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I’m back!

I’m back! Did you miss me? Truth be told you probably didn’t even realise I was gone.

Having been off work for the past few weeks poorly, I have felt like someone hit a big old pause button. I went from being really busy to suddenly doing absolutely nothing – truth be told I hated it. I am the sort of person who loves to be on the go, constantly occupied and finds it hard to sit still for five minutes.

However, it did make me realise something…. that the most important person is me! Now I’m not trying to say that I am more important than you (well I am but not in a mean way). I have learnt that when it comes to life you have to put yourself first and I need to start doing that more. To be honest most people probably need to give themselves more me time.

A few things I have found really useful for looking after me are:

  • Food! Don’t sit on the sofa with a massive bar of chocolate and demolish it every night (maybe once a week!). Do make sure you are eating at least three meals a day. As soon as you skip a meal your body starts to struggle as you won’t have enough energy. You’ll feel even more lousy and lack concentration. So eat!
  • Duvet Days – Who doesn’t enjoy a duvet day?! Sometimes these are needed on your own, but it’s also nice to have a duvet day with your friends. Get some good films, easy food (pizzas, chips, fruit) and just enjoy relaxing! Don’t have time for a whole day? Try at least a few hours each week.
  • Wash! Now this sounds like a strange one, but I often feel better (or even just refreshed) after a good shower. When you’re not feeling great use a ‘posh’ shower gel! I was bought ‘It’s raining Men’ Lush Shower Gel for my birthday and it makes me feel so much better on those tougher days. Make sure you get up and have a shower or a bath, even if you plan on going back to bed – at least then you can say you have done something today!
  • Switch off! It’s really healthy to try blackout at least once a week. Blackout means you turn all modes of communication off (so mobiles off not just on silent, computers off etc.). You could do this for an evening and instead build a den, eat marshmallows and watch that film you’ve been eager to see or start reading that book you keep meaning to pick up.

Whatever you do make sure you make some me time this week.

Tam x

Back to reality

Just over a week ago I said to my friends that so much would change in the coming week and it really has. Freshers Week is the craziest and busiest week of university. Freshers BandsIn the past week you have started to settle into your new home, met so many new people (and probably found friends who will stick with you for life!), possibly drunk more than you ever have before, signed up for about 50 societies and tried your hand at cooking. Last week was amazing, but I know I was more than ready to enter the real world again – mainly because I wanted sleep!

Wednesday Socials HodorSo how do you cope with uni life now the lectures have started, you need to start eating properly and you actually have some time on your hands?

Lectures & Seminars – Turn up to these! It’s actually really useful to learn face to face and you’ll get so much more by being in the sessions rather than copying your mates notes up because you decided to stay in bed. See if you can find people to walk to sessions with (even if it’s just from the car park!) – you’ll be able to motivate each other, which you’ll appreciate on the cold snowy mornings later in the year.

Food – It’s almost guaranteed you were sent to uni with a student cookbook (or 5!) so use them! A diet of beans on toast is not going to get you through the year! Try cooking with your flatmates or housemates – maybe have a Come DIne with Me type event. Fajitas, pasta bakes and curries are all pretty easy to make so don’t be scared, just have a go! I would recommend Sorted Food for ideas.

Time – It’s far too easy for you to sit in your room or curl up in your bed watching Harry Potter and/or sleep the time away. You’ll probably need quite a bit of sleep after last week (I know I do!) but how can you stop that homesickness feeling? The trick is to keep yourself busy, spend time with your housemates and friends and why not join a society or sports team? (You could probably study too…..) University is what you make it – so make it amazing!

CoppaFeel!

Also I just want to say a HUGE thank you to my CoppaFeel! team for representing the charity so well last Wednesday. This is one of the charity’s I am supporting this year – the aim being to raise awareness about Breast Cancer in under 30s. It’s great fun and you can find more information out on our Facebook page.

One more Sabb

Hello! I’m Tamara, Vice President Faculty of Education. I have been elected by you (Edge Hill University students) to represent all the students who fall under the Faculty of Education. Not literally as I imagine that would hurt! However, I hope to represent as many students as possible from across the university, over the next 12 months, through running campaigns, organising events and offering an ear to talk to or a shoulder to cry on when things get tough! I have so many ideas to tell you about but I thought my first blog should introduce you to me!

That's me!

That’s me!

I started Edge Hill University in September 2010 and I have just graduated with BA(Hons) Primary Education with QTS so I understand the stresses that come with studying your degree, especially when placement is added into the mix!

Compulsory mortarboard throw with my family!

Compulsory mortarboard throw with my family!

For those eagle eyed students, yes it is 2014, yes I have just graduated and yes my course took me 4 years rather than 3! I repeated my final year as I suffered a ruptured appendix and septicaemia weeks into what should have been my final year. As I awoke from my anaesthetic the consultant who had just operated on me stated “I have no idea why you are still alive!” – not reassuring but I’m glad I am! Having suffered a near death experience I realised that my degree was going to take a little longer to complete. I can assure you this was not a decision I took lightly, but I am so glad that I had that opportunity to do my final year again as I have achieved a degree I could not be more proud to call mine.

My involvement with Edge Hill Students’ Union began back in 2010 when I attended their AGM (Annual General Meeting). I remember sitting in the lecture theatre in the Wilson Building looking down at the Sabbatical Team (Dean, Colin, Billy and Pete) and thinking that I’d quite like to try that one day. Low and behold, four years later and here I am!

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The main thing for me is that you know that I am here for you, no matter who you are or what course you are studying, if you need support or just a good chatter come and find me 😀 (I hope to be wandering around campus a lot so grab me if you see me or head upstairs in the hub, go across the bridge to the SU and I might be at my desk!).

Don’t worry, be happy…

Hiya everyone,

I hope that you are all doing well and enjoying some peace after election week.

Over the past few months we have been working in partnership with the University in order to create an action plan for the Time to Change Pledge.

I am excited to announce that the action plan has now been submitted and we will be signing the pledge Thursday 27/3 at 12 noon.

Time To Change

The pledge includes a collaborative and ongoing programme of initiatives across the University to raise awareness and enhance the mental well being of all students and staff.

Time to Change is a nationwide awareness-raising campaign organised by mental health charities MIND and Rethink Mental Illness and we are proud to be a part of it. We hope to encourage people to worry less and talk more, with a programme of events designed to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination and highlight the support available.

Check out other organisations that have signed the pledge here –  http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/pledgewall you can even sign it yourself!

As part of the campaign,  we will also be hosting a Mental Health and Well day, called Worrying Changes Nothing, Talking Changes Everything, which aims to show staff and students that talking about their concerns is the first step to making positive changes.

Come along to the hub to enjoy free anxiety-easing head massages and reflexology sessions, work out your stresses on gym equipment and talk to well being experts from the University and external organisations,  including Anxiety UK and Papyrus, a charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Find out more here –

http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentservices/2014/03/14/worrying-changes-nothing-talking-changes-everything/

See you all there!

x

 

 

Let’s talk about sex…

SHAG WEEK? 

Okay…so you may be wondering why we’re talking about sex! Well, after Edge Hill topped the tables with the number of sexual partners we decided that we should hold a Sexual Health Advice and Guidance week (SHAG week) next week from the 10th to the 14th of Feb. The weeks aim is to promote safe sex and regular health check-ups!

There will be lots going on throughout the week and your chance to get free entry to the bar on Wednesday night! Check it out here – SHAG week programme

Remember the team with the highest number of players tested will get free entry into the bar on Wednesday night and everyone else who gets tested will £1 entry, so come and find us in the hub Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to get tested!

See you next week!

Kayley

x

Give us a smile! :)

Hiya,
Happy New Year everyone!

I always find it strange saying Happy New Year after the initial New Year celebrations, it’s like when is the actual cut off point to stop saying it? It must be soon because we’re like 2 weeks in now! But anyway I’ve said it now!

I hope you all managed to get some kind of a break and all managed to make the most of Christmas… I know I did, I definitely think I ate my own body weight in food and more haha! Eating Turkey sandwiches for days.

Anyway I know that January is everyone’s favourite month… with all the deadlines and exams 🙁 and on top of that trying to keep your New Year resolutions! Dry January? Joining a gym? Healthy eating? Spend less? … Bleugh! No seriously we can do this!

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Yesterday I came across the 100 happy days challenge and thought what a better time to do it! ! So I think that everyone should try it! – Check it out! http://www.100happydays.com/ Can you be happy for 100 days? I dare you #100HappyDays

Give us a smile guys! Haha, such a happy office!

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I hope the stuff that we have coming up makes it in to some of your 100 happy days pictures…

We have our re-sign up fair on the 21st of January! So if you missed Fresher’s Fair now is your chance to meet all of our societies again! Here’s vibe medias coverage of our Freshers Fair check it out here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq2Np4pRScg&list=UUXH0csLfHcVXM7nkBA7X8yQ&feature=share

Sexual health advice and guidance (SHAG) week
… is also coming up from the10th to the 14th of Feb just in time for Valentine’s Day!  There will be lots going on during the week and free condoms and chlamydia screening tests will be available. All student who take a chlamydia test will be given £1 entry into the bar on the Wednesday night and the sports team with the highest number of players tested will also gain free entry to the bar on the Wednesday. More details about SHAG week will be published shortly so keep an eye on our Facebook and SU website!

 Time to Change pledge signing
We are currently  putting together an action plan  to sign the time to change pledge. If you have any ideas on how you think we can challenge mental health discrimination and raise awareness let us know!

So yeah interesting stuff… I’ll leave that with you! Make sure you get involved! & I hope I see everyone’s 100 days of happiness photos very soon!

Goodbye! x

My details:
suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

https://www.facebook.com/EHSUvpeducation

https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducation

IT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAS!!!

Hiya! Guess what?!  …

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There’s only 9 days till Christmas!! 🙂

Anyway I thought I’d give you an update of some of the things that have been going on over the last few weeks –

Course rep training

Over 180 course reps have now been trained which is amazing! Thank you all for attending the training sessions that I have put on, the feedback that I have been getting is amazing and I can already tell that you are all going to be great course reps this year!  If you haven’t been to a training session yet hurry! I will be putting more on in the New Year!

Children in Need

Thank you to all those who helped out this year for Children in Need and thank you for all your donations! We raised a terrific £1515.82! I have to say I loved having onesie day! Check out Vibes coverage of the day here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bikY-LsjNIg

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International day of persons with disabilities

On the 5th of December we celebrated the International Day of Persons with disabilities, it was a great day which helped to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.

We had lots going on throughout the day. One of the main things we did was to build a wall of tags with information on of what people can and cannot do, our focus being that although everyone may not be able to do something that does not mean that they do not have their own talents.

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Em-J and I also took a tour around campus on the bikes to see just how accessible the campus really is, our tour was very insightful.  Simple tasks such as getting through doors, getting in lifts, getting up a hill and even getting over a bump in the pavement can be difficult tasks.

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Check out the videos of our tour –
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=670687626295478&l=5996021650244515957

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=670687282962179&l=5200487728966541264

This day was very successful and I hope that it does help change people perceptions!

End of term Christmas special

IT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAS!  Our end of term Christmas Special will be on Wednesday the 18th! Pre-tickets £2 then £3 on the door after 10. See you all there!

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I’ve just realised how much I have actually typed so I’ll leave it there! Have a great Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!!  xxx

 

My details:
suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

https://www.facebook.com/EHSUvpeducation

https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducation

Naughty boy!

Hiya!

Just in case you didn’t know Naughty Boy is here on Thursday! Fresh from winning 2 Mobo awards recently Naughty Boy will be coming to the Quad and doing a massive set!

Supported by Esco Williams, who has opened for RZA, Dead Prez and Sugababes, and has been playlisted on 1Xtra – and he was placed in the Top 20 of MTV’s Brand New for 2012.

Check out his video –  New Challenger-

You can buy tickets from here: http://bit.ly/1bvaSKP! GO GO GO!

Don’t miss out on what could be the biggest ever night at Edge Hill!

🙂