If you want to set up a club, society or network it's as simple as completing the above form and we'll take it from there. But if you want to know more then please read below!

WHAT IS A STUDENT CLUB OR SOCIETY? WHAT IS A NETWORK?

UK’s academic institutions boast their own brand of student-run organisations. These are known as clubs, societies or Networks.

Basically, these organisations are run by students for students! Some student societies are started with a specific purpose in mind (e.g. charity work), some are created to deliver a particular message to other students (e.g. religious societies), some are designed to facilitate sporting activity (e.g. football societies) and some are started purely for the purposes of socialising (e.g. real ale societies)

Starting a student society can be a great way to meet new people, have some fun and boost your CV. However, you can’t just start one just like that. You’ve got to go through the right motions and tick the right boxes first.

Here’s our guide to starting a student club, society or network. We hope it helps!

  Club/Society Network
Committee Positions 5 2
Given Email Address Yes Yes
Given Bank Account Yes No
Funding Available Yes No
Membership Fee Required Yes No
Constitution Signing Yes No
Free Campus Space Yes Yes
Full SUBU Support Yes Yes

 

STEP ONE: GET AN IDEA…

Ok, this may sound a bit obvious, but it’s essential that your society is fresh, original and unique. You can’t just start another football society if one already exists. You’ll need to decide on the society’s name, its purpose, its main initiatives and the events and activities that you intend to provide.

One thing to remember when you’re developing your idea is that your society proposal must be approved by your university’s student union. Therefore, a society known to be inherently high risk or extremely dangerous might not get accepted!

STEP TWO: APPOINT YOUR DREAM TEAM…

Choose a bunch of your members to take on important roles as part of your society’s committee. 

For clubs and societies you will require 5 people (committee) to submit to start a club or society. These must be made up of at least 60% BU students - meaning that at least the first 3 positions must be filled by a BU student. However you can have affiliate members (e.g. AUB students), staff, or alumni (up to 3 years) on the final couple of positions.

STEP THREE: APPLY TO THE STUDENT UNION…

Right at the top of the page you'll see link imbedded in the title. This takes you to our Club or Society registration form. Simply gather the details of your 5 committee (e.g. Name, student number, moibile number) and off you go!

Submit this form to progress to the next step.

There is no really goood reason why your society will be refused, but all societies must be signed off by the elected officers. From there you'll all need to do some training and sign a constitution - but we'll get to that far later in the process.

STEP FOUR: TO INFINITY & BEYOND…

People will have joined up for a reason, so you need to give them what they want.

Running your own society is a lot of hard work, but it’s definitely worth it! It can look great to potential employers and can give you immense personal satisfaction. Hopefully, when you eventually leave university, somebody else will continue to run the society and carry on the legacy that you have left behind!

Roles of the Officers

List of essential roles and responsbilities for clubs and societies committees.