Welcome back all Hallam Staff!
For those of you who don’t know me I'm Davey Silver, the current elected Education Officer over at the Students' Union. I hope you're all feeling refreshed after the break and had lovely Christmas and New Year celebrations.
For many of us January can be a hectic month spent catching up on long forgotten emails and picking up on projects that previously came to a halt. (Some of us may also feel a little guilty after over indulging during the festive period, I for one definitely over did it with the cheese boards!)
For students however January can be one of the most stressful and worrying times of the year. The quick buzz of the second student loan payment hitting bank accounts soon fades with deadlines and exams fast approaching. For many, the Christmas break flew by in a blur and no doubt many lecturers' warnings of not "leaving all work until the last minute" fell on deaf ears.
Final years are hit with the stark reality that their scheduled teaching will all be over in 3 to 4 months' time, with many facing pressures to both succeed in their studies and to secure either a masters place or employment once their Hallam journey ends.
I didn't intentionally set out to write this piece with a negative tone, but it's extremely important that we are all conscious of the fact that we've entered a challenging month for our students. You can however all play your part in helping to make this time a little more bearable. If you see students in obvious distress stop for a chat and ask if they're ok. Lecturers can also be proactive in sending supportive emails to their students, outlining useful support information and extending invitations for drop in sessions.
At the Students' Union, we'll be running our annual Keep Your Cool campaign from Jan 8th-12th. This year we will be hiding stress balls over both campuses and running an interactive photo competition to raise a few smiles. Herbal teas, chocolates and other pick me ups will also be given out, while I'm also aiming to transform the upstairs of the Union building into an additional study space.
I'd greatly appreciate any promotion and support from colleagues for this campaign, and if you have any questions or would like some digital content to push out via your social media channels you can reach me at D.email@example.com.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope 2018 brings you good fortune!