The English Society aims to bring together both students, and those with an interest in the subject, or anything relating to it. As well as providing a social environment in which everyone from all year groups and degrees can get to know each other!
Throughout the year, we will be holding pub quizzes, poetry slams, book clubs, charity events and much more!
Join the English Society now for just £3 in the Student’s Union! Membership runs from 1st August to 31st July each year.
Your Committee 2018/2019:
President: Sophie Hudson
Secretary: Sophie Lauder
Social Secretary: Olivia O'Donnell
WINNER of 'Best Student Collaboration' 17/18 (English Society X RAG Poetry Slam)
Nominated for 'Best Academic Society' 17/18
WON 'Bronze Recognition' 18/19
Nominated for 'Best Collaboration' 18/19 (English Society X Humanities Ball)
Northumbria English Society
OUR CHOSEN CHARITY FOR THE 2017/18 YEAR - THE MS SOCIETY
Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK every year and almost three times as many women as men. Although research is progressing quickly, little is still known about the causes of MS and a cure has not yet been found, although there are some treatments available to slow down progression of the diseases and minimise some symptoms.
A substance called myelin protects the nerve fibres in the central nervous system, which helps messages travel quickly and smoothly between the brain and the rest of the body. In MS, your immune system, which normally helps to fight off infections, mistakes myelin for a foreign body and attacks it. This damages the myelin and strips it off the nerve fibres, either slightly or completely, leaving scars known as lesions or plaques. This damage disrupts messages travelling along nerve fibres – they can slow down, become distorted, or not get through at all. As well as losing the myelin, there can sometimes be damage to the actual nerve fibres too. It's this nerve damage that causes the increase in disability that can occur over time. (https://www.mssociety.org.uk/what-is-ms/information-about-ms/about-ms)
Symptoms of MS are different for everyone as it depends on which part of your central nervous system has been affected. They can include physical symptoms, as well as problems with memory, thinking and emotions.
As a society we will be carrying out fundraisers at our events, with all donations going directly to the MS Society. We thought this would be a worthy cause to raise awareness, as many people are not aware of what exactly the disease or charity are.
For more information, check out the charity's website at: https://www.mssociety.org.uk