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At Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU) we offer a wide array of student led societies. We help and encourage our societies to flourish, expand and improve year on year. They contribute to an already fantastic student experience here at the University. Our societies develop student’s employability, communication, people management and academic skills. This helps prepare students for their chosen careers. If you cannot find a society that interests you, we can help you to set one up! All we ask is that you have 10 other people who are willing to join the society. Once set up, you are responsible for managing how it’s run and you are provided with a deposit account. You also receive support and funding from the Students’ Union. George Reeves – President Activities.

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Why join a society? Joining a society is a great way to meet new, like-minded people whilst at university! We have around 50 societies for you to choose from, and you can join as many of them as you like. There are plenty more reasons for you to get involved though: * Enhance your C.V. – Being involved in a society at university looks fantastic to potential employers. It is important to stand out from the crowd and sometimes a degree is not enough. It’s always an advantage if you have done something extra to enhance your employability. * Networking – Some societies, particularly academic ones, will invite in guest speakers and open up opportunities for you to meet external organisations. This allows you to build up relationships which could really benefit you in the future. * Increase your knowledge – Societies offer you extra-curricular opportunities to broaden your knowledge. They also give you the chance to explore new hobbies or interests and try something new! * Have Fun! – With all of the hard work you will be doing at university, it is important to chill out too! Societies are a great way to meet with friends, do something you enjoy and relax!


Why join a society? If all of that doesn’t make you want to join a society yet, then have a look at what some of our current students have said:

What’s on offer? Now that you have decided to join a society you just need to pick which one/ones. You can find a full list at tees-su.org.uk/societies 3

Society Profile: Tabletop Gaming

Tabletop Gaming are the largest student group on campus with around 100 members involved last year! The society play any and all games, be that cards, board or pen and paper, so there is something for everyone. They meet weekly during semester time, as well as running one off events such as charity fund-raisers for everyone to get involved in. If you want a society where you can relax, and have fun then this is the one for you!


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Society Profile: NET Ethical Hacking

Winners of the Society of the Year award 2019, NET Ethical Hacking and Hardware was set up for students to raise awareness of cyber security and develop their skills in the area, no matter what course they are on. They hold a range of workshops for members on a variety of different topics including Google vulnerability, hash cracking and capture the flag. They also invite a range of guest speakers from the industry and have developed a You Tube channel. In addition, they have developed a library full of relevant texts on cyber security to help students learn a bit more – and it is free to use for members! A great society to join if you want to develop your skills, or learn something new.



Society Profile: The Knitting Society

This society is for anyone who may be interested in knitting or crochet. You don’t have to have previous knowledge, as the society has a number of experienced members who would be willing to teach you along the way. If you would like to be part of a friendly environment where you can socialise with new people, relax and learn a new skill then this may be for you. As well as meeting regularly to knit, they get involved with the community and run their own projects alongside to raise money for charity. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarn, cake and tea/coffee are all provided at sessions for members.



We have a wide range of societies who are closely linked with their course, these are referred to as SU Learning Communities. They support students through a wide range of activities such as revision sessions, guest speakers, trips to conferences and much more! Examples include: Civil Engineering – This society arrange guest speakers and extra-curricular events for students studying Civil Engineering or those who might be interested in it! The Comic Society – They were formed from the Comic, Graphic Novels and Sequential Arts course. They run trips to comic conventions, as well as creating their own comics and selling them there! Computer Games Creation – This society regularly hold 24 hour “game jams” that help students with developing their coding and games creation skills. Crime Scene and Forensic Science – They run a variety of different workshops to support students on their course. They also plan practical sessions to enhance skills including photography and fingerprinting. 7

Digital Art – This society was developed by students studying Concept Art. It is a creative community of artists who come together to help each other develop the skills essential for future careers in the creative industry. Graphic Design - They help graphic design students showcase their work to future employers at the D & AD New Blood Festival. Human Biology - This society runs regular sessions for members, as well as inviting in guest speakers and hosting their own conference. They give members the chance to network, as well as running trips to places to enhance student’s knowledge. Midwifery - They allow access to tailored and relevant study days. This enhances personal development, inspires diversity and promotes excellence amongst midwifery students. New Designers - Similar to the graphic designers, This society formed from the product design course and they utilise their enterprise skills to raise money to attend the New Designers Conference to showcase their work to potential employers. Nursing – They work closely with charities both locally and nationally to support a wide range of different causes. They also attend the Royal College of Nursing Annual Conference. Occupational Therapy – Occupational Therapy hold study days to enhance members skills as well as attending the Royal College of Occupational Therapists conference annually. 8

Paramedics – This society regularly organise transport to the Student Paramedics Conference. This year, they have been involved in bringing the VIVIT Experience to Teesside University for the first time ever. This will allow hundreds of students to experience a live dissection. Physiotherapy – They enhance the development and improve the employability of physiotherapy students by facilitating a professional network. They also provide high quality CPD opportunities through external speaker workshops and short courses. Psychology – Winner of the Academic Society of the Year 2019, this society welcome anyone who is studying or interested in Psychology. They arrange interesting speakers to come in and also help join students with employability opportunities that could help their future career. In addition, they run trips and socials for members. Sports Science and Medicine – They have been set up to help students gain practical and theoretical knowledge to help progress their job prospects. They offer weekly debates about training regimes, nutritional advice and coaching.


International Students Teesside University Students’ Union has an ongoing commitment to ensuring that our international students enjoy their time here. This is proven by our continuing success in the I-Graduate’s International Student Barometer (ISB) which consistently ranks Teesside as one of the best places in the world for our clubs and societies. We also work hard to support our international students who travel from across the globe to study here. This ranges from hosting the English Language Café to working with the University on special events and activities. Our international societies were also set up to help support students whilst they study here; We would love to see more international societies here at the Students’ Union, so if you would like support in setting up your own society, then please get in touch with the activities team at activities@tees-su.org.uk


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A big well done to all the societies who won at our Societies Awards in March 2019. Find out more at tees-su.org.uk/awards





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