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Hello again all, Matty here.

Well, it is out there. Our Welcome Week line up for 2016 should hopefully have reached you all by now and what a line up it is.

Massive is likely to be the main operative word I use throughout the majority of this blog.

Firstly, (MASSIVE) changes to our regular line up. We feel this year we have been able to provide a much more varied, enticing and diverse line up for you. With us holding back on some of the regular occurrences that seemed embedded in Edge Hill tradition, we have made room for a range of activities and events for you to take part in. Thus making this years Welcome Week that much more special, as opposed to any other ‘standard’ Edge Hill Students’ Union Welcome, of years gone by.

Next, (MASSIVE) events. As you may have seen in some of the media we sent out recently, we now have a number of BIG day time events. I think that this is one of the truly great (MASSIVE) additions to this years Welcome Week that has perhaps been called for more in the past.

I would like to start off with Monday Funday (a phrase many in the organisation appear to giggle at when spoken in my slightly mancunian twang). Beyond the obvious importance of the Welcome Fair, held every year, this Fun day is bound to be awesome (and MASSIVE). A huge (kind of MASSIVE) selection of inflatables, obstacle courses and activities to bring out your competitive edge. We have a number of (MASSIVE) night time events throughout welcome week, the most notable obviously the club nights. Who could not say it is a (MASSIVE) pleasure to have Radio 1 DJs Scott Mills and Chris Stark, along with artist Tinchy Stryder. Not forgetting our (MASSIVE) social night on Wednesday, as always normally the biggest night of the week.

And we couldn’t not give a (MASSIVE) mention to the Welcome Fair. As has been previously stated, this is perhaps the most important event in establishing your future at University and even life beyond University. Go along, ask questions and find out what you may want to be a part of. I came with an idea of one group I wanted to join and it has honestly changed my life, opened up so many doors and left a lasting (MASSIVE) impact with me, I am sure I will carry for the rest of my life.

(Massive) Changes to the bar, we have been busy over summer and actually created another new bottle bar in the quad. Many of you I know will be grateful for its impact on reducing congestion on those busy nights. Without revealing too much, here is a sneak preview of its early stages.

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A new menu, with (MASSIVE) changes. We now offer a much bigger variety of both food and drink.

There has been plenty of planning taking place over the summer. I am actually really excited for it to start. I am ever so proud of what the new team are managing to achieve so early on.

MASSIVE changes, MASSIVE plans, MASSIVE acts, MASSIVE events, MASSIVE welcome.

Hope my blog this week has only been short and not too massive…

See you all soon,

Matt (EHSU President) x

LINE-UP TIME?!

 

The sun rises over Chancellors’ Beach, ducks waddle between peaceful lakes, baby birds
tweet across hidden roof gardens, and I am PUMPED for Welcome Week.

HELLO STUDENTS NEW AND OLD!
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Results day is over, and congratulations are in order to all our NEW STUDENTS (FAR TOO EXCITING), and family & friends, who’ve worked so hard to be here today.

Irrelevant of what grades were received, a thing I truly love about Edge Hill is its nurturing approach to growing people. We are not here to meet quotas, we’re here to leave better than when we arrived.

VP Academic might sound like I’m here to supervise your studies or be something a bit dry – but my job is to make sure you’re given the best possible treatment by the University, and that certainly doesn’t just come down to your degree class (Although I’ll certainly always be here to help you achieve the best grades possible).

Whatever you, your sibling, son, daughter or anyone else we love, achieved this summer – It was growth. Grades don’t matter half as much as great people do.

But, Welcome Week! I know many of you have told me you’re “literally dying” to find out what the line-up is. Well…

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Forgive me, I couldn’t resist. Ha! Did you really think I’d tell? Full details are released in THREE DAYS (22.08.16). I know emails are being prepared, and of course, you will see it all over our social media. After that, we can tell you anything and everything you could ever want to know about our amazing plans!

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This time of year, especially for second and third years, I think is always a tricky one. Summers been going for a while now and many people are eager beavers to get back, possibly move into their first house of their own (EVER) and see all their wonderful friends again. Which is fab, but (and this applies to all you first years too, so listen up!)

Don’t

Wish

The

Time 

Away

When everyone’s back, it will be AMAZING. But that doesn’t mean you should spend your whole summer waiting for it! These three years (including summers) are precious, and you only get to do them once.

  • HappinessEmbrace Them
  • Get Involved
  • Better Yourself
  • And LIVE!

The best way to achieve all this when you come back is taking part in university life! Join our sports teams, get involved in our societies and be the voice for others as student reps. Whatever year you’re beginning, why not try something new this season?

As always, get in touch if you want to know more. That’s it from me for now, but don’t forget to check our social media on Monday for everything welcome related.

Stay awesome, and make sure to make your summer awesome.

Much love,

Rach

01695657301

suvpacademicrep@edgehill.ac.uk

Bits and Bobs But All Important

Hello there!

So we are a month and a wee bit into our term and as you can imagine its crazy busy! There has been so much going on between conferences and meetings so I will skim over a few things in this blog however if you have any questions please feel free to email me suvpactivities@edgehill.ac.uk.

Last week I attended an NUS conference (Lead and Change) at Leeds Beckett University, where I had the chance to meet and greet sabbatical officers from all over the country. This, like the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) conference I attended, was filled with enthusiastic sabbatical officers who all share a common goal of giving students the best possible opportunities and experiences.
During this conference I attended a seminar regarding the barriers women face in participating in sport. As we have a huge female population at this university, it only seemed right to find out how we can support and encourage more women to take part in recreational or competitive sport. I aim to work with our Women’s officer (Rosie Mckenna) to try and implement BUCS initiatives targeting women in sport.

Leading onto this, I suppose a huge piece of news is that as of August 1st, Edge Hill Students’ Union has the privilege of delivering sport. This was due to the tireless work by the previous sabbatical team which I personally can’t thank them enough for. As an ex member of a sports team myself, I understand some of the problems that occurred and will do my utmost to correct them. I am sure that you guys want all the answers as soon as possible, for which I can’t blame you. So, rest assured that the sabbatical officers and staff members are working endlessly to get everything in place so we can all hit the ground running this season.

Here is a link to our Changeover Statement :)

Now i understand that this may be a boring read for some so here is a mini-clip of a guy who is just loving life…..
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Now back to business……
We are also developing our ‘Give It A Go’ (GIAG) programme. This initiative does what it says on the tin. Students can have a fun and FREE (where possible) experience trying something different. We are creating a timetable which will include our very own societies and sports team’s sessions and offer some exciting classes, trips and experiences that you can get involved with. Networking with other universities who have established GIAG programmes, has shown me its true potential as they actually have a full time member of staff dedicated to the ‘Give It a Go’ programme! So keep an eye out in early October and make sure you ‘Give It a Go’.

So that’s me guys! If you have any questions, ideas, queries, ANYTHING, then please get in contact or swing by the office.

Peace

 

Lee (VP Activities)

Did someone say Welcome Week?

Helloooooo, I am your new Vice President of Welfare at Edge Hill’s [Awesome] Students’ Union!

The first day in the office, battling for the desk by the window and the chair that squeaks the least seems so far away. It’s August already!! Where has the time gone?

And let’s not forget, only 6 weeks until Welcome Week!!

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Having only just graduated myself [Whoop Whoop!] I am well aware that coming to University is not just about studying hard and gaining a top degree. Although that is obviously the ideal outcome, there is so much more to University life.

Growing as a person, finding out who you really, are, making friends for life, independence, learning something new, etc. University can be whatever you want it to be and make the most of it!! Because, believe me, you’ll be graduating before you know it!

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So last week I was given the opportunity to attend Keele University for an NUS Lead and Change conference.

It was incredible.

I met so many amazing people [#Networkingpro], learnt so many new things [The Scottish Sabbs are the best at karaoke] and just had an overall incredible time and have come back with loads of new ideas on how to improve your student experience and make your time here the best it can be.

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So in the build up to Welcome Week, we’re all soooooooo busy! With our heads full of ideas, calendars jam packed, endless amounts of emails, phone calls and planning, I can honestly say [Slightly biased ofcourse] that it’s going to be the best week of your lives!

And before I give away any of the fantastic plans we have in store, I will leave you all to have an awesome summer!

Your VP Welfare xx