Student bodies and associations

Update April 2019

Since 2016 the three UON student associations, NUPSA, NUSA and Yourimbah, have been in discussion with the intention of combining the three entities to form a single, whole of institution organisation. This new student association would have the capacity to represent and support over 30,000 UON students at all onshore locations (Callaghan, Gosford, Newcastle, Ourimbah, Port Macquarie and Sydney) as well as the 4,600 students studying online.

The NUPSA Executive, NUSA Council and Yourimbah Board agree a new organisation will provide a more robust and sustainable structure than the current separate associations. None of the current services or support to students will be lost, it will provide the new organisation’s SRC and Board the capacity to expand current offerings, and it will also provide capacity to support students who are not currently represented or supported with services.

The first step in the creation of the new organisation will be for the members of each of the three existing student associations to vote at their 2019 AGMs or SGMs to form a new organisation.

More information about the meetings and details about the new organisation will be available in the coming weeks, and you can always contact your student association for more information too. See information below on student bodies and associations.

Newcastle University Students Association (NUSA)

NUSA is the association run by students for students and its core role is student representation. NUSA provide a range of services including independent grievance advice and advocacy; clubs and societies; activities and events; assistance with collective organising; computer services; health and welfare services; and independent student media with the Opus magazine. NUSA also provides a free all day breakfast service with microwaves and kitchen facilities and a free BBQ lunch every Tuesday and Thursday.

Newcastle University Postgraduate Students Association (NUPSA)

NUPSA is the universal representative association for all postgraduate students. NUPSA supports postgraduate students with issues of concern and represents postgraduate students on a number of University committees, working parties and sub-committees. NUPSA conducts seminars and workshops during the semesters and hold social activities which provide networking opportunities as well as the chance to raise issues with the NUPSA Executive. Honours students are also invited to attend NUPSA events and workshops.


Yourimbah is the student association at the Central Coast campus at Ourimbah. Yourimbah provides a range of services and facilities including food and beverage; entertainment; sport and recreation; representation and advocacy; and welfare.


Newcastle University Sport (NUsport) is the peak sporting body at the University. NUsport aims to promote sport as an essential part of life and facilitate sporting, fitness and recreational activities that help you keep fit, make friends and have fun while studying at UoN.