This year, we want to put Decolonising NCL on the University’s agenda. We seek commitments and assurances from the University to move beyond the mere touch up of reading lists and demand to see the practice of decolonisation embedded, at every level of the decision making at the University.
At NUSU we understand Decolonising NCL as the fundamental reconsideration of who is teaching, what the subject matter is, and how it’s being taught. This effort will actively recognise and include the voices of those previously omitted on account of the racist, ableist, transphobic, homophobic and sexist structures of knowledge production and systems of education, shaped by the legacy of colonialism.
To support this priority, we will be developing events and activities over the year to highlight how Decolonising NCL has a wider positive impact on the entire University community.
- We had a student vote on whether or not the Armstrong building should be renamed.
- Our Welfare & Equality was part of the University’s Racial Equality Charter group which looked at the BAME attainment gap and, decolonising NCl.
Belonging in Newcastle
From meeting people on your course, to your living arrangements, we want you to feel that you belong at Newcastle University, wherever you are studying.
We will be campaigning to ensure you have the opportunity to makes friends both through the University and through NUSU. We will help you make informed decisions and support you during your time at Newcastle University.
Then, we will work with you and local community to create a sense of belonging and community cohesion between you and your neighbours.
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Leave Newcastle Happy
Helping the Homeless
To support the Environment and to help tackle the climate emergency, this year we will be developing and campaigning for environment initiatives across the University that show an active desire to become a more sustainable campus.
We will be promoting awareness of and engagement in sustainability-related issues on campus and promoting reducing waste, changing habits and improving ethical behaviour and actions.
- Last year’s President, Katie Smyth, gave an overview of the work NUSU is leading on and supporting.
- For 2020/21 we have introduced optional Environmental & Sustainability Reps on SSCs.
- Thanks to pressure from Newcastle Fossil Free, the University has committed to divesting from fossil fuel companies across all funds by 2021. The University’s branch of Extinction Rebellion North East held two ‘die-ins’ on the Newcastle campus and the Northumbria campus during Freshers' Week 2019.
- NUSU Officers and NUSU staff took part in a 30-minute workday solidarity stoppage to coincide with the global school student strike.?
Go Green Week
End Hunger UK