Welcome from the Student Officers

A very warm welcome, as the weather turns cold, to the November/ December edition of our newsletter. We’ll be in touch every month this academic year with the latest news and events from Teesside University Students’ Union unless you ask us to stop by unsubscribing.

This month, we’re looking ahead to the short but very important Annual General Meeting (AGM) taking place next Tuesday from 5pm. It shouldn’t last more than 45 minutes but it’s a chance to hear from the three of us about what we still want to achieve this year and ask questions/ make suggestions. We know you’re already intrigued so what if we also tell you that there’s FREE DOMINOS PIZZA for everyone who attends and £100 EACH for the club and society who get the highest proportion of students to attend??? We look forward to seeing you all there : - ).

There’s also lots of day and evening events to enjoy before the festive break and, even if it still seems a long way off, why not start thinking about running in the Student Officer and NUS National Conference Rep Elections 2020? We can personally vouch for the fact that these are unique and very rewarding opportunities to make a real difference to other students while gaining incredible experience and new skills.

And we would love it if you took a few minutes to tell us about your student experience and where your SU fits in with the very important and influential Student Opinion Counts (SOC) survey. You could win up to £500 for your feedback and you’ll be helping us to keep improving student life and TUSU.

Finally, can we urge those of you who are eligible to vote in the General Election to get registered by 26th November before midnight and then take your time to have a say on 12th December! We understand that a lot of you may be disillusioned with politics or just lost interest altogether but it IS important and you CAN make a difference. Check out more about the General Election further in this newsletter or by clicking here.

Have a safe, happy month and, as always, make sure that your TUSU is right at the heart of it! We’re here for support, info, events, fun, social/ study space and the chance to get more from student life.

Alan, George and Sophie – Student Officers 2019/20.


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Have your say and get Free Domino’s Pizza at the TUSU AGM on Tue, 19th November!

The TUSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place on Tue, 19th November from 5pm in The Hub (2nd floor, SU Building). It’s a short, simple but very important opportunity to hear from your Student Officers about their plans for the year and put your questions and suggestions to them. You’ll also have a vote on certain aspects of how the SU is run including who audits our accounts, which external organisations we affiliate to and how the Student Officer and NUS National Conference Rep Elections are run.

And…there’s FREE DOMINOS PIZZA for everyone who attends while the club and society who each get the highest proportion of members to attend get £100 added to their budget!

Click here for some tips on how to make the most of the meeting and check out tees-su.org.uk/agm for the key papers you’ll need to read before the meeting.


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Loads of great events still to come before the festive break!

There’s something for EVERYONE day and night throughout this semester in our safe, responsibly run and inclusive venues. It doesn’t matter who you are or whether you drink alcohol…our events and spaces are for you! And remember that non-students are welcome too…so why not bring your friends and family to the fun?

There’s plenty still to enjoy before we take a break for Christmas including:

• Our massive Monday Night Quiz with I’m A Celeb and Christmas themed versions before the break.

• Fun packed Karaoke and drinks offers followed by the biggest mid-week in town Go Ninja (Wednesdays).

• Loads of laughs and great prizes at the ever popular Bingo Revolution (Selected Thursdays).

• Top tunes, drinks offers and an amazing atmosphere from 5pm onwards (Fridays). Don't miss a Harry Potter Yule Ball special on 22nd November. 

• A weekly warm up for the biggest Saturday night in town Shangri-La at The Empire. Head to The Terrace from 9pm for half price entry to the main event and indie/ rock classics from Shangri-La DJs.

• The magic of the movies for FREE! Curl up away from the cold here in the SU on Sunday nights with Spiderman: Far from Home, the live action version of the Lion King and everyone's festive fave Elf before the holidays.

• On Campus Art back in the house with a massive two day pre-christmas poster, art print mug and calendar sale on Mon, 18th and Tue, 19th November.

• The chance to watch some of our current sporting stars take on past legends at Past v Present on Fri, 22nd, Sat, 23rd and Fri, 29th November. There'll be Football, Rugby Union, Netball and Hockey plus...who knows...a few cheeky drinks afterwards each day in The Terrace! No entry fee but please do give whatever you can to collections that will be going on, it will all help fund future Past v Present events and other good causes.

• A chance to do some seasonal shopping and get the festive feeling going early at our Christmas market on Mon, 2nd December. Up to 20 stalls selling festive food, drink, decorations, crafts and toiletries plus prizes to be won at a massive raffle,

• Internationally acclaimed author Kevin Dutton joining us on Tue, 3rd December for a fascinating insight in to the mind of Psychopaths.

• A colourful and fun packed celebration of LGBTQ+ participation in sport at our Rainbow Laces sports events and social from Mon, 2nd to Thu, 5th December.

A trip to the world famous Edinburgh Christmas Market at a bargain price! Just £10 for transport there and back on Sat, 7th December.

• Even more chances to get your dabber out and win amazing prizes with the first ever visit of the brilliant Bongos Bingo on Wed, 11th December.

• Christmas lunch, fun packed festive games, loads of classic festive tunes and unbeatable drinks offers at Festive Friday on Fri, 13th December.

Keep in touch with everything coming up through tees-su.org.uk/events or our events Facebook page.

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Campaigns Corner

TUSU is a students’ union that is committed to real world campaigns that make a real difference to all students at Teesside University. We’ll keep you up to date with what our Student Officers and Campaign Reps are working on in this column every month and make sure you check out our page or tees-su.org.uk/campaigns for more about upcoming campaigns.

  • The Officers and Campaign Reps have been out and about all semester gathering your feedback about your student experience then acting on it through our year round campaign SU on Tour. They’ll be out four more times (15th, 18th, 21st and 27th Nov) before the festive break so if you spot the SU on Tour stand make sure you stop for a chat and even if you don’t remember that you can give feedback anytime by clicking here.
  • We are also running our #tusugefaq campaign in partnership with Teesside University until polling day in the General Election 2019. We are politically neutral so can't and wouldn't want to tell you how to vote but the Student Officers and other students will answer some of the key questions including why you should vote, how to register to vote, what you'll actually be voting for and how to cast your vote. The Officers and Campaign Reps will also have more election info whenever they are out and about this month on campus so be sure to put any questions. You can find out more about the campaign by clicking here
  • And...we're proud to present four days of fun in support of the national Rainbow Laces campaign. There's mixed football, rugby and rounders in The Olympia Building from 12pm to 2pm on Mon, Tue, and Thu, 5th December plus a fab rainbow social for members of sports clubs and teams (plus anyone else who wants to join in!) on Wed, 4th December from 8pm. Remember to dress up colourful to show your support for LGBTQ+ equality in sport! Full info by clicking here.
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Student Opinion Counts! Tell us yours and win up to £500!

Our year round Student Opinion Counts (SOC) campaign is your chance to tell us about your student experience and win BIG CASH PRIZES for taking the time to do so! The more surveys you complete the more money you can win…complete all four to be in with a shot of winning £500!!!

SOC is divided in to four short, simple surveys which launch at different points in the academic year and cover… • The challenges you face in your everyday student life and your opinion of how well the University helps you meet them. • Your opinion on how well led and run the Students’ Union is and how aware you are of everything we offer. • Your opinion of our opportunities for you to get more from student life and become more employable through clubs, societies and other activities. • Your opinion on the support, advice and representation we provide. • Your opinion on the evening events and venues we provide.

Find out more and complete them through tees-su.org.uk/soc.

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Great offers and unbeatable service in the SU Shop and The Terrace

The SU Shop (ground floor, SU Building) and The Terrace (first floor, SU Building) are open 7 days a week from early to late with top quality products and service for your convenience! Non-students are more than welcome to use both of them! Get yourself great value meal deals, snacks, drinks, stationery, course materials, Teesside Uni clothing and more in the shop! There’s also great offers and discounts including this month:

  • Jimmy’s Iced Coffee for just £1.49 a bottle.
  • 3 for £1 on packs of “Little Treats” old school sweets. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, young or old.
  • Various bags of confectionary for just £1.
  • An expanded range of vegan and vegetarian options including soya milk.
  • Tubes of pringles for just £1.

You can enjoy a wide range of delicious hot food, quality beverages, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks in The Terrace. It’s a great place to spend times with course mates and friends between lectures and seminars or when you’re done for the day. Check out the 2019/20 menu by clicking here.

And don’t forget that there’s a great range of seasonal food and drink in the SU Shop and The Terrace to get you feeling festive early. Options include festive coffee, cocktails and shooters, a delicious festive burger, Christmas gin and tasty Turkey, Stuffing and Cranberry sandwiches. Our legendary Christmas Dinner will be served in The Terrace from Mon, 2nd December until we close to students on Fri, 13th December. Click here for more info.

There’s also another reason to head in to the SU Shop all of this academic year! You can now charge up your phone or other devices while you enjoy a hot drink and a chat and check out some great offers from big names at our brand new power tables!

*Terms and conditions apply.

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Seasonal shopping, festive fun and great prizes at the TUSU Christmas market

We are delighted to be working with Nicole Collins, a member of our School Rep team, and a range of external partners to bring you the TUSU Christmas Market 2019 on Mon, 2nd December right here in the SU Building! We'll have up to 20 stalls selling festive food and drink, Christmas crafts, bath bombs and other toiletries plus much more! You can also win great prizes in our raffle and by wearing our fave festive jumper and there'll be free food samples from selected stalls. This event is open to everyone so please do feel free to bring along non-student family and friends.

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How TUSU can help you

If you’re struggling with any aspect of student life or already have existing mental health issues then our SU Student Support (SUSS) and Nightline services may be able to help.

SUSS can assist with issues around housing and your housemates, money, your course, generally settling in to student life or feeling homesick, anxious or depressed. Nightline is our confidential listening service staffed by trained student volunteers. From 8pm to 7am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (subject to volunteer availability) you can call them to talk about anything you’re struggling with and they’ll listen without judgement. If the service isn’t available remember that there is help available from the likes of Mind and The Samaritans while you should always call 999 in a mental health emergency.

And we’re always keen to work with partner organisations to widen the support we offer to students. We’ve teamed up with Arch North East and SARC Teesside this academic year to offer confidential support for anyone affected by sexual assault while Recovery Connections will also be in the building every Wednesday with help and support if you’re overcoming addiction to drugs or alcohol. Click here to find out more about all of the sessions.

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Fancy leading your SU next year? Start planning now

TUSU is led by three Student Officers (President Education, President Activities, President Welfare) who are elected by students just like you every Feb/ Mar. Any current student* can run for the roles and they’re a unique opportunity to lead the Students’ Union, gain unrivalled experience and skills other graduates can only dream about and get paid over £21,000 per year for the privilege.

At the same time, a small group of current students are elected to represent Teesside University at the National Union of Students (NUS) National Conference. Another incredible opportunity gain experience and skills while making a real difference for students and having a say about some of the biggest decisions facing the national student movement such as who leads it in 2020/21 and what policies TUSU adopts.

You can stand in the elections from Feb 2020 and we know it’s still a while away but the sooner you find out more and start planning the better! So why not check out tees-su.org.uk/elections for a wealth of handy info, speak to current Student Officers and/ or chat to key support staff by e-mailing: elections@tees-su.org.uk.

*There are a few circumstances that may prevent you being a Trustee at the Students' Union including a criminal record and previously being declared bankrupt. If you're unsure contact us through the elections e-mail for a confidential discussion.

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A night out with a difference! Enter the mind of a psychopath...£5 off for students!

We are delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed academic and author Dr Kevin Dutton for a fascinating night devoted to the mind of infamous psychopaths. Famed for his innovative work at Oxford University, best selling books and frequent TV appearances, he'll talk about what makes notorious serial killers like Ted Bundy, Peter Sutcliffe, Jeffrey Dahmer and more tick. He's also explain the typical characteristics (good and bad) of a psychopath or sociopath and you'll even get chance to test whether you fit the profile!!! And, until 29th November only, current students can get £5 off the ticket price…simply buy your ticket from the SU Building rather than online and be ready to show your TUSC (white, Teesside Uni student ID card).

Click here to get full info, a more detailed bio of Dr Dutton and to book your tickets for an unique and unmissable night.

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Start your Christmas shopping early with TOTUM

The Totum card and app (previously known as NUS Extra) is the OFFICIAL and BEST way to get a great range of student discounts from national and local names! Sold by the National Union of Students (NUS), it gives you savings on fashion, food and drink, cinema, music, travel and more! You’ll also be helping out your SU as we get a cut of every card sold and payments depending on how often you use the Totum app…so please make sure you download and use it regularly! Better still…the card is accepted as proof of age and incorporates the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) at no extra charge!

And…as the festive season approaches, it’s also a great way to save on the cost of your Christmas presents and your spend on socialising over the holidays! Get it for just £12 for 12 months from whatever date you buy it!

Click here now to get Totum!

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Watch current sporting stars line up against past legends!

The much loved past v present returns on Fri, 22nd, Sat, 23rd and Fri, 29th November! You can enjoy four cracking sporting clashes on campus and close by. The current stars of Teesside Uni’s Men’s Rugby Union and football teams face off against their predecessors on the Friday night. While there’s Netball action on the Saturday and Hockey on the following Friday. Spectators will be asked for a £2 donation if they are current students, £4 if they are alumni. All of the profits will go to funding future past v present events and other good causes.

More info and the latest updates on tees-su.org.uk/pvp.

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Sign up to stay in Teesside Uni Accommodation

Drop in to a free pizza night and chat with the accommodation team to find out why it’s a great idea to stay in Teesside University accommodation next year. You can sign up to stay as a group of friends, or on your own. On-campus living for the duration of your course has so many benefits including: • good value rents • fast Wi-Fi • warden network • 24 hour security on campus • bills included • close to your classes.

Pop in for pizza and a chat.  No need to book.

  • Wednesday 22 January 2020      5.00pm - 7.00pm   Student Life Building
  • Monday 27 January 2020            5.00pm - 7.00pm   Student Life Building
  • Tuesday 3 March 2020                5.00pm - 7.00pm   Student Life Building
  • Monday 9 March 2020                 5.00pm - 7.00pm   Student Life Building


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Student Safety Tips

We’re delighted to confirm that Jonny Severs, a PCSO with Cleveland Police for many years, has joined Teesside University on a full-time basis. As part of his role he will offer drop-in sessions across campus giving advice and guidance on crime prevention. He’s already a familiar face in the Students’ Union and will continue to be in our building regularly working closely with our SU Student Support (SUSS) team and speaking to students about safety issues or concerns.

Click here for more about Jonny’s background and the help he can give.

Find out more about our year round safety campaign and upcoming events to help you stay safe by clicking here.