Athletic Union

Fergus Mainland

The Role

The Athletic Union role deals with all things sport-related and leads the development, training and support for Sports Clubs. Main responsibilities have included club grant allocation, overseeing BUCS/Non-BUCS fixtures and chairing the AU Executive Committee. This role leads on many projects such as Inclusive Sports Week, This Girl Can as well as Mission Nutrition. In recent years, the AU Officer has also been inputting ideas to the development of sports facilities at NCL and organises the AU Ball.

About Me

I came to Newcastle University because of its strong sporting reputation. After completing my undergrad in Politics and spending last season as President of the Boat Club, I now have the fantastic opportunity to have a positive impact on the student sporting experience. and give them the opportunities I had before the pandemic. I know how much of a positive impact sport can have on all of us, so over the course of this academic year, I want to reignite passion and participation across sport.

My Aims

Create a 'Team Newcastle' Supports Kit

Introduce a 'Doors Open' Weekend

Publicise Home Fixtures

Promote Positive Changes in Women's Sport

Easy access to a Sports Psychologist

Better sports psychology resources


My Updates

Find out what I've been up to this year.


Sabbatical Officers
NUSU Stands in Solidarity with Refugees and Asylum Seekers

We at NUSU are deeply concerned about the devastating situation in Afghanistan and know it is very distressing for many of our students. As a community, we are reaching out to express our support for welcoming refugees and asylum seekers to Newcastle and believe this should be the case across Newcastle and the UK.

Sabbatical Officers
A welcome message from your new Sabbatical Officer team!

Hear for the first time from your new Officers!

Sports Club News
Athletic Union Officer wins fight for gender inclusive sportswear

We're excited to announce the progress we’ve made this year to ensure kit is inclusive for all.

Sports Club News
Our roadmap to restarting in-person Sport for students

We have been so excited to share the fantastic news, that after weeks of meetings and planning we have a roadmap to restarting sport and exercise programmes in person.