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02 – It’s all about TO change

03 – Filling the shelves – find out what’s going on

05 – The Student Opinion – The good, the bad and the ugly

CHANGING TIMES AT LINCOLN SU Change is on the horizon. After a clear message from the student body, this year’s team of elected officers are actively working to sort out the SU’s act with action that is seeing it put back into students hands and at the heart of student life, where it belongs. SU President, Chris Charnley has led the Union with a clear vision; to make sure that ULSU works for students by delivering exactly what they need and making sure they know about it. With the Union’s All Student Meeting happening next Tuesday, where plans for restructuring the Officer team and Union growth are being discussed as well as a number of agenda items submitted by students, ULSU are releasing this newspaper to make sure that

06 – Can we afford to stop investing in our future? They SU tell us why not.

the student body is well aware of what the Union is up to and what it offers – it’s all about the benefits to the student body. Whether students are involved or not and whether they 10 are fans of the Union officers or not they should read this because whilst the Union knows it is not perfect, it does have a lot to offer and wants to offer much more but can only develop in right direction if its members are doing the directing. To find out more about what’s happening at your SU check inside for some of the latest SU exclusive’s on their achievements, taking a stand, being involved and making a difference..

– The Future


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Your Union is changing!

With a new year comes a new team, a fresh approach and a whole host of developments at the University of Lincoln Students’ Union. Gone are the days of ineffective systems, bureaucratic student meetings and out of touch representatives – they have been superseded by the best first Student Council meeting of the year, productive, campaigning student committees and Union Officers who are out on campus regularly talking with students and also making the most of online technologies available.

Over the last 4 months there have been highs and lows on this journey to a better Union; for example joy comes from the fact that since the Union has taken over the running of the Student Reps system; more reps have been elected (not selected) and trained than ever before and they now have a direct voice into their Union, but this is met with the sadness of resignations from the Executive Committee and a lower by-election turnout than last year. But setbacks have been overcome, and the team are now more focused and determined to win for students than ever before – with the introduction of a better hall reps system, the successful campaigning against closing Greestone catering facilities, an everimproving Job Shop, an All Student Meeting with actual student agenda items, a serious campaign fighting for the rights of gay men to give blood and much more

All Student Meeting, where they will be able to approve, amend or reject the changes that we are proposing. These changes will all be contained in documents that are available in advance from the SOAP Centre or online at www.lincolnsu.com

By having the opportunity to make such changes to the way the Union works alongside enhancing representation and developing new opportunities; your Students’ Union is set to have one hell of a year where students are at the heart of it all.

Special thanks go to those members of the Students’ Union who contributed to the OPINION feature.

The passion for developing the Union is shared by all in the Officer and Staff team, which has enabled us to push forward with change, but ‘Union Development’ champions SU President Chris Charnley and Student Officer Dan Derricott are not complacent by any measure. Chris is quick to add that “we have a long way to go before we will be happy with the Union’s This all links in well with position. Until we make a something big that is going positive impact on the lives of on in the Union right now. the majority of our members, In 2006, new company and we will not stop fighting hard charity law was passed in to further enhance represenParliament which has resulted tation, to further develop new in all Students’ Unions across opportunities and services the country having to officially and to further make our Union register as Charities, which more accessible than ever for most Unions has meant a before.” complete review of their structures and how they operate. More information about the Union’s development agenda Fortunately for us, we caror the All Student Meeting can ried out a similar review a few be found from the following: years ago and anticipated Chris Charnley | SU President these laws being introduced 01522 886166 | president@ so we don’t actually have to do that much before register- lincolnsu.com ing, but we have taken the Dan Derricott | Student Officer opportunity to lightly review 01522 886006 | dderricott@ what we do to ensure that lincoln.ac.uk everything works in the best interest of the student body and allows for essential wins to be achieved easily.

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Bullet Point Success



It’s been a crazy four months since the officer team took office in July, yet it only feels like yesterday some would say. After the triumphs of election week, do the 09/10 team really have what it takes to make a difference to the Student Experience? Let’s take a look at some of their achievements so far:       ● Stopped the closure of the Riseholme - R-lounge and social space ● Stopped the closure of Greestone & Chad Varah Catering outlets – a new service will be launched mid November ● EXCLUSIVE - Secured a 24/4 Library for two weeks in December and four weeks towards the end of March/April ● The University Shop has been moved back into its rightful home in the Main Building on the Brayford Campus (Opening Jan 2010). ● Increased the level of representation for all students through the newly instigated course rep system and active committee structure with over 400 Student Representatives across the Union ● Student Council has been given the platform it needs- right at the heart of the Student Experience Increased participation across all Union services: 
 ● Job Shop - With over 40,000 hits to our website and 700 jobs this service is really making itself at home within the Union. ● Sports & Societies -
 with nearly 250 more members than last year, this department goes from strength to strength. ● Community Volunteers – With double the number of volunteers this year – Over 400 students have now been placed. ● Media Crew – The new media crew service launched this year with a wide range of students putting their newly developed skills to use across the Union. ● Bullet Magazine has entered its 9th year of publication, its readership both in print and online contiues to grow– Well done!


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Job Shop fills the shelves The new academic year kicked off with the launch of the Union’s newest offering; aimed at providing support and advice specific to students seeking part time employment whilst studying.

get through 500 free doughnuts.

Housed in the Union’s SOAP Centre, the Job Shop offers a complete Job Centre like experience especially for students and after a long summer of planning and preparation Jess Anderton, Job Shop Coordinator launched the service in freshers’ week where Jess and SU volunteers spread the message about the Union’s brand new service and managed to

Since opening, The Student Job Shop has been overwhelmed with employers wanting to advertise and students wanting jobs! In the first two weeks of opening the Job Shop advertised 527 part time vacancies and saw 285 students come into the Job Shop as well as an astonishing 15,877 web hits! The word seems to be spreading through the business

Jess’ success hasn’t come without hard work; “for several months we researched Job Shop models, looking at the different options available and even visited 10 other universities to see their Job Shops in action. We then developed marketing ideas and designed the The Student Job Shop is a joint services the Job Shop would provide. We also spent time venture between the Univergetting the message out to local sity’s Opportunities team from businesses that we could now Enterprise@Lincoln and the offer them the opportunity to Students’ Union after it was access our students; a fantastic recognised throughout the institution that there was a need pool of intelligent, switched on and flexible individuals.” for one.

community and the feedback from employers has been fantastic. In October 632 part time vacancies were advertised and at the moment there is no sign of the demand slowing! During Freshers’ Week the Job Shop held a recruitment day for the Compass Group where 80 students were interviewed for bar and waiting work for that weekend at Market Rasen Race Course. Around 30-40 students were successful and the Compass Group have commented on how impressed they were with the attitude and work ethic of our students. The success of this event has made its mark and several other companies are interested in coming in to hold similar events. The Job Shop is clearly going places and is a shining example of how your Students’ Union is working to develop services that benefit you directly, for more information about the Job Shop you can call into the SOAP Centre or visit: www.lincolnsu.com/jobshop

More than a one trick pony The Union doesn’t do things by half and after it was realised that students could benefit from more than just a vacancy board, a whole host of services were introduced to ensure that as well as easing financial hardship, you develop and maximise your employability skills to place you in the best possible position to secure your chosen career on graduation. To enhance the offering of the Job Shop, we provide: Online Vacancies All of our current vacancies can be found on the Student Job Shop website. We advertise part time, casual, temporary or vacation job vacancies. 

Target Emails You can register with the Student Job Shop and targeted emails will be sent to you with details of the latest employment opportunities relevant to your interests and skills.

Drop In Facility The Job Shop provides a drop-in facility Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:30pm so come in to see all vacancies, pick up advice or book an appointment. CV Support and Interview Preparation Book an appointment with the Job Shop to have your CV checked, a practice interview or a confidential, informal chat about any employment issues.

Employment Advice The Student Job Shop provides advice relating to all employment issues, information is also available online.  Make sure you are clued up on areas such as; National Minimum wage, tax and your employment rights.   Employer Events Look out for job fairs, workshops and other events providing you with the opportunity to interact with local employers or find employment. Employability Events The Student Job Shop can help you make the most of your skills developed during your part time employment.  Start your preparation early to get ahead of the competition on graduation.

It Gets Even Better

The Job Shop is holding a presentation and workshop with Lincolnshire Co-op, Wednesday 18th November. They will be giving students an insight into; the skills they look for when recruiting part time employees, what type of jobs they offer, the transferable skills which can be gained and the progression routes available for graduate positions Find more at:

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Current Vacancies ICE RINK ASSISTANT Company Name: Baseline Sports International No of Position: 15 Hours: Split shifts 10 - 4 or 4-9pm, about 20 hours a week Job Description: You will be serving skates to the public at the Lincoln Ice rink. Duties include serving customers and rink maintenance. Good skaters can also do rink stewarding. Full training will be given. Salary: MEETS NAT MIN WAGE How to apply: Please email the student job shop for an application form; jobshop@lincolnsu. com CHINESE SPEAKING SNOOKER COMMENTATOR Company Name: Metafocus Ltd Hours or days required: Matches lasting 3/4 days each and it would initially be 7-10 matches per year. Job Description: Our client is a well established sports management company who are looking to expand into the China market. They want to broadcast live snooker matches with famous players online across China and need a Chinese commentator. • Someone with more than a passing interest or knowledge of snooker either an amateur player or avid fan • Someone who wants to develop a media career • They have to be fluent Mandarin speaking • And be extrovert and good at communicating, particularly verbally.

Salary: £150 per day plus expenses Location: Nationwide - Travelling to Sheffield or Prestatin, Wales How to apply? Please send your CV and covering letter to Mr Alan Clements; email alan@ metafocus.co.uk SESSIONAL SUPPORT WORKER Company Name: LEAP | No of Position: 5 Hours or days required: Part Time – various hours Job Description: We are currently seeking applicants who are interested in working with young people with multiple and complex needs. Experience of working with this client group is desirable. Applicants must be prepared to work evenings and weekends, be self motivated, reliable and dedicated to our aims and ethos. Salary: £8.61 Per Hour Location: East Midlands - LINCOLN How to apply; TO APPLY PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW; http://www.leap.uk.com/jobs/24/ sessional_support_worker.html LEAP is committed to safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults. In line with our safer recruitment policy all references for shortlisted applicants will be taken up prior to interview. If you are successful in being accepted for this post a satisfactory enhanced CRB check will be required before commencement of employment. A copy of our safeguarding policy is included on this website for your information.


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A D S TUE

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The BIGGEST event in the STUDENT CALENDAR

All for one and one for all

The All Student Meeting takes place this month asking the University of Lincoln students to take to floor for open discussions and debate around the direction of their Students' Union for the year a head.

“If it’s important to them, then it's important to us!”

“The purpose of the All Student Meeting and everything we do at the Students’ Union is to benefit you – are we doing it right?”

You should take this oppourinity at the All Student Meeting as a platform to represent the views of your friends, socieities, team members and coursemates by taking a stand to ensure the student body have our voice heard. I hear you asking, can I attend? Any student at the University can attend the All Student Meeting, be it to talk about the agenda items, review and approve the Union finances or just to sit back and make sure everythings the way you want it.

As you direct the Students’ Union, the student members, we use the All Student Meeting to adopt a collective stance on issues that relate to us, as a guiding force for the officers, we decide the action to be taken, set the priroties and really get involved within our Students’ Union.

So what’s on the Agenda?

Should officers be accountable to The Linc? Or should they be focusing on This meeting has the power to massively affect our student experience; the making things better for students? one you pay around £18k for at the end of it? You should expect the best. If the All Student Meeting was to agree it, the allocation of budgets could be ad- Should the officers lobby the University to review of private accomodajusted, the policies we have relating to an aspect of the Union your passtionate tion – How important should this priorty be? about could be changed, and the priorities of the Union could move to focus more or less heavily on supporting a majority view. With some clearly interesting items on the agenda, why not grab your friends and head down at 2pm to set the agenda for the year. Don’t miss the chance to get involved in your Union and take the opportunity: - To know more about the Students’ Union policies and projects for 2009-2010, - To be aware of the Students’ Union finances – How much is being spent on what and what this means to you? - To meet with your Executive Officers and learn about their ideas - To get some freebies!

If you’re not involved – you can’t complain. See you there!


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THE STUDENT OPINION

We’ve had our chance to tell you about whats been going on and how we think things are going, so we took to the streets, facebook and twitter to find out what the Student body thought about their Students’ Union, its officers and what it means to them.

Your views, unedited…honest and represented: “Citizenship, looking after the people around you, giving the students a voice.” – Abigail Bray

“The Students’ Union benefits students by making their time at university more enjoyable. As well as organising events “The SU Presidant is they also defend student amazing; he has really made rights.” – Level Two Journalthe Students’ Union soo much ism Student better than last year.” – Dan Oliver “The union is all about making sure University is the experi“The SU to me means, a ence that it is supposed to be voice for the students to for students, they campaign be heard when they might for our rights on local and not necessarily usually get national levels. They also ora chance to express their ganise really cool events and opinions and views, the su days out.”– Rik Greig provides a reliable and stable way to be heard, helped and Abbi Sweeney – “The Stuencouraged to do more.” – dent’ Union are very helpJP Thackeray ful and give you the correct help that is needed like the “What the SU means to job shop, along with a great me: 
Since being at Lincoln, and easy website that gives the SU has given me opyou lots of information. The portunities outside of all President is a big help getting academics. The SU provides back to me when i needed a an opportunity to students to question answering through engage in activities and sports facebook 24/7.” that they would not normally be able to; meet new people I havent been that and develop their skills. The attached to the SU however is more than SU in my first two years a huge social network. It and really havent cared. provides support for Education and Welfare. The SU has It does what it does well bough many events and isbut i really havent had sues into the eye and reach of a need to be involved, all students, this includes promoting AIDS/HIV awareness, until the LGBT and bullet came along my interest SOS help the heroes to self defence lessons for females in the SU was pretty abwith the police. To round up sent. Even though im a what the SU means to me politics student, student is to say that it is a vital part politics wasnt my thing. of the student experience at I do think that the SU is the University of Lincoln and everyone should get involved needed however and it’s in anyway and everyway pos- just my personal nonsible!” – Cat Kilbey interest thats kept me

A partnership between the University and the Students’ Union is a vital part of a dynamic university and I very much hope we can continue to work closely for the benefit of all students.” Our NEW Vice Chancellor – Proffesor Mary Stuart

a bit detached from the whole thing.” - Robert Richardson

“There are so many universities today, and therefore so many of us students. Individually we can’t get across our opinions or thoughts on various aspects of uni life; however our personal students union allows us to do so. Thus, without it, we'd be

screwed! It’s the most important thing that unites us a univeristy as a whole, promoting us as a positive place to go to university to study and make friends.” Becky Woods Vicki Wright - "I think the SU is fabulous... they have found several different ways to give students every opportunity to have a voice." “The Union was good for advice and that is was the friendly face of the University. Almost like an older brother for the students.” Joshua Jackson Alex Dunn – “I feel pretty safe in the knowledge that the SU officers are there if I do need any assistance though.”

only recognise the SU President because of his facebook presence, there have been some improvements this year since the elections from them all to making youselves more known.” – Katy Colbet “In my opinion, the Students' Union is the face of every student, uni life if I can say that. It represents the first people I would ask for if I had any question regarding the life on the campus. They provide us informations, and are here for us everytime we need. This year, I really like what the students union is doing. They keepin us, students, informed every time a new event is on. Massive well done to all have you guys!” - Khadim FromParis

Toby Bradley – “It's a great means for students to get involved, get their voice heard and get action taken to make this a better uni for everyone.”

The Students Union is a critical support mechanism for students and
allows “I think it needs to be more students to engage visible, I think a lot of people directly with the aren't exactly sure what it University's management does?“ - Bradley King and
to influence the future of our increasingly “Well whenever I've come across any of you (SU) I've great institution. Run found you to be quite friendly well,
as it seems to be and helpful generally.” – Aron this year, it can represent Hargety the views of students from
all course and areas “Students’ Union has a real compassion for student of interest. As a conduit issues and really makes the it is essential to the
future student feel like they are a of higher education in part of the University”- Sonya Lincoln" – Jane Crofts Cheerham University Lecturer

 Jamie Hogue – “I think the Students' Union is incredibly helpful - it's done nothing but facilitate the advance of the LGBT Committee and I can only assume that it remains as assisting across the board, from what some second years tell me, it's come a long way from last year =) “ “Too be quite honest the SU doesn't mean much to me because I've hardly seen any of them around and about, I

“My union is obviously the student voice that isn't just taken for
granted, with it comes a well-organized team, willing to help the
students out, whether it be with advice or pure action. The Students’ 
Union is like that older brother you never knew you had! B Rohden “The Students’ Union for me as men's football president is the backbone as to what I

opperate. Without the well run and established Union that there is, there is no voice or expression from the students. Furthermore the development of the sporting student sector from this union is vital in both the University development as well as the development of the students themselves. The union is the core that we as Sports & Societies operate from.” – Craig Burton “Well you've had more of a presence than the guy last year... like i know what's going on, you're active on facebook about SU matters so I'm aware of what's happening. 'I'd hope the sU have our best interests at heart and from what i've seen so far, they do.” – James Allen Ary Sherif - “For me the SU is a team of highly committed and passionate people who focus on what the students are thinking and in need of. Through meetings and the 'down to earth' relation to the students, the current SU has the best communication with the students and has made me feel like they genuinely care about us.”

Do you think these comments reflect your view? .... Students wanting to leave their opions on what the Students’ Union means to you, good or bad can do so by dropping SU President, Chris Charnley an email – President@ lincolnsu.com Still not happy? Students wanting to hold the Union and its officers to account can do so at the All Student Meeting on the 17th November at 2pm in the EMMTEC.


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It’s not just your Union Higher Education is too. The future of Higher Education (HE) looks like it may on be on shaky ground in the coming months with a review of the way that HE sector is funded announced by Lord Mandelson recently. Students may well be aware that some Vice Chancellors of universities (the ones in charge!) have been calling for tuition fees to increase to £5000, £7000 or some even calling for a £20,000 cap. Luckily here at the University of Lincoln we have an incredibly supportive set of old and new Vice Chancellors (Professor David Chiddick and Professor Mary Stuart) who have in the past openly opposed the cap being raised any higher than it is now.

I was lucky enough to attend the NUS Higher Education zone conference recently where I heard David Willetts MP, shadow Secretary of State for Universities and Skills, talk on the future of Higher Education and how he opposed the cap being raised before there are any true signs of improvement in the student experience. Universities should have to prove their worth before raising fees... I think that is a very sensible idea, don’t you? You wouldn’t pay £30 over paying £10 for a pair of shoes without being assured you’re getting a better quality...surely we could apply the same thinking to paying for your education?

I think here at Lincoln we genuinely are one of very few examples of how more money really does enable a better student experience. We have used the extra money brought in to extend our facilities through several new buildings. These include the newest acquisition, the Lincolnshire Echo building soon to be the new Faculty of Business and Law; we have improvements to the School of Sports and Exercise Science and the area surrounding the University Library. We have a 6 week period of 24/4 Library opening hours this year which students have been asking for for years, and we have increased wireless coverage and have a new system which allows students to print wirelessly from their laptops anywhere on the university network. And all this in just the first three months of term...! However this doesn’t mean that I think tuition fees should increase. The University of Lincoln prides itself on attracting a wide

Here at Lincoln, we genuinely are one of very few examples of how more money really does enable a better student experience. We have used the extra money brought in to extend our facilities through several new buildings”

variety of students, from all backgrounds, from all countries and studying a huge range of subjects. And we don’t want to restrict this to just the students who can afford to come to Lincoln. We believe that access to education, particularly Higher Education, should be based on academic ability and not your ability to pay. I know I would have thought twice about going to University if I’d been faced with a bill for nearly £10,000 per year in course fees alone. This is the precise reason

that last year hundreds of students got involved with the Students in the Red campaign over various activities. In November students took to the streets promoting their “wall of debt” which detailed that their average amount of debt on graduation was likely to be around £20,000 with that figure set to rise over coming years. Students also attended a debate with local MP Gillian Merron, the Senior Pro Vice Chancellor and University Registrar at the university, Professor Mike Saks and Chris Spendlove,

and also the NUS Vice President for Higher Education, Aaron Porter. Students asked questions on all different topics; part time students, students with caring responsibilities, International students, students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students who were often the first in their family to go to University and how they were expected to pay for their degrees should fees rise. In March this year, three officers of the Union visited Gillian Merron in


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than ever before have attended training. We have an active Student Council and sub-Committees including a campaigning LGBT committee and a Postgraduate and Mature students committee engaged with the Government’s postgraduate provision review and hopefully we’ll have an Education Funding campaign, led by students, worthy of national press.

friends and neighbours, the postman’s daughter and the milkman’s son. Thinking about whether they will be able to afford to put those young people through education when it could cost them up to £10,000 per year.

There will be a general election at some point in spring next year, probably in May or early June. By next February the election fever will be in full swing and we can really start pushing prospective candidates on their views and what they will do for us. There are over 12,000 students at the University of Lincoln; that is a hell of a lot of pressure and a lot of people to please.

However we can’t do this alone. We need students to help get the word out, to be real life case studies of how expensive and inaccessible University can already be, we need activists to lead campaigning events and to write letters to MPs letting them know that we are a force to be reckoned with and we won’t just accept this.

We will be also be recreating last year’s famous “wall of debt” outside the Main Building, alongside a debate with local prospective And this is where you come parliamentary candidates, a in. Next February we will series of workshops at local be holding a whole week colleges and schools and of activities to get involved generally telling everybody with called Reducation. I we can that they need know it seems like an age to think about the way away (like a whole three they vote as they may be months) but it is all strategic disadvantaging a whole thinking... generation of young people.

the House of Commons along with a student and a resident of Lincoln who was at University in another city. We stressed the importance of making sure that students had a valid and useful input into the fees review, not just a token consultation in order to tick a box. This still hasn’t happened and with the recent release of Lord Mandelson’s framework for the future of Higher Education entitled “Higher Ambitions” it is looking even less likely that the National Union

of Students and local Students’ Unions on the ground will be consulted. This is all despite the fact that NUS and our Union are directly representing the views of our students at University now. Lord Mandelson’s report claims that money will be focused into the ‘STEM’ subjects; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, what about the newer growing universities, like Lincoln, that doesn’t focus on these subjects? What about the universities that don’t have

a history of excellence in research but are just beginning to make real advances? What about universities that have been successful in widening participation and have encouraged students who never thought they’d go to University, to get involved in higher education and enhancing their skills. Representation at the University of Lincoln Students’ Union is better than it has ever been. We have over 400 student reps from every year and every School and more

In the whole country students hold 15% of the population’s vote and if everyone votes we can make a huge change not just to the way Lincoln’s vote goes, but to the country’s vote. Students really do have the power to change the world. We are having a whole week of activities, but most importantly we will be out on the streets of Lincoln talking to voters about the issues facing students and why they should be thinking about their brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews,

This is an issue we feel extremely passionate about here at the Students’ Union and we will support anyone who wants to get involved in this campaign. So let us know your debt, let us know your story and let us know your email address so we can inform you of events. As NUS say, the time has come to let the government know how students think we should be “funding our future”. In unity, Kayleigh, Vice President (Education and Academic Affairs) education@ lincolnsu.com


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Let’s Talk About Representation Just like Tony Blair loved a bit of education, education, education a few years back, the Students’ Union is partial to a slice of representation, representation, and representation on an hourly basis – how about you? Are you a fan?

With more Student Reps elected than ever before (now that the Union runs the system) and a much better Hall Reps system; we quite like our ground level representation model at the moment, although we know there is plenty of room for improvement. Similarly, we have cleaned up our act in-house. You (the 12,000 or so members) run the Union; we know that and now you know that! You do that through having representatives on Student Council and, yourself, attending All Student Meetings to share you opinion and democratically vote on what you want the Union to do – the only problem being: not everybody knows what Student Council is and what it can do,

so here goes, the low-down on Lincoln’s Student Council:

The student body can be split into segments, in different ways, either by which academic school students study in, by which campus students study at, by which diversity group students fall into (if any) or by what sort of interests they have – the views of each of these groups make up a collective student voice and agenda and the student isthat’s the voice that directs sue of the day taking priority, the Union. that’s on top of Council having the authority to hold Officers By having an elected repreto account on what they or sentative of each ‘segment’ may not have done – it even of the student body, we get has the power to hold a vote a pretty good idea of what of no confidence on any Ofthe student body thinks, what ficer which in simple terms; their priorities are and what fires them. they need and all of this is brought together at meetings So… they get vocal and make of Student Council. decisions; then what? It’s The 45 people who make up Student Council meet fortnightly and get vocal, before making decisions that affect all students. No Student Council meeting is the same, with a constantly evolving

EXTRA! EXTRA! Representation for All!

down to the Union’s Officers or one of Student Council’s ‘sub-committees’ to make it happen in what ever period of time Student Council decide on – and if it’s important; Council simply say so and the Officers prioritise it!

Much of Student Council’s work is carried out by its collection of sub-committees, each of which focuses on specific student groups, needs or issues. The committees meet on a regular basis and each of them have a Student Chair and a Union Officer that supports them, if you’re interested in contributing to one of them you could turn up to a meeting or get in touch with the contact Officer. Committee Fact File

Effectively; Student Council decides things, the Officers make them happen. So what sort of things could Council make happen? Campaigns on; stopping the cap on fees being lifted, improving campus shuttle buses, improving lecture theatres, sorting out substandard accommodation, auditing the quality of lecturers or even through to stopping the closure of facilities or a course? Council can also mandate Officers to do things; from blogging daily through to wearing pink clothes on Fridays or from lobbying the Vice-Chancellor international students such as arrival, accommodation and English language courses Contact: Steven Greaves – VP Welfare & Liaison – welfare@lincolnsu.com

through to boycotting certain brands when purchasing supplies. Student Council meets every other Thursday at 4.30pm in MB1010 on the Brayford Campus and whilst only representatives can vote, any Students’ Union member can rock up and offer their opinion! So if you want something to happen, why not turn up? More information about Student Council can be found by contacting Dan Derricott, SU Student Officer, by email to dderricott@lincoln.ac.uk or by calling 01522 886006

VP Welfare & Liaison – welfare@lincolnsu.com

Disabled Students Committee Membership Type: Open to all students who self-define as Postgraduate & Mature having a disability. Students Committee Next Meeting: WednesMembership Type: Open to All day 18th November, 1pm, Next Meeting: Wednesday MC0024 2nd December, 1pm, MB1001 Discusses: Issues affectDiscusses: Issues related to ing disabled students such Postgraduate and mature stu- as access needs, specialist dents such as social needs, equipment, social needs and work areas and research campaigns LGBT Committee funds Contact: Steven Greaves – Membership Type: Open to All Contact: Kayleigh Turner – VP VP Welfare & Liaison – welNext Meeting: Monday 16th Education & Academic Affairs fare@lincolnsu.com November, 5pm, LPAC – education@lincolnsu.com Discusses: Issues related Entertainments Committee to Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual & Membership Type: Open to All Transgender students such as Accommodation, Facilities Next Meeting: Tuesday 8th their recent campaign as part & Services Committee December, 4pm, Mezz Bar – of NUS’ ‘Donation not DisMembership Type: Open to All Upstairs in the Student Centre crimination’ campaign. Next Meeting: Wednesday 9th Discusses: Setting the Contact: Steven Greaves – December, 1pm, MB1001 agenda for the SU’s annual VP Welfare & Liaison – welDiscusses: Issues related events, trips and activities. It fare@lincolnsu.com the University Accommodaalso deals with issues related tion (Lecture rooms/seminar students such as SU events International Students rooms etc.), the University’s and recreational opportunities Committee facilities and the services on as well as the Engine Shed Membership Type: Open to All offer such as Student SerContact: Kayleigh Valentine Next Meeting: Tuesday 17th vices, Catering Services and – VP Societies & Activities – November, 5pm, LPAC ICT Services societies@lincolnsu.com Discusses: Issues related Contact: Steven Greaves –


The student experience University isn’t all about text books, dissertations and long library sessions and your Students’ Union is the first to admit it!

sionate about and similarly; when involved in sports you are able to enjoy playing and become even better; through training and playing in BUCS league games.”

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YOU ELECTED THEM, NOW CHALLENGE THEM track of the finances. A lot of these skills are key and transferable into jobs across many different industries.

With more and more societies and sports teams being Both Kayleigh and the curcreated throughout the year, rent VP Sports and Teams, there is likely to be something Chris Farrell, have previously for you. At the last meeting of enjoyed such benefits of beSocieties Council and Sports ing in a team or society and Council alone we had the state that they are some of ABEAST, Architecture and the reasons that they are now Management (CMISC) societinvolved with the Students’ ies and Dodgeball, POLO Union. By being involved, they and Archery teams approved believe that they can help and students are constantly With over 2,000 students to further develop the sports enquiring about whether they involved in the Union’s sports teams and societies that are can form new ones, includteams and societies, it’s clear in the Union so that more ing the likes of the socialist to see that more and more people can reap the benefits. students’ and the poker socipeople are seeing the expeety, as well as the women’s riences, opportunities and When in a team or society cricket, swimming, athletics benefits of being in a Society there is also the opportunity and table tennis teams. or Sports team, such sentito become a member of the ments are shared by Kayleigh committee. A committee mem- For more information about Valentine, the Union’s VP ber has a lot of responsibility, getting involved in a sports Societies & Activities; “based the key roles being President, team or society; call into the on my own experience of Vice-President / Secretary Union’s SOAP Centre or get being active in both sports and Treasurer. When workin touch Kayleigh Valentine, and societies at Lincoln; it’s a ing within this committee you VP Societies & Activities at fantastic place to make new pick up a lot of skills that may societies@lincolnsu.com or friends, some becoming your come in handy when moving Chris Farrell, VP Sports & best friends for life. Being inon from university into the big Teams at sports@lincolnsu. volved in societies means that wide world. The skills include com. you’re able to talk to people leading a team, delegating about things that you are pas- jobs and of course keeping Students often say that a great way to ensure you make the most of your time here at University is by becoming involved in a club or society. Not seen something that takes your fancy? Starts your own society or team up – just find 15 members, it’s that simple.

Accountability is a buzz word this year in the Student Centre, with the Students’ Union officers pushing to make themselves more accountable than ever before, but there is still much more room for improvement. Just like figures of the wider political world are questioned on their actions, the ‘public figures’ of the Students’ Union need to be questioned on what they are actually achieving for the student body. This is all especially true if typically you do not get involved in or take advantage of the Union that you are a member of, these are the voices that need to be heard the most – so that the Students’ Union can become more effective and more accessible, for all students. You can hold your elected officers to account across a wide range of areas: - Failing to act on the wishes of Student Council - Acting in an irresponsible or inappropriate manner - Failure to represent the views of the student body Students wishing to hold Officers to account can do so by approaching them in person, emailing them, phoning them, at a meeting of Student Council or at the All Student Meeting. For help getting in touch with an officer, contact SU Reception by email to su@lincoln. ac.uk or by calling 01522 886006

Media Savvy? Fanatic about film? Passionate about Photos? Or Eager to Edit? The Media Crew is for you! Media Crew has seen a dramatic turnaround this year, with a structure at industry level and students from all levels and course engaged, the Media Crew is growing from strength to strength. Liaising with the Bullet team, the Media Crew covers all the top SU events from Sports Fixtures to Fever Pitch, Fundraising to simple plain SU FUN – no doubt you’ve seen them kicking around the Engine Shed snapping your photos? The Media Crew owns its very own equipment as well as editing software all at top notch standard. The work produced by the Crew is distributed and showcased in a number of different ways, in presentations given by the Union, screens around the University campus and most importantly as part of SUTV, which will be launched later this year. Being involved with the Media Crew can not only advance your skills as a budding photographer or videographer, but also give you the chance to learn new skills and techniques. The experience of covering different events can be highlighted through a portfolio that Students are able to collate whilst being a member of the Media Crew. All the latest Media Crew photos can be found at www.lincolnsu.com For more information, contact Emma Devine - comms@lincolnsu.com

Writing your own future Bullet Magazine is the Students’ Union publication, written by Students for Students at the University.

REFRESH YOURSELF Did you know that you can join a society, team or become involved within an area of the SU throughout the year? We know how crazy the mid semester can get and sometimes we all lose touch.

mester B ‘Re-Freshers’ Week which will act as a smaller scale Freshers’ Week with two big club nights and day long events to celebrate the start of the new year and to re-affiliate students back in to the swing University life.

Re-Freshers’ week will provide students with a great Have no fear…the SU are looking to take on board a Se- opportunity to grab more free-

bies, meet new people and try new things that never got chance to in Semester A. More information on ReFreshers’ Week will be hitting the University campuses and SU website in December. – Keep an eye out!

The whole editorial team are all students from a vast range of degrees within the University meaning that anyone can get involved. The magazine features sections on news, features, entertainment, music, fashion and sport, so no matter what you want to write about or are interested in there is a spot for you! Writing for your Students’ Union publication can open the door to many opportunities, not only gaining the experience of writing for a high standard publication that operates to industry standard, but also stretching your skills as an experienced writer or let you learn in an environment that is creative and inspirational – previous Bullet Editors have seen astonishing success with Bullet and have moved on to graduate with impressive first class honours. If you want to get involved, in any way with Bullet Magazine, email the Editor, Kayleigh Taylor - bulletmagazine@lincoln.ac.uk


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Giving you the CV Factor – Community Volunteers The graduate employment market has always been a tricky environment for students with employers increasingly demanding more from their CV’s and what it brings to the table… But have no have no fear, Community Volunteers are here! The SU has a clear aim in focusing activity that involves students who volunteer in the community to contribute to their career development, employability factor and experiential learning along with having a great time and networking with a wide range of local and national organisations and charities – A great way of getting your name out there. In addition to the volunteering opportunities with charities and voluntary sector organisations, students have also taken it to another level by

starting up and managing their own projects. One of the largest projects taken onboard by a student saw Leanne Moreland launch a ‘Maternity Buddy’ project which was nominated for both Volonteurope and CRAC awards. The project involved student volunteers across the university, NHS Social Services and the Lincolnshire community delivering maternity and child support to ethnic minorities, along with delivering English language tuition at the University. Other projects this year include Paul Smith setting up the ‘Guardian project’ and Charlotte Butler’s Christmas Shoe Box for the ‘Support Our Soldiers’ appeal. Not only can the Community Volunteers team help you set your CV alight, but it can also help in setting long term goals and direction through various projects placed in local schools for classroom, sport-

ing and creative activities, ideal for those students thinking of a career in teaching. Natalie Heal believes that “volunteering has helped me to make decisions about my future career. I feel I have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills, to apply for a teacher assistant job in the summer and I am hoping to apply for a PGCE in the following year. I hope this will encourage others who are unsure about teaching as a future career to have a taster by volunteering. “ Credit – Where it’s due There are many benefits and rewards to volunteering such as personal and professional career development, as well as the opportunity to give back to the community and make a real difference

to individual lives. All this experience can, of course be recorded on your CV, and when you are called to interview, you will always have a talking point! Volunteering isn’t all sweetness and light, it gives you an oppourtinity to see and experience the world from how others less fortunate see it. Sarah Ramsden was a student who volunteered to work in Africa for six weeks. “You do hear some horrible stories about what some of the children have been through but it is hard to get upset when you see how happy they are. They are all just so grateful to be taken into the home and to go to school and to get food, water and clothes and they are so full of life.”

students are some of the best in the country. Give it a shot Student Volunteer Week will be in February, when we will be showcasing some of the many local voluntary organisations. The team will be offering a great chance for students to head on down, find out what’s available, ask lots of questions, get involved, to find something that suits you and that all important networking.

With all the great oppourtuinities, it’s not surprising that our

Want to give your CV a glow? Pop into the SOAP Centre today or find more at:

lincolnsu.com/volunteering

Volunteering @ Lincoln SU’s SOAP Centre | 01522 886006 | volenteering@lincolnsu.com

The Futures bright… the futures orange… only joking. Now we’ve given you a thirst for things, it’s clear to say that the future for our Students and their Union has never looked so bright. With a wide range of services and opportunities on offer, the University of Lincoln student body has a unique edge on life and graduate employability – ready for what lies after University.

campaigns, messages and accessible in everything we do. This presents us with a great opportunity to relook at our strategic plan for the next 6 years, most of our objectives.

We also plan on ensuring the development of our services such as Job Shop, Community Volunteering, Media and Activities across a wider With its best year yet, the range of practical opportuniStudents’ Union wants to give ties for students. you a glimpse at what the future could bring, with your To be a leading involvement – So let’s take a Students’ Union look into the SU’s crystal ball and see what the future has We always aim to be the very to offer: best at everything we do, and everything we do is always Thinking outside the Box aimed at benefiting the student body. We the support of To be creative, initiative, our student body, our Union engaging, imaginative in our has the potential to be a lead-

ing UK success story, ranging from our services to the way in which we represent students.

Lincoln - A National Voice Lincoln has a lot to say… and the your SU actively works with NUS across a wide range of areas, but as a leading University it’s time to get NUS to recognise the value and importance our students on a national level to really leave our mark on the student movement. Your Financial Security Your Union is currently fully financially dependant on the University’s block grant and additional sponsorship from external providers such as Club Easy. It’s our aim to

reduce this dependency and to take an in depth look at how to make the Union more enterprising so that we can offer and do more for you. Your Campuses

We aim to offer equal representation across the whole University, regardless of campus, city and course. We aim to offer a great level of service to all our students, not just the Brayford Pool. By becoming more enterprising, a larger amount of our resources can be refocused on ensuring each campus has a clear line directly into the Union. Your Environment We can always do more to help the environment, our

aim will be to have achieved a minimum of a bronze level within the Sound Impact Award – By reducing our carbon footprint by 30%, reducing the level of paper wasted, turning off all electrical equipment when not in use and educating others within the Student Centre & University about looking after tomorrows future planet, today. As always we will continue to develop our relationship with the University through the development of new joint ventures, collaborations and working together on a daily basis to ensure the best student experience for all our students.


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YOUR MONEY. MONEY. MONEY. SU President, Chris Charnley gives us a breakdown of the SU’s financial year. The Students’ Union’s overall financial picture remains healthy thanks to continued support from the University and increases in income generated from activities and sponsorship.   With clear cut backs and reductions across the University, restrictions have been clear within Unions block grant, however this hasn’t affected the services or overall performance in the Union.   The performance of the Union has also been inline with budget predictions, whilst generating a small surplus of £397. It’s also important to keep in mind that this year has also seen increased activity and considerable expenditure on costs for the Job Shop project.   Net assets for the organisation remain healthy and inline with previous years, whilst also providing a healthy revision given the current financial climate.   The budgeted amounts for 09/10 remain in line with previous years; however it’s important to remember that the Union may need to reflect on changes when considering the impact from the outside world of education funding and economic downturn for 10/11 Any students wanting to discuss the Unions financial performance or budgets for the year a head can do so by contacting the SU Reception email: SU@lincoln.ac.uk

University of Lincoln Students' Union June 2009 Management Accounts and Budget 2010/2011 ADMIN Outturn 08/09 Budget 08/09 Budget 09/10 Interest/Depreciation/Charges (6,780) (7,000) (7,000) General Management (76,726) (78,160) (76,450) General Administration (6,093) (11,057) (8,700) General Development 0 (4,428) 0 JS Set Up (8,924) (10,487) 0 Total (98,523) (111,132) (92,150) BLOCK GRANT Block Grant 338,443 334,704 311,700 Total 338,443 334,704 311,700 C-E-W Promotions (2,104) (2,850) (2,850) Educational Support (2,639) (1,725) (1,350) Publicity and Media (4,621) (5,030) (6,450) Student Reps (1,625) Fresher Helpers (850) Freshers Fair 11,306 10,656 11,500 Councill (775) Media Centre (1,300) Learnhigher 0 (400) (100) Education Campaigns (506) (600) (600) Community Volunteers (4,000) Bullet Magazine (7,564) (4,000) (4,000) Welfare Campaigns (2,603) (2,290) (2,490) Diversity Groups (152) (1,150) (500) Media Awards (868) (1,350) (1,000) NUS Conferences (1,300) (2,000) (1,500) Campus Activities (873) (950) (2,000) RAG General (728) (1,000) (1,000) Total (12,652) (12,689) (20,890) RAG EVENTS RAG Events (721) 0 0 Total (721) 0 0 ENTERTAINMENTS Entertainments - AU Awards (4,402) (3,000) (3,000) Entertainments - Christmas Ball 2,332 3,000 3,500 Entertainments - Graduation Ball 12,806 15,989 8,000 Total 10,736 15,989 8,500 SABBATICALS Sabbatical - President (20,389) (19,461) (20,050) Sabbatical - Sports and Teams (19,579) (19,461) (20,050) Sabbatical - Societies & Activities (20,615) (19,461) (20,050) Sabbatical - Communications (20,969) (19,461) (20,050) Sabbatical - Education (20,301) (19,461) (20,050) Sabbatical - Welfare & Liaison (21,269) (19,761) (20,250) Sabbatical - Student Officer (151) (600) (1,000) Total (123,273) (117,666) (121,500) Trading Trading - General 48,220 49,500 49,500 Total 48,220 49,500 49,500 CLUBS & SOCIETIES Lincoln Clubs Support (28,606) (28,962) (9,500) Lincoln Societies Support (1,296) (1,575) 0 Elite Athletes Support Fund (1,493) (3,096) (1,500) Inter Varsity Competion (2,210) (2,000) (2,000) New Activities (1,883) (2,000) 0 Activities & Development Worker (479) (1,000) (1,000) Non-commercial Projects 0 0 (300) DIY Project 0 (500) (500) Hall Reps (6) (250) (500) Sponsored Kit (24,294) (25,000) (16,000) Clubs & Society Development (5,098) (8,000) 0 Sport Devlopment / Transport (12,000) Society Devlopment (4,300) Sports Clubs and Societies - Various (96,468) (93,560) 0 Societies (13,250) Sports (74,300) Total (161,833) (165,943) (135,150) Total 397 (7,237) 10


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Coming Up... 17th November, 2pm, EMMTEC ULSU’s All Student Meeting 26th November, 4:30pm, MB1010 ULSU Student Council 7th December, Engine Shed Snowflake Ball 13th January, Engine Shed Housing Fayre


The Agenda