You can see each of our personal highlights of the year on pages 2 and 3, while the new Student Officers elected to join Amy and Georgina from July 2017 are introduced on the inside back cover.
However, the key purpose of TUSU In Review is always to look back at the incredible impact TUSU and our amazing School and Course Reps, club and society members and student volunteers have had on student life. We think you’ll agree when you read through that they’ve excelled themselves again this year…a massive thanks to everyone who has contributed. Finally, can we wish everyone who is due to complete their time at Teesside Uni this summer all the very best for the future! Make sure you stay in touch with your Students’ Union for years to come, you’re always welcome back at our events and in our venues!
Adam, Bruna , Georgina and Amy
The only bad thing about the past academic year is how quickly it’s gone! For two of us it marks the end of our time as Student Officers but we’re all looking back on 2016/17 with great fondness and pride. As always, it’s been a real struggle to decide what to include and what to leave out with so many highlights to choose from but we hope you feel we’ve caught most of the biggest moments in the pages that follow!
welcome to our year!
Welcome To Our Year!
“…I hardly need say it’s hard to pick just one thing from such a brilliant year! However, I’m going to go for the sexual consent campaign I ran earlier this year. It’s a sensitive and controversial, but very important topic and I was delighted with how students responded. I think it really helped a lot of people to improve their understanding of issues around consent, it also seems to be having an ongoing impact and I hope it will continue to do so in the next academic year.”
adam howe Vice-President Education
“…It’s been a packed year with some big wins for students some of which they probably don’t even know that much about because they’re related to changes behind the scenes on teaching and regulations. However, I’m going to have to go for the success of my 24 hour Library campaign! Not only did a record number of students engage with it, according to our SOC survey feedback, it has led to the Library actually being open 24/7 until the end of this academic year.”
“…I’m going to, very slightly, cheat and pick joint highlights! The first is our sporting success this season including 3 BUCS league wins, a league and cup double for Women’s Hockey. Then we rounded it off with one of the best Tees Wear Varsities the campus has ever seen, made even sweeter by our 16.5 to 6.5 win! The second is our new look Societies Awards, it was a big success and a hugely important part of our work to improve the recognition and credit our wonderful societies get!”
Georgina Arksey Vice-President Welfare
“…There’s been so many great moments running campaigns around student health, wellbeing and safety this year but I’ll go for our revamped Yes To Respect campaign! We focussed on a much wider range of areas this year including language and behaviour when playing sport, socialising and studying. We also tried to tackle the growing problem of abusive language and inappropriate behaviour on social media. I’m proud of the impact that the campaign had and we’ll aim to further develop it next year!”
Campaigns that count! We’re an SU who pride ourselves on running campaigns that tackle the “real world” issues students face across teaching, learning, housing, safety, health and wellbeing to name just a few.
campaigns that count!
It’s been anther busy and, we believe, very impactful year of campaigns which have made a real difference to students’ lives. Check out some of our key achievements below and find out more about all our current campaigns at tees-su.org.uk/campaigns.
Staying central to student life!
staying central to student life!
Itâ€™s impossible to fully explain the impact our various services, facilities and events have on student life in such a small space, however visuals often help! Check out some key stats about the past academic year at Teesside University SU below.
moments of the year SEPTEMBER
• Over 100,000 visits to day and evening events at Freshers.
• A new record of 410 students attend the TUSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) to have their say about our plans for the year.
• New look Tees Students Can and Yes To Respect campaigns run. They’re widened to include sexual consent and respectful behaviour in sport.
• Our annual I Love TUSU campaign runs including our first ever community day.
• The Student Officer song “TUSU Thrills” features on Radio 1 following a rave review from presenter Chris Stark.
• Our 2016 to 2020 strategic plan is published after consultation with students.
• SU Studio opens on 2nd floor of SU Building and new look SU Student Support (SUSS) launches.
moments of the year
• New Student Officer team gets to work after a summer of planning and training.
• International students rank TUSU in the UK top 2 in the International Student Barometer 2016.
moments of the year february
• Student Officer and NUS Conference Rep Elections nominations open.
• Over 2000 students cast over 8500 votes in the Student Officer and NUS Conference Rep Elections.
• SU Student Support (SUSS) receive the Advice Quality Standard (AQS) accreditation for a second time.
• Exceptional students are honoured at the Annual Awards.
• Teesside Uni retains the Tees Wear Varsity trophy.
• Our massive end of year party The Final Fling (26th May) looms.
moments of the year
• The new look Societies Awards celebrate outstanding societies and society members.
• Sports teams win BUCS league and cup titles.
focussing on society success
The Society Awards, held on Thursday, 30th March, honoured outstanding societies and society members across ten categories covering general impact, outstanding development and a commitment to the learning and employability of members. Enactus Teesside (Society of the Year), Teesside Literary Society (Most Enterprising Society) and The Battle Re-Enactment Society (Society Committee of the Year) were the biggest winners on the night.
You can read a full report, view pics and watch video from the event at tees-su.org.uk/awards, a final congrats to all the very worthy winners and excellent nominees.
focussing on society success
We also send our congratulations to Welcome Desk Coordinator Mark Whitehill who deservedly picked up SU Staff Member of the Year at the STAR Awards 2017 and say a big well done to fellow nominees Martin Hawley (Clubs Development Coordinator) and the SU Activities team. The winners of The STAR Awards are shortlisted from nominations by students and staffâ€Śover 500 students took the time to nominate their star staff this year.
Itâ€™s always great to see that students appreciate the work our Student Officers and staff do to enhance their experience. We were delighted to enjoy superb ratings from students in Times Higher Education (in the top 10% in the UK) and What Uni surveys (up 2 places to 11th in the UK) again this year. They were welcome additional endorsements from students following international students ranking TUSU in the UK Top 2 earlier this year in the influential International Student Barometer.
acclaimed by students
acclaimed by students
Trophies and titles!
trophies and titles!
TUSU enjoyed a golden end to the 2016/17 sporting season with three league titles, a league and cup double... plus one of our biggest ever wins in the Tees Wear Varsity! Men’s Futsal got the ball rolling in February after winning their Northern 3B league with 15 points and just one defeat from 6 matches. Women’s Hockey added to the silverware in early March by finishing 6 points clear and going unbeaten all season in their Northern 4B league to clinch it with 26 points from 10 games. They sealed a stunning double for Teesside University after winning the Northern Conference Plate. Women’s Rugby continued a glittering season on Wednesday, 15th March with their 56-19 victory away at Leeds Trinity University securing the Northern 3B league title. They finished unbeaten and 5 points clear at the top of their league. The icing on the sporting cake came on Weds, 22nd March when Teesside rolled out emphatic 16.5 to 6.5 winners of the 2017 Tees Wear sports varsity soundly defeating friendly rivals The University of Sunderland. There’s pics, video and full reports at tees-su.org.uk/varsity and tees-su.org.uk/sportsuccess. Well done to everyone who represented Teesside this year!
The Annual Awards celebrated outstanding sportswomen, sportsmen, clubs and teams. They also recognised individual student reps and the student rep team who have gone the extra mile to make sure the student voice is heard. The event, held on Wednesday, 10th May, included big wins for Womenâ€™s Rugby (BUCS Club of the Year), Snowsports (Non BUCS Club of the Year), Womenâ€™s Hockey (BUCS Team of the Year), Jo Beckwith (School Rep of the Year and Reps Rep of the Year) and The School of Social Sciences, Business & Law (School Rep Team of the Year).
Read a full report, view pics and watch video from the event at tees-su.org.uk/awards. Congrats one final time to all our winners and nominees.
investing wisely 12
So we know what you’re wondering after all those amazing achievements…how on earth does the SU afford it? Here’s a simple breakdown of what we make each year and how we reinvest it to improve the lives of all students. Read our full accounts for the 2016/17 financial year at tees-su.org.uk/accounts. *Includes external hires contributing £180,000 to the SU
Matthew Atkin (President Elect) and Tom Platt (VP Education Elect) will join Amy Preston (VP Activities Re-Elect) and Georgina Arksey (VP Welfare Re-Elect) on the Student Officer team from July 2017. Alongside Amy and Georgina, they were elected to their positions by students in March and will both be familiar faces to many from working as student staff, student reps and sports club members over the past few years.
Matthew is 22 and originally from Kettering in Northamptonshire while Tom is 21 and originally from Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear. Find out more about both of them and what they want achieve at tees-su.org.uk/officerselect.
We've had a great 2016/17 and we want to share it with you! Check out all the best bits from the past academic year at Teesside University S...