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Where to get FREE condoms at UWE

Gonorrhoea diagnosis's are on the rise - read about where you can pick up FREE condoms at UWE and in Bristol.

Period Wins 23/24

The Students’ Union at UWE have been promoting sustainable period products for the past few years and working to address period poverty within the student community.
Here, we will share some of our "period wins"!

Update to the Presidential Team 2024/25

The Students’ Union at UWE would like to update all our members and partners about a change in the role of VP Education for 2024/25.

Rep Committee Round-Up

Catch up on what happened at the last Rep Committee of this academic year.

NUS Conference Policy Win!

Your delegation to NUS conference reports back on the policy discussions, including a speech by your VP Community & Welfare, Fayaz Abdul Kareem.

President's Team Joined Unveiling of Bristol Bus Boycott Plaque at Unite Event

This commemoration of the Bristol Bus Boycott took place on Tuesday 30 April and The Students’ Union President Sam and Vice President of Societies and Communication Bethel attended to show solidarity and support

Students On The Move - Sort Out For Summer

Don't risk losing your Deposit! Sell it, Donate it, Recycle it, Bin it!

The Achievements of Our Presidents Team: Enhancing the Student Experience at UWE

The Presidents team at The Students’ Union have had a productive term yet again!

Student Council Recap

Student Council met on Thursday to hold the Presidents to account and discuss SU policy - find out what happened.

UWE Bristol is an Adobe Creative Campus - log in today!

UWE Bristol is an Adobe Creative Campus, giving you free access to Adobe Express.

Women's History Month - Hall of Fame

March 2024 marked Women's History Month here in the UK. To celebrate this time, the Students' Union launched a Women's Hall of Fame on April 19, 2024, with a goal to celebrate the women across our university community for their contributions.

UWE Bristol and The Students’ Union at UWE win award for embedding sustainability

UWE Bristol and The Students’ Union at UWE have been awarded Responsible Futures Accreditation. This accreditation reflects the institution and students’ union’s shared commitment to embedding holistic sustainability across the formal, informal and subliminal curriculum. and subliminal curriculum.

Moving out? Here’s our tips for keeping clothes out of landfills

Why is it important to reduce waste clothing?

Job opportunities at The Students’ Union

Exciting roles are available at The Students' Union for next academic year.

LGBTQ+ History Month 2024

The Students’ Union at UWE LGBTQ+ History Month campaign was carried out in partnership with the LGBT Officer, Trans Welfare Officer and LGBT Society here at The Students’ Union. The month is celebrated throughout February, please read on to hear about what we got up to.

UWE becomes first university to earn Merit status for approach to mental health and wellbeing

UWE Bristol has become the first university in the UK to achieve the University Mental Health Charter ‘Award with Merit’ for embedding mental health and wellbeing as a strategic priority and implementing a whole-university approach.

The Student Elections 2024: Results Announced!

The votes are in and your student leaders for 2024/2025 have been announced!

Halloween - Drug and Alcohol Trick or Treats

Ahead of this Halloween weekend - Becky Risley UWE’S specialist drug and alcohol practitioner has put together some trick and treats surrounding drug and alcohol consumption. Avoid the tricks, use the treats!

The Students' Union at UWE Bristol Provides Funding for Sign Language Course which ‘could save lives

Over 240 UWE Bristol students have engaged with a new Sign Language Course organised by UWE’s British Sign Language Society.



The wins of our Presidents Team

Check out what our Presidents team has been up to so far this year, including exciting events, impactful wins in advocacy, and campus initiatives.

Recovery at Christmas

So you’re free from your problematic substance – whether that’s alcohol or another drug, Christmas can bring up a whole sleigh filled with fresh challenges.
You may feel like scrapping the whole thing off, but its important to socialise and see loved ones and start to normalise your newfound sobriety even at Christmas!
Here are some things to consider, especially if this is your first Christmas in recovery.

UWE Bristol ranked 11th in UK for first class environmental and ethical performance

UWE Bristol has been ranked as a ‘first class’ university and 11th of all UK universities for its environmental and ethical performance, according to the 2023/24 People & Planet University League.

UWE Bristol and The Students’ Union receive Drugs and Alcohol Impact accreditation for a second time

We are thrilled to announce that The Students’ Union and UWE Bristol have received 92% in the SOS-UK Drug and Alcohol Accreditation!

The Top 3 Wins of the Year for Our Previous Presidents in 2023/24

As the 23/24 year came to a close, let's reflect on the incredible achievements of our previous Presidential team. Here are the top three 'wins' for each of them throughout the year:


Our thoughts are with all students and staff affected

The Students’ Union at UWE win Sustainability Awards

The Students' Union and UWE Bristol were awarded the big prize of ‘Sustainability Institution of the Year” at EAUC’s Green Gown Awards.

Mental Health and substance use

Becky Risley, UWE's Specialist Drug and Alcohol practitioner highlights some of the side effects substance use can have on one's mental health and some tips on dealing with them.

Celebrating Culture Hall of Fame

As part of our Black History Month 2023 campaign The Students’ Union Presidents team proudly presented the 'Celebrating Culture Hall of Fame'.

Nitrous Oxide is now illegal, what does this mean for you?

As of Wednesday 8th November Nitrous Oxide will be classified as a Class C Controlled drug.

By-Election 2023 Results

From Monday 23 October at 10am to Thursday 26 October at 10pm, students were given the opportunity to choose seven NUS Delegates and four new part time officers.


The Students’ Union at UWE are constantly striving to create an inclusive campus and continues to advocate for and support our trans students in all aspects of their lives at UWE Bristol.

Late Night Do It Right

Late-night revelry, parties, and gatherings can be an integral part of University experience for many students. For some, it's a time to unwind, socialise, and create lasting memories.

Book recommendations from our Presidents Team

The book swap at The Students’ Union is a wonderful way for book lovers to exchange their favourite reads with others, promoting a sense of community and sharing the joy of reading

University freshers urged to use condoms amid record levels of gonorrhoea

Students urged to use a condom and get tested regularly to protect themselves and others from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Celebrating Black Females' Achievements and Bravery

An exhibition prepared by UWE Bristol to celebrate Black women throughout history

Climate Education at UWE Bristol launched through successful event!

UWE Bristol has become the first university in the UK to introduce a free course about the climate emergency for all students.


UWE Bristol has become the first university in the UK to introduce a free course about the climate emergency for all students.

Joining or Starting a Society: A World of Opportunities Awaits!

Are you a student eager to make the most of your time at UWE? One of the best ways to enrich your student experience is by becoming a part of a society. Whether you're interested in exploring a new hobby, pursuing your passions, or contributing to a cause you care about, joining or starting a society can open up a world of opportunities.

Lets Talk About Spiking Now

If you’re thinking of spiking someone ……..you shouldn’t.

Let’s Talk About Drugs

Taking drugs always carries a risk and can potentially be harmful. If you choose to take drugs please bear in mind the following points.

10 ways to enjoy Welcome without the hangover!

Thanks to SOS-UK for their guest blog post.

Don't be misled by the media 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.
NUS Alcohol and Students Survey 2018/19.

Ways to Make Friends at UWE Without Getting Drunk

Whether you don't drink alcohol or choose not to drink regularly, meeting people and socialising at University can feel daunting.

Maddy Lawrence Statement from UWE Women's Rugby Club

With the inquest into the passing of UWE Women’s Rugby player Maddy Lawrence coming to a close, the club have released the following statement…

Top five pubs in Bristol

We asked UWE students what their favourite pub is in Bristol, here's the results...

My Experience as Vice President for Sports and Health at BUCS Conference 2023

Krishna shares what he got up to and what he learnt at the recent BUCS Conference

Top five green spaces in Bristol

We asked UWE Bristol students what their favourite places are in Bristol to get out amongst nature, here are the top five...

Top five coffee shops in Bristol

We asked UWE Bristol students their favourite coffee shops in Bristol, here are their answers...

The Students’ Union at UWE wins "The Highest Scoring Students’ Union" award

Another big sustainability win for The Students' Union at UWE!

Tackling Student Food Insecurity: A Call to Action for UWE Bristol

This piece written by Alex Montgomery takes a close look at student food insecurity and the action needed to help tackle it.

Our Presidents top 3 wins of the year

Find out more about what your 22/23 Presidents have achieved this year.

Varsity 2023

Let's look back at the success of Varsity 2023!

Welfare Awards 2023 winners
Welfare Awards 2023

Find out who the winners of the 2023 Welfare Awards

Sustainable Period Products

How we've helped students to combat period poverty and offer sustainable options

Official UWE Bristol Welcome Week Wristbands are out now

2023 Welcome wristbands are out now! We've got a very exciting calendar of events in store...

Support for students Affected by the Conflict in Sudan

Wellbeing support available from The Students' Union and UWE Bristol

Sustainable Food Survey

We asked 485 UWE students what they think about sustainable food on campus. Here's what they told us...

Sustainable Food for All – Campaign by the Sustainability Committee

Find out more about the amazing event that happened in March for the Sustainable Food for All campaign.

Presidents Update

It's been another busy term for our Presidents, here's what they've been working on recently...

Bristol Big Give 2023

If you’re having a big clear out before you move accommodation in the summer, this is the perfect opportunity to make sure your unwanted items go towards a good cause!

14 ways to be a sustainable foodie

An overview of how you can help create change and support your own health and wellbeing...

The Leadership Race results
The Leadership Race 2023

Find out who won The Leadership Race and will be your next Presidents and Officer team.

Green Fortnight Success! - our Highlights

Green Fortnight 2023 was a success and we'd love to share our highlights with you!

Fairtrade Fortnight- 5 reasons for Fairtrade!

Fairtrade Fortnight is here- so we're spilling the beans on why to chose Fairtrade

Open Letter to UWE Careers Service

We believe that it is now time to show climate leadership and commit to Fossil Free Careers

Support for Students Affected by the Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

Advice and wellbeing support is available to any student affected from our Advice Centre team who are on hand during this incredibly difficult time.

Study & Self-Care workshop: Strategies for your mental health

The Students' Union are delighted to welcome global mental health trainer & TEDx speaker, Amber Cowburn, for a series of three exclusive workshops.

Universities, sustainability and climate action – what do UWE students think?

Here are some of the highlights from the NUS Sustainability Skills Survey

UWE Summer Ball FAQs

All of your questions about the upcoming UWE Summer Ball answered!

Be a good neighbour this festive period!

It is the season of festivities which can also mean the season of socialising and parties. While we encourage you to enjoy the break, we hope you do so in a safe manner and as a good neighbour. If you are attending any festive house parties or events, consider those around you. Here are our top tips on being a good neighbour.

Students heading home urged to think about security this Christmas

With many UWE students thinking about heading home soon for the festive period, burglars are sadly thinking about houses that will be left unoccupied and how they can target them this Christmas.

Our top tips for a sustainable festive season!
A person in an Christmas jumper, holding a present, the present is wrapped in brown kraft paper and

Christmas is coming… T minus 14 days. Whether you’re a forward planner or a last-minute shopper, check our top tips on enjoying the festive season in a sustainable way, that won’t cost the earth!

The real cost of 'Fast Fashion'

Its November… and that means the festive season is just around the corner, many of you will be looking to purchase a new outfit for your Christmas party or course social, but what is the environmental cost of your new high street outfit?

Cosy Lounges at The Students’ Union on strike days

With the upcoming industrial action taking place, we’re working to support students and ensure as little disruption as possible to their studies.

Waste and Recycling? Get it sorted!

Help keep your new street neat. Check out Bristol Waste’s top tips and resources to help you manage your waste and recycling.

Industrial Action at UWE Bristol

UWE Bristol lecturers, researchers and other University staff who are a part of the UCU as well as Unison will be striking. UCU members will take action on 24, 25 and 30 November, with Unison members on the 24 and 25 November. The Students' Union is here to support our students during this time.

Share your views on how UWE Bristol deals with sexual harassment and assault

Do you have 15 to 30 minutes free to fill out a completely anonymous and confidential survey? It will help us to better understand our student experiences around sexual harassment and assault and provide the best support possible to our students.

UWE Bristol and The Students' Union Sign Speak Up Pledge

On Monday 24 October, UWE Bristol and The Students’ Union at UWE collaboratively supported Speak Up Week by signing the Speak Up Pledge

October 2022 By Election Candidates Announced
By Elections October 2022

Find out who is running for the available positions

Healthy habits can help your mental health

When there is a lot of uncertainty in our lives and in the world around us, we can slip into comforting behaviours that can have a negative impact on our wellbeing. If your diet, daily routine, or exercise has lost structure due to the current circumstances, you might want to consider making some constructive changes.

Bristol Nights

We're getting together as a city to spread the word about how to have a great night out.

Bust the Myths About Alcohol and Drugs

Bust the Myths About Alcohol and Drugs.

Let’s Talk About Drugs: Cocaine

We understand that some of our students will choose to use cocaine, despite knowing the dangers that go along with it. The Students’ Union at UWE and UWE Bristol hope is that if UWE students do choose to use cocaine, they are given the opportunity to make an informed decision and know how to reduce some of the risks associated with illegal drug taking.

10 ways to enjoy Welcome without the hangover!

Don't be misled by the media 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.

Lets Talk About Spiking

If you’re thinking of spiking someone ……..you shouldn’t.
Drink spiking is illegal and a serious crime. It carries a sentence of up to ten years in prison.

Lets Talk About Drugs

Taking drugs always carries a risk and can potentially be harmful. If you choose to take drugs please bear in mind the following points

Advice and wellbeing services on offer for those who are affected by the flash floods in Pakistan

We understand that students and staff may be distressed by the devastation caused by the torrential monsoon rains that have led to severe flooding in Pakistan. The floods have washed away thousands of homes and businesses, with more than 1,000 people losing their lives and many more at risk due to damaged water systems.

Ways to Make Friends at UWE Without Getting Drunk

Whether you don't drink alcohol or choose not to drink regularly, meeting people and socialising at University can feel daunting.

The Cost of Living Crisis: We are here to help our students!

The Presidents Team at The Students’ Union at UWE would like to reassure our members that we are acutely aware of the financial challenges being faced by students at this current time. While as you would expect we are putting our energy into making the start of year the best experience it can be, we are currently working on both highlighting the existing financial support that is available through The Students’ Union and university but also a range of new initiatives.

Mixing Drugs and Alcohol

In this article, SPACED explore the interactions between alcohol and common drugs used by the student population.

Sustainable Period Product Trial

Here at The Students’ Union at UWE, we are passionate about tackling the climate crisis and share with our students tips on how to make sustainable swaps in your day-to-day life. That is why we gave UWE Bristol students the chance to try their choice of sustainable period product for free!

'Action on Sustainability’ Campaign Week 2022

A summary of our annual campaign week run by the student Sustainability Committee.

We’ve got a Fairtrade University Award!

We are so pleased to say that we recently renewed our Fairtrade University status, after being audited for the academic years 2020/21 and 2021/22. The Fairtrade University Award is a joint accreditation between The Students’ Union and UWE Bristol, and we have now been a Fairtrade University since 2006. This award really shows how effectively we and UWE Bristol can collaborate together.

New Streetsafe tool available

StreetSafe is part of the Government’s response to tackling violence against women and girls. It is a pilot service for anyone to anonymously tell the police about public spaces where you have felt or feel unsafe.

The Students’ Union at UWE wins "The Highest Scoring Students’ Union" Award for Green Impact

2022 Awards announced for Green Impact Students’ Unions – The Students’ Union at UWE comes out on top!

What’s the real cost of Nitrous Oxide?

If you choose to use N2O or any other illegal drug then doing your own research is essential to keeping safe.


We are extremely excited to announce that UWE Official Welcome week wristbands are out!

Four universities shape new approaches to student drug and alcohol use

Tracy Lumb, Senior Project Manager Wellbeing for SOS-UK shares her thoughts on the first 18 months of the Drug & Alcohol Impact pilot.

Nursem x UWE

We were delighted to receive sponsorship from hand hygiene brand Nursem at our recent Networking For Healthcare Students event. Nursem have been working with nurses and midwives for years, but we’re incredibly proud to announce that this event was their first ever student partnership!

Advice on Ketamine usage

We recognise that some students will choose to use ketamine despite knowing the dangers that go along with it. Our hope is that those who do choose to use it are given the opportunity to make an informed decision and know how to reduce some of the risks associated with drug taking.

Bristol Big Give 2022

Donate your unwanted things!

Is Veganuary as ethical as we think?

So, the new year is well and truly in swing and, like many of you, I have my new resolutions in hand with an injection of motivation to set it in motion. January is a good time to kick start your health, and movements such as Dry January and Veganuary are ways to fuel that fire.

No More Silence – issue 2: Call for contributions

Following the publication and the success of our first issue, we are very pleased to launch a call for contributions for the second issue of our No More Silence Zine.
We are looking for creative pieces from students and staff around stories, comments and views on diversity at UWE Bristol and beyond.
We have put some further information below on the campaign and how you can get involved.

The Students’ Union on Face Coverings

An update on wearing face coverings when using our facilities.

How to be an eco-warrior this festive season

It is that time of year again. The hustle and bustle of the run up to Christmas can leave us feeling overwhelmed with the impending spend. Getting older seemed to chip away at the magic of this time and I had started to become disenchanted by it all; more things, more spending, more consuming, but at what cost?

Five festive favourites for you this Christmas

Whether this is your first festive period in Bristol, or you have been here for years, we wanted to show you five things that Bristol has to offer to get you into the Christmas spirit. We hope you enjoy our list below.

Minibus service direct to Bower Ashton starting on Monday 6 December

Successful businessman and motivational speaker Nido Qubein once said ‘change brings opportunity’, this quote could not be more apt thanks to the incredible, determined and tireless work from the Presidents of The Students’ Union.

It's your MOVE

With over 40 FREE activities each week, your MOVE membership is here to help you be active, have fun and feel good. From army bootcamp, badminton and climbing, to yoga, virtual reality sports, zorb football and everything in between, there are activities suitable for everyone.

Mask wearing in and around our facilities

From Tuesday 30 November, new COVID rules in England are being reinforced, to respond to new concerns over the Omicron variant.

This is your time to make a difference!

Do you want to be in with the chance to win cash prizes to help fund your Christmas shopping this year?

COP26 and the Student Voice

With all eyes on Glasgow these past two weeks, citizens around the world are sitting and waiting for the political leaders and financial giants to come together and form a plan to tackle climate change.

COP26: Why historical emissions matter

This past Sunday was the start of COP 26 in Glasgow, the most important climate-related conference on the planet and the biggest event the UK has hosted since the 2012 Summer Olympics.

COP26 - the essentials

Essentially, the countries and groups that are part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which was formed in 1994. They meet annually to talk about climate change and make decisions on international action to tackle this.

Student Blog: How you can get involved with COP26

Conference of the Parties, or COP, is a gathering of 197 parties from across the world that will go to a host city once a year and talk about the progress which is being made by the United Nations (UN) to ‘limit’ climate change. COP happens every year, with very few exceptions, and is currently being hosted by the UK in Glasgow. This is the 26th COP (COP26) that has happened with some being more successful than others!

COP26: What is it and why does it matter?

COP26 is the 26th annual UN summit taking place in Glasgow and bringing together almost every country on earth to tackle climate change. COP stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’ and this year the summit is more crucial than ever as the future of the planet and of humanity depend on the actions that our world leaders take now.

What you need to know about drink spiking

The Avon and Somerset constabulary are working closely with Bristol’s night time economy to tackle drink spiking in venues

The Mo You Know: 8 Tache-tastic Tip Top Tips

We’re getting to that special time of year. That’s right, Movember is here: early Xmas ads, speciality coffees and frosty winds to fill your face!

UWE Bristol Eye Clinic is now taking bookings for appointments

• Help provide the students on the BSc Optometry programme with real-life experience
• Claim a 20% discount on spectacles and contact lenses

71 Bus Update

First Bus has cut short the essential 71 bus route, which linked Frenchay and Bower Ashton campuses. Currently, no buses run to Bower Ashton campus and The Presidents of The Students’ Union at UWE are united in providing key services to all students – of which transport is key. We are now calling for immediate action.

Best student events to attend in Bristol

Freshers Week in Bristol is sadly winding down to its eventual close, with the final welcoming celebra-tions set to take place over the coming days. But rest assured party-goers, this vibrant city and focal-point for nightlife in the south of the UK still has much up it’s sleeve, especially when it comes to stu-dent-friendly events.

Bristol Rules help safe enjoyment of city’s nightlife

The campaign offers support for the night-time economy

SafeLink Advice Service sessions now available for UWE Bristol staff and students

The SafeLink Advice Service are offering confidential support via monthly sessions for UWE Bristol staff and students who have experienced any form of sexual violence and/or abuse.

Important information regarding COVID-19 passports

Keeping up to date with COVID-19 rules and regulations can be a difficult task, especially for starting or returning university students whose term starts this coming September. We are looking to keep you updated so you can have the fullest experience from the start of the year.

The Students’ Union on A-Level results

Completing A-Levels during such a tumultuous year is an unbelievable achievement, so well done to everyone for persevering throughout this difficult time.

The Students’ Union at UWE achieves ‘Highest Score’ Award in Green Impact for fifth year in a row!

The Students’ Union at UWE is delighted to announce that for the fifth year in a row, we have achieved the highest score of all students’ unions, for our Green Impact Students’ Union 2020-21 submission. Green Impact is a sustainability and social responsibility programme run by Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK).

Sport committee opportunities are available!

Certain sports here at The Students’ Union are in danger of folding due to committee roles not being filled.

The Great Bristol 10k is back!

After a year off, the Bristol 10k is back on Sunday 19 September, and this time it’s been combined with the Bristol Half Marathon.

UWE Bristol and The Students' Union at UWE have been shortlisted for 11 EAUC Green Gown awards!

Greener Futures is a sustainability competition for societies and sports clubs at The Students’ Union at UWE. It is a creative, fun and rewarding way for our students to gain inspiration and recognition for building sustainability into their communities.

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

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 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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.