(Possibly a brand new LUSU Society) The Lancaster University TSR Society Idea outline Watch

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Me and MalteseMalteser were discussing an exciting new Society within Lancaster University for next years freshers. This thread is here to hopefully get the cogs going about the idea

All Criticism, ideas, society name suggestions 110% welcome.



(Possibly a brand new LUSU Society) The Lancaster University TSR Society (TEMPORARY NAME!) Idea outline



Broad Aims:

  1. Socials, provide an unparalleled student social atmosphere. Same way TSR has students from all over the UK with widely differing views however still manages to keep an underlying friendly and unique atmosphere.
  2. Study help, friendship help, module advice, and social activities, from both dedicated per-student advisors and the wider community.
  3. Provide a community for all the student room fanatics at the university to meet each other.
  4. Provide an extensive support network within the university by providing them with contacts across campus. Allowing TSRians the chance to do any ambitious projects with like-minded people.
  5. Provide a support network for students who haven’t arrived at the university yet. E.g. first/second/third year students providing advice to students who are coming to the university in September or students that have questions about the university.
  6. Discuss common, upcoming and thought provoking threads on TSR.

Social aspects:

  1. Nights out on Fridays, possibly every fortnight.
  2. Nights in at bars around campus, ensure everyone gets to know each other over a casual beer or movie nights/game nights.
  3. Football or other fun casual sports activities on Sundays.
  4. Random events on campus and off campus.
  5. Charity and fundraising events.

LU TSR Advisor Network:

  1. Prospective students on TSR often have many questions on their course, the university, the colleges and the city of Lancaster itself.
  2. Many already help out these individuals, but with the LU TSR advisor network we can keep a record of second, third and fourth year students who do a variety of subjects and are from a variety of colleges in order to provide the best, most accurate and least biased information for prospective students.
  3. To allow them to have an Advisor friend that they have become friends with before they have even come to the university. Students with problems or issues will be far more likely to approach these advisors with their problems that they may not necessarily feel comfortable approaching their college advisors or JCR advisors with.


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(Original post by MMAGuy)
"Lancaster university TSR Society" I heard someone tried to set one up a few years back, would be awesome if we tried that again now that there are more active LU TSR people.

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(Original post by MalteseMalteser)
Holy Moley I was wondering when you'd come back! Were you resurrected from the dead or something?

See, even if it lasted for something like the first term, it'd still be a success as people could have made friends within the society and they'd be even more settled in than the Reps could make them since we're already like acquaintances with them (after speaking online to them for the best part of a whole academic year).

(Original post by MMAGuy)
I broke my phone screen, was running on a backup phone for a month or so. Don't check TSR often when not on my phone so wasn't active then. It's all fixed up now, so that's all good.

Yeah note that the LU forum is more active then when that person tried to start the society, I'm tempted to start a society, I'm already on the exec of 2 societies and have experience of opening one society in first term. Shouldn't be that hard, think getting the initial 15 members might be hard though. And not sure if TSR society is the right name either.

I know I could quite easily get 5 members not including you and me. That'd be enough for starting the society. Then finding another 8 members surely can't be that hard to make it an official society

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(Original post by MalteseMalteser)
tut tut, not good enough Glad to hear it's all up and running though!

Ooh that's interesting. I've just applied for a Mod position on TSR and one of the things I'm hoping to do (for each university) is set up a chat page. It's different to the Applicants page and the Firmers page in that current students just talk on there to each other about their day at the university. Can be useful for prospective students as it gives them a day to day account of what life is like, plus people get to make friends on there.

And yeah having it labelled as the TSR Society could be a bad thing, since it's exclusive to other students. I'm debating whether to actually make it an official society working with LUSU though, since it does have this risk factor of not many people turning up I think if we have it as an unofficial society for this website only, not in collaboration with LUSU, then it doesn't matter if it sinks or floats. I mean there probably won't be a signing up fee, and all it requires is someone to state social events and where you and I will be on campus for socials/to answer any questions

P.S. I call dibs on being Chairman/Treasurer (if we need one) as it's my idea. But your experience in these other societies should prove useful! please be the Societies Exec.
(Original post by MMAGuy)
Do you actually want to get things in motion with this? Tbh LUSU don't care much about dropping below initial 15. Pres and VP right? and it's so much better being LUSU official we can get things like free sugarhouse entry through LUSU guestlist for socials etc.
(Original post by MalteseMalteser)
One of the things I kind of want this society to be is democratic, where the first years don't have to fall in line with what we say, so maybe we should open the floor to the members on here to see what they say?

I would very much like to get things in motion though, just to see how we get on and hopefully it will continue to be a success. Yeah we'll have Pres and VP, also two for Social Secs. (One 2nd/3rd year and One Fresher). Don't really know how we will be able to get things going before next year, though, seeing as a lot of these guys will be joining next year.

Socials on a Friday night? Seeing as Wednesday is Sports Team Socials and Sugar is still good on a Friday.
(Original post by MMAGuy)
Also us lot on TSR have a "strange way of thinking" (is that how it's meant to be put? lol ) a lot of us are a generation of internet, fandoms etc. It'd be cool to have this society to say the least, we are all like minded in someway is what I am saying.

[EDIT]: just saw your post above. Standard positions, Pres, VP, Gen Sec, Social Secs is what we should start with I reckon. we can get things going by next year for sure, me and some others founded the crossfit society in first term, and it's up and running pretty well already

Yeah we could have night out socials on a friday, casual socials throughout the week, random events, maybe some charity events. This society sounds pretty good actually, we are some sort of "head start to uni" sort of thing

I can get the paperwork in motion today if we want.

Like all societies we should have husts and voting in of new exec etc.
(Original post by MalteseMalteser)
I completely agree with you

I would say socials every other Friday, since the members might want to go out with other friends of theirs instead (being a member of a sporting society where they almost bully you into going out every Wednesday is kinda depressing, so we're not going to be like that since we want every member to be satisfied and happy). But yeah this society is sounding brilliant. We won't need a treasurer, what will the General Sec. do? just record minutes of meetings etc.?

Yeah let's see if we can get some of the paperwork sorted out so the ball is rolling. Husts will be a great idea for new members who want to get involved and get some exec. committee experience. There will be no limit on the amount of places you can apply for, nor will there be a limit of the amount of times you can be on the committee.
(Original post by MMAGuy)
The gen sec role covers all of paperwork, health and safety, treasurer, planning of exec meetings, posters advertising and that stuff. It's a fairly general role hence "general secretary" .

I was putting down all the stuff that LUSU recommends and what i've learnt as part of the LUANA society exec.

The forms are all online, we can get started on those. Society bank account is just useful to have, it's easy to setup (setup two accounts through natwest for 2 societies and they do come in handy).

The start would probably be a TSR thread and then a facebook page.
(Original post by MalteseMalteser)
Surely the Social Secs. would have posters and advertising? unless we make a Publicity exec. as well? I personally think that's a helluva lot of work for a Gen. Sec. especially if they're a fresher

Yeah alright, can't really see how we'd use the bank account but it all sounds good. A TSR thread where we just invite everyone on the Firmers page and take it from there.
(Original post by MMAGuy)
Cool, sent a PM

These are the main 4 questions for the LUSU start a new society form:

Why have you started the society?

How is your society unique?

What type of opportunities will your society offer?

If you plan to run physical activities do you have a location organised for these to take place?
(Original post by MalteseMalteser)
1. Kind of answered that in the PM.

2. We're unique because this society goes beyond Freshers Week and blah blah blah...feel free to add in your own insight.

3. Study help, friendship help, module advice, and social activities.

4. Any activities will be in and around Lancaster, unless otherwise specified. Since it's not going to be physical activities though there is no location required.
(Original post by MMAGuy)
OK we need a comprehensive list of society aims initially, then we can build from that
(Original post by MalteseMalteser)
For aims, I'd just say that we're around as a more extensive Freshers support system where we help new members settle in past their days in Freshers Week. We can offer module advice, study advice, and just someone to talk to if you don't fancy talking to a member of staff or the JCR. All the more, we like to have fun so we organise fortnightly socials to get all the members involved.
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Where I come from, there is no such thing as societies, so I still don't know how one works. But from what I've read here it sounds like a good idea, especially for people like me who are coming to a brand new country about which they know nothing. It would be really helpful to have someone to talk to informally, it takes away a lot of nerves.
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Where I come from, there is no such thing as societies, so I still don't know how one works. But from what I've read here it sounds like a good idea, especially for people like me who are coming to a brand new country about which they know nothing. It would be really helpful to have someone to talk to informally, it takes away a lot of nerves.
Basically Societies are like extra-curricular activities to stimulate your learning of certain subjects, or to take a break from subjects by having fun (e.g. sports teams). We already have societies for people who are coming from abroad, such as the Japanese Society, Asian Society, Chinese Society etc. but we find that this normally makes people in such societies gather into social cliques, whereas we want the social cliques to disappear, so people in your position can speak to absolutely anyone
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(Original post by MalteseMalteser)
Basically Societies are like extra-curricular activities to stimulate your learning of certain subjects, or to take a break from subjects by having fun (e.g. sports teams). We already have societies for people who are coming from abroad, such as the Japanese Society, Asian Society, Chinese Society etc. but we find that this normally makes people in such societies gather into social cliques, whereas we want the social cliques to disappear, so people in your position can speak to absolutely anyone
Sounds good. I'd be glad to join it if everything works out
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Sounds good. I'd be glad to join it if everything works out
If everything works out and we're collaborated with LUSU, you will be able to come and find us at Freshers Fair during Freshers Week - we'll have our own stall where you can sign up. If we don't collaborate with LUSU though, we'll be our own secret organisation and we'll organise everything on here so we'll PM you
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If you want to set something up easily and don't like pointless bureaucracy then becoming a LUSU society is one of the worst decisions you can make. Independent societies DO exist and can function efficiently, despite LUSU's efforts to prevent them.

However, if you don't mind pointless bureaucracy and you really desperately want to be at freshers fair then being LUSU affiliated is an acceptable idea.

In my opinion, you don't need to be at freshers fair - you just need to advertise on here, seeing as the people who would potentially be a part of it are going to be here.
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I think it's a great idea - I'd be happy to join in October
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(Original post by Manitude)
If you want to set something up easily and don't like pointless bureaucracy then becoming a LUSU society is one of the worst decisions you can make. Independent societies DO exist and can function efficiently, despite LUSU's efforts to prevent them.

However, if you don't mind pointless bureaucracy and you really desperately want to be at freshers fair then being LUSU affiliated is an acceptable idea.

In my opinion, you don't need to be at freshers fair - you just need to advertise on here, seeing as the people who would potentially be a part of it are going to be here.
Don't see why we wouldn't bother being LUSU official, I founded a different society in first term and being with LUSU gives us access to things like sugar house guest list for socials and free minivan for travel to places. I agree some of their stuff is pointless but freshers and refreshers fair gave us so many members with such ease too.

Making it a LUSU society want even that much effort in the long term to be honest.

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Hey I love this idea I think it's awesome


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Hey I love this idea I think it's awesome


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You should join us, Tish! I'm sure your experiences as a first year would be greatly appreciated


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What are the roles?

We should have a Facebook chat active so that we can all message each other?

I am really excited by this idea


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What are the roles?

We should have a Facebook chat active so that we can all message each other?

I am really excited by this idea


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Myself and MMAGuy currently have one going, but we're unsure of the roles yet because we might not be involved with LUSU, and if we're not involved with LUSU then we don't have to have any roles apart from Freshers and Seniors, which'll be easy
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You should join us, Tish! I'm sure your experiences as a first year would be greatly appreciated


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Yes Nathan, i'd love to join would be a great opportunity and id like to help out with the new freshers .


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Myself and MMAGuy currently have one going, but we're unsure of the roles yet because we might not be involved with LUSU, and if we're not involved with LUSU then we don't have to have any roles apart from Freshers and Seniors, which'll be easy
Ahh i see how're you guys planning to push this idea to LUSU?


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Ahh i see how're you guys planning to push this idea to LUSU?


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I think we were planning on just setting it up like a normal society and then send all the application stuff to LUSU, but if we're not going with LUSU then it'll be unnecessary. I'll add you into the Facebook chat after my exam this evening!
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I think we were planning on just setting it up like a normal society and then send all the application stuff to LUSU, but if we're not going with LUSU then it'll be unnecessary. I'll add you into the Facebook chat after my exam this evening!
Ok haha, good luck for your exam i'll speak to you later
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