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Full-time Officer Update

Fri 27 May 2022

Latest News: SU

Your elected Student Officers have continued to work hard during recent months, delivering on their manifesto promises, and driving improvements at the SU and across the University.Read more

 
Company Law Meeting

Mon 23 May 2022

Company Law Meeting

Our Company Law Meeting is on 13.06.22 in the Oculus, OC1.05 from 5-7pm. We'll discuss our Special Resolution to amend our Articles of Association. Vote via Proxy here!Read more

 
All Student Vote: Results Now Available!

Fri 20 May 2022

Results available! Make your mark

Thank you to everyone who voted in our recent All Student Vote. The results are now available to view here.Read more

 
Student Pulse Survey: Term 3

Thu 19 May 2022

Let's talk about you. Student Pulse Survey. Win £300 cash.

Fancy winning up to £300? Take a few minutes to complete our Term 3 Pulse Survey, so we can find out where there are opportunities to make improvements to your student experience.Read more

 
Grad Ball Tickets

Thu 12 May 2022

Graduation Ball

Get your tickets for the Graduation Masquerade Ball on 20th June here!Read more

 
#WeGetConsent Video Blog Series

Mon 25 Apr 2022

Based on feedback from our #WeGetConsent consultation, we’ve produced a collection of videos from our student community to answer some of the common misconceptions around consent.Read more

 
 
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Richard's study tips

Mon 11 Apr 2022

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Making lists, setting realistic goals and listening to my body is the way to make it through exam season!Read more

 
#WeGetConsent Video Blog Series

Thu 21 Apr 2022

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A collection of informative videos answering some of the common misconceptions around consentRead more

 
Edie's study tips

Mon 11 Apr 2022

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Separating tasks using different coloured pens sounds a really simple thing to do, but it really helps focus my mind!Read more

 
Charlton's study tips

Mon 11 Apr 2022

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Using a whiteboard can help you effectively categorise and visualise your thoughtsRead more

 
We stand together against transphobia

Mon 08 Nov 2021

We stand together against transphobia

In our roles as representatives at Warwick SU, we stand in solidarity with the trans and non-binary communities, and their allies, protesting at the University of Sussex. This statement explains why.Read more

 
Hidden Disabilities: Misconceptions About Autism (guest blog)

Fri 10 Dec 2021

It’s currently UK Disability History Month, 18th November – 18th December. This year, one of the themes is ‘hidden disability’. Michael, an autistic student at Warwick, has written this blog tackling some common misconceptions surrounding his hidden disability.Read more

 
 
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SU Campaigns & Communities news

Richard's study tips
list of tasks written down with hand holding a pen

Making lists, setting realistic goals and listening to my body is the way to make it through exam season!

 
#WeGetConsent Video Blog Series
a hashtag withy the words we get consent in purple

A collection of informative videos answering some of the common misconceptions around consent

 
Edie's study tips
box of coloured felt pens with plant next to it

Separating tasks using different coloured pens sounds a really simple thing to do, but it really helps focus my mind!

 
Charlton's study tips
white board with person writing

Using a whiteboard can help you effectively categorise and visualise your thoughts

 
Hidden Disabilities: Misconceptions About Autism (guest blog)

It’s currently UK Disability History Month, 18th November – 18th December. This year, one of the themes is ‘hidden disability’. Michael, an autistic student at Warwick, has written this blog tackling some common misconceptions surrounding his hidden disability.

 
PG Officer's Office Hour

Your PG Officer, Nathan, will be holding a monthly drop-in open to all postgraduates at Warwick, where you can ask about their work to date, discuss any issues you might want support with, and explore opportunities to get involved.

 
#WeGetConsent: You Said, We Did

We reviewed the #WeGetConsent campaign over summer, and are excited to share the outcomes of our consultation work with you.

 
New monthly PG town hall events

Your PG Officer, Nathan, will be holding new monthly town hall meetings open to all postgraduates at Warwick. The town halls will be held on the second Tuesday of each month.

 
The Pride Library reopens!

The Pride Library is home to a growing collection of fiction and non-fiction books relating to LGBTQUIA+ identities, people, culture and related issues.

 
#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.

 
Launching the Queering University project

The ‘Queering University’ project will support staff and students at Warwick to develop, implement and sustain queer pedagogies, as well as broadening them across the university. It will encourage teaching & learning practices that are inclusive of trans and LGBTUA+ people, and provide greater understanding to those in the classroom setting.

 
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.

 
Liberation Officers call for sanitary bins in all campus toilet facilities

If some men menstruate too, why are there no sanitary bins in men’s toilets? This question was at the heart of a paper presented recently to the University’s Social Inclusion Committee by student officers.

 
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
couple sitting together

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.

 
Statement calling for sanitary bins in all toilets

If some men menstruate too, why are there no sanitary bins in men’s toilets? This question was at the heart of a paper presented recently to the University’s Social Inclusion Committee by student officers.

 
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.

 
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.

 
New student-led sexual health clinics

We have worked with Coventry Integrated Sexual Health Services to be able to offer new student-led sexual health clinics on campus. Students will be able to access self-testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, signposting to local sexual health services, and free safer sex materials such as condoms, lube, and dams.

 
New trans-inclusive teaching & learning guidance

Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) and the Students’ Union worked in partnership over the summer to produce trans-inclusive teaching & learning guidance for those who teach at Warwick.

 
Free postcards to help introduce yourself to neighbours
Community postcards in SU HQ WorkZone

It’s always advisable to be on good terms with your neighbours, so we’ve developed a series of postcards to make it easier for students to introduce themselves to new neighbours.

 
Free pronoun badges & LGBTUA+ equality wristbands

Sharing your pronouns is a great way of normalising the non-assumption of people’s gender and pronouns. Some simple ways of doing this include wearing a pronoun badge, and including your pronouns in your email signature.

 
New hate crime reporting ambassador scheme launched

We know that it is often easier for a victim of hate crime to seek support from their peers, so we’re offering training for anyone who would like to understand how to best support someone who has experienced hate crime or incidents of hate.

 
Week 9 is Pride Week!

Week 9 is Pride Week at Warwick, and we have a full week of events for the LGBTUA+ community and their supporters.

 
Red cord cards installed in SU accessible toilets

Emergency red cords installed in accessible toilets across the university campus allow users to call for assistance if they fall or are otherwise in need of help. To work effectively these red cords need to hang freely all the way to the floor. Unfortunately, they sometimes get tied up or looped around fixtures within the facilities, which ultimately endangers users.

 
Let’s Talk sex, relationships and consent…

Have you ever wanted to find out something about sex or intimacy, but weren’t sure who you could ask? The Let’s Talk project brings together students from across Warwick to answer students’ questions about sex, relationships and consent.