Surrey Student Support

Information and Updates from the Student Support teams

National Student Money Week, Monday 6th – 10th February

Schedule of Events

All Week Swishing and Swapping Event at the Student Services Centre

(As the theme for this year’s National Student Money Week is… ‘Waste Not, Want Not’ you can bring any unwanted clothes or books to the Student Services Centre and swap them with other items you need, all for free!)

Monday 6th February

Sustainable Lifestyle

 

Tuesday 7th February

Money Tips

  • Follow @SurreyStudent for money tips throughout the day
  • Student Money will be taking over @uniofsurrey snapchat and will give a quick peak in how they provide financial support

 

Wednesday 8th February

Money and Mental Health

  • Follow @SurreyStudent for information on how/why money and mental health have a connection

 

Thursday 9th February

Money and Housing

  • Follow @SurreyStudent for information on money and private housing
  • Don’t forget to tune in at 3pm for the:

Money, Faith and Welfare – Is there a connection?

On Facebook Live @SurreyStudent

 

Friday 10th February

Money and Employability

  • Follow @SurreyStudent for information on money and careers
  • Are you getting the correct funding?

Come to the Student Services Centre between 10am – 12pm for an MOT Funding Check!

 

**Competition Time**

Throughout the week, Student Money will be running the following competitions:

 

‘Go Green Goodies Competition’

The 3 students that tweet the best money saving and sustainable living tip will win a GGG Goody bag kindly provided by Surrey Sustainability

Winners announced on Tuesday 14th February via @SurreyStudent

 

‘Ready Surrey Cook’

A group of students have the opportunity to win a £30 Tesco voucher for their flat by sending us a photo of a main course that cost a minimum of £10. Students will need to list the price of the ingredients.

Winners announced on Tuesday 14th February via @SurreyStudent

 

The Student Money team will also be…

 

Launching the new Blackbullion partnership!

The Student Money Team have partnered with online financial education platform, Blackbullion. We will be working together to empower students to take control of their finances by giving them access to a variety of fun and interactive modules based on various aspects of a student’s relationship with money, i.e. budgeting, opening a bank account, etc. On Tuesday 7th February, students can log in here to access the modules.

 

And of course, the Student Money will be…

 

Holding Competitions!

Throughout the week, Student Money will be running the following competitions:

 

‘Go Green Goodies Competition’

The 3 students that tweet the best money saving and sustainable living tip will win a GGG Goody bag kindly provided by Surrey Sustainability

Winners announced on Tuesday 14th February via @SurreyStudent

 

‘Ready Surrey Cook’

A group of students have the opportunity to win a £30 Tesco voucher for their flat by sending us a photo of a main course that cost a minimum of £10. Students will need to list the price of the ingredients.

Winners announced on Tuesday 14th February via @SurreyStudent

 

Happy National Student Money Week!

It’s time to talk! by Robert Young, International Student Support Advisor

My name is Robert Young and I am an International Student Support Advisor based in the Student Services Centre. When I’m not assisting students with their visas though, I am also a trustee of a mental health charity based in Walton-on-Thames called Wellness with a Goal. We take a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing and run various services for our clients ranging from IT classes to support groups.

 

Let me ask a question. How many times have you said to someone this week, “I’m OK/fine/alright” and really meant it? I know that I’ve said it more times than I can remember! Have I really been fine all of that time? No. So why do I say it? Perhaps I actually need people to know how I’m actually doing…!

National mental health charity Time to Change are holding their annual mental health day today. They are a driving force here in the UK to help us all begin to change the way mental health is seen in our society, both in the way it is talked about and in the way it is represented by government and society. Their tagline for this year is “Time to Talk – conversations change lives” and we wanted to support this today.

The Student Advice team manned a stall in the library foyer for Time to Talk Day from 10am-2pm today based entirely around mental health and wellbeing, and the importance of talking. We had some great materials and flyers from Time to Change themselves on having those meaningful conversations and how to equip yourself to start them. We spoke to students and staff discussing the common misconceptions on mental health issues and how that affects our view of those that suffer from an illness, and indeed those of us that don’t but just want to open up about how they feel a little more! We also had a couple of interactive pin board activities that addressed “the elephant in the room” where people left us messages of what mental health meant to them.

Most importantly though we were there for a conversation! We believe, like Time to Change do, that it’s time to talk! We thoroughly enjoyed our conversations with you all, and please remember to pay them forward!

 

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For further information on the work Time to Change do, visit their website: www.time-to-change.org.uk The charity also commissioned a great report into mental health and its perception in the UK: Time to Change report 2014

If you feel low, depressed, or are struggling at the moment there are lots of places that can help. Here at the University the best place is the Centre for Wellbeing – they are contactable between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, and also have a Duty Nurse on call from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Some other sources of help:

Samaritans

SANE

Mind

Rethink

Student Minds

 

 

Welfare Cards

Every week between September – December Mentors handed out welfare cards to their allocated mentees, we covered topics including fire safety and generally keeping safe at Surrey, tips for successful communal living, mental health and living off campus. We are looking forward to our Mentors starting back with us in semester two, where we will be providing cards with the following topics to our first year residential students to assist them with these areas of life whilst studying with us: student money, helping friends (covering topics such as how to help a friend who is drunk/ taken drugs, drink spiking etc), sexual health, stress busting.

International Student Support – End of Year Lunch

On Thursday 22nd December the International Student Support Team together with the Student Union organised the End of Year Lunch for International and EU Students.

The End of Year lunch is an annual event that has been held by International Student Support over the last fifteen years for those International and EU students who remain on campus over the festive period.

This year’s lunch was hosted by Young’s Kitchen and attracted almost 100 International and EU students who enjoyed a free festive meal. The students had a choice of different types of curries, noodles as well as tasty cakes and fruit for dessert. The students had a wonderful lunch and also experienced their first Christmas cracker pulling!

The International Student Support Team along with the Student Union also put together an event calendar ‘Holidays Away from Home’ that had a few on- campus and off- campus (in London, Guildford, Reading, etc.) events they could attend during the winter break.

The International Student Support Team would like to thank Young’s Kitchphoto2en and the Student Union for all their help.

Words of Encouragement

It’s been really encouraging to learn how much students are choosing to take positive actions based on their Student Life Mentors recommendations, for example, taken from this week’s Mentor reports:

Karl had gone and got the meningitis shot after receiving the welfare card from Student Life Mentoring.”

 “After speaking to X last week about issues regarding her course, I wanted to touch base and check this week. I found out that she followed my advice and has a SPLASH appointment booked for tomorrow to go over a couple of reports she has.”

This week one of our Mentors has also contacted us to say they’d found a really interesting short talk entitled ‘10 ways to have a better conversation’, which they felt was very beneficial to the role of a Mentor. I agree that it’s very helpful, and something that we will certainly consider using in next year’s Student Life Mentor training – and of course now I have watched it, some things I am going to be trying to do differently to be a better conversationalist!

 

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