The Students' Union at UWE news

The Students' Union is awarded excellent accreditation for green impact (again)

The Students’ Union at UWE is delighted to announce we have been awarded ‘Excellent’ in our Green Impact submission for the 2020/21 academic year. This is the highest rating that can be achieved.

 
June Update from Jane

Everything you need to know that happened in June from our VP Education Jane

 
Official UWE Freshers' 2021 Wristbands are on sale now

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.

 
Bristol Big Give 2021

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.

 
Questions to Vice Chancellor Steve West Transcribe

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.

 
George Floyd's murder, one year on

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 Student Experience Awards Winners

The Students’ Union is thrilled to announce the full list of winners for this year’s Student Experience Awards.

 
The Student Experience Awards 2021 Shortlist!

The Student Experience Awards 2021- Shortlist announced!

 
The Students' Union Sustainability Survey Results

In September 2020, The Students’ Union ran a survey to find out more about your thoughts, priorities, and concerns surrounding sustainability. Over 500 of you completed this- thank you! The results have helped shape our activity for this year and The Students’ Union sustainability strategy.

 
Divestment update from UWE Bristol and The Students’ Union at UWE

In last year’s NUS Sustainability Skills survey, 91% of participating UWE students agreed that ‘sustainable development is something which all universities should actively incorporate and promote’. A further 81%, felt that ‘using resources efficiently to limit the impact on the environment and other people’ was an important skill to future employers. This shows how important sustainability is to students at UWE Bristol.

 
Bristol’s Bats: student campaign

Find out more about why bats are so important to a sustainable future and what you can do to protect them in this blog. This is written by a UWE Bristol student who’s started a campaign called Bristol’s Bats.

 
Books to read for Women’s History Month from the Sustainability Committee

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, the student-led Sustainability Committee would like to share books we’ve found powerful to read. These books cater to a wide-ranging audience, from non-fiction to fiction, easy reads to interesting reads, and empowering to heart-breaking reads. These suggestions were made by the Sustainability Committee.

 
Let’s Talk Trash campaign: what you can do

This March, the student-led Sustainability Committee ran their campaign, Let’s Talk Trash. This explored how we can reduce our waste across five different areas: food, fashion, recycling, plastic and zero-waste living.

 
Violence against women

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.

 
The Students’ Union plants 2000 trees with TreeSisters

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.

 
UWE Bristol is a Silver Hedgehog Friendly Campus

UWE Bristol is now a silver-accredited Hedgehog Friendly Campus. We're so pleased to say that a fantastic team of students, alongside the Grounds Team and The Students' Union.

 
Zero Waste shops: student discount

As part of Let's Talk Trash campaign week, we've partnered with Bristol zero waste shops to offer 10% student discount from 15th - 22nd March

 
The Leadership Race 2021 results announced

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.

 
The Leadership Race Announcement

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.

 
Where did your Streetlife donations go?

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.

 
Cute Animal Facts for Valentine's Day

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.

 
NUS Sustainability Skills Survey Results

This year a fantastic 413 UWE students took part in the NUS Sustainability Skills Survey to let us know your priorities, attitudes, and interests. We’re now gearing up to take your responses on board and create positive change at UWE. Read some of the highlights from the survey here.

 
10 LGBT+ Bristolians you should be following on Instagram

Bristol’s LGBT+ scene is very much alive and thriving – and to kick of LGBT+ History month, we aim to celebrate the individuals who make a positive difference in the community. From activists to artists – here are 10 Bristolian LGBT+ figures you should check out on Instagram.

 
Volunteer opportunity to help give Covid-19 vaccinations

UWE First Aid society has partnered with St John Ambulance to help with the national Covid-19 vaccination programme.
As part of the partnership, the society is giving all students the opportunity to volunteer and help administer the vaccinations.

 
Sustainable Period Product Reviews

Ever thought about giving a reusable period product a go, but have no idea how they work? In this blog post, two members of the student-led Sustainability Committee review their experiences with reusable period underwear and a menstrual cup.

 
How to Relax During the Assessment Period

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.

 
January Update from Jane

An update from Jane on what the Presidents are working on to help the student experience during this difficult time.

 
Lockdown 3.0 - An update from your Presidents Team

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.

 
The Benefits of Taking a Break From Alcohol

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.

 
Trying Veganism this Veganuary

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.

 
Virtual Comedy Show

Tuesday 19 January, we are hosting another virtual comedy night exclusively for UWE students! Comedians include Jarred Christmas, Keith Farnan, and Nathan Caton.

 
Pass your exams with Proprep

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.

 
The Students’ Union Guidance Following the Announcement of a Third Lockdown

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.

 
How to Stay Positive

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.

 
Things to Do in Bristol During the Festive Period

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.

 
Sustainability Design for All

Sustainability is one of the biggest buzz words of the decade and most would associate it with having a low impact on the natural environment by: burning fewer fossil fuels; producing less waste and responsibly sourcing our meals.

 
The Students’ Union at UWE spreads some cheer this festive period

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.

 
Postgraduate Officer and Gloucester Campus Officer Roles

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).

 
NUS Sustainability Summit 2020

Earlier this month, The Students’ Union Sustainability Officer Vanique Krugerand your VP Community and Welfare Ubong Ante attended the annual NUS Sustainability Summit. In this blog post, they share their reflections and learnings from the summit.

 
We are here to represent you!

We know that some of the UWE Bristol student community are not happy with the current university experience. We understand that it is a challenging time for the student community and we want to ensure that your voice is being heard.

 
November update from your Presidents Team

Your Presidents' Team has been working hard to represent the student community to all levels of UWE Bristol. Check out this update from each of them with their progress in November

 
Drug use in Lockdown

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.

 
Hangxiety and How to Overcome It

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.

 
Alcohol free nights you can have in and around Bristol

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.

 
Islamophobia Awareness Month

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.

 
How The Students’ Union and UWE Bristol are working to tackle period poverty

Last academic year, we self-assessed how period-friendly The Students’ Union is and what more we could do for our students and staff.

 
Complete our Mental Health Survey

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.

 
The Students’ Union is here for you during lockdown

With the news on Saturday of a second national lockdown, we know that some of you may be feeling anxious and unsettled, but we want you to know that The Students’ Union is here for you! Our role is to make sure that you have a positive UWE Bristol experience and we will continue to bring our services to you, whether that’s physically or virtually.

 
Celebrating Black Excellence: The Moors

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.

 
Sustainability in Welcome 2020

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.

 
End Sars - A Statement from your Presidents Team.

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.

 
END Sars: What you can do to support

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.

 
An update from your Presidents Team

Your Presidents' Team has been working hard to represent the student community to all levels of UWE Bristol. Check out this update from each of them with their progress in October.

 
Celebrating Black Excellence: The Kingdom of Benin

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 Students’ Union opening times.

We are delighted to confirm that after a lot of planning, The Students’ Union shops and catering services are back open!

 
UWE Zine Call out - Instructions for contributors

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.

 
5 Student Tips For Managing Anxiety & Stress During COVID

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.

 
10 ways to enjoy freshers without the hangover!

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.

 
Make a difference at UWE Bristol and submit a student idea!

With an academic year like no other, you need to make your voice heard!

 
We are the highest scoring Students' Union at the Green Impact Awards!

The Students’ Union at UWE is delighted to have been awarded the Highest Scoring Students’ Union in our Green Impact submission for the fourth year in a row. Green Impact is a sustainability and social responsibility programme run by Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK).

 
Some of our favourite independent restaurants in Bristol

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!

 
How to feel confident in seminars in first year

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!

 
Best study spots in Bristol

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!

 
How to make friends at University - when you can't meet in person

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!

 
How to have the best night out without leaving your flat

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.

 
UWE Bristol: Everything to do when you arrive at University

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.

 
Live like a Bristolian: 15 of Bristol's hidden gems

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.

 
Simple ways to bond with your new flatmates when you've just started University

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.

 
Making your flat a home: Tips to make your uni room more 'you'

Personal space at University is so important. Here are some simple DIY tips to get your student room reflective of your personality!

 
Cafe hopping: Bristol's best independent cafes

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.

 
Lead and Change 2020

This year we took to our screens for five days of virtual training with the NUS Lead and Change conference.

 
A-Level Results – A message from The Students’ Union

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.

 
10 reasons why you should attend The Freshers' Fair in 2020

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!

 
Attend our Misconduct and Behaviour Reporting Focus Group!

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?

 
Freshers 2020 announcement!

Right, so you’ve got your results, you’ve accepted your place at UWE Bristol (ranked 7th in the UK for student satisfaction, just saying) and you’re now probably thinking about starting university – and, of course… Freshers!

 
The Students' Union is awarded an Excellent Accreditation for Green Impact

The Students’ Union at UWE is delighted to announce we have been awarded ‘Excellent’ in our Green Impact submission for the 2019/20 academic year. This is the highest rating that can be achieved.

 
Here are 20 of Bristol's most Instagrammable locations

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!

 
Have a Staycation this Summer!

Now we know that you can’t go anywhere at the moment without hearing the words ‘Staycation’, but with 2020 throwing the biggest of curve balls, staying local really is the best option.

 
The Students' Union at UWE receives positive feedback in the 2020 NSS results

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.

 
UWE RAG raises £97,461 this year!

Thanks to the support of UWE Bristol students, the local community and staff, The Students’ Union at UWE’s RAG Team has raised £97,461 since the start of September.

 
Time flies by when you are not clock watching

Time flies by when you are not clock watching. I have been The Students' Union President for two weeks now, and I must say I am incredibly humbled to have the opportunity to represent you during these interesting times.

 
Precious's review of 2019/20

It has been such a pleasure and honour representing over 30,000 students at UWE Bristol. This time last year, I was presented with this huge task, which no one exactly prepares you for but with guidance, support, determination, passion and a curious mind, I was able to achieve so much.

 
June monthly review - Precious

As my term in office comes to an end this month, here is my last monthly review. I hope you have enjoyed these monthly updates as I shared this journey with you.

 
Black Lives Matter campaign update from Precious

A campaign that is very close to my heart as you may know. I have attended and spoken at both the Bristol and Swindon protests, ensuring that my voice and that of our students is heard.

 
May monthly review - Precious

As I enter my final month of being YOUR PRECIOUS PRESIDENT, I would like to use this as an opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey.

 
I Stand - a poem by Donnell Asare

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.

 
Black Lives Matter - what you can do

Sign petitions, educate yourselves, write to your MP, donate, and help to make sure that the conversation doesn’t stop. In this article, we have some resources that you can utilise.

 
Black Lives Matter - A Message from your Presidents Team

We are at the point where we can no longer say that The Students’ Union is against racism, it is not enough and we know that.

 
The Results of this year's Societies Awards

The Society Awards took place online this year, and I’m so glad that the hard work and achievements of our society members were recognised!

 
Get on your bike with The Students’ Union Bike Loan Scheme

At the beginning of the academic year, we launched our Student Bike Loan Scheme in a bid to get you hitting the streets of Bristol and exploring our city.

 
Greener Futures 2019/20 Winners

Greener Futures is The Students’ Union’s sustainability award for sports clubs and societies. Each year the groups complete activities and challenges that contribute to social and environmental sustainability.

 
The Students’ Union statement in response to recent reports of online racism at UWE Bristol

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.

 
April Monthly Review - Precious

In our work to continue supporting our student body as always, we have been lobbying Bristol’s MPs and landlords regarding student’s early release from their accommodation contract.

 
Positive news stories to smile about

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.

 
A big win for the Presidents Team!

After weeks of hard work and meetings, President, Precious Onyenekwu Tatah and the rest of The Students’ Union’s Presidents Team is delighted to share an update on their campaign to support students who may be struggling to meet the financial demands of accommodation payments, due to the impact of COVID-19.

 
This week's positive news stories to smile 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!

 
International Women’s Week 2020

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.

 
Updated statement: COVID-19 Student Staff Update

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.

 
This week’s positive news stories to smile about

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.

 
Precious - March Monthly Review

It can be truly challenging not knowing what to expect during these unprecedented times. However, I want to assure you all that The Students’ Union is doing what we can to ensure that our students are safe and well taken care of.

 
Sustainability Skills Survey Results

Earlier this year, we invited all UWE Bristol students to take part in our Sustainability Skills Survey and share their priorities, attitudes and perceptions. An amazing 452 students took the time to complete the survey.

 
Check out our tips for having a sustainable period

While life has slowed down during COVID-19, something that doesn’t stop during a pandemic is our periods.

 
Positive news stories to smile about right now

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…

 
COVID-19 Accommodation Support - Letter to landlords from your Presidents Team

We know that the recent COVID-19 developments have had a big impact on the UWE Bristol student community, and as a Presidents Team we are working hard to ensure that we are supporting you and voicing your concerns.

 
10 LGBT+ Sustainability People, Businesses and Articles to Check Out

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.

 
RSPOnly’s Guide to Supporting Sustainable Palm Oil

Did you know back in 2017 The Students’ Union at UWE made a commitment to stock only RSPO certified palm oil products in their shops? AND in 2018 UWE Bristol wrote the first palm oil policy of any University worldwide? But what exactly is palm oil? And why are we supporting sustainable

 
Positive news stories to smile about right now

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 reduces utilities in a bid to become more efficient

Here at The Students’ Union, we are committed to reducing our utilities year on year, in a bid to be less wasteful and more efficient. We have been engaging with the University Estates and Energy teams, to monitor our consumption on a variety of utilities.

 
Statement: Covid19 staff update

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.

 
Changing Consumerism during COVID-19

Sadly, our Changing Consumerism campaign week was cancelled due to COVID-19. But fear not, we’re hoping to run this event series as part of our annual ‘Big Green Week’ this autumn 2020 – stay tuned!

 
NUS Sustainability Summit

In November, three representatives from The Students’ Union attend the NUS Sustainability Summit at Sheffield University. This article explores some of their learnings from the day.

 
This week's positive news stories to smile about

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!

 
Ways you can support independent Bristol businesses at this time

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.

 
Precious - February Monthly Review

I had the honour of speaking at the event organised by the team at ‘We the Curious’ alongside other key speakers, sharing my experiences and answering questions on how curiosity influences career choices.

 
Cancelled: The UWE Bristol Summer Ball 2020

Following the advice of the Government, The Students’ Union at UWE has cancelled this year’s Summer Ball.

 
The Sustainability Market

After weeks of stormy weather, the sunshine made an appearance for the Sustainability Committee’s first-ever Sustainability Market!

 
Positive news stories to smile about right now

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.

 
Let's do this together: Our tips for staying active and healthy whilst self-isolating

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: Ten ways to stay grateful at the moment

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

Election Candidate Disqualification Announcement: 6 March 2020

 
Best ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Bristol
St. Patrick's Day

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.

 
Reasons why you should VOTE in The Leadership Race!

The manifestos are out, the candidates are ready, and it’s now time for you to VOTE and get involved with The Leadership Race. It is really important that you have your say and vote in the race, so important in fact, that we’ve come up with a list of all of the reasons why you should.

 
Precious - January Monthly Review

The New Year started off with a special invitation to British Army’s presentation evening. It was an amazing evening filled with inspiring messages and people.

 
The Leadership Race - Candidates for VP Sports and Health and International Officer

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.

 
Significant reduction in Laundry prices

Following an on-going discussion between The Students’ Union and UWE Bristol, regarding the cost of laundry services on campuses, we are pleased to announce the final proposal* for the new academic year 2020-21, which will see a 65% reduction in laundry costs.

 
The Leadership Race - Candidates for VP Community and Welfare and 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 VP Community and two of our part-time volunteers, the Men's and Women's Welfare Officer.

 
The Leadership Race - Your candidates for President and BME 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.

 
‘I finally feel like I’m living my life as me’: Georgina on being gay at university

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.

 
UWE Bristol Food Fest

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.

 
Top things to do in Bristol for Valentine’s – whoever you’re spending it with

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.

 
36 hours, no money… five reasons why YOU should take on Jailbreak

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.

 
Precious - December Monthly Review

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely break over the festive period, well done on completing your exams and all the best in the new term.

 
Precious - November Monthly Review

We are coming towards the end of term one which means it’s almost Christmas, can you believe it?

 
UWE Bristol taking on city 10K for second year

UWE Bristol is continuing its partnership with the Great Run Company and the University of Bristol (UoB) in encouraging students, staff and alumni to take part in the 2020 Great Bristol 10K on Sunday, May 3.

 
Five ways to combat air pollution in Bristol

It’s hard not to be conscious about the effect pollution is having on the planet, and also, on our health. It’s also hard to not get a little overwhelmed by it all – how exactly can we help? How do I look after myself? Why doesn’t Google tell us just one right answer?!

 
Make a difference with Student Ideas!

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!

 
How to celebrate the Chinese New Year in 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.

 
How does The Students’ Union represent your academic interests?

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!

 
7-day digital detox: My week without social media

Unite Students challenges a student to a week-long digital detox. Here's what happened...

 
Meat the Change

A report on UWE Bristol’s red meat intake by Curzio Potenza, Sustainability Officer at The Students’ Union at UWE.

 
Look after yourself this assessment period with our top tips!

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!

 
Green Goals: Smart resolutions for a sustainable 2020

We all know what happens when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions. You set out with a life-changing goal - a green smoothie here, a gym session there - and then come 10 January, it’s looking more New Year… old you.

 
Jane - November Monthly Review

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 in Bristol: Alternative ways you can create the party of the decade

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.

 
The Students’ Union at UWE’s RAG Team raise over £75,000 in just one term

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.

 
The Students’ Union Movember Campaign raises over £4400 for the Movember Foundation!

After a month of fundraising, we are excited to announce that this year’s Movember campaign has raised £4442, surpassing last year’s total of £3800. I am so proud of the UWE Bristol student community for getting behind this year’s campaign and for allowing us to raise such a great amount of money.

 
Sleepout raises £1530 for One25

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.

 
Christmas opening hours 2019

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.

 
12 Ways to be productive and have more time for the fun stuff

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.

 
Get General Election Ready!

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!

 
We wish you a sustainable Christmas and a low carbon new year

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 – It’s Time for our Christmas Social Media Competition!

#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…

 
The Students’ Union and UWE Bristol pledges to plant a forest the size of Frenchay Campus

The Students’ Union and UWE Bristol have teamed up with local Bristol charity – The Converging World (TCW), to fulfil an aim of planting a forest area the size of Frenchay - UWE Bristol’s biggest campus.

 
Bristol Big Give 2019 - we did it!

This year’s Bristol Big Give campaign has been a MASSIVE success: find out how we’ve saved 33 elephants (199.33 tonnes) worth of waste from going to landfill!

 
Five Chances to Create Once-in-a-lifetime Experiences at UWE Bristol

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.

 
Jane - October Monthly Review

October was a busy and rewarding month at The Students' Union at UWE Bristol. Here are my highlights as your VP for Education!

 
Four Ways Drinking Too Much Can Affect Your Academic Achievement

Some of these you might not know - it's important to not let drinking get in the way of why you're here.

 
Five ways that alcohol can affect your mental health

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.

 
Alcohol-free nights you can have in Bristol

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.

 
Precious - October Monthly Review

October brought important campaign after important campaign, and your President was very busy shedding light on topics that need to be brought to the student attention. Check out Precious' monthly review to see exactly what your President was up to in October.

 
Do your printing at The Students’ Union!

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!

 
Statement from The Students' Union at UWE regarding Purbeck Court accommodation

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.

 
LOST raises £3401 for UWE RAG!

On Saturday 19 October, ten teams took on The Students’ Union first ever LOST. At 04:00 teams were transported to an unknown location, 100 miles from UWE Bristol, with no money and just 12 hours to get back to campus.

 
Complete the NUS Skills Survey for a chance to win £500!

Oh yes, that’s right, you could win £500, just by filling out a survey and telling us your opinion!

 
The Financial Capability Module: A great opportunity to learn useful skills about personal finance

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.

 
Big Green Week!

Hey Greenies! Last week, our very own Green Team put on a load of events all about sustainability and ways to get involved on campus. We were delighted to have events at ALL THREE of our amazing campus sites, and are even looking to do some events in the city centre next month.

 
11 Ways UWE Bristol Students De-Stress
WMHD Stressballs

We asked UWE students what they do to look after their mental health, this is what they said….

 
Precious - September Monthly Review

The new academic year is here and the excitement of a fresh start is in the air. Check out Precious' monthly review to see exactly what your President was up to in September.

 
World Mental Health Day 2019

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.

 
Your Glenside Campus Officer was instrumental in groundbreaking new NHS campaign!

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!

 
Late Night DID It Right in 2019!

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!

 
Your pre-drink guide!

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!

 
How to combat THAT hangover!

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.

 
How to save money on a night out!

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!

 
A UWE Bristol students' guide to being more eco-friendly!

It's easy to reduce your carbon footprint by adopting simple, eco-friendly habits throughout your time at UWE Bristol. Whether you've got the willpower to go vegan, want to save on your electricity bills or have been following Greta's important activism, you can do your bit when it comes to helping the planet!

 
The Students’ Union at UWE have been awarded the NUS Alcohol Impact accreditation.

The Students’ Union at UWE wins award for embedding social norms of responsible alcohol consumption and building healthier, safer, more productive student communities across campuses.

 
Register To Vote

As you may know, there is a chance that the UK will be going to the polls for a snap general election. It is really important that you exercise your right to vote and have your say.

 
Get to know your housemates with our top tips!

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.

 
Jane - August monthly review

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.

 
Our British Heart Foundation pop-up charity shop is open!

We are delighted to confirm that for two weeks UWE Bristol will have its very own pop-up charity shop. Positioned on F Block patio (opposite OneZone) this is a chance to get some new bits for your house. From clothes to household items, we are sure to have something for everyone!

 
Why should you get an Official UWE Bristol Welcome Wristband?

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.

 
Evan - August monthly review

I've been working hard this month to achieve results for societies and students. Here are some of my highlights!

 
Precious - August monthly review

We kicked off the month of August with more inductions across various departments including Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI), UWE Bristol Grand Challenge, the International College, UWE Speak Up and UWE’s Strategic Communication Team.

 
What to pack for university

If you’re struggling to decide on what to bring with you, check out our list of what to pack.

 
Your presidents share their tips for starting UWE Bristol

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.

 
The Students’ Union at UWE is number one for sustainability three years in a row!

We are delighted to announce that for the third year in a row, The Students’ Union at UWE has been awarded an ‘excellent’ accreditation rating, and received the ‘Highest Scoring Students’ Union’ award at the NUS’ Green Impact Awards!

 
Bristol Pride 2019

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.

 
Financial Education at UWE Bristol

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?

 
Welcome Week event tickets go on sale TODAY

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.

 
Alcohol Impact Auditor: Voluntary Role Description

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.

 
Evan - July Monthly Review

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!

 
Jane - July Monthly Review

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!

 
Precious - July Monthly Review

It is already the end of my first month as The Students’ Union President.

 
The Students’ Union at UWE wins at The National Student Fundraising Awards!

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.

 
Annual Alcohol Impact Survey 2018/2019

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.

 
Official statement concerning VP Education investigation

Statement concerning VP Education investigation

 
The Students’ Union at UWE welcomes positive 2019 NSS results.

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.

 
Goodbye to our 2018/2019 Presidents

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.

 
Freddie and Chelsea release a podcast on tackling the stigma around men’s mental health

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.