Well hasn’t that gone quick!? It seems like only yesterday we were tanning ourselves on the Downs and all of sudden December is upon us and what a year it has been!
Have a gander below and see all we got up in 2017 and be inspired for all that 2018 has to offer!
2017 kicked off with a great win for our Equality, Liberation & Access Officer. Hannah Dualeh secured £5000 to research the BME attainment gap at Bristol. The research was conducted in the first half of 2017, and was published over summer. You can read the report here.
We supported students through their exams, running wellbeing workshops and handing out energy-boosting bananas to everyone taking exams in the Anson Rooms.
And we revamped the Anson Rooms as part of ‘Bristol SU Live’ - a new website showcasing all the amazing performances held in the SU for city residents, and students, to enjoy together.
The shortest month was a bumper month, kicking off with a sold-out Richmond Lecture with holocaust survivor Walter Kammerling, in partnership with J-Soc. The Richmond Lectures’ success ran on through 2017 as we met the likes of Hilary Benn, Jennifer Saul and Richard Fortey.
We ran back to back events with our cultural societies - first Explore ‘17 and then East Meets West in collaboration with HinduSoc, our 2016 Society of the Year. Both were huge successes giving hundreds of students the chance to sample the music, dancing, food and much more of Bristol’s diverse culture.
We ran our first Sustainability Month with a wide array of awareness-raising events and panel discussions, as well as supporting LGBT+ History Month for the first time.
Elections turnout was the highest-ever, giving our new officer team the strongest mandate ever to lead the union. In total 37% of Bristol’s student body voted in elections across the academic year - a record.
The Varsity Series with UWE was also a record-breaker, gaining its highest-ever gates, raising £12,000 for charity and giving us this little beauty….
Finally, we got the news that Fossil Free Bristol were successful in their campaign University of Bristol to divest from fossil fuels. The university has pledged to divest by 2021.
We launched the Bristol SU Food market, now an institution every Thursday at Royal Fort Gardens.
Exam season swept through and we helped you meet the challenge with our Mind Your Head wellbeing campaign. The highlight was definitely our Puppy Petting Day, which was unbelievably popular and gave some lucky students the chance to unwind with a gang of cute pups.
We also launched the Bristol Big Give - letting students moving out donate their unwanted clothes and home equipment to charity.
As 2016/17 closed, we celebrated our highest-ever BUCS finish of ninth place, including scores of league titles and individual titles for our #WeAreBristol sports clubs.
And the 2017 General Election saw huge student turnouts in Bristol West and Bristol North West, as Labour claimed victories in all four of Bristol’s constituencies.
Bristol celebrated its graduates over summer with six days of graduation ceremonies. We all went misty eyed at Yasmin Hamidi’s love letter to Bristol as she and thousands more moved on to their next challenge.
And we celebrated Bristol Pride too with a colourful parade on 8 July. Behind the scenes, we launched 13 new networks designed to help students find support networks and run campaigns on a variety of union and liberation issues.
Our University Challenge team surpassed all expectations in the first episode of the new season, destroying the mighty Trinity College, Cambridge by 230 points to 95. Our team is back in the new year - watch out!
Our new year kicked off in style, with first a sold-out Welcome Week bringing 20,000 students to over 60 diverse events and club nights across eight days, topped off with the biggest Welcome Fair we’ve ever seen.
Sport & Student Development Officer, John House, unveiled a new sports pricing plan. Responding to your feedback about the cost of sport at Bristol, we’ve worked with the university to launch the cheapest, most flexible price plan yet - and memberships are flying off the shelves.
Campaigning began across campus for all sorts of issues. We ran a #Freeperiods campaign against the tampon tax, culminating in our Period Party at the Balloon Bar.
Black History Month was a success - our Black & Minority Ethnic Students Network ran a series of great events including a sold-out panel event about the whitewashing of UK grime, and a screening of Oscar-winning ‘Moonlight’.
We saw memberships surge for all our clubs, societies and new networks, and we enjoyed huge October elections, with record numbers voting for first-year course reps, halls reps and a selection of other specialised roles.
A bumper month kicked off with the revamp of the Varsity series, led by Rob Angel’s magnificent Darts team. A sold-out Walkabout crowd witnessed the first-ever Bristol victory in this blue riband sporting event - and the first Varsity point of the year.
Top 5 fancy dress at the darts— Bristol SU (@Bristol_SU) November 9, 2017
5. The guy dressed as ketchup. 4. His friend dressed as fries
3. The classic bananas
2. The group dressed as jelly beans
1. The guy who came as a human dartsboard
Top work from you all. You win some pride in yourself. Congrats. #BristolVarsity
We also campaigned, lots. Our Ready to Rent campaign and tea tent, with the Wellbeing Network, gave students advice on finding their first home. Our Women’s Network ran a month-long Reclaim campaign against sexual violence, including life-drawing, self-defence and of course the Reclaim the Night march.
Plus, we supported Islamophobia Awareness Month and This Girl Can across the Bristol campus.
As we write this, thoughts are turning to the holidays and exams.
So, make sure you check out all the events on before the end of term, like:
And much more.
If you’re having worries about your university course over the holidays, remember our academic advice service, Just Ask. And the Big White Wall, the online wellbeing service where you can go to get advice, information and tips to help your mental health.
We hope you’ve had a wonderful term, and 2017, and we’re looking forward to supporting you even more throughout 2018.
Your Bristol SU Officer Team xx