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Posts from the Edge Hill Students’ Union President Kayley Wilson

Have a great Christmas everyone! :)

As if it’s only 6 days until Christmas…

I definitely haven’t started Christmas shopping yet, wups.

So this term has been a very busy term, with lots going on… and lots and lots of meetings.

This year the University have set up 4 groups focusing on Assessment and Feedback, Organisation and Management, Student Support and Improving Good degrees. These were set up in response to our feedback and feedback from the NSS results.

I currently sit on both the Assessment and Feedback group and Student Support group. In the assessment and feedback group we interviewed students, programme leaders and heads of departments to ask for their experiences of assessment and feedback. From these interviews we will be making recommendations to academic board – these will be based on the timeliness of feedback, clarity of the grading criteria, and quality of the feedback.

One of the main focuses of the student support group is the personal tutor system, whether it is effective and how it can be improved. So any feedback on that would be appreciated.

Another successful meeting last week was our meeting with the Director of Facilities management. We discussed issues around gender neutral toilets, the accessibility of campus, increasing the number of launderettes on campus, car parking and food choices for students with specific dietary requirements and FM will now be working on overcoming these issues.  We will also be working with some of our disabled students to put together recommendations on how the campus can be made more accessible and presenting this at facilities management team meeting so they can work together to put together an action plan.

A lot of this came from our very successful International Day of Persons with Disabilities which was organised by our disabled students’ officer Shannen. This day challenged the misconceptions around disability, questioned the accessibility of campus and made people think about the struggles that students with physical disabilities have to overcome everyday by closing off the stairs in the hub and encouraging students to take part in a blind football match. This will be part of an ongoing campaign to increase support for disabled students.

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Another campaign we are continuing from last year is our Rate you Landlord survey and awards ceremony, this is your opportunity to rate the quality of your accommodation and quality of the service – Rate your landlord here bit.ly/ehrateyourlandlord.

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We’re hoping that this will help drive the standards of off campus accommodation upwards, and create healthy competition amongst landlords and letting agencies. We may also contact you about negative comments and advise you to come and speak to our advice center to see what support they can offer you.

Anyway, I’ll leave things there for now as I don’t want to overload you with information.

Have a great Christmas and New Year everyone! And I’ll see you all in the New Year!

xxxxx

It’s almost Freshers!

Hiya everyone,
I’m Kayley Wilson and I’m your Students’ Union President for this academic year.
I feel like I’m having a huge Déjà vu right now, as I’m pretty sure I wrote a blog pretty similar this time last year!

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I know this photo is cringey! haha

This is my 2nd year as a sabb, last year I was your Vice President Faculty Education and I loved it. So you may already recognise me! I was also involved with lots of different campaigns last year, many of them I’m hoping to continue this year – SHAG week, Time to Change pledge (Mental Health Awareness), Rate your Landlord, SLSA’s and lots of mini projects alongside.

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Signing the Time to Change Pledge last year..

This year we hope to continue many of these campaigns but also run lots more! Some of these will include housing, assessment and feedback,  one world, improving the personal tutor system, sports respects your right and lots more! So if you want to get involved or want to run your own campaign please let us know!

It’s a really exciting and busy time for us at the moment and is going to get even busier! Tomorrow is officially the start of Freshers with a quiz in the bar for off campus students and I’m so excited to meet everyone! This will be my 5th year at Edge Hill and my 5th Freshers week and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the best yet!

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Feel free to contact me about anything – supresident@edgehill.ac.uk
FB and twitter – EHSU President

Or come and see me upstairs in the hub 🙂

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye and Good Luck

Well, the end is nigh. As I sit here in an empty office with less than 30 minutes till I vacate my role as President of Edge Hill Students’ Union, I just wanted to send my best wishes to every single one of you and thank you for a fantastic two years. It has been my absolute pleasure to represent you all both in my Vice President & President capacities.

It seems like an absolute lifetime ago since I myself was graduating from my Primary Education degree back in the summer of 2011 and simultaneously attending the Graduation Lunches as the new (and first) Vice President Faculty of Education. Since then a lot has changed both within the University and the Students’ Union and I truly hope that both continue on this upwards trend over the coming trend.

Since I started we have seen significantly better engagement with our student body, especially in the Faculties of Education and Health & Social Care. I have watched the number of societies we have increase hugely as well as the creation of our student media platform Vibe. We have seen the SU develop an independent Advice Centre as well as the creation of a Marketing department in order to better inform you of what we do and what opportunities are available to you. And with a big expansion to our services on the horizon I can only imagine that the SU will continue to provide you all with more opportunities, events, representation and advice.

I’d like to thank all those both within the SU and the University whom I have worked with over the last two years and who have supported me and my colleagues in being able to make positive. change on your behalf. I’d also like to wish the new team – Gareth, Kayley, Em-J and Christian the best of luck for the coming year and can only hope that they will do even bigger and more wonderful things for you than I was ever able to.

But most importantly I’d like to send all of you – the students, my most sincere and absolute best wishes. It has been my absolute pleasure to have represented you and worked on your behalf these past two years and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. Whether you have just finished your first year or just graduated I wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do with your life! Enjoy yourself, never get too stressed and always ensure that you’re happy, whatever it is you’re doing. You have the world at your feet, now go and change it 🙂

A very fond farewell to you all
Elliott

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Finish in Sight? Not for us :(

Good afternoon folks

With end-of-year exams on the horizon and your mother’s cooking already beckoning you home for the summer (for those of you living away), the end of academic year 12/13 is beginning to come to a close for many of you (sorry teachers, nurses, paramedics etc who are stuck here till June-July and beyond). However, this does not mean we as an SU get to go home for the summer 🙁 and work is still going on both in full-view and behind the scenes to improve the student experience here at Edge Hill. Indeed the summer is actually when much of the action takes place and aside from our usual roles – sitting on committees, board, panels and writing reports etc, it also sees much of the planning and changes take place for the next academic year so everything is ready for your start/return in September.

I wanted to take this opportunity to bring you up to speed on a few things which I/we have been involved in recently:

Firstly, Friday saw the final day of nominations for our Student-Led Teaching Awards (SLTAs). We’ve had record numbers of nominations this year, much of this down to the hard work of our VP Faculty of Education – Alex, who has taken the lead on this project. This is a really great venture, not only because it allows you as students and us as an SU the opportunity to thank those staff members who have had a positive impact on your student experience, but also because it helps us to pick out good practice and identify what Edge Hill students think makes a good lecturer, personal tutor or support staff member. We can then use this information to improve the teaching, support and services you receive in the future and indeed Alex, Gareth and I have been asked to present a lecture on this at a conference on campus in July.

Recently I have also been working with Facilities Management (FM) on a number of things. The first outcome is that FM are now putting the final proposals together for the new and improved multi-faith room currently located in the Magnolia suite at Forest Court. This work is costing upwards of £8000 and will be undertaken over the summer to ensure this bigger, better and more inclusive facility is available for students in September. I won’t go into detail about what this will look like but anyone wanting to know any more, just let me know.

I am also working with FM on putting a business case together for the University to invest in lockers on campus. Over the past two years in my respective roles I have had students coming to me asking about storage on campus and whether the University would invest in lockers, especially given the ever-expanding nature of the campus and the increase in student numbers over the last decade. As a result FM have now identified a number of areas around campus where lockers could be placed and once the plans have been completed, we will be taking the case forward to the senior management team within the University for approval. Hopefully if this is given the go ahead, there will be lockers in place for students to use from September.

The final topic I’ve been working on with FM is that of food waste. As someone who can’t stand waste, I hate it when the University holds events which are catered and then upon completion, proceed to dispose of all the leftover food when there are hundreds of students in the locality with tight budgets who would welcome some free food. As a result I’ve managed to convince FM to put a policy together which states that in the right circumstances once an event has finished but the food is still within a safe time period, members of Catering will take the food out into public areas and offer to any students there. So if you see someone coming up to you next year with free food – that’s why :p

In other news on Sunday we undertook our Lipdub attempt for this year to Frank Turner’s ‘I Still Believe’. Given the numbers, we have used this as our final pilot before undertaking a full-scale Lipdub in Oct-Nov of next academic year. We have a dedicated team of officers and students who will be taking this forward and I’m really hoping this can become a huge project which all students can be proud of and which really tells the public what Edge Hill is all about. If you want to get involved make sure you keep your eyes peeled for stuff posted online and during Freshers’ Fair etc. Additionally keep your eye out for the Promo vid which will be posted to our YouTube channel very shortly 🙂

And as a final note, if you are wondering where our website has gone, we’re currently making some major changes to it but it will be up and running ready for the start of the next academic year.

I’m sure many of you will hear from me or see me before you go but for those of you who don’t, have a wonderful summer and for those of you leaving for good, I wish you all the best of luck in the future and hopefully I’ll be present at your graduation ceremony to celebrate your achievements with you.

Best wishes

Elliott
SU President

P.S. I get to see the new Creative Edge building behind the track tonight 😉 Will try and post some pictures

Tel: 01695 657308
Email: supresident@edgehill.ac.uk
Facebook: Ehsu Pres Ident
Twitter: @EHSUpresident

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Edge Hill Lipdub – let’s go viral once again!

Good afternoon one and all

It’s been a while since I put out blog up here, but I felt obliged to do so and inform you of a big event we have coming up this Sunday.

After the success of our Harlem Shake (now on almost 40k views!) we want to go one step further and create a Lipdub. Not sure what a Lipdub is? Well take a look at some of these examples:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeGDRSWB46w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPjjZCO67WI

Basically it involves lip syncing to a song whilst showing off all that is great about your University and the things you do there. Many of the examples on the net have millions of views and we think it would be a great opportunity to show off Edge Hill and what we’re all about! More importantly there are very few British universities who have done one and we think it would be great for Edge Hill to have the best in the country!

The event is taking place from 10:30am this Sunday (12th) meeting in The Hub. You can find all the info you need at the following facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/306418629488807/ or by emailing me at supresident@edgehill.ac.uk.

The song we will be performing is Frank Turner – I Still Believe. Given the nature of the song and its very British routes, we felt it was an appropriate choice. In most cases we just require you to turn up on the day, but if you’re wanting to do anything in particular which may require specific resources or areas then again let me know.

I look forward to seeing you there and in the meantime spread the word and get thinking of creative ideas for the video.

Many thanks
Elliott
SU President

Tel: 01695 657308
Email: supresident@edgehill.ac.uk
Facebook: Ehsu Pres Ident
Twitter: @EHSUpresident

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A Harlem Shake at Edge Hill Uni??? Surely not ;)

The fun continues here at Edge Hill Students’ Union because as one action-packed week comes to an end in National Student Money Week, we have another fun one upon us with both ‘University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day’ which this year we’ve named ‘Are You Feeling Good?’ and Edge Hill’s very own ‘Harlem Shake’ both scheduled for this Wednesday (20th).

‘Are you feeling good?’ is all about students here at Edge Hill asking themselves how they feel and us highlighting different ways to make you feel good. Working alongside the University, we have put together a whole host of events which you can find in the picture posted below. Seth MacFarlane comedy Ted will be playing for FREE at 2pm in the Arts Centre and to book on to the also free ‘Think Good, Feel Good’ or ‘Laughter Yoga’ sessions email workshops@edgehill.ac.uk

As mentioned, we also have Edge Hill SU’s official Harlem Shake video scheduled for 5pm on Wednesday. If you can make it, we’d love to see you there. Meet in The Hub, the crazier attire, dance moves and ideas you bring with you the better… providing they’re not offensive or rude that is! :p
The official facebook event page is here – http://www.facebook.com/events/409288685829200/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

Finally just a quick note to tell you all that our Handball Society have their first home game of the season tonight against Manchester Met. It’s at 8pm in the Old Gym (next to the Business School). I’m sure they would be very grateful of any support you could give.

Hopefully see you all on Wednesday, whichever activity you get involved in.
Thanks for reading
Elliott
SU President

Tel: 01695 657308
Email: supresident@edgehill.ac.uk
Facebook: Ehsu Pres Ident
Twitter: @EHSUpresident

 

Link for full size poster here: http://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/su/files/2013/02/Health-and-Wellbeing-A3.jpg 

National Student Money Week – Save money and win prizes!

So next week (11th-15th) is National Student Money Week and Edge Hill Students’ Union are official ‘National Showcase Partners’ alongside only 5 other institutions. As a result we’ve got lots going on, primarily based around the theme of game shows and with plenty of prizes to be won. You can see a schedule of the events we have going on during the week in this blog, but if want to know more about any then let me know or simply pop along on the day to join in 🙂

The week is about promoting financial capability and support to students and helping them save money. As a result we’re giving away hundreds of ‘Meals in a Bag’ for FREE and we’ve also been busy sourcing special offers that week for you within the catering outlets and the Arts Centre. Come and get involved in the week’s activities to get yourself some vouchers!

Finally, anyone wanting to enter our Student Family Fortunes or Mr and Mrs game shows and be in with a chance of winning some serious prizes including a Pizza Party for you and your friends, make sure you let me know so we can put your names down.

Hopefully see you all next week
Elliott
SU President

Tel: 01695 657308
Email: supresident@edgehill.ac.uk
Facebook: Ehsu Pres Ident
Twitter: @EHSUpresident

Important news for nursing, midwifery and ODP students

Some great news for nurses, midwives and ODP students.

NHS BSA has introduced a new 0300 number which will only be charged at local rate as oppose to the high cost of telephoning the call centre you used to have to ring.  From now on use 0300 330 1345 when calling about your bursary payments and applications for funding as it will much cheaper.

Also if you are on a nursing, midwifery or ODP course you no longer need to wait for an invitation to apply for your bursary funding.  The NHS BSA will now accept online applications when you are ready to apply.

If you are an April starter make sure you reapply for your funding now, the earlier the better!

Best wishes
Elliott

supresident@edgehill.ac.uk
01695 657308

AGM – 06/12/2012, from 12:15pm – The Hub

Good afternoon one and all

This promises to be my shortest blog ever. I just wanted to remind everyone that it is Edge Hill Students’ Union’s AGM (Annual General Meeting) tomorrow. As boring as this possibly sounds, our aim this year is to break down the formalities and make it as engaging and relevant to students as possible. One major step we have taken in this vein, is to host the AGM at peak time in The Student Hub. We will be starting at 12:15pm but would welcome students drifting in and out to fit in with their lunch and lecture times. Please don’t feel you can’t join in if you aren’t around at 12:15pm on the dot.

At the AGM we deliver our Impact Report which informs our membership (the student body) what we have been doing for you over the last academic year and how we have been spending your money. More importantly it gives you and any student a public platform to hold your elected officers (the VPs and I) to account and ask any questions or raise any issues you may have.

I do hope I’ll see your faces there but if you can’t make it feel free to post any questions you may have below or send them to me via the contact details listed at the end of this blog.

Best wishes
Elliott

Tel: 01695 657308
Email: supresident@edgehill.ac.uk
Facebook: Ehsu Pres Ident
Twitter: @EHSUpresident

Can you see beyond the veil?

**A Blog on behalf of our Islamic Society President**

As I board the train from Preston to Ormskirk, awkward feelings emerge, thoughts begin to cloud my mind, Can I do this? Can I carry on wearing the veil? and then something inside keeps saying No, No I don’t think you can, I think you have come to the end of the road with this. I realised I was battling with my inner conscious telling me I could not carry on with the veil but then another voice telling me I could not carry on without it.

 The veil had somewhat become a part of me, something that I became attached too and started to love but with it I had to go through obstacles, hardships not to mention a price tag. I knew I needed to be at peace with myself and the veil, and it should not cause me any type of worry. But somewhere down the line, I knew from the looks and snares, that people were making judgments. And why would they not? In their eyes I am a foreigner, and I look completely different to the norm, so being stared at would seem natural right? But to add to the comments “pathetic, terrible”, tells me there is a price tag, a hefty psychological one.
For some completely did not understand and for others it was simply curiosity. So some didn’t understand but for some they could see what was beneath. A young girl who did not want to conform to the fashion industry, to imitate models and to live and by what the fashion industry dictates. So there were a few people at my University who accepted me for who I was and could truly see internally, because true beauty is internal right? Though you may think this sounds cynical, well before the outer beauty catches the attention of a prospective suitor, would it not be better to cut out straight away all those who are looking for the “model” look? and let those who are looking for a good heart find their gold by digging deep and of course that takes work. Because we are precious, and women are the queens of the home, so is it not befitting to protect and keep covered that which is beautiful, only for the eyes of the beholder?
 If I choose not to wear the veil it would mean I feel bare and naked and by the grace of God I have been blessed with beauty and it is that very beauty I wish to preserve. Just like a pearl is hard to find in the deep depths of the ocean, I too want to be that pearl in which the man I would marry would have to search damn hard before he could find me. And when he sees me veiled, because of his closeness with God he would understand why I did so. As with everything we do, we look to please God before we please creation because you know whenever you do anything for God it is appreciated and rewarded
I have seen it all too often, young girls flaunting their beauty, but is that why beauty was given?  Is that what gives one honour and success, or the fame and the limelight one receives is that not for a day or two and then reality sinks them back to where home is? Because we are all judged right? So would it not be better to be judged for your intellect and wisdom rather than your beauty , because beauty fades but the inner beauty is reflected by your character, traits and mannerisms. So should we not display excellent conduct, morals and traits and let them supercede what the outer image displays? So I leave you with the question as I asked you in the beginning, Can you see beyond the veil?