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Vol. 2 Semester 1 2013/14

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Hello and welcome... ... to the 2nd edition of our Union Update, we can’t believe we’re almost at the end of term 1. Following a successful Freshers period we’ve been busy working on a number of exciting new ventures, including our new Green Ladder Project which you can read more about in this newsletter. Next semester is going to be a busy one with our annual Union Elections, Teaching and Union Awards, National Student Survey, Student Employment Week and loads more. Remember, we’re your Students’ Union and are here to make your time at University the best it can be. We welcome any feedback and ideas on how we can make that happen! Student Affairs Committee, 2013/14

Opportunities Centre a hub of activity Since the semester began, the Opportunities Centre has been visitied by over 5,000 students. The centre acts as the one-stop shop for the Union, answering the majority of face to face and telephone enquiries as well advertising job and volunteering opportunities and hosting democracy and student group events. The centre has seen several one off events including a Mental Health Awareness evening with guest speakers, fortnightly mature student coffee mornings, the Union Zones meetings with the SAC and a number of student led groups holding meetings and events in the space.

UCLan Students’ Union secures £200,000 for green projects In August 2013, UCLan Students’ Union beat off stiff competition to secure £200,000 of investment for student-led green projects on campus and in the wider community. Funded by the National Union of Students (NUS) Green Fund, competition was fierce with 120 Unions applying for the funding from the £5million scheme.

‘we’re really pleased to have been selected by NUS to deliver this project. This project will radically transform the work of the Union on green issues, create a legacy of projects partnerships and most importantly help to shape students attitudes to recycling, the environment and energy.’ Sophie Bennett, Campaigns Officer 2013/14

The Union launched the project with a student engagement exercise based around the UCLan Green pledge. Nearly 350 students agreed to take the pledge at 3 events in the Union over the Freshers period. This was followed by ‘Green Gathering’ a network/

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social/consultation event to launch activities and in particular the green transformation project. Earlier in November a group of UCLan students via The Green Ladder Project worked with teachers, parents and pupils at a local primary school to plant around 50 tree and hedge plants. The head teacher was thrilled with the project which will help improve the biodiversity of the school grounds providing new habitats for a range of insects and animals.

Future events include: Sunday 1st December Corn Exchange Flower Beds Meet outside the Corn Exchange, 10am - 12pm Wednesday 4th December Secret Garden Taskforce Meet outside Foster Building main entrance, 2pm Wednesday 11th December Make A Bird Feeder & Eat a Mince Pie Event - Give It a Go! Meet Opportunities Centre, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Student Lifestyle Survey We’re currently undertaking research in collaboration with NUS to gather information about the lifestyle of UCLan students. Complete the survey by visiting to be in with a chance to win one of 3 Essentials gift vouchers. The results will be published on the Union website in 2014.

Student led Teaching Award success UCLan Students’ Union in partnership with Myerscough and Runshaw College has been chosen as one of 25 Unions to participate in a national student led Teaching Awards project. Organised by the Higher Education Academy and National Union of Students, the project will be led by the Unions’ Education Officer and will provide funding and support to develop sustainable, impactful and innovative student led awards. Our proposal focused on developing our already successful awards around the theme of partnership with members, local partner institutions and colleagues across the ‘One of the best parts of being an officer University and will see the Union supporting is being able to publically recognise Course Reps at both colleges to organise their the hard work and dedication of staff. own local awards and celebration events. Thanks to this national support I am

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very excited to see the expansions we can now make.’ Ben Latham, SU President

Schools project ready to launch Set to launch in February 2014 ten current UCLan students will be going in to a local primary school to support activities around a range of subjects including art, drama and sport in after school clubs and as a class room assistant. The project builds on the success from the 2012/13 academic year with record interest in volunteering on the project and an increased number of volunteer places available.

‘It’s excellent that this project has been developed as it gives our students the opportunity to gain experience and develop their employability skills whilst also benefitting the local community.’ Sam Bloomfield, Activities & Participation Officer

Record numbers of students take part in the ‘Big Vote’ Over 3,500 students voted in this year ‘the Big Vote’ which gave students the chance to prioritise the main campaign for the elected officers over the year. The winner, with only 116 votes between the top two campaigns, was to get students to donate blood with the Union tasked with holding two blood drives on campus each year. ‘Once again, students have demonstrated their passion towards the ideas brought forward by voting in their thousands. I am currently finalising plans to hold the first blood donation day on campus which will most likely take place in February 2014.’ Sophie Bennett, Campaigns Officer

Fifteen new societies created There are currently over forty societies part funded by the Students’ Union. New societies this year include a Chemistry Society, Photographic Society and the Portuguese Society. Societies are student led which allows members to influence the direction of the society as well as gaining new skills and having fun. Societies are a great way to make friends, share a passion and enhance the student experience. ‘I joined a society in my first year in hopes of gettin g involved in university life and making friends. It really helped me to develop skills and improve my confidence.’ Vanessa, UCLan student from the Anime & Mang a Society our society with staff support and training ‘We are able to work and develop on improving experience of event planning and team building.’ sessions. This has enabled me to gain first-hand ty Claire, UCLan student from the Fashion Socie

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Union Update Volume 2  

Union Update Volume 2