Pulse | Issue Three

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A quick update from your student leaders


Moving House Tips & Exam Advice


Curious about... Feminism


I am Solent & Elections Results

Spotlight on... Societies & Sports

Your month in Southampton


STUDENT LEADERS After another busy semester, your Student Leaders are back with another update on their work. The Officers are here to make sure that you have a voice within the University and aim to enrich your academic interests within Solent. webdesigncomp@solentsu. co.uk for your chance to win a Amazon Fire Tablet.


Hello, your president David here. We have had a fantastic student election and I thank all the candidates for running and the voters who voted.

Help the university upgrade the Whitebeam Suite in The Spark by filling out our survey. While you’re at it, send any student stories to communications@ solent.ac.uk to have them included in Beat, your Student Newsletter.

vp education

I am still pushing out my website competition so if you’re interested in joining please contact me on

Good luck in your exams and have a great summer!

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a relaxing time off. For most of you, big deadlines are around the corner, especially for level 6 who have their Dissertation and Final Ma jor Projects to do. Below are some of my tips for how I got through mine:

but not too flexible that you procrastinate. Taking breaks is very important but don’t leave everything last minute! •• Understand your brief and marking criteria. Don’t be afraid to ask your lecturers the same question again and again if you don’t understand! Make sure you keep a record of everything.

•• Set personal goals and/or deadlines but allow flexibility so you don’t get stressed

But remember that this is your dissertation. Don’t let others judgement stand in your way!


vp employability & engagement

Soooo we had the refreshing farm aka the petting zoo, to everyone who came, wasn’t it good!? I got to have an alpaca on campus. Mini mission hit!!

Something else happened…oh I got re-elected with the highest votes of an individual candidature, won’t lie I was shocked and delighted, one more year! Thank you to everyone who voted this year. Mini mission next year bouncy castle!! Coming up this month Collection of bras to Africa one date before and after Easter break- spring clean those closets people!! Accepting any clean usable bras.

This years period poverty drive ended and donated products went to Southampton YMCA to help those in need within the local area! Pamper hampers were won. #itsbloodygood

Wishing everyone luck with final term

vp welfare & community

Ro xx

Wazzzzup guys! So you may have seen Safe Solent is back! The second trial is going really well and it’s looking like it should continue after Easter too, so keep your eyes peeled! We’ve got some charity grant bids going in as well for next year!

I’m also developing some content for the welfare section on the website, so if you’ve got any suggestions on what you’d like to see, get at me on Facebook or email su.welfare@solent.ac.uk


I AM SOLENT Remarkable Students and their inspirational stories. Are you doing a sponsored run this year or raising money for charity in another way? Well if you need some inspiration and motivation, you don’t need to look further than our very own Solent Students!

In just over a year since his visit, Seth managed to raise the money via activities such as a Colour Run and via his old school, the health centre has now been built. In February 2019, Seth visited Asso to officially open the new centre.

Seth Thomas, who studies Popular Music Performance and Production at Solent, helped to raise £50,000 to build a health centre in the village of Asso in the north of Nigeria, which is home to the Fulani militia, who violently target the villagers in order to take their land.

Seth was bestowed with the traditional title of ‘Byeh Gwong’ which means ‘Helper of Kagoma’ by the Ruler of Kagoma Kingdom.

Seth first visited the village in October 2017 and met a 15 year old whose leg had been infected from a bullet wound. Feeling inspired and wanting to make a difference, he set out to raise money to build a health centre.

Seth is keen for others to be inspired and to make a difference. He said: “People told me it was impossible for me to raise the £50,000 needed for this clinic, but I was spurred on by the constant image in my mind of these wonderful people who were suffering without complaint. I now want to tell the story to inspire young people everywhere; we really can make a difference.” Photos taken from Wiltshire Times


YOUR 2019/20

STUDENT LEADERS We are pleased to announced your new Student Leader team for 2019/20! They start their term in July 2019.



Winning with 465 votes against 3 other candidates

Winning with 416 votes against 4 other candidates

Grace Davis

Mollie Tuck

“Your Voice Represented!”

“It’s Fast, It’s Furious, It’s Education”



Winning with 516 votes against 5 other candidates

Winning with 333 votes against 10 other candidates

Ro Tomlin-Wills

Honour Hewett

“Getting stuff done!”

“Prioritise your health above all else!”




ADVICE Your Students’ Union offers a free, impartial Advice Service located on the ground floor of the SU building. We can offer advice, support and guidance on various academic issues that may impact your studies. The door of the Advice Service is always open... unless its cold! exam stress top tips

4 things to keep in mind

1. Get stocked up on all your exam essentials at the Welcome Centre!

1. Exercise Yeah, we know, you’re exhausted. Sometimes the idea of exercising during times of high stress feels like the last thing you want to do, but we guarantee you will feel better afterwards. Made easier with the opening of Solent’s new Sport Complex!

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Team up with class mates for group studies sessions for extra support. 3. If you’ve got more than one exam to tackle, draw out a simple diagram with dates of each exam and how many topics need covering for each. This will give you a clear idea of how much time you need to dedicate to each exam.

2. Take time out of your study Varsity is happening on 8th May. Take a day out to relax and support your Solent Sports Teams. 3. Theres help out there If your really concerned about your studies let us know and we can help or point you in the right direction.

4. Give yourself a break. This is perhaps easier said than done, but try not to give yourself such a hard time. You’re doing your best and that’s the best you can do!

4. The odd Netflix™ study break





CURIOUS ABOUT... FEMINISM STUDENTS ALWAYS FORGET TO PACK an inequality, where women face oppression politically, economically, personally and socially. Therefore, it would make sense that there is some focus on women’s rights, though this will change as society does.

What exactly is feminism? In modern society, gender equality is seen as an expectation; coming about after decades of a political and social movement in aid of giving women the same rights as men. Those who hold these ideals coin the phrase ‘feminism’ to describe their beliefs.

“Men cannot be feminists” Anyone can be a feminist, regardless of gender. If you believe that all genders are equal, then congratulations, you are a feminist!

Let’s bust some myths “Feminists hate men” There is a distinct difference between hating men and hating the patriarchy. The patriarchy is a societal system dominated by men, where women are seen as inferior... a.k.a. misogyny. This is not hating men, feminists believe in equal rights and opportunities for everyone.

Iconic Feminist Maya Angelou Through her literature, public speaking and powerful writing, Maya Angelou inspired both women and African Americans to overcome gender and race discrimination. In 2011, Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her works that spanned over 50 years including 36 books, seven autobiographies and over 50 honorary degrees.

“Feminists only fight for women’s rights” If you look up the dictionary definition of feminism, it is a movement aimed at achieving gender equality. In current society, there is still

For more information visit solentsu.co.uk/curiousabout


SOLENT EATS Cook yourself some sweet treats without the effort of entering yourself for bake-off! This mug-recipe gives you the full flavour of a bakery in the comfort of your own home and is worth scrapping any diet for.


and ensure there are a few remaining at the top.

1 Tbsp coconut flour 1 Tbsp almond flour 1 Tbsp oat flour (omit for paleo version)* 2 Tbsp granulated sweetener of choice (adjust to taste) 1/2 tsp baking powder Pinch cinnamon 1 large egg (can sub for 1 large egg white or 1 flax egg) 1 Tbsp mashed banana/ pumpkin/mashed starch (can sub for 1 T coconut oil OR ghee) 1 Tbsp + dairy free milk of choice** 2-3 Tbsp frozen blueberries

3. Microwave for 50 seconds (or up to 2 minutes, depending on your microwave) and remove. Enjoy immediately. Notes * If you omit the oat flour for almond, you’ll need a dash more dairy free milk. ** Depending on the starch you use and the brand of coconut flour, you will most likely need more than 1 tablespoon- Adjust accordingly.

WHAT TO DO: 1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the flours, sweetener, cinnamon and baking powder in mix well. For student deals on food and drink around Southampton sign up to our mailing list at www.solentsu.co.uk/mailing

2. Add in your egg, mashed banana, dairy free milk and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in the blueberries



We bring you the latest events in Southampton and the surrounding areas, so that get the heads up! From Open Air Cinemas to Green Impact Socials around Southampton, we’ve got you covered!


matilda the musical

Marwell Zoo welcomes the world exclusive exhibition of BRICKOSAURS! Created with over two million LEGO bricks.

Multi award-winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by Roald Dahl.

5th April - 1st September 2019 www.marwell.org.uk

11th June - 6th July 2019 www.mayflower.org.uk

A life in drawing

Green Drinks

Featuring twelve Leonardo da Vinci drawings. Accompanied by a series of special events.

Find out about events and activities that will influence environmental policy.

Until 6th May 2019 www.discoversouthampton.co.uk

20th June 2019 www.eventbrite.co.uk

open air cinema

Airport runway run

Cosy down against the backdrop of the secluded wilderness and watch Bohemian Rhapsody.

Race along the runway of Southampton Airport to raise money for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

11th May 2019 www.discoversouthampton.co.uk

23rd June 2019 www.eventbrite.co.uk


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