Sustainability 🌍 EHU

Last year I signed up to be a member of the Tree Charter’s student council – representing Edge Hill University – and since then I have gone to meetings and even ran a stall in the hub with a competition to support their efforts. In arranging this event, I got into discussion with people in the Students’ Union about setting up a society for matters involving environmentally friendly action. So myself, along with two friends, formed the Society of Sustainability.

To start a new society is pretty simple. You need only three initial members, to fill the roles of President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Then you need to fill in a form online that expects you to provide your societies aims, and the society will have a membership fee.

If you’ve been on campus lately, you may have seen some posters around advertising our new society. We just missed the re-fresher’s fair, so unfortunately missed a good opportunity for exposure, leading us to spread the word in other ways. We may only be small right now, but we hope to achieve some great things in conjunction with the SU.

The Society of Sustainability is soon due to have its first meeting, where we will gather the thoughts and ideas of the attending students to better see what it is that everyone wants to achieve through this society. Through collaboration, we can get things done!

Already, we have been in correspondence with the SU and have been able to spread word of Fairtrade Fortnight, which began on Monday 27th Feb and lasts until Sunday 12 March. On Tuesday 28th, there were free sample tasting of Fairtrade goodies sold on campus, in the Hub. This Tuesday – 7th March – The Hub, EHSU and The Fairtrade Store are selling a wide variety of Fairtrade goods. Also, there is the opportunity to win a hamper full of luxury Fairtrade food by answering the question of “how many Fairtrade coffee beans” Edge Hill uses on campus in a year!

Another great opportunity is an International Essay contest on the theme of “Learning from nature” organised by the Goi Peace Foundation. The deadline is the 15th June, and is open to children (<15) and youths (15-25). Here are the guidelines and details of prizes.

In the future, hopefully we can get the student allotment up and running, as well as any other campaigns that NUS or the students of EHU would like to put forward!

Looking Ahead

Hey everyone!

I know many of you will have had a roller coaster week, feeling stressed out whilst waiting for results and then finally knowing which university you will be attending in September.

Congratulations to all of you, you’re about to embark on one of the most amazing experiences of your life. Although some of you may be slightly disappointed if you’re going to your insurance uni or went through clearing you should be proud of yourselves for all the hard work you’ve done so far! I am sure that you will still love every second of your university life.

Things are starting to get real now! Once your university place is confirmed it’s a flurry of information from all directions.

By now you will probably have a pile of paperwork, or a very long email inbox, including confirmation for Student Finance, your university halls allocation if you’re living on campus and tonnes of information about Freshers week and details about your chosen course.

I remember feeling a tad overwhelmed this time last year when I was receiving all these emails and it finally sunk in that I would be leaving home in a months time.

It’s natural to feel nervous, but if you are feeling overwhelmed then I would recommend talking to someone about your worries. Whether that’s friends, family members, commenting on a blog like this one, chatting to students at Open Days, anything that will help set your mind at ease and answer any questions you might have.

Welcome Sunday is just a few weeks away now, so there will be a lot of new students on campus, a lot of frantic packing and moving into new accommodation and the chance to meet so many amazing people.

So the main questions a lot of you will have is about what to expect during Freshers Week.

The Students Union are hosting another fantastic Welcome Week, so to check out the line-up click here.

From the first night launch party to the epic paint party and even a headphone disco there’s a lot of good events to bond with new coursemates and flatmates.

If partying isn’t your thing then don’t worry! There are lots of things going on during the day too, including a Treasure Hunt with a chance to win prizes, mini-golf in the Hub and a film night in the Arts Centre.

Not to mention the fantastic Freshers Fair which will give you the chance to sign up for societies, get your hands on a lot of free stuff and even buy a Edge Hill hoodie to show your university pride in style.

You’re only a Fresher once, so make sure to get involved and enjoy every second!
Quote for the day: “I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” The Cat in the Hat – Dr Seuss.

Have another great week! Until next time

-Becki 🙂