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.
Formula SAE Team
The Formula SAE 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 contact Professor Bill McBride.
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 YouTube and contact A/Prof Stephan Chalup via email to get involved.
Visit the Newcastle Robotics Lab site to find out more.
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.
Engineering Postgrads Club
Established in 2009, the Engineering Postgrad Club organises a range of activities, such as parties, camping trips, picnics and sports, to help you get to know and spend time with other students. If you're interested in joining, send your name, email address, date of birth and discipline to club convener Xiaoqian Ding (Zoe). Once your details have been received you'll be added to their membership list and Facebook group.
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 group 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.
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.
Young Engineers Australia
Young Engineers Australia is currently the single largest sub group within Engineers Australia, with a membership base comprising of over 40,000 young engineers. The group arranges a range of events such as resume writing, presentation skills, discipline specific technical presentations and technical site visits. Membership also provides you access to the organisation's huge engineering resource library and a chance to rub shoulders with industry leaders.