Every November, men across the world are encouraged to grow a moustache to show their support for
men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.
As an SU, mental as well as physical wellbeing are some of our highest priorities for our students.
Shave-downs were held at the end of October to make sure there were clean faces all round!
Rugby and sport in general were a big-themes in our Movember campaign, with a special Swansea vs. Cardiff
rugby match taking place at St Helen’s Rugby Club.
To tie in with the Rugby World Cup we hosted ‘Tries, Tea & Tash Up’ where men could watch
one of the matches and talk to their mates about mental health during half-time/.
We also put on a Suicide Prevention Training workshop, as well as a Movie Night and a Quiz Night.
We rounded off Movember with the Mo’Ball. This was a night of celebration; we transformed Fulton
House into the classiest of settings for a black-tie bash where we gave our awards to reward fundraising
We smashed our fundraising target and eventually raised a whopping £25,000 for the Movember
Foundation. We also supported a local charity, ‘Give the Boys a Life’, with a donation of
£500. This covered the cost of one of the charity’s counsellors for a whole month!
At the NUS Wales Awards, we were awarded Campaign of the Year for everyone’s efforts in raising so
much money for a very valuable cause.
Black History Month
October is celebrated as Black History Month across the world. As a Students’ Union with a diverse student
body, we want to support our BAME students and celebrate our diversity in campaigns like Black History Month.
Our Education Officer, Theresa Ogbekhiulu, led on organising the celebration for the Union this year and was
supported by her fellow Full-Time Officers and the Part-Time Officer.
Our aim for this month was to host events that will celebrate our diversity, represent our students, and educate
others on Black History.
We hosted a debate night in Tafarn Tawe and panel talk on Overcoming Adversity in the Great Hall on Bay Campus.
There was also a film screening of Hidden Figures.
In addition to these, we held an Afrofusion night in Rebound with Eva Lazarus performing. To cap of the month,
Theresa organised a Cultural Ball in a final act of celebration to bring Black History Month to a close.
Swansea Student Media
NUS Wales Liberation and Equality Award
LGBT+ History Month
February is marked around the world as being LGBT+ History Month. We aimed to educate and raise awareness
of LGBT+ history, celebrate the diversity of our student body, and to highlight our University as a
We’re very proud of the number and range of events we put on as part of the campaign. These ranged
from discussions, to film screenings, coffee mornings, painting of Solidarity Hearts for our JCs
installation, a Tooters takeover, and Pride Prom.
Pride Prom allowed our students to relive their high school prom without fear of coming with their
partner, or dressing how they feel most comfortable. It was the culmination of our LGBT+ History Month
and an opportunity to celebrate the work done by all in Swansea University to promote inclusivity.
LGBT+ Staff Network
As with every Study Aid campaign, the aim if to provide plenty of sessions to give students support and
help with their wellbeing during exam periods.
The usual Study Aid campaign would see FTOs, Reps, and SU staff giving out teas and coffees in the
libraries, putting on yoga sessions, distributing fruit and much more. As a result of University grounds
being closed due to COVID-19 and exams being done remotely, we had to adapt this year to make our
sessions remotely accessible too.
Sessions were hold over Zoom, and our social media channels. Sessions ranged from Meditation with Mandy
from the Chaplaincy, Lounge wellbeing sessions, zoom quizzes, yoga on our Instagram, and social media
We innovated our usual Tea and Coffee Giveaways to being online by allowing students to sign up to
receive a tea/coffee supply in a letter straight to their homes from us!