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Start Up a Society!

You can’t always guarantee a perfect fit with a society… Unless you made it!

So, you have had six weeks to trial around the 150 or so societies to see which one clicks with you. You have tried the meet and greets and socials, and the Facebook pages, but nothing seems quite right. For some reason you are unable to slot into the designated social cliques. Either you are far too hipster to be tied down with labels, or you are socially impeded/awkward/terribly dull. But in any case, if there is something that you are interested in, even if it’s not to the extent of “passion”, you can still do something about it. You don’t have to sit alone on Netflix at 3pm on a Wednesday in your pyjamas thinking ‘’there should be a society for this’’.

Why not make one? It sounds like a lot of unnecessary effort (what isn’t to students?), but if you have a couple of willing buddies to help you out then it’s is a lot easier than you think. If you’re very passionate about a society and no one you know shares that same enthusiasm, just go for it yourself, chances are there will be another person in the 17,000 student population that will be on the same page as you. This is also a great opportunity to get some extracurricular activity down on your CV or applications; not necessarily to say “yeah I love cereal so I set up Coco Pops appreciation society”, but to demonstrate your project management and organisational skills. It may even expand your social horizons beyond imagination (not guaranteed).

Information about starting a society is online at Students fill in the application / development plan, the Student Union usually check it, give any feedback and recommend any changes. Then it goes to the elected Societies Committee for them to approve, deny, or make any further suggestions. Each society is given a £50 grant to help them get started. Societies can then bid for further funding in the Societies Grant rounds. The Student Union has £30,000 (an increase of £10,000 from last year) which societies can bid for. This is split into 5 rounds and distributed by the societies committee at the same meeting as the new society applications review.

Societies are entitled to receive an amount of funding based on their membership; the more members they have, the more they can receive. There are also two one-off pots this year, the £5,000 new society pot and the £5,000 employability pot. Basically, the best bids are the ones that are in line with the societies’ aims and objectives and benefit their members. Have a gander online – it can’t hurt!


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