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UCSU is now on

@Cumbriasu

@Lorricumbriasu @RachelUCSU @Liamcumbriasu @Tomcumbriasu Follow Your Sabbs You can now follow your Sabbatical officers on twitter to know exactly where they are and when you can talk to them. You can also contact them through their twitter accounts to make suggestions on how they can help you!

Follow UCSU on Facebook at facebook.com/CumbriaSU


The ‘Success!’ Awards

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Volunteering with the National Trust

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Chlamydia Testing

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SU Advice

Two Whales with One Shadow

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A Poem by Alicia May Hughes

Unified

Submit your artwork for our front cover Each cover of The Scene has a theme, the next issue’s is the

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The SU Relationship Agreement

number 4. If you feel you can illustrate the number 4 in an interesting and creative way,

Lancaster Street Reps

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Yellow Door Lets

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The Students Guide to Carlisle

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Your County Needs Your Views

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or if you have any existing work that loosely ties in with the theme then please email it to Student.Union@cumbria.ac.uk and you could be featured on the cover as well as inside the magazine. It is a great chance to have your work viewed by 13,000 of our members, as well as getting a hard copy of The Scene for your portfolio.

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Has someone had a major positive impact on your student experience? Maybe a lecturer who you can’t wait to be taught by, a Student Rep who has changed things for the better, or a cleaner who makes you smile every day? Well this is your chance to celebrate them!

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National Student Survey (NSS) award Personal tutor award Lecturer of the year award Support Staff of the year award Out of sight award Community award Student Academic Rep of the Year Volunteer of the Year Student group leader of the Year Elected Student Union Officer of the Year

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Volunteering with the National Trust Last week saw the first one day volunteering event of the Academic year, bringing together students from the Penrith, Lancaster and Carlisle campuses for a Conservation Day with the National Trust. We arrived at Arnside Knott, Cumbria Coast and had a short walk down to Heathwaite where we would be volunteering for the day. Heathwaite is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (designated by the government), so as landowners the National Trust has a responsibility to maintain the nature conservation interest of the site. Much of this interest relates to the mosaic of limestone grassland, scrub and woodland habitats which support many rare and threatened species (eg. Green-winged Orchids, High Brown Fritillary butterflies, Southern Wood ants, breeding Lesser Whitethroat and other varieties of song bird). Without management work, natural succession would lead to the entire site becoming covered in trees and the loss of many of these species. One of the main management tools is grazing using cattle (which eat tree seedlings and help to control the bramble), but this still has to be helped by direct cutting work.


This meant the first part of the day was to have the dreaded but needed Health and Safety talk which was actually a lot of fun as we were shown how to use hand saws and loppers and were given safety advice on the huge bonfire we were going to build. The day consisted of volunteers working in different areas, some would gather up the cut material, some would cut it up even smaller (although once the fire got going we could throw huge parts of the trees on there) some would manage the fire and it was a brilliant production line that got everyone working together as a team and spirits were very high

doing this is to take any logs away to be used/

despite the slightly muggy weather and the

sold for firewood, and to burn up the smaller

physical nature of the tasks. One volunteer

branches. To avoid cooking the soil and

said “It was good fun and everyone was

allowing ash to nutrify the ground, we burn this

really friendly”.

brash on metal sheets raised off the ground on a base of logs.

It was nice to be able to see the difference our help made as we cleared a lot of material

Overall, a brilliant day and a great way to start

throughout the day and we were informed

the year’s volunteering projects.

about the positive effects of our volunteering. Another student said “really fun day, the

The next volunteering event will take place on

National Trust man was good and it was a

Saturday 29th October with the Alzheimer’s

really nice place to spend the day doing

Society, doing activities with their service users

worthwhile work”.

such as baking, painting and games, and also just sitting talking with clients, perhaps looking

If the cut material was left on the grassland,

at a newspaper with them. It will take place

it would rot down and add nutrients and

11am – 3pm in Carlisle and transport is being

humus to the soil. Because the diversity of

provided from other campuses.

the limestone flora relies on thin, nutrient-poor soils this would result in the loss of many of the

For more information please contact

special plants and the insects which rely on

Kati Brown on 01228 616164

them: therefore we had to remove the cut

Please visit our blog at

material, and the most effective way of

http://ucsuvolunteering.wordpress.com/

www.thestudentsunion.org.uk/volunteering

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me... You may have seen the screening team around campus over the past year, we offer opportunistic Chlamydia testing. If you have tested with us you may have benefited from acquiring a fetching pair of new undies, but more importantly you will have found out whether or not you had Chlamydia. Chlamydia is the most common Sexually Transmitted Infection amongst 15 – 24 year olds. The thing about Chlamydia is that you

You can test at a variety of venues locally;

don’t always know that you have it. Over

contraceptive clinics, GP Surgeries, Sexual

three quarters of females and half of males

health clinics. You can also pick up a postal

will have no signs and symptoms. So it is really

testing kit at the Students Union.

important that if you have been sexually active you get tested, we also recommend

So – It’s easy to test, easy to treat,

that you test again after each change in

it really is BEST2KNOW.

partner. Last year around one in fourteen people tested positive for Chlamydia.

www.best2know.co.uk

If you do have Chlamydia and you don’t get treated, you may go on to develop Pelvic inflammatory disease, certain types of arthritis, ectopic pregnancy and Chlamydia can also make you infertile. The good news is that Chlamydia is easy to treat with antibiotics.

... An iPod? A Laptop?

An STD?

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Ladies Hoodies £28.00 or £25.20 with an nus extra card!

Hoodies and much more available in The Shop on Lancaster campus.You can also purchase hoodies from your local Students’ Union office or online at www.thestudentsunion.org.uk/shop.

Toilets Smarties Lounge

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Student Submissions We love celebrating the successes of our fellow students here at the Students’ Union. One way we do that is by publishing work from across the Uni. To see your work featured in The Scene send examples to

Student.Union@cumbria.ac.uk


Two Whales with One Shadow A Poem by Alicia May Hughes

Together they are so beautiful, How gracefully they do dance, In this mysterious ocean, They are the art of romance. They create a magnificent spiral, Light bouncing off each other, She twirls magically through the water, Closely followed by her lover. And they speak in their own language, Sounds so precious and so clear, They are in this world of nothingness, And yet they are so near. They swim in and out of the spotlights, They are the only sound, In a world completely private, Never to be found. They create a silhouette of love, Of friendship and of life, Two whales with one shadow, Husband and Wife.

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UNIFIED


SU Relationship Agreement The partnership between the University of Cumbria’s Board of Governors and Students’ Union (SU) is blossoming, creating a better deal for students.

Two representatives from the Board and the

include a thorough induction to governance

SU today launched the improved partnership

for students and a mentoring scheme for

by signing a relationship agreement, one of

student representatives, will be delivered over

ten recommended actions in support of

the next 12 months.

strong governance. The relationship agreement will work as a The Good Governance Guide, supported by

benchmark to guide those involved in the

the national group Committee of University

union’s governance in the future, ensuring

Chairs (CUC), recommends ten actions

sustainability for the positive partnership.

to support the development of a strong governance relationship between a university board and its Students’ Union. The aim of the agreement is to form the basis of a strong and sustainable governance relationship between the union and the university. The ten recommendations, which

For information: The Committee of University Chairs (CUC) provides a forum for discussion for university chairs. Its primary purpose is to enable chairs to contribute their distinctive experience, knowledge and perspective as laypersons and to consider matters which concern all universities.

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The Union Community team hosted a community event with the aim to get more students and local residents to meet and get to know each other. The event took place on a Tuesday night at the Lancaster campus and was well attended with around 40 attendees. Residents in the streets surrounding the University’s Lancaster campus, particularly those in the John O’Gaunt ward, were invited to come along to the event. Activities during the evening included a number of ‘stereotype’ breaking games, a suggestion wall of how the Union and students can help in the local community, refreshments, a free raffle and a Recycling & Waste disposal stall prompted by feedback from our previous event. We also took the opportunity to showcase some of the brilliant work our students do in the community and also to promote new volunteering opportunities. The event went well, with students and residents talking to each other and putting themselves forward as volunteer Street Reps. ‘Street reps’ is an exciting new volunteering project being set up by the University of Cumbria Students’ Union. The main aim for the


project is to ‘To Provide a new opportunity for

ownership over their streets and work together

community members to interact in a positive

to achieve ideal solutions like lowering crime

way’. We strongly believe the majority of issues

rates, improving the street’s appearance and

which may occur on your street are likely to

the general cohesion and community feel.

be due to a lack of communication between

Where there is a negative stimulus the scheme

community members; students and local

can act in a similar way to restorative justice

residents. We want to break down potential

by allowing the opportunity to those involved,

barriers which stop people talking to one

to talk in a controlled environment to resolve

another by recruiting both local and student

the problems.

residents to the scheme. We are looking for as many people to put The concept of the project is that within

themselves forward as possible. So if you

each target street, ie. a street with a high

would like to help improve your street and

student and local resident population; there

get involved I would love to hear from you!

is a student street rep and a local resident street rep who both act as diplomats in trying

Get in touch via

to resolve current issues on their streets. The

tom.underwood@cumbria.ac.uk

project provides an opportunity for local

@tomcumbriasu

residents and student residents to really take

01524 590817

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Yellow Door The Easy Choice Your first year in University can mean a lot of big decisions. Choose a university, choose a course, choose your classes, choose your mates, choose your landlord, choose where to live, choose your insurance, choose your furniture, choose your contents insurance, choose your TV, choose your broadband, choose a take away. By Choosing Yellow Door Lets for your student accommodation you can choose a much simpler life. And simple is good. Yellow Door Lets takes care of these hard choices for you with the majority of their properties including

And sometimes things do go wrong. Yellow

free broadband, free contents insurance,

Door Lets take their responsibilities to you very

free flat screen TV, they even include the

seriously. Their track record speaks for itself,

basic furniture you need. All you need to do

100% of survey respondents had never had a

is sign up and settle in. In a recent survey 93%

problem contacting Yellow Doors. Yellow Doors

of Yellow Doors tenants said that the state of

deals with problems as quickly as possible.

repairs were very good, good or ok. 88% of

They understand that being a student means

tenants said they would recommend Yellow

being busy, 98% responded positively when

doors to their mates.

asked if they had any problems with paying their rent, or over the tenancy agreement,

As the name implies you can identify any

how easy had it been to come to a

properties managed by Yellow Doors by

satisfactory arrangement.

looking for the yellow doors which can be found around Lancaster. Their properties are

Choosing Yellow Doors is choosing the easy

conveniently close to both the University of

choice. All that you need to decide is, what

Cumbria, the city centre and also

take-away to have tonight, which film to

Sugar House.

watch on telly, and when to finish that essay.

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FURS’DAYS 2 FOR 1 ON ALL FAUX FURS’DAYS COCKTAILS ALL NIGHT YOUR OFFICIAL UCSU NIGHT!

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THURSDAY 15TH DECEMBER

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The Students Guide to Carlisle

contact us by popping into any of our SU

Shopping

instance an American football team,

I know there are plenty of you who are

set up and currently trains on Sundays at

shopaholics, Carlisle is a nice and easy place

Sheep Mount Sports Complex just behind

to shop and with the NUS deals and discounts

Bitts Park. If you take a look around Carlisle

flying around everywhere why not make the

there is so much to do you just may not of

most of it. The Lanes shopping centre offers a

noticed them yet, it is definitely worth

wide range of shops ranging from accessories

a look around.

offices located at the Fusehill Street and Brampton Road campuses or email me on s0802572@uni.cumbria.ac.uk and I will be happy to help anyone set up a society where possible. Don’t forget there are a number of activities to do around Carlisle for

www.cumbriabafl.co.uk/REIVERS/ has been

through to sports clothing and equipment. As well as 50 other places to spend your pennies. And when you are all done you can even wash it all down with a milkshake. Advice to all is to not be afraid to ask if each store does NUS discount, if you don’t ask you won’t get!!! If you haven’t got yourself an NUS card

Bars and nights out and entz

yet get on it… just visit www.nus.org.uk As I am sure you all know by now the SU have

Clubs and societies

two bars associated with us for students nights, these are Walkabout and Concrete. So what

Here at the Students Union we put a lot of

do they offer? Both bars offer an awesome

effort into providing the best experience for all

night with I love tom’s mum on the Tuesday at

of our students. In Carlisle we have a number

walkabout and Faux Furs’day on at Concrete.

of societies and sports teams available for your enjoyment, these range from societies such as the music appreciation society which is currently being set up as well as the basketball, football and netball teams. However we are fully aware that we cannot accommodate everyone. If you are looking to get involved in societies please see our website (which has just been revamped). If there is something you fancy doing which we do not currently have available please


I love tom’s mum was launched as the students night this year and it offers great music and various themed nights throughout the year, including games nights and night such like Mexican night. Concrete offers a club atmosphere with two rooms available with two different styles of music to tickle everyone’s fancy.

What does Carlisle have to offer on Entertainment? Carlisle plays host to a number of great acts ranging from comedians to plays through to pantomimes every year various acts walk through the doors of the sand centre t6o see whats on throughout the year visit

www.thesandscentre.co.uk/what-s-on/.

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Your County Needs Your Views! A Cumbria research organisation is recruiting young people to join their online panel and share their views in return for Amazon vouchers.

about the things that mean a lot to the young people who live and work in Cumbria. The surveys will be short and will cover all kinds of subjects such as green issues, employment prospects, celebrity culture, music and politics

Wildwood Research and Marketing are

– just about anything!”

looking for people aged 18-24 to sign up to a new initiative, where they can have their

Once the Youth Panel has developed it is

opinions heard. Once established, the panel

intended to invite its members to future focus

members will receive surveys on a variety of

groups and other engagement events.

topics and will be rewarded for their time.

“The views of young people are sought out by

Wildwood hopes to collect a diverse number

both businesses and public bodies throughout

of thoughts and opinions, giving an accurate

the county – so joining this panel may well

representation of the views young people

influence the way these services

have in the county. Whether in fulltime

are provided”

employment, studying or currently out of work, everyone within the specified age bracket is

If you would like to join the

invited to apply.

panel you can sign up at

Andrew Woods, Director of Wildwood said

www.wildwood-research.co.uk/panel or for further information contact: Andrew Woods 01228 711325

“we’re looking for all young people’s views on a wide variety of topics, but most importantly


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