Newcastle University and Newcastle University Students’ Union have recently launched their Best Neighbour on Campus competion
The aim behind Newcastle University’s Best Neighbour On Campus competition is to recognise and celebrate the positive behaviour of many of the University’s students, living in Jesmond and other parts of the city.
Nominations could range from students who have gone above and beyond to volunteer and have made an active contribution to their neighbourhood, through to students who are simply considerate of those around them.
Nominations will be judged on a monthly basis, by a panel comprising representatives of Newcastle University and Newcastle University Students’ Union, as well as local councillors, Nick Brown MP, the Business & Communities Editor of the Journal – and a number of local residents.
From this process Newcastle University plans to promote good examples of neighbourly behaviour shown by the city’s students, which we hope others will follow.
Watch the video to find out more
Newcastle University has launched a short video – watch this short film to find out more.
Nominate your student neighbours
So, do you know a student household that’s made a real difference to your community – and if so, please nominate them by visiting www.ncl.ac.uk/community-living/.
On these new pages you will also find more information about Newcastle University’s support for residents (see below also).
The winning student household will receive up to £1,000 to help with living costs such as utility bills, food shopping and rent payments.
Students invited to be a good neighbour
Newcastle University notes that the city has a diverse and interconnected community, which means people of all backgrounds and professions are your neighbours.
Although your university years are an exciting time, it’s important to think about the people living around you. Developing a respect for each other is a great step in having the best living situation in your community.
To be a good neighbour you could:
- introduce yourself to your neighbours when you first move in
- keep noise limited – be considerate of your neighbours and the noise they might hear
- avoid bringing your car unless it is absolutely essential
- if you have a car, try not to park outside your neighbours’ property
- keep the areas of your property that are visible to neighbours clean
- attend a local resident meeting
Read more at www.ncl.ac.uk/community-living/neighbour/
Information for residents pages
Newcastle University has a dedicated page of information for residents where the university notes that it understands that, at times, problems can arise between students and permanent local residents.
The university states that “We take concerns very seriously and are committed to resolving potential issues quickly through our formal complaints procedure. If a friendly word has not helped, and you are seeking advice or would like to make a complaint, use the following contacts.”
Contact Newcastle City Council (0191 278 7878).
Staff are available from 08:30 and 16:30 (Monday to Friday).
Calls received after this time are dealt with by a 24-hour Call Centre staffed by ‘Your Homes Newcastle’ and are sent to the relevant City Council team for investigation the next day.
This is an emergency anti-social behaviour contact number: 07504 898 148.
It is available between 11:00pm and 4:30am on Friday and Saturday nights.
Please text this number rather than call, as the Police/Council Officers may be attending a different incident and may not be able to answer a call immediately. If you send a text they will respond at the earliest opportunity.
Contact Envirocall at Newcastle City Council for all environmental services, including street cleaning, rubbish and recycling and vandalism.
Visit the Envirocall website or call 0191 278 7878 and ask for Envirocall.
Antisocial behaviour or criminal damage
Call Northumbria Police on 101.
General noise, nuisance or other complaints
Newcastle University Student Progress Service – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northumbria University – contact Northumbria University’s Crime Prevention Team to report noise nuisance or antisocial behaviour.
Link to Newcastle University website
You can read all the above information on Newcastle University’s website at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/community-living/residents/#resolvingissues