Issue 2 23 Oct 13
FROM THE S TU D ENTS’ U NIO N AT B O U RNEM O U TH U NIVERSITY
NEWS AT A GLANCE
NERVE MAG ISSUE #2 RELEASED
STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS VOTE TODAY!
N LEGGIT SIG S N UP OPE
WHAT STO STUDENTS PS IN ELECTIORUNNING NS?
COFFEE HOUSE SESSIONS
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THISWEEK STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Voting is now open until Friday (25th October) for the Student Council elections! Who will you choose to represent your views across the 4 councils and help drive the work SUBU does this year? When: Now, until Friday 25th Oct, 5pm. Where: View manifestos and vote at: subu.org.uk/elections
Sign up opens for Rag’s massive charity hitchhike. How far away can you get in 36 hours without spending a single penny? When: Wed 23rd-25th Oct Where: Search ‘Bournemouth Rag’ on Facebook for the link.
NATIONAL PARENT WEEK
It may not feel like it’s time to think about bagging your dream job yet, but here’s a great place to start in building your professional network. When: Now, until 24th Oct, 10:30am-2:30pm Where: Kimmeredge Hall
SUBU’s annual Halloween fright night is here! Don the ghoulish face paint, throw on your best fancy dress and zombie slide down to the scariest party in town. Tickets start from £3. When: 31st October Where: The Old Fire Station. Buy you tickets at subu.org.uk/events
All the latest from the world of SUBU for the next fortnight
Part of BU Green Week, celebrating BU’s excellence in maintaining Fair Trade status. Expect exciting activities from campaign workshops to a live cook-off. When: 24th October Where: Talbot Campus
An annual campaign run by The Family & Childcare Trust. This year’s theme, Make One Change, urges parents, businesses, employers and childcare providers to make ONE change to improve family life. The next installment of our fortnightly free acoustic music sessions. A live, unplugged performance from Mark Hole, and perfect with a cuppa. When: 28th October Where: The Loft, 2:30pm
Movember is here and men up and down the country start growing their tashes in aid of prostate cancer. Send us your Movember efforts with #BUMovember and the best one wins a prize at the end of the month. When: Throughout November
Join SUBU Volunteering at the BOHO Lounge for an session of letter making for Post Pals. When: 29th October, 11am-2pm Where: BOHO Lounge on Lansdowne Campus
The next issue of Nerve Magazine drops , featuring an exclusive interview with the Directors and Producers of Pixar film Monsters University When: 29th October, Where: In print across Talbot Campus and online at nervemedia.org.uk
UNSUNG HEROES Celebrating the hard work and success of the students that make SUBU the hub of activity it is
BECOME A HERO
If you’ve got something worth shouting about, we’d love to share it on this page. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or come up and see us in the SUBU office (above Dylan’s bar)!
RUNNING THE GREAT SOUTH RUN FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
This Week MARK MATTHEWS
What can students expect from LGBT this year? Our aim is to create a proper community within University for LGBT students (with straight students welcome too of course). We intend to branch out and get involved in the local community with volunteering and other activities. We will also be having regular socials such as nights out in the triangle, quiz nights and daytime events What are you looking forward to this year? I am looking forward to, with equal dread, the challenges of third year as well as the prospect of launching my career. How did you first get involved with LGBT? I first got involved in my first year going to socials throughout the year, I decided to become part of the committee as I felt I could contribute to the society and push it to do a wider range of activities rather than just nights out. What’s your favourite thing about Bournemouth? The beaches!
ive BU students are challenging themselves to run the Great South Run on 27th October to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. The decision to brace the 10 mile run comes as a sign of support for a colleague of one student who was diagnosed with the disorder whilst on placement. The group have set the ambitious target of £1000, with every donation to be hugely appreciated to reach their goal. To sponsor the run, please visit justgiving.com/Motorolarun
TO HOST NATIONAL STUDENT CHART
unday 27th October sees SUBU’s own Nerve Radio host the National Student Radio Chart Show. Broadcast on student stations up and down the country, Nerve’s own presenters will be introducing the Student Radio Chart’s Top 10 biggest tracks in Student Clubs that week, and a rundown of the Top 10 tracks students are listening to by unsigned bands. It’s the only chart representing what students are really listening to and Nerve can’t wait to put their unique spin on the Student Radio institution. Don’t miss out! Tune in at: nervemedia.org.uk at 3pm on Sunday to listen.
Despite receiving a record number of nominees for this year’s Part-time Officer roles, what stops more students engaging in Union elections? SCAN TO VOTE OR READ CANDIDATE PROFILES
his year is a mammoth one for SUBU. With the introduction of the four Student Councils, we have set ourselves the massive task of electing 40 student officers over a three day period. From Wednesday (23rd October) you will be able to vote for a variety of roles from an Environmental officer to a Lansdowne Socials and Activities officer. So far we’ve done amazingly well. With a record 41 nominations submitted by the end of the nomination period, we couldn’t have been more thrilled to have students engaging with the democratic processes at Bournemouth University. But is this enough students? When you take into consideration that around 14,000 BU students are eligible to vote and run, 41 candidates throwing their hat into the ring amounts to only 0.3% of the BU population. Interestingly, in a recent poll we asked students if they would ever consider running in the elections. 13% of you said ‘Yes’, and taken representatively, that’s over 1800 students. So what stopped the other 1755 of you from contemplating, to committing to run? And most importantly, what more can SUBU do to get you engaged?
According to research by NUS, those least likely to be involved included; males, those over 25 years of age, EU citizens and part-time students. Furthermore, over half of students involved in elections first became involved prior to attending university, and many tried to continue with this work even while attending university. Other universities have discovered different reasons too. From "It’s just a popularity contest" to "There’s no point, you’ll never change anything" to even "I won’t win without a big campaign team. These are all understandable concerns and it’s natural to be apprehensive about running. elections can often seem scary or a lot of hard work, but it’s what SUBU is here to help support you with. Whether it’s helping candidates with time management or training them to effectively campaign and talk to students, we recognise we have a job to do to get more of you involved
Voting Open Now!
Voting is now open from 10am Wednesday 23rd Oct until 5pm Friday 25th Oct. To vote, or read the candidates profiles, visit subu.org.uk/elections
‘You Said This Happened’ is our way to telling you how we’ve acted on your feedback
Almost 15% of you said ‘lack of communication’ prevented you from getting involved with SUBU
Over 20% of you said ‘lack of information’ prevented you from getting involved with SUBU
over 10% of you said ‘not understanding what SUBU does’ prevented you from getting involved All communications seek to deliver a clear message on what SUBU is about, including intense training for Welcome Crew to help spread our ethos and Activities
We’ve revamped the SUBU website, the stairwell up to the SUBU office had a major makeover and Calendars distributed at the start of term highlight all key events & campaigns
Our new stairwell features notice boards with regularly updated SUBU news and events,.News from SUBUrbia is distributed fortnightly and we’re active daily on social media to keep up the conversation
This week features key results from our annual ‘How’s SUBU for You?’ survey
MEETING BU’S STUDENT PARENTS
Your VP Lansdowne Sophie introduces how SUBU are helping student parents at BU
s it’s National Parents Week this week, we’re using the opportunity to explore some of the ways SUBU can encourage and reach out to student parents - a group particularly close to my heart. In the past three months alone, we’ve had over 800 students with dependants register with the SUBU website, but as you may expect, certain barriers exist for student parents. According to research by the National Union Students (NUS), 77% of student parents felt it wasn’t easy to get involved in large parts of university life. In the same report, student parents admitted feeling guilty about the time spent studying limiting time available to spend with their children. Add that to a reported annual child care cost of up to £4576 for children under two on top of tuition fees, and life as a student parent can be tricky business. Nationally, priorities reported for student parents were a child-friendly attitude and more child-care support. And knowing we needed to find out more, I carried out some research into how student parents at BU feel. In response, a new area of the SUBU website is now dedicated completely to student parents, with information on everything you’d want
to know about moving your family to Bournemouth, from 77% of student information on local doctors to parents felt it wasn’t supermarkets and schools. easy to get involved We are also re-electing a in large sections of Part-time Student Parents’ university life Officer for the second year to work alongside a brand new Women’s Officer as part of the Welfare Council. We hope, whoever this individual is, will bring first-hand experience to all of our plans to make life at BU better for students with children. Finally, to try and combat some of the negatives of balancing study time with family time, we’ve been bringing toys, movies, tea and coffee to monthly events on Talbot Campus, where students can bring their kids to meet with SUBU and other student parents. It turns out this is a great way to find some baby sitters too! If you’re a student parent and want to attend or feed back your opinion, please contact me on email@example.com. And keep your eyes peeled for the next Student Parents event!
Every fortnight, The Loft and Dylanâ€™s is host to Coffee House Sessions; stripped back, live acoustic music as part of a new nationwide University tour. Presented by Nerve Media, the performances from up-and-coming artists like Al Lewis, Lucy Mason and Lydia Baylis are the perfect counterpart to an afternoon coffee. Attendance is free, you just need to turn up! The next Session is Mark Hole next Monday (28th October)at 2:15pm For the latest coverage, visit nervecoffeehousesessions.tumblr.com
PETITION TO CHANGE STUDENT FINANCE
SCAN FOR VIDEOS, INTERVIEWS AND REVIEWS
An e-petition has been launched to encourage the government to introduce monthly student finance maintenance payments to all UK full-time students. Full-time students currently receive funding for living costs in 3 installments each year. No other group in the UK gets their income in this way. Monthly payments might ease the challenge of budgeting & enable students to better manage their money in preparation for their graduate career. View or sign the petition at: epetitions.direct.gov. uk/petitions/55629 or scan the QR code (right).
From becoming a student rep to forming a club, joining Nerve or even helping put together SUBUurbia every fortnight, we have loads of activities to help you become an active part of your Union and add experience to your CV. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org SUBUurbia is printed on 100% recylcled paper
THE SMYTHS, 25th OCT GET SATISFIED, 26th OCT TURIN BRAKES, 30 OCT COFFEE HOUSE SESSIONS, 28th OCT Halloween scream, 31st OCT