Gateshead College Students’ Union promotes the interests and welfare of Gateshead College students, providing a channel of communication between each other, the college and external organisations as well as giving them the chance to meet new people, try new things and get more involved with college life.

All students aged 16+ are automatically members of the Students’ Union; including those on employer lead courses, mature, part time or short course students and therefore able to use its services, join in with events and purchase an NUS card.

What does the students union do?

Our members attend college meetings and focus groups. Our Sabbatical President is also a member of the Gateshead College Board of Governors, meaning students have a direct impact on the decisions the board makes and the future of the college. We also attend external meetings, conferences and training events from organisations such as National Union of Students.

We organise the annual freshers fayre, various fundraising events and campaigns such as the Bring Back EMA campaign or Out4Marriage campaign. Students are welcome to bring their ideas for events or activities to us and we can support them in organising them. We can also help them to set up clubs and societies, so if you have an interest and would like to meet likeminded people, please do get in touch!

Each class should have a representative nominated to come along to attend College feedback meetings such as Union Parliament or Campus meetings. We take a leading role in organising these sets of termly meetings and gather student feedback on the College as well as teaching and learning, chasing any issues we identify.

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We are run by an elected team of seven students; the Students’ Union Executive Committee. Elections usually take place in March for the positions of Finance Officer, Welfare Officer, Education Officer, Equality and Diversity Officer, Secretary, Entertainments Officer and Sabbatical President - which is a full-time paid position with the college and any member of the Union is eligible to stand for any of these positions.

We are based in G-119 at our Baltic Campus but make regular visits to our other main campuses. Further information and updates from the Students Union will be published on notice boards, plasma screens and in e-newsletters throughout the year alternatively please contact our Sabbatical President to find out more: [email protected] or call (0191) 4902305

Opting out

You are entitled to opt out of membership of the Students' Union. Simply contact our Sabbatical President for a form [email protected]