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SU Advice Centre: Here to Help

Wed 28 Jul 2021

SU Advice Centre: Here to help. Free, confidential and impartial advice.

If you're in need of free, confidential and impartial advice, the SU Advice Centre is here to help, all year round. You can visit our advice pages to view our resources, or speak to an adviser.Read more

 
Full-Time Officer 2020-21 Roundup

Wed 28 Jul 2021

Image of the Full-time Officers

Over the last year, your Full-Time Officer team have continuously supported the student experience and achieved some fantastic things on behalf of Warwick students. Check out their 2020-21 roundup!Read more

 
Governance Regeneration

Fri 23 Jul 2021

Strategic plan updates. Positive change. Governance regeneration project update.

Warwick SU has appointed Advance HE to undertake a Governance Regeneration project, to help us engage our members more effectively in policy and decision-making.Read more

 
Sky Blues in the Community: MENtalk

Thu 22 Jul 2021

MENtalk #MakingaDifference

MENtalk is a free mental health programme by Sky Blues in the Community, for men aged 18+ across Coventry and Warwickshire, to support their mental health and wellbeing.Read more

 
Liberation Conference 2021: Videos Available

Thu 22 Jul 2021

Liberation Conference 2021

Liberation Conference 2021: Anti-Racism 101 is a virtual student-led conference, committed to exploring different strains of liberation. Watch the sessions back here!Read more

 
Covid Update: Safety Measures on Campus

Wed 21 Jul 2021

Image of campus with Warwick SU logo and text reads: Latest News: Covid Update

Following the national easing of Covid restrictions on 19th July, here’s an overview of arrangements at Warwick, which includes the safety measures that will be on campus until 1st September.Read more

 
 
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Volunteer with the Canley Parade

Thu 15 Jul 2021

The Playing Out in Canley team is very happy to invite you to be part of the first Canley Parade on the morning of Saturday 4th September 2021, winding its way through the streets of Canley before the Canley Big Lunch that afternoon.Read more

 
Student swap shop volunteers wanted

Wed 14 Jul 2021

We would like to hear from students with an interest in organising and running a termly swap shop in the SU.Read more

 
Hockey summer sixes charity tournament with fun, food, and fundraising!

Thu 24 Jun 2021

This coming Monday will see the long awaited 2021 instalment of the annual summer sixes charity hockey tournament with fun, food, and fundraising firmly on the agenda.Read more

 
LGBTQUA+ Campaigns Update

Fri 18 Jun 2021

rainbow flags on flagpoles

This update includes: preferred pronoun fields, the Queering University programme, sanitary bins in all toilets, and Campus Pride.Read more

 
Study Drugs Safety Tips Blog

Tue 25 May 2021

The safest way to take study drugs is not to take them at all. However, to support you in making an informed choice we've put together some top tips to stay as safe as possible during exam season.Read more

 
Campus Pride delivers another digital summer celebration

Wed 05 May 2021

Back for another summer of fun, Campus Pride is a digital celebration of LGBTQ+ history, people, culture and related topics for education staff and students across the UK, delivered by a collaboration of over 40 students' unions.Read more

 
 
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SU Campaigns & Communities news

#WeGetConsent Consultation

As part of our project to review and improve the #WeGetConsent campaign we'd like to invite you to complete this short (5 question) survey, which should take no longer than 5-10 minutes.

 
Volunteer with the Canley Parade

The Playing Out in Canley team is very happy to invite you to be part of the first Canley Parade on the morning of Saturday 4th September 2021, winding its way through the streets of Canley before the Canley Big Lunch that afternoon.

 
Student swap shop volunteers wanted

We would like to hear from students with an interest in organising and running a termly swap shop in the SU.

 
What is consent and why is it important?

Consent is the process of discussing boundaries and what you’re comfortable with during sex. It is important to make consent part of every sexual encounter to establish clear boundaries and create an enjoyable experience for all parties involved.

 
Hockey summer sixes charity tournament with fun, food, and fundraising!

This coming Monday will see the long awaited 2021 instalment of the annual summer sixes charity hockey tournament with fun, food, and fundraising firmly on the agenda.

 
LGBTQUA+ Campaigns Update
rainbow flags on flagpoles

This update includes: preferred pronoun fields, the Queering University programme, sanitary bins in all toilets, and Campus Pride.

 
The Power of No - Saying No: The Key to Stronger Relationships

For as long as I can remember, ‘no’ has got bad press. ‘No’ been associated with negativity and denying. No meant you couldn't get what you wanted, and weren’t allowed what you’d asked for. But what if we change the marketing around ‘no’ and its uses?

 
"It's called sexual autonomy, not promiscuity"

There has been a long history of dichotomising the sexual experiences between men and women. I want to put the focus on women’s experiences and list some ways in which we can embrace our own autonomy and sexuality.

 
My journey to being body positive
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My journey to being body positive is still a work in progress. I hope this short little blog will make at least one person feel better. Remember, you are amazing as you are and you need to take care of yourself and your needs, always!

 
When you force a body to be something that it was not meant to be
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Linda talks about her experience with bulimia and her realisation that for a long time, she was forcing her body to be a way that it was not meant to be.

 
If there was a line between right and wrong, I snorted it years ago....
"don't give up", "you are not alone", "you matter" written on a fence

Even in normal circumstances addiction can be scary and difficult to manage, but throw a pandemic into the mix and things must be overwhelming! I’m grateful today that I not only found recovery before Covid hit, but that I haven’t felt the need to use or drink as a result of it.

 
Study Drugs Safety Tips Blog

The safest way to take study drugs is not to take them at all.

However, to support you in making an informed choice we've put together some top tips to stay as safe as possible during exam season.

 
What you need to know about dating someone with bipolar
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The mental health crisis at universities is undoubtedly getting worse, so the chances of you dating someone like me is pretty high.

 
There is no grey area

When I started at Warwick and began to talk more openly about sex and relationships with the friends I’ve made here, I realised that almost all of them had experienced similar things to me.

 
Letter from our campus-based Sexual and Domestic Violence Adviser

If you have been impacted by sexual and/or domestic violence read Lisa’s statement explaining her role and how you can contact her.

 
Campus Pride delivers another digital summer celebration

Back for another summer of fun, Campus Pride is a digital celebration of LGBTQ+ history, people, culture and related topics for education staff and students across the UK, delivered by a collaboration of over 40 students' unions.

 
Find Out More About Report & Support

The Report and Support Team are running 19 Live training sessions between Weeks 2 and 10, with a range of times available to suit everyone's calendar. The sessions will be an hour long and provide an understanding of what support is available for you or someone you know at Warwick.

 
Sexual Assault Awareness Month programme of events

Here are some events by our societies across the month. We encourage you to sign our pledge and sign up to the active bystander training. You may not be a part of the problem, but you can definitely be a part of the solution.

 
What Your Disabled Students Want You to Know
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Following the success of the 'What Your Disabled Students Want You to Know' panel for staff in term 1, Warwick Enable and the Disabled Students' Officer are collaborating again to organise a second event focusing on mental health conditions.

 
Visual Impairment Guest Blog

Since coming to university, I have often been confronted with how much my experience as a student with a visual impairment differs from that of my fully sighted peers. I am an English Literature student who owns no books.

 
Is Consent Confusing?

When most people hear the word “consent”, they associate it with the word “yes”. If someone says yes, it’s seems to be an obvious sign that they are comfortable & wish to proceed. But there are other things to consider!

 
Pregnancy scares and abortion at university

Does losing your virginity change you? Generally, the answer is no. However, what does change when you become sexually active is how you feel about your periods, if you have them. Their meaning changes. The sight of blood in your underwear is no longer an annoyance, but a relief.

 
Hidden Histories series seeking contributors

Warwick SU’s Hidden Histories alternative lecture series seeks to explore often-erased stories of oppression and resistance. It gives a platform to academic narratives and discourses which are often neglected or even deliberately erased from mainstream curricula, and opens these discussions up for students from any and all disciplines to access and engage in them.

 
Responding to the endemic issues of sexual violence, harassment and domestic abuse

As a student community, we are actively building safer and more inclusive spaces. We're proactively educating ourselves and others about consent, and are responding to the endemic issues of sexual violence, harassment and domestic abuse by empowering our community with the knowledge, skills and confidence to intervene.

 
Topics to discuss with sexual partners

It’s a good idea to discuss what you’re into before having sex. You may have very specific kinks, or you may just favour certain things over others. It’s important to talk about your interests so that you and your partner both know what to expect.

 
Queering Consent

"Whilst the queer community certainly has by no means perfected consent, I think there’s a lot that people of all sexualities can learn from queer culture and experiences."

 
A simple guide on consent, what it entails and what it isn’t

Consent is a clear, consistent, coherent, enthusiastic and voluntary YES. If you do not have this, you do not have consent.

Read my 14 guidelines to consent for more.

 
People with Mental Health Issues and Neurodiversity Should be Able to Thrive in Academia

I am diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and an eating disorder. This combination of differences and issues has made my time at university more difficult, sometimes insurmountable, often darker. It has meant things have not been easy. However, I believe that this does not have to be the case. I believe people with mental health issues and neurodiversity should be able to thrive in academia.

 
My Experiences as a Student Dealing with an Invisible Disability

As it’s Disability History Month, I wanted to talk about my experiences as a student dealing with an invisible disability that people don’t always expect to be a ‘disability’: my mental health condition. In fact, for people in their 20s, the most common category of disability, more widespread than physical, social or cognitive disabilities, is a mental health diagnosis.

 
We're Celebrating Pride Week in Week 9!

This Pride Week we’ve compiled some great opportunities to engage with LGBTUA+ history, inclusion, and education!

 
Trans Awareness Week

In celebration of Trans Awareness Week we've organised events to progress trans education & inclusion work at Warwick.

 
Safe, high quality, accessible teaching for all

All students should be able to engage with quality teaching & learning in a way that allows them to learn effectively and feel safe doing so. We have been working with the University to represent you on this basis, and want to share with you some of the actions we have taken.

 
The Black Liberation Project launches

The Black Liberation Project (BLP) is a forum for Black students to access information on all things Black Liberation. Read about its launch this Black History Month.

 
Week 4 is Asexual Awareness Week!
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Find out what we have planned in celebration of Asexual Awareness Week

 
LGBTUA+ Taskforce membership

As part of the recruitment for new members to the LGBTUA+ Taskforce, we’re inviting expressions of interest for the positions of postgraduate students' representative, and the student co-chair.

 
#RenameRadcliffe

As a global institution, the University of Warwick has a duty to confront its colonial past and acknowledge the violent colonial legacies of figures that are celebrated on campus. Radcliffe Conference Centre is named after Cyril Radcliffe, the first Chancellor of Warwick University, who was also responsible for drawing up the borders in 1947. The new borders that were imposed led to the death and displacement of up to 16 million people.

 
Campus Pride 2020 July Schedule

Now a collaborative project between 42 students' unions from across the UK, the Campus Pride 2020 project continues to organise events into July and August.

 
Letter to the Prime Minister on Trans Rights

The University of Warwick LGBTUA+ Taskforce and Warwick Students' Union have today sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Women and Equalities in response to concerns that the government may be slowing (or reversing) progress on trans rights in the UK.

 
My Experience of Freetest.me Postal STI Testing During The Pandemic

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many sexual health services have been reduced in availability unless you are presenting symptoms. As most people who have sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) are symptomless, it is still important to be aware of your sexual health status. Freetest.me are a free STI testing service where you can order home testing kits online and receive your results a few days later.

 
My Experience of Freetest.me Postal STI Testing

The testing kit was really easy to order online, literally took about a minute. You have to disclose a few details about your sexual activity and your partner’s in order for them to determine which tests you might need but the questions were not too invasive.

 
Decentralising Body Positivity

One thing that stands out about discussions of body positivity is that still within such a discussion, there are missing bodies. To put it another way, there are bodies who exist at the centre of this celebration, and those who are made to exist at the margins.

 
My experience of taking a postal HIV test kit

I just ordered my test via freetesting.hiv You can read all about the test kit and associated timeline on their website, but if you’d like to hear a personal experience of using the service, read on.

 
How Sport Helped Me Be #BodyPositive

Guest blogging for the EveryBody campaign, hear from Nick Cherryman how sport helped him become #BodyPositive.

 
Luke Shortland's study tips

Eat well. This doesn’t mean “eat nothing but salad like a rabbit” (who am I kidding) but try to make sure the food you eat makes you feel happy both at the time of eating, and the time 45 minutes after eating.

 
Raheema Sivardeen's study tips

Change your study space by working at your dining table in the morning and your bedroom desk in the afternoon.

 
Connor Hope's study tips

To help me not feel the need to go on random websites, I find it useful to have something non-distracting to passively entertain me in the background.

 
Eunice Soo's study tips

after a task is complete, reward yourself with a small treat, or a 5-minute break. This way, you will look forward to completing the set task.

 
Biraj Dhungana's study tips

When you feel stressful clean your room and areas around you. The stress will get released with time and you will also utilize the time that would have otherwise wasted unproductively.

 
Alice Saunders' study tips

If you can’t reset your sleeping pattern (hi coronavirus) think about how your day is divided and when your meals should be so you don’t end up endlessly snacking and clocking off for the day too early.

 
Azim Kader's study tips

Have a reward: When finishing a revision task, reward yourself with some chocolate or whatever suits you. This will provide a dopamine kick to train your brain into wanting to accomplish more tough tasks.

 
Becky O'Keefe's study tips

Opposite to usual: if its worth doing, its worth doing badly, both for studying and general life. Its better to read 1 page or learn 5 definitions than do nothing.

 
Deborah Ajide's study tips

After realising that both I and my friends have struggled to do our daily work and been super unproductive, we started to schedule ‘study dates’. Just set a time to when you will both be studying.

 
Jenny Down's study tips

It's vital to clear your designated workspace. There's nothing more satisfying than getting organised, so make sure you can revise quickly and efficiently by having your work station ready.

 
Declan Wiseman's study tips

Sunlight is great for making you feel awake, helping you to sort out circadian rhythm. An added boost is the vitamin D and general well-being benefit of getting some fresh air.

 
Tara Mottaghi's study tips

Write a to do list every morning and aim to tick off everything you planned to achieve in the day. Don’t forget to also include fun tasks to motivate yourself, your to do list does not just have to be work.

 
Mariam Vadaria's study tips

My favourite way to work from home is setting up a cute workspace. Finding cute scented candles around the house, a clean and clear desk and cute stationary are all essentials when working from home.

 
Patricia Xiang's study tips

Learn a new skill. I have picked up programming again although I am a social science student with zero coding background, however, after committing several hours to it (which is nothing during quarantine) I found it is much easier and more powerful than I previously thought!

 
Deelan Chan's study tips

I think the best studying suggestions I could give would be to make sure you run into things that you need to revise in your daily routine. This could be post it notes or a chalk board etc.

 
Tom Wetherell's study tips

Exercise every day, spread out throughout the day. This could be skipping, doing press ups, going for a run. Go for a walk, ideally in nature if you live near a park or forest, every day.

 
Marina Zorila's study tips

In my three years at uni, I’ve tried it all: ‘chill’ music playlists, lo-fi beats, classical music, throwback tunes… But I am now 100% convinced that I am most productive when I listen to nature sounds (rain sounds are my favourite) or brown noise.

 
Kelly To's study tips

I use the KanBan listing method for my checklists which lays out your tasks so much better! Having it sorted into to do, doing, review and completed makes it look much less intimidating than as one long list!

 
Isabel Eterovic's study tips

Start the day at the same time and do yoga, mindfulness or exercise practice to refresh body and mind, and give a day off in your week to recover energy.

 
Anna Rossignol's study tips

Because of the lockdown, we have been forced to work from home and that can sound impossible. Unachievable. All habits and routines are gone, along with the quiet working spaces and academic environment. But after all, is it that hard to recreate these, at home?

 
Rodrigo Carrasco's study tips

To keep focus on my studies, I installed LeechBlock, it is a simple tool that you could add to your favourite web browser and include in it the main pages that usually distract you.

 
Abid Rahman's study tips

Stay hydrated - drinking water will help you focus and improve your general health which will have a positive impact on your studies.

 
Katie Savva's study tips

My tip for studying at home is to take regular breaks!

 
Megha Bawa's study tips

During quarantine, it’s really hard to stick to a routine, at least during term time lectures make me adhere to somewhat of a routine (or countless texts from friends in the library asking me where I am after promising for a morning study sesh the night before)

 
Emma Durkin's study tips

At the start of each day, set out a plan of what you would like to achieve by the end of it.

 
Phoebe Stewart's study tips

Study WHEREVER YOU FEEL WORKS BEST FOR YOU! If that is your desk, amazing, want to study in bed? Do it.