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Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend
Henry Woolhouse (Male Welfare Officer)14 hours ago

Hey fam,

Welcome to Grey’s Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend! We’re working in conjunction with Durham Uni Boob Team and CoppaFeel! to get you all clued up on Breast Cancer, which in the UK can affect 1 in 8 women, and almost 400 men each year as well.

We’re encouraging you to start checking your breasts and pecs for the following symptoms:

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast, chest or underarm area (usually painless, but may be tender)

  • Dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin of the breast

  • Change in the size or shape of the breast

  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple

  • Pulling in of the nipple (inverted nipple) or other parts of the breast

  • Nipple discharge (rare)

If you notice any of the warning signs or other changes in your breast, chest or nipple, see a doctor right away.

If you want to be reminded to check yourself, you can sign up for DU Boob Team’s text service, which you can do by texting "UBT DUR'" to 70500!

Make sure you give Durham Uni Boob Team’s Facebook page a like, for some great events and to learn more about this important issue: https://www.facebook.com/Durham-Uni-Boob-Team-372123869524840/

Here’s how to actually check your chest: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam

If you have further questions, you can email Heather Boal, DU Boob Team’s President and CoppaFeel! Volunteer at heather.boal@durham.ac.uk!

Tomorrow afternoon(Sunday 18th), we’re running a Treasure Hunt around Grey; The first clue will be in tomorrow’s email so get ready to wrack your brains on the clues!

Welfare Love,

Henry, Jas, and the Welfare Team

xxx

 

Parenting meals 17th and 18th October!
Henry Folds (President)1 month ago

Afternoon everybody!

 

First of all welcome to all first years and welcome back to all returning students, hope term is treating you all well so far. Will be sending out the first Pres weekly soon so watch this space...

 

This one goes out to all those college parents out there who want to wine (or J20) and dine their very own college kids.

 

Parenting meals will be on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th

 

Important info:

 

Ticket price: £9

Dress code:  Suits and dresses but no gowns.

Doors close at 7:15 pm so be sure to get there early, on that note if people are too drunk before the meal, they will not be allowed in the dining hall.

Drinks can be purchased on the door:

Half a bottle of wine - £4

2 bottles of J20 - £3

 

Booking:

Booking for both formals will open tomorrow (Wednesday 10th) at 5:30.

1 parent must book on all the family with each person’s CIS username.

 

 

 

Have a gander at the menu below

 

 

 

Main Course

Pan fried Chicken Supreme

Potato gratin, baton carrots, fine green beans,

and red wine jus

 

(veg) and (vegan)  Roast vegetable open lasagne 

Served with garlic bread                                     

 

 

Dessert

Tart au Citron

 

Any questions drop me an email.

Cheers team

Keep smilin

 

Folds

**2018 sports, societies, committee, welfare budgets**
Ben Firth (FACSO)9 months ago

HELLO,

Run a sport? Society? Committee? Steve?  Want to know how your budgets calendar year?

Click my face (scroll down, over there -->) and check out my files, under Budgets.  The allocated amounts you can claim for are in the yellow column in the pdf!!

Any questions or queries, get in touch with my wonderful assistant Flo Ryan at grey.assistant-treasurer@durham.ac.uk.

More info, LGBTQ+ Sexual Health and World AIDs Day
Emily Thomas (Female Welfare Officer)11 months ago

Kit and Liam have some more useful information on STIs and have written a bit about LGBTQ+ Sexual Health and services avaiable, please have a read:

 

We hope you are enjoying SHAG week so far! ğŸŒŸToday we are focusing on Chlamydia, Thrush, LGBTQ+ sexual health and C-Cards.

 

CHLAMYDIA

Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the UK, with 202,546 cases in 2016 in England.

Chlamydia is more common in women, and the contrary is true for Gonorrhoea.

Chlamydia is a leading cause of death in koalas (along with deforestation so remember to recycle!!)

The initial symptoms of chlamydia often go unnoticed, so health professionals recommend being proactive and having regular STI checks.

Chlamydia is very treatable and can be cured by a short course of antibiotics. The NHS also offer free Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea tests, which can be ordered online at the following link:

https://www.cddft.nhs.uk/our-services/division-of-women,-children-and-sexual-health/sexual-health-services/free-online-testing.aspx. These tests can be delivered to your door and are completely confidential.

Welfare also supply free Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea tests, which involve just a quick wee in a cup! Don’t forget, we have free coffee, tea and hot chocolate (if you don’t quite need the loo when you come down!).

 

THRUSH

Thrush can affect both men and women, but it is far more common in women.

3/4 women will experience thrush at some point in their lives.

Thrush is not strictly an STI, but can come on after sex.

There are various types of thrush including vaginal thrush and oral thrush.

Thrush occurs when the fungus, candida albicans, which usually lives in harmony with other bacterias in the warm, moist areas of the body such as the genital area and mouth, becomes overgrown and induces thrush symptoms.

Whilst thrush can usually be treated with over-the-counter medicines, sometimes a prescription from the GP is necessary, particularly if this is your first experience of it. Here are the NHS’s guides to thrush in women, men and oral thrush - what the common symptoms are, how to treat it and when to see a doctor.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaginal-thrush/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/thrush-in-men/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/oral-thrush-in-adults/

 

LGBTQ+ SEXUAL HEALTH

 

Research has shown that LGBTQ+ individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma and discrimination which can have negative affects on both their physical and mental health.

 

The NHS recommends that EVERYONE who is sexually active, but particularly gay and bisexual men should have a sexual health check up at least every six months. This is important as with some STIs there are no symptoms.

 

Gay men are at higher risk of HIV and other STDs, this is especially true amongst ethnic minorities in the UK.

Lesbian and bisexual women are susceptible STIs such as herpes, genital warts and chlamydia.

Lesbian women are less likely to get preventative services for cancer.

 

All the information that has been previously sent around about sexual health is just as applicable to LGBT individuals as it is to others. But for some more specific resources for members of the LGBT community, this NHS website is a good place to start:

https://www.cddft.nhs.uk/our-services/division-of-women,-children-and-sexual-health/sexual-health-services/lesbian,-gay,-bisexual-and-trans-services-(lgbt-services).aspx

This is a really useful source with various health fact sheets,  information and further links to supporting organisations.

For more advice, support and information the LGBT Foundation can be a really useful resource as well, it also has a helpline and email support service: http://lgbt.foundation/sexualhealth.
 

CLINIC

Our local sexual health clinic is St. Margaret’s Health Centre in Crossgate, but here is a link to the various centres around County Durham that can help you decide which service is the best place for you, if you need it. https://www.cddft.nhs.uk/our-services/division-of-women,-children-and-sexual-health/sexual-health-services/which-clinic-is-right-for-me.aspx.

 

Today is World AIDs Day and we will be having a film night in the welfare room watching 'Philadelphia' so please join us! xx 

ğŸŽ‰SHAG WeekğŸŽ‰, one of the best and most highly informative weeks of the academic year.
Emily Thomas (Female Welfare Officer)11 months ago

SHAG stands for sexual health and guidance and the welfare team are hoping to raise awareness of sexual health issues and how you can access services. We are holding some events and sending some emails you might be interested in.

 

Please make use of the SHAG pack on your corridors and the leaflets given.

 

Watch out for DIAL A DOUGHNUT this evening – ask a q about sexual health and get a doughnut delivered to an place (within college) of your choice xx

 

Frazer and Tom’s Short Guide to three common STIs:

 

Gonorrhoea

 

This is a bacterial STI that can be passed on during sexual intercourse, though around 50% of women and 10% of men don’t experience symptoms so can be easily missed. 

For women, burning sensation whilst urinating, pain in the lower abdomen during or after sex and bleeding are the the vital symptoms observed. 

For men, white or yellow discharge from the tip of the penis, tender testicles and a burning sensation when urinating are the vital symptoms observed.

Gonorrhoea is easily diagnosed with a urine test and a quick swab, then a course of antibiotics to get rid of it quickly and easily!

 

Genital warts

 

This is a viral infection that causes small fleshy growths on the skin around the genital or anal area. Being the second most common STI in the UK, it’s surprising to find that you can pick up this through mere skin to skin contact. 

If you notice and redness or bleeding in that area, consult your local GP as there are several treatments available for you.

 

Herpes

 

This too is a viral infection that causes cold sores, typically painful blisters or sores develop which can cause itching and tingling.

Once you are infected, the virus remains dormant but it is controlled through antiviral medicines and can be manageable over time. 

Postgraduate Research Seminar - 28th November.
Lily Hulatt (MCR President)12 months ago

Hey Grey! 

This may seem random, but even though I'm the (relatively) new MCR President for Postgraduates, Fourth Years and Mature Students, I can promise this post might interest some of you Undergraduates, final years, 4th years, or anyone thinking of doing Masters or PHD. 

Basically, the MCR will be having a Postgrad Research Seminar on 28th November from 7.30pm at Holgate. It is organised by the Postgraduate Mentor, who we individually contact to say we want to present a subject to the MCR.  

It is a pretty chill night where everyone takes a break from studying or eating biscuits, and can go see MCR people give a talk about anything they like. This ranges from their subjects - like Physics, English Literature (a personal favourite), Psychology, Computer Sciences, Translation, etc. - or hobbies and interests like Chinese desserts, Rap music, and Dinosaurs. The reason we do this is to help develop public speaking skills, bolster our confidence, and share studies and hobbies we really love with our friends and fellow students. I myself have done a few talks, and have always enjoyed the lowkey atmosphere and continuous support as I shared my passion for literature and tv shows with people just as devoted to their subjects.

Undergraduates are welcome!! We would love to see new faces, and it gives you guys the chance to see what sort of fields we focus on for our individual research, and maybe inspire some ideas to pursue for your own career ideas.

Talks are usually 15 minutes each, and there are refreshments and nibbles to consume (for nerves ofc). 

If you want further details, or even give a talk yourself, please contact the Postgraduate Mentor (and MCR Treasurer because he didn't have enough hats to wear already) Marcus Lancashire at m.j.lancashire@durham.ac.uk. 

Lily x.

George Stanbury (Senior Students' Union Representative)1 year ago

Hey Grey!

Starter for 10: How are Grey doing in University Challenge?

Today was the beginning of the intercollegiate University Challenge, with the dream of TV Screens and being savaged by Paxman not too far away for some esteemed eggheads. Grey absolutely boshed through their starter questions, ruining Castle, JoBo, Snow and a rogue Wildcard team to top their group!

They face the knockouts next Saturday, so if you want to follow Henry Woolhouse's journey to this year's University Challenge hottie or you just want to laugh at Cam Yule, do come along and support - it'd be much appreciated! Keep up to date with it here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1960313277543919/?active_tab=about

Bonus Questions - This week in the SU:

When's the next Union Comm meeting? 

Tomorrow at 5pm in the Bar - do come along if you're interested in finding out the inner workings of the SU and how we'll be supporting the SU's accommodation fees campaign! 

When are NUS Delegate Nominations open? 

NUS Delegate nominations are now OPEN until this Friday! If successful, you get to represent Durham at the NUS Annual Conference in Glasgow and make a real difference to student politics across the country. Whether you're a Rees-Mogg in disguise or a low-key Corbynista, strong opinions on how to make our student experience better are most welcome! You can nominate yourself here: https://www.durhamsu.com/nus-delegate-elections

What do I do if I want to find out more about anything related to the SU? 

Get in touch, you donut. Anything you need to know about the SU, whether a society exists or you need help with setting one up then I'm your go-to-guy. Facebook or email, whatever floats your boat! 

Union Love, 

George xoxo

Housing talk this Thursday!
Rachael Graham (Representatives Officer)1 year ago

Elliot and George, the livers out reps, will be giving a talk in the dining hall this Thursday night from 8:30PM about choosing a house for next year.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you stop to consider the options before signing, such as the right group size, people to live with, area, pricing (most prices don't include bills!) and other factors. The talk will cover these and more - make sure to be there!  

Don't Miss Out...
Miranda Van-noorden (Chair)1 year ago

Hey Grey! Hope first term is serving you well and that you are all settled into your new homes.
The first JCR meeting of the term will be on  Sunday 29th October in the dining hall at  8pm.


Taking up positions in the JCR is a great way to get more involved in college life, meet new people and you can even bung it on your CV. So if you are interested in running for any of these roles please contact me to find out more.

Quite a few roles are bye elections due to students graduating, this means that the role needs to be filled but will not be a year long position. 


Husted Roles:

Careers Officer
Is your CV on point? Willing to help promote and organise careers opportunities and events? 

Student Trustee (bye election)
Fancy being the trustee of a charity? 


Motions:
If there is something you think would make Grey a better place, there is no reason why it can't become a reality. 
Some examples from last year:
- oppose renewing Durham's contract with Mitie PLC, a company that runs detention centres criticised for human rights abuses.
- one new pool table for the JCR, to be owned by the JCR and to replace the one currently in use.

The deadline for submitting your nomination form and manifesto to the exec pigeon hole (in the post room) is Wednesday 25th October.  More informtation on submitting a motion can be found under 'Want to Submit a Motion?' tab and how to run for a role can be found under the 'Running for a Position' tab, both on my blog https://greyjcr.com/jcr/blog/chair


Elected Roles:
Unlike husted roles, you do not need to submit anything prior to the meeting just turn up and hust. These roles will be voted on in the meeting, so bring your friends along!

1 LGBT+ Representative
Would you be happy to be a point of contact for LGBT+ students of Grey? Can you publicise LGBT+ events? 

Students Abroad Representative 
Can you represent the interest of students abroad? Are you able to make sure students are still in touch with college when away?

Mature Students' Representative (bye election)
Do you think you can help integrate mature students into college life? Can you represent the interests of mature students?

Commander-in-Chief of the Grey Army 
Think you could be the bastion of Grey College spirit? Do you know all the chants Durham has to offer?

4 Ordinary Members to the Food Committee
Fancy yourself as a foodie? Want to voice the JCR's opinions on college food?

Vegetarian Rep to the Food Committee
Got the goss on the veggie options? 

4 Ordinary Members of Finance Committee
Would you like your say on budgets for college events, sports and societies? Can you scrutinise financial motions?

Grey Matter Editor (bye election)
Do you fancy yourself as a quality satirist? Think you can do better than this? 
https://issuu.com/greymattermag/docs/gm17 or this https://issuu.com/greymattermag/docs/greymatter2016

Grey Matter Sub-Editor(s) 
Want to be the editor's righthand man/woman? Don't want the blame if nobody finds it funny?

Miranda xox

**Gym memberships**
Ben Firth (FACSO)1 year ago

Just a quick one from me folks.  Gym membership debts still haven't been added to accounts due to some website issues we've been experiencing - we're working to solve this in the next few days.  In the mean time, you should all have gym access if you've inducted!

Ben