As my second year as a Newcastle student is coming to an end, I find myself willing time to just PLEASE slow down.
If you are a prospective Newcastle politics student, I am sure you’re excited and anxious about whether it’s the right place for you. I know that I had the same worries and doubts, but they are now such a distant memory. I asked myself – what is different about studying at Newcastle, compared with studying the same degree at a different university? After two years studying politics at Newcastle, I am probably qualified enough to try and tell you about the USP (unique selling point) of politics at Newcastle… It’s the people.
The people really make the department, and there are lots of ways to get to know everyone and get involved.
One way is by joining the running club. I’m admittedly a bit of a fair weather runner (the gym is more my scene), but friends have enjoyed their weekly run and chatter with Dr David Walker, a very funny lecturer you will soon have the pleasure of knowing. The runs are also a great way of exploring new places, the Town Moor is the usual route, but I know that running along the Quayside is not uncommon.
The Politics film club is also another social event on the weekly calendar. Every week another film is shown, sometimes political, sometimes not so political. I think it’s just a really chilled way to get together and watch something that isn’t KUWTK or Jeremy Kyle (both are still tremendous trash TV). And, the best bit? Free pizza for everyone, need I say more?
There are also pub quizzes, socials and balls – all things that go beyond expectations to keep you busy and make you feel part of the warm and friendly community, and it’s something that I think makes studying politics at Newcastle a little bit special.