At NUSU we are committed to supporting the different parts of student life. This includes living in the community and Uni Halls.
Our Community Reps represent your voice in their local area of Newcastle. Working alongside the City Council and local residents they aim to enrich the local community and increase student involvement in it.
Hall Reps represent students in University Managed Halls of Residence. Regular meetings with accommodation services and NUSU allow the big issues affecting students in Halls to be discussed and a positive change to be achieved.
Working together as one team on projects and campaigns gives the Hall and Community Reps the best start to the year.
Read here on how the Reps have led and supported projects and campaigns
Keep Jesmond Clean
We work closely with local resident groups and support many projects including community litter picks and gardening projects. This year we are also supporting the Keep Jesmond Clean broken glass campaign to raise awareness of the increasing problem of broken glass on streets and the damage it causes.
Reps have also been involved in a gardening project aiming to create ‘pocket’ gardens across Jesmond.
Student Food Bank
The Student Foodbank re-launched at Park View Village in October with plans to widen it out to the local community in the New Year.
Anti-social behaviour in the community.
We have been discussing alternatives to fining for ASB (including noise) complaints. Operation Oak* has also been a point of discussion and Reps have fed back the feelings of students living in the areas that Operation Oak covers.
* Operation Oak is part-funded by Northumbria University and the University of Newcastle. Focused in Jesmond, Sandyford and Heaton where there are large student populations, it funds extra police patrols on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout the university term.
Voter registration is an issue every year for students who have usually changed address more than once during their time at Newcastle. This year it was especially important for us to make sure students knew how to register to vote in the General Election. Community and Hall Reps with Society members braved the harsh November, North East, weather to support the register to vote campaign.
Shoebox Christmas Appeal
We end the term on another good will project. Led by Scarlett Ballantine from Helping our Homeless Society and supported by the Hall and Community Exec, the annual Christmas shoebox appeal returned.
Shoeboxes will be donated to local charities, such as Shelter North East and Destiny’s StreetWorx, who will give them to those most in need during the Christmas period.
We look forward to a busy term 2 and wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday.