Squealer November 2019

Cumbria2007

The new edition of UCSUs in-house magazine

squealer

THE

NOVEMBER / 2019

The Squealer magazine was launched

in 2015 to celebrate the latest news,

achievements and success of students

from throughout the University of

Cumbria community.

Front Cover: Photography competition winner

Jo Gee - Brampton Road “Nature in its truest

form down the road at Gosling Sike Farm”

Santa Claus

is coming to

town...

Volunteering

Student Voice

#UCSUWelcome19

UCSU works in partnership with a

number of organisations to provide

students with meaningful opportunities

to practice their skills in a

volunteering environment.

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Should the Students’ Union adopt the

proposed democratic structure?

PAGE 16

Welcome Week 2019 was a real blast!

The whole of UCSU loved getting

out there and meeting all the new

students as well as seeing some old

faces returning!

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CONTENT

04 OFFICER UPDATES

Hi, I’m Katie, your Community and Partnership Officer for

UCSU. My job role includes anything from running events

on campus to increase student engagement and vibrancy, to

dealing with any issues that arise about our university facilities.

I also love being active in supporting student groups,

volunteering and making activities on campus more ...

08 UCSU & UOC NEWS BITES

The winter graduations are upon us! This month there will

be another batch of students walking across that stage and

collecting their diplomas – including our very own Liam!

Congratulations to everyone who made it this far and good

luck for the future...

10 VOLUNTEERING 15 GROUPS 16 STUDENT VOICE

UCSU works in partnership with a

number of organisations to provide

students with meaningful opportunities

to practice their skills in a volunteering

environment. To that effect...

When we were handed the society

at the beginning of our second year

of university, we were all filled with a

huge amount of enthusiasm to do as

much as we possibly...

As over 800 students cast their vote

and more than two-thirds supported

the proposed, the proposal has been

successfully approved...

EDITOR: Rachel O’Donovan

DESIGNER: Liam Pullan

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Saturday 30th November

Sunday 8th December

Carlisle City Centre

Outside the Old Town Hall

17 STUDENT SUPPORT 20 UCSU WELCOME 22 CHRISTMAS MARKET

We know that in the run up to Christmas

students will start to look for where

they are going to live in their next

year at university, with many signing on

the dotted line shortly after Christmas.

Welcome Week 2019 was a real blast!

The whole of UCSU loved getting out

there and meeting all the new students

as well as seeing some old faces

returning!

Join UCSU for the annual Christmas

Market held in the Vallum Gallery,

Brampton Road.

24 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The star-studded Christmas Lights Switch On stage will be in

place in the city centre pedestrianised area, outside the Old

Town Hall. Organised by Carlisle City Council, it will provide a

packed family entertainment programme, to suit all ages.

26 EXTRA...

Carlisle city centre will stage an open-air festive market

between Saturday 30 November and Sunday 8 December.

The chalets will be based outside the Old Town Hall and will

include a wide range of food, drink and gifts.

28 STUDENT SUPPORT

The support team is highly experienced in supporting students

at the university and have been been doing so for over

ten years.

WELCOME

Hello! Welcome to our new arrivals, welcome

back to all out lovely returning members!

It was so lovely to see so many new

and returning faces over Welcome Week

at the start of term, be sure to check out

our Welcome Review, can you spot yourself

in any of the photos? We have so much

more for you to indulge in too – check

out the latest on volunteering, what new

groups there are to get involved in, how

The Big Vote turn out and so much more!

We hope you enjoy reading this edition of

The Squealer and if you would like to get

involved with any aspect, creating, editing

or designing please let us know by emailing

us at student.union@cumbria.ac.uk. Happy

reading!

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OFFICER

UPDATES

UCSU strives to make your time at university the best it can be; one

of the ways we do this is the campaigns we run throughout the year!

JOE MORRELL

Welfare & Support Officer

Joe.morrell@cumbria.ac.uk

KATIE BROOKES

Community & Partnership Officer

Katie.brookes@cumbria.ac.uk

LEQUANE JOHNSON

Academic Officer

Lequane.johnson@cumbria.ac.uk

As the welfare and support officer, it

is my job to promote healthy living,

including, physical, mental and sexual

health as well as housing. I work to

promote positive well-being across the

university including self-care awareness.

I am also the chair of the Trustee

Board for the union.

As the Community and Partnership

Officer I deal with any issues with your

campus, local community, and student

activities. I work to enhance student involvement

and continue to expand the

relationships we have as a community.

I’m Student Director on the university’s

Board of Directors as well as a member

of the trustee board.

As your Academic Officer I deal with

any issues which may arise from your

course. I am also the lead representative

on all matters concerning your

academic experience. I aim to make

this the best it can be! Furthermore, I’m

a member of the Trustee Board and Academic

Board as well as sitting on many

other meetings throughout the year.

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Take a look at Joe’s updates on all of the campaigns

and events that he is running this year:

Dewali 2019

Working together with the BAME rep

from the NHS Morecombe bay trust,

UCSU and University hosted a Diwali

event in which the mayor of Lancaster

was our official guest of honour. On

the 3rd of November, 6pm, ‘The View!’

hosted the event which offered a

delicious vegetarian dinner followed by

spectacular firework display, a DJ who

rocked the dance floor, matched steps

with our DJ, a live Dhol player who

welcomed the guests and free henna

tattoos for those who wanted them.

3k Fun Run

The event in the beautiful setting of

Rickerby Park near our Brampton campus

has been designed in the memory

of Alex McCreesh a former student at

the University. Luke McCarthy, a close

friend of Alex has been heavily involved

in organising the event which will raise

funds for the charity SCOPE. We have

been working closely with the council

to ensure the event runs smoothly.

If you would like to donate please

follow the link: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/funrunforalex.

#healthmatters

Initial talks with the University’s Mental

Health services have taken place to

look at the prospect of an exercise

buddying scheme. Katie Brown, a 2nd

year Sport Rehabilitation student, supports

the scheme. The premise of the

scheme is as follows: Any student who

has completed an online referral to the

University’s mental health department

can then be referred to a separate, new

department made up of students who

are willing to donate two hours each

a week to be a mental health exercise

buddy.

‘Here at the UCSU we are passionate

about the benefits of physical activity

and the part it plays in well-being.

Physical activity facilitates moments

of self-reflection, community and a

chance to talk-whether that’s a walk in

the park, a yoga session or sport and

we feel this will greatly benefit your

wellbeing and general health… you and

your health matter’.

Pink Spots

Ending period poverty at University is

a movement that UCSU fully supports.

As part of the Pink Spots campaign we

have extended the locations of free

sanitary products in our toilets across

our campuses. If you can donate supplies

so that we can continue our fight

against period poverty please bring

them into your nearest UCSU office.

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Hi, I’m Lequane, since my last update

before the new academic

year, a lot has changed. I would

like to share with you the campaigning

I have done and planning to do. ‘Know

The Rules’ is a big one this year. I am in

the planning process of creating video

content all based on various ‘University

rules and regulations’. I am wanting to

provide quick short clips explaining basic

procedures when it comes to things

such as academic appeals, malpractice

hearings, extenuating circumstances

and many more.

The UCSU support team and I have

received many cases where students

need support on this and being aware

of the processes and how to avoid

breaking the ‘student code of conduct’

is crucially beneficial for everyone

undergoing their studies. An online quiz

with prizes to win is another resource

I want to apply. There is a learning aspect

to it but it is also worth taking part

in. I will keep you all updated on the

progress of this throughout the year.

This one is for you academic reps. Now

recently we have gone through some

rep training, I just want to say thank

you to those that came and gave their

feedback on the sessions. This year I

really want to help represent you all

more efficiently. There are many big

changes coming up and I need your

help in achieving them so they best

benefit the student body. With that

being said let me just start by saying I

am here for you if you need help campaigning,

representing your class and

genuinely improving the student experience.

Your voice matters to us and

we need you to speak up about this so

we can best represent you when we

approach the University for change. Hit

me up on social media or send me an

email. I am mostly in the Fusehill Street

Learning Gateway but I travel to other

campuses throughout the week so if

you see me around, stop me as I am

always happy to sit and chat. Big shout

out to all the liberation society groups

we have at UCSU. You have spoken

and your voice has been heard. I have

been working under the radar to really

improve race and cultural diversity here

at the university. So far, ACS (African

Caribbean Society) has flourished over

the past few months. Members are

rising and we have developed strong

relationships, a family if you like. I believe

it is time for more groups to speak

out. Keep up the good work and never

give up. It is time to prove to everyone

who we are and why we are here.

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BEST

B.E.S.T

Bringing Everybody Socially Together

Creating a 24 hour

social space for you!

• A space to meet new people

• Somewhere to go in between long lecture breaks

• Tired of looking at the same four walls in your flat and need a fresh space

• A real area to chill and get away from studying

• A place to call your own!

If you want to be involved / support the idea - contact Katie, your

community and partnership officer at Katie.brookes@cumbria.ac.uk

STUDENTS’ UNION

Hi, I’m Katie, your community and

partnership officer for UCSU.

My job role includes anything

from running events on campus to increase

student engagement and vibrancy,

to dealing with any issues that arise

about our university facilities. I also

love being active in supporting student

groups, volunteering and making activities

on campus more accessible for all.

I am also the student director on the

board of directors, which entails sitting

on meetings with the vice chancellors

executive team to get involved in

discussions on various areas about the

University of Cumbria and to get your

student voice across.

Since I started in July, the officers have

been very busy with lots of training,

planning, visiting each campus and we

even spoke at graduations in July. As a

union, throughout Welcome Week we

ran and supported over 150 different

events across all campuses. We had a

wide range of events that took place,

all from showing new students what

the nightlife is like near their campus,

to morning markets, family fun days

and much more. Many of our new

students may have seen the officers in

their check-in talks, where we introduced

ourselves and talked about what

UCSU offers and what we can do for

you!

My main campaign for the year is

B.E.S.T, which stands for Bringing

Everybody Socially Together. This campaign

aims to create a 24-hour student

social space on each campus, which

will be a space for students to call their

own, to go to have some down time,

socialise with friends and meet new

people, especially during long lecture

breaks and lunchtime. If you want to

get involved or have your say of what

should be in this space, please do not

hesitate to contact me via the email

address above.

Another campaign you might see

around is I AM WHO I AM. This was

created to raise awareness and build

individuals knowledge up about the

challenges and issues both LGBTQ+

and disabilities individuals often

experience on a daily basis. Therefore,

through accessible activities and inclusive

environments, it is time for these

individuals to feel supported.

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Totum

Now is a brilliant time to get yourself a

Totum card and get the best deals and

savings in the run up to Christmas! Just

head to www.totum.com and sign up

today and have your card delivered to

campus to pick up.

Graduations

The winter graduations are upon us!

This month there will be another batch

of students walking across that stage

and collecting their diplomas – including

our very own Liam! Congratulations

to everyone who made it this far

and good luck for the future.

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UCSU AND UOC

NEWS BITES

Keep up to date with the latest information from UCSU and

the University of Cumbria

Campus Vibrancy Fund

The Campus Vibrancy Fund is BACK!

Are you looking to run and event that

will enrich campus life but don’t know

where to start in terms of funding it?

Take a look at the Vibrancy Fund on our

website and see if you could get some

help.

Volunteering Fair

Come to the Learning Gateway in

Fusehill Street on Wednesday 20th of

November to meet all of the great local

organisations that have some brilliant.

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VOLUNTEERING

ABROAD

UCSU works in partnership with a number of organisations to

provide students with meaningful opportunities to practice

their skills in a volunteering environment. To that effect, every

year, the Eleanor Peel Trust makes funding available which

UCSU manages on the Trust’s behalf for our students to volunteer

abroad.

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Nursery school children in South Africa are

taught by a volunteer teacher. Photograph:

Rex/Shutterstock.

Many students have used this

funding opportunity to travel

to a variety of locations such

as India, Kenya and Greece and get the

chance to further their career prospects

by using their skills in totally different

environments.

At the end of their journey, students

are required to submit a blog, giving an

account of the time they have spent

abroad. These recounts provide us with

very different snippets of the experiences

of students in their chosen locations

but what they all have in common

is a sense of wonder at how life can be

so different for other people, a feeling

of achievement for having made a positive

impact on the project they have

worked on and a strong belief that their

journey has changed and shaped them

as individuals.

Here is what Daisy Hedley had to say

about her recent travel to Goa.

Volunteering in Goa – by Daisy Hedley

During the months of August and

September, I decided I wanted to go

and volunteer in India. To say that this

experience has expanded my horizons

would be an entirely accurate statement

and in fact, my time abroad has,

I think helped me to develop skills that

otherwise could have taken years to

become familiar with.

Who says you can’t make a difference during

short-term volunteer trips?. Photograph:

Victoria Gonzales.

First arriving in Goa, I was picked up

and driven to the Green Lion volunteering

project in Povorim where our

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accommodation was to be for the next

few months. From here, we would go

and explore the state of Goa and visit

the different projects we would be

working on. The routine of the volunteering

was straight forward, in the

morning you were taken to a project

of your choosing until 1pm where we

would then be picked up and returned

to the house for lunch; then off we

went to teach the children in the slums

in the afternoons. The teaching was

technically optional but everyone who

was volunteering joined the teaching

and it soon became one of the most

amazing parts of the trip. The children

who varied in ages from 2 to 15, all

with varying levels of English but all so

eager to learn and meet new teachers.

We taught things like English, maths,

geography and arts and crafts during

the week before having Friday afternoons

for games. The kids, who have

almost nothing to their names, turned

up every day at 3pm to be taught for a

few hours and were some of the most

generous, kind and energetic people I

have ever met. So, suffice to say that

even though our time with them was

optional, it felt like the volunteers got

as much as we gave.

Volunteering, Group of people huddling.

Athens, Greece Photograph:

Perry Grone.

The morning projects varied depending

on the volunteer’s preference but as I

am studying Psychology, I opted for the

community projects. As I was teaching

kids in the afternoons, I decided to split

my time and spend half at the Divayyan

disabled centre and the other half

at an old age home. As health care in

India is privatised, many physically and

mentally disabled people are shunned

because of this and these projects

have filled a need to protect and look

after these individuals. The residents

of these homes range in age but all

are given a home and purpose. The

Divayyan centre gives purpose to its

residents by using what they have at

hand to make products that help with

the upkeep of the home. The residents,

using coconuts, recycled clothing and

old newspapers make things which

then get sold on, these products vary

from door mats to prescription bags

used in pharmacies. They all get a

percentage from the sales like a wage

or pocket money and the rest goes on

materials and equipment for them to

use. The residents here all live together

with volunteers and staff to make a large

but fun family environment. I loved

going in and working with them, from

helping to look after them to spending

the morning in their workshop helping

with their products - the volunteering

work was varied and engaging. One of

the residents and I became particularly

close while I was helping, Maria who’s

53rd birthday we celebrated while I

was there, was a beautifully happy

person. The whole time I was there the

residents and the project itself constantly

amazed me. I will miss seeing

them every day.

Volunteering, Gardening equipment. Watford,

United Kingdom Photograph:

Dylan Nolte.

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EP Trust Fund FAQ’s

Can the fund be used to fund a work

placement that is a requirement of my

course?

No, unfortunately, the fund cannot be

used in this way but if you go on a work

placement and then extend your stay

to do volunteer work in a local community,

then you can use the fund to

support that.

Can you advise me on what projects I

can go to?

As we are not in a position to check the

validity of these projects, unfortunately

we cannot make recommendations.

However, we have produced a guidance

that you can use to help you make

a decision. You can view this at https://

www.ucsu.me/volunteeringoverseas.

Which projects qualify for a grant?

Project that are suitable for funding

vary from working with animals to working

with children and everything else

in between. The main rule of thumb is

that the project has to be non-profit

making and has to provide a distinct

benefit to the local community.

How much money can I get on the

Fund?

Grants vary, depending on the project

that you go to and the strength of your

application. The maximum award (with

full criteria met) is £550 but additional

monies can be paid out for exceptional

projects, in particular, projects that are

started or run by you directly.

When is the money paid out?

50% of the grant will be paid before

travel and 50% will be paid on return

from travel, after submission of a satisfactory

blog.

Ready to apply?

Visit our pages https://www.ucsu.me/

top-navigation/copy-of-volunteering-homepage/copy-of-volunteer-funding.

More questions?

E-mail: SUvolunteering@cumbria.ac.uk

or book an appointment to chat to us

https://cumbriasu.simplybook.it/v2/.

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GROUPS

WE GOT COMMENDED?

When we were handed the society

at the beginning of our

second year of university,

we were all filled with a huge amount

of enthusiasm to do as much as we

possibly could so that everyone on

campus always had something to look

out for from us. We were constantly

reaching out to the community to ask

them how we could help them so that

we could accomplish that goal. However,

when we were doing all that we

never anticipated anything from it. We

simply did it to try to make some kind

of difference and to keep ourselves

busy! Therefore, when we heard that

we were being nominated for an award

at a huge charity event like the North

West awards was… well to say we were

surprised is an understatement.

We were more used to dirty boots and

raincoats, so the idea of dressing up in

fancy suits and dresses was a very exciting

prospect to us. Walking down a

red carpet to be greeted with prosecco

was truly a welcomed new experience

and certainly made a change from the

student dives we were all used too.

Upon entering the ballroom where

the event was held, I know I felt like

I was in Hogwarts with the beautiful

table layouts and candles. As was to be

expected the food was also an outstanding

three course meal after which the

awards were delivered.

The lead up to our event category

was slightly nerve wracking as we sat

fingers crossed, hoping to win. Some of

us were managing expectations, as it

was a very competitive category. Then

when the time came for our results,

we were all shocked and delighted to

be announced the winner of the highly

commended award. The walk up to

the stage felt instant, all the hard work

we poured our efforts into all seemed

to pay off at once and filled us all with

pride of a job well done.

The only thing I would give as advice is

to just get out there and apply yourself.

It’s easy to get caught up in the

day to day of your life, but I bet there

are many people out there who could

be doing a lot more if they just took

that extra step and started saying yes

to a few more opportunities. It always

seems like everything is so much more

difficult than it is before you start doing

it, whether that be anything from cooking,

to assignments. However, when

you look back after all the work you’ve

done it sometimes it can feel like

you’ve hardly done anything difficult

at all.

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OU

!

te, have your say, and

f winning a £100

We’ve used our recent research to create a

proposal for how the Students’ Union, should

represent students and make democratic decisions.

We’re really happy with the proposal

and feel that it’s a positive model in which

we will be better able to engage our members

to actively lead the Students’ Union. But

it doesn’t matter what we think.

STUDENT VOICE

THE BIG VOTE

Throughout the 2018/19 academic

year we conducted research into the

views, ideas and expectations of our

members (that’s you, students) as well

as the views of other key stakeholders

such as the University.

Should the Students’ Union adopt

the proposed democratic structure?

YES

The Students’ Union will be actively led by a group of 3 Sabbatical

Officers and 10 Campus Representatives (2 per campus).

The Sabbatical Officers will be:

• Academic Officer, who focuses on your academic experience.

• Welfare Officer, who focuses on your health and wellbeing.

• Activities Officer, who focuses on your social life.

Campus Representatives ensure the voice of your campus is

heard at the highest level of the Students’ Union.

Big decisions will be made via referendums which must be voted

on, and approved by, students on every campus.

Other decisions will be made digitally by Student Academic Reps

from every cohort, on every course, across the entire University.

We will establish, support and empower Liberation Networks to

provide a safe space for you to socialise, network, represent and

campaign based on your identity.

Go to www.ucsu.me/vote, have your say,

and be in with the chance of winning ____.

Voting closes at 5pm, Friday 4th October.

THE

BIG

VOTE

From 9:00am, Monday 30th September

to 5:00pm, Friday 4th October we

asked you to vote in our Big Vote:

Should the Students’ Union adopt the

proposed democratic structure?

There were two options:

Yes - the democratic structure developed

through our democratic review.

No - the way we are now.

Results are as follows:

Total number of votes cast: 927

Yes: 857 (92.4%)

No: 70 (7.6%)

As over 800 students cast their vote

and more than two-thirds supported

the proposed, the proposal has been

successfully approved.

Our new Constitution, Bye-Laws and

UCSU Code of Conduct will come into

force on Wednesday 1st July 2020.

New Sabbatical Officer and Campus

Representative Positions will be

elected in our coming main elections

(February/March 2020).

More information about the vote,

important documents, and democratic

review project can be found at

www.ucsu.me/thebigvote.

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THE

BIG

VOTE

WE’VE DONE

THE RESEARCH

NOW YOU

DECIDE!

THE BIG VOTE

Go to www.ucsu.me/vote, have your say, and

be in with the chance of winning ______.

The Big Vote

We’ve done the

research, now you

decide! Designed

by: Liam Pullan.

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HOUSE TO

A HOME

We know that in the run up to Christmas

students will start to look for

where they are going to live in their

next year at university, with many

signing on the dotted line shortly

after Christmas.

Finding where to live can be easy to

do so if you know where to look and

remember the top tips to finding the

best home for you. However, we can

sometimes be pressured into signing

a contract for a house especially, if it

seems everyone else around you is

doing the same.

Jumping in and signing for a house

too soon can leave you tied to sharing

with the people you have only known

for a few months. You could then

discover you don’t get on with these

people further on and before you are

due to move in together you may find

you are not able to get out of your

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Here are out top tips when

house hunting!

TALK TO PREVIOUS

1. TENANTS

These are the best people to give

you advice as they have actually

lived in the house and know the

ins and outs! They will also not

be biased as unlike the landlord

they have nothing to lose.

CHECK THE HOUSE

2. IS SECURE

Are all the doors secure? Do all

the rooms have locks on them?

Is the house fitted with a burglar

alarm? These are all important

factors to consider, you want to

feel safe when you lay your head

down at night.

UNDERSTAND THE CONTACT

3. BEFORE YOU SIGN

It is important you understand

the type of contract you are

signing. Ask key questions like,

is the contract fixed term? Are

you jointly liable with other

tenants? Do you have to pay rent

over the summer even if you

don’t live there?

MAKE SURE YOU WILL GET

4. YOUR DEPOSIT BACK

This is one of the most important

steps as Landlords can withhold

and refuse to give your deposit

back if it is not protected by the

Tenancy Deposit Scheme. It’s

important to make sure your

deposit is protected. As soon as

you move into the property,

ensure you take photographs of

the condition that the property is

in. You should also do this when

you move out as well.

GET THE LANDLORD’S

5. CONTACT DETAILS

Make sure you know the landlord’s

name, address and telephone

number. This is handy

when doing your own research

on the landlord but also if you

need them if there are any

issues with the property i.e. your

burglar alarm may not be working

which would need to be

addressed to the landlord.

FINALLY TAKE YOUR TIME

6. AND CHOOSE WISELY!


EXAM

STRESS

With exam season around the

corner we know this can be a

daunting time and often

creates feelings of worry and

pressure. However, there is a

range of things that you can

do to help with the stress you

are feeling.

Have a look at the top tips

that we have pulled together

for you that might help you

through this stressful time.

1.

Eat well: avoid foods and drinks that are high in fat, sugar and caffeine. Opting for

healthier options will increase your energy levels, release energy at a steady rate

and reduce stress.

2.

Get plenty of sleep: Allow yourself 30 minutes of wind down time before bed each

evening in exam season. This means switching off technology and reading a book,

meditating or doing light exercise such as yoga will help your mind to wind down and

switch off from the day.

3.

Have your devices in ‘night mode’ where possible later on in the day and into the

evening, this will slowly lessen the level of blue light pollution which tricks your

brain into staying awake.

4.

Exercise: Going for a short walk each day can boost energy levels, clear the mind

and reduce stress.

5.

Revision timetable: drawing up a revision timetable will help you to keep on track

and stick to it. Make your timetable something that you can realistically follow. Allow

time for your other commitments such as work or family. This will stop you feeling

like you have failed when you have to miss a revision session.

6.

Find somewhere comfortable to study: Whether it may be at home or in the university

library, being in an environment where you are most comfortable will allow you to

concentrate on your revision more effectively.

7.

Support: Get the support of those around you so that they understand how important

your studying is. If you work, can you reduce your amount of shifts or hours in the

run up to exams? If you have a family can your partner, family or close friends take

the children out for the day or occupy them in the home to allow you to revise.

8.

End of exam treat: Reward yourself with something to enjoy after all your hard work

over exam season. Why not book a meal with friends on your course? Book a weekend

trip? Take that ‘me day’ and have a very long bubble bath and a face mask?

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Finally, good luck for your exams!


#UCSU

WELCOME19

Welcome Week 2019 was a real blast! The whole of

UCSU loved getting out there and meeting all the

new students as well as seeing some old faces returning!

We really hoped that you enjoyed the events we put

on from the Welcome BBQs, bar tours, meet you breakfasts,

family fun days, market streets freshers fairs and much more.

Take a look at some of the awesome photos we collected

throughout the week – can you spot yourself?

We also just want to say a massive thank you to all the UoC

staff who worked with us over Welcome to make it the best

it could be. Thank you to our Welcome Helpers too, who

without Welcome would simply not exist.

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You Can Do it: Welcome

Helper Lizzie challenges

a student at our speed

friending event.

Making New Friends:

New students meet

Evelynne at the Learning

Gateway Reception Desk.

The Writing is on the

Wall: We gave our new

members a BIG welcome.

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This years display of Christmas lights in Carlisle City Centre:

19th November 2018 by Stuart Walker.

Carlisle Christmas

Lights Switch On

Local dance groups

and school choirs

will join celebrity

acts at this year’s

event. The headline

celebrity acts will

be announced at a

later date.

Sun 17 Nov 2019, free entry

CARLISLE CITY CENTRE

The star-studded Christmas Lights

Switch On stage will be in place in the

city centre pedestrianised area, outside

the Old Town Hall. Organised by Carlisle

City Council, it will provide a packed

family entertainment programme, to

suit all ages.

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Marilyn

Bowman will trigger a brand-new

galaxy of Christmas lights in the city

centre at 5pm. The Christmas Lights

Switch On is part of Carlisle’s countdown

to Christmas.

The annual sparkling spectacular will

be held between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

Please note that times are subject to

change.

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The 2018 Display, designed and manufactured by Gala Lights,

was switched-on by X Factor winner from 2014 Ben Haenow.

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Pear & Chocolate Flapjack Crumble

INGREDIENTS

2 x 400g cans pear halves in syrup

100g butter

100g golden syrup

300g porridge oats

100g bar dark chocolate, chopped

1.

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas four. Drain the pears (keeping the

syrup) and cut each half in half. Tip into a dish or ovenproof pan about

22cm across. Drizzle 2-3 tbsp. of the syrup from the can over them.

2.

Melt the butter and syrup in a saucepan, and then stir in the oats and a

pinch of salt. Quickly mix in the chocolate, but don’t let it melt. Tip the

mixture over the pears.

3.

Bake for 30 mins until golden and crisp. Cool for five mins before serving

with some double cream or ice cream, if you like.

If you make this yummy treat send us a picture on social media!

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CARLISLE

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 8th December

Carlisle City Centre

Outside the Old Town Hall

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UCSU

SUPPORT TEAM

Our support team has been helping students for over ten years. Feedback from students who have

used our service shows the positive effect our support has had on academic careers and well being

over the years.

We can help you to help yourself get back on track.

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UCSU provides an independent, professional and

confidential advice service to all

University of Cumbria students.

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Every year the service supports hundreds of students

with things like:

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• Academic appeals

• Progress reviews

• Extenuating circumstances claims

• Malpractice hearings

• Complaints

• Health and conduct committees

• Fitness to practice

• Signposting to other services for things like

housing and welfare issues

We are here to support you at any time, before, during and post-assessment. Get in touch with us by booking

an appointment at www.ucsu.me/support, phone 01524 590810 or call into one of our offices for more

information. At peak times it might take a little longer than usual to get back to you, so please allow up to

three working days for a response for non-urgent enquiries.

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More than 1 in 4 students

damaged their smart

phone in the last year*

Get covered with the No.1 UK

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endsleigh.co.uk/security

Anything’s possible.

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Gloucestershire GL51 4UE. *Source: B2B International & Endsleigh possessions research 2019, out of 807 students surveyed.


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squealer

The Squealer magazine

was launched in 2015

to celebrate the latest

news, achievements

and success of students

from throughout the

University of Cumbria

community.

November / 2019

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