It's been an exciting year for Bristol SU, packed with literally hundreds of events, opportunities and activities for you all to sink your teeth into. Here are a few highlights from 2015. You can see more here.
We went head-to-head against UWE across loads of different sports during Varsity 2015. We’re pleased to say that Bristol took home the varsity trophy! We’re hoping to hang on to it this year during Varsity 2016.
15,000 students joined one of our clubs or societies.
On November 27 we marched to Reclaim The Night. Reclaim the Night is a national movement against gendered violence and to promote equality. The March involved over 550 people taking the streets.
In 2015, 93% of customers were satisfied with Bristol SU lettings, which has saved students £300,000 this year alone. It’s currently the highest rated lettings agency in Bristol.
In April 2015, Bristol SU launched a series of events across a week, raising awareness of mental health issues. Events including coping exercises, counselling sessions, head soothing and fun activities such as gardening, hula hooping and acapella singing.
2015 was the year of our newly launched Richmond building. The building now includes 200 study spaces, Blackwell’s book store, over a dozen media and rehearsal spaces, a live music venue, two theatres The Balloon Bar and more!
What a year it's been for Bollywood dance society. In their first year of existence, they won the title of Bristol SU's Best Society of 2015 at the Bristol SU awards. They raised hundreds of pounds for charity and found their number 1 fan: Bristol mayor George Ferguson.
After launching their newest album, Foals dropped by The Anson Rooms for an incredible sell-out gig. As the Bristol Post put it, “the spirit of the indie disco was alive and well when Foals came to Bristol”
The #freeperiods campaign was launched after a motion called ‘Tampons should be free. Period’ was passed at AMM. The motion opposed the taxing of tampons as a ‘luxury, non-essential item’. The campaign included giving out 1000’s of free tampons and towels for free on campus, encouraging students to write out a postcard to their MP asking to scrap the tax.
This year’s welcome week went off with a blast when 10,000 students took over Bristol’s harbourside for the 2015 Welcome fair. With some incredible performances from our student societies, hundreds of stalls showing off everything you can get up to at Bristol and a guest appearance from the sun, we had an amazing day.
Our report on female students and staff members involved in science, maths, technology and engineering subjects highlights concerning levels of everyday sexism in the learning and working environment, along with a lack of female role models. The report was covered in The Guardian and Times Higher Education among others.
As part of their transgender awareness week campaign, our LGBT+ society put these posters up in toilets across campus. The campaign went viral, with over 20,000 tags on Tumblr and national press coverage. Read more about the campaign here.
Last year we secured £20,000 from the university to develop our post graduate network. We held four events for 400 postgraduates in Welcome Week and now the PG Network runs at least one event every week. Visit Bristol SU Postgraduate Network on Facebook to keep up to date with news and information on upcoming events.
This year we teamed up with This Girl Can to highlight our Women in sport campaign. Throughout or This Girl Can week, we offered a variety of free sessions to inspire women to participate in sports and fitness clubs. Find out more about how to get involved and browse a list of activities and clubs available here.
Our sports clubs have come 16th in the BUCS league, and are headed for an even higher place this year! Explore our wide range of sports clubs here.