I’m Rebecca Bainbridge, the Activities Officer at the Students’ Union. This year I will be your point of contact for all things societies and volunteering. Always feel free to pop into my office of drop me an email if you ever have any questions about getting more involved.
My main role is to oversee the ever-growing list of societies that is currently just under 200. The range of societies on offer is enormous with everything from hobbies and interests, to faith and belief, to course and careers. I’m sure that there is something for everyone but if you think there is something missing then set up your own society- it’s that easy!
As well as being involved in societies, As well as being involved in societies, I help out with Go Volunteer, Give It A Go and the ncl+ award which is an accreditation scheme that recognises all the amazing work students do. I also work on one-off events such as IFAM (International Festival of Arts and Music), Society Awards night and, my favourite, graduation ball!
There’s no doubt that you are going to have the most amazing time in Newcastle. You’ve made a great decision in not only coming to the best city in the world (as a local lass I’m obviously biased) but to an amazing institution with a fabulous Students’ Union with endless opportunities. I’ve been lucky enough to experience what NUSU has to offer, and I want to encourage you to do the same!
"I know first-hand how quickly your time at Newcastle will fly by. It just feels like yesterday that I was getting ready for my first night of Freshers’ Week and that was in 2013!"
While you are all here to work hard and get a degree, you need to remember to put aside time for fun and to try new things. Throughout my time in Newcastle I have been social secretary of the Modern Languages Society, a Freshers’ Crew volunteer and President of the Dance Society, as well as a jazz and musical theatre teacher.
I have met so many amazing people who I wouldn’t have got to know otherwise, and developed new skills such as event organisation and public speaking. I can’t pick just one favourite moment, but highlights definitely include organising a summer ball for 250 people, choreographing a routine and training a team achieve 2nd place in a national dance competition, and hosting our annual competition at the SageGateshead and show at Northern Stage. These experiences helped me gain the confidence to run in the March elections and here I am now as one of your Sabbatical Officers!
I know first-hand how quickly your time at Newcastle will fly by. It just feels like yesterday that I was getting ready for my first night of Freshers’ Week and that was in 2013! I want to encourage you to make the most of every second here and don’t be afraid to try something new, whether that’s during Freshers’ Week or throughout your degree!
Make sure you head over to the Sports Centre on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday to check out the clubs and societies fair and see what you can get involved in.