The end of term? When did that happen?!

And just like that it was the end of the first semester! I don’t know about you guys but that went so quickly! (I imagine, however, that if your semester was full of assessments, revision, late night LINC sessions and the odd night out (& subsequent recovery!) that maybe it didn’t speed by quite as fast as mine!)

So as we whizz off into the first big holiday of the academic year, and prepare to make some ill-advised resolutions to ourselves during the fireworks of New Years’ (which are often broken amongst used party poppers and the first hangover of the year) it seems like a perfect time to reflect on your first academic semester & my first term in office!

Freshers seems a million years ago, but I am not ashamed to say that I have the picture of the team with Hodor on the wall of my new apartment – despite still having not actually seen the show! There is so much planning that goes into Freshers’ week, from the moment The Quad closes it’s doors on the last event of one year, the team are already thinking about how to make next year even better!

For those of you who don’t know, Refreshers’ Week kicks off when everyone is back in January, as a chance to celebrate the start of the new term and we hold a Refreshers’ Fair (Tuesday 20th!) to give you chance to sign up to the societies you may have missed at the beginning of the year!

This year we launched our Student Book Club which is a highlight for me! We kicked off the first meeting with’The Five People you Meet in Heaven’, followed with ‘You Before Me’ and have chosen ‘The Shock of the Fall’ for the meeting on the 20th January. Everyone is welcome to come along – there are some snacks and refreshments and really great conversations. I’ve just finished the book and it really is worth a read! This would be the perfect one to join as you have the holidays to read the book and maybe, if you have been good all year, Santa may bring you it!

The EHSU <3 Consent team have been busy, and are ready to kick things up a notch in January – keep a look out for our new materials and workshops, and if you want to get involved, or have any ideas let me know!

I’ve been training course reps left, right and centre and it’s so great to meet so many of you who want to be a voice for your course! If you don’t know who your course rep is – find out! They are the people whose job it is to listen to your comments about university and take them to the people who can make a change!

We had our Liberations and Sections Officer elections and have successfully elected; Black Students Officer, Faye; Womens Rep, Kiah; Post Graduate Students Rep, Alex; Disabled Students Officer, Shannen; International Students Officer, Pedro and LGBT Officer, Shaun! They are all working on various campaigns and we will be hearing from them much more next term!

Don’t forget about our Rate Your Landlord survey! ( It is your chance to tell us all about your landlord and student house, anonymously! We use this information to help improve the accommodation for students in the future, so it’s really worth doing!

And that’s only half of it! It’s been a really busy and successful semester, but as we welcome in 2015, we can make it even better! Remember that this is your Students’ Union and we welcome your comments, suggestions and ideas!

Have a really great Christmas if you celebrate it, Hannukah if you celebrate that, and enjoy the time off if you don’t celebrate either! See you in 2015!

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