Everything you need to know that happened in June from our VP Education Jane
We are extremely excited to announce this year’s Official UWE Welcome week!
Explore Bristol’s rich nightlife across 14 days, Wristbands now on sale.
Are you leaving your University accommodation for the summer? Or are you in a decluttering mood and want to give your personal space a big clear out?
The Bristol Big Give campaign is run every year by the Bristol Student Community Partnership, which is a collaboration between UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol. Its aim is to encourage students to donate any unwanted items before moving out of accommodation.
The Vice Chancellor, Steve West was invited to attend the Student Council on 25 February 2021 to answer questions from the students as part of a Student Idea. The questions were submitted by the Student Council members in advance and asked by the Facilitator, with some follow up questions also being asked by members within the meeting. Below is a verbatim transcribe of the questions and answers.
One year on after the shocking murder of George Floyd, we stand in solidarity with our student community and reflect on the impact this tragedy has had on the past year. There is much more that we need to do to tackle racism and inequalities and we want to remind you that we are here to listen and help you to make change happen.
The Students’ Union is thrilled to announce the full list of winners for this year’s Student Experience Awards.
The last week has been a lot to process for everyone who identifies as female. We know that social media may have become an overwhelming place and that the recent events for many have caused anger, frustration about the current discourse around safety, and brought back traumatic past experiences.
This year, The Students’ Union chose to partner with Bristol-based organisation, TreeSisters to plant one tree for each student who voted in The Leadership Race elections.
The votes are in and the new student leaders for 2021/2022 have been announced at this evening’s results night. Congratulations to our newly elected officers who will be taking the lead of The Students’ Union from July 2021.
Due to a website outage during the voting period yesterday, the Deputy Returning Officer Team made the decision to extend the voting period in order to mitigate the impact this had on students not being able to vote.
At the end of last year, we asked students and staff to ‘just buy one more’ so we could provide washbags to Bristol’s homeless and boy did you deliver! We want to share with you where your donations ended up, tell you what a great thing the volunteers at Streetlife are doing, but mostly just say a big thank you to everyone that donated.
This Valentine’s Day we thought the best way to celebrate would be to turn our gaze to how animals show love. We aren’t the only ‘lovebirds’ out there. In fact, lots of animals put our romantic gestures to shame. So, we’ve comprised a list of our favourite romantic animal facts.
We know that the assessment period can be a stressful time, especially this year, with you studying from home and taking your exams online. It is important to make sure that you are staying well during this period and are having a good work-life balance.
Here are our top tips and ideas for taking a break from studying.
An update from Jane on what the Presidents are working on to help the student experience during this difficult time.
We would like to thank you all for your patience over the past few days. We, the Presidents Team, have been busy speaking to students, gathering information from those leading petitions understanding the concerns and issues students are facing in this challenging time.
This last year has been a challenging one, to say the least. Many of us have felt stressed and anxious which may have affected our drinking habits. Dry January is the UK’s one-month alcohol-free challenge brought to you by Alcohol Change UK, a charity who are driven by a vision of a world with no serious alcohol harm. Their goal is to change the way people view drinking, making it a conscious choice rather than a default.
Going vegan is the fastest growing food trend. According to The Vegan Society, there are now over 600,000 vegans in the UK, which has quadrupled since 2014. This could be down to the many great benefits going vegan has such as avoiding animal exploitation, improving health and benefiting the environmnet.
Tuesday 19 January, we are hosting another virtual comedy night exclusively for UWE students! Comedians include Jarred Christmas, Keith Farnan, and Nathan Caton.
Calling all STEM students! If you are stressed out about your exams, don't worry, Proprep is here to help! You can conquer exam revision with Proprep & its team of world-class professors.
We know that the last few days have been hard and that things may feel quite challenging. The Students’ Union is here for you and we are going to do all that we can to make sure that the student community is supported and that your views are heard.
It is natural to feel low or lack energy during the darker months, but it is important to try and find things to do that will help you to stay positive. Here are our top tips to help you have a fun January.
Christmas time is here and The Students’ Union wants to help spread cheer!
We know this year feels a bit different and with all the restrictions it can feel hard to come up with festive activities to do. Here are a few suggestions of some things you can do to get you in the holiday spirit.
With a festive period like no other, students at UWE Bristol and The Students’ Union at UWE’s staff are spreading the Christmas cheer with the Yule be on the Good List campaign. Yule be on the Good List aims to support vulnerable individuals in the Bristol community, and thanks to the generosity of students and staff, the campaign has already surpassed expectations.
We are asking for expressions of interest for the Postgraduate Officer and Gloucester Campus Officer to be in the role for this academic year (20/21).
There’s no doubt about it 2020 hasn’t turned out as expected! Whether you feel you’ve breezed through it or it’s been a struggle, coping mechanisms (healthy or unhealthy) have been at the centre of most of our lives. Research done by Neurosight during Lockdown 1.0 found a significant increase in student use of cannabis, ketamine and benzodiazepines.
This year, Alcohol Awareness Week has a focus on mental health, which now more than ever is important to explore. It was reported that alcohol consumption among students, as well as the wider population increased in the Spring during Lockdown and continued into the summer. With the night’s drawing in and a second lockdown upon us, looking after our mental and physical health is vital to staying well.
We know that Bristol has one of the best ‘night-out’ cultures in the country with a huge variety of events and venues to choose from. However, Bristol doesn’t have to be all about drinking and nights out. This city has so much to offer which won’t end up in nursing a hangover the next day.
November is Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM). Co-founded by MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) with other British organisations, IAM aims to deconstruct and challenge stereotypes about Islam and Muslims.
Remember the Mental Wealth Strategy? UWE Bristol’s sector-leading approach to putting mental wealth first? Now is your chance to share your views and be entered into a prize draw to win one of ten £50 Amazon vouchers.
As part of Celebrating Black Excellence, I will be sharing information on a range of historical events, that will showcase and celebrate Black history and culture.
The Green Team is a group of students who work together to create change at the university and in the wider community. We’d like to tell you about the sustainability activities we got up to during Welcome 2020! Thank you to all those who have joined us virtually during this time, we’re looking forward to meeting more of you over the year.
This week you may have seen in the news the protests that are taking place in Nigeria, which are calling to End Sars.
We understand that throughout the world there are nations facing struggles and hardship, but today we feel it is important to share information and raise awareness of this situation.
This week you may have seen in the news the protests that are taking place in Nigeria, which are calling to End Sars. This article will provide you with information on the ways that you can help support.
As part of Celebrating Black Excellence, I will be sharing information on a range of historical events, that will showcase and celebrate Black history and culture.
We are delighted to confirm that after a lot of planning, The Students’ Union shops and catering services are back open!
A Zine (pronounced as “zeen”) is a self-published, non-commercial print-work that is typically produced in small, limited batches. An exact definition of zine is hard to define—but that’s what makes them great: they are a mash-up of art, letters, story and emotion.
Life as a student can be stressful. Between deadlines, leaving home for the first time, money struggles, and so on, student life can be fraught with anxiety.
We are bombarded with images in the media showing students drinking alcohol all the time, but only 9% of students report getting intentionally drunk more than once a week.
With an academic year like no other, you need to make your voice heard!
Bristol is a city of food. It seems there’s a restaurant on every street corner – so we’re sure you won’t struggle when finding places to get your foodie fix. However, Bristolians love to support independent businesses, and Bristol has plenty of indie, quirky restaurants for you to enjoy. Here are a few of them!
When you sit down in your first seminar, it’ll feel a little odd. It’s not quite a normal class, it’s more independently led, and you’re expected to share your ideas… without putting your hand up or asking your teacher. It can be hard to feel uber confident in seminars when you’re getting used to University life and higher education academia, but follow our fool proof steps to confidence success and you’ll be acing those seminars in no time!
When you’re studying hard, you want to vary up your studying spots where you can. Refreshing your workspace can refresh your brain and get you back into ultimate productivity mode, so it’s good to scout out the best study spots in Bristol. Here are ten of them!
At University, a time that’s usually filled with nights out, society meet-ups and sports league games, it’s true that things are going to look a little different this year. But there are so many ways you can meet new friends that exist outside of your flat’s bubble. Here’s exactly how!
2020 has shown us that nights in are often better than nights out. And with your new bunch of flatmates, it’s opened up so much more possibility for your evenings. Staying in is the new going out, and here are ten ways you can ensure your nights in leave you with a whole bunch of awesome memories - instead of FOMO.
There are butterflies in your stomach, but the excited ones. You’re standing in your new room surrounded by boxes, wondering where to go from here. You’ve just moved to UWE Bristol. But what do you need to make sure you get done on your first ever day here? Here’s our checklist for everything you need to do when you arrive at University.
Bristol holds a treasure trove of hidden gems. At every twist and turn in the city, you come across tucked away, independent eateries, captivating street art, dazzling attractions and glorious architecture. Whilst the most popular attractions are worth a visit, what makes Bristol utterly special is its hidden gems. So, here’s how to live like a local and get these on your bucket list.
University is a time to see you come out your shell. Heck, you’re even leaving your shell behind, and you’re entering an unknown habitat. But as Freshers, you’re all in this together, and there are so many ways that you can bond with your flatmates, quicker than you can say, “We forgot to do the washing up!”. Here are ten simple ways to bond quickly with your new flatmates.
Personal space at University is so important. Here are some simple DIY tips to get your student room reflective of your personality!
If you didn’t know by now, Bristol excels at independent businesses, and if there’s another of the many things it excels in, it’s cafés. Bristolians know their mocha from their matcha latte – and they know how to create some beautiful spaces to sip that drink in, too. So, here are some of the best independent cafés in Bristol, ready for your next café-hopping trip.
We know that this year and especially the last week has been a stressful time for all of the those who have completed their A-levels.
The Students’ Union at UWE is always proud to present The Freshers’ Fair. It’s the culmination of the excitement surrounding Freshers’! And in 2020, it’s now virtual. Here are 10 reasons why you should attend Freshers’ Fair this year!
Want to have your opinions and ideas heard about how the university investigates behaviour incidents and supports students when they experience bullying, harassment or abuse?
Want to give feedback about how the university manages accusations of student misconduct and unacceptable behaviour?
It’s no secret that Bristol is an Instagrammable city. But what is a secret is exactly which locations are your definitive must-snap-away-at locations. So, here’s our list of all the best places to go in the city to get snap-happy with your phone camera to document the best memories of your year in Bristol!
On Wednesday 15 July, The National Student Survey (NSS) results were published, and we are very pleased to announce that UWE Bristol has been ranked 2nd in England and 7th in the UK for overall student satisfaction.
Donnell Asare has written the Poem I Stand and we are honoured to share this with the student community. Donnell Asare is a spoken word poet from South-East London, he is a 3rddlaw student graduating this year from UWE.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
As part of LGBT+ History Month, we're celebrating LGBT+ environmentalists. This blog post brings together a collection of people, organisations, articles and podcasts to highlight the intersections of LGBT+ with the climate crisis and sustainability.
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.
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.
Election Candidate Disqualification Announcement: 6 March 2020
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.