Our Top Ten Moments from Term One

Friday 14-12-2018 - 11:30

We hope you've had an amazing first term of 2018/19 - where's the time gone?


Before we head off for the holidays, we wanted to share just a few of our favourite MDXSU moments, events and campaigns with you - and get you excited to get involved in them next year!


1. Growing a moustache tree


Vice President Lucy Holland organised a range of events as part of our We Need to Talk mental health campaign, including growing some luscious moustaches for everyone who fancied rocking a mo' for men’s mental health in Movember. Find out more here.


2. Championing the voice of students

There are 500 Student Voice Leaders at MDX, each working with the uni and MDXSU to act on feedback from students on their course. This term they’ve been attending Programme Voice Groups and Students Leaders Conference, delivering #SVLwins such as new guest lectures, increased practice-based learning, peer review sessions and fairer deadlines. This is alongside broader work by Rahma to improve your academic experience, such as extending referral deadlines. Find out who your SVL is here.


3. Serving up microwaves and feeding into food

We worked with the university to transform CG42 into a microwave station with four extra microwaves - and you can also access free hot water from the drinks machine in the Sheppard Library café. More broadly, your Vice President Rahma has been working with the University on what students need from a catering provider, ahead of the current contract ending at the end of this academic year.


4. Making it snow

We picked up some great Christmas gifts (mostly for ourselves…) at our MDXmas Market on Thursday 6 December – one of over 100 events this term. As well as stalls from students and independent creatives, the event also included live music from talented students and a dreamy human-sized snowglobe. See the photos here.



5. Getting national recognition

We don't mean to brag, but 2018 was MDXSU's second year in a row winning a national award! We won the NUS Representation & Campaigning Award in July, following winning Students' Union of the Year in 2017. No pressure 2019... Read more here.


6. Meeting Walter Waffles

You might have met Walter at our monthly Chill Out Hub pop-ups across campus, as part of the We Need to Talk campaign. Walter's Likes: chilled nights in and spreading serenity with his peaceful smile. Find out more here.


7. Welcoming more refugees

Over the past few years, we’ve worked with local organisations to welcome 50 refugee families to our borough. Most recently, Barnet Council committed to take in more Syrian child refugees, working with the government to secure funding. Read more here.


8. Hosting Drag Queens... on Heelys

Vice President Erica Ramos hosted another fabulous Night of Controversy in October, featuring drag queens, lip syncs and burlesque, and raising over £300 for the Terrence Higgins Trust. Read more here.


9. Tackling issues with student housing

President Ayah Benberna and Vice President Lucy Holland met with Sadiq Khan’s housing team to talk about selective licensing and how this could affect students, and are currently pulling together a How to Rent guide which will be published next term. Read more here.


10. Expanding the MDXSU Advice service

We've recruited an additional advisor to provide support for even more MDX students, particularly where you encounter academic issues on your course. We're also running outreach sessions in halls of residence and Allianz Park, especially during peak exam periods. Find out more here.



We've also loved seeing 10 new societies get started on campus, POW! Media getting a new leadership team, celebrating Black History Month with some of our student groups, seeing students get elected as NUS Delegates, and working with the University every day to improve your time at Middlesex.


What were your favourite moments this term? 


See you in 2019!



Lucy Holland, MDXSU

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