Term 1 Welfare Campaigns Round-up

The Trans Panel Find out how we have been campaigning for you!

Love Living In

Love Living In is a yearlong campaign aimed at making you aware of just how fantastic some of the areas that students at Newcastle University live in. Whether you live in Heaton, Jesmond or Sandyford, we want to celebrate how amazing these places are and to help you create a sense of community pride and positive relations with your neighbours and local residents.

With messages of advice and promotion of the great things happening in these areas, this campaign hopes to keep up the good work and feeling in your communities.

Black History Month

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NUSU's Black History Month is a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the events and people who helped to form the African Caribbean Community into what it is today. It also helped address issues which are still deeply relevant in the past, present, and future of the community. Led by NUSU's Racial Equality Officer, Chris Wilkinson, the celebration of Black History Month aimed to promote diversity at Newcastle University, whilst raising the conversation about the status of the Black Community in the University and beyond.  Students had a platform to speak out, and to articulate their experiences as BME students.

Shout Up!

NUSU is just one of the many organisations to join the Shout-Up! Campaign. Shout-Up! asks everyone to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment, making the bars, pubs and clubs in Newcastle safer places for everyone. Shout-Up! was conceived by Newcastle City Council's Safe Newcastle, Crystlsd and Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland.

Shout-Up! delivers training to venue staff enabling them to identify, understand and react to sexual harassment coupled with media, promotion and in venue-marketing which boldly proclaims venues a sexual harassment free zone. We are all responsible for making our communities safer.

NUSU Trans Awareness 

The launch week of NUSU Trans Awareness coincided with the national Trans Awareness Week from the 12th to the 18th November and incorporated the Transgender Day of Remembrance on the 20th November. NUSU Trans Awareness is an important campaign which has a strong focus on raising awareness for those who would not normally engage with LGBT+ and trans spaces and discussions.

The campaign, brought to you by Part-time Officers Lauren Sykes and Charlotte Boulton, revolved around a series of videos intended to provide visibility to trans students across Newcastle University. Alongside the social media video campaign, two events were held in the SU to celebrate Trans Awareness, ‘Being trans in Newcastle’ and ‘Trans Lives and Experiences’

There is information and support available for trans and non-binary students both through the university and NUSU. We will be adding to this list as we create more resources tailored to the needs of trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming students.

Alcohol and Drugs

This yearlong campaign launched during Freshers' Week with digital messages and practical advice available in the Welfare Tent for new and returning students.

This campaign aims to:

  • Reduce the immediate harm that excessive drink and drug taking can have on our students and to promote the importance of personal safety and the safety of those around you.
  • Highlight and tackle the effect that alcohol and drugs can have on the wider community
  • Give our clubs and societies the information, tools and support they need to organise the events that their members enjoy but to stay clear of dangerous situations.
  • Establish long-term positive relationships with local authorities, agencies, promoters and licensees in the city.

         

Mission Nutrition 

This campaign focussed on making sure you eat properly before and after exercise. During the campaign, we had some great events and activities taking place. Whether you play sports regularly or are more of a spontaneous exerciser, knowing what foods you need to look after your body and refuel it properly is key. 

Ran by your AU Officer, Maggie Elstob, the campaign hopes to influence the student food offer at the newly built sports centre. The 270 students who took part in Mission Nutrition will be surveyed and the results reported back to the sports centre staff. Full report to follow from Maggie Elstob.

Events during the week included:

S.H.A.G Week 

S.H.A.G (Sexual health Awareness and Guidance) launched the yearlong health campaign with the annual clubs and societies STI testing competition. With £200 up for grabs the competition saw record numbers of STI test taken.  64 clubs and societies got involved and 540 tests were taken. The top 5 were:

  1. Musical Medics 82% (of their members were tested).
  2. Cheerleading 76%
  3. Athletics X Country 45% 
  4. Ice Hockey 38% 
  5. Womens Basketball 30%.

      

Luther’s Bar got involved by offering a S.H.A.G cocktail and the Bingo Revolution evening event was attended by over 250 students.

Housing 

The NUSU Housing Fair, an event aiming to highlight the do’s and don’ts of renting in the private sector, took place on the 16th November. Welfare and advice stalls were located at the beginning of the fair meaning that students got the right information before speaking to the lettings agents and private hall providers.

492 students came to the fair and picked up important information before house hunting.  Housing advice and support is available all year in the Student Advice Centre and you can still download our Housing Booklet.

What's next!

After a busy term for the Officers, the work continues.  During the exam seasons, we will once again be supporting you by running our Stressed Out Students campaign. We will also be working on the Free Menstrual Care across campus campaign which will now take shape following a 100% pass at Student Council. Finally we will be starting our work on improving the affordability of University.

You can also campaign on the issues that matter to you by accessing our Campaigns Fund. This fund is not only available to cover the costs of campaigning but can help with staff support, advice and many other aspects of delivering a successful campaign.  Student led campaigns so far this year includes Fossil Free Newcastle, Plastic Free Campaign and #Thisisnotconsent.

 

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