Find out about what's been going on and coming up in Campaigns this year so far.
It has been a busy first term this academic year with lots going on and around campus. Here is a quick update on the campaigns that have been run so far this year and a few that are yet to come.
Claiming Your Space
Claiming Your Space is a project that amplifies the experiences of BAME students by creating a space for the community to showcase their thoughts, ideas, and creativity. Throughout the year we will be collating BAME experiences through our exhibitions, as well as by running events and workshops to highlight key issues facing the community.
2 winners will win £100 and runners up £50.
This years Claiming Your Space campaign was kicked off with a bang with our launch event on 19/10/21 where last years winners and entries artwork was showcased as well as hearing an inspiring talk from Honey Williams who guest spoke at the event.
‘Like receiving a big warm hug’ - Student about Launch event
Since then, we have been receiving entries into the competition and planning our first workshop for people to participate in the new year so keep an eye out for that!
Enter the Competition
Want to share your creativity and encapsulate your University experience as a BAME student then you can enter the competition and find out more information by visiting our Campaign Page.
Lift the Ban
The Lift the Ban Campaign which has been running since last year has been working towards getting the Univeristy to join the Lift the Ban coalision and support the remove of the ban on reffugiees working.
Big wins this year include the University of Sanctarys deciding to join the coalision which Newcastle univeristy are a member of, so now we are just waiting to see if the University will agree to be a part of the coalision before the campaign goes forward.
An event that took place was a online talk on the 09/12/21 with speakers Jen Laws (Asylum Matters Campaign) and City Councillor Joyce McCarty talking on Why NCL should join the lift the Ban coalition.
Black Hisorty Month
Your Welfare Officer Brianna Gordhan has run the hugely successful Black History Month campaign with over 400 students actively engaging across the programme of events. This year it focused on ‘Our Black History’ and what allyship and being anti-racist means to students here a Newcastle University.
Here are few kind words that were left by those who attending he events:
‘I felt so at home here, thank you for that!’
‘This needs to continue, our stories are so important.’
‘Keep sharing Black experiences.’
‘Such an amazing event, I had a really good time’.
‘Congratulations on putting together a great panel.’
‘I, too, thought the panel was phenomenal’
‘Great job on the panel the other day, all great speakers.’
The campaign featured an engaging 3-part video on what allyship and being anti-racist means to those in the community and a great panel debate on Decolonising NCL. All of which are still available to view online if you missed them the first time around:
Our Black History 2021 (Part 1) "What is anti-racism and allyship?"
Our Black History 2021 (Part 2) "Dismantling Anti-Black attitudes"
Our Black History 2021 (Part 3) "Individual Anti-racism: Advice from Black student to Black student"
Decolonising NCL x Black History Month Panel Discussion
What is S.H.A.G? SHAG stands for Sexual Health, Awareness, and Guidance. It’s useful bits of information intended to help you keep sexually healthy. This year as we return to some sort of normality, we focused the campaign on the basics; getting tested, why this is important and how to make the process as easy as possible for you.
Don’t forget we have sexual health resources available all year round in the Welfare and Support centre just next to the Co-op. You can read our full resources page here.
Congratulations to the winners of the S.H.A.G Week STI competition and thanks to everyone who came in to the SU to take a test.
• First Prize £150 – Cheerleading
• Second Prize £75 – Women’s Rugby
688 tests were taken throughout the week and 81 clubs and societies got involved.
But wait theres more in the new year!
Just For Post Grads
31 January – 4 February, 2022
Just For Post Grads is a week of fun and engaging events for our Post Graduate community brought to you by Postgraduate Officer Eleanor McCarthy. Eleanor represents the views of all postgraduate students and pushes for positive changes on their behalf at the most senior University meetings.
Events will focus on wellbeing and bringing the PG community together. With fun evnts provided by GIAG and Go Volunteer to the highlgiht of the week The Big Post Grad Quiz on the Wednesday.
Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to find out more in the coming weeks and months.
07 February - 11 February, 2022
Home Turths is a campaign being planned by your sabbatical team to discover the true problem behind private student letting. To highligiht how wide spread the issues are and effect change at a policy level.
We will be running a survey for all our students to let us know about the issues you have faced in private accomidation, the damp, rodents and all other issues so we have the evidence we need to make change.
So keep an eye out for the campaign and let us know your horror storys.
Thats all for now folks, so seasons greetings, enjoy your break and a happy new year!