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).
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you and hope to see you at a HuGS event soon!