Fudging mother fudger, I’ve graduated.

*oh wow. so many people have spoken.

Yes, University of the year, HOLLAAAAAAAA

Can we get this over and done with- I’m nervous in a way that’s making me afraid of my bodily functions.

Oh crap. Oh fug, oh fug, oh fug.

I’m wearing a tassely square on my head and my gown makes me look like Professor snape.snape 2

I’m going to fall aren’t I? The Dean is going to lol her socks off at me… no she won’t she’ll help. Oh god that’s so much worse. Don’t help me. THE SHAME. Maybe if I just cover myself in my snapey cloak it will just carry on as normal. Work around me. Yes that’s sensible.

Oh no. It’s my go.

The person infront first. Waity wait.

They said my name.

Here it is.

NORMAL. HUMAN. STEPS.

Smile a bit.

Shakey hand.

It’s over…

BREATHE.

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Oh, shit.

Okay, don’t panic.

Okay,

this is the first day of the rest of my life.

I’ll just have a glass of bubbly, celebrate with my close ones and cry when I get home.

Just kidding…*

CONGRATULATIONS YOU’VE GRADUATED

So don’t panic, here are some tips to help you through…

1.The real world is  more fun than actual adults tell you

Of course, it’s not gonna be how you thought it would be when you were 5. 

People who have been in their job for years are of courrrrrse gonna have their beef with their job- just like you have your beef when Netflix pauses to load. (Why in the name of all things good and holy does the Wi-fi do this to us half way through ‘American Horror Story’ I will never understand.)emma stone

Just wave those people off, concentrate on how exciting it is to have a new job or NOT having job (!!) It’s okay to be in this position, we’re young and please- you’ve just left student life- an adjustment period is necessary…

2. Your degree won’t go to waste

What you need to remember is that, just because the job you get isn’t in the area you necessarily did your degree in doesn’t make it useless! You have something called transferable skills…

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So, for example, for every graduate, you have the transferable skills of writing essays- sounds stupid- but you can form a coherent argument and deliver it in such a way that employers look for! Never fear!

3. Don’t give up on your pals

Distance makes it harder, beliiiiiiiiieve me I understand- but your friends are probably feeling as poo as you. Give them a ring, a cheeky text everynow and again. Meeting up is gonna have to be arranged in advances and penciled into the diary.

Actual organisation, right?

4. Don’t be jel..

Things are going to go absolutely perfectly for one of your friends and you’re gonna be sitting there with your cup of tea and packet, yes packet, of biscuits wondering what the even heck you’ve done wrong.what the fuck

Literally, don’t panic- keep searching. Dip your biccy in your tea as you browse through jobs online- no pressure.

5. Don’t take the first job you get offered if its not what you want

On that note- don’t just accept the first job that comes along- choose what’s right for you.
Don’t worry if you have to take a job in a bar to keep you going in between finding what you really want to do, but don’t settle. Don’t give up.

You’ve got this.

6. Closure

Don’t become ‘that guy’ who just consistently says how ‘Uni was the best years of my life’, ‘I miss it’, ‘I just want to go back’.
If you want to go back- DO IT you’re alumni, have a cheeky nosy around- hell do a masters- but only if it’s what you want. Don’t just do Higher education for the student life…dont give up

Okay, I hope this was useful.

I know those probably haven’t calmed your nervy nerves- maybe it’s ignited them. If so- oops, I am very sorry, don’t panic, I have a breakfasty snack drawer in my office and I am partially willing to share.
But I genuinely just want to remind you that, as Queen Tanya Byron/other magical beret wearing officials will have said in the ceremony whilst wavering about in front of the degree giving stick (I swear it’s a real thing)- you have done something incredible. It may not have seemed it- for me going to uni was something that was forced down my neck in personal tutor classes, we HAD to write a personal statement, it was a second thought. Uni was just part of the process but good god. We’ve done it. We’ve got ourselves degrees. That’s actually a massive thing & despite life ahead seeming all a bit daunting, loomy and pressurey (maybs)- never fear– You’ve done something spectacular and you are fully capable of doing something equally as spectacular again… Even if you have to remind yourself by spooning your certificate sometimes.

VP Welfare, out.

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What is a blog? What am I doing? How do you spell….. Here goes nothing…….

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Guys, I’ve finally got round to writing my first blog wohooooooo!! Anyway, I’m Steve and I’m your newly elected Students’ Union president! I don’t want to use this time to write about myself, but rather about The Union, what a President does, what I’ve been doing so far and what I have potentially planned for the next year!

Who the ^*$* are the Union?anything you wish

NO! WE ARE NOT JUST A BAR! The Students’ Union here at Edge Hill is completely separate from the institution. We are a registered charitable organisation, meaning any money we make from anything always goes back into the business to organise more things for YOU!

The word we should always emphasise is Students’, as all Edge Hill students are EHSU members. We can and will represent you in everything you wish us to regarding the University. We are completely independent from the University, meaning we avoid any conflicts of interest and our sole focus will ALWAYS be representing our members fairly and equally.

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Mr President

So what does a president do? Well that’s what I’ve been trying to figure out over the last 2 weeks! When I ran for president, I just thought I got to organise lots of fun things; oh how wrong I was!!! The responsibility that comes along with the role is insane! My main aim is the progression of the Students’ Union, which covers a huge area! I also have to chair boards, be a trustee, sit on board of governors, and go to lots of important meetings regarding the University…. I mean, ME! Really? Who thought that would be a good idea?

All jokes aside, it has been an incredible experience, and I’m learning so much!!

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So between my president page and my personal page, I’m sure you’re all sick of seeing posts and statuses. Please forgive me, I’m just sooooo excited at the minute that if I’m not typing I’m just rocking back and forward on my chair wanting to do something!!

I’ve chaired our board of trustee’s meeting, met with the local council, been to academic board, been liaising with all the directorate (the fancy people) and planning the year!

I’ve been researching the impact of legal and illegal substances on students, working to ensure our sports are open everyone, irrespective of sex, age, sexual identity or physical abilities, setting up meetings with various NUS representatives, analysing the impact the budget last week will have on students (I love numbers; how sad) and am currently preparing a report to submit to the University…. But I can’t tell you what about for now :(

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So what have I got in place for you? Well, the simple answer to that is absolutely nothing so far! How useless am I? That’s not to say that we haven’t been constantly working to get plans in place, it’s just a lot more difficult than we originally thought!!

Right now we’re figuring out how we can put daytime fresher’s events on for you with a huge budget of….. £0000000000000!! On top of that, we’re working on a review of societies and course reps with our two fantastic new staff members.

Then we have our Vice Presidents; Rosie is working very hard on placement review, Lauren on housing and Pat on our society review! We’ve also got some great ideas to continue SAFE week, and of course Codie’s EHSU <3 Consent!

Personally, a lot of my work is around planning how to raise alcohol and drug awareness, having better sexual health advice and services, ensuring our sports teams are free from discrimination for everyone and not eating lots of sandwiches at meetings (you know, those exciting meetings I always talk about).

Anyway, sorry for the long blog and apologies in advance for the pollution your Facebooks will have to endure this year. Expect BIG things from all the officers and the entire SU, I am so excited for the University to be full come September!!

Peace!!


A Southerner venturing up North for Uni

Hi all, thought I’d best get up and running and write my first ever blog. Not really sure what my subjects about but hopefully as you continue reading it will make some sense and may even be a moral to the story. But hey, even if there’s not, I hope its good read.

So for many students, joining University isn’t just about gaining a degree, in fact that’s only one small part of it. Having been here for 3 years now it’s safe to say I have massively changed and developed as a person, even though when you join Uni you think you’re pretty mature and old, but you’ve got so much learning ahead of you. My development has been strange I suppose, as I consider myself a big kid, and somehow I think / hope that will never change. So I guess I’ve just become slightly harder working, a bit more organised, but yet I still have no idea what I really want to do with my life… I’m not too sure anyone does to be honest.

Before heading up to Liverpool from Brighton, it’s easy to say I quickly jumped to conclusions and stereotyped ‘scousers’. Stories and tales of car wheels being robbed, being told to lock my car door wherever I go, and being told no matter how slow Liverpudlians speak, you still wont understand them. However this being said, since joining Edge Hill I have never met a more humorous, friendly and welcoming bunch of people, and have made a lot of very close friends, who all of course have that dodgy accent. Think I’ve just come up with my first moral… “Never judge a book by its cover” :D

So, some tips for being at Uni as I feel it could be quite handy for some Freshers joining this year..

For me joining a sports team was the best thing I ever did. I think without them I would have really struggled, and could have definitely seen myself dropping out. I play rugby union, so to be training or playing 2 or 3 times a week, as well as going out socialising and meeting other teams made starting life away from home a lot easier, building a good group of mates who you look to as your Uni family.

If you’re not one for sports then I would definitely recommend really getting to know your flat mates, other people in your block, or joining a society. Having people to talk to at Uni is very important. Without this connection with other people, halls can definitely seem like a lonely place, I know it did for me. “Is this really what University’s like?” was a question I found I was asking myself when I started, especially when you were unsure if Uni was really for you in the first place, leaving loved ones, a girlfriend/boyfriend, mates all at home. But just be yourself, embrace University, jumping in with two feet, and speak to anyone if you have any worries, because at the end of the day, you’re all in the same boat.

I think that’ll do for one day, excellent waffling displayed above, guess that’s another thing I’ve learnt from countless essays and presentations.

Hope to see you around


Rosie Makes a Post: VP Ac. Rep

Heyo!

I’m Rosie McKenna, and as you may or may not know, I’m your Vice President Academic Representation for 2015/2016, and Edge Hill Student’s Union’s first ever VP Ac. Rep!

Let me explain that;

As you will know if you attended our annual members meeting last year, (or voted in the elections, or just have a general idea of what’s happening in the SU,) the Vice Presidential roles within the SU changed, so instead of the faculty based system that we had previously, we now have roles that are remit-specific. So in simple terms, instead of VP Faculty of Arts and Sciences, VP Faculty of Health and Social Care & VP Faculty of Education, we now Have VP Activities, VP Welfare (who is the author of the previous blog,) and VP Academic Representation.

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The presidential role has stayed the same though, no change to that one.

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So, what have I, VP Academic Rep, been doing since I came into post?

Well, we’ve all been training. Having introductory meetings, learning what it means to be a trustee of a charity, and just getting to grips with our roles.

We’ve also been planning out what campaigns we want to run this year, going through what last years team ran, deciding what we want to carry on with, and looking at our own manifestos and dropping those into the calendar for the year. Which I think is super exciting! As a team we’ve come up with some stellar ideas, and I’m so excited to share them with you lot!

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Though apparently I do that a lot…. (In joke, soz.)

I’ve also been going to meetings to work on a student submission for QAA, (Quality Assurance Agency,) where basically I need to gather information on what you guys really think of the uni! (Don’t worry about that yet though, I’ll let you know when I need you. Don’t all queue up at once…)

We’re also changing how course reps and societies work, and I’ll be working on the new course rep training system, delivering that when you guys get elected. (Because you will need to actually be properly elected now, more information on that coming soon!)

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vote anything ze says…. I don’t even know.

So yes, it’s been a busy first few weeks, mostly laying plans. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year, and putting these plans into action!

VP Ac. Rep, out!

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Training, Handovers & Independence day..

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sorry. *ahem*

Hello!

I am your new Vice President of Welfare at Edge Hill’s [incredibly awesome] Students’ Union – if you’re a current student you will have seen our office over the bridgey-type thing in the Hub where we all are working hard, and yes, in a true mulan fashion- getting down to business.

Lemme give you a quick introduction to your new team…  (to find out more- sneak over to the ‘About me’ section)

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Steven is your Union President and our boss (we let him think he is). 

Rosie (VP Academic Representation)

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Rosie is here to look after allllllllllll your Academic needs.

Rosie and Steven are taking what’s called a Sabbatical Year- basically a gap year- meaning they will take up study again after their year here at the SU!

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…just kidding

Pat (VP Activities)

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Pat is our Activities representative- he’ll be looking after all our societies and events that happen on/off campus.

Me- Lauren (VP Welfare)

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I am your Welfare representative- any kind of help or advice you need, holla at me! …nicely

Pat and I have jut graduated with top notch degrees and are now Alumni- ooer.

So, what have we been doing in our first week?!

Well, the first couple of days were ‘handover’ days- so basically we listened to alooooooot of very important information, cans and can’ts, dos and don’ts etc and ate LOADS of biscuits. We also went to Manchester (woosabbsontour), firstly to visit Manchester Met’s Students’ Union- who are SUPER lucky with their new fancy building and such like where we met their team but also the Sabb team from UCLAN who are also all very lovely.

From there, we went to a training meeting with ‘Crowe Clark Whitehill’, an accountancy firm, who imparted their wisdomy ways on how to be a Trustee- a crucial part of our job here at the SU.

Then it was time to say goodbye…

The sabbatical team over the past year have been incredible- spearheading the Union into a brighter place. They have really made a difference and we hope we can do the same!

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Thomas, Pat’s forehead, Steven, Codie, Kayley, Rosie, Lauren (me) & Tami

Independence day..
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The day arrived where we were left alone.
We battled for desks and the most functioning laptop and got ourselves stuck into work. We got to grips with the ever busy calandars and future meetings we have to attend- aaah! It seemed super difficult initially.(but now, just a few days into it- i think we all have it down to a T)

On our first night alone, no don’t- it was genuinely scary- we had a trustee board. We’d had the training and knew what our responsibilities were but this was our first big meeting and we were, it’s safe to say, slightly nervy.
We rocked up, notepads and pens a-go-go, ready to tackle whatever was to be bought up. Thankfully there were sandwiches so this calmed our nerves partially.. When the other trustee board members arrived, we soon realised that we had nothing to worry about. We went through the agenda with ease and finesse, ironing out issues as we munched our way through the meeting. Delicious..

Throughout this article there has been several mentions of food..
Kayley, our previous president, warned us about ‘Sabb Fat‘.

Pretty much every meeting we attend has at least tea/coffee served but most have a little buffet. I am genuinely concerned for our wellbeing. SANDWICHES EVERYWHERE.

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On a slightly lighter note (see what I did there),
this week has been a real test of our ability as a team, as a whole work force and as an individual- and to be completely honest- we’re LOVING it.

This year is going to be epic.

Lauren Blunds, over and out.


Food Donations!

We’re always hearing in the news about how more and more people are relying on FoodBanks and Soup Kitchens, so myself and Lorna from the Edge Hill Chaplaincy decided to work together to collect donations for our local services.

After contacting the FoodBank, we were told that there is a lull in donations around this time of year, which tied in perfectly with students’ going home for the summer. We decided we would collect any donations and, with the FoodBank requirements being slightly more strict than the SoupKitchen, we knew that everything would be given a home.

We promoted the project to students and staff, and started the collection from May 1st. Everyday we were gifted more bags of food, from baked beans and rice pudding to pasta and biscuits. We even had special deliveries from our colleagues at another EHU campus!

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Myself and Lorna headed over to Southport on 11th June to drop off the food to both Southport Soup Kitchen and Southport FoodBank.

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The Soup Kitchen were really grateful, and as it was during their opening times, we even got to chat to some of the service users who were very thankful too.

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We headed over to the FoodBank where some children from a local school were helping out. We were given a tour around the facility (much bigger than the SoupKitchen) and told how the system works to make it fair and useful. Our donations weighed up to 41kg and will go to feed a lot of hungry people!

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A huge thank you to everyone who helped out by donating food and drink – it will be very gratefully received. It’s easy to think that you will never be in a position to need to use a FoodBank or Soup Kitchen, but after speaking to people who use the service, you realise how easily these things can happen.

We are still collecting for the rest of June, ready to take another box of donations to Ormskrik FoodBank this time, so if you have anything left in your cupboards of going spare, please drop them at the SU reception desk!

Finally a huge thanks to Lorna and the Chaplaincy for working with us on this project, enabling us to collect a huge amount of food and make a big difference in the local community.

 

Student Led Staff Awards!

Sometimes, Uni is hard. I know, I’ve been there. Often, there is someone, if not a few someones who help get you through the rocky days. For me, it was Gemma Roberts who sits on the Box Office in Performing Arts. So I, along with a whole load of other students who felt the same, nominated her for a Student Led Staff Award! There are few things as rewarding as feeling appreciated for your hard work and for everyone to recognise the effort you put in every day.

That’s the reason behind the Student Led Staff Awards. The SLSA’s give you, as students, the chance to thank those members of staff who help make your time at University, wether than be an inspiring lecturer, a supportive personal tutor or a wonderful member of support staff. If they work here, they’re eligible for a nomination! Even if they don’t win, it’s a great way of us highlighting best practise and encouraging others to do the great things that staff were nominated for!

The awards are not given based on the number of nominations, but on the reasons behind the nomination, so the more evidence you can provide, the better! You can nominate someone in each of the categories – so get thinking!

http://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/slsa

 

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I said ‘Hey! What’s going on?!’

Wow, so much has happened since I last wrote a blog! President Kayley recently wrong a blog covering some of it, but I think it’s about time I caught you all up on some other happenings!

Last Wednesday was University Mental Health Day! It was so stressful to organise (ironically!) but it was really lovely to see so many students engage in conversation about such an important issue. Uni can be really hard, particularly on ol’ mental health, so it’s important to ask for help when you need it. I made a little video with some footage of the day, including some support pledges by faces you may recognise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A4oXnLoFDg

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So at our AMM on Monday, a motion was passed that meant our officer positions have changed! We will still have a president, but also VP Welfare, VP Activities and VP Academic Welfare. You should absolutely run – it’s the weirdest, best thing you will ever do! All the info you need can be found on our website: http://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/suelections   Bring on Elections Fever!

 

 

 

 

 

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We are holding a Swap Shop! Any old clothes, in good condition, that you no longer want, bring along to our reception desk in the next week, and receive tokens! The tokens can be swappScreen Shot 2015-02-19 at 10.39.26ed for clothes at our big Swap Shop event on Friday 6th March in The Quad! 11-4pm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So that’s just a few things I’m working on right now! There’s a lot more, of course, but if I don’t stop writing this now, I won’t have time to do all the things! (Catch 22 situation!)

If you need anything, as always just drop us a Facebook message, or come up to the office and say ‘Hi’!

Lots of rainbows and smiles,

Codie

What’s new?

Anyone else feel like this year is flying by? I can’t believe that it’s almost time for our elections! We’ll soon know who will be taking over this job next year!

We’ve had such a busy month this month! So I thought I’d try and give you a quick (ish) update about what we have been up to and what you can still get involved with!

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Like I said before, we’ll soon know who will be doing my job next year! Soon the hub will be plastered in posters, bed sheets, balloons and anything else people can think of! I can’t wait! Elections coming to a union 2x2

If you are interested in standing we have loads going on to help you understand the roles more! For more information check out the – Key dates

Rate Your Landlord

Rate You Landlord will be part of a bigger housing campaign this year so I have been spending quite a bit of time analysing the results and putting together a report. We really want to find out if you found the housing list useful and what the houses are like on the housing list – so if you have any feedback feel free to email me – supresident@edgehill.ac.uk or message me on Facebook!

Student Led Staff Awards

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Last year we had over 1000 nominations for staff that go above and beyond! This year we want to beat that! So if you think a particular member of staff should be recognised let us know – nominate them here.
The winners will be announced at graduation ceremonies! We also present the results at the Center for Learning and teaching conference, we hope to share good practice across the university!

SAFE week

Last year I decided to run the first ever Sexual Health week (SHAG week). The week was reasonably successful, but I decided to take the comments on board and make the week way more inclusive this time, starting with a name change!

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The week was really successful and I really hope it helped start discussions around love, sex and relationships! We also signed up to the wrapped scheme as part of the week so that free condoms can be accessed from the SU throughout the week.
Although the week was successful there is still much more that needs to be done, I’m hoping to approach the council about the lack of sexual health services in the area.

Annual Members meeting

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Unfortunately our annual members meeting arranged for this week was inquorate so has been rearranged for Monday 23rd of January at 6pm in the Quad!

The Annual Members meeting is a chance for students to ask questions about what we do and vote on motions that people have submitted – motions are basically things that people want the SU to change! We have had 2 motions submitted for Monday’s meeting –

Halal, is it meat you’re looking for? – A motion which will discuss the lack of halal meat options served on campus, in particular the SU bar.

Reconfiguration of the student officer structure? – A motion that looks at changing the roles of the Vice president roles.

The proposed change would mean that next year we would have:
VP Academic representation – who would deal with course issues and represent students on university learning and teaching committees.
VP Welfare – who would deal any issues not relevant to your course and run campaigns to make a difference to students lives.
VP Activities – this would be the key contact for sports, societies and events. They would meet with sports teams and societies on a regular basis and make sure that the improvements that need to be made happen.

So come along challenge these motions and use your vote as a member!

Meetings!

Yes we attend a lot of meetings! But we’ve had a lot of success by attending certain meetings! We are working with FM and the library to improve the accessibility of campus, there will be work taking place over the Easter periods to improve the accessibility.
We have also worked with FM to improve the lighting around campus, and we are looking at how we can improve the car parking.
We’ve also worked with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and are now happy to announce that students will be able to claim back transports costs to placements ‘where the location of the work-related study gives rise to additional travel cost for the students’. Students who are incurring additional costs must submit a green sheet obtainable from finance to their departmental office for their head of department to sign off.

We have also been in discussions about the financial support currently available and how this can be improved for future years, which have looked at interesting alternatives such an enhancement fund that students can apply for to help with employability. We’ve also looked at the hidden costs of university and how we can minimise these costs such as sports kits.

Remember we are always looking for student feedback we can take to these meetings so if you have an issue with your course, tutor, accommodation or anything remotely related to university please let us know so we can help!

Give it a go week!

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We are also running our give it a go week next week – 23rd – 28th. This week is for anyone that has been putting off joining that society, or starting that new hobby or for those that just want to try something different! There’s loads going on during the week so come along and get involved! Find out what’s going on here.

I’m so sorry for the long blog! I just wanted to let you all know what we’ve been up to!

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Why vote in the General Election?

What goes through your head when someone mentions the general election?
Boring… would have been my response a few years ago, and still is to some extent (some things never change). But now I understand it, and understand the importance of having a vote.

Here are some simple figures that made me understand why more 18-24 year olds need to vote:
In 2010, 75% of people over the age of 65 voted and only 44% of 18-24 year olds voted.  Why does this make a difference? Think about it, why would a political party waste their efforts promising improvements for 18-24 year olds? We don’t vote, we don’t have a say and we won’t be any use in voting them in to power.

Put it this way, if you had a spare ticket to see Beyoncé who would you rather give it to – your best friend who has always supported you or some random person who knows nothing about you? (If you choose the random, you need a new best friend haha).
That’s exactly how politicians work, they make improvements for the people that vote.  People over the age of 65 receive free bus travel, state pension, free tv license, free eye tests, winter fuel allowance and much more.

What do we receive? Massive cuts in youth services, EMA taken away and tuition fees tripled.  If we don’t vote or even register to vote, how can we expect them to make improvements for us? To put it in to context even more – 51 on campus students voted last year in the local elections out of 2000 students.

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So if you haven’t already registered – register here https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you’re thinking ‘my parents will have already registered me’ it doesn’t work like that anymore. It was changed this year, everyone must now register themselves. You can register at 2 addresses but you can only vote once.  It literally takes 5 minutes and at least then you’ll have the choice to vote (you need your National Insurance number). If that hasn’t persuaded you enough, the council can fine you £80 if you don’t register. We’ll be visiting lectures soon to help you register.

No idea who to vote for? Do some research, choose a party that that you feel represents you and what you believe in. There’s loads of information out there (and no not the random posts on Facebook everyone seems to believe). There are quizzes you can take like this – http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/which-party-should-you-actually-vote-for#.mxboLKvJl or this http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/survey/select which looks at policies, but they aren’t always 100% accurate. The best way is to find out for yourself, look on their websites and decide for yourself:

Here is a list of the 5 main parties:

https://www.conservatives.com/
http://www.greenparty.org.uk/
www.labour.org.uk/
http://www.libdems.org.uk/
http://www.ukip.org/

For a full list visit:   http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8571757.stm

Bite the ballot also held an hour question time with each of the political leaders where they answered questions raised by 16-24 year olds – check it out here:

http://bitetheballot.co.uk/leaders-live/.

If you believe there’s no one worth voting for then you can spoil your ballot paper! It’s better to make a point by spoiling your ballot paper than abstaining from voting.

We’ll also be holding our very own question time nearer to the election so keep checking our website/fb page.

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Sorry for the long blog post!