DGSC sense of community grows with the establishment of a student led Human Geography Society

Post by Sophie-May Kerr

On Tuesday 21st April 2015 the University of Wollongong Human Geography Society (UOW HuGS) was officially established!  The inaugural meeting for the society was attended by undergraduates, postgraduates and staff. The committee elected to run the society in 2015 are: Sophie-May Kerr (president), Carrie Wilkinson (vice president), Charlie Gillon (treasurer), Elizabeth Oliver (secretary), Susannah Clement (post grad rep) and Emily O’Donnell (undergrad rep).

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UOW Human Geography Society Committee

The motivation for initiating a Human Geography Society at Wollongong is to create a sense of community among undergraduate students, postgraduate students and staff within the Department of Geography and Sustainable Communities.

The department is already known for its friendly and enthusiastic staff and there is a great group of postgraduate students too. The aim is to extend these existing networks out to include undergraduate students – continuing to strengthen the department. With the recent course restructuring it seems to be great timing for a student society given the large number of students now enrolled in human geography through the new social sciences degree.

Sophie-May Kerr: Being part of a society on campus is a really good opportunity to enhance your university experience, meet new people and have a lot of fun. This is a project I’ve envisioned for quite some time and it’s been really exciting to see so many students and staff in support of the idea. Having completed my undergraduate degree at UOW, I often wished there were more networking opportunities for human geography students. It wasn’t until half way through my degree that I began to meet other human geographers and after chatting to other students this experience is not uncommon. My hope for UOW HuGS is that it will increase networks between students who share similar interests. The field of human geography is something I’m enthusiastic and passionate about and I look forward to building friendships with other geography-minded people.

Sophie-May Kerr: Being part of a society on campus is a really good opportunity to enhance your university experience, meet new people and have a lot of fun. This is a project I’ve envisioned for quite some time and it’s been really exciting to see so many students and staff in support of the idea. Having completed my undergraduate degree at UOW, I often wished there were more networking opportunities for human geography students. It wasn’t until half way through my degree that I began to meet other human geographers and after chatting to other students this experience is not uncommon. My hope for UOW HuGS is that it will increase networks between students who share similar interests. The field of human geography is something I’m enthusiastic and passionate about and I look forward to building friendships with other geography-minded people.

UOW HuGS aims to host social, recreational and educational events. Our regular gatherings will be held on Wednesday’s at 5pm at Unibar. Other events we have planned for the year include; a launch BBQ to welcome members, excursions run by research students and staff, a fundraising trivia night run by postgraduate students and an end of year ball.

We are now on social media: follow and like our pages to keep up to date with events and activities and keep an eye out for the HuGS logo! For UOW students – don’t forget to become an official member through the clubs and societies webpage.

Logo design by Justin Westgate

Logo design by Justin Westgate

UOW HuGS aims to create a sense of community among human geography students both locally and within wider networks. We’d love to hear from members of other geography societies, staff and students from other campuses. What types of events do you organise and what have you gained from being involved in a geography society?

If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact Sophie-May Kerr on smk534@uowmail.edu.au. We’d love to hear from you and hope to see you at a HuGS event soon!

One thought on “DGSC sense of community grows with the establishment of a student led Human Geography Society

  1. I am the Executive Officer for the Geographical Society of NSW. I have been a member of this society since I started my PhD in 2013. Since becoming a member of the Geographical Society I have met a lot of other human geographers across different universities. Every year I attend the Postgraduate Networking Event and the Awards Night and it’s a great opportunity to see the research being done by other geographers across NSW. It’s also inspiring to meet prominent academics in the same field as me and discuss the experiences they had when they undertook a PhD.

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