Tag Archives: students

Students with Caring Responsibilities

Hi Guys, Christian here from the SU.

I’d just like to thank everybody who has been involved with the work we are doing with the university, exploring the possibilities of establishing a policy to support Students with Caring Responsibilities.

We have had a fantastic response from carers to our survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/swcr) and had some great input to our coffee morning last Friday. The feedback we have had will go a long way in helping us to understand the barriers you face in education and the support we can put in place to help you during your studies.

Our next step is to sit down as a group, look over our feedback and discuss what should and should not make up the policy. To do this we are looking for up to 4 students to be involved in the discussion. If you are already being well supported or have an opinion on what else could be done then we need YOU and YOUR expertise!!

The working group will look to take place at the beginning of January 2014. If you would like to be involved then please get in touch via email. You can contact me directly on suvphealth@edgehill.ac.uk.

It’s great to see so many active students this year! We can really make a difference with this!!

Race for life – Laura Burgess

On Sunday 8th July 2012, Women from the local area will congregate in Sefton Park, Liverpool to be part of the biggest fight against cancer at Race for Life, and walk, jog or run to help beat cancer.

This event is just one of over 10 Race for Life events in the Liverpool surrounding area.

Race for Life is the UK’s biggest fight against cancer and the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK. Since Race for Life started in 1994, an incredible six millions participants have raised over £457million, more than any other UK event series raising money to fund cancer research.

Among the race starters on July 8th will be Edge Hill student Laura Burgess, who is running the Race for Life for her first ever time in memory of her grandad, who died 10 years ago through cancer.

Every pound that you donate to sponsor runners just like Laura really makes a difference. So why not ask around and find out who you know that might be taking part in a Race for Life event this year.

If you’d like to sponsor Laura as she looks to raise as much money as she can to help the cause, then please click the link below and follow the instructions

 http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/lauraburgess24

Students and employability: Part 2

So, here’s part 2 on my little series of blogs on students and employability, the last blog looked at Students’ knowledge/understanding of what employers are looking for and how this is developed in university through the likes of PDP or employability modules, Massive thanks to everyone who got in touch with your thoughts as well. Just as a little reminder, here’s the 4 points I highlighted as key areas to explore and unpick.

  1. Students’ knowledge/understanding of what employers are looking for.
  2. Lack of work placement opportunities in the Arts and Sciences curriculum.
  3. Not a strong enough relationship between Universities, small-medium sized businesses (SME’s) and students.
  4. Poor economy/job market.

2. Lack of work placement opportunities in the Arts and Sciences curriculum.

One of things I hear most often from students and one of the things I seem to keep reading is that students don’t have enough work placement opportunities, particularly students studying Arts and Sciences programmes. There are a few questions that could be asked as to why this doesn’t currently happen, possibly a lack of resources within a University to co-ordinate that many extra work placements? A lack of work placement opportunities in the local area? Or perhaps it’s that for some students it’s not clear cut what sort of work placement they should undertake to fit in with their programme of study? E.g. History students.

I don’t think it comes as a surprise to most people that if 2 very similar candidates go for the same position, but 1 of those has experience of working in a comparable environment, then the candidate with the work experience is likely to get the job every time. Employers are often not just looking someone who meets the person specification and can demonstrate a set of skills through examples, but are as well looking for someone that can hit the ground running, step straight into a role and start from the word go. Something employers feel they will get more of with a candidate who has experience in the real world in a similar work environment.

This is a perception that is unlikely to change and I don’t see many reasons why it would, someone with experience in the field regardless of how much, is likely to be favoured over a candidate with none, it’s just a safer bet for businesses. So the real point does solely square with increasing work placement opportunities for students while their earning their further or higher education qualifications.

Although for students that already have work placements as part of their curriculum it’s not always plain sailing, many students have additional costs of traveling to a placement, not completely covered by their institution, and some students are significantly delayed in getting placed at all, sometimes extending their time at university and delaying their graduation. So lots to think about here….

My first thoughts are that although there are challenges and potential difficulties for universities and their students, every single student studying in higher education should have the opportunity to undertake an appropriate work placement. This may rely on a lot of students having to source their own placement (many already do this) and finding the right placement to suit them and their career aspirations, but universities need to be able to offer as much support as possible throughout this process, highlighting possible options, helping students make contact with potential placements, supporting them if they encounter difficulties, and ensuring reasonable travel arrangements do not put them out of pocket. Again as with my previous blog I’m going to wait for the final blog of the series to lay down what my recommendations would be, and again it would be great to hear some of your views on the above.

That’ll do for this area, make sure you keep an eye out for the next blog in the series which will focus on relationship between Universities, small-medium sized businesses (SME’s) and students. Looking primarily at why students are possibly reluctant to explore SME’s, but also why some SME’s might be reluctant to recruit graduates, and what universities can do to change this.

As always feel free to leave a comment or get in touch with me directly, you can e-mail me at suvpfas@edgehll.ac.uk or phone me on 01695 657311

Thanks again for reading

Billy

Students and alcohol: The good, the bad and messy.

I think it’s about time I wrote a blog that has potential to be controversial. More than anything, because I love opening up a debate with people passionate about their views. So let’s tackle the whole alcohol thing, especially with the government coming out this morning with their plans to set a minimum cost per unit of alcohol that bars and shops etc. will be able to sell at.

I don’t think that anyone would really argue that there is a strong alcohol culture amongst university students. No not every student drinks heavily or even drinks at all, but a fair number of students do drink, and drink a lot. So let unpick this a bit more. Is it that universities generate an atmosphere with the right conditions for students to want to drink heavily? Is it that Students themselves feel the need to drink heavily as a result of inevitably knowing they won’t be able to do it as often once they leave University, start a full time job, and start to think about settling down? Or is it just because cheap alcohol is so readily available in highly student saturated areas? With local bars and clubs near universities promoting drinks offers that cost the students next to nothing, encouraging them to drink large quantities in a short space of time with the attractive accompaniment of not breaking the bank in the process.

More than likely is that it’s combination of differing levels of all three. But there’s been a lot of pressure in recent times from the likes of the Government and from the National union of Students (NUS) to change the alcohol culture at universities, and reduce the number of students having to be carried home from nights unconscious and covered in sick, mmm lovely.

As a Students’ Union, we along with students’ union across the country, have a duty of care students of our University, and have a clear remit for safeguarding the welfare of our members across Edge Hill, Which is why this year we took the decision to develop a responsible drinking policy with the university. The key aspects being that large external drinking events not run in collaboration with either  the University or Students’ Union, will not be able to sell tickets or t-shirts etc for their events on our campuses. I’m quite sure that those reading between the lines will instantly see this in relation to carnage, and as much as many students may simply see the University being a kill joy or trying to ruin their fun, students should really take the time to ask themselves why companies like this run these type of events? Is it to create an enjoyable and safe event for students to enjoy sensibly and responsible? Or is it to encourage students to drink irresponsibly and dangerously for the sole purpose of making a profit? I think you know which one I think it is, but I’ll let you make up your own mind.

I suppose the question here is, if events like this regularly put students at risk, and have a track record for negative press as a result of well documented incidents that have happened at such events, is that something a Students’ Union should just ignore? And instead choose not take responsibility for the welfare of its students? Or would that make the Students’ Union and the University as equally irresponsible as the companies that run these events? Mmmm interesting thoughts.

I’ll leave you with one final thought. Currently, around 40% of all patients admitted to A&E in the UK are diagnosed with alcohol-related injuries or illnesses, many of which result from binge drinking.

I would be very interested to hear what some of your views are on this so please leave a comment or as always you can e-mail me at suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk or phone me on 01695 657311.

Thanks again for reading,

Billy

Super League student ticket offer

Only a very brief blog from me today to tell you about an opportunity to watch an upcoming local Super League match.

On Friday 23rd March 2012, Wigan Warriors will be taking on Warrington Wolves in what could be a title deciding Super league clash!

Wigan Warriors are pleased to announce a student ticket offer for this game meaning Edge Hill students will be able to attend the match at a discounted rate.

This offer allows students at Edge Hill University the opportunity to purchase tickets for this game for just £10, saving £5 off the standard concessions ticket price.
Tickets are available at this price up to the 16th March, and are subject to a minimum order of 10 Tickets.

The game will kick off at 8pm at the DW stadium in Wigan

If you’re interested in taking up this opportunity then you can ring for tickets on 0871 66 33 552 or visit the website www.wiganwarriors.com

Thanks again for reading

Billy

Rogue landlords……

I think it’s important to mention this with regards to following on from my last blog about house hunting.

One of things I didn’t really touch on was about landlords/letting agents (rather than say landlords/letting agents all the way through this blog I’ll just refer to them both as ‘landlords to make it easier!).

In the last few years of being at Edge Hill I’ve heard stories about some great landlords, Landlords that have gone that extra distance because they really value you as their tenants. They’re not in the letting business to swindle as much money out of students as they can, they provide a good service and if you act as responsible and respectful tenants, they will in return be respectful Landlord and will be available when things go wrong, will fix things that get broken etc without much hassle and without much delay.

However, as with a lot of things there are two sides to this coin, and while there are many landlords in the local area that will ensure you’re time in their house and peaceful and enjoyable, there are some landlords that from what I’ve heard from students over the years will be a nightmare for everyone living in that house for the duration of your tenancy. These landlords WILL try to swindle students for as much money as they can, WILL come round to the house without prior notice, WON’T carry out repairs in a reasonable time.

It is important that you are aware that landlords like this are about.

So with that in mind here’s what I suggest. after you look round a prospective house and meet with the landlord for that house, see if you can find out from other students what that landlord was like when they stayed there, or if they had that landlord in a different property.

If you find someone who had that landlord before ask them questions like, do they always give 24 hours’ notice before coming round? Do they carry out repairs in a reasonable time? Do they follow through on promises they make about changes/improvements to the house? Do they treat the students living in the house with the respect they should expect?

Remember, this is the house you will spend a year of your life living in; a year is a long time. Make sure you are happy with the property, and make sure you’re happy with the landlord.

To give you a bit of an insight into exactly what I mean, watch this short clip with comedian Sean Lock, where he plays a rogue landlord in a campaign video for the housing charity Shelter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1tB9y55UrI

As always if you have any questions or would like to contact me them e-mail me at suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk or phone me 01695 657311

Thanks again for reading, and good luck with the house hunting

Billy