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 updated

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! 

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What's Coming Up?


23rd to 27th - DSD Wellbeing Week


LGBT+ History Month

6th to 10th - Do Something Green Week


Womens+ History Month

13th to 19th - DSD Games Week

6th to 12th - This Girl Can Week


3rd to 9th - DSD Does Easter

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

Fri 27th January

Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day
27th January 5pm - 7pm
Lecture Theatre 3
Commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

Sat 28th January

UEA Sport Navigate Norfolk: Horsey Day Trip
28th January 10:30am - 5pm
Meet at UEA Megabus Stop
Come and enjoy a refreshing walk along the sand dunes at Horsey whilst admiring the beach's newest additions - the seal pups!

Sun 29th January

Rounders Rounders Taster Session
29th January 2pm - 4pm
Near Earlham Park Cafe

Mon 30th January

UEA Students' Union Money Budgeting Course
30th January 11am - 6th February 2pm
Student Information Zone (SIZ)
Do Some Skill Building!
UEA Students' Union Colouring Club
30th January 2pm - 4pm
Student Information Zone (SIZ) Annex
Do Something Different

Tue 31st January

UEA Students' Union Lego Lunch
31st January noon - 7th April 2pm
Student Information Zone (SIZ) Annex
Do Something Different for Lunch
UEA Students' Union Elections Drop In
31st January 1pm - 2pm
Union House, Bookable Room 5
Drop in to speak to a member of the Elections Team in the SU to learn more about the elections and becoming a candidate
UEA Students' Union DSD Art Club - Clay
31st January 5pm - 7pm
Blackdale Building 0.24
Do Something Creative
UEA Sport Ziggurat Challenge Event 11: Netball
31st January 5pm - 7:30pm
Sportspark Halls 4 & 5
The Ziggurat Challenge is a ‘recreational-level’ programme of events open to all students, alumni, and staff. The programme has been designed to promote enjoyable enjoyable participation in the spirit of sporting competition between academic schools.
Karate Karate Club – DSD Session 31/01/2023
31st January 6pm - 8pm
Cong Hall 01.19
Come join us to learn about what karate is all about - cool punches, kicks, and spins! Our values are respect and discipline, but we are also an easy-going and friendly club. All styles and abilities are welcome. Beginners are taught Shotokan style.

Wed 1st February

UEA Students' Union Plant Pot Painting
1st February noon - 2pm
The Exhibition Space (In the Hive)
UEA Students' Union Manifesto writing workshop
1st February 1pm - 2nd February 2pm
union house, bookable room 6
Opportunity for election candidates (and potential candidates) to learn more about writing an effective and compelling manifesto!
UEA Students' Union Pronoun and Ally Badge Making
1st February 2pm - 4pm
Bookable Room 1
Rounders Rounders Taster Session
1st February 2pm - 4pm
Near Earlham Park Cafe
UEA Students' Union LGBT+ History Month Launch Party
1st February 4pm - 7pm
Bookable Room 6
UEA Students' Union DSD Art Club - Clay
1st February 5pm - 7pm
Blackdale Building 0.24
Do Something Creative
Kahoot! @uealabour Labour DSD Kahoot Night!
1st February 7pm - 8:30pm
Come along to this Labour Society taster event! Compete in the Kahoot quizzes and you could win some great prizes...

Thu 2nd February

UEA Students' Union clubs and societies welcome back fair
2nd February noon - 3:30pm
UEA Students' Union Live in the Hive
2nd February noon - 5pm

Fri 3rd February

UEA Students' Union A creative workshop with visitors from the central Amazon of Peru
3rd February 2pm - 3pm
Student Union Bookable Room 1
Do Something Creative
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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. 

Contact Us

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!