National Student Money Week 6th–10th February

National Student Money Week is a national campaign working to encourage students to find out about or seek assistance with their financial problems.  Here at UPSU, we will be organising events and giving out info throughout the week. We understand there's lots to think about when it comes to life at university, not least money. However, finances don't need to be a worry for our students.

What's going on:

  • Student Finance England will be running a number of webinars over the week 
  • Daily money saving tips from UPSU Advice service

We are running a number of events over the week to try to help you make your money go further.

  • Wednesday 8th February: Grow your Own in Sublime 12-2pm
  • Thursday 9th February: Dr Bike 11- 12.30 SU roof (learn how to maintain your bike)
  • Friday 10th February: Clothes Swap Shop 9am-4pm on Illusion stage (if you would like to donate clothes then you can bring them into the Hive all this week)

The UPSU Advice Centre will also be around to talk to students about any issues they may be having. 

If you need any advice, please don't hesitate to contact the UPSU Advice service
Contact UPSU: Advice 
Call: 01752 588373 / 0800 953 0155

Beef Lasagne

Meat sauce

  • 500g minced beef (£1.99)
  • 1 onion, chopped (6p)
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed (4p)
  • 100g mushrooms, sliced (21p)
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (31p)
  • 1tbsp tomato puree (4p)
  • 1 beef stock cube (2p), dissolved in 250ml hot water
  • 1tsp mixed herbs (2p)
  • 1tsp sugar (1p)
  • salt and pepper to season (1p)
  • 1tbsp oil (2p)

White sauce

  • 50g butter/marg/spread (10p)
  • 50g plain flour (2p)
  • 500ml milk (22p)
  • pepper (1p)
  • 50g grated cheddar cheese (24p)


  • 10 lasagne sheets (26p)
  • 50g grated cheddar cheese for the top (24p)
  • £3.82 total – 96p each (plus we always have at least one lunchtime size portion as left overs)

Add the oil to a big based pan and gently fry to the onion and garlic.
Once the onions have turned translucent, add the beef and brown.
Add all the other ingredients, stir and leave to simmer for 30 minutes.
For the white sauce, in a separate pan, gently melt the butter then add the flour and mix in.
Stir in the milk, a little at a time to make sure no lumps appear.
Once all the milk has been added, continue to stir and it will thicken after a few minutes.
When thick, remove from the heat and stir in the cheese.
To make the lasagne, add about a third of the meat sauce to the bottom of an oven proof dish. Add the a few lasagne sheets on top to cover then a third of the white sauce. Then repeat – meat, sheets, sauce twice more and sprinkle the cheese over the top.
Bake in the centre of a 180C preheated oven for 45 minutes.

We used about 10 sheets for our dish but you may need to use slightly more or less. We served our lasagne with a little salad (22p per 80g portion). Prices are correct at time of cooking and are based on supermarket basic label, where they were available. We don't shop at one supermarket and shop around to get the best bargains.
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