This is the page for the Students' Union at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. For more information on other things at Newcastle click on the category page at the bottom of the page. "Newcastle Union Society" was re-named and became "Newcastle University Students' Union" (NUSU) in 2011 during governance changes to the organisation.
The Students' Union at Newcastle University is the centre of student life for most activities ranging from the University's Sports Clubs to socialising to Societies (hobby and interest groups) and student media productions. Its long-standing Motto is "Mens Agitat Molem" which translates to "Mind Over Matter". The organisation is run by elected student representatives (Sabbatical Officers), on behalf of all Newcastle University students.
The Students' Union Building
Located on King's Walk at the heart of the campus - thе large, red-brick building is a focal point of the University. The most recent building refurbishment costing £8m was completed in September 2011 to provide a Students' Union that aims to have a positive impact on University life for every student.
The top Floor is home to a computer cluster named "The Hub" that is accessible 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to current Newcastle students (swiping their student smartcards at the King's Road entrance). There is a small coffee shop serving Starbucks coffee with refreshments and is open during weekdays. This floor is designed to be a "social learning space" and so unlike some other computer clusters on campus, students are able to eat and drink at their computer and talk with friends or course mates. It is not normally a quiet workspace as collaborative and group work is encouraged through it's layout and features.
The Activities Office on Level 1 is the place to visit for all enquiries regarding Sports Clubs, Societies (hobby and interest groups) and volunteering opportunities through SCAN (Student Community Action Newcastle) and overseas volunteering with MADventurer.
Through the front entrance and up a short staircase is the Reception area, behind which is the Representation and Democracy Office - home to the President, Education Officer and Welfare Officer from the full-time elected student representatives of the Sabbatical Officer team.
The Student Advice Centre (SAC) can also be found in this area - drop-in times are often available and a receptionist can arrange appointments with any of the full-time academic, housing or financial advisers. The Newcastle University campus Policeman (currently PC Al Gibson) holds drop-in sessions in the SAC for students to raise any concerns or ask for safety advice.
On the opposite side of the building (to the right-hand side when entering the front of the building) is the SU Shop, providing a variety of convenience goods including newspapers from 40p, stationary and the amazingly good-value £1 sandwiches! (As in 2013)
This level comprises the legendary Mens Bar... the name is derived from the Latin motto "Mens Agitat Molem" which translates to "Mind Over Matter".
Set out as a modern bar with a variety of seating, it plays host to busy Saturday nights, a meeting point for Club and Societies' socials throughout the week, acoustic open-mic nights and pub quizes.
Also on this level are the Santander Universities Newcastle branch and cash machine, a Subway sandwich shop and the MADventurer overseas volunteering office with Centurion IT repair and SploSsh print... shop services.
"The Venue" is a large flexible space with movable dividing-walls that are used to divide the area into smaller separate rooms for use by Clubs and Societies for their meetings and activities both during the day and in the evenings.
Fully open, this provides the ideal space for the regular Club nights, gigs and performances that are mostly scheduled during the University term-time.
A Listening service for students at Newcastle that runs from 8pm to 8am. The phone number can be found in the back of every student card - they offer a wide variety information from taxi and takeaway numbers, to a friendly listening ear when other wellbeing services are closed.
The SU operate a minibus Monday - Friday to give lifts from the University campus (near the City centre to wherever you live!). Pick-up stops are from outside the Students' Union, the Medical School building and the Robinson Library to anywhere within a reasonable distance for just 70p.
Sports Clubs and Societies
There are over 60 Sports Clubs and more than 140 societies at Newcastle SU and students are encouraged to set up another one if there isn't anything that takes their fancy. There are more than 10,000 memberships to Societies and 3,600 memberships to Sports Clubs each academic year, in a student population of around 20,000.