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Student safety and wellbeing over the festive period

For many people, the next couple of weeks will be some of the busiest of the year, with presents to buy, places to be and work to finish off before the big day. For students, this can also mean socialising with new friends or the excitement of returning home, as well as additional financial pressures and the prospect of exams looming in the near distance. As a student, how can you ensure your safety, security and wellbeing over the festive period? Nights out It is always a good idea to stay informed when it comes to your personal safety but at this time of year, which typically involves more nights out, it is especially important. Many seasonal police campaigns remind us to drink responsibly

Student blogs: My essential student house hunting tips

So, you need to find somewhere to live for your next year of study? Finding the perfect house (and flat mates) can be hard, but it's an important decision to make as it can have a real impact on how much you enjoy the next year of your life. Here is a list of helpful things to consider when looking for your next home away from home. Picking the right housemates Pick your housemates wisely (I cannot stress this enough!!). Make sure you really know the people who you are choosing to live with, not everyone shows their true colours at the off. You want to live with people who share the same values as you – there's nothing worse than living with people who don't want to maintain the same level a

SYEDA: Supporting students with an eating disorder in Sheffield

A 2015 report commissioned by eating disorder charity Beat, showed that 725,000 people are affected by an eating disorder in the UK. The research also found that eating disorders typically begin in early adulthood; around age 16-17 for anorexia nervosa, and 18-19 for bulimia. It is also around this age that many young people are either considering a university degree, or have just embarked on their first year of study. For anyone dealing with a pre-existing health condition, the pressures associated with university, such as moving out from the family home, managing finances, and keeping up with a challenging study schedule, can be especially off-putting. It is important that dedicated suppo

Canterbury street marshals: A whole community approach to student safety

Each year, a fresh wave of young people hit the UK's towns and cities for Freshers' Week, and reports of students being targeted by criminals almost inevitably follow. Recently, Manchester student safety has been the focus of several news stories, but these problems are not isolated to particular areas. Crime data shows 16–24 year olds are more likely to be victims of violent crime than any other age group, and students are also twice as likely to be mugged than the general population. This suggests that universities need to evaluate and improve their safety advice and support for students. Many new students are living away from home for the first time, finding their feet in an unfamiliar ci

Student Blogs: The benefits of volunteering at university

December 5th marks International Volunteer Day. This is a day to celebrate the hard work of volunteers all around the world, and raise awareness of the positive effects of volunteering on individuals and communities. Many universities across the UK run, or are in association with, a variety of volunteering schemes, ranging from one-off opportunities to semester-long, or even year-long, projects. From supporting children with their reading in school, to making your local area cleaner and safer, to helping build the on-line presence of smaller, local charities. There really is something out there for everyone, it’s just a matter of taking the plunge and doing it! Why should I think about volun

Speak Out Now! Loughborough Students' Union take action against sexual violence

This month, the National Union of Students (NUS), and the 1752 Group (who lobby against staff-to-student sexual misconduct in higher education) launched the UK's first survey into university staff sexual misconduct. Together, they are calling for students past and present to share their experiences. In a recent Guardian article, NUS women's officer Hareem Ghani explains that many universities are without basic guidelines on this issue. This is reflected in numerous accounts from students who felt unsupported by their university, following sexual harassment from a member of staff. Staff misconduct is part of a wider conversation on the levels of sexual harassment on university campuses. A Dri

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