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SARS is a registered society of the Newcastle University Student Union (NUSU), Newcastle University


What the Sub-Saharan Africa Research Society Offers?

Our society strives to provide its members with the perfect environment for those who are actively looking to gain a head start in their research and development careers and even for those who are considering R&D as a potential career option, within either an academic or industrial scope. We aim to present a professional image for the society and appeal to serious-minded individuals who are keen to learn new skills and apply their current skills and knowledge to a highly demanding and challenging area of global research. The main benefits that the society pledges to offer its members are:


The Sub-Saharan Africa Research Society was established in 2015 for the purpose of providing a unique and powerful platform in which students, academics and professionals can freely engage in high-level discussions as part of a diverse research community. Our focus is on evaluating and developing practical strategies and methods that can effectively tackle the serious and complex problems that currently affect the Sub-Saharan African region.

Although there have been numeorus and substantial improvements to some countries in the area as a result of various initiatives, industrial developments and politcial reforms, we aim to support and ongoing and new research efforts. In particular, our goals are to:

  • Increase public awareness and understanding of the types and extent of the various problems affecting the region and the work that is focused on tackling these;
  • Investigate various strategies to develop practical methods that can allow many of the sustainable development goals to be achieved;
  • To evaluate and discuss the current work that aims to achieve sustainable development in conferences and seminars;
  • To work in collaboration with researchers and practioners;
  • To provide a professional and supportive environment for our members who are actively seeking to gain a head start in their research careers.
  • Peer networking with research students across a range of different fields and academic disciplines;
  • Support for developing key research skills and opportunities to apply these in projects and written blog/academic articles;
  • Workshops and field trips for developing awareness of global career opportunities available in sustainability research and development, either in academia or industry;
  • The opportunity to plan, organise and run academic conferences;
  • Opportunities for journal publications and to give presnetations to potnetailly large audiences;
  • Opportunities to meet and learn from researchers and practitioners who are actively involved in front line research in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Regular social events to get away from the everyday stress of academic work.

What We Do


Conferences and Talks: We host an annual conference each academic year, where we invite students, researchers and practitioners to submit and present some of their work relating to specific topics. We also regularly host open lectures and seminars discussing various issues relating to sustaibale development in Sub-Saharan Africa and promote various works that address these.

Regular Society Meetings: At least once a month, we hold a regular society meeting for all of our members in the Student Union Building. These meetings feature presentations and workshops that focus on developing key research & career skills and knowledge in sustainable development. It is a good oppportunity for members to network and learn about research in sustainability.

Projects: Every academic year we aim to organise at least 2 projects that members can work on that relates to specific interests, such as healthcare, agriculture, energy, education and technology. We hold a regular project meeting every month which members can use to work on these projects and monitor their progress. On completion, we present our work to the public.