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Student groups

Get involved

There's a whole lot more to University than studying and assessments...

While it's essential to stay focussed on your uni work, it's also important to take some time out and relax. There's a range of different ways to get involved around campus. Student groups within the Faculty are a great way to meet like-minded people and have fun in the process.

Let us know if you're involved in something that's missing from the list.

Architecture Social Club

The UON Architecture Social Club is perfect for anyone who is interested in the built environment and design in general. They hold a variety of events which include raffles, sporting events and social gatherings with students and the wider community. Get involved with the club on Facebook.

Computing Society

The UON Computing Society aims to spark new connections among students through regular social events and off-campus activities, boost your connections with industry partners, and seed entrepreneurship and innovation through support and mentorship. Sign up on Facebook.

Engineering Society

This new club, established 2016, arranges events like BBQs and other social gatherings such as trivia nights. It is not only a social club but also hosts events to promote industry networking by organising site tours and guest speakers. Sign up on Facebook.

NU Racing | Formula-SAE Team

The NU Racing team conceives, designs, fabricates and races with a small formula style racing car in the SAE-Australasian Formula competition each year. A number of restrictions are placed on the teams so that the creativity, knowledge and imagination of the students are challenged.

The team has a wide variety of roles available and is not just limited to mechanical engineering students. If you'd like to get involved you can sign up on their Facebook page.


The Newcastle Robotics Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research initiative of Computer Science & Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Statistics. Our robot soccer competition team - The NUbots - has participated at RoboCup regularly since 2002, have won world titles and were the 2011 Australian champions in the RoboCup Standard Platform League.

Students can get involved through summer scholarships, as well as postgraduate, honours, and final year projects. Watch the NUbots in action on Facebook.


Makerspace is a student organisation and workspace set up by a group of electrical engineering students who saw the need to have access to an open lab where they could work on both their personal projects and university work with likeminded people. The space was opened early in 2012 and features cutting edge equipment like a PCB mill and 3D printer.

This year Makerspace is undertaking several projects to highlight the excellent skills of members, including a competitor to Google's "Glass" head mounted display and a state of the art laser tag system that can be played both across the campus and the city. The main goal of the group is to make engineering fun for students and to show off the amazing things students at the University of Newcastle are capable of. Check out the Makerspace Facebook page to see what they're currently working on.


Nuches is THE social group for chemical engineering students, lecturers, staff and friends. The club holds regular events, including BBQs, the annual formal and the famous Hunt... check out the NuChES Facebook page for more on how to get involved.

Robogals Newcastle

Robogals Newcastle is a student-run not-for-profit volunteer club that aims to increase diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields at a tertiary level by running free robotics workshops to primary and secondary school girls. They also provide social events for the members and volunteers. Get involved on their Facebook page.


The Student Organised Network for Architecture (SONA) is the official student body of the Australian Institute of Architects. They represent architecture students from across Australia, organising national, state and local events that provide opportunities for students to collaborate with each other as well as professional designers.

SONA members take part in the annual Australia architecture conference, the biannual student congress, local mentoring and social events, design competitions, professional committees, and receive and contribute to nationally-recognised architecture publications.

Visit the SONA website to join or find out more information.

Women in Engineering

Most people think that engineering is just for men but today women are challenging stereotypes and are making a significant impact on the industry. The Newcastle University Women in Engineering (NUWiE) group hosts a range of fun activities assisting the establishment of support networks and communicates a variety of opportunities, such as seminars with female graduates and site visits.

Read more.

Young Engineers Newcastle

YEN is a vibrant group that provides a voice for Young Engineers in Newcastle. They represent, support and advocate for engineering students, qualified professional engineers, associates and technologists under 35 years of age.

Objectives of the YEN committee:

  • Strategically plan and execute events for young engineers in Newcastle Division.
  • Strategically collaborate with external young professional interest groups.
  • Form meaningful, valued and long-term partnerships.
  • Act as an advisory conduit for the division committee, to assist in strategy formation for the Division.
  • Plan and execute game-changing events, to revolutionise young engineering in Newcastle.
  • Lead the way for young professionals in Newcastle. Manage and deliver events from inception, while building networks within industry
  • Exist as a platform for young engineers to connect with other young engineers within the industry

Visit the YEN website and like the Facebook page.

For a complete list of University Clubs & Societies, visit the Find a club webpage.

Are you a postgraduate student? Check out the Newcastle University Postgraduate Student Association (NUPSA) website for a list of postgraduate clubs and societies, view events, read the NUPSA newsletter and more.