What is CluedUp?

Get CluedUp and live happy!

The University of Aberdeen is dedicated to making sure that its students enjoy a university experience which is as safe, comfortable and happy as possible.

During your time at university, maintaining good health and wellbeing is important for your studies, safety and happiness.

CluedUp is a Student Health and Wellbeing Campaign which, as well as this website, includes activities and social media communication.  It aims to ensure that, as a student of the University of Aberdeen, you have access to all of the information that you need in order to make positive life choices and to be aware of the services which are available to you if you need support.

The CluedUp website acts as a signpost to other websites which provide health and wellbeing services and information. A non-judgemental website created solely for students and covering topics as diverse as mental health, fire safety, and societies, CluedUp supports students like you to find the information that you need fast.

Get involved!

The University of Aberdeen and The Aberdeen University Students’ Association have teamed up to bring you mid-week Health and Wellbeing activities and an annual Health and Wellbeing Day Fair which will be held in mid-October.  Keep an eye out on the Student Life Facebook page and the University of Aberdeen students event calendar for more information.

Would you like to write for our blog?  Got an idea about a topic that you think should be covered on this site or a suggestion for a Health and Wellbeing activity that you’d like to see organised?  Get in touch with us by emailing cluedup@abdn.ac.uk

Run, Swim or Jump Your Way to Fitness in Aberdeen

By Naomi Grieve,

Student Blogger for the University of Aberdeen

At the start of the year, 2018 was probably “your” year for the fitness and health but it is already April (Where has the year gone??) and if you are like me, January, February and March were your trial months and you are ready to kick start that healthy lifestyle four months into the year. So this blog post is going to explore 4 ways you can keep fit in Aberdeen, I have tried to offer cheap ways but some are slightly more expensive.

1. The Beach

First off, it’s free to use so what are you waiting for! It is over 4km long from one end (Bridge of Don) to the other (Fittie – the village within the city). This would be the perfect place to have a walk with friends, a long run or even outdoor workouts. If you look on Instagram and Youtube, you will find lots of videos of workouts which require no equipment and can be done outside.

2. Jump-In

Jump-In is a trampoline park in Aberdeen. You will require transport as it is slightly out of the city.  However, it is worth it! You can burn calories while having fun. For an off-peak ticket, it costs £11.00 for an hour and a half. In my opinion, it would be good day out for you and your friends to get away from study/exam stress.

3. Outdoor Boot Camp Classes

If you would like to get outside in Aberdeen, there are many boot camp groups which you can join. One example is REBEL PT which offers a free trial so that you can try out the boot camp before signing up. They are located in Duthie Park which is just past the city centre and very accessible by bus. There are three available evenings: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The memberships cost £39 per month for unlimited sessions or £30 for one session a week. There are alternative boot camps but this is just an example.

4. Gym Memberships

Being a student comes with the added perk of discounted gym memberships. The closest gym to the university is Aberdeen Sports Village. There is no joining free and prices start from £16 per month. There are many benefits to ASV including over 150 exercise stations, lots of indoor exercise classes and an Olympic standard swimming pool and diving pool. Plus a sauna and steam room – which helps you relax after a long session at the library.  There are other nearby gyms including Pure Gym at Kittybrewster and DW Fitness in the Beach Leisure Centre.

These are just four ways in which you can keep fit while in Aberdeen. I would definitely recommend the classes at the gym as they are only a half hour long plus you can get a good sweat on. The benefits of exercise for students is huge as it can improve brain function which is ideal for studying. So, let 2018 still be your year!

 

More information:

 

10 Things I’ve Learnt From Living Alone

By Sofia Wigren

Student Blogger for the University of Aberdeen

Before uni I had never lived alone and whenever I was home alone (which was rarely), my dog was always there with me so I was never TRULY alone. Moving into a studio for uni was quite the change for me. That’s why I am sharing 10 things I learnt from it:

1. You cannot blame anyone for anything because it was all you.

Yes, even the overfilled rubbish bin and the half eaten pizza in the corner. It wasn’t an elf who magically came by for a surprise visit while you were at a lecture (even though that would be pretty cool, let’s be honest). You just can’t blame your sibling for this one.

2. Being alone can actually be really nice and relaxing.

You start to enjoy your own company and the peace and quiet. But remember even though you live alone you can always invite friends over – just because you live alone does not mean that you will be lonely!

3. It is a judgment free zone!

No one will (or can) judge you for ordering two large pizzas for yourself or for eating breakfast in your pyjamas looking like a MESS. In other words: it’s pants-optional o’clock.

4. Don’t be a stranger.

Sometimes you may get lonely, which is fine, but it is important to find your support system. It could be a parent, a sibling, a partner, a friend from uni and sometimes even a pet (I facetime my dog twice a week).

5. Often when you live alone the room isn’t spacious, which results in the fact that you have to clean A LOT.

When you know it’s your own mess there isn’t really much of a choice but to clean (both for better and for worse) or, as we did mention, there’s no judgment…just leave it.

6. You realize all the things you’ve taken for granted while living at home.

This is one of the biggest things I’ve learned.  Cleaning, cooking, fixing – it’s no longer a shared chore. You start to appreciate the small things when you return home.

7. Alone time makes you philosophical.

(And it’s the most meaningless thoughts): is the s or c silent in scent?

8. You call people A LOT.

Before you know it you end up calling your entire family, your neighbour, a distant relative, customer service, you name it. It’s just nice to talk to people when you live alone.

9. You learn to budget.

It’s just something that you have to do when you move away from home regardless of whether you live with roommates or alone and it’s a good skill to learn too! When you’re not splitting bills with someone else, you learn to manage your spending yourself.

10. Fairy lights makes EVERYTHING look better.

It just happens to be the perfect source of cosy light when it’s dark out and I would preferably have them everywhere.

 

Related CluedUp pages:

 

5 Overwhelmingly Brilliant Tips to Help You Unwind

By Eleni Marinopoulou,

Student blogger for the University of Aberdeen

Sometimes it gets hard to fall asleep, it gets hard to slow your breath down, and it gets hard to silence your brain and to make it stop overthinking. It’s difficult to make it stop running up that hill, a hill that has different names each time; university, work, interviews, money, you name it. And this hill seems never ending. It can be all too overwhelming sometimes and all you want is to take some of this load off of you, to empty some water from this tall glass. But all that seems to happen is that more drops are added, driving you closer and closer to the breaking point, to the glass overflowing. You know this feeling that takes over your whole body and mind, as if you were drowning, struggling for a moment of air, of silence. Everything seems so blue and grey, so unstable, out of control in a roller coaster you cannot get down from.

I know that it feels like you are trapped in your own head, but let me tell you, you cannot let this overcome you. Look at what you have achieved so far, you came a long way, take a moment and acknowledge that. No, this will not be the last time everything feels like its falling apart, stressful, scary, a little too much. But you cannot give up on that little fresher inside of you. Make them proud.

Here’s how to find some time of peace in a world that’s always busy.

GET FRESH AIR

  • Getting outside for a walk at the park, at the beach, or anywhere that will calm you down. I always find the beach the calmest place of them all because it makes me and my problems seem so tiny in front of such wide and vast ocean. Get a notebook out and write… anything really. Paint, draw. You will be surprised where your thoughts will take you. Going to the cinema is another way of switching off reality for a little while and flying to galaxies.

 

TAKE TIME OUT

  • Having mentioned going out, maybe the most suitable thing for you is staying inside and relaxing. It truly depends on each person. I know that a good bath (perhaps add a bath bomb), a cup of tea and some nice candles can do wonders.

LAUGH LOTS

  • Meet up with some good friends, have a good laugh, nice food. Taking a few hours off will not kill you or set your planning back. That’s how you can humour yourself in moments of stress. To have people around and have fun. It will boost your mood. Your friend might be going through the same thing. If not, they will simply listen. When your mind is going to places that you don’t like, a good friend is the best remedy to pull you back up.

MAKE A PLAN

  • Identify the source of all this. Once you find it and acknowledge it, separate it from everything else that’s going on. I like to write down the sources of my anxiety on a piece of paper. It helps me to make a plan on how I am going to deal with it (or ‘them’ if there are many concerns). That way it will seem a lot smaller than you think. Manage your time, don’t over commit yourself, plan and prioritise. Remember that time for yourself doesn’t just get added to the list of priorities – it should always be at the top.

ACCEPTANCE

  • Accepting the ups and downs is one of the most important things. It might not always be an exam that you will be stressing over. It might be a job, family, money, you name it. Stress will always find its way back into our lives and by knowing it’s coming, accepting the fact that it is normal, and being well equipped to fight it will make things a lot easier.

You are not defined by your mistakes and setbacks, but by how you stand back up and try again. Life is difficult, yes. It can be hectic, intimidating, uncertain and just too much sometimes. But you have to keep going, knocking these obstacles down, taking a breath at a time and, if it all gets too much to handle, too much to breathe, please let somebody know.

For more stress management tips, resources and professional contacts that can help if things get a bit too much, head to CluedUp’s mental health page.

Incredible Women: Give Yourselves Some Credit!

By Abigail Sked, Student Blogger for the University of Aberdeen

We read so many negative and worrying stories in the news that it can be easy for good-news stories to get lost.

With International Women’s Day having been celebrated around the world earlier this week, I’d love to highlight a few women who studied/are studying in Aberdeen and who have been doing amazing things lately.

  • Eilidh Earl-Mitchell graduated from RGU’s Gray’s School of Art in 2017 and has already been recognised as one YWCA Scotland’s 30 Inspirational Women Under 30 for her incredible work designing innovative (and stylish) 3D print prosthetic limbs.
  • In 2009 Timipre Wolo gained her LLM in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen and in 2017 she was shortlisted in the Professional Achievement category of the 2017 British Council Alumni Awards. Since leaving the University of Aberdeen she has co-founded the Greener Nigeria NGO, worked for the government and has supported various youth empowerment initiatives.  On top of that, she was featured in Her Network’s special Q&A edition for International Women’s Day!
  • Meanwhile, Adaku Ufere, who also studied her LLM in Oil and Gas at Aberdeen University was named Attorney of the Year by The African Legal Awards 2017.
  • A graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Zee Allison who is our Senior Toolkit Developer here at the University was shortlisted for Computing’s Women in IT Excellence Rising Star Award 2017. The award both celebrates the success of women who are pioneering in technology, as well as aiming to inspire other women to do the same.
  • In December 2017 Aberdeen’s Zoey Clark and Kelsey Stewart were picked to represent Scotland in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
  • Elaine Wylie who graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1976 was Pride of Britain’s 2015 Teacher of the Year on the back of her Daily Mile initiative at her school which has since been taken up across the UK. The scheme built in time in the school day for children to run or walk a mile every day, getting them out into the fresh air and virtually ridding the school of the problem of child obesity.
  • Aberdeen Uni graduate, Amy Papiranski, recently competed in the final of BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year.
  • You can see Laura Main, former student of history here at the Uni and star of Call the Midwife, in Shrek the Musical which is touring the UK at the moment.

 

 

However, I really believe that some of the most talented and inspiring women in our lives often don’t make the news but that they deserve just as much credit!

Here are some quotes from young women just like us about their personal achievements since graduating from higher education here in Aberdeen and about what makes them happy:

  • “I’ve survived my first 6 months of teaching and my class are doing SO well. I’m proud of them and of me.  I’m loving it!!” – Amy, graduated in 2017, MA (Hons) Education
  • “I’ve travelled to Australia to experience new things and expand more of what I learnt at uni. I’m also more aware of the amazing women I met at uni that are close friends regardless of distance” – Gemma, graduated in 2017, Masters in Applied Marine Biology
  • “I’ve worked in public affairs for a couple of years after graduating and set up an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration with the charity I worked for. Worked very closely with Chuka Umunna MP while I was the secretary to the APPG, which was very cool. Proudest moment was getting the Australian Ambassador to attend our evidence session on a week’s notice. Also I applied to the Civil Service Fast Stream for the third (!) time in 2016 and third time being lucky got on it and started on the scheme with the 2017 cohort. My first posting was at the Department for Exiting the EU which was amazing. Very challenging and fast paced but I really enjoyed it and am proud of my achievements in the role.” – Anna, graduated in 2015
  • “I’ve had some of my stories published which is totally surreal and amazing and I never would have done without uni. Also I managed to get a charity sector job which really helps people and which I’m genuinely proud to do!!!!” – Beth, graduated in 2017, Masters in Creative Writing
  • “My proudest moment since graduating RGU as an undergraduate would be going on to achieve an MSc with distinction in Clinical Pharmacy whilst changing jobs (from a Specialist Clinical Pharmacist to Lead Pharmacist for Surgery and Anaesthetics at the hospital I work at), planning a wedding, and training for my first half marathon. Running kept me sane!” – Jane
  • “I graduated three years ago which already feels like a lifetime! I found myself recently qualified in a career which didn’t really have a typical prescribed formula for progression, and if I’m honest I’m just really proud of myself for navigating my way through it and managing to keep myself afloat in a creative climate which isn’t making things particularly easy for young people and recent graduates. I’m excited for whatever comes next!” – Amy, graduated in 2017, BA (Hons) Communication Design.

 

 

How You Can Reduce Plastic Waste in a few Easy Steps

By Ivana Drdakova, Student Blogger for the University of Aberdeen

The Aberdeen University Students’ Association joined in with the annual GoGreen week during the second week of February. As with many other projects, the aim is to share the message of how we can live better, more sustainable lifestyles. I would like to continue on this train of thought and share some tips on how you can reduce the amount of plastic you use.

1. Replace plastic bags

People in the UK are now buying and using less plastic bags (83% less) in comparison to 2014. However, the problem still prevails. Plastic bags can be easily replaced by their more sustainable and longer lasting versions – textile bags. They can be bought in shops, ordered from Amazon, or you may well find brand promoters handing them out during Fresher’s week.


2. Replace plastic bottles

Plastic bottles play a large role in the production of unnecessary waste. They can easily be replaced by buying stainless steel water bottles which can seem a bit expensive at first but, in the end, they last longer than plastic bottles and are easier to clean.

3. Bring your own cutlery

This might strike you as a bit weird at first, but it works. When you take a look at many take-away places or fast food chains, they usually give you plastic cutlery that you use once and then throw away. However, if you carry around your own set of cutlery in your bag, you can use it more than once and you will always have it on hand. There are many versions of small cutlery sets which are easy to carry around and which you can buy online.

4. Get rid of plastic straws

This is not as easy to do when you’re away from home but it still helps to reduce some waste if you try to do it within your household. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy having a nice smoothie or drink at home, drunk through a straw? Again, there are stainless steel straws that you can find online that you can buy and re-use instead of always buying new plastic straws.

5. Plastic packaging

Many retailers pack everything into plastic packs. Some of them are recyclable. However, if you want to reduce your plastic consumption, you can always buy your fruits and veggies without the packaging. This is usually easiest in farmer markets which also often have the added benefit of being cheaper. Instead of using plastic bags when taking loose products from the bakery, you can again find textile bags that are specially made for occasions like this.

 

Hopefully, this blog post gave you some ideas on how you can live a more sustainable lifestyle.

You may think that it doesn’t matter what one person does when so many other people don’t try to help. However, if even one person uses less plastic, it will have an important impact on the planet’s future.

The University and AUSA Join Forces to Address Sexual Violence and Harassment

By Claudia Farley, Student Intern for the ‘Addressing Sexual Violence and Harassment on Campus’ Project

As you are probably aware by now, last week the University and AUSA signed a joint Statement of Commitment to Address Sexual Violence and Harassment on Campus. If you’re not, you can read our last blog which tells you everything you need to know! The Statement is the first step in a series of actions being taken to address this issue. Alongside the Statement, the University and AUSA launched a joint survey to gain an insight into the prevalence and nature of sexual violence and harassment on campus. Informed by this data, the institution will be improving policy by expanding reporting procedures and support services to ensure that all staff and students are able to “live, work and study in a safe and non-threatening environment” (The Statement of Commitment, February 2018).

For the past two weeks representatives from the University, AUSA and SASA (Students Against Sexual Assault) have been holding a series of ‘mini events’ across campus to raise awareness of both the Statement and the Survey. Staff and students were encouraged to add their signature to the Statement of Commitment poster. The response was fantastic! Students, staff and AUSA all signed the Statement. The wide range of signatories represents the institution-wide commitment to tackling sexual violence and harassment on campus.  As a lasting reminder of this commitment the completed posters will soon be on permanent display in the SUB.

The response to the survey so far has also been great. However, there’s still time to add to this data. If you haven’t completed the survey you can still do so by following this link. It only takes 10 minutes and your response will play an important role in addressing this issue. You have until Wednesday 21st February 2018 to complete it and it is open to all staff and students at the University of Aberdeen, so please do share it will your fellow students.

What can I do to help?

As well as completing the survey, if you want to do something more you can volunteer for SASA. For more information on their work and how to join please email zhasmina.paneva.15@aberdeen.ac.uk or head to the SASA Facebook page.

I need help now!

If you have been sexually assaulted we strongly recommend that you report it to the Police. However, we know this is a big step, so we also recommend that you contact Student Support (for students) or HR (for staff). They will be able to support you.
If you have been sexually assaulted and you are worried about your physical health, we strongly recommend that you see your GP or visit the Sexual Health Clinic.

There are a number of support options to help with your recovery. For University support you can speak to Student Support (or HR if you are a staff member). If you have any mental health concerns, you can discuss them with your GP. Or you can visit any of these external agencies:

REMEMBER:

In an emergency always call 999.

You can also download the SafeZone App, allowing you to contact campus security when you need urgent help.

 

 

Volunteering While at University: What is there to gain?

By Eleni Marinopoulou, Student blogger for the University of Aberdeen

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill

Literally at this second, with everything that is happening in the world, being a human with all its meaning can be considered the hardest thing to be. But life around us shows that we are always closer to kindness than hate. No matter how difficult life gets we are always there to give and love. There is a purpose behind giving, there is love, there is a vision, there is a better future. One way people choose to give back to the world is through volunteering. Your time is the greatest gift you can give.

My personal experience with volunteering has taught me so much. How we are all unique and have our own stories. To respect and listen to others and learn from them. The greatest teacher is not in a classroom but right next to you every day. Gratitude of what we already have and a reminder of the things that really matter. And how small actions have a big power and with volunteering you come to see this with your own eyes. I have met incredible people – some of the strongest and some of the most inspiring and kind ones.

Volunteering is like a fire inside of us. Our desire to help, is keeping that fire alive and puts more wood on it. One can have different reasons for volunteering. A personal connection to the cause, because they believe in the organization’s ideas and future vision and want to contribute, or because it offers experience for their future endeavours.

You are strong and able to do great things. No money is going to matter but what you give out to the world is. To make somebody’s life better, that is your success in life.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart” -Elizabeth Andrew

 

A few of the many places you could offer your time to are the following:

  • Befriend a child (mentoring programme)
  • ADA Alcohol and Drugs Action
  • Victim Support Scotland
  • SAMH (for Scotland’s mental health)
  • Army Cadets
  • Disability Snowport UK
  • RAF Air Cadets
  • Scouts
  • CFINE
  • Clan Cancer Support
  • The Archie Foundation
  • Maggie’s Aberdeen
  • ACVO (an organisation that supports volunteer organisations in Aberdeen)
  • Age Scotland
  • Or you might consider one of the volunteering opportunities offered here at the University of Aberdeen.

 

 

Statement of Commitment – Sexual Violence and Harassment on Campus

By Claudia Farley, Student Intern for the ‘Addressing Sexual Violence and Harassment on Campus’ Project

Earlier this week the University and AUSA signed a statement of commitment to address sexual violence and harassment on campus.  But what does that mean? And why does it matter to you? This article will reveal all.

What is the statement of commitment?

In short, the statement of commitment is a signed promise made by the University and AUSA to work together to tackle sexual violence and harassment on campus. It is a brief but powerful document which reaffirms staff and students ‘right to live, work and study in a safe and non-threatening environment’. It also strongly states that the University and AUSA will not tolerate any types of sexual violence or harassment on campus, nor will they tolerate hostile environments which encourage these behaviours.

But why does it matter?

These commitments are nothing new, the University and AUSA already have a zero-tolerance approach towards sexual violence and harassment on campus. However, that does not solve the underlying problem. According to NUS (National Union for Students), 14% of female students had experienced serious sexual assault, while 68% had been a victim of sexual harassment. Male students are also affected, although reporting rates are low.

The statement of commitment is just the first step in tackling sexual violence and harassment. It provides the framework for AUSA and the University will work in partnership on this matter. This partnership is extremely important to provide an institutional-wide approach, including collaboration between the student-body, academics and professional staff to address this matter.

What can I expect?

Over the next two weeks you’ll notice a campaign to raise awareness of the Statement of Commitment around campus. This will include six opportunities for you to sign up to the commitment as well:

  • 8th Feb- InfoHub, The Hub. 11:30am-1:30pm
  • 9th Feb- The Food Court, The Hub. 11:30am-1:30pm
  • 12th Feb- Sir Duncan Rice Library. 1pm-3pm
  • 13th Feb- MacRobert. 11:30am-1:30pm
  • 15th Feb- The Works, Hillhead. Time TBC
  • 16th Feb- The Suttie Centre, Foresterhill. Time TBC.

You will also be asked to participate in a survey to inform the University’s and AUSA’s work to tackle sexual violence and harassment on campus.
Over the coming months a new University policy, directly addressing sexual violence and harassment, will be released. There will also be ongoing campaigning by the University, AUSA and the campaign group SASA (Student’s Against Sexual Assault).
There are a lot more plans in the pipeline, so watch this space!

What can I do to help?

As well as taking a stand with us by signing the statement of commitment at one of our events, we’d really appreciate it if you could complete the survey. It’s mostly multiple choice questions, it’s anonymous and only takes 10 minutes. Your response will be extremely valuable to the work AUSA and the University are doing. You can complete the survey online now and please do encourage your fellow students to do the same.

If you want to do something more then you can volunteer for SASA. For more information on their work and how to join please email zhasmina.paneva.15@aberdeen.ac.uk or head to the SASA Facebook page.

I need help now!

If you have been sexually assaulted we strongly recommend that you report it to the Police. However, we know this is a big step, so we also recommend that you contact Student Support (for students) or HR (for staff).  They will be able to support you.
If you have been sexually assaulted and you are worried about your physical health, we strongly recommend that you see your GP or visit the Sexual Health Clinic.

There are a number of support options to help with your recovery. For University support you can speak to Student Support (or HR if you are a staff member). If you have any mental health concerns, you can discuss them with your GP. Or you can visit any of these external agencies:

REMEMBER:

In an emergency always call 999.

You can also download the SafeZone App, allowing you to contact campus security when you need urgent help.

Sexual Violence: What is it? How can we tackle it?

Opinion Piece by Claudia Farley, Student Intern for the ‘Addressing Sexual Violence and Harassment on Campus’ Project

 

10 myths that you should be aware of

Sexual Violence and harassment seems to be in the news every day, occurring all over the place, from Hollywood to football grounds and, unfortunately, on university campuses too.
The University of Aberdeen is taking proactive steps to tackle the issue of sexual violence and harassment on campus, the first of which will be a questionnaire. This will guide the University’s work and will be available in the coming weeks, so watch this space!

In the meantime, here are 10 myths about sexual violence and the facts you need to know to dispel them.

  1. Myth: If two people have had consensual sex before, then they don’t need to ask for consent again and sex can be expected.
    Fact: Consent must be given every time for everything. Just because someone has consented before, doesn’t mean they will consent again. You should always check that your partner is freely consenting. Consent can be withdrawn at any point during sex and if there is no consent it is sexual violence.
  2. Myth: Most rapes are committed by strangers.
    Fact: Approximately 90% of rapes are actually committed by someone the victim already knows, trusts, or is even in a relationship with. As mentioned in the first myth, having sex before doesn’t mean consent is automatically given, so sexual violence in a relationship can and does happen.
  3. Myth: Most rape allegations are not true
    Fact: Only around 3% of rape allegations are false. If someone discloses being a victim of sexual violence to you, the figures speak for themselves; 97% of the time the allegation will be true.
  4. Myth: Men can’t be victims of sexual violence
    Fact: Anyone can be a victim of sexual violence regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, age or any other factor.
  5. Myth: Women can’t commit sexual violence offences
    Fact: Anyone can commit sexual violence. Men can commit rape, rape by penetration and sexual assault. Women can commit rape by penetration and sexual assault. There is no ‘typical’ sex offender.
  6. Myth: If you didn’t fight back you weren’t raped.
    Fact: Everyone responds differently to sexual violence. Some people run, some people fight and some people just freeze. All responses are normal. When you are a victim of a traumatic event, like sexual violence, your body goes into survival mode. You aren’t necessarily in control of your actions and your body’s survival instinct may be to freeze. Regardless of the response, if consent wasn’t given then it was sexual violence.
  7. Myth: Only ‘attractive’ people wearing ‘revealing’ clothes are raped.
    Fact: Sexual violence has a lot more to do with control and power than being attracted to someone. Anyone can be raped and what they were wearing at the time is irrelevant.
  8. Myth: If you were drunk then it’s your fault.
    Fact: For all sexual acts consent must be freely given. Consent cannot be given when you are incapacitated in some way, such as from being drunk. If you are raped or sexually assaulted while drunk it was not your fault. All of the responsibility lies with the perpetrator.
  9. Myth: It’s only rape if you have injuries to show for it.
    Fact: Again, if consent is not given it is rape. Rape and sexual assault can be committed through coercion and deception or a victim can freeze, so the incident attack leaves no physical injuries. They are still victims of sexual violence.
  10. Myth: There is nothing we can do to stop sexual violence
    Fact: Not true. People all across the world are taking proactive measures to prevent sexual violence and support victims. The University of Aberdeen is also taking proactive steps to tackle the issue on campus. Keep an eye out for the survey and make sure you complete it to help aid their work.

All of the facts listed here have been gathered from charities which tackle sexual violence and assault. They are all listed below. If you or someone you know has been effected by sexual violence or harassment then you can speak to Student Support or use one of the services provided by these charities.

Remember, in an emergency, always call 999.

 

 

Dates for the Diary 2018 – Events in and around Aberdeen

By Abigail Sked, Student Blogger for the University of Aberdeen

Light shows, Grampian Pride, beer festivals, a latin dance festival… There are loads of events to get involved in this year in Aberdeen!  Don’t miss out.  Read on for a selection of events that are planned for Aberdeen and surrounding areas in 2018.

  • Belmont Street Market – Last Saturday of each month.
    A monthly farmer’s market boasting an assortment of food, drinks and crafts for sale.
  • Spectra Festival of Light – 8th-11th of February
    An award winning festival of light.  Spectra brings interactive sound and light shows to various locations around Aberdeen city centre.
  • Aberdeen Murder Mystery Experience – 10th of February
    Spend the day as a detective, hunting down clues hidden around Aberdeen and tracking down the ‘killer’.
  • Banchory Beer Festival – Beer @ The Barn – 16th and 17th of February
    The main event is in August but the smaller sister festival, Beer @ The Barn, also runs in February.  It’s not just about beer.  They have a range of drinks, food and entertainment.
  • North Hop Aberdeen – 30th-31st of March
    Beer, cocktails, street food vendors and music.
  • Nuart Aberdeen – 12th-15th of April
    This weekend the streets will be transformed as local and international artists work their magic on Aberdeen’s walls
  • Student Show – 18th-21st of April
    Part of the Raising and Giving charity fundraising campaign,  the student show sells out every year.  This year’s Aberdonian take on a classic is Fittie Fittie Bang Bang.
    Other shows at at HMT this year include Hairspray, The Kite Runner, Flashdance and various comedians.
  • Run Balmoral – 21st and 22nd of April
    10k, 5k and shorter races for children through the beautiful countryside of Royal Deeside.
  • May Festival – 25th-27th of May
    Organised by the University of Aberdeen.  A range of events spanning literature, music, science, sport, film and visual culture will be held throughout the week.
  • Grampian Pride – 26th of May
    This year Aberdeen will celebrate LGBT+, equality and inclusion with a Pride march, information stalls and entertainment.
  • Aberdeen Highland Games – 17th of June
    Highland dancing, piping, heavy weights, tug-o-war…
  • Aberdeen International Youth Festival – 27th of July-4th of August
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe – 3rd-27th of August
    Okay, so it’s not in Aberdeen but if you’re new to Scotland you won’t want to miss the Edinburgh festival.  A month of culture, with comedians, musicians, poets and artists coming from all over the world to showcase their talent.  It’s really popular so you’ll want to book your accommodation early or get an early bus/train and go for a day trip.
  • True North Music Festival – 20th-23rd of September
  • Aberdeen AfroLatin Festival – 21st-24th of September
    Love to dance?  Aberdeen hosts its second annual AfroLatin dance festival.  Expect 3 days of socials and classes with national and international teachers.
  • Colours of Cluny – Mid-November
    A stunning light and sound show brings the trees and paths of Cluny Hill to life.
  • Christmas and winter events – November and December
    Starting with a fireworks display at the beach on the 5th of November, winter events in Aberdeen also usually include a Christmas market, carol concerts, parades and a pantomime.

 

Search for more events: