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The

May 09 edition

scene

www.thestudentsunion.org.uk

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2009 elections results VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN DESIGN, RECYCLING & MORE! WE NEED FRESHER’S HELPERS! PAST & FUTURE SU EVENTS


Contents Election Results Find out who your Sabbaticals are for 2009/2010

p. 4 - 5

What have you been up to?

p. 6 - 7

Volunteering

p. 8 - 9

Student Opportunities Careers advice for health care students

p. 11

Dear Trish

p. 13

Activities - Get Involved!

p. 14

Sport

p. 16

SSWISH awards & Gig on the Grass

New opportunities

Degree grading question answered

We introduce the new Students Activities team

Carlisle Basketball wins the BUCS league

Entertainment Find out what’s going on your campus!

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The Scene Student magazine is produced by The University of Cumbria Students’ Union. If you would like to advertise in or get involved with The Scene then please contact our Marketing, Design and Communications Coordinator, Hatti Airey on 01228 616164 or email harriet.airey@cumbria.ac.uk.

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Elections 09 Results USCU’s 2009/2010 Sabbaticals

RON Cross Campus President

It ain’t over till it’s over Before Easter the last edition of the Scene left the UCSU Elections just before the results of voting, with over fifty students candidates poised with bated breath for the announcement. We can now announce the results which are shown on our website, with highlights including Emma Green returning as the President, Danny Morville as VP Carlisle, Barry McGurk as VP Lancaster and Elliot Bloomfield as VP Penrith.

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Vice Presiden Ambleside

R.O.N. In the biggest shock of the night ReOpen Nominations won the Ambleside Vice President, meaning that for the first time in University of Cumbria Students’ Union or any of its predecessors histories a candidate has been beaten by RON!


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Vice President Carlisle

Vice President Lancaster

Summer Bye-Elections So we come to the Summer ByeElections in which anyone can vote, be they full or part time, undergraduate, postgraduate or FE! Please look out for an email ballot paper which will be sent out on Friday 8th May and must be returned before 12th, and there will be ballot stations open on Thursday 14th and Friday the 15th of May.

Vice President Penrith

For the full list of results for the last elections and also candidates for the summer bye-elections look on our website as shown below.

www.thestudentsunion.org.uk/elections

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What have you been up Sportsperson of the Year Heather Marrs

Sports & Societies Wednesday in Sugarhouse Awards Ceremony

The 2nd Annual SSWISH Awards was held in Saints bar Lancaster on Wednesday 19th March to celebrate the success of our sports teams and societies. Over 200 people attended the event which is becoming a tradition on the Lancaster campus. The night was very successful and one to be remembered by all. Matthew Jefferson (Rugby League) also received International Colours for representing Ireland at the Student World Cup. The nominations were shown in the last Lancaster edition of The Scene and we are delighted to announce this years winners! Congratulations to you all.

Players Team of the Y Netball

Team of the Year Women’s Football

Society of the Year Outdoors (Megan Mann) & Volunteer of the Year Megan Mann Players Player of the Year Hannah Connearn

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p to? Gig on the Grass Captain St

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On Sunday 26th April, our first mini festival ‘Gig on the Grass’ was held on our Newton Rigg Campus. Students from Penrith and Lancaster turned up to enjoy the event as well as music lovers from the local community. A garden stage was set up outside on the grass and an acoustic stage was set up inside our student bar The Gin Case. The sun came out and the day ended up being very enjoyable to all. Organisers had done a great job finding all of the talented bands and solo artists from around the area who played during the day. The night was carried through to a late night set from Carlisle’s Lockdown DJ’s.We would like to say a huge thanks to all the bands and artists who played, and also to everyone who made the day such a success! Lets hope we have more events like this to come.

The Revolution

ALWAYS REMEMBER.......

We, The University of Cumbria Students’ Union are here to enhance the student experience for ALL students . If you have any ideas of what you want to get up to pop into your nearest S.U. office and have a chat with us about it.


Volu Conservation’ Day

On Tuesday 12th May we will be working on a variety of tasks at ‘Stephenhow,’ just outside Ambleside for the Adam Clarke Memorial Trust; re-directing streams, logging, garden maintenance, pathway digging, bracken bashing and chopping down Nepalese Balsam.

The Foyer, Penrith

On 18th & 19th May we will be painting a HUGE Room at The Foyer in Penrith. The Foyer is a hostel for homeless young people aged 16+. We need as many volunteers as possible! Get all your mates along too! Transport from campuses can be arranged.

Duke Award

of

Edinburgh

A Cross-campus SU Society is currently being re-established to encourage more of you to take the challenge and go for Gold! Let me know if you’re interested!

Graphic & web design volunteers for the Students’ Union

Would you like extra experience in design work, to expand your portfolio AND receive a certificate for all your voluntary work and a reference to use when applying for jobs in the future? If this is for you, then we’d like to hear from you!

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Jo Volunteer Ambassadors

Are you enthusiastic about volunteering and would you like to help promote volunteering opportunities to students on your campus? If you answered ‘yes!’ please get in touch! All the hours you spend volunteering can be counted towards your volunteering certificate before you leave the University of Cumbria. It looks great on your CV and helps to make your job applications stand out from others!

Recycling Scheme Newton Rigg

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We need you to help run the Recycling Scheme. You only need to commit to ½ an hour a week. It’s your chance to make a difference! Already volunteering? Register with ‘UCSU Volunteering’ to gain accreditation for your voluntary work? Please email Emma at suvolunteering@cumbria.ac.uk if you are interested in any of these opportunities


unteering opportunities

oin ‘UCSU Volunteering’ on facebook! aiming to raise £7,500 by Summer 2010. We will also deliver school workshops and presentations to schools.

We’re looking to launch READ Book Project (Cumbria) at the University of Cumbria in October 2009. The READ Book project is a very new, national award winning, student founded and entirely student volunteer-led project operating at university campus’s around the UK. We will collect books from secondary schools throughout the North West of England during the 2009/10 academic year. We’ll sort them and send the most relevant and best quality to school kids in Tanzania, in Summer 2010. We’ll aim to collect 40,000 books and ship 25,000 books. We will need to run fundraising events to raise enough cash to achieve such an awesome project. We’ll be

We’re looking for outgoing, fun, driven, and motivated students to take on this project and launch it at University of Cumbria. You’re probably interested in International Development, education/ teaching and maybe even, wouldn’t mind the idea of actually going to Tanzania in August 2010 to do the distribution. Please email Emma at suvolunteering@cumbria.ac.uk if you are interested


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sTudenT opporTuniTies Careers in Nursing, Social Work and the Allied Health Professions The PEOPLESKILLS Virtual Careers Fair (1st – 19th June) is now open for advance registrations at www.prospects. ac.uk/PEOPLESKILLS. We are pleased to announce that the main sponsor of this year’s event will be the Royal Navy. You can check out the basic details on PEOPLESKILLS and see the growing list of exhibitors as we move towards 1st June on the careers section of the University website.

Not just health and care… Although PEOPLESKILLS is likely to be of particular interest to Health Faculty students in their last year, it is open to all past and current students who are interested in working in health or social care in a variety of job roles. One good example amongst the early signups is the NHS Graduate Management Programme, which takes in a range of management opportunities open to graduates of any discipline.

Good news for nurses…

Early information suggests that several exhibitors will be keen to recruit student or qualified nurses. In particular, Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust are keen to hear from applicants who are prepared to move to the area.

Brush up your CV… PEOPLESKILLS isn’t just about reviewing what the employers have to offer. Once you have registered you will be able to post your CV on the PEOPLESKILLS website, enabling you to market your skills to all the recruiters who participate. If you would like to brush up your CV first there are a couple of links from our careers page on job applications you may find particularly useful. Alternatively contact us with any queries on careers@cumbria. ac.uk

register at www.prospects.ac.uk/PEOPLESKILLS

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Experience is the best teacher So get real, hands-on business experience with our business placement programme. Improves your CV and could lead to the career you are looking for. For recent graduates and those about to graduate from any university in the UK and EU. Please register at www.cumbria.ac.uk/jobsandplacements or email jobsandplacements@cumbria.ac.uk


Dear Trish “ How do I figure out my degree grade?” Trish says Generally speaking, half of your module marks (not usually including your first year marks) need to be in the classification group and the average of all the marks also needs to be in that group. 70% plus = First (I) 60%-69% = Two one (II i) 50%-59% = Two two (II ii) 40%-49% = Third (III) So, for example, if you have 16 modules in your second and third year, and at least 8 of your marks are between 50 and 60 and an average

of all your marks are between 50 and 60 then it is likely that you will gain a Two two class degree. If you are confused and want to talk about your degree classification further then please don’t hesitate to contact the Students’ Union advice Service on suadvice@cumbria.ac.uk If you want to ask Trish about any of your problems please contact her on any of the following methods. email: suadvice@cumbria.ac.uk tel: 01524 526576 msn: adviceservice@hotmail.co.uk

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Activities - Get Involved! New Student Activities Team is now in place! The newly formed Students Activities Team is now in place across all university campuses. We are here to support you ALL to develop the activities you would like to be involved in. Want to run your own club or society? Find out about volunteering opportunities? Organise taster sessions, workshops or an event to showcase your talents and exhibit your work?

If you have any ideas about opportunities, clubs or societies you would like to develop then all you need to do is...... Each campus has its own Activities coordinator based onsite in the student union office, ready and waiting to hear your ideas and help get things off the ground!

Here are our contact details. We are looking forward to hearing from you! Ambleside : Chris Turner : christine.turner2@cumbria.ac.uk : 015394 30216 Carlisle : Hayley McCowan : hayley.mccowan@cumbria.ac.uk : 01228 616272 Lancaster : Allan Stavert : allan.stavert@cumbria.ac.uk : 01524 526565 Penrith : Sam Moore : samantha.moore@cumbria.ac.uk : 01768 893660 Cross Campus : Becky Mellor : rebecca.mellor@cumbria.ac.uk : 01228 616012

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If you are one of our students, well done!

If you are coming to the end of your first or second year, why not stay with us next year?  Impactprovidesawholerangeofservicesforstudentsandothers–for example,inDentonHolme,Centre47(only10minswalkaway)provides goodqualityfurniture,bricabracetc.andhaveanexcellentcheapcafé. Oneoftheotherthingswedoisworkwithchildrenandyoungpeople, throughouttheCounty.Youmayhaveseensomeoftheschoolkidsthat webringuptoCarlisleeverysummertotryoutUniversityLife.  Anyway,ifyouwanttoknowmoreaboutourorganisation–for exampleyouwouldliketobeavolunteerwithuscontactanyofthe staffattheHallsofResidenceson01228597352.

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UCSU Sport Carlisle Men’s Basketball claim BUCS league championship! The university of Cumbria Student’s Union, Carlisle, Men’s basketball team claimed the 2008/09 BUCS Basketball league championship with a 76-63 victory over the University of Sunderland Men’s 2nd team at a packed Fusehill Street sports centre. Carlisle surged to an early lead through precise attacking and the brilliant defending of Andrew Piper and Nessan McQuaid. The game featured inspiring attacking performances by Curt Stansborough and Craig Bourner, who racked up 34 and 20 points respectively. The team needed a win against Sunderland to guarantee the championship. Sunderland did well to put up a fight towards the end of the game but Carlisle proved to be to strong for them in what turned out to be a brilliant team performance. A win for the University of Sunderland

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would have seen them finish joint first with Carlisle and the University of Durham, leaving the championship to be decided by points difference. In any such case Durham would have been the probable winners as they have racked up more than 200 more points than their rivals. The win hasn’t guaranteed promotion for Carlisle. Two teams have been relegated from BUCS’s Northern Conference Premier division so play offs will be necessary for all the promotion places. Martin Dodd, Student Executive Officer Carlisle, said, “Doing what they have done on their first season has been astounding and many associated with the Student Union sports teams from all campuses has passed on their congratulations today” Words by Courtney Allen (su media officer carlisle)


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UCSU Graduation Balls 2009 Want to celebrate your graduation in style? Or just fancy a posh night out! Tickets for our Ambleside and Lancaster balls are now on sale! Lancaster Graduation Ball Park Hall Hotel - Saturday 30th May - £45 Ambleside Valedictory Ball Hydro Hotel - Thursday 25th June - £38 (£40 with coach) Both include 3 course meal, live band, DJ, Photographer and much more! For more details and to buy tickets pop into your local

Students Union Office or go onto our website www.thestudentsunion.org.uk

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DRINK THE BAR

DRY saints

Bar

&

may 22nd 8pm start ÂŁ2 entry Celebrate the end of the year by helping us drink the bar dry! Fantastic drinks offers, with declining prices as the night goes on!

GO GREEN EVENT! Saturday 6th June Green Trail around Ambleside, including environmental slides in the APL/ PLT and a Green Cone at Beechfield cottage. Look our for more information nearer the event or contact Andrew.Gutkowski@cumbria.ac.uk


The

Guide Your complete guide to everything going on in and around the Students’ Union across all campuses!

Friday 15th May Carlisle

Friday Social @ The Overdraught

Sports Presentation awards @ Calva Bar 7 - 11pm, £5 inc hot buffet. Dress to impress!

Lancaster

WIFI Disco and Drink the bar dry @ The Overdraught

Drink the bar dry @ Saints bar

Pre-Ball drinks @ Saints Bar

Sunday 17th May Lancaster Quiz @ Saints Bar

Monday 18th May Ambleside £1 a pint @ The Overdraught

Carlisle Charity Quiz @ The Calva Bar £1 entry

Lancaster

Penrith Drink the bar dry @ The Gin Case

Sunday 24th May Carlisle Garden Party @ Calva Bar 1 - 6pm, live music & bbq featuring the university choir!

Monday 25th May Carlisle Quiz night @ Calva Bar

Ambleside

£1 a pint & Manic Monday @ Cuba

£1 a pint @ The Overdraught

Tuesday 19th May Penrith

Last Manic Monday of the year! @ Cuba

Last TUNES of the year @ The Gin Case

Wednesday 20th May Ambleside Pre Sporties @ The Overdraught

Lancaster WISH @ Cuba

Friday 22nd May Ambleside

Lancaster

Wednesday 27th May Ambleside Pre Sporties & Champions League final @ The Overdraught

Lancaster Champions League final @ Saints bar Last WISH of the year! @ Cuba

Lancaster Saturday 30th May Lancaster Graduation Ball @ Park Hall Hotel

Monday 1st June Carlisle Quiz night @ Calva Bar

Monday 8th June Carlisle Quiz night @ Calva Bar

Thursday 18th June Ambleside Farewell Party @ The Overdraught

Carlisle Charity Quiz night @ Calva Bar To raise funds for kidney dialysis - £1 including free chips.

Thursday 25th June Ambleside Valedictory Ball @ The Hydro Hotel £38 (£40 with coach)

Friday 29th May Ambleside

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Coughs and sneezes spread diseases always carry tissues

cover your coughs and sneezes

throw used tissues in a bin

always clean your hands

Stop germs spreading Š Crown copyright 2007 279933 1p 100k Feb07 (ESP)

The Scene May 09  

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