This month from your SU President


This month, from your Students' Union President - Kudzai Muzangaza

Update 6: 04/05/2018

This month has been an extremely busy month for all your officers…here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to! 



Myself alongside the other Student Leaders have been busy this month running campaigns. Hopefully over the past month you will have seen what we have been up to with Less Stress More Success (LSMS) and the You Are Not Alone campaign.

LSMS was an absolutely fantastic event that focused on making sure that you guys were aware of what you needed to know to succeed in your assessments and exams! We included info on academic offences, university policies and tips & tricks to making sure that you were assessment ready.

Alongside this, there was also loads of de-stress events you could get involved in, including the Bubblewrap room, Smoothie bike, Yoga, Massages and Beanbags in the Hub! Just under 500 packages were given out with Stress Balls, notepads and LSMS pens, tips and tricks and our handy booklet guide. There were also workshops available for students to take part in to be better informed on things around academic and welfare concerns. The campaign seemed extremely popular and we are looking at how we can make it more sustainable and potentially do more than one over the course of the next academic year.

The You Are Not Alone campaign was run by Sophia, and it focussed on making sure that students knew that no matter where they are from in the world, in Lincoln they are not alone. Over 600 of you put down your print on our world wide map, letting us know where you were from and letting each other know where you were from. It was a fantastic opportunity to network and understand the diversity of Lincoln.


We’ve had some great SUggestions put through this month which you can find here. Here is an update on some of the SUggestions we have been working on:

On campus Lockers: 

I have been in contact with individuals within the Estates department to see whether we can work with current provisions on campus and whether it is possible for the SU to put in place processes to allow us to facilitate the use of lockers more robustly for students 

Lower accommodation cost for summer PEASS international students: 

With an SUggestion from an international student about lower the accommodation cost for pre- English international students, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Toby Wilkinson has agreed that from this year and in the future, summer Pre-English session international students will be charged as normal price for staying in the Court during their study instead of £150 rent per week. 

Bring back ID cards that have expiry dates on them: 

This is an idea we are further exploring within the SU. It is underway, however it is a matter of resourcing and time 
Vending Machines in the library that accept cards: 
Work has been done to make sure that vending machines in the library will be contactless in the next academic year. I will feedback as and when we have progress.


All Student Members' Meeting

This month we held an ASM for students to get involved with union democracy! Loads of proposals were put forward to the meeting and we had a full agenda of matters to discuss. These included:

  • NUS

  • Sports Centre

  • SUggestions

As well as this, there was the consultation on Post-18 Funding and an update on the Office for Students consultation done by VPAA, Tommy George.

The ASM was attended by over 200 students and which is absolutely unheard of! Considering last year, quoracy for ASM barely reached the desired 50, to have that amount of students at the Union’s main policy making body was an amazing feat! 



Activity Wars!

Over 250 of you from sports and societies came to Activity Wars 2.0, which was an incredibly fun event! Seeing sports and societies pitting against each other in such a positive, fun and friendly way really captured the #WeAreLincoln ethos that has been built up in activities. It was really great to see that engagement from all our members of sports and societies


SU Awards

I had the pleasure of speaking at the SU awards and enjoying the celebrations of the great year the SU experienced this academic year. seeing the recognition that some of our students received was a real positive, showing that our members really are fantastic students. It was also amazing to see the staff recognised and to see the way in which students and staff worked and collaborated together over the course of the year was brilliant!


Myself and the other officers have written more comprehensive reports on what we have been up this month and you can find it HERE

Until next time,

OUR VALUES: Approachable, Honest, Dynamic, Nurturing, Quality.

Update 4 & 5: 10/4/2018

The past few weeks have been an incredibly busy time for the Students’ Union. You guys have been keeping us on our toes, making sure we are representing you effectively and listening to your needs!

February saw the Students’ Union elections occur and I was lucky enough to be re-elected for another year! I will be working alongside Tommy and Sophia, who both got re-elected, and two new sabbatical officers (Grace, VP Welfare & Community, and Cassie, VP Activities) who I am sure are going to have a huge impact on the student voice in Lincoln.

The current team is excited to continue working on together for the rest of this academic year. We have some big plans to come!



1.    Water Fountains!

We now have water fountains installed in the library following an SUggestion! It has also been confirmed that over the summer works will be undertaken to ensure they are installed in Minerva building.

2.    Card machines for Engine Shed box office!

It is now possible to pay for entry to our events such as Quack! via card. This was one of our fast-tracked SUggestions

3.    Loyalty Cards for The Swan and Tower Bar

We have been working hard to see how we can make this happen! Essentially, your loyalty card is your student card! So from now on when you scan your student card with a food order in Tower Bar, you get an automatic 10% discount! We’re working hard to see what we can do in The Swan

4.    Sanitary products in SU Venues

Your VP Welfare and Community has been working hard to ensure that sanitary products are freely available to our students in the SU venues!


We’ve been working super hard to make sure that students are aware and educated about things beyond their academic experience at the University. In March we sat down and planned a Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance day to make sure students knew about services in and around Lincoln. This was a brilliant day with lots of students engaging in the day to find out more about Sexual Health and services in and around Lincoln. 

One of the other things myself and the team are working on is looking to see how we can support Sexual Health services around Lincoln to do on-site testing! There are great developments around this and we will be updating very soon!

We are continuing on the campaign with a survey for students to take part in. You have the opportunity to win a Year’s Supply of Condoms (thanks to Skins Sexual Health) as well as one of our lovely SHAG Day T-Shirts!


Swan’s Den was also this month! We had brilliant pitches presented to the panel, of which I sat on, and I’m proud to say that we have business ideas that are being supported and being brought to life! You can find out more about Swan’s Den HERE

The Societies Showcase was also another brilliant example of the hard-work being undertaken by our volunteer officers! I want to congratulate our Societies Officer and the Activities Team, as well as all the Societies who took part! - You guys made it a brilliant event!

Until next time,

OUR VALUES: Approachable, Honest, Dynamic, Nurturing, Quality.


Update 3: 30/1/2018

It’s been well over 4 weeks into the new year but still…Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

As always here’s a quick update over what myself and the rest of the Student Leaders have been up to this month!


We’ve had 90 - I repeat, 90! SUggestions come through so far this academic year (that’s an average of 5 a week) - you guys have been absolutely fantastic, engaging with the platform and showing that there is a true sense of wanting change on campus!

Myself and the other Student Leaderss have been working hard to put that into play, for example Tommy George (your VP Academic Affairs), is currently working on seeing whether we can have f.lux on library computers; Connor Delany (your VP Welfare & Community) has had it confirmed that Mental Health First Aid will be implemented in April' Luke Exton (your VP Activities) is still investigating the cushions in the sports centre as well as rebound boards; whilst Sophia Liu (your VP International) is working on the International Student Trips which have been going down a storm!

We’ve also had great opportunities to work closely with you guys! We set up a pop-up gazebo session and queried what you guys wanted from your SU and your university experience! Not only was there free hot drinks and pastries, we also had over 200 slices of Domino’s Pizza which was absolutely fantastic and you guys seemed to love it!

Feedback we received included:

  • Better communication for the International Welcome Week
  • Increased number of societies
  • Increased number of fares

As well as:

  • Allowing better collaboration between schools - and allowing students to have a free elective that they could do which was outside their course
  • Better feedback between lectures and their students, and similarly so between lecturers.

We hope to make these drop-ins/pop-ups more consistent in the year and hopefully gather more of your feedback!

This month we were joined by our friends from York St. John Students’ Union, who came to view our SU and discuss and plan ways in which we can work much closer and in a more collaborative way… plus we took them to Quack, what could’ve gone wrong!

As you will no doubt be aware, the nominations period has now opened for Students' Union Elections!

You can nominate yourself for a position as a full-time officer or any volunteer officer role! To find out more information you can message any Student Leader and we’ll be happy to help! Further information can be found in the online elections guide.

Until next time,

OUR VALUES: Approachable, Honest, Dynamic, Nurturing, Quality.


Update 2: 28/11/2017


Hi everyone!

This is just a quick message to update everyone on what your Officers have been up to this month and as well what we are planning to do over the next few weeks. 
So far this year we’ve had 65 SUggestions submitted which have included feedback about ideas about Alumni, bringing a Blood Drive on campus and being environmentally friendly with Quack flyers! We’ve surpassed the amount of SUggestions submitted last year which is fantastic and we’ll still be working towards making sure your ideas happen on campus. 

Last month all the officers were working on the following for the month of November:

 Reading lists should be uploaded to Blackboard a month in advance This is now DONE! As of the next academic year, all reading lists will be uploaded in advance prior to modules starting
Add a search bar into the SU website - This is now CONFIRMED and will be available on the website upgrade which should be in the next coming weeks
Get a printer on the 4th floor studio in AAD West - This is still a work in progress and we should have updates very soon 
Installing rebound boards in the Sports Hall - VP Activities, Luke Exton, is still working on this and will have updates very soon

This month we are working on:

Investigating the possibility of having digital student cards

A second-hand book exchange

Promoting the Advice Centre as a safe space for mental health

We will be updating everyone on the progress of these on their individual SUggestions pages...


This month we have spent 276 hours out and about finding out how you guys are and what it is you want happening with your SU! We had a great time giving away free teas and coffees, donuts and pizzas during one of our Student Leader drop ins outside on the library square. This is will be a recurring thing so make sure you keep an eye out as we’ll be doing giveaways as well! 


Your VP Activities, Luke,

has been working to push out the Societies Tour! Updates will be coming very very soon...


Your VP Academic, Tommy,

 has been working really hard to push out the new Office for Students changes that are to go to the ASM on Thursday 30th November.


Your VP International, Sophia,

has been busy organising the trip to Liverpool and is looking to host a Christmas Quiz as well as a Winter Festival in the Engine Shed!


Your VP Welfare and Community, Connor,

is going to be working towards looking at prayer space on campus as well as pushing out the Advice Centre Lounge! Additionally, he has been pushing and promoting the Housing Fayre, which will be on the 1st of December.


On a wider note, the Autumn Budget was presented this month. Proposals put forward include railcards for 26-30 year olds, an increase in the national minimum wage,  further investment in adult learning, safeguards to ensure people do not over pay their student loans and the abolishment of stamp duty for all first-time property buyers. NUS states that the vital maintenance support for students across all levels and ages has not been addressed, alongside the rising cost of study and student debt. It’s key that as an SU we consider these issues more widely, and this is something I am working towards addressing moving forward.


We’ll also be pushing out on the NUS #LoveSUs campaign, keep your eyes peeled for that! 


The Student Leader reports will be up for voting in the first week of December,

so it’s important that you give them a read and vote on them here. It’s important that you guys have a key say in how the SLs are representing you and acting on your behalf!

OUR VALUES: Approachable, Honest, Dynamic, Nurturing, Quality.


Update 1: 01/11/2017


Hi everyone! 

This is just a quick message to update everyone on what your Officers have been up to this month and as well what we planning to do over the next few weeks. 


So far this year we’ve had 42 SUggestions submitted - which is absolutely fantastic. Of these SUggestions, 26 have been put forward to vote or have been fast-tracked. The majority of those that haven’t gone through to be voted or fast-tracked have been solved by direct conversation with the people who’ve proposed them, which is fantastic. 


Currently all the officers are working on the following over the next coming weeks:

Reading lists should be uploaded to Blackboard a month in advance

Add a search bar into the SU website

Get a printer on the 4th floor studio in AAD West

Installing rebound boards in the Sports Hall

We will be updating everyone on the progress of these on their individual SUggestions pages…


This month we’ve spent just over 380 hours on the ground talking to you guys and finding out the issues you guys are facing as well as how well everything is going so far. This is fantastic because we are getting the opportunity to really understand the issues on campus and being in a good position to be able to address them. 


Your VP Activities, Luke

has been working to push out the We Are Lincoln Lounge - which, again, has been so well received


Your VP Academic, Tommy

has been working really hard to empower reps and the first rep forum we had this year had a fantastic turnout


Your VP International, Sophia

has been instrumental in organising activities for international students - particularly the Halloween Party as well as the trip to Hull which sold out in two days!


Your VP Welfare and Community, Connor

has been really pushing out the Campaigns Network and really establishing the welfare and representative aspect of it.


On top of all that the Free Printing service is now live in SU Reception. A how-to guide can be found here. It’s fantastic, especially for printing out lecture notes and materials for revision or anything you might need for your sports and societies. The first All Student Members meeting happened this month, where a lot of important issues were discussed - namely changes to how the SU operates as well as how you guys have an impact. We hosted Activites Wars and it was so good and congratulations to the Assassins’ Society for their inaugural win! We now have 511 (and counting) academic reps covering all disciplines, well done to you guys! There are now plenty of Career Booster sessions now available here. These include everything from Marketing and PR, all the way to how to Enhance your Career Prospects through Social Media



So you can see there’s quite a lot that been going on!

It’s all detailed in our reports which can be found here. Give them a read and vote on them. We, the Student Leaders, are responsible for ensuring that everything is being done in the best interest of students, and making sure that your experience is our priority 


OUR VALUES: Approachable, Honest, Dynamic, Nurturing, Quality.