Hi, I’m Sophie McDermott and I am your Activities Officer for 2018-19.
I look after all things societies at the Students’ Union. If you’re looking for ways to meet new people, enhance your CV or just have fun, societies and volunteering are great ways to start. We have a range of opportunities on offer, such music, theatre and dance societies, political, religious and cultural societies and many charity and fundraising societies. I think it’s almost impossible to not find a society that suits you at Newcastle, but if you can’t, set up your own- it’s that easy!
We also have a variety of volunteering opportunities available through GoVolunteer. These range from bee keeping to running after school clubs, from helping the homeless to working with refugees in Newcastle. We have connections with many charities so you volunteer that way or join one of our many projects. Again, if there’s something you feel is missing- apply for a grant to start up a new project!
Or, if commitment isn’t really your thing, attend a one-off club or society session through Give It A Go! There are hundreds of events on throughout the year with massively subsidised prices. We don’t just offer society taster sessions but opportunities for making bath bombs at Lush, cocktail making at Revolution or learning a new language! Make sure you check out the big trips at Christmas and after summer exams!
Being involved in societies has been a highlight of my time at Newcastle University. Having been a member of the Modern Languages and Dance Societies and later going onto join the committees, I have had the chance to perform to thousands of people across the country, travel abroad and make friends for life as well as boosting my CV with skills such as time management, event organisation and public speaking. Without societies, my life as a student wouldn’t have been as fun!
I would recommend joining a society or volunteering project to anyone. Of course your degree is important but we all need something to do apart from studying. Joining a society is the best way to make the most of your time at University so get involved!
If you ever have questions about societies don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m always happy to help!