Another academic year has passed, wow! The SU and our amazing students (that’s you!) have achieved so much this year, and we’ve loved every second of it. We’ve put together a list of highlights to reflect on the fantastic events, achievements and activities throughout the year as we look ahead to new and returning students joining us again in September.
Freshers’ is our busiest period of the year, and it all kicked off with the Welcome Weekend and Arrivals Party! Highlights across the jam-packed Freshers’ Fortnight included Fatboy Slim, Annie Mac and our beloved paint and toga parties. We also held our Freshers’ Fair at the AMEX Stadium and launched our Hello Brighton and Eastbourne activities. Check out our photo albums here.
We launched our brand-new ScreamPark Halloween Pier Party, which had four after parties offering something to all our students! Over 3,000 attendees were recorded, which was fantastic. Also, our outgoing VP Activities Sam Shew did amazing work to ensure the night went ahead for Eastbourne students when travel complications cropped up. Check out photos of the event here.
We also held events to support Black History Month - in collaboration with the University - including the highly popular speech from Akala! Our 2018/19 President Tomi Ibukun said that “120 students came to debate current issues in the black communities and how it affects them”.
We had our Wellbeing Month, where we really focus on student wellbeing and maximising the visibility of our support facilities. We promoted healthy lifestyles through lots of fun activities such as Ice Skating at the Royal Pavilion. Want to see what it’s like – click here!
December saw our UoB vs. SU Women’s Charity Football match, Time to Paws, and various events for Disability History Month! …and of course, we all had a long and well-deserved break for the holidays.
We started 2019 in the snow, and marvelled over how beautiful Falmer looked!
Throughout January, we hosted another phase of training for our Course Reps and Societies to give them valuable skills for their role and their future. We also released our Housing Magazine, a guide for students renting in Brighton and Eastbourne.
In February we had our Re|Freshers’ Fairs for sports and societies! This is always a fantastic opportunity to get involved if you missed out the first time, and showcase the wide variety of hobbies and skills that can be picked up outside your studies.
The month of elections! The team of full-time officers and volunteer officers were elected;
2058 of you got involved and voted for your new leaders.
Your new full-time officers are…
President: Calvin Jude Jansz
VP Education: Ramy Badrie
VP Activities: Suzie Douglas
VP Welfare: Martha (Onyinye) Okonkwo
And your volunteer officers are…
Environment Officer: Dwayne Williams
International Students' Officer: Farhoud Salmanmohajer
Mature Students' Officer: Danny Jackson
Disabled Students' Officer: Ellen Stickland
LGBTQ+ Officer: CJ Crawshaw
Also, congratulations to the Ghanaian Society who received the Society of the Month award and Bella Wilson and VP Activities Sam Shew for launching our Expect Respect campaign!
Another brilliant month for our societies and student-led groups. The Sound of Zion Gospel Choir won society of the month, bagging a £100 prize. They’ve reached the final of the University Gospel Choir of the Year competition – well done!
Also, the Paramedic Society and Nursing Society raised over £1,400 at their charity ball!
May has been a busy month. There was our SocFed AGM where our diverse and creative societies come together to network, discuss their achievements and even do performances!
Time to Paws was back on campuses in May, one of our favourite campaigns that we do! The dogs were here and our Support Team travelled across campuses to chat to you about any troubles you may have had this year.
We also had the pleasure of celebrating our Union Awards! We do this every year to highlight the hard work of our students, volunteers and university staff– check out our award winners here.
And we were invited to attend the Sports Awards and our officers presented, thanks Sport Brighton!
Now we’re in June and we can’t believe this year has gone so quickly, to finish off the year we’ll be hosting our annual Garden Party event in Eastbourne. This is on Wednesday 5th, If you haven’t had chance to get tickets yet – you can grab them here.
We’re also saying goodbye to our 18-19 Officer Team; Tomi, Amy, Sam and Parker. Thank you all for your work this year, you have been fantastic. We’ll be welcoming Calvin, Martha, Suzie and Ramy to represent you for the upcoming academic year on the 24th June.
July and August
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