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The New Year Issue 2018 is here and we hope you are all feeling refreshed after the holiday break! The start of the year is the perfect time to have a think about what you would like to achieve over the next twelve months and make good on some of those New Year’s resolutions! Maybe you want to get involved in some volunteering work to enrich your own life as well as those that you help? If so look out for one of our lovely students talking about their experience in volunteering their time and as National Student Volunteering Week is coming up there is no better time to get involved. Perhaps your New Year’s resolution was to get involved in a new activity?
In that case cast your eye over what some of our groups have been up to and then get involved with one yourself or maybe you would like to get involved with the next issue of The Squealer? We are always looking for people to get involved, if you want to write an article, design a comic strip, do some art or get involved in the design or editing process then please contact Rachel.o’firstname.lastname@example.org or if you think there is something we should be shining a spotlight on but currently aren’t, then let us know! Editor: Rachel O’Donovan Designer: Elinor Prescott
UCSU Hoodies and Hats On Sale From the 22nd of January until the 2nd of February you will be able to pick up a UCSU hoodie for £20 either by ordering from our online shop or popping into one of our offices and when you buy a hoodie for £20 you can get £2 off one of our lovely beanie hats! How awesome is that?! Perfect for keeping you that little bit warmer towards the end of winter! Please note that this offer excludes UCSU Group wear and is only while stocks
Welcome Back 2018
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Over the last two weeks there has been a lot
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happening on campus as we have been having activities to welcome you back to university and into the new year! Some of these have been focused on important issues such as rising awareness for smear tests with the #smearforsmear campaign and combating period poverty on campus with our Pink Spots campaign but we had some fun too with film
This year’s National Student Survey for final year students kicks off in early February. It is a chance for those students to reflect on their time at the UoC and the experience they have had. Keep your eyes peeled for tweets from UCSU and UoC telling you exactly how you can get involved if you are a final year student.
nights, sports activities and lots of free toast! We hope you enjoyed Welcome Back and keep your eyes peeled for fun activities coming soon!
Student Hub Refresh 2018 UoC would like to say a huge thank you to the 1,850 students who participated in a survey to tell them what you think of the Hub as well as voting for a selection of proposed enhancements. Well done to Charlotte Stilling, Halima Begum and Afzal Khoda for winning the Amazon voucher draw. This fantastic response has informed the Student Hub refresh project and the new look Student Hub will be launched at end of January 2018. Additional benefits include: cleaner interface; personalisation of some tiles to match your location (maps) and interests (news); My Money tile that integrates with the University’s payment systems to show your current accommodation, fees, printing and catering balances; and more. Make sure you check out the Student Hub webpage
Pink Spot You might have seen a few brightly decorated boxes around campus over the last few weeks. The idea behind them was that UCSU wanted to help put an end to #PeriodPoverty and provide those who need them with free sanitary products. After a successful campaign we are pleased to say that we are now in a position to do just that! Look out on our social media for details of collection points for those who need the items and spread the word so that everyone who needs to know about it does! Fusehill Street: Main reception, sports complex Lancaster: Main reception, sports complex Brampton Road: Main reception Ambleside: Main reception London: Main reception
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UCSU at Graduations Your Officers were in attendance at this year’s graduation ceremonies when the threshold of 30,000 UoC Graduates was passed. The Officers each gave a speech designed to thank and inspire the graduates on the day and thank the University for their support over the years.
Group of the Month Are you a member of a group or know a group that has made a positive difference on campus and to your university life? If you let us know by heading to the group page on our website and nominate them!
THE NEW YEAR
OFFICER UPDATE ANNA FLETCHER Hi I’m Anna, your Academic Officer, It’s been another fun few months in the office! We have been super busy with lots of things. I have had more opportunities to go to our campuses across the country and speak to our students about everything and anything! I have also been attending Academic Rep meet and greets with Frank (Student Voice Facilitator), the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and the Dean for Student Success. These have proven very useful as students’ queries and concerns etc. are heard directly, taken into consideration and hopefully sorted! We are keen this year to build on our student academic representation system and so far it is going really well with a lot of Academic Reps thriving in the role. If you need someone to talk to you should find out (if you don’t already know) who your Reps are and speak to them about any course related issues. They can then pass this on to Frank or me and hopefully (with support) take it further to a higher staff level. If you would prefer to speak to me directly, then please feel free to get in touch! Since my last report I have continued to attend some very important meetings on behalf of you all to get the student voice heard and listened to. UCSU have also had the first Panel meeting with the newly elected Panel representatives (comprising of students from all campuses). It was a great success with students’ ideas being
discussed, voted on and actioned. Have a quick look online at your new Panel members and see what they can do for you. Or if you have an idea about anything to do with university you can go online and submit this to the panel for review at the next meeting. We have also seen £5000 being spent at our London campus on new books for education students! Your Officers have attended the November graduations – congratulations to all our new graduates, you’re all fabulous! The Officers were given the opportunity to give a vote of thanks. This speech was delivered to an audience of roughly 4,000 people in Carlisle cathedral. What a great experience to share with you all! Throughout the year the Officer team are keen to throw a variety of events for National Days and have already done a few, such as Anti-Bullying Week –a quiz was held in Carlisle and Lancaster, National Stress Awareness Day – we completed little cards telling others what we do when we are stressed and shared these on social media. Currently we are raising money for the National AIDS Trust by doing a raffle with some great prizes so keep an eye out for that. Soon we will be throwing events for the Welcome Back period in January so keep an eye and an ear out for all the info you need about these! During this time we have also set up sexual health stalls at Carlisle and Lancaster to raise awareness and give advice about sexual health. We gave out free condoms, as well as free candy-canes – because it’s nearly the holidays so why not! If you have any questions or concerns then please don’t hesitate to contact me on either social media, via email or over the phone – I’m always happy to talk and listen to you, remember your voice is extremely important! Finally, Happy New Year to you all!
To find out more about Anna visit: https://www.ucsu.me/anna Find her on social media: www.facebook.com/anna.fletcher.379 twitter.com/UCSUAcademic
Read more about your officers on the next page!
Hello students! I hope you have been keeping warm & well at the start of this new term. With all the building pressure of exams, dissertations, seasonal stress and so on. Your Officer team & I have been working on our individual and group campaigns to help make your life a little happier, and toward ensuring that your needs and your student experience are represented in the best way.
ROWAN COOPER-GRITTEN To contact Rowan visit: Rowan.email@example.com
R.E.D. January & Food Recipes
Night Wise The Officers have been working towards doing a launch for our ‘Night Wise’ campaign to help you have the best and safest nights out, and we will have been running some events in the New Year during the ‘Welcome Back’ time in January. Keep a look out for updates!
Book Swap At last, everything has come together for the launch of my ‘Book Swap’ in Lancaster! I have now obtained a book trolley, Bookmarks and Flyers as I’m campaigning to increase/restore the pleasure of reading, which student life and Bibliographies have taken their toll on! If you have any unwanted books (fiction/for fun), then please bring them to one of the UCSU Offices. Prizes for reading competitions will be a likely thing in the New Year, too!
To introduce my ‘Lifestyle Champions Campaign into 2018, I’ll be joining in with the ‘Run Every Day’ campaign with some of the UoC Active sports team. If you’re up for a challenge to knock off some of those Christmas caloriesthen let me know if you want to take up the challenge with me!
Headspace This time of year can be particularly hard on our mental health with imminent exam and deadline stress so we want to help- find and ask me if you’d like the idea of having a year’s worth of FREE Headspace, saving you £74.99. ‘Pilgrimage’ with the National Trust Film On Sunday 3rd of December, I met with a team from the National Trust and a few Students (from Fusehill Street & Ambleside) to help with making a short film about the journey of Flood water from the mountains in the Lake District which then poses issues for surrounding settlements (villages, towns & cities etc). I hope you all got to have some rest and joy over the holidays, and have returned refreshed and vibrant for the New Year. Warmest wishes from me and all of your UCSU team!
HANNAH PRICE Hi, I’m Hannah and what a busy couple of months it has been to sum up for you! We had our first Panel weekend, with our new elected representatives giving them a chance to get to know each other and have their first meeting. It was fantastic to see all of them getting on so well, considering that for most of them it was their first time meeting one another. Having been on the Panel last year, it was lovely to see the interesting ideas and opinion in which they had to discuss. The other officers and I travelled around the campuses promoting our ‘Sexual Elf’ stalls, dressed as Christmas Elves. We handed out candy canes and condoms and encouraged students to get an ‘Elfie Selfie’ using the UCSU Selfie Frame to win some socks! It was a fun week which aimed to inform students in a fun way, in the lead up to Christmas. For pictures from the week please go to our Facebooks. I am working with the Sports Centre to carry out ‘This Girl Can’ to carry out a range of activities and information stalls to promote women to keep themselves active and healthy. We aim to have some open sessions for various sports/activities as well as getting you as students to share your stories. A particular highlight for me was having the privilege to speak at the Graduation ceremonies in November on behalf of you as students. Although it was nerve-racking at first, it was an incredible opportunity to have and was lovely to be able to share that experience with the graduating students. It was certainly a memorable experience for me.
To contact Hannah visit: firstname.lastname@example.org Find her on social media: facebook.com/hannah.price1710 twitter.com/UCSUCommunity
If there is anything you ever need, please feel free to pop into the UCSU office for a chat. I am based in Lancaster but do travel between the sites so I will not be hard to find. You can also find me at the end of the phone; on Facebook, Twitter and emails so please do not hesitate to get in touch. I hope you have all had a great holiday break! Happy New Year!
Girl Guides in the
I volunteered for nearly four months at a Girl Guiding World Centre in the heart of the Swiss Alps. I was part of the summer season volunteer team. My role was to lead outdoor activities for the groups of girls that came from around the world to participate in the programme. I also helped with the general running of Our Chalet. I have gained a lot out of this experience as well as a lot of international friends that I hope to meet up with again one day, I talk to them regularly still over Skype which is great. I gained confidence inleading outdoor and adventure activities with children which will help support my teaching career. Ialso got the opportunity to try lots of new activities in a new environment which was physicallychallenging but very rewarding! Our Chaletâ€™s team is made up of women from all over the world which creates a really internationalexperience that allowed me to see people from all different cultures and it was really interesting torealise that we have many more similarities than differences. It was so pleasing throughout theseason that we had no arguments or falling out and that everybody accepted each other for whothey were and what they believed in. My highlight of the trip was when I had two days off work and got the opportunity to do anovernight hike with two wonderful new friends. We left Our Chalet after dinner and hiked up Bunderspitz to a point that was flat enough to pitch a small tent. We got a few hoursâ€™ sleep and hada great laugh surrounded by Alpine Cows. Our aim was to see the sunrise from the peak so we got up at 6am for the 6:37am sunrise and hiked up to the peak and saw the beautiful sunrise over the Kander valley and Adelboden valley at 2456 metres after which we packed up our tent and continued our hike into the
next valley where we planned to camp at the Boy Scout International Centre. The girls that visit Our Chalet with their guiding units from their home countries gain an awful lot from the Swiss Challenge experience however it can be a challenging experience for them because they are often physically challenged throughout the week, challenged by mixing with people from different cultures and for some, simply being away from home is an experience in itself. I think that it is such an important element to member’s experiences that I decided to complete my dissertation on this topic and carried out research whilst at the Chalet as I found this super interesting to explore. The funding from the Eleanor Peel Trust helped me to enjoy this experience to the limit. I used the funding to pay for my flights then I put the small amount that was left over towards some walking boots which allowed me to fully participate in the activities within the climate and to set a good example to the girls who needed to have appropriate equipment for hiking each day. I hope to one day go back to Our Chalet with a guide group of my own and give them the opportunity to experience what I did. I am so pleased with the lifelong friends, memories, skills and experience this opportunity gave me.
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ONE DAY GO BACK TO OUR CHALET WITH A GUIDE GROUP OF MY OWN.”
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BELOW: Novemeber group of the month, Carlisle Netball Team with Wellfare Officer, Rowan Cooper-Gritten.
November Group The November group of the month winners were the Carlisle Netball Team who have shown great team spirit, supported other teams, encouraged anyone to join your team and been largely involved in the UOC Active Play sessions! The girls were rewarded with a lovely gift set that was presented to them by your Welfare Officer, Rowan!
Decemberâ€™s group of the month prize went to the Ambleside Conservation Society as they have created a biodiversity plan for the campus, created volunteering opportunities, organised externalspeakers and created great links between courses.
Film Club The Youth & Community and Working with Children & Families students are still going strong with their film club! Their first showing was of The Colour Purple and they have continued with a showing of the movie ‘I, Daniel Blake’ in line with international human solidarity day. The group host a film night every month and the showings are open to everyone which a number even being opened to students from the University of Lancaster as the showings happen onthe Lancaster campus. There is always a lively discussion afterwards so make sure you check out thegroups Facebook page - UoC YCW & WCF Social Page, to find out what they are showing next!
UCSU Saints On the 25th of November Carlisle United played Morecambe in a game hosted in partnership with the University of Cumbria and despite some freezing temperatures the UCSU Saints Cheerleadingteam did a fantastic job in entertaining the crowds and among the team was our very own Anna Fletcher! Here is what she had to say about being involved in the day: “It’s always fun to perform and what better way to do it than with some of your best friends at uni! I have done a few performances with UCSU Saints Cheerleading before but this was the first one this year with the new squad. We were all slightly nervous performing in front of such a big crowd but it was well worth it when we were out there getting cheers from the crowd dancing our little socks off. The day went really well, all finishing the routine and not catching frostbite (a major achievement on that freezing day in our uniforms!) It is amazing to be part of the cheer team and I can’t wait for our next performance together! Remember;keep your head high, your bow higher and your confidence highest!”
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HE Y YO U! We’re looking for three exceptional students to lead your Students’ Union. They need to be fierce, friendly and fearless. They will speak, campaign, and make decisions on behalf of all University of Cumbria students. Are you looking for a challenge? Can you take the lead? Do you want to improve students’ lives, opportunities and studies? Do you want to make adifference? Would you quite like to earn £16898.58 PA whilst doing it? Then this might just be for you!
AC AD EM IC OF FI CE R We’re looking for three exceptional students to lead your Students’ Union. They need to be fierce, friendly and fearless. They will speak, campaign, and make decisions on behalf of all University of Cumbria students. Are you looking for a challenge? Can you take the lead?Do you want to improve students’ lives, opportunities and studies? Do you want to make adifference? Would you quite like to earn £16898.58 PA whilst doing it? Then this might just be for you!
The Community & Partnership Officer is a full-time paid member of the Students’ Union team. They are elected each year and lead our opportunities, groups and work in the community. They spend a lot of their time working with clubs and societies to make sure that we provide top qualityopportunities for students. They work to make sure every University of Cumbria student has the best possible opportunities to have fun, socialise, and compete alongside their studies. If improving your community and students’ social lives is your passion - then this is the role for you!
FI CE R WE LFAR E & SU PP OR T OF The Welfare & Support Officer is a full-time paid member of the Students’ Union team. They areelected each year and make sure students are properly supported and advised. They spend a lot of their time running campaigns and lobbying the University. They deal with issues related to physical, sexual and mental health, as well as accommodation and general student-life support. If you like to support others, run campaigns and raise awareness – then this is the role for you!
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ST U D EN T TR U ST EE S: The Students’ Union is governed by a Trustee Board made up of the Officers, external experts, and elected Student Trustees. Student Trustees are volunteers who help make executive decisions, monitor the Union’s finances, scrutinise the work of the Union and the Officers, as well as making sure that UCSU is working in the best interests of students. If you’re looking to develop leadership skills and take a leading role in the management of a registered charity – then this is the role for you!
CA MP US RE PS Campus Reps are volunteers who make sure every student, on every campus, has the best possible experience. They help plan Welcome Week, Welcome Back in January, and events throughout the year. Campus Reps work to ensure your campus is a vibrant and fun place to study and live. They work with UCSU societies and clubs and the University to put on events and activities. If you’re driven to improve your campus and your social life - nominate yourself to be your Campus Rep!
DE PA RT ME NT RE PS Department Reps are volunteers who represent students in their Department and on their course. They lead teams of Student Academic Reps to raise teaching, learning, assessment or placements with the University. Department Reps work to ensure you have every chance to succeed in your course and that every student receives a top quality academic experience. If you want to make a difference, take the lead, and improve the lives and opportunities for students in your Department – nominate yourself to be your Department Rep!
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CAM PAI GN REP S UCSU has nine Campaign Reps, who volunteer their time to run campaigns and represent students. These are: • Black & Ethnic Minorities Rep • Disabled Students’ Rep • Environmental Rep • International Students’ Rep • LGBTQ Rep • Men’s Rep • Part-Time Students’ Rep • Postgraduate Students’ Rep • Return to Education Rep • Women’s Rep Campaign Reps are the voice of their students within the University and UCSU. They plan activities to celebrate the diversity of our students, and organise events to bring students together. If you want to make your voice heard, run campaigns, and make the University of Cumbria a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse place to study – nominate yourself to be a Campaign Rep!
A C T IV IT Y R E P S The Sports Groups Rep and Societies Rep are volunteers who represent affiliated student groups inUCSU, the University, and the community.The Sports Groups Rep and Societies Rep speak on behalf of student groups and ensure that UCSU and the University provide the right facilities, equipment, and support. They encourage collaboration between student groups, as well as help plan activities for Welcome Week and Welcome Back. If you want to support all student groups to succeed and improve the opportunities for students to socialise, compete, and create – nominate yourself to be Sports Groups Rep or Societies Rep!
Tips on how to navigate Student Housing In the event that you find yourself in a less than perfect housing situation student, Holly Morrow has put together a list of tips you can follow to improve your situation as much as possible.
Donâ€™t overthink things. keep active, vist friends, speak to family members and the UCSU, and keep on top of your university work. Your mental health is most important; donâ€™t let them get you down!
Try to always follow the rules put in place by the landlord. Stick to the rules and make sure it is quite plain to see that you are the in the right and have responded appropriately.
Remember that there are policies and procedures in place. The UCSU are there for a reason, to help their students, and you should make use of them.
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Most universities, including Cumbria, offers a counselling service which is a place where you can express your feelings and help talk about what has been troubling you. And remember, these services are there to be used, thereâ€™s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to your mental health. Issues in a home environment can really affect a person and it is important to address these issues head on.
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PROGRAMME With the festive season now over, students begin to face the looming prospect of applying for jobs. Very few people relish the job application process. Now that more in-depth information detailing experience is required, the thought of completing a form that can take hours, leavea lot of us disenchanted with the whole process! Whilst we cannot reduce the depth of information that is required in an application, UCSUcan support you to reduce the amount of time spent searching or thinking about relevantcontent to make us stand out on that form.The Enhancement Programme has been designed to help you consider the skills that you may need for your dream career or the skills you may already deploy in the variety ofopportunities that you take up whilst at University. This will help you to more confidently identify the skills that you already have or the ones you need to develop and then how
to apply them in a job interview or application. You will be able to access face-to-face sessions throughout the year, or if these are not available at your campus, or if you miss one out due to things like placement commitments, you also have the option to complete units online, using the resources on a dedicated Blackboard site.Complete the programme within a year, or spread it over two or three years as you gather more evidence and/ or experience â€“ the choice is yours! Throughout the programme you will have access to assistance and support from UCSU staff and they will provide guidance and advice if you get stuck. If you want more information about the programme, want a look at what we have gotten up to in the last few sessions or wish to sign up, please visit our pages at www.ucsu.me/ learning.Alternatively, you can drop an e-mail to Donna at email@example.com to arrange for a chat.
BUTTERNUT, CHILI & CUMIN SOUP WITH GOATS CHEESE TOAST
Ingredients 2lb butternut squash, cut into cubes, seeds reserved 3 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely sliced 2 tsp cumin seeds 1 red chilli, finely chopped 1pt vegetable or chicken stock depending on your tastes 4 slices sourdough, toasted 75g soft goat’s cheese
Recipe • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200°C, fan 180°C. • Spread the squash out on a large baking sheet and drizzle with half the oil. • Roast for 25 minutes, or until tender. Remove and set aside. • Reduce oven temperature to gas 1, 140°C, fan 120°C. • Scatter the reserved squash seeds over a separate baking tray and put in the oven to dry out. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large pan. • Add the onion and cook for 10 minutes, or until softened. • Add the roasted squash, cumin and chilli to the onions, cook for a further minute before pouring over the stock. • Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. • Whizz until smooth using a stick blender; season to taste. • Spread the sourdough toasts with the goat’s cheese; season with freshly cracked black pepper. • Ladle the soup into bowls and scatter over the dried seeds. Serve with the goat’s cheese toasts.
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R A E Y NEW S N O I T U L O RES
Here are some of the resolutions fellow students and UCSU staff have made for this coming year and have shared to inspire you to make your own!
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THAT FIND A SELF-HELP WANT WORKS FOR ME, I G BOOKS TO TRY COLOURIN A P P S. AND MEDITATION
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SUBMIT AND IDEA TO THE PANEL
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DRINK MORE WAT
LORD READ ALL OF THE KS – OF THE RINGS BOO FINALLY!
GET MY CV UP T O DATE
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