Social Events for Students’ Unions 2011

The Terrace, open all day, 19 - 20 July

Delegates will have access to The Terrace throughout the conference. Two minutes walk from the accommodation, The Terrace will open until late on day one of the conference and will be the after party venue following the NUS Awards on 20 July.

Situated in the heart of the Union building, The Terrace is open during the day serving fair-trade coffee, chilled soft drinks, wines, spirits and beers, and great food.

Taking its name from the huge outdoor terrace on offer, it’s a great place to pass a few hours during the day – especially when the sun is shining. When it’s not, inside there are pool tables, plasma TV screens, games machines and a chilled out soundtrack.

The relaxed atmosphere is transformed in the evenings when Terrace becomes a vibrant bar perfect for enjoying pre-club drinks.

Sports Facilities: The Edge, 19-20 July

All delegates have free access to the gym, pool and other facilities at the Edge which include:

  • Leeds' largest indoor sports halls with performance sports floors and lighting;
  • a fantastic 25m 8 lane swimming pool;
  • the largest fitness suite of any UK university with state-of-the-art equipment;
  • a performance strength and conditioning facility.

To view further information about the facilities or to take a virtual tour, click here.

Dodgeball, The Edge Sports Hall, 18.30, 19 July

If you’re feeling sporty and you’re up for some friendly competition, head to the Edge sports hall for a game of dodgeball.

Everyone’s welcome, from beginners to pros, and you don’t need to already be in a team. ‘Mr Dodgeball’ (aka Carl) will be there to sort out the teams, to referee and ensure that fun is had by all.

Meet at the Union’s Help Desk in the Union Foyer at 18.10 if you’re unsure about how to get to The Edge.

Pub Quiz, The Old Bar from 8pm, 19 July

The Students’ Unions 2011 Pub Quiz kicks off at 8pm, entrants will be asked to pay £2 to take part in the quiz. Half of this money will be given as a prize to the winning team and the other half will be donated to The Justin Campaign.

The Justin Campaign is a charity set up in memory of the footballer Justin Fashanu to challenge homophobia in both grassroots and professional football. You will have the opportunity to find out more about the campaign the second day of the conference as The Justin Campaign are facilitating a workshop at Students’ Unions 2011.

The Old Bar is a Leeds institution and has been a popular student meeting place since 1938. It offers real ale and LUU is proud to be a Blacksheep Brewery Flagship. You can always find their beer on offer at the Old Bar alongside our wide range of guest ales which are locally sourced from microbreweries across Yorkshire. We have also just been accredited with Cask Marque status!

Bettakultcha, Stylus from 8pm, 19 July

So, you’ve been invited to present at or enjoy other people sharing their passions at a Bettakultcha event…

What is it?

Bettakultcha is a sharing of passionate, 5 minute, slide show presentations that have to conform to three simple rules:

  1. 20 slides to be used
  2. Each slide lasts for 15 seconds
  3. NO sales pitches.

Why no sales pitches?

The beauty of Bettakultcha is in its informality and passion. Its impact derives from concentrating on what people actually care about, rather than what they are expected to care about.

So what are the presentations about?

Anything and everything, but always with passion! We’ve had pin-hole cameras, the history of drag in Leeds, mental asylums, the lifestyle of North Koreans, games consoles, Myra Hindley, robot sex — there is no restriction.

After the prepared presentations, there’s a random slide challenge where members of the audience are asked to improvise talking over slides that they have never seen before. This is always a really popular part of the event.

Who’s behind Bettakultcha?

Bettakultcha is the brainchild of Ivor Tymchak and Richard Michie. Ivor is a maverick creative thinker and professional speaker. Richard is a creative marketer and social media floozy.

Why do a Bettakultcha presentation?

We’re looking for speakers for the NUS Bettakultcha special, so get thinking about what gets you out of bed in a morning (sure, beer and sex are acceptable topics…) and start to imagine how you would best illustrate your ideas. We will be sending you more information and links to videos in the near future to explain the concept more. In the meantime, expect the unexpected.

The Venue

Stylus has a capacity of over 1,000 and has been hosting both live acts and club nights since 2001. Stylus offers excellent acoustics, a high-powered sound system, modern décor and is situated to link perfectly with other venues Pulse and Mine.



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