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YOUR PARTNER UPDATE
elcome to the second edition of your bi-termly SUBU update. By creating this completely Partner-College-personalised newsletter we hope to keep you up to date with all the SUBU events that you may wish to be a part of, and shout about general goings on in your Partner Colleges. This issue will feature plenty of coverage on
the Full-time Officer Elections and Nerve going FM, and a great student achievement story. If there’s anything you want to feature in these updates, whether it be a charity event that you know is happening or an unsung hero in your College that you want to shout about, get in touch!
WHAT’S ON FULL TIME OFFICER ELECTIONS FRI 14- FRI 21 MAR
It’s time to stand up and choose your next leaders of the Students’ Union. The Full Time Officer Elections is your chance to decide who you want to represent you as we leap into a new era in 2014/15. Voting opens 12:01am Saturday 15th March until 5pm Thursday 20th March. If you’re on a Franchised course then you can vote on www.subu.org.uk/elections - Vote! Vote! Vote!
SUMMER BALL TICKET LAUNCH
MON 17 MAR
NOW - MON 7 APR
Tickets released for the biggest end of year Uni party in the UK. Early Birds sold out within a HOUR! Get yours at www.subu.org.uk/events
We have a chance to win 50K towards our Summer Ball with MTV and Lucozade. Tweet (and tweet again. And again) ‘#YESPimpMySummerBall Bournemouth’ to vote!
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Come down to Talbot campus and join us in Marconi LT with a panel of passionate speakers for our first gender equality live debate. Topics include Lad Culture on Campus, Women in the Media, Women at Work and Domestic Abuse.
NERVE RADIO GOES FM
pen up your airwaves and prepare for the very best in student radio as Nerve Radio broadcast live on FM between 17th – 28th March. Tune in to 87.7FM where a wide range of student DJ’s will be showcasing their talents up until 3am every night. Alongside top quality radio, you’ll be in with a chance of winning exclusive prizes and giveaways, including festival tickets. To listen to Nerve Radio FM, tune into 87.7FM or anytime online at nervemedia.org.uk.
Rep Q&A This EDITION CHANTELLE BROWN LINK REP from BOURNEMOUTH & POOLE COLLEGE
Link Reps for Partner Colleges are a fairly new role to SUBU. We aim to have at least one Link Rep for every Partner College. The role is to liaise closely with our Partner Colleges Coordinator to represent the students studying BU courses at their college. Where do you study and what course do you do? I study Music Theatre at Lower Constitution Hill, which is part of Bournemouth and Poole College. What made you want to be a Link Rep? I loved being a Rep last year however I still felt very limited to what I could do and achieve because my campus is so separated from the main University campus. I wanted to be a Link Rep so that I could work with others to aid in further bridging that gap and to help my students feel more like they are part of the University.
What’s the best thing about studying at your Partner College? A sense of community. Because we are such a small campus, there are only 3-4 courses on my college campus, there is a big family feel. Everybody knows each other and we all help each other out when needed. It’s lovely. What advice would you give to new students at your College? Make the most of being so close to the main campus. Join clubs, meet people, and spend as much time over there as you can so that you can have the full University experience. But, at the same time, embrace the fact that you are at a College Campus as it has its merits. What’s an interesting fact about yourself? I am a bit of a boring person really; I don’t consider myself interesting at all. I suppose the most interesting part of me is that I have a little boy. He’s amazing and such a little character, he is my motivation for getting a degree and for being a Link Rep.
VOTE AT SUBU.ORG.UK/ ELECTIONS
BOURNEMOUTH, CHOOSE YOUR LEADERS Preparations are over and it’s time for you to choose the next team of Full Time Officers to take us into a new era
lection time. The biggest, most important period in the Students’ Union calendar, where you decide who will lead us into 2014/15. Every year, a group of students passionate about the issues that impact you canvas the campus in search of your vote. They’ll bring with them bright posters, a committed campaign team and the occasional sweet, but most importantly, they’ll bring their ideas on how to best develop and improve SUBU. "But what difference will voting make? Nothing will change." We hear this cry all too often, and fortunately, it simply isn’t true. The work of SUBU’s Full Time Officers helps shape your time, and their representation at the highest University level means your vote puts the student voice at the forefront of BU. From completing plans for the new £10.5million Student Centre, to releasing exam results earlier in the year, expanding facilities on campus and improving community relations in 2013/14, a vote in the elections is certainly worth something. So come voting period, take a look at their manifestos, watch their campaigns videos, decide whose ideas you like...then vote!! You never know, their plans might be ex-
actly where you want to see next year. Campaigning starts Friday 14th March at 9pm, and voting opens at 12:01am Saturday 15th March until 5pm 20th March. You’ll need a BU login to vote, so if you’re on a Franchised course, just visit subu.org.uk/elections and cast your all important vote!
Your Candidates PRESIDENT Aaron John Newbury Chelsea Payne Chloe Schendel- Wilson
Coralie Wood Dan Beattie Gavin Topley
VP WELFARE Lizzy Wallis
VP EDUCATION Becky Bolton Ellie Mayo-Ward Katie Pliskin
Paul Monan Mike Deacon Timothy Randle
VP LANSDOWNE Peter Briant
‘You Said This Happened’ is our way to telling you how we’ve acted on your feedback
Link Reps should be more identifiable in the Partner Colleges
Hot water for drinking should be made cheaper for students at UCY
More communication should be provided at Partner Colleges
The first edition of this update had 550 views! A poster of all of the Link Reps from all the Partner Colleges was produced and will be up in your College soon
The cost of hot water was reduced by 50%
The best way for us to improve our service is through your feedback. Please email email@example.com with your ideas,and examples.
AT LANSDOWNE Your VP Lansdowne Sophie discusses the research she has been working on to improve placement support for HSC students
didn’t study a Health and Social Care course, so when I started my role as VP Lansdowne I had to learn the intricate details of the school and their relationship with the NHS. Something that always came up from students was their dissatisfaction with placements, mentors and general support around this area. After feeding this back to the relevant courses to no avail, the next solution was to implement a mentor information scheme. Students could report on their relationship with their mentor, and if negative themes began to emerge on certain placements, the University would step in. Unfortunately, the idea was denied when it didn’t comply with Data Protection Laws. The University did, however, recognise this was an issue and, alongside SUBU, developed the ‘Getting the most from your practice placement’ z-card, which students can collect from Placements and Careers. They also signed up to the ‘Speak out safely’ campaign and are looking into
the student journey through their Practice Development Unit. SUBU has now launched research into placement support to fully inform the University on the issues HSC students are facing in practice. NUS have also taken an interest in our research, as placement support isn’t just an issue at BU, but nationwide too. This means that BU students participating in the placement support research could not only benefit BU students, but HSC students across the whole of the UK. In a recent meeting with the Dean of HSC, three main things were agreed based on the research we have collated so far. 1) There would be more promotion of the z-cards, 2) The School’s Executive team would meet to discuss way to take the research forward and 3) We would hold a focus group with students that the Dean could attend. If you want more information on this, or would simply like to discuss this further, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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ACHIEVEMENT James Merrell, a third year Nursing Student at University Centre Yeovil and SUBU Link Rep recently had an article published in the Nursing Times. He spoke to us about his achievement and his inspiration behind the article. "When I started my nursing career I knew from the start that reflection was an important part of professional practice but I also knew that it is something we don’t do enough of. Reflective practice is important because it gives us an opportunity to process our thoughts and consciously analyse our decision making. In nursing and many other careers reflection is a must. But I wondered if there were more creative ways to reflect than just analysing our thoughts?" James told us. James went on to tell us that he thought writing articles would be an imaginative way to harness this reflective writing. The most recent article James had published in The Nursing Times was a reflective piece
about a patient who he had cared for on placement who had terminal cancer. By writing this article he told us it allowed him not just to clarify his thoughts and feelings but also to learn how to cope with his own vulnerabilities when dealing with sensitive issues. James told us that the very concept of nursing and similar careers can provide an array of topics for a reflective article. Having something published at the very start of such a career increases your confidence and enables you to feel like you have achieved something. He went on to say "If you’re thinking to yourself ‘Oh that sounds like hard work!’ It really is not. As students we write essays all the time, there is not a better time than now to start writing and getting published. Give it a go." James’ article ‘His death taught me about life as a student nurse’ can on the found NursingTime.net