Our Impact: February 2016

This is the story of how we made a difference in February 2016.

Watch the video to discover how what we did this month had an impact on you.

This month our key achievements included:

  • WelcomeFest: The Reunion welcomed students back to campus after exams and the festive break with a week’s worth of events. Highlights include a Jobs and Volunteering Fair attended by over 400 students, 1500 students partying a special superhero themed Tower and over 100 students meeting new people at a brand new Speed Friending event ran partnership with the International Students Association.
  • The University welcomes an international intake in Semester Two each year. Vice-President Sport, Gurmok recognised that joining half way through the academic year these students do not get value for money from a full year Pay to Play pass that they need when joining a sports team. Working with the Sports &Fitness Centre he was able to secure a reduction in the pass from £25 to £10. A great win for our sporty students.
  • Challenge Chuby was back with a bang this month, or should that be a chokeslam! He was dared by the wrestling society to take part in a training session complete with clotheslines and jumps off the ropes!
  • The Union’s highest decision-making authority Union Council passed a motion put forward by LGBT+ Committee, to create an all gender toilet in the Union building. Supported by Vice-President Welfare & Community Ashleigh a trial began on the 1st February on the ground floor of the building.
  • During WelcomeFest: The Reunion Vice-President Welfare & Community, Ashleigh told students how sexual consent is as simple as a cup of tea. 1000 specially designed cups of tea were printed and distributed to students to spread the word about the importance of respecting each other boundaries when it comes to sex.
  • Vice-President Education, Matt launched the Education survey with a treasure hunt around campus. Students followed clues to win instant prizes and by the end of the month over 300 students have given us feedback about their educational experience. The results will be shared with the University via our annual Student Written Submission later in the year.
  • RAG Week 2016 proved to be bigger than ever with two days of nonstop dancing, a 48 hour CPR marathon, a colour run at the lawns and Whose Line is it Anyway hosted by the Drama Society to name just a few of the 30 events that took place throughout the week in Hull and Scarborough. As well as the usual bake offs and bag packs we welcomed the RSPCA who’s rescued kittens, rabbits and puppies raised over £1700 pounds towards the total. All money will go to mental health charity MIND, Hull and East Yorkshire and ChildReach International.
  • Vice-President Activities, Kathy welcomed speakers from the BBC and KCFM for the first ever HUU Media Expo. This new event gave students with an interest in the media insider information, the chance to network with industry experts and the opportunity to learn from the best about breaking into the media industry.
  • In Scarborough, Vice-President Si launched his contact time campaign to find out what students think about the amount of contact that they have with teaching staff. This stage of the campaign focuses on gathering feedback about academic support for students outside of lectures to form a report that will potentially lobby the University for improvements. He also held the first ever Open Forum where questions and issues raised were taken back to the University ensuring that student’s voices are heard.
  • Vice-President Education, Matt has been working with the University on its ‘Shape and Size Review’ and as a result members of the University Senior Management attended HUU’s Union Council, providing students with an opportunity to discuss proposals and ask their questions.
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