not consistent. This year, Jo was able to research and put together a proposal for the University to consider, and to
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31
May

Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month

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May saw Mental Health Awareness Week but did you know that this coincides with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Awareness Month? BPD is also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) and it was not until 1980 that it was officially recognized in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III). For this month, our VP Welfare and Community spoke to a student who has BPD, and heard their experiences of it.

According to the NHS, BPD is ‘a disorder of mood and how a person interacts with others. […] In general, someone with a personality disorder will differ significantly … Read the rest

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29
May

Defeat the cheat! Say no to essay mills

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As we all get used to new ways of working and studying online it’s important to remember the rules around academic integrity. Companies are making money from students tempted to pay someone else to write their essays, particularly in this current crisis. It’s important to ‘defeat the cheat’ and say no to these essay mills.

To ensure academic integrity in your work, follow our three steps:
Write it: make sure it’s all your own work.
Reference it: correctly credit your sources.
Report it: call out companies trying to sell essays to students.

What does Academic Integrity mean?
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27
Apr

In case you missed it: our Transition Week support and activities

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We hope you found the activities and tutorials throughout Transition Week helpful and you feel ready to jump into online learning! If you missed any of the activities and support we shared on Wednesday and Friday, we’ve popped it all below for you so you can catch up anytime.

The Advice Centre

The Advice Centre can support you with financial, academic and housing issues. Our team are still working remotely at the moment – it’s a free, confidential service, and is independent from the University. Our team of advisors are brilliant and if they can’t help you with a problem … Read the rest

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23
Apr

Volunteering: How can you help?

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Our VP Activities and Volunteering and Fundraising Officer have put together a list of ways you can volunteer during this crisis, while still maintaining social distancing. Volunteering can be a great way to feel productive and make yourself socialise if you’re feeling lonely. But, there is absolutely no requirement or moral pressure to volunteer if you do not have the emotional, mental or physical capacity to do so. You’re allowed to use this time just for you, and staying inside will help lots of people too!

Follow Government advice at all times

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17
Apr

Managing an Eating Disorder During Lockdown

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Lockdown may affect your mental and physical health in many ways, and its important to be aware of them so that we can ensure we reach out for help if and when we need it.

One of the things many people may struggle with is disordered eating, and a potential return of eating disorders, or intrusive thoughts associated with their previous eating disorder.

Our bodies may be reacting to the dramatic change in routine, and this can mean a decreased or increased appetite, craving different types of food, or anxiety associated with food being heightened.

Even so, there is absolutely … Read the rest

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08
Apr

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Content Warning: Sexual Assault

Hi! I’m Laura, your VP Welfare and Community, and I’m going to give you a quick overview of Sexual Assault Awareness month, what SUSU are doing for it, and some tips on how to look after yourself. The current crisis has been emotionally exhausting for many people, and whereas I would have thrown myself into this campaign before the lockdown, I’ve made a personal and professional decision to take a step back and focus on promoting support, to look after both my headspace, and yours.

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20
Jan

Thinking of running for Union President?

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Nominations are now open in our Spring Elections until Wednesday 12 February, and one of the roles you can run for is Union President.

Do you have ideas on how to lead the Union or how to improve how sustainable we are and ensure SUSU reaches all students at all sites? Then this may be the role for you! All it takes is one great idea and lots of passion for the role – remember, change starts with you.

A great example of what can be achieved in this role is the creation and launch of our vegan … Read the rest

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23
Dec

Important Advice About Brexit

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As you may already be aware, Brexit is still going ahead and the UK is currently scheduled to leave the EU on 31 January 2020. We aren’t yet sure of what Brexit will look like, but SUSU and the University have been preparing for it to the best of our ability. We wanted to share with you some important information which we currently have, and this may change by the time we come back to term in January. You can find more information on the University Brexit Advice Page or the www.gov.uk website.

For EU Students:

  • We recommend that EU,
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16
Dec

Student Diversity Survey Now Open

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The University will be making its first application for the Race Equality Charter in January 2021. As part of this, they will be creating an action plan, alongside SUSU, to improve the student experience for BAME and International students. We are asking for YOUR feedback to help create this!

The aim of the Student Diversity Survey is to find out how well our efforts are working to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for students to study and relax whilst they are enrolled at Southampton. We want to know what your motivations for coming to Southampton were, your experience now … Read the rest

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