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Pancake Day

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pnackesToday is Pancake Day! Also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, this is the day where all things pancake are celebrated!

Traditionally, Pancake Day is the day before Lent begins, a period of 40 days in the Christian calendar where you give up something – chocolate, alcohol, cake, sweets etc. – to prove your resistance to temptations. So Pancake Day is the day before Lent and the idea is to eat up your larder to prevent temptation. Lent then ends at Easter which is when you can then tuck back into all the treats you have resisted!

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Bursary or Bust: We Support Our NHS Students

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This week, strike action takes place to protest government plans to cut NHS bursaries and introduce new debts to students on NHS related courses, like midwifery, nursing, and physiotherapy. Currently, students studying on courses like these receive a bursary from the NHS to help them through university with living costs, as the majority of graduates from these areas of study will end up working within the NHS. But now there are government plans in place to cut these much-needed bursaries and saddle students with more debt.

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Varsity XXVI

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Varsity is one of the biggest sporting events each year for Coventry University. It’s our chance to pit ourselves head to head against our arch rivals, Warwick, as we battle it out through sport. Varsity is now in its 26th year, and every year it never fails to prove a crowd favourite. Lasting around a week, there’s a whole host of events that take place.

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Chinese New Year

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We’re proud of our huge international student population here at CUSU, and that means that many of our students are looking forwards to celebrating their biggest event of the year: Chinese New Year! Chinese New Year kicks off on the 8th February this year, and it’s the Year of the Monkey for 2016.

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24 Hour Library Opening

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For those students who like to burn the midnight oil (or those who’ve left a deadline a little too late…) we have good news! The Lanchester Library will now be providing 24 hour access, 7 days a week. That’s a whole lot more hours to get studying crammed into!

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BUCS WEDNESDAY RESULTS – 20.01.2016

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BUCS Wednesdays kicked off again this week with the first few fixtures of 2016, Coventry bringing home a couple of fantastic wins:

WINS:
Basketball Women’s vs. University of Birmingham Women’s 2nd (AWAY): 76-2

Tennis Women’s 1st vs. University of Bedfordshire Women’s 2nd (HOME): 12-0

LOSSES:
Rugby Union Men’s 1st vs. Harper Adams University College Men’s 1st team (HOME): 17-32

Well done to all the teams who competed this week! Next week will be the first ‘big’ week of fixtures!​​



ISOC raise money for refugees

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The Islamic Society (ISOC) recently embarked on a charity mission to help raise money for Syrian refugees. The society supported the charity One Nation, and with the support of the university community and local residents, they were able to raise £4943 to help aid Syrian refugees in camps.

The money raised was put towards providing much needed food parcels for the refugees, and were distributed at camps across Syria. Having these food parcels is especially important at this time of year, when winter is really starting to bite. You can see the parcels being delivered to the refugee camps in the photos below.

We’d like to take this chance to say congratulations to ISOC for raising such a huge amount of money to help out those in need – well done!

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Do I have the right to rent a property in the UK?

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rentingbannerFrom the 1st February 2016 all landlords are required to check the immigration status of anybody who wishes to rent a property from them. This is a requirement of the Immigration Act 2014. They have to check that you have the right to be in the country as a UK citizen, an EU citizen or have valid visa permission to be present in the UK. The checks apply to anybody wishing to rent a private property, including UK citizens.

The checks apply to all tenancies granted after December 1 2014. If you renew a tenancy signed before this date and the occupants and the terms of the contract have not changed then you are not subject to the checking procedure. If your landlord does not check your immigration status they can be fined up to £3000.

Is anyone exempt from having their immigration status checked?

  • Students who live in halls accommodation are not liable to be checked
  • If you are under 18 when you sign the tenancy agreement you will be exempt until the next check is due
  • If you do not pay rent and are a guest in the property
  • If the landlord is a member of your family
  • If it is holiday accommodation on a short let

What do I need to do?

If you are subject to a check you must show original evidence of your right to be in the UK such as:

  • If you are from the EEA/Swiss national a passport or national identity card
  • If you are a family member of an EEA/Swiss national EEA family permit or residence card
  • People with immigration permission to be in the UK a current passport containing a valid visa or a valid Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). If these documents are with the Home Office then you will need to give the landlord the Home Office reference number so that your status can be verified…
  • British Citizens a passport showing the holder is a UK citizen, a certificate of naturalization or registration as a British citizen

What if I haven’t got those documents?

If you are a UK or an EEA/Swiss national or if you have indefinite leave to remain in the UK you can provide TWO or more of the following

  • A full birth certificate issued in the UK, Ireland or the Isle of Man
  • A letter from your educational establishment confirming your acceptance for a current course of studies
  • A full driving licence (both the photo-card and the paper part)

What will the landlord do with my documents?

  • Your landlord needs to see any originals of your documents not more than 28 days before the start of your tenancy agreement.
  • If you sign a contract before you arrive in the country the landlord should wait until you arrive and ask to see your documents, before you move into the property.
  • The landlord should take a copy of the documents and then return the originals to you they should then keep the copies for the duration of your tenancy and for a year after the tenancy ends.
  • If, in exceptional circumstances, the landlord cannot carry out the check, the Home Office will do it on their behalf.

What shall I do if I have a complaint?

If you are unhappy with the way a landlord or estate agent has treated you or you believe you have been unfairly charged for the checking process or excluded from renting a property you should contact the Students’ Union Advice (SUAC) suadvice@coventry.ac.uk, 02477655200 or come to a drop in advice session Monday to Friday 11am to 1pm on the first floor of the Hub.

Come along to our Housing Fair on the 18th January at The Hub to find out more about the Right to Rent scheme. You’ll have the opportunity to get more information about all things related to housing, and our SUAC advisors will be on hand to give you any help you need and answer all your questions.



Coventry graduate part of NHS choir who topped the Christmas chart

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nhs_choirOccupational therapy graduate, Bethany Hemming is part of the choir of nurses, doctors and other NHS staff who managed to beat Justin Bieber to become Christmas No 1.

Bethany from Worcester, graduated in 2013 and is now working for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in a community children’s centre, as well as singing for the trust’s choir at wards and festivals around the country.

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