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EU Referendum Statement

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Coventry University Students’ Union (CUSU) and the multiplicity of communities it serves are still trying to come to terms with the results of the European Referendum.  As a democratic organisation we acknowledge that people voted in large numbers to make their wishes known, however, like the rest of the population of the UK and the rest of the world we are waiting to find out exactly what that vote means for us and the people we represent.

The University have assured students that they will continue their commitment to supporting the diverse student body here at Coventry, including scholarships for study and research opportunities. Here at CUSU, we too support and encourage students to study here with us, and to become part of the fantastic student community we have here within CUSU. Whatever happens in the future regarding government policy, we will inform you as soon as possible of these decisions, and we will continue to support all of our students here no matter what. Read the university’s statement here; http://www.coventry.ac.uk/primary-news/coventry-university-statement-on-the-eu-referendum-result/

It is our responsibility as a membership organisation that we must protect the interests of our members and we will be working with our Board of Trustees, the University, NUS, local and national government to ensure that this happens both in the short and the long term. It is not anticipated that there will be any immediate effects of the vote on our University community however that does not stop us working in your interests from this day forward.

At the forefront of our minds is our objective to ensure that Coventry University and the places where our students live and work while they are studying here continue to be safe and welcoming places for them to be.  As a Students’ Union, we will be campaigning to show everyone that there is more that unites the staff and students at Coventry University than divides them, and that goes for the communities they live in as well.

The President, Coventry University Students’ Union (On behalf of the Executive Team).



After Graduation

So it’s been a few weeks since everyone finished University and some of you may have your plans for the future set. But for those of you who are still deciding what to do now you’ve left Coventry University, don’t panic! It can be rather daunting to think about what you want to do next, but there’s loads you can do if you haven’t already found yourself a job, or applied for postgraduate studies. We’ve put together some suggestions on how to build up your CV over the summer by gaining experience.

 

Volunteering Abroad

There are a variety of international volunteering opportunities available. Not only will showing you’ve spent time volunteering abroad look great on your CV, you’ll gain loads of transferable skills and have an amazing time while you’re there. Not to mention a lot of volunteering organisations will pay for your accommodation and meals while you’re there, meaning you can explore a new part of the world by just paying for your flights!

Your experience will be unique and rewarding, providing you with a chance to make new friends and gain a sense of accomplishment – you might even pick up the local language! Whether your volunteering project is one week or one month long, it will greatly improve your CV. There’s loads of information on the various opportunities available online so go and explore!

 

Volunteering in the UK

There is a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in the UK. Whilst it may not seem as exotic as travelling abroad, it can be just as beneficial.  You’ll get to meet new people from a variety of backgrounds as well as gain transferable skills such as communication and teamwork.

While you might be in a volunteering role that isn’t directly linked to your degree or future career, having a variety of skills and experiences on your CV can be a real boost in standing out from others in the job market

 

Internships

Internships are a great way to gain experience in your chosen field. They are also a great way of making sure you definitely want to go into your chosen career by trying it for a few weeks. The skills you’ll gain from an internship will be relevant to your career path, and internships can give you a good insight into industry and various companies, especially if you do more than one.

Internships have the potential to lead to a full time job, so you can think of them as a trial period where you’re gaining invaluable experience. If you can’t secure a long term internship, taking on several short term ones throughout the summer is just as beneficial. It will look great on your CV by showing you have professional experience and relevant skills at a range of companies and job roles.

 

Take a Gap Year

For many graduates the thought of going straight into employment is daunting. But why not take a year out to see the world? If you want to travel and explore the world there may not be any better time to do it other than when you’re young. While you have few responsibilities, now is the perfect time to save up some money and travel for a few months.

You’ll be able to explore different parts of the world as well as relax and reflect on what you really want to do when you get home. Post-university gap years even help benefit your career opportunities. You’ll gain valuable skills such as: problem solving, teamwork and communication, not to mention the language skills you might gain from it. Showing a potential employer that you’ve had the initiative and organisation skills to arrange a well-structured gap year, demonstrates the valuable transferable skills you hold, and that makes you a perfect candidate. Plus, you’ll even get some amazing stories out of it!



‘Build your Guild’ Postgraduates’ Event

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Today we were out on campus gathering ideas from our postgraduate students on what they would like to see from their Postgraduates’ Guild. We have had some great ideas and don’t forget if you have anything you would like to tell us you can email pgguild.su@coventry.ac.uk ! Check out some pictures below:



Gen2Gen Wins Excellence Award!

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gen2genawardLast week the CUSU Volunteering department were shortlisted for a Coventry University Excellence Award. Last night the awards took place at Coventry Cathedral and we are proud to report that our very own Volunteering department won an award!

The award was in the Community Engagement Initiative category and was for the excellent Gen2Gen project.

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CUSU Gen2Gen Shortlisted

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The Coventry University Excellence Awards take place this year on Thursday 23rd June at Coventry cathedral, and the hard work put in by the Volunteering department here at CUSU, and the students involved, is paying off!

The Volunteering department have been running the Gen2Gen project for the past three years and this year it has been shortlisted for the Coventry University Excellence Awards, in the Community Engagement Initiative category!

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TV Licence Refunds

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tvlicenseYou could be entitled to a partial refund on your TV Licence. If you have already moved back home for the summer and no longer require your TV licence at your term time address, you can request a refund for the final 3 months of your license.

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Graduate Advice

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graduatesmallIt’s that time of year again; many of you will be finishing your time at Coventry University and will be heading out into the “real world.” Some of you may have already found work, which is brilliant! But if you haven’t not to worry! We have some useful tips to help you get your dream job. Here you’ll find tips on: how to improve your CV, interview techniques, how to dress to impress, gaining relevant experience, building your portfolio and tidying up your social media.

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NHS Bursary

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IMG_4736 As part of an ongoing lobby against proposed government changes that would cut NHS bursaries, staff and students from CUSU attended a rally at Westminster on the 25th May. Previously we held a campaign for staff and students to pledge their support to save NHS bursaries, which drew a great deal of support from the student community. Following this, MP for Coventry South Jim Cunningham visited The Hub to further add his support for saving the NHS bursaries.

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