A Community Rep is a student representative for a designated area where there is a high number of Newcastle University students living. There are 6 areas in which you can become a Community Rep. If you are interested in becoming a Rep but do not live in the areas listed below please get in touch and we can discuss how you can get involved

  • Jesmond
  • West Jesmond
  • Heaton
  • City Centre
  • Sandyford 
  • Spital Tongues

The aim of this volunteer role is to ensure that the student voice is heard in your local area. You will also work alongside the City Council and local residents to enrich the local community and the student involvement within it. This could involve attendance at ward committee meetings, running campaigns within your local community, and ensuring local decision making happens with students in mind.

Time commitment (average over period of office): 1-2 hours per week

Opportunities & benefits

You will have the opportunity to contribute to and have a positive impact on the student experience within your local area. You will play a vital role in the efforts to improve communication between students, residents and the City Council. You will receive training and personal development opportunities through the Students’ Union and you will have the opportunity to register for the NCL+ Award.  


You and the other Community Rep for your ward will be responsible for the following:

  • Gathering student opinion in the area that you are representing
  • Represent the views of the students at meetings with local councillors
  • Attend Community Executive meetings and give updates on what you have been doing
  • Safeguard student interests within the community
  • Promote community activity in your ward that might be of benefit to students
  • Organise and deliver events and campaigns 
  • Update the students in your area of the progress that has been made

Person Specification

Below are the essential and desirable skills we feel you need to have to be an effective Community Rep:


  • Communication skills
  • The ability to teamwork
  • Organisational skills
  • Diplomacy
  • Reliable


  • Campaign experience
  • Willingness to better community relations
  • Drive to create positive impact where you live

How to apply

Start off by checking this map to see which area you are, or find detailed information on the City Council's website. Once you have this information apply by completing the application form by clicking the 'Apply Here' box below. The deadline for applications is November 30th 2018. From the completed application forms we will then select two Community Reps based on how they match the essential and desirabe skills of the person specification. If you are selected then you will be invited to mandatory Community Rep training where you will find out all about the role and how to complete it effectively.

So, what are you waiting for! Apply to become one of our Community Rep's today!

Apply Here


If you have any questions please email Raff (president.union@ncl.ac.uk) or Kay (cdc.union@ncl.ac.uk).