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.
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.
We’re working with West Midlands Police to help keep students safer in the community. While you’re unlikely to get burgled here in the West Midlands (figures show that burglaries are dropped by almost 500 year to year in comparison figures), there are always ways to help keep you safer.
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!
BUCS Wednesdays kicked off again this week with the first few fixtures of 2016, Coventry bringing home a couple of fantastic 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
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!
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!
From 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) email@example.com, 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.
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.
You may have already or will shortly receive a form from The Electoral Registration Officer.
Please note that if you do not respond to information requested by the Electoral Registration Officer you could face a fine of £80.
As a student you are able to register both at your home address and at your university address, as you are entitled to vote at local elections at home and in Coventry. However, you are only able to vote once at a national election, so you could choose where to vote, either in Coventry or at your home address.
The Changing Lives Programme here at Coventry University is a programme which gets students involved in exchange trips abroad. The programme is funded by the generosity of Coventry University alumni, aiming to connect graduates and encourage a system of giving back. The trips with the programme promote cross-cultural exchanges, experiencing new world views, and getting involved on a grassroots level. The key aims of the programme are:
- To change our lives and the lives of others
- To transform our world view
- To share our humanity
For their latest project, CU Changing Lives are running a community development project in Morocco. Two trips will be taking place, between the 31st March and 11th April, and the second 25th May – 6th June.