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Student Life Festival

Student Life Festival 31 October - 4 November 2022

Student Life Festival logo

The Student Life Festival runs from 31 October to 4 November.

Our Autumn festival is focused on student wellbeing and belonging. You’re part of a large community at Teesside and we want you to get involved!

 

If you have any questions or need to ask for help, guidance or support from one of our student support services, please check in with our Student Life Enquiry Team who will be happy to help.

The Library is open 24/7, you can access the Library virtually through our extensive e-collections and e-resources via https://www.tees.ac.uk/library

Timetable of activities

Date Time Activity
Monday 31 October 10am - 4pm

Adobe Tote Tour (Student Life Building, Ground floor)

Come and join the Adobe team in the Student Life Building and create your own tote bag using Adobe Express.

The tote bag is a student essential, perfect for carrying study essentials, your gym kit or library books. Spend a few minutes designing then watch your design come to life before taking away your very own tote bag to keep!

When you arrive, follow the QR codes to access your Creative Campus login and get designing.

Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 November  

Belonging: Welcome messages (Student Life Building, Ground floor)

When you come to Teesside you enter a diverse world and you enrich it with your own strengths, strength you'll share with our community, building something greater than the sum of its parts. Wherever you've come from, no matter how far you've travelled, we want to know what makes you feel you’ve been welcomed home. Come and show us where you’ve come from, whether it’s London or Lagos, Mumbai or Middlesbrough, Stockton or Shenzhen, we want you to share your favourite welcome phrase with us, and tell us why it is special to you. At the end of the festival, we’ll ask our student body to choose their favourite phrases. Welcome home.

Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 November 10am - 4pm

Belonging: Ten words scrabble (Student Life Building, Ground floor)

Understanding even a few words of another language can boost your confidence and help you meet new people. We know that there are many languages spoken at Teesside, so we’re inviting you to come and share some words with other students and staff, and play some of your favourite greetings into a friendly game of scrabble. Whether it’s Ciao! Ey’up or Salam, get involved in our multi-lingual scrabble game and learn a few new words

Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 November 10am - 4pm

The Gratitude Tree (Student Life Building, Ground floor)

Gratitude is defined as a strong feeling of appreciation for something that you value. It is about being thankful and recognising what we have or enjoy.

Being mindful of the positive aspects of our day-to-day life can have a beneficial impact on our overall mental health and practicing gratitude regularly can also improve our relationships with others.

We would like to invite all students to come to our designated ‘Mental Health and Well-Being’ area on the ground floor of the Student Life Building during Festival week, to record on a tag either something good that you feel grateful for, or to acknowledge the role that other people play in providing your life with goodness.

Your anonymous thoughts can then be hung on our Gratitude Tree and experienced by others. Each of these small moments hung together will create a bounty of well-being that will enable others to share and notice what feels good for them.

Please come and support this experience.

Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 November 10am - 4pm

The Origami butterfly project (Student Life Building, Ground floor)

To celebrate the theme of ‘Well-Being and Belonging’ for this years Student Life Festival, the Mental Health, Counselling, Disability teams have joined forces with the Yes 2 Respect campaign and the LGBTQ+ movement to create an all-inclusive creative project that we hope will raise awareness and give all participants an opportunity to contribute to a piece of artwork that will emerge as the week goes on.

We are asking all students to drop by our designated space on the ground floor of the Student Life Building and spend a few mindful minutes making an origami butterfly in a paper colour of your choice, which you will then pin to a large cork board in a way that makes sense to you.

The hope is that a beautiful three-dimensional piece of contemporary artwork will gradually develop over the week-long festival.

We have chosen the Butterfly as a symbol of transformation, self-acceptance and freedom. We have decided to provide paper colours that hold special meanings for the LGBTQ+ community to show our solidarity and acceptance of all difference and diversity within our learning community.

We hope that you will all support this project and the message of well-being, belonging and inclusivity that underpins it.

Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 November 10am - 4pm

Y2R pledge/ Consent matters (Student Life Building, Ground floor)

Teesside University is committed to ensuring all members of our University community are respected and supported in an inclusive and safe environment, feel able to challenge any prejudice and discrimination and know that the University will take a zero tolerance approach to all forms of sexual violence, domestic abuse, hate crime, harassment and bullying.

If you want to make a positive impact on campus, the Yes to Respect campaign is promoting the new online course “Consent Matters” which covers sexual consent and communication, how you can support others and where to find help if you need it. Complete the course via Blackboard or find out more by visiting the Y2R stall during the Student Life Festival.

Yes to Respect will be present all week for students to sign up to the Yes to Respect pledge to have a chance of winning an exciting prize.

Tuesday 1 November 12pm - 1pm

Wellbeing walk (Meet at front of Student Life Building)

We will be going on a lovely Autumn walk around Albert Park and back to campus, taking in the Autumnal colours of the trees, and chatting about the history of the park.

What do you need? A warm waterproof coat and a warm hat / gloves if it’s cold.

Booking is essential. Please Email c.anderson@tees.ac.uk to book and if you have any questions beforehand.

Places are limited to 10 per walk. Please meet at the main entrance of the Student Life building (Campus Heart end)

Tuesday 1 November 10am - 12pm

Trick or treat student journey (Student Life Building, Ground floor)

Join the Student Journey Team to share your:

  • Study ‘tricks’ with fellow students for achieving success in their studies
  • Thoughts on how you ‘treat’ yourself in your downtime from your studies 

The Student Journey Team work with University support services and your School to support you throughout your studies and help you get the best from your time at Teesside.  We are a team of friendly staff who can support you with a wide range of enquiries and help you navigate through your personal student journey.  You can speak to a member of the team by dropping into the Hub or sending us an e-mail:

E: studentjourney@tees.ac.uk

The Hub:  Monday – Friday 10 am till 4 pm. In Student Life Building room SLB1.15

Wednesday 2 November 9am - 11am

Cuppa and a chat (Student Life Building, Floor 1)

An opportunity for you to meet new people, make new connections and have a natter over a cuppa

Wednesday 2 November 10am - 12pm

Trick or treat student journey (Student Life Building, Ground floor)

Join the Student Journey Team to share your:

  • Study ‘tricks’ with fellow students for achieving success in their studies
  • Thoughts on how you ‘treat’ yourself in your downtime from your studies 

The Student Journey Team work with University support services and your School to support you throughout your studies and help you get the best from your time at Teesside.  We are a team of friendly staff who can support you with a wide range of enquiries and help you navigate through your personal student journey.  You can speak to a member of the team by dropping into the Hub or sending us an e-mail:

E: studentjourney@tees.ac.uk

The Hub:  Monday – Friday 10 am till 4 pm. In Student Life Building room SLB1.15

Wednesday 2 November 1pm - 1.30pm

Successful interviews (online)

How can you be successful in Interviews? What are interviewers looking for?

Preparation is key when it comes to interviews. Join the Student Futures team to find out how to present yourself and how to use the interview to showcase your skills. This workshop is a must for anyone attending interviews for graduate or placement roles. https://tees.ac.uk/depts/studentfutures/  

Wednesday 2 November  2pm-2.30pm

Using LinkedIn (online)

Using LinkedIn can really help with your job search. Join us to find out more about the professional networking platform that links you to employers and could help you to find your dream job. In this session you will learn how it can help you find jobs, network and keep up to date on latest developments in your field of work and study. We will share examples of LinkedIn profiles and suggest how to make yours stand out. https://tees.ac.uk/depts/studentfutures/ 

Wednesday 2 November 2pm - 4pm

Health checks and lifestyle advice (Student Life Building, Floor 1 room 1.26)

Come along to our body MOT drop-in session to have your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, height, weight and body mass measurements taken - through bioelectrical impedance testing. You will be given a report of your results to take-away with you. Also available, lifestyle information on dental health, sleep, nutrition and exercise. Teesside sport will also be joining us to let you know about sports clubs and the Gym.

Wednesday 2 - Friday 4 November 1pm - 2pm

QR code hunt (Student Life Building, Ground floor)

An interactive activity to showcase the variety of support services available through Student Life.  This activity will help you understand better what support services are available through Student Life and how/where you can access the support available.

 You will meet your activity leader, Cheryl at the bottom of the main stairs on the ground floor of the student life building. This activity will take approximately 1 hour. All you need is yourself and a pen. Participants will be entered into a prize draw to win an exciting prize.

Booking is essential. Please email Cheryl.turner@tees.ac.uk to book your place.

Wednesday 2 November 1pm - 4pm

Launchpad Enactus launch (Student Life Building, Ground floor)

Enactus inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders to use innovation and business principles to improve the world.

To find out more come and speak to the Launchpad team on our recruitment day.

Thursday 3 November 9am - 11am

Health checks and lifestyle advice (Student Life Building, Floor 1 room 1.26)

Come along to our body MOT drop-in session to have your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, height, weight and body mass measurements taken - through bioelectrical impedance testing. You will be given a report of your results to take-away with you. Also available, lifestyle information on dental health, sleep, nutrition and exercise. Teesside sport will also be joining us to let you know about sports clubs and the Gym.

Thursday 3 November 1pm - 2pm

Wellbeing walk (Meet at front of Student Life Building)

We will be going on a lovely Autumn walk around Albert Park and back to campus, taking in the Autumnal colours of the trees, and chatting about the history of the park.

What do you need? A warm waterproof coat and a warm hat / gloves if it’s cold.

Booking is essential. Please Email c.anderson@tees.ac.uk to book and if you have any questions beforehand.

Places are limited to 10 per walk. Please meet at the main entrance of the Student Life building (Campus Heart end)

Thursday 3 November 2pm - 3pm

International Sponsored Students (Student Visa holders): Working in the UK during your studies (Student Life Building 1.26)

Work rights are a condition of your student immigration permission. This means it is very important that you are clear about what you may and may not do. You must always follow any restrictions that apply to your Student Visa. This presentation clarifies the work conditions linked to a Student Visa, work that you can and cannot do, how to obtain a University work letter for an employer and information about general employer obligations.

Friday 4 November 10am - 12pm

Cuppa and a chat (Student Life Building, Floor 1)

An opportunity for you to meet new people, make new connections and have a natter over a cuppa