A society is a group of students who share an interest that is approved and supported by the Students’ Union.
If you can’t find the society you’re looking for or think we’re missing something from our list of societies, don’t worry – it’s easy to set up your own society! Running a society is easy and takes as much or as little time as you and your fellow committee members would like to give to it. Running a group is a great way to develop your skills and share your passion for your activity/interest with other students. Your group could run social events, competitions, training, talks and debates, raise money for charity – whatever you like! The Students’ Union will give you all the information you need to get started and we’ll offer you a wide range of resources and support once your society is affiliated with QMSU.
How do I set up a new society?
All you need to get started is 2 people to run the society (Principal Officers) and an idea. You also need to show that your society has the backing of the student membership at QMSU, so you will have to gather the details of 10 students that would be interested in joining your society.
Any new society application must not duplicate the aims, objectives and/or activities of another society, not be focused on commercial gain or be in conflict with any part of the Students’ Union Constitution and Bye-Laws.
To start a new society, you will need to complete the New Society Application Form which you can download below. Our New Society Application Form helps you explain your idea and how your group will run safely and responsibly.
As we have so many societies for students to choose from, we have split them into categories to make it easier to find them. You must pick which category best suits your core aims, objectives and activity.
Societies linked with their school, course or department. (For Barts – Those societies linked to a medical speciality)
Arts, Music & Performance
Societies involved with Art, Dance, Performance and Music.
Educational, Employability & Enterprising
Other academic, developmental or careers / skills building societies
Campaigning & Political
Working in an organised or active way towards a goal and relating to the ideas or strategies of a particular party, group in politics or an ideology.
Societies celebrating the ideas and customs of a particular people or nationality
Societies celebrating the beliefs of a particular a religion.
Activity or hobby based societies
Societies bringing people together over a common interest
What happens once I've submitted my application?
All new society application forms are reviewed by the Societies Board, a group of 6 elected students who represent societies from both campuses (Mile End & Whitechapel) as well as the 2 part-time Societies Officers. The Societies Board meet approximately 4 times a year, once before Welcome Week (early September) and at least twice in Semester A and semester B. Outside of term time, societies can be granted temporary affiliation by the Societies Coordinator and relevant Societies Officer, however do require ratification at the next meeting of the Societies Board.
The Societies Coordinator will notify you of your application’s outcome usually within 48 hours of the meeting. Minutes from the meeting will also be available to view on the QMSU website.
If you are a new society, please complete the New Society Application Form, Committee Member Details Form and Annual Risk Assessment. If you are a Re-Affiliating Society (i.e. your group existed last year), please compelte the Re-Affiliating Soicety Development Plan, Committee Member Details Form and Annual Risk Assessment.
Committee Handover Details
Annual Risk Assessment
PLEASE NOTE: Both new and re-affiliating societies must be approved by the Soceities Board who have a meeting shortly after the deadline
What happens once my society has been approved?
If your society application is successful, you will be asked to complete the compulsory Societies Principal Officer training delivered by the Student Engagement Team.
The Student Engagement Team will set up your webpage on the QMSU website and will open a bank account on your behalf for all your society finances. Your society will also receive a £50 start-up fee, which you can use to cover your promotional costs.
All Principal Officers should ensure that they pay their society’s membership subscription fees and encourage new members to do the same. You are not an official member of the society until you have done this.
You will need to demonstrate to the Students’ Union throughout the year that you are working towards your society’s aims and objectives. You must also ensure that you manage your society bank accounts effectively and ensure that you are meeting all the necessary health and safety requirements set by the Students’ Union.