29th November 2016

A message from the communications Officers

Merry Christmas and welcome to our Festive Edition!

This will be the last newsletter before we all go home for the holidays, but don't panic, we'll be back in the New Year :)

Don't forget, for all the details, please open the full version of the newsletter using the links!! 

Alternatively, visit www.sgsu.org.uk and check out any of the newsletters there under the red 'Get Involved' tab and following the tabs. 


If you have any ideas or would like to contribute, please let us know at 




ASK deborah! Oh yes - it's gonna be as good as it sounds!!!!

For those of you who don't know Deborah Bowman, she is one of our most highly esteemed Medical Law and Ethics Lecturers here at George's.

Following from her previous role as Dean for Students she has kindly agreed to run an agony aunt style column for our newsletter.

Therefore... we would like to hear your 'agony aunt questions'! For confidentiality reasons we obviously

would not be publishing names in the response in the newsletter. Please send your questions to sucommunications@sgul.ac.uk.

READ THE FIRST ONE TODAY IN THIS ISSUE or online at https://www.sgsu.org.uk/advice/wellbeing/askd1/ .


On This Week


28th November


Global health conference

  team applications deadline 


Cardiology society CXR

Revision Session - LTB



29th November


TAD, Musical & LGBT

go to Kinky Boots

  6pm @ Tooting Broadway 





30th November

Movember ART Soc

Life Drawing


Revue Show - 6:30pm

Monckton LT


  Christmas Circles in the SU  


1st December


Revue Show 

Make St George's

Adequate Again

6:30pm - Monckton




  2nd December  


Revue Show 

  6:00pm - Monckton 


Christmas Disco

8pm @ SU Bar


Notices from your Exec

XMAS V-Blog from your SU EXECUTIVE


Take a look back at the previous V-Blogs on our YouTube Channel - St George's Students' Union.


COngratulations to simsoc!

A massive well done to the team - Lee Hatter, Cassie McDonald, Robin Dru, Alex Mehta, Tina Imatitikua and Fraser Thomson - from SGSU Sim Soc for winning SIMCITY by a clear margin! GREEN AND GOLD PRIDE!!


Wellbeing and other advice

This time of year can be hard for all of us. Shows, travelling, family, ICAs, looming exams, or simply being separated from your friends.


Don't forget our VP Education & Welfare is in office until the 24th December and is happy to chat about any worries you may have.


Also, here is the first 'Ask Deborah' advice column on balancing Show season and your studies - even if your show is over or you took a back seat this year, have a read as it contains some amazing guidance on coping with work-life balance. Sneak Peak below or read in full on our website at: https://www.sgsu.org.uk/advice/wellbeing/askd1/


It's show season at the moment and I am aware that lots of people are finding it hard to balance long rehearsals and study and are finding it to be a very stressful time of year, I wondered if you have any advice for these students?


First, I want to thank you and everyone who gives up their time to take on extra activities. Whether it is shows, volunteering, Student Union activities, raising money for charity, leading a society or subgroup or being a student ambassador, I am inspired by the generosity of spirit shown by students.


I don’t underestimate that this generosity of spirit can come with an awful lot of stress and worry. I spent a lot of my time as a student involved in the arts and I remember well the moments when, in a brittle, sleepless fug of tension, I would dissolve into tears because I had pushed endlessly at a door that wasn’t budging. Said door wasn’t budging because it clearly said ‘PULL’ in capital letters in not one, but two places, yet still I pushed and sobbed helplessly with the overwhelming awfulness of it all . . . . I’ve been there. Really.


So, what is a frantic, overworked, underappreciated, creative student to do? Perhaps the first step is to give yourself permission to feel a bit irrational and be forgiving both of yourself and others. Easy to write. Immensely tough to do, but nonetheless essential.



SGUL Christmas jumper range now in store!

Write a review - Win a years worth of netflix!

Events happening At George's

The 2016 Revue Chisrtmas Show: 'Make St George's Adequate Again'

'A hilarious, festive and medically based comedy sketch show - we've written some of the stupidest and most brilliant material for your viewing pleasure, so buy your ticket before they sell out!'

30th Nov - Doors Open: 6:30pm - £5
1st Dec - Doors Open: 6:30pm - £5
2nd Dec - Doors Open: 6:00pm - £6/£10 Combo ticket with Christmas Disco

Design Principles workshop


Movember life drawing session

‘Join ArtSoc on Wesdnesday the 30th of November at 6PM for a Charity life drawing session to raise awareness for Prostate cancer and men's health.

£6 entry for students and £10 for non-students to cover equipment costs and a donation to Movember.

Facebook link below: https://www.facebook.com/events/550445618478745/

To reserve your place please message SGUL Art Society or email m1300496@sgul.ac.uk



Cheerleading competition invite!

Come  and support your university cheerleading team at our national competition on the 19th of February at the Olympic Park! Early bird tickets are £10. We'd love to have you there to cheer on your cheerleaders :) 

For more information about the event and how to get tickets, please see: 


Student Experience Network

The next Student Experience Network will take place on Wednesday 7th December from 12noon to 2pm.

The network will give the St George’s community the opportunity to come together to help make a positive change to student experience. Staff and students are welcome to attend.
Professor Deborah Bowman, Academic Lead for Quality and Partnerships, will lead the first session and focus on the Student Experience Action Plan, before discussing projects that are taking place and how people can get involved via upcoming events.

During the coming months the network will be hosting a range of events. These will include guest speakers sharing best practice, workshops and seminars. There will also be an opportunity for everyone to get involved by sharing opinions, ideas and solutions. 

Drinks and sandwiches will be available in the lobby area half an hour before and after the event. In line with the current ‘Respect’ campaign, food and drink will not be allowed in the lecture theatre.

If you have any questions about the event, please email Paul Leech, Student Experience and Graduation Coordinator, at pleech@sgul.ac.uk.


Childreach international

Are you ready for a summer of a lifetime? How does travelling to Peru or Tanzania sound? Well next August we are sending out 2 teams to take on a challenge in aid of a child rights charity, Childreach International.
You could be heading out to trek to the Lost City of the Incas… Machu Picchu! You’ll get the opportunity to trek through the Andes in Peru to the ruins of Machu Picchu followed by the opportunity to explore on your own independent travel with so much choice ranging from exploring the Amazon, Lake Titicaca or even trying out some water sports! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSHw3r5JJV4. If that wasn’t enough we also have a team heading out to  Tanzania for you to climb the highest freestanding mountain in the world… Mount Kilimanjaro! Heading out to Tanzania in the Summer, it will take 6 days to climb to Uhuru Peak and summit the Mountain at 5,895m above sea level! You’ll also get the opportunity to visit one of Childreach International’s projects when you are out there to see the work that you are helping to support. A great video of the challenge can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5k6ubbZgx0
We have a limited number of spaces left on the St George’s teams heading out next summer. To find out more  please get in contact with Zara by emailing zara.canfield@childreach.org.uk





Discounted Rugby Tickets
See the Saracens V Quins Rugby match at Wembley on the 8th April.

 Use the code STGEORGESUNI to get a discounted rate of

Red & Black Adult tickets £16
Silver Adult tickets £23


Learning microbiology through clinical consultation - 20% discount

Click here to read about the book and the contribution SGUL students made to it's development!

Publication opportunity in the Student doctor

The Student Doctor - a novel, high quality, peer reviewed, medical journal targeted at a medical student readership - is currently accepting submissions from medical students for publication in their January issue of the journal.

It would be a fantastic opportunity for St George's students to publish their research and critical essays in a novel journal. We also provide opportunities for peer review and editorial work to students, again which your students could be involved with.

Please contact:  James Kilgour (Editor-in-Chief) at editorinchief@thesdj.org.uk

Volunteer Acting Opportunity

St George’s marketing team is looking for volunteers to be part of a promotional campaign for one of the university's courses. 
The campaign, based around a video, will run on the London Underground, Facebook and YouTube.

The story will centre on a life sciences graduate who longs to pursue a career helping others, and four volunteers are needed. 

Roles required:

  • Mother of protagonist 

  • GP

  • Patient (older than 50)

  • Extras in the background of a GP surgery and office scenario 

The filming will take place on 8th and 13th December
Don’t miss this opportunity to star in St George’s biggest marketing campaign yet!

For more information please contact Jack Tomlinson (jtomlins@sgul.ac.uk), Senior Marketing Officer


The one campaign

The ONE Campaign is currently looking for passionate campaigners to join the fight to end extreme poverty and preventable disease. Each year we work with 50 activists in the UK through our Youth Ambassador programme and we are recruiting now for 2017.  
As a Youth Ambassador you will become a leader in your community and beyond, and have the opportunity to take part in creative and innovative campaign actions and attend high profile events. You’ll gain an insight into political processes and develop important skills in advocacy and campaigning such as meeting your MP and talking to journalists.
This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to further their experience in campaigning, advocacy and international development. It’s also a chance to meet like-minded, motivated campaigners who want to end extreme poverty and preventable disease.
You can find out more about the 2017 Youth Ambassador Programme and how to apply on our website.

Applications close 3rd January 2017


Volunteer opportunities at trinity hospice

Minibus escort volunteers
Escorts in the minibus pick up our patients across Wandsworth (and beyond) and bring them in to Trinity for appointments, support groups or events.

  • Benefit to students: This is a busy, dynamic and hands-on role which includes supporting patients to walk/use wheelchairs, and ensuring they are safe, comfortable and often to have a chat throughout the journey. Volunteers gain an understanding of the range of patients and their lives outside the healthcare setting, and meet many different patients. They work closely with the minibus driver.

  • Training/support provided: in-depth training and induction, ongoing support, first-hand experience with patients and healthcare professionals.

  • Commitment: half a day per week (Mon-Fri) + induction day.

  • To apply: complete an application form and send to volunteering@royaltrinityhospice.london. No deadline – we are recruiting throughout the year.

  • No experience needed – we are looking for volunteers who have energy, people skills and compassion, and can make a weekly commitment.

Befriending volunteers
Volunteers are matched with a socially isolated patient and visit them at home once a week for 2-3 hours. The volunteer provides a chance to get out of the house with support, or to stay in and have some company and a chat. Patients are based in Wandsworth or Kensington & Chelsea.

  • Benefits to students: This is a hands on role making a difference to a person’s life and the volunteer will learn about the wider picture for a patient with a terminal illness. The patient’s support needs will differ between individuals but it should be made clear that this is a social role – ie volunteers are not responsible for cooking, dressing or personal care.

  • Training/support provided: in-depth training and induction, ongoing support, quarterly peer support meetings, first-hand experience with patients.

  • Commitment: 2-3 hours per week for 6 months minimum + induction day or 4-6 hours for 3 months minimum + induction day

  • To apply: complete an application form and send to volunteering@royaltrinityhospice.london. No deadline – we are recruiting throughout the year.

  • No experience needed – we are looking for volunteers who have energy, people skills and compassion, and can make a weekly commitment.

All roles involve direct contact with patients with a terminal or life limiting illness and are suited to students who can commit to a regular slot on a weekday. We can provide references. Please note all volunteers must be 18 or over.
Feedback from medical students who have volunteered here has been positive as they get to spend time with patients in an unhurried and person-centred setting (a change from fast paced hospital placements!).


"What should I eat, Doc?"

Survery for an FY2 Doctor

We all know that what we eat can contribute to chronic diseases, and changing what we eat can help control or reverse them.
The modern world of diet & nutrition is so conflicting, confusing and competitive and patients are increasingly seeking our guidance on what they should be eating.
Do you feel confident advising patients on diet? Do you think med school prepares us well for this?
If you've got 3 minutes, I'd love to know what you think by filling in this short survey. https://eSurv.org?u=Doc_Student_Diet_Nutrition_Survey

alistair hunter sports fund

St George’s, University of London students have a long tradition of successfully integrating their professional training with participation in sport at a high level.  Through the generosity of our alumni, we are now able to encourage students currently upholding this tradition to fulfil their ambitions through a series of sports bursaries.

All students are invited to apply for a grant from Alastair Hunter Sports Fund. The sports bursaries are intended to support students participating in a sport at a high level or with the potential to do so, with their sporting ambitions

Awards of up to £1,000 are available and an awarding panel will assess applications to enable as many students as appropriate to access some funding.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered by the awarding panel

Details of the bursary can be found via the following link:


Closing date for all applications (including additional paperwork and references): 2nd December 2016 by email only to studentfinance@sgul.ac.uk


£15 free for uber - society specific codes!

Uber is offering SGSU societies the opportunity to create an Uber Society-Specific code for its club members. This code will give members free £15 uber credit.

For example, ‘SGSUxxxsoc' or anything else that you would prefer.

With the activation of this society code (for new accounts), societies will be given £3 per new activation in the form of Uber credits.

This would be a great way to raise money for the society for transport use (Uber), e.g. socials, conferences, etc

Please email chantal.liu@mail.com If your society is keen to have a code created, or for more information.


British society for haematology essay competition
The British Society for Haematology invites Undergraduate medical and BMS students from UK schools in any year of training to write an essay on:

“Discuss the impact of obesity on the incidence and management of haematological disorders”

There will be a prize of £500 for the winner and £250 for the runner-up.
There will be a 2,500 word limit excluding references.  Maximum of 20 references in any standard style
Format: Word Doc ONLY, no PDFs or Docx, please.  Font to be Arial point 11 with line spacing of 11/2.
Entries may be checked for plagiarism.
Please send entries to Roberta Filippi  at: Roberta@b-s-h.org.uk by 31 December 2016.



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Outside Events

NUS - Black leaders conference

We’re holding this year’s second ever Black Leaders Conference in London on Monday 5 December. Find out more about our award winning inspirational speaker, workshops exploring Black leadership in the movement and networking opportunities.

Registration closes: 29th November 2016


ASIt international surgical conference 

The 2017 ASiT International Surgical Conference in Bournemouth, 31st March – 2nd April 2017.

Speakers include:

  • Presidents of all four Surgical Royal Colleges

  • Chief Scientific Officer Chair of the Joint Committee on Surgical Training

  • Director of Medecins Sans Frontieres

  • Chair of the General Medical Council

With 10 high-quality, low-cost courses on offer, ASiT can add value to your conference experience. Courses cover technical and non-technical skills across a number of disciplines and specialty groups; from Laparoscopic Skills or Ultrasonography, to Leadership or Global Surgery.

For more details see:



JTG Annual Scientific Conference 2017

Austin Court, Brindleyplace, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham , United Kingdom, B1 2NP

The JTG committee are pleased to announce the launch of the JTG Conference 2017! Join us for two trauma themed days of talks, presentations and posters from nationally renowned leaders in the field.

When is it? 21-22 January 2017. It's held over a weekend so hopefully less people need to skip university or sort out annual leave.

Where? Birmingham. Central location with great transport links, and should be good practice for you for the BAOMS conference later next year.

What’s the theme? Trauma! With Birmingham being home to one of the busiest civilian and military trauma units in Europe we thought what else?!

Can I present there? Of course! We have posters and oral presentations. Email your 200 word abstract.

Please note the 30th November deadline and abstracts will not be considered without registering.

You can send as many abstracts as you like – there is no limit!

How much is it? £80 for the conference but up to a 25% discount if you get moving! The first 20 delegates get £10 off!

All BAOMS members get £10 off too! Email the office for membership enquiries.

Will there be a party? Of course! Saturday night. Black tie. The Old Library in Birmingham. Quirky, posh venue. Bubbly reception, three course dinner, dancing. £50 extra but worth every penny.

Also some warm up drinks on the Friday night to make friends before the conference officially starts.

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