What is Do Something Different?
Do Something Different is an extracurricular events and activities programme delivered by uea(su) and UEA, to enhance your time at university. Whether you want to try out a new activity, explore somewhere new, or take a break from your studies, there is a Do Something Different activity that will work for you.
Clubs and societies run taster sessions all year round, so you'll get the opportunity to have a go at an activity before you commit to joining a club or society. You'll also see monthly trips to places in Norfolk, such as the beach and National Trust properties and gardens, as well as further a field to iconic places like London and Cambridge.
If you're looking to get creative, we provide free fortnightly mixed media art and craft sessions, have a go at lino printing, slow stich and water colour painting and every single wednesday, we also hold DSD clay art club.
There's so much on offer, and we add to the calendar all the time! Scroll down and have a look at what we have going on, do something different today!
Why get involved?
Whether you choose to host your own event or come along to one of ours, there are lots of reasons to get involved and Do Something Different. We offer activities to keep you active or focusing on mental wellbeing for when life starts to feel overwhelming or stressful, as well as workshops and trainings to boost your CV and get you ready for post university life. We have something for everyone! Arts and Crafts, Sports or Gaming, whatever it is our activities are fun and (most of the time) FREE!
Stay up to date with upcoming Do Something Different events and news from the Students' Union by joining our mailing list, and be in with the chance of winning some freebies!
What's Coming Up?
DS-Destress - 22nd May to 18th June
At DSD, we're here to help you excel in your exams while keeping stress at bay! We genuinely care about your well-being, so let's tackle stress together and have some fun along the way!
Join our awesome stress-busting events like yoga, crafts, and beach trips to relax and recharge. Most of our events are free or cost less than £5.
Let's ace those exams and have a great time doing it!
If you are interested in getting involved with any of these weeks or even running an event yourself, sign up to our mailing list and keep an eye out on our Instagram!
Do Something Different calendar
Run Your Own Do Something Different Event!
All clubs and societies can run their own Do Something Different event, and can apply for up to £50 of funding to help put this event on. If you want to run a Do Something Different event, the event has to be open to all UEA students, not just your members. Follow the steps below to help you put on your event.
Step 1: Complete and submit your documents
To ensure your Do Something Different event is approved by the Union, you must:
Step 2: Promote your event
The best way to promote your event to students is by creating an event on the SU website. For help on making the event on the SU website, see this guide. Make sure you tag your event with the DoSomethingDifferent button to ensure it shows up on the Do Something Different calendar. We can also promote your event on the DSD Instagram via Instagram stories. If you tag @ueadsd and @uea_su we will repost it.
Step 3: Run your event!
Now it's time to run your event! Make sure when running your event you implement all the measures you included on your risk assessment. You should also make sure you’ve got everything you need to run the event a few days prior to ensure you're prepared and ready to go.
If you have any questions or ideas you want to tell us about, you can email us or come and see us in the Student Union office at any time!
You can also find us on Instagram for more info on upcoming events and a chance to enter our regular giveaways!