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We hope that you have settled in nicely and had a chance to meet and make friends with some other residents in your hall? Your local halls team are here to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable stay – if there is anything we can do to assist you, please let us know! The Halls Life Newsletter is our way of letting you know what is going on in and around your halls community. We publish 4 issues a year to keep you in the loop so keep an eye out for us. We would love to hear from you also, either with suggestions for improving the halls experience or if you would like an article you have written included. Please contact your local halls team for more details on how to make this happen.

Arrivals survey In order to assist us to improve the ‘life in halls’ experience, we would ask that you take a few moments to complete a short questionnaire about arrivals in halls. This can be done either electronically on the StudentCom home page, via a paper version available from your local halls office, by scanning the QR code below or by following this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H2DQSJ3 We will be running a prize draw for all those who have returned a completed survey. Don’t miss out on your chance to win an iPad! FILL OUT AN ARRIVALS SURVEY AND BE IN THE RUNNING TO WIN AN iPad

Rebecca Logan – Last years survey prize draw winner (and this year we have upgraded to an Ipad!) “Thank you very much for my iPod! I had never expected to receive a 32GB iPod or even a brand new one! As I am about to embark upon a 15 hour bus journey to London this pocket entertainment couldn’t have arrived at a better time.”

MyUnihub Don’t forget to join your halls community in myUnihub, we will be posting regular updates about what is going on in halls, so keep checking to stay in the loop. If you haven’t logged in yet, its easy, just visit https://myunihub.mdx.ac.uk click ‘my communities’, then click ‘Halls life’, you will see the community relating to your halls there. Join in its free!


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Fun Food & Freshers – the Halls Welcome Fete To all residents who attended the Halls Welcome Fete, we would like to say a big THANK YOU to making it a fantastic day! It was great to see so many of you enjoying the amazing amusement rides, wearing outrageous balloon creations and having some hilarious charicature drawings made! Everyone enjoyed their hog roast and BBQ lunch in the sun.

Photo memories of the day can be viewed on myUniHub Halls E Community. We’ve randomly selected 2 residents within the photos (marked with a ‘magic circle’). If you are one of chosen few, please make contact the local halls office and collect a £25 voucher.

Some great prizes were taken home from the fairground stalls. We also had plenty of lucky people who walked away with our grand prizes of an iPad (with retina display), a digital camera, a TV, a Nexus 7 and lots of Middlesex sweat shirts, and Student switch off T-shirts.

Caring for the environment – conserving energy Viridian in partnership with Middlesex University has initiated a green policy. In line with the Government and Energy Savings Trust UK guidelines, we will be undertaking several actions to reduce our carbon footprint. These have been outlined in the inductions you have already completed, but reminder posters will also be displayed throughout you hall – keep a green eye out for this and help do your bit! With winter closing fast upon us, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the issue of heating with in halls. • In line with government guidelines, the temperature in halls will be kept to a comfortable 18 – 21 Degrees Celsius. This is the recommended level to which energy is conserved for the benefit of the environment as well to ensure that the halls is at a level to which most people find pleasant. • Heating use will be restricted to period where the temperature in the hall falls below 18 Degrees Celsius on 3 consecutive days. Hall radiators and electric heaters will not be turned on for the winter months until this occurs. • As spring approaches with the warmer weather, we will turn off the halls heating once the temperature rises to above 21 Degrees Celsius on 3 consecutive days. • For those of you who prefer a warmer climate, we have posted around the hall useful tips for you to increase your body temperature without increasing your carbon footprint. • Please keep an eye out for these posters as they will give you helpful hints of what you can do. Please do not ask staff to provide you with portable electric heaters if you are feeling cold. These are for the emergency use only when there are major heating issues.

Green upgrades We are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Some of the upgrades we have implemented include – PIR lighting in your communal areas (to ensure lights are only on when people are there) and Hippo bags in each of your toilet cisterns (saving up to 2 litres each flush). If you have any ideas about how we could reduce our carbon footprint in halls please contact Ewan McLeod at ewan.mcleod@viridianhousing.org.uk.

What are you doing for green week? Viridian is holding its very own green week in November. There will be info rmation displays, activities to be engage d in, challenges to wins prizes and fun. Look out for further information pos ted around your hall closer to the time for details of how you can help protect the planet and combat climate change. We would also like to encourage students to run green initiatives during this week. If you have any ideas of what you or your friends could do we would love to hear from you . We would be happy to support your green plans and provide funding for a great ide a in your hall. To share your idea, please contact Ewan McLeod Ewan.McLeod@viridianhousing .org.uk


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Students Turned On by Switching Off Want to get your hands on Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, NUS Extra cards and club tickets? Just get involved in the Student Switch Off competition where awesome prizes are just a flick of a switch away! We want you to save energy by taking simple actions like switching off lights and appliances, putting a lid on pans when cooking, only filling the kettle with the water needed and putting on an extra layer rather than turning on the heating. To give you some encouragement every few weeks there are energy saving themed photo competitions on the Facebook group ‘Middlesex University Student Switch Off’ (www. facebook.com/middlesexunistudentswitchoff) where you send us pictures of yourself saving energy and we give you prizes! Easy! There’s also a party for the hall that saves the most energy. Last year the competition was won by Trent Park and across all the halls electricity usage was reduced by 5.4%, saving over 9 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. All your small actions will add up to something big! Make sure you like the Facebook group ‘Middlesex University Student Switch Off’ (www.facebook.com/ middlesexunistudentswitchoff) or join the mailing list at www.studentswitchoff.org and we’ll let you know when

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We asked…You answered We constantly strive to improve our service, and it is our residents who shape how we improve what we do. One of the big improvements in place for this year is the WIFI upgrade across the halls. Between Viridian, Middlesex University and Studentcom we invested £200,000 into the WIFI provision in halls, we are pleased to announce that all residents now have WIFI access in their rooms, before it was only available in the communal areas. We were delighted with the results of last years residents survey 2011-2012. We thought we would share them with you so you can track how well we are doing

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Last year our residents told us they were not happy with the way that post and deliveries were handled. We listened, and the process has now changed. The delivery companies have been instructed to try and deliver items directly to you, rather than to the local halls office. So if you feel something doesn’t’ work for you, please let us know!


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y t i s r e v i n U x e s e l Midd , Union (MUSU) Students is an Welcome to Middlesex. MUSU organisation independent and democratic a not-forrun by students for students, on enhancing the profit basis for the purposes of student experience. – Thursday 4th Clubs, Societies & Activities Fair lege Building October 10am-4pm, Quad, Col er 9amFreshers’ Fair – Friday 5th Octob across the and g din 4pm, Quad, College Buil Hendon Campus to meet local The Freshers’ Fair is your chance up freebies, join and national companies, pick what MUSU clubs and societies and find out This year we are and the University has to offer. and Activities also holding a Clubs, Societies will provide this er, Fair on Thursday 4th Octob find our more another opportunity for you to at Middlesex. about extra curricular activities

Students’ Union Course Rep Scheme The Student Course Rep Scheme is your way of getting involved and making a difference. By voicing what is great, and not so great, about your course you can ensure that all students are gaining the best possible teaching and learning experience. Being a Student Course Rep is a great way to develop leadership skills. You do not require any prior experience; MUSU will train and support you all the way. Visit us at www.musu.mdx.ac.uk/student_course_reps for more information

Students’ Union Welfare & Academic Advice Service The Students’ Union Welfare and Academic Advice Service offers help and advice on topics including student welfare and academic issues, housing, council tax, loans and bursaries, health advice and information (including registering with a doctor), visa applications, academic appeals, exam stress,

workshops, how to avoid plagiarism, Halls Forum, the Buddy Scheme and many more. The Students’ Union outreach team are based at Hendon, but make regular visits to the Archway campus. If you would like to make an appointment please contact us directly. For further information on the Students’ Union Welfare and Academic Advice Service or to receive independent support or advice please contact us at: musuwelfare&academic@mdx.ac.uk or visit us at www.musu.mdx.ac.uk/wefare_academic_advice

Students’ Union Buddy Scheme As a new student do you think you could benefit from the help and guidance of a second or third year student? Do you need help with: • Adapting to university life? • Feeling part of a community? • Socialising and meeting people with similar interests? • Discussing issues in an informal environment? If so, the Buddy Scheme could really provide you with just the support you need .We have Middlesex students who are fully trained and really wanting to share their experiences with you. To find out more email MUSUBuddyscheme@mdx.ac.uk or call 020 8411 4292

Students’ Union Clubs & Societies The best way to meet new people, have a laugh and engage in an activity of interest, is to join or start a society. Joining a society is easy, check out the stalls at the upcoming Freshers’ Fairs, or visit www. musu.mdx.ac.uk to find out what’s currently on offer. Alternatively call Maha Khan, the Hendon MUS administrator. If you can’t find something that really takes your interest, you could always start your own society. Visit us at www.musu.mdx.ac.uk/societies for more information


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Students’ Union Radio MUSU Radio broadcasts on weekdays from 8am to 11pm during term time. It’s your radio station, the shows are entirely presented by Middlesex students and the playlists are dictated by you. We’ve an eclectic mix of styles and genres from metal and urban to pop, but whatever your preference we’ll try to find a spot for you. To listen, or for more information including a full weekly schedule, please visit www.musu.mdx.ac.uk/ mag_radio

NUS Cards

NUS EXTRA CARDS Through its affiliation with the NUS (National Union of Students) MUSU provides students with a national voice and access to an NUS Extra card, which features tonnes of exclusive high street discounts. A basic 1 year card costs £12 but can be upgraded to include ISIC for only £2.99. 2 year and 3 year cards are also available online. For more information or to purchase a card please visit us at www.musu.mdx.ac.uk

Students’ Union Magazine MUSU Magazine is edited by the VP Communications and Activities officer and created entirely by student volunteers – it’s packed with articles, letters, reviews and competitions. Just like MUSU Radio, it’s your magazine and the best way to increase both the quality and diversity of content is for you to help produce it. It’s lots of fun, looks great on a CV, you get the chance to see your work published and you’ll join a team of friendly volunteers. For more information, or to get involved in MUSU Magazine visit us at www.musu.mdx.ac.uk/ mag_radio

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If you have general concerns on welfare related issues or you want to discuss about something affecting your student experience at MDX, feel free to get in touch with the following: Preeti Sogani, VP Welfare & International 07944 484134 • p.sogani@mdx.ac.uk

Any questions? If you have questions about any of the information outlined in this newsletter, or about life in halls, please see a member of your local halls team. We are happy help!

We w ant your stories!

Do you fancy your lf as a bit of writer? Or would se e to share any interesting news wiyothu otlikhe students? If so, we want to hear fromr yo u! Cont act: Ew an McLeod Ew an.McLeod@viridianhousing.org.uk

Go on and share your experiences!


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