debating and photography).
Joining a society
Most societies will request a membership fee. This can vary depending on the cost of running the society and the social activities it offers.
Most universities run some kind of event to allow societies to advertise to freshers. These events are usually made with societies having a table each, with members on hand to discuss the benefits of joining their society.
Sports clubs tend to have roughly the same procedure, although many will have higher joining fees as they pay for facilities such as sports fields (and insurance, in case something nasty happens).
Many societies have a free social event to show what kind of events they run - this is often a pub crawl. After this event, you are then asked to pay the membership fee, either in person or online to continue to benefit from the activities and services offered.
Your society membership usually lasts a year, although in some rare cases it lasts for your degree or you get a reduced membership fee for the next year.
If you want to create a society, you need to ask at your union what the policy is.
The number of elected positions depends on the society and the requirements placed on the society by its students union. They are called the committee of the society
Most societies will have a president, secretary and treasurer. Other common positions include social secretary, publicity (PR), development officer, open position (these are usually reserved for people who closely missed out on a position in the election or have held positions before and can provide help and advice) and so on. There are plenty of other postitions that are specific to each society.
As a committee member, you'll be expected to not bring your society into disrepute or bankrupt it.
The election for society positions usually takes place at the societies' annual general meetings, held around April or May every year.
Strange names and societies
Some of the more...[Strange Society Names unusually titled university societies].
- Underwater Basket Weaving Society ( a drinking society)
- 20 Minute Society - On receiving a text, members must try to reach a certain place with something within 20 minutes. For example, something red in the centre of town.
- Soc Soc - Sociology Society
TSR wiki pages on societies at university
If your university is not listed below, you'll likely find information on its societies on its university guide page.
- Cardiff University
- Newcastle upon Tyne University
- Oxford University
- Sheffield University
- York University
Push has information on the common societies found at many universities.