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Socially responsible

Socially responsible

Social responsibility is about making sure that your impact on others and the environment is positive rather than negative.

Being socially responsible involves undertaking activities which would directly benefit society or the environment. Prepare to question, challenge and change unethical practice.

The University’s Student Charter sets out ways in which you can be socially responsible while at university, in both your personal and academic conduct.

How can you become more socially responsible? 

These are just some examples of what you can do while you’re at Newcastle.

On your course  

  • Incorporate social or environmental themes into your research or project work.
  • Discuss social or environmental issues during group or seminar work, where appropriate.
  • Take on a role as a course or School rep to raise concerns and contribute ideas about learning and wellbeing on behalf of other students on your course or within your School.
  • Link with students from other countries and cultures to broaden your perspective and share your own insights with them.

Outside your course  

  • Join the Leave Newcastle Happy campaign. Donate your unwanted goods, responsibly dispose of anything you can’t donate, and take part in community litter picks at the end of term.
  • Volunteer for a project or charity you’re interested in. Start by visiting Go Volunteer in the Students’ Union, which offers a huge range of charity connections and ongoing projects such as N.E.S.T. You can also apply for funding to create your own volunteering project.
  • Work as a community rep to help enrich the local community and increase student involvement in it.
  • Volunteer as a halls rep to raise issues that students face in accommodation and work with the accommodation service staff to come up with practical solutions.
  • Create or join a society with a socially responsible theme.
  • Become a mentor, helping to support other students socially and academically, eg through the University's Peer Mentoring programme or FutureMe Mentor scheme.
  • Be a student ambassador, inspiring young people, while representing and promoting Newcastle University.
  • Contribute your skills and ideas to local businesses through undertaking work experience, such as an NCL internship.
  • Look for relevant competitions, such as the Institute of Business Ethics Student Essay Competition. 
  • Register for the ncl+ Award to gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities and reflect on the skills you’ve gained.
  • Sign up for a free online course with the SDG Academy, the flagship education platform of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations.
  • Access Taylor & Francis’ Sustainable Development Goals Online via the Library, a collection of digital resources relating to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including ending poverty and promoting gender equality.
  • Stay informed by following the news and attending events. Try to look at situations from different perspectives to understand how others might view what is happening in the world around you. The Library has a useful Sustainability guide with links to journals and books focused on the 3 pillars of sustainability: environment, economy and society.
  • Be mindful of your personal impact on others and the environment, by following diversity and inclusion practices and monitoring your energy and water consumption.

Related attributes: creative, innovative and enterprising; engagedfuture-focused

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