There are over 200 student societies and sports clubs at Newcastle University, covering a wide range of interests. Here are my top three.
Mind The Gap is a society that aims to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Frequent discussions take place on a variety of topics, allowing a safe, non-judgmental space where members can listen, share and learn about different perceptions and experiences of mental health. There are also many fun socials, such as movie nights and a ‘murder mystery’! The Mind The Gap annual conference is a free day-event held in the SU that is planned, organised and run by student volunteers. Having recently taken place for a third year, the conference consists of guest speakers, charity stalls, guided meditation, and workshops led by students and mental health professionals.
The Feminist Society holds regular discussions on topics such as sexism, lad culture and intersectionality, as well as being prominent in campaigning on such issues. There are also chances to get to know your fellow feminists further through socials and book clubs. Newcastle University’s FemSoc has won the ‘2016 NUS Best Feminist Society of the Year’ as well as the ‘2015 Pride of Newcastle University Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Societies’, making it a society to be proud of!
The 20 Minute Society is an exciting and unique society at Newcastle. Every few weeks, members will receive a text 20 minutes before the mystery event starts. Such events include ice skating and nights out. There is also an annual mystery holiday where the location is not revealed until you arrive at the airport. Past holiday locations include Cologne and Budapest.
For a full list of societies on offer at Newcastle, click here. Or why not set up your own society if you have an idea that’s not on the list!