People of South Wales - any help would do, bedding, that extra shampoo bottle you bought because it was disgustingly cheap, cushions, hoodies, jeans, tops, literally anything that is still in decent condition. Would mean a lot to someone who has nothing. Message me on fb if you can help. #swansea #cardiff #swanseamet #tsdsu #swanseauni
The Students’ Union is proposing a new Clubs, Societies & Associations (hereafter referred to as ‘CSA’) Constitution to take effect for the start of the 2012/2013 Academic Year, in order to provide members with a better, safer and legal Student Activities service. A General Meeting therefore will be called when members return at the start of the new term.
Please could members take the time to have a look at the old CSA Constitution, and also the new one - this change will be discussed and voted upon in the new academic year.
Another lovely day here in Exeter, weather-wise, which has been complimented by the quality of the talks on day two.
I have attended four sessions (2 Talks and 2 Seminars) that have all been engaging and inspiring.
Seminar One‘Inclusive Club Development’ was Held by Marie Dixon of EFDS. Having heard the different avenues Universities and Unions are exploring in 2012/13, in order to ensure their clubs are inclusive, I am coming back to TSDSU with many ideas! I will be focusing on how our teams can approach the potential difficulties of making activities inclusive, as well as what TSDSU can do to support this development.
Students with disabilities total around 10% of the student population and I think it’s an important step for TSDSU Clubs and Societies to promote the work they have been doing around inclusivity and what YOU the student and TSDSU can implement to develop this areas throughout the next year. As always I will be contacting you all in the near future to discuss these possibilities but feel free to contact me with any ideas.
Seminar Two‘Understanding BUCS Competitions’ was a basic training exercise, after which I have grasped the basics of the BUCS Webpage, Scoring and Competitions available to our teams. I aim to spend lots of time with Chris from Carmarthen Campus on further training with the website, and would also like to have a session with the Executives of each BUCS team on Lampeter Campus this year. I would like to discuss what they know about BUCS and what might be on offer to them in 2012/13. Teams are able to contact me by email during the summer to make arrangements for this meeting: email@example.com
Talk 1‘Effective PR: Promoting Sport within the University’ by Diana Soltmann of Flagship Consulting brought to the room some interesting and rather controversial ideas around the University PR and Marketing agendas of 2012/13. Ms Soltmann discussed the American University Sporting development model and how it could influence UK University sport. Further details of the definition and distinguishing of PR and Marketing were discussed with reference to the 1984 Apple Mac advert which was the springboard for the company. It’s an advert which I have used as a reference point in my own work, but what I did not know, was that the advert not only used sport as a theme but was also shown at the 1984 Superbowl! Diana ended the talk with a Q&A where she was asked her opinions on UK Student Unions being sponsored by drinks companies. I’d like to open up this discussion to you, the members. Feel free to comment here or email me with what you think about such sponsorships.
Talk 2‘Challenges and Pressures on Higher Education’ by Professor Sir Steve Smith; the Vice Chancellor of Exeter was as equally unnerving as it was inspiring. The discussion of the financial difficulties ahead of Higher Education and the Country as a whole was scrutinised and debated, Professor Smith asked us as staff and sabbaticals to research our new demographic and what their heightened expectations of both the University as well as their Union maybe in 2012/13 (for further research in preparation for 2013/14). Professor Smith outlined the biggest issues he feels High-Ed will face in the future as well as bullet pointing how Exeter University has begun to prepare for these challenges; Transferable Skills, Employability, Fair Access and Increasing Expectations are the areas of TSDSU CSA development that I feel will dominate my role throughout 2012/13 and 13/14. Watch this space.
And finally, I’ve just found these amazing cookies in the SU shop which I feel will go down lovely with a nice cupper.
As before; photos for this post will be uploaded asap.
Update by Jo Fisher TSDSU CSA Coordinator.
Next update scheduled for Thursday 12th July 2012.
Do you have a creative itch that doesn’t isn’t getting scratched as TSD? TSDSU is working on start an Art Society and we need members to sign up. There’s lots if exciting ideas already being planned and we need your help! If you’re interested in picking up a paint brush, making a statue or even changing the way your campus looks please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Freshers ents has been announced! Personally, I cannot wait to rock the DJ booth on the first night back. Me and Mattias will definitely be up for requests, just pop on up. last time we did this we played a large amount of The Lonely Island because of this approach!
We’ve got loads of events going on, I’ll be training my welfare team, the two fayre’s are going to be MASSIVE and full of freebees and info, not the mention the MASSIVE general meeting we have planned. all in all… we’re bursting at the seams, really.
So I’ve been trying to make sure my office is actually ready for all of this insanity. there’s been a lot of recycling, re-using and re-organising of everything in the two offices.
the new Night Time room is almost complete. more importantly, it’s clean! which is amazing. I haven’t seen the back room that clean since I’ve been studying here!
Everything is in a state of prepared panic. All the painting is getting finished up, all the student services and admin stuff are moving to the new cantebury building, we finally have the vending machines put in place… it’s crazy!
There’s another open day this coming saturday, I’ll be donning student ambassador-ness with running around giving campus tours. Genuinely, I've too busy to update tumblr!
Oh! and I forgot the welfare Team T shirts getting sorted!
Aaand the fresher bags…
okay. I’m done. Stuff is happening! Be seeing you all VERY soon! LET’S MAKE IT HUGE!
I have neglected my blog in the past few weeks, but there has been a number of changes here at TSDSU and I’ve been doing lots, and lots, and lots of work to make sure that the start of 2012/13 will be fun and exciting for you all.
I suppose I should start with the biggest change to happen in the CSA Team. In July Chris decided to leave us. The SU are currently looking for a replacement, but at the moment I am supporting the CSAs on all campuses - it’s a lot of work but I’m enjoying it!
My main tasks have been:
Responding to CSA grant applications: this has happened a lot later than I had planned and for that I am really sorry! Mattias is back on site on Thursday 16th so the Sabbs and I will be looking over all the applications at 11am that day. I hope to have all paperwork to the Treasures of each CSA by the following Wednesday (22nd) when I’m back in the office. If I can get it done on that Thursday I will do.
Booking facilities for Team Training sessions and BUCS games. This is something that is very new to me! I am working on the first terms worth of games and then following the same ‘booking model’ for the following two terms. All BUCS Teams can follow the League on the BUCS Facebook or on the Webpage. You will also be able to find the details of the matches on a print out on the notice board just outside my office.
CSA Exec Committee Training: This has been booked for Saturday 22nd October and has provisionally been booked on Lampeter Campus for this year. All CSA Executives must attend unless prior apologies received by myself at email@example.com and a member of the CSA is nominated to attend in the absent persons place. I am in the final stages of booking speakers and venues. At this event you will receive all handbooks, constitutions and other important admin which is necessary for the running any CSA. I will have more info sent out closer to the time.
CSA First Aid Training has also been booked. All CSAs must put forward one Safety Officer for training. If you have someone already trained please inform them to bring with them their First Aid Certificates when they move back so I can take a copy.
Fresher Buddy Training has been planned on both campuses. With the absence of Chris, Emma Baldry has offered to run the training sessions on Saturday 22nd September in Carmarthen for me. I’d like to thank Emma on behalf of myself and the students’ at Trinity Carmarthen for all her support in ensuring the quality of service for Carmarthen CSAs in 2012/13. Early moving dates are currently in the pipe line with the University and I will be contacting Fresher Buddy Teams closer to the date with details of the training day.
Trinity Lampeter Fresher Buddy Applications have closed early due to the high interest and volume of applications: over 50 received!!! Thank You Everyone!!!
Fresher Fayre 2012 has been a major focus for all members of staff here. We have put together a great program of events from Sunday 23rd September throughout the Fresher Fortnight (I wish I was starting University this year!!) The full program will be available from the TSDSU Building, TSDSU Stalls and from Fresher Buddy Teams throughout the Fortnight. The projects I’ve been heading up are:
CSA Fresher Fayre (Lampeter) on Sunday 30th September: this is when you’ll be able to buy Duty of Care Cards (DoCC) and sign up new members for individual CSAs! I have a list of those CSAs wishing to hold stalls and will be contacting them in a couple of weeks with more details of the where’s and when’s of the event.
Barn Dance in the evening of Sunday 30th September (this will all be explained)
LARP & RPG Zombie Event: will be in the afternoon of Friday 28th September. This is a co-op event that will promote the LARP & RPG Society as well as the Horror & Sci-Fi Film Societies Zombie Film Night the week later (please see below)
Horror & Sci-Fi Film Society’s Zombie Film Night: This event will be held in the Xtension on October 4th (time TBC). The society is hoping that this event will promote the work they do and will help them improve their membership numbers. During the evening the SU are aiming to put on a food and drink deal for you to enjoy the films and have a munch! There is no charge for entry to the viewing.
Love Your University’s Project: RiverArt: Sunday 7th October. Love Your University are seeking not only an Artist to design a piece of art for the build; but also to encourage volunteers to join in! If you’re interested please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org so I can estimate numbers.
Sport Team Taster Sessions A number of Sports Teams have contacted me asking for Team Training Taster Sessions for Freshers. These will be happening throughout the Fortnight. I am still working on the Time Table for the venues. If there are any teams still wishing to book time slots; can they contact me at email@example.com by Monday 13th August
The Carmarthen program of events for the Fresher Fortnight is being planned by Emma and Sam; details will follow shortly!
That’s me for this update. I hope you’re all having a fantastic holiday and look forward to seeing you all in September.
Your Students’ Union has been having a nice big clean out and we’re now in the stages of changing the look of the facilities within the building!
I’m posting to ask if any of you are interested in popping to the SU on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st to give us a helping hand with making sure we have everything painted and sparkling for returners and newbie students! :D
If you’d be good enough to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org telling me what day(s) you’re available; I will contact you with the time to pop over!
Look forward to seeing you there – I’ll make overalls look good!!
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Does your CSA use the Victoria Hall in Lampeter? Then this post is for you!
As several of TSDSU CSA have been involved with the Victoria Hall in Lampeter. The directors would like to extend this invitation to students who would like to attend.
You are invited to the first AGM of Transition Lambed Development Trust (TLDT) at 730pm on the 31st January 2013 in the Victoria Hall, Bryn Road, Lampeter.
TLDT is the legal entity formed out of Transition Llambed to pursue the development of the Victoria Hall as a base for Transition activities, education and engaging in a meaningful way with the broader Lampeter community.
The Annual Report will be printed in the February edition of the ‘Grapevine’ which will be available in and around Lampeter from the 25th January. Copies will be also available at the AGM.
The Trust is looking for help and support in making the hall more successful and relevant to Transition Llambed and the people of Lampeter. This includes things like marketing, pursuing funding for green energies, energy auditing, organising regular ‘Recycling’ type events at the Peoples’ Market, bookkeeping, caretaking, building management.
This is an opportunity to hear what has been done, what we intend to do, ask questions and perhaps get more involved with this exciting project.