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Welcome to Brunel. Congratulations on successfully achieving your place Brunel University London. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all. It has been said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step� and university is an exciting place to start that journey. The Union of Brunel Students is run by the students for the students and we exist to support you throughout your time at Brunel. The Union is at the heart of your university experience and our aspiration is to provide you academic and welfare support; we aspire to represent students both individually and collectively; and campaign on local and national issues that affect student lives. I am honoured to serve as your President, and I hope that as you embark on this journey you believe in yourselves and seize all the opportunities Brunel has to offer. An exciting year awaits you! We are proud to have you with us and we look forward to seeing you around campus. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions and comments. Ranjeet Rathore President 3


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Meet the Officers Team Brunel Societies How to Join a Society Active@Brunel Top Spots on Campus The Low Down on Loco’s The Venue Advice and Representation Centre The Heart of The Union: Student Voice All About Student Reps Elections Ideas Portal & Get Involved Liberation & Part Time Officer directory

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Meet the Officers. Your elected officers work across all the colleges in the University and serve the needs of the student body. From ideas big and small they are the team that gets things done.

They do find time for a bit of fun every now and then!

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Ranjeet Rathore President su.president@brunel.ac.uk 01895 266623

Peri Sherif Vice President College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences vp.cedps@brunel.ac.uk 01895 267603

Maria Valada Vice President College of Health and Life Sciences vp.chls@brunel.ac.uk 01895 266625

Ranjeet is the President of Brunel Students Union; he provides leadership for the organisation and is the main figurehead and external spokesperson for the Students’ Union.

Peri is responsible for education and welfare issues across the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences and hopes to increase their engagement with the Students Union, as well as promoting union wide campaigns.

Maria promotes student education and welfare for the College of Health and Life Sciences, as well as championing the views of all of the students within the college. She is focused on enhancing the engagement of students within the college.

Anvitha Paruchuri Vice President College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences vp.cbass@brunel.ac.uk 01895 266622

Radya Hussien Vice President Postgraduate vp.postgraduate@brunel. ac.uk 01895 267603

George Wardle Vice President Student Activities vp.activities@brunel.ac.uk 01895 267457

Anvitha represents the student’s views and needs in regard to the welfare and academic delivery within the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences. She sits on University committees focused on learning and teaching, academic support, and regulation.

Radya represents Postgraduate Taught and Research students across campus and throughout the union. She is responsible for facilitating and promoting events, resources and services that enhance and enable the students’ success during their time at Brunel.

George champions sports and societies across campus and throughout the union. He is responsible for all things sports, society and student well-being related, as well as promoting sport and societyled events across campus. 7


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WE ARE TEAM BRUNEL


Team Brunel is the banner under which all our sports teams play and is the badge they wear with pride. It provides a programme of individual and team sports for people of all abilities, from those who have never played before, to those competing at the top most level. For a one off payment of just £33, which covers things like insurance and admin fees, students are able to join as many sports clubs and take part in as many social sports as they want for no extra cost. We have more than 40 Team Brunel clubs to choose from and offer opportunities from trying a new sport, to competing at a national level in BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) leagues and competitions. We have a fantastic record of national achievement in sport with numerous BUCS medals every year and consistent yearly top 40 BUCS rankings out of over 140 institutions. Last year we hosted the BUCS XC Championships, which saw more than 2000 students from 100 universities join us for the gruelling 8k race across rivers and through woodland. And once a year Team Brunel also takes on St Mary’s University in the

annual battle for the West London Varsity title. Over the last ten years, we have won the trophy seven times and will be aiming to take the title back off St Mary’s and make it number eight! Last year’s event was a right down to the wire nail biter; with the score drawn before the final game of the day it was down to our ladies’ futsal team to battle for the cup. This year Varsity is on home turf on March 27th, we hope to see you there, as sports person or spectator. Team Brunel is also proud to support the Rainbow Laces, This Girl Can and Be Man Kind Campaigns, to ensure that all our sports clubs and activities are a safe, supportive and inclusive place for students. On top of the competitive sport, Team Brunel delivers the Active@Brunel social sports programme, which provides 29 sports and physical activities designed at giving every member of the university community a chance to get active and make friends in a social setting. This programme includes, drop in sessions, leagues, fitness classes and learn to sessions, offering a wide range of sporting opportunities for students.

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Ten of the best.

Here’s just a few famous names who have worn yellow and blue for Team Brunel over the years: 1. Tony Adams 2. Eni Aluko 3. James Cracknell 4. Audley Harrison 5. Iwan Thomas 6. Beth Rodford 7. Ann Wild OBE 8. Agustin Pichot 9. Vicky Hansford 10.

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OVER 100 SOCIETIES With so many to choose from there really is something for everyone. We have groups about culture, politics, religion and special interests; everything from History to Law, and Baking to Creative Writing just to name a few. Many societies are free to join too. ABACUS ACS Afghan Ahlulbayt Anime Applied Technologies Baking Bangladeshi Believers Love World Bhangra Bulgarian Catholic Chess Chinese Christian Fellowship Chinese Students & Scholars

Christian Union Civil Engineering Conservative Crypto Cult Film Debate Desi

Design DJ and Music Production Drama Engineering Brunel Engineers Without Borders E-Sports Film Orchestra and Choir Brunel Film First Love Game of Thrones Games Ghanaian Hellenic & Cypriot Hindu History Hong Kong Illyrian Indian Innvoia: Women in STEM Intersectional Feminism Investment and Trading Islamic Italian Jewish Kairos Kharis on Campus Korean Krishna Consciousness

Kurdish Labour Latin American Law Lebanese LGBTQA+ Brunel LINKS First Aid

Lupus Malayalee Malaysian Marrow Mauritian Musical Theatre Nepali Nigerian North African Occupational Therapy Pakistani Palestine Photography Physician Associate Physiotherapy Poker Politics Pool Portuguese Postgrad Research Radio Brunel RAG Record Club Robotic Engineering Roc Soc Russian Speaking Sci Fi Sikh Singapore Somali Spanish Sri Lankan Student Fellowship Sudanese Tamil Tech Thai The Rock Foundation UNICEF on Campus Vegan and Vegetarian West Indian Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Winners Campus Fellowship Yu-Gi-Oh Zombie If you can’t find something you’re interested in, we welcome you to set up your own society! Join a society at: brunelstudents.com/societies or via the Brunel Students app.


How to join a society. If you’re a current Brunel student, you can join any society using these simple steps:

1. Log in at brunelstudents. com or on the Brunel Students app 2. Browse the A-Z of Societies: brunelstudents.com/ societies/a-z 3. Click on the societies that interest you (we’ve got over 100 different ones to choose from!) 4. Add the Standard Membership to your basket (please note - Associate Membership is for Alumni, not current students)

5. Go to the checkout and add Societies Guild Membership to the basket (it’s free and simply means you wish to be a member of at least one society) 6. Purchase your membership – Even if it’s a free society, you MUST complete this step in order to be registered Congratulations! You’re Now A Member! All active members of a society are strongly encouraged to join so that they are covered by the Union’s insurance. brunelstudents.com/societies

You can join as many societies and you want, but don’t worry if you fancy something new later in the year. Memberships to societies will be available to purchase throughout the year via the Brunel Students website, app or at Union Reception. If you come across any difficulties, please email student.activities@brunel. ac.uk By joining the Societies Guild, you agree to our terms and conditions: brunelstudents. com/termsandconditions

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ACTIVE@BRUNEL The social sports programme that’s all about fitness, fun and trying new things. What is Active@ Brunel and how can people get involved?

Active@Brunel is a sports and activities programme to help students and staff become more active. After a one off payment of £33 (cheaper than a gym membership), you can go to as many activities as you would like, every week, for the whole year! Keep an eye on our social media each week to see what sessions we are running, and you can book on by visiting www. brunelstudents.com/active

Active@Brunel was launched last year, what were some of the main successes of the programme?

Becoming more active not only has a positive impact on your physical health, but also your mental well-being; this year, the introduction of free club memberships and Active@Brunel has led to 82% of students that take part feeling less stressed, and 84% say that it has enhanced their social life. Students have also said that because of free sport and Active@Brunel, they feel better about themselves, they have tried new things that they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.

There’s quite a diverse range of activities available, can you tell us more about some of those?

The Active@Brunel programme has a wide range of activities for students and staff alike, in 2017-18 we were able to provide sessions such as futsal, volleyball, as well as men’s and women’s football sessions and leagues (don’t forget, these were all for just £33 per person, per year). The Active@Brunel timetable also features more diverse activities including pole dancing, yoga, karate and boxercise. These sessions are open to all levels of experience, from beginners to experts, from all areas of the university.

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What are the plans for this year to improve the programme? What’s new?

We are currently going over student feedback to improve on what was a very successful year of sport and activities. Active@Brunel is looking to keep the sessions that you loved, improve those that you weren’t so sure about, and add new activities to this year’s programme. We are looking at ideas such as ‘Hulafit’, ‘Legs, Bums, and Tums’, and ‘Cricket’, to get you active and having a great time together.

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Top spots on campus.

The Quad Conveniently located right outside Brunel’s iconic lecture centre is The Quad. It’s a great spot to meet mates for lunch or to have a kick about to unwind after lectures. Throughout the year The Quad plays host to a wide range of events from our epic Holi celebration to graduation and the giant screen cinema during Freshers’ Week. Rain or shine (but mostly shine) The Quad is a firm favourite of students old and new.

Loco’s You’ll find Loco’s in the Hamilton Building, which you can access from the Concourse. Open from 10am and serving up those pre-lecture/ postnight out fry ups, you can’t go wrong with a visit to our newly refurbished campus bar. There’s loads going on throughout the week starting with our ultimate pub quiz on Sunday, Chocolate Bar Bingo on Monday and the ever popular Karaoke Tuesdays. There’s also a Happy, Happy Hour everyday from 5pm... I guess you have to come and find out what that means for yourself!

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Concourse The Concourse is our very own mini High Street where you can find everything from a bank and pharmacy to a super market and take-away sandwich shop. It’s also home to the Union reception where you can buy memberships to clubs and societies, find out more about our events and even get yourself decked out in the latest Team Brunel garms. Every Tuesday in term time there is a market on the concourse with a selection of stalls selling bread and cakes, fruit and veg and olives, sweets and snacks.

Green Gym Get fit even when your loan gets low with our Green Gym. You can find it in Crank Gardens, which is right by the Heinz Wolff building. The Green Gym is free to use and has a good range of cardio and strength training machines for you to try out. Some of them even have USB ports so you can charge you phone while you power through your workout.

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The Low Down on Loco’s.

There’s been a lot going on in Loco’s over the summer. Not only have we refreshed the paintwork but we’ve also freshened up some of our events to bring you more deals and even more memorable nights out. Monday night is a chocolicious spin on our classic bingo night, Chocolate Bar Bingo. Swap chocolate bars for bingo cards and you could win back all the chocolate exchanged that night. Even if you don’t get the full house (of chocolate) you can still win vouchers for food and drink. Free is our favourite flavour!

Every other Wednesday we’ll be hosting our very own Jam Session. Join a host of industry musicians for a fantastic night of live music for you to join and jam with. Hosted by dynamic young vocalist Dawn Moss the voice of Vos, the jam is for all types off musicians, from jazz to rock to musicals. an informal jam night featuring at wealth of talent working in the music industry, so come along and help us create some fantastic music. Some things should never change so we’ll still be hitting up the karaoke on Tuesdays and there’s a chance to show

off your general knowledge skills at our Sunday quiz. If your vibe is more chilled you can watch sports on our big screen or challenge your mates to a game of pool. Loco’s is open daily from 10am until late serving a breakfast, lunch and quality quick bites. Happy Happy Hour starts at 5pm with some fantastic offers to save you some cash. There’s also a Starbuck’s counter at the bar for that early morning or late night (we don’t judge) caffeine fix. Bring your own re-usable cup to get 20% off.

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Introducing...

The Venue. We don’t like to do things half-heartedly; as well as a much deserved freshen up of Loco’s we’ve also redeveloped The Academy. So, for the first time we’d like to introduce you to The Venue. No longer just a nightclub, The Venue is a multifunctional space that anyone, no matter what the event, can hire out. A social space for societies, a dance studio or fitness class, rehearsal space for bands or actors, maybe even a table tennis or table top tournament. In the past we’ve held some huge events here from TEDx talks to a puppy takeover for Mental Health Day to This Girl Can events and even a fashion show; it’s such a great

space and we want to share it with all of you. Versatility is what we want to focus on and think this is the best way to serve you and make a space you can really call your own. The Union also wants to provide a space for students to enjoy in their down time, so The Venue will be still be a bar and nightclub when we’re not hosting one of your fabulous events. Bar 2 is a light, friendly, chilled area that specialises in cocktails but still serves all your favourites. Bar 1 is open later on in the evening so you can carry on chatting with friends or hit the dance floor. Thursday is our first big night of the weekend, where we’ll

be getting the cocktails out from 9pm until late. There’s loads of great deals on your favourite mixed up drinks and good vibes all the way. I’m not saying Friday is our favourite day of the week but can I get a “Fri-YAY”? Another brand new night for us Hello, Friday where it’s all about [what’s it about?] . And because the Union wouldn’t be the Union without it, we’ve got a few very special Global and Mega Global club nights planned for you throughout the year. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with what’s happening and if you’ve got an event in mind get in touch with us on aidy.aziz@brunel.ac.uk for a chat.

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Advice & Representation Centre. Starting university can be an exciting yet daunting experience. We want you to have the best experience whilst at Brunel so here are some of our top tips for your first few weeks at University:

• Make sure you have enough cash to see you through the first week as you may not be able to access your student loan until you are fully enrolled. While we’re talking about money – work out a weekly/monthly budget and stick to it! Otherwise you’ll run out of funds before the end of the term and will be living off one meal a day – or less! We can help you with some budgeting ideas – pop in and see us.

You can also : 1. Drop in to the Union Advice Centre in the Hamilton Building 2. Discuss your concerns with your Tutor 3. Contact your halls mentors 4. Contact the Brunel Buddies 5. Visit the Student Support Centre

Whether it’s about your housing, money, your health or you just need someone to talk to about your studies, we’re only an email away.

• Look after your health and well-being. We are able to signpost you to a different services on-site including a GP, Counselling Service and well-being staff. • Have FUN!!

• Get involved. A great way to make new friends is to join a Union Society and/ or Club. You can also meet people at the Locos Bar and the Academy and get the best out of the university experience. • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We will do all we can to help you have a great time here. Visit the Advice pages on the Union website – brunelstudents.com – for more information.

Whatever it is, we’re here.

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The Heart of the St udent Union:

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All about Student Reps. Who Are Student Reps? Student Reps are awesome students who have put themselves forward, and are then selected by their peers, to tell the University and Union what students think of Brunel. Every course, department and college has a Rep.

What Does a Student Rep Do? Student Reps start by asking students what they think. Have you got too many essays due next month? Or is your Lecture Room too hot or too cold? The reps then get talking to the University and Union and start working out how to make things better here at Brunel. Do you want a water fountain in every lecture room? Lecture recordings on Instagram? Anything is possible when you work together with the University and the Union.

Why Do We Have Student Reps?

What Do You Gain?

Student Reps are a great way to enable communication between Students, the University and the Union. We want everyone to get the very best out of their time at Brunel and students know more than anyone what’s important to them and the issues their course mates are encountering.

● Develop those key skills in communication and campaigning

It’s really easy to say “nothing will ever change” but when you talk to your Student Rep, you can make a difference. [any key things reps have changed in recent years?]

● That feeling of accomplishment that can only be summed up by the “Thumbs Up emoji”

● An end of year Student Rep Volunteering Award ● One Blue Hoodie which can be described as fluffy and warm

Who Can Be a Student Rep? You can be a Student Rep! We’re on the look out for Reps right now so check out our website to find out how you can put yourself forward.

Find out more - brunelstudents.com/reps

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Elections. The Union is run by students for students and twice a year we hold elections to decide who will lead the way and make positive change for the whole student body. Anyone of you can put themselves forward for a position – all you need is some great ideas and the tenacity to make things happen. It’s also really easy to get started, just follow these simple steps:

At this point you may be asking yourself “What have I just put myself forward for?” Don’t Panic! You will have just nominated yourself to be a part of the Unions decision making processes. This could be as a Student Assembly member or even a member of our Executive team. We promise you that there will

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be many chances for you to get involved in debates and creating change. Student Assembly is a meeting which generates debate and creates policy that is reflective of the students at Brunel. The things discussed in these meetings become policy of the Union, which we agree to abide by and campaign on. Any student can attend Student Assembly, speak, and submit policy to be

discussed. However; only the elected members and the Jury members are able to vote, and therefore make decisions. Top 3 policies and campaigns: 1. Bees on Campus 2. Brunel Bikes 3. Oppose the Counter Terrorism & Security Act


Ideas Portal. We are your Union, and we’re here to work on the issues that matter to YOU. Big, small or even a bit daft we want to hear all about it. If you’ve got an idea how we can work better for students, jump on our website and let us know. All you need to do is submit your idea to the Ideas Portal with a little bit of info about what you have in mind; after that it’s open for people to vote on. Ideas stay live on our website for 4 weeks and if it gets enough votes it’s taken to Student Assembly to be discussed.

#GetInvolved Individually we can make a difference, but together we are a UNION. We provide an open forum for you raise the issues which affect you, vote on the ones you support and work together to create positive change. Sign up to here to be informed about those issues that matter to you: brunelstudents.com/ getinvolved

If your idea is approved the Union will campaign, lobby, and where possible carry out the idea to make your time at Brunel better. It’s up to you to create change! Find out more and submit your ideas at brunelstudents.com/ representation/ideas The Top idea submitted this year was:

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OFFICER DIRECTORY

Liberation Officers. Liberation Officers provide representation for under represented, often marginalised groups at Brunel. Fighting to address inequality, promote inclusivity, and champion the rights of all students at Brunel. Finn Grice LGBT+ Officer lgbt.officer@brunel.ac.uk

Sean Cullen Disabled Students Officer disability.officer@brunel. ac.uk

Aayushi Kolhatkar Women’s Officer womens.officer@brunel. ac.uk

Part Time Officers. These Officers are students who volunteer part time. They head up committees and together they take the lead on a variety of activities and campaigns within the Union. Sahil Hamid Chair of Student Assembly studentsassembly.chair@brunel.ac.uk

Omsai Jaman Jyothi International Students Officer International.Officer@brunel.ac.uk

Anastasia Walters Environmental & Ethics Officer Environmental.Officer@brunel.ac.uk

Sohaib Arshad Community Campaigns Officer Community.Officer@brunel.ac.uk

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