Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme for the week focuses on the power and potential of kindness, which research has confirmed is linked very closely with our mental health.
In light of recent reports, The Students’ Union at UWE is reconfirming that we have an absolute zero-tolerance to any form of racism and bullying. As a Union, we are committed to fighting racism, discrimination and prejudice in any form and we will work with UWE Bristol to ensure behaviour of this kind is condemned.
University is an amazing experience, but student life can at times be challenging. We want you to remember that it’s ok to ask for help and seek support for your mental health at any time. Check out the range of wellbeing support services available to you during your time at UWE Bristol.
We want to help you kick off May with a positive mindset, through our weekly scouring of the internet to find the best positive news stories of the week worth smiling about.
Joining a sports club or society at university is an enriching experience, that comes with a whole host of benefits. Check out just some of the reasons why we think you should get involved.
Have a forum for all university students, specially for 2 years and above for accommodation or to find people to live with.
Starting university is an exciting chapter, but it is also a big step and can feel quite daunting. Check out our tips for settling into life at UWE Bristol.
The recording of lectures should be a university wide requirement for every single department, course, level etc
Today, we’re again bringing you the positive news stories for this week! We’ve got everything from personal Geography lessons with Sir David Attenborough (we know you want in) and adorable therapy dogs, to the elusive secret recipe for IKEA’s meatballs and how to turn lockdown into a second Christmas to keep the positive vibes growing!
As well as exploring a new city, starting university is a chance to improve your cooking skills and become a cooking pro. Check out some of our top tips to help you get to know your way around the kitchen.
We were delighted to bring our week-long celebration of International Women’s Day to The Students’ Union between 9-13 March, for the second year in a row.
Bristol is famous for many things - the food, music, architecture, and its unique slang. If you’re new to Bristol, you may find yourself hearing phrases that you have never heard before and wondering what on earth they mean.
Today the government has opened the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) portal, and we have been working within the current HMRC guidelines to ensure that we are supporting staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We may be biased, but we think Bristol is pretty great. From the diverse food to the vibrant creative scene, there is certainly something for everyone. Check out some of our Bristol highlights and get ready to do some serious exploring.
Step away from the news apps, because we’ve had an internet snoop for you to fish out the positive stories from this week that may have slipped under your radar – to bring you some positive vibes and a much-needed grin.
It’s that time of the week again: we’re on a mission to bring you a big old slice of positivity pie with this week’s positive news stories to smile about! This week, there may even be a couple of stories close to home, as Bristol and Cardiff get a mention for bringing some sunshine to our week…
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We’re on a weekly mission to bring the week’s positive news stories your way. This week, we saw a demand for the cancellation of April Fool’s (not the worst idea) and the Fools that did find their way into our news feeds were a lot more of a wholesome giggle than usual.
The Students' Union President Team has produced a letter template for you to send to your landlords.
In light of the current Covid19 pandemic, The Students’ Union at UWE has taken the difficult decision to furlough a number of our permanent staff.
Your news apps may be inundated with the C word at the moment, but it is important that you are keeping up to date with the large number of positive stories that might not always make it onto your news feed. So, we’ve done the internet digging for you and have found this week’s positive news to bring a big old smile to your face!
We all need some normality right now, and one great way we can continue to ensure some aspects of our lives are ticking along as normal is by supporting local to keep Bristolian businesses going. Keeping this sense of normality going not only will support our mental health at this time, but choose to spend your pennies wisely and you’ll be a lifeline for struggling local businesses. So, we’ve had a dig online and have found some innovative ways you can support the independents at this time.
Following the advice of the Government, The Students’ Union at UWE has cancelled this year’s Summer Ball.
Out of every challenging time comes a bunch of lovely stories of communities coming together, pets doing hilarious things, stories of recovery and more. The country is coming out in strong, positive community spirit mode and there have been some beautiful stories of support and true human spirit arising. Whilst they may have got lost in your news feeds, we’ve scouted a few out for you.
Self-isolation is no one’s best friend. And we all know the world feels a little uncertain and unsettling at the moment, but in this challenging time ahead there’s many a way we can stay physically and mentally healthy in self-isolation. We’ve got creative and have thought about some awesome things you can use this time for, to ensure your entire well-being is cared for in this period. Let’s do this together! Here are some fun things you can do.
International Day of Happiness is on Friday 20 March. The world might feel like an uncertain and unsettling place right now, but joining in a social media-based celebration like this hashtag holiday can just be the positivity we all need. So, we’ve compiled a list of ten quick things you can do every day from the comfort of your own home to ensure that we can keep grateful, positive and hopeful for the future.
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It’s one of those holidays we all leap on - whether of Irish descent or not, we all love celebrating St. Paddy’s Day. Traditionally synonymous with a knees up and a boogie, whilst Bristol has plenty of those kind of events to offer, it’s also the perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in alternative ways. Here’s your lowdown on the best ways to spend the celebration in Bristol.
We are delighted to announce the candidates for The Leadership Race 2020. In this article, you will find the candidates for VP Sports and Health and for our part-time International Officer.
We are delighted to announce the candidates for The Leadership Race 2020. In this article, you will find the candidates for VP Community and two of our part-time volunteers, the Men's and Women's Welfare Officer.
The Students' Union Trustee Board have recommended changes to the Constitution for the Student body to vote on.
We are delighted to announce the candidates for The Leadership Race 2020. In this article, you will find the candidates for President and one of our Part-Time volunteers the BME Officer.
Georgina always knew she was gay. She fell in love with her teacher when she was nine and the girl she sat behind in English when she was 14. But living in a small village with a Christian primary school, things weren’t always easy.
To celebrate the diverse UWE Bristol student and staff community, The Students’ Union organised a Food Fair on Tuesday 3 December 2019 in partnership with Bristol Eats (BEATS) and UWE Catering service.
Valentine’s Day is so much more than sickening cards, fluffy hearts and vomit-in-your-mouth sweetness. There are so many ways to go against the grain and actually have a rather wonderful Valentine’s, whoever you want to spend it with, and Bristol’s the best place to cater for every Valentine’s situation.
Picture this: time’s ticking against you, you find yourself at Bristol airport with no money and you’re having to sweet talk an airline into letting you on the first plane out of the UK. No, it isn’t a strangely exhilarating dream, it’s Jailbreak.
Do you have an idea that you think will improve your student experience? Submit an idea through Student Ideas and make a difference during your time at UWE Bristol!
The Year of the Rat begins on Saturday 25 January, with celebrations happening across the city, continuing into February. There’s no better time to get out and about in Bristol, exploring the diverse culture our city celebrates and thrives upon.
At The Students’ Union, we work with around 1000 UWE Bristol Student Representatives to ensure that your voice is heard at every level of UWE Bristol’s Academic Governance Structure. This blog will tell you a little bit more about who they are and what they do for you!
Unite Students challenges a student to a week-long digital detox. Here's what happened...
A report on UWE Bristol’s red meat intake by Curzio Potenza, Sustainability Officer at The Students’ Union at UWE.
We know that January can be a dull month. We’ve said goodbye to Christmas, it’s dark and it’s the exam season. We’ve also got the arrival of Blue Monday, which is scientifically proven to be the most depressing day of the year. We really do feel your pain, which is why we’ve put our thinking caps on to give you five ways to help you get through January and your exams!
The last weekend in November was a really exciting weekend for us, as the Representation Team and I organised The Students’ Union third Reps Conference, with sessions delivered by academic staff, non-academic staff and externals.
New Year’s Eve is one of the year’s most anticipated nights; not complete without a fireworks display, a countdown and all the sequins. Whilst these sell-out events are to be guaranteed unforgettable, they’ll also guarantee an unforgettable dent in your bank account. So, therefore, we present to you five alternative options for you to celebrate 2020 with the party of the decade.
Thanks to the support of UWE Bristol students, the local community and staff, The Students’ Union at UWE’s RAG Team has raised £75,000 since the start of September.
Last month, students slept outside on a cold and wet winter night, to raise funds and spread awareness of homelessness in Bristol. The event was organised by Evan, VP Societies and Communication, and The Students’ Union RAG Team.
With Christmas fast approaching, make sure you keep up to date with the opening times of The Students' Union Bar, Shop and Reception on your campus.
If you’re anything like me, you drag your feet so much when doing work or chores that it ends up taking three times as long.
On Thursday 12 December the nation will be heading to the polls for the next General Election, and we are here to make sure that you are election ready!
Now you know us, we are always thinking of ways to reduce our impact on the planet, and Christmas is no exception. The festive season is a time of giving, which we know can mean a lot of excess plastic, paper and dare we say it - unwanted tat that you will not use past 22:00 on Christmas day.
#DearTheSUatUWE, all we need for Christmas is a cracking competition to celebrate the festive season, with the chance for students to win a gift worth £100 just by following our social media accounts… If only it was that easy…
When your Monday-Friday becomes a rotation of lecture, sleep, repeat and your evenings and weekends are full with flatmate bonding sessions, it can feel like university is all about getting your degree and finding lifelong friends. That’s great, but hold your horses - your time here can be more than that. Here’s how you can find yourself Bear-Grylls-worthy, bucket-list-ticking, once-in-a-lifetime experiences right here at UWE Bristol.
October was a busy and rewarding month at The Students' Union at UWE Bristol. Here are my highlights as your VP for Education!
Some of these you might not know - it's important to not let drinking get in the way of why you're here.
If you are trying to cut down or stop drinking, it’s easy to feel self-conscious. Drinking heavily is so normalised in our society that staying sober on a night out can leave you feeling really out of place, here are some tips to help!
Whether you’re going for a drink after a tough day or determined to ‘drown your sorrows’, we all know that alcohol can be turned to when feeling low. But unfortunately reaching for a drink won’t always have the effect you’re after.
We know that Bristol has one of the best ‘night-out’ cultures in the country, however, it doesn’t have to be all about drinking and nights out.
You can now use your credits with our new student printer! Located in Union 1, Frenchay Campus, this is a great resource for all students!
The Students’ Union Presidents team and support staff have been liaising with students in Purbeck Court and the University regarding student concerns about the trial use of the containers for on campus accommodation.
Oh yes, that’s right, you could win £500, just by filling out a survey and telling us your opinion!
See who is running for the Part Time Officer and NUS Delegate positions.
Are you money savvy? Don’t worry if not, because UWE Bristol offers a literally award-winning module where you can develop essential money skills and get confident about your finances. Find out more about it in this blog post.
We asked UWE students what they do to look after their mental health, this is what they said….
Thursday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. Here at The Students' Union, we are running events for students across all campus sites to discuss the importance of self-care, how to manage your mental wellbeing and exactly how to recognise mental health symptoms. Check out this post for more information on campus events and how to support your own mental health.
This week, NHS England has launched a brand new advert campaign to encourage more men to become nurses... And your Glenside Campus Officer helped to make it happen!
The Late Night Do It Right campaign is designed to make sure that everyone's having fun and safe nights out. Let's take a moment to look at the success of the campaign over Freshers 2019!
There is a common misconception that actually going out is the best part of a night out, when it turns out that ‘pres’ are definitely the best part. Here's the science to the perfect pre-drinks!
Here are eight essential go-to wonder cures (or near enough) when experiencing that dreaded hangover. Please remember to always drink responsibly- but let's be honest, that hangover happens to all of us from time to time.
This post is for the bargain hunter- or those who are just trying to make that student loan stretch a bit further... Read on for our comprehensive tips list for saving those handy pennies (or more) on a night out!
Moving to university and meeting your housemates is an exciting new chapter in your life, but we know that it is also a big step. We've put together some tips, that will help you get to know your housemates in no time.
The month kicked off with some good news from RAG. For the first time, the UWE RAG team raised £91,818 for local and international charities.
With a Welcome calendar packed full of events, buying a wristband could be one of the best investments that you will make. If you're still deciding whether if it's worth it, we've put together just a few of the reasons why you should get one.
If you’re struggling to decide on what to bring with you, check out our list of what to pack.
Starting university is a new chapter in your life, that will be full of new opportunities. Although it is an exciting time, we know that it can also be overwhelming and full of information and decisions. Our Presidents are on hand to pass on their wisdom and give you some top tips for starting UWE Bristol.
Do you want to kick off the new academic year by getting involved with a new exercise class? What if we told you that we have a programme that will not only get those endorphins pumping, but will also give you the chance to socialise and get involved with a range of new and fun activities.
On Saturday 13 July we glittered up, got our Pride on and celebrated our LGBT+ community! We are delighted to share some of our highlights from Pride 2019.
Do you want to learn more about managing your personal finance? Do money problems affect your studies? If yes, do you know what support is available?
Today’s the day! As you all receive your A-Level results we’re sending you lots of positive vibes. If you’re joining us in September, we’re sure you’re getting excited for our much anticipated Welcome Week.
The Students’ Union at UWE and UWE Bristol are offering an opportunity for students to gain skills in project management, communications and leadership by volunteering as an Alcohol Impact auditor.
Hi! Here are a few highlights from my first month as your VP Societies and Communication. It’s been a great first month and I can’t wait to see what next month brings!
My first month as The Students' Union VP Education has come to an end! It's been a busy month and I'm delighted to share an update of what I have been up to!
On Wednesday 31 July The National Student Fundraising Awards took place at the University of Birmingham, as part of the wider National Student Fundraising Conference.
Earlier this year, we invited all UWE Bristol students to take part in our annual Alcohol Impact survey. The survey is run by The National Union of Students and aims to explore students’ behaviour towards and attitudes to alcohol use.
Statement concerning VP Education investigation
The National Student Survey (NSS) results have been published, and we are delighted to confirm that UWE Bristol has been ranked 11th out of all UK universities for overall student satisfaction and 7th out of all universities in England.
After a year of campaigns, hard work and many achievements, we are saying goodbye to our 2018/2019 Presidents. The team have worked to represent the views of the UWE Bristol student community to all levels of the University. Each President has made their mark during their time, and we are delighted to share a selection of this year’s successes.
Hey HallsLife! Your VP Societies and Communication Freddie, and HallsLife Coordinator Chelsea have released a podcast all about the Movember campaign, and we’d love for you to have a listen.