Nina's six top tips for studying
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To say that I get distracted easily is an understatement. As a result, over the years I have developed ways to help me focus- hopefully some of them will help you too!

Census 2021
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The census is a survey about all the households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Election Results 2021

The campaigning has stopped, the votes have been cast, the virtual confetti canons have been… cannoned… and just like that - it’s all over for another year. The Union Elections 2021 was a spectacular display of committed candidates, fantastic and creative online campaigns and we can’t quite believe it’s all over.

Elections 2021 - How to vote
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There are a variety of positions, focussing on a range of topics including academic, sports, societies, liberation and more.

Lockdown Update - 3 March

At our recent Student Summit, we brought over 150 students together to discuss and debate the refund of tuition fees for students affected by COVID-19. This discussion was prompted by an idea placed on our online Ideas Forum

Lockdown Update - 16 Feb

Our latest weekly update aims to share with you the latest work of the Officer team to advocate for change and improvements to the student experience during this challenging period.

Lockdown Update - 8th Feb

Our latest weekly update aims to share with you the latest work of the Officer team to advocate for change and improvements to the student experience during this current lockdown.

Lockdown Update - 23 Feb

We hope the Government guidance gave a hope that there is in fact a way out of this lockdown and that soon, we may be able to return to some sense of normality, see loved ones, and begin the roadmap out of lockdown.

Lockdown Update - 2 Feb

Welcome to this week’s instalment of keeping you as up to date as possible with all the great work we have going on over at the Union. We would like to thank everyone for continuing to observe the government guidance to keep yourselves, those around you and the wider University community as safe as possible. If you need any advice or are experiencing significant hardship at this time, our advice service remains ready to help in any way they can.

Lockdown Update - 26 Jan

I am pleased to say that we have been able to make significant progress against some of the core areas that were outlined to us as student concerns. We have maintained our commitment to work collaboratively with the University and keep student voice at the heart of the conversation, at all levels across the institution.

Lockdown Update - 18 Jan

We have been working collaboratively at all levels of the University to advocate your voice and the challenges that students are facing during these difficult times

Accommodation fee waiver update
University accommodation building

With the current national lockdown restrictions, we know that this is a particularly challenging time for all our students

Lockdown 3 Update

In light of the latest lockdown, the Union are working very closely with the University to work through some of the key areas of student concern. Please find below an outline of our conversations with the University to date, and the progress we hope to make in the coming weeks

Transgender Day of Remembrance
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Around the world, 350 transgender people have been killed so far this year (2020). The annual list, released for Transgender Day of Remembrance, found the average age of those killed was 31, with the youngest just 15. We need to remember that these are only the reported deaths, this death total is likely to be the tip of the iceberg.

By-Elections begins!
A group of part time officers stood in on castle grounds

The By-Elections are similar to the Officer Elections, just on a much smaller scale!

Hallsfest 2020 is here!
Weekly list of events

Hallsfest 2020 is a week of online events to students while in lockdown, led and ran by our activities.

Scrutiny Panel - March 2021

Find out the outcomes from the latest Scrutiny Panel

Union Elections 2021 - The Candidates

See our fabulous candidates here and how to vote ( and what you could win just for voting!)

What even is Rep Con?

Don't worry, you probably aren't the only one asking that question. There is no need to hide, we have the answers

All Lives Matter, no?
Martin Luther King JR. Wall art

It is true to say that all lives matter. They always have and always will. So why then is this considered to be the wrong response to “Black Lives Matter?”

Four ways we represent your academic interests...

...and three ways you can get involved right now!

2020 Successes
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2020 has been a strange year for all but we want to share with you all the amazing things that your programme reps and part time officers have achieved to represent you, as students.

Interview with 1999-2000 Vice President (Welfare) Clare Clark
Clare Clark's campaign poster from 1999.

“Amazing – once in a lifetime.” Clare reflects on her transformative experience as Vice President (Welfare).

Interview with 2014-16 President Daisy Giuliano
A photo of Daisy smiling in Blends.

“Fun. Transformative. Memories for life.” Daisy reviews her time as elected Union President.

3 takeaways from the School of Arts rep forum
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Representing the interests of Arts students at the rep conference - Art and Media Officer Nina Cupric updates on behalf of her team of reps in the school.

Computer says "yes"
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Your Union of Students have been horsing around all in the name of benefitting you. Here's every freebie you will ever need, courtesy of IT Services.

Top Tips for Productive Assignment Writing

Whose hiding under their favourite snuggly blanket, quietly rocking at the idea of writing assignments?! (I am)

But... I'm cracking on too.

Tis the season to try to procrastinate, so here are my 5 top tips for productive assignment writing.

Activities Awards - Nominations open
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The Union Activities Awards are a way to celebrate the fantastic achievements of all of our Sports clubs, Societies and Student-Led Services.

Education Awards - Nominations are open!

It's that time of year again when we celebrate all the amazing things that student reps and university staff have achieved this year! Nominations are OPEN!

Go Green week begins!
Man and penguins

This year we're observing Go Green Week between 22-26th February...

March Nursing PAL Newsetter
A PAL Volunteer studying on her laptop at home.

1 Year On: Studying Through 1st Lockdown

How to manage home sickness whilst balancing university studies

It’s hard being a student at the moment. For a plethora of reasons. The switch to online learning, the limited social life, the list goes on. But one aspect in particular that isn’t being spoken about as much is home sickness. Most students who have a relationship with their family back home

Nursing PAL Newsletter
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Childrens and Mental Health Nursing PAL Leaders, 2nd year students.

How to combat "screen fatigue"

Tamzin Burch - PAL leader for Marketing and Logistics

Making the Most of Being Online
Image of dog sat at a laptop

Just imagine for a moment that we were mixing, mingling and making sure our assignments were looked at before the due date. It'd be great wouldn't it?

Although this year isn't quite going how we hoped, this guide will help you do all that and more. So sit back with a drink, read on and know that whatever you achieve each day is enough.