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CUSU UPDATE CUSU Rebrand As a result of the survey that was ­undertaken with ­students in the last ­academic year, CUSU has decided to ­undergo a ­complete rebrand. Students felt that the current CUSU logo was dated, misunderstood and didn’t convey what the essence of the ­Students’ Union was all about. ­Coventry students told us that they wanted their logo to be ­simpler and more ­recognisable as well as having ­connotations ­including diversity, ­democracy, community, fun and campaigning.

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Five students from the School of Art and Design have taken on the task as their final degree project. ­Final ­designs will be presented to a group of students and staff at the ­Students’ Union on May 12. The shortlisted ­designs will then be ­selected and put out to a student vote from May 17 – June 4 hosted on www.cusu.org. So get ready for a change for 2010/11 as we’ll be launching our new brand! If you have any questions or ideas for the ­project please see Laura - e ­laura.hacker@coventry.ac.uk, t – 5201.

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Your next SU heroes announced! As I’m sure you’ll be aware election fever hit our campus once again in March and had the biggest voting turnout ever, with 22 candidates and over 2,000 voters! The elections were once again not without a bit of ­controversy, with technical hiccups and several complaints to keep Faye Grundy the Returning Officer and CUSU staff busy. However the results were finally announced and the new CUSU Executive for 2010/11 are as follows…

Robert Wilson President Tom Fisher Engineering and Computing Faculty Chair Dez Cutchey Vice President Communications

Joe Paxton Art and Design School Chair Liah Maccallam Vice President Welfare

Sarah Kelly Business, Environment and Society Faculty Chair Andy O’Shaughnessy Vice President Academic Affairs Kersten James Health and Life Sciences Faculty Chair Dave Brewis Vice President Student Activities

CUSU gets involved in elections campaign CUSU sabbaticals have been working to ask students to do two things… 1 – To register to vote – one in five (22 per cent) of ­students are missing from the electoral register or don’t now live in the area they are registered in. CUSU wants the student voice to be heard!

2 - Join the ‘Vote for Students’ campaign. The N ­ ational Union of Students (NUS) are asking students to use their vote in the forthcoming general election to ­support candidates that would vote against any increase in fees to the next parliament, and would pressure the government to introduce a fairer alternative. More ­details can be found at www.voteforstudents.co.uk.


Coventry delegates make their mark! Coventry University Students’ Union sent five delegates to the National Union of Students (NUS) National ­Conference this year, to discuss, debate and vote on policies for the forthcoming year. The three-day long event was held in Gateshead, the first time in over 20 years that National Conference was held outside of Blackpool. The Coventry delegation consisted of: CUSU ­President, Rob Wilson; Vice President Communications, Dez Cutchey; Vice President Welfare, Liah Maccallam; Art and Design School Chair, Joe Paxton; and President of the Jewish society, Michael Ajoodan Poor. Rob Wilson successfully passed an amendment to a motion on how Students’ Unions are funded though a 900-strong conference, with no speeches against. This was a great coup for Coventry. Local University Warwick, however, was unsuccessful with its attempt to censure NUS President, Wes Streeting, for comments made over the conflict in Gaza. The Coventry delegation returned with some great ideas and inspired to make real change for students, both within Coventry, and on a national level.

CUSU launches online shop We are about to launch our own online shop selling the ever popular hoodies, hats and scarfs. The shop on www.cusu.org will also sell gift vouchers which can be spent in either of our buildings.


The Summer Ball is fast approaching! It’s that time of year again, for the Summer Ball. This year it will be held on June 2 once again in the Cathedral ­Ruins and on University Square. Tickets this year will be sold on www.cusu.org. If you receive any questions from students regarding purchasing tickets online please forward their queries to the Marketing and ­Communications office.

welcomes new Student Paul reports… CUSU Representation & Campaigns Coordinator

Adrien Lennon joined the team in March and took on the newly created role which now not only works to develop student representation but also helps to coordinate various campaigns.   Adrien has an interesting background, coming from her previous role as Account Manager for CWT Chamber Training, a private training provider based in ­Coventry. Adrien also qualified as a Nutritional Therapist in 2009, Steve Want recently put on his boots in search of streets so has been an asset already with her knowledge in paved with gold in London, but failing to find them, the Exam Stress campaign providing dietary tips to stuhe attended a two day ‘Advanced InDesign’ Course. dents. Adrien looks forward to developing in her new Heard of it? No, me neither, but Steve uses this desk- role, increasing representation throughout the ­University top publishing package for newspapers and maga- and encouraging participation in ­campaigns. zines  on a daily basis, hence a trip to the big smoke to find a supplier who can deliver the course in a concise  manner. Having made it safely back, Steve explained how the course  enthused and energised him as it gave him a chance to learn new skills. There was only three other people on the course, so Steve had the chance to ask lots of questions and spend some quality time with an expert in the ‘InDesign’ field. Being CUSU’s only ­Graphic Designer, the course also gave Steve the chance to discuss tips with others on the course, who use the ­application on a daily basis. Having survived an overnight stay at a London B&B, and the two day course, Steve has come back to us raring to go and full of ideas to save time and energy.


With Varsity Day being the closest it’s ever been, staff at Covent it upon themselves to settle Varsity once and for all by playing a

The day before the match, Warwick held a training session whils sitting back and relaxing.

Kitted up in Varsity Day t-shirts, Rob, Becky, Jo, Liz, Tim, Paul, An very own netballer), played a good game. With only one injury (R our team worked hard and provided good opponents... let’s just taking the “friendly” a little too seriously! Final score: Coventry 6 - Warwick 28 We’ll beat them next year, eh Coventry? Photography by Gemma Green.

Sports Day 2010 Let battle commence! On Saturday March 24 students of past and present battled it out for the Alumni Sports day. Over 250 people attended which included over 100 Alumni. Sports included were Men’s and Women’s Football, Hockey, Athletics, Badminton, Men’s Rugby league and Union and Cricket. Activities took place at the Universities Indoor and ­Outdoor facilities during the day with the evening entertainment at FiftyFour.

Varsity Day, Take Two Varsity Day 2010 saw a huge effort and commitment from the students and staff involved, as well as there being some outstanding performances. It was ­Coventry’s best result yet, narrowly losing the event by only two points. With Varsity Day being the closest it has ever been, staff at Coventry and Warwick took it upon themselves to settle Varsity once and for all by playing a staff netball match. The day before the match, Warwick held a training ­session whilst Coventry were sitting back and relaxing. Kitted up in Varsity Day t-shirts, Rob, Becky, Jo, Liz, Tim, Paul, Andy and Stacie (our very own netballer), played a good game. With only one injury (Rob breaking his nail) our team worked hard and provided good ­opponents... let’s just say Warwick were taking the “friendly” a little too seriously! Final score: Coventry 6 - Warwick 28 We’ll beat them next year, eh Coventry?

Photography by Gemma Green


Horizon Volunteer Awards Party This year Horizon Volunteering hosted their Volunteer Awards Party on Wednesday April 21 2010 at St Mary’s Guildhall. The Awards Party was an annual event which celebrated the contribution that Coventry University students and staff make to their local communities through volunteering. A complimentary meal was provided as well as drinks, music and guest speakers. It was a fantastic ­opportunity to meet and socialise with other volunteers and find out about the inspirational volunteering that has taken place this academic year. All Horizon volunteers were invited to the event and ­presented with a certificate of recognition to thank them for their involvement. It was also an opportunity to thank local voluntary organisations and schools who have received and supported volunteers during the year. The event also saw the presentation of the prestigious Student Volunteering England Gold Awards. Gold Awards are a mark of excellence in volunteering and this year seven awards were presented under the ­categories of leadership, dedication and achievement, to individuals who have made outstanding ­contributions to the community.

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Horizon Volunteer Awards Party Wednesday 21st April 2010

Women of Achievement Award Horizon Volunteer, Oyinlola Akinde has been honoured by Coventry Women’s Forum with a Women of Achievement Award for the sterling work she has done in the local community. The award ceremony took place on Saturday March 6 at the Coventry Transport Museum and marked the launch of the Coventry Women’s ­Festival. The awards were to celebrate ordinary women who have made an extraordinary difference. Oyinlola was nominated by Coventry University Lecturer Peter ­Atkinson for the contribution she made to the planning and implementation of the ‘Raising Voices for Haiti ­Relief’ concert as well as the varied voluntary work she has done in the local community through Horizon ­Volunteering. Peter said, “Oyinlola helped out with a number of practical things, from putting posters up around the university campus and in local churches and other locations, to co-ordinating a team of volunteers who assisted in organising the venues layout on the night and ­collecting cash donations”. The event rose over £850 for the cause and saw ­poets, dancers, musicians and other performers come together for the evening of entertainment.

Oyinlola is an ambassador for volunteering and has made a significant contribution to the local community with her voluntary work, including being an Asylum Caseworker for Coventry Refugee Centre, marshalling at the Coventry half marathon, assisting at the Play the Game Conference as well as various projects for Student Volunteering Week, such as Read International Campus Book Drive and a Cloakroom Challenge painting project at All Saints Primary School.


New Course Rep Proposal A new proposal to overhaul the Course Rep System comes as a result of a paper submitted to the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) by the Students’ Union in February.  With feedback from QAC, we have been working on the logistics behind the new proposals in conjunction with each of the Faculties.  The response from the Faculties towards the proposed changes have been very positive and we are all keen to begin working together on the new system once a second paper passes through the next QAC in May.   Some of the proposed changes include:   • Faculty Chairs, and a new level of Senior Reps, to ­receive an honorarium in view of the responsibilities placed upon them • ‘Course Consultative Committees’ (CCCs) to be ­renamed the more student-friendly: ‘Student Forums’ • Reps to nominate themselves using SharePoint, ­significantly reducing administration time   Should the new proposals go ahead, we are hoping to see a significant increase in the participation and measurable quality of the Course Representation System, supporting Amundsen’s aim of high-profile ‘student empowerment’ and an increase in the volume of the ‘student voice’… Watch this space!

Beat Exam stress

As this is such a busy time of year for all Coventry Uni students, with hand in’s, dissertations and exams on the horizon. CUSU has been running a Beat Exam Stress campaign to help students to unwind and mentally prepare for the upcoming months. As part of the campaign goodie bags were distributed including freebies and information fact sheets across campus and a ­special Glee themed Detox event also took place.

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SUAC and International Students Accommodation Experience Survey During February and March international students were invited to participate in a questionnaire designed to find out about their experiences so far this year of looking for, finding and living in rented ­accommodation whilst studying at Coventry University. We wanted to hear from students living in University accommodation, the FutureLets properties, privately managed halls as well as the wider privately rented sector, including estate agents and landlords. SUAC wrote the questionnaire in partnership with the Accommodation and International Offices and it was distributed with the help of many other colleagues around campus. Over 250 students have responded and the results are currently being collated. We hope the information will prove useful in the work we are planning to do for new students arriving this autumn and in our strategic work with Coventry City Council. We will be sharing the results of the survey with the Landlords Forum and also our colleagues at the University of Warwick Students’ Union.

It takes two!

Two members of the Sports and Societies team are ­taking on challenges to raise money for charity. Ali is doing a triathlon to raise money for Help for Heroes and Rob is undertaking the Coventry Half ­Marathon on May 23 in aid of Acorn’s.

Congratulations to… Ema Collier on her engagement last month. Louise Blakeman for passing her European Computer Driving License exam.


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CUSU Update May 2010