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Starting a club or society is one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding things you can do at university, and the Students' Union is here to help.

The window is now open for new societies to apply for affiliation to the Students' Union. The dates for this window are:

Monday 15 October, 9:00 to Friday 16 November, 16:00

In order to apply for affiliation you will need to follow the steps detailed below. We have updated the process this year to ensure that new societies are given a full introduction to what it means to be an affiliated club or society.

Step 1: Speak to a member of Union staff

Each new society will be looked after by an area of the Union’s work, usually referred to as zones. In order to ensure that you are given the correct information and recommendations, please arrange to meet with a member of staff from the appropriate area to discuss your new society.

  • Kate Weston – kate.weston@susu.org

    Education Coordinator

    This area of SUSU works to ensure that the academic interests of our students are looked after by representing our students at all levels of study to the University. Societies within this zone are usually subject-based such as Actuarial Society and Film Society.

  • Andy Kendall – andy.kendall@susu.org

    External Engagement Coordinator

    Focusing on community engagement at a local, national and international level. This area of SUSU’s work helps students to get involved with important projects and helps with employability. Societies within this zone include Fish On Toast and Oxfam Society.

  • Ash Hunt – ash.hunt@susu.org

    Student Communities Coordinator

    Ensuring that we celebrate and represent our students from all backgrounds and levels of study. This area of SUSU’s work supports our Postgraduate, Mature Student and Student Parents. Societies within this zone include Greek and Cypriot Society and India Society.

  • Ilona Bartlett – ilona.bartlett@susu.org

    Student Life and Sustainability Coordinator

    Student Life looks after areas of University life that are in addition to your studies, such as housing and welfare, while Sustainability ensures we are looking after the world around us. Societies within this zone include Conservation Volunteers and Christian Union.

  • Sarah Challis – sarah.challis@susu.org

    Sports Coordinator

    If you are interested in sports whether it is recreational or professional, this area of SUSU’s work will work with you and support you. Clubs in this zone include AcroYoga and Rugby (Ladies and Mens).

  • Jamie Ford – jamie.ford@susu.org

    Creative Industries Coordinator

    This area of the Union works with students that have interests in art and media, and supports our Union Groups such as SUSUtv, Wessex Scene and Surge Radio. Our Performing Arts societies also sit within this area, such as Jazz Band and Street Dance Society.

  • No duplication A new student club or society can't duplicate the objectives and aims of another club, society or Students' Union department, in whole or in part.
  • Not too narrow: The scope of the club or society should be as broad as possible, so as not to encourage the creation of other similar student clubs or societies.
  • All are welcome: Membership of the club or society must be open to all Students' Union members.
  • Objectives: A club or society must have genuinely serious aims and objectives.

Step 2: Fill in the form

After you have spoken to a member of staff and completed any recommendations that have been suggested, it is time to submit the application form below.

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Step 3: Attend a Clubs and Societies Committee

Your application will be reviewed to ensure everything has been completed correctly before being sent to our Clubs and Societies Committee for a decision. You will not need to attend this meeting when it takes place so please make sure that you fill in as much detail as you can on the form before you submit it for review.

This meeting is due to take place on Tuesday 27 November. You will be sent details of the decision soon after this date.