Meet the Team

Katie Blundell

Hi, I'm Katie, Volunteer Development and Employability Manager. I joined the team in January 2016 and my role is to manage the team and coordinate the development and delivery of our volunteering opportunities, in line with what you, the students would like to do and to help develop your employability skills. We are continually reviewing and developing our volunteering projects to help students develop their skills and employability and make the most of their time here at Newcastle University.  

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Phil Hay

Hi I’m Phil (formerly known as ‘Phil from SCAN’) and I’m your Volunteer Coordinator. My job is to find new projects for students to get involved with, including developing our own programme of internal projects as well as going out and finding worthwhile opportunities with charities and not for profit groups within the local community.

I'm particularly keen to hear from students interested in starting up their own volunteer projects, so if you have an idea please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Sandy Tse

Hi, I’m Sandy and I’m the Project Worker for Stu Brew – the University’s award winning student run brewery. My role is supporting the students in the day to day running of the brewery, providing advice and support on any of the business administration tasks that come up in running a successful commercial brewery.

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Jon Pickering

Hello I’m Grumpy Jon. I’m a project worker with Go Volunteer.  I support Student Volunteers in growing fruit and vegetables in our Community Gardens on Cockle Park Farm near Morpeth. All the produce is distributed free through the Students’ Union. Grown by students, for students in a sustainable way.

We also keep bees at the farm and there are opportunities to learn about beekeeping in the summer months. There is always plenty going on and new things starting every week. Come and have fun, come and keep fit, come and meet new folk, just contact me.

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Mike Duckett

I'm Mike, another project worker with Go Volunteer. I like to help out with as many volunteer activities as I can: last year this included apple scrumping, kids' camps, campfire cooking, cetacean surveying and blacksmithing with children. In my own time I regularly volunteer with local groups such as the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Arthurs Hill Time Exchange, and the Star and Shadow volunteer-run cinema.

This is a particularly good year for students to suggest new ideas for volunteering, so tell me what you're interested in and we'll see what we can do!

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Emily Jeffrey

Hi, I’m Emily and I’m the Widening Access Project Worker here at NUSU. I run the NUSU Participation Bursaries scheme which provides eligible students from Widening Participation backgrounds with a £200 bursary to help with the cost of clubs and societies.

I also manage the Into Schools project where individuals or groups go into schools with their unique extra-curricular outreach workshops and sessions. From helping with travel expenses to supporting the development of session ideas, I am here to help! The sessions aim to showcase the wonderful opportunities that Newcastle students are involved with to inspire school students and show what they are capable of achieving despite their backgrounds.

I am really keen to hear any ideas that you might have for new sessions and workshops so please do get in touch – even if it’s not a fully-formed idea yet!

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Jo Day

Hi, I'm Jo, the Employability & Skills Coordinator. I'm here to help students understand how their extra-curricular activities make them more employable, and to encourage them to make the most of the opportunities here at NUSU. I work closely with the university Careers Service to provide accreditation schemes, development opportunities, awards ceremonies and training.

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Becky Hamer

Hi I’m Becky, one of the new addition’s to Go Volunteer as Project Development and Engagement Worker. This year I will be reaching out to students all across campus trying to engage you in Go Volunteer projects and activities. I will also be introducing some brand new Micro Volunteering activities for you to get involved with in your free time and in between lectures.

If you have any ideas on some new volunteering projects please pop into the office. I love meeting new students and finding out how you want to make a difference!

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Liz Gulliver

I'm Liz, and I'm the Volunteer and Skills Administrator at Go Volunteer. I work as the main point of contact and administrator for the Volunteering branch of the Career Development Module.  If you have any questions about the module or CDM volunteering placements please feel free to come and have a chat. 

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