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Fandom Society
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Nerds, geeks and fans of all types, this is your society! Whether you’re a TV geek, a Whovian, Movie fan or just enjoy a casual night of Netflix, we cater for all movie and TV tastes. Once a week we meet on a Thursday to watch a TV show or film as voted for by our facebook followers. In the past year we have watched dozens of shows and movies including: The Lion King, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Drake and Josh & many more We host a social every other week which sometimes means teaming up with union films for reserved seating at one of their showings, or heading out to some of the geekiest locations such as The Hobbit Pub or Board in the City (a board game cafe with over 400 games). Looking for something to do on a weeknight? Look no further!

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First Aid Society
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What could be a more important skill than knowing how to save a life? The First Aid Society is a diverse group of students from all courses who come together and learn essential skills. There is also the opportunity to complete official St John training (for free!) and become a qualified volunteer with the Southampton University Unit, providing first aid at University sporting events and at St Mary's Stadium, as well as other events like Fresher's ball. We meet on a Tuesday 7 - 9pm (location tbc) and always head to the pub afterwards. Learn a skill. Save a life.

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Guild of Change Ringers
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The oldest Southampton University society, founded in 1955. We practice the English art of church bell ringing, and in particular change ringing. This takes place at the various towers around Southampton. The society meet with a practice one evening a week, service ringing on Sunday mornings, three tours during the academic year and an annual dinner held each year in February.

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Meditation Society
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The Meditation Society provides students with the opportunity to take part in and learn about meditation. Through practising meditation and mindfulness, as well as applying Buddhist philosophies to our daily lives, we can learn to maintain a peaceful and productive mind and outlook. The benefits of meditation are endless, and as a society we strive to spread the happiness. Many of the students that attend our sessions do so to promote positive mental health and find that group meditation significantly improves levels of stress, anxiety and depression, which often accompany university life. At both the Student's Union and the University of Southampton, we encourage free speech and the open exchange of ideas. In this way, we welcome peaceful debate of issues within our clubs and societies. We do not however support acts or words that encourage violence or hatred, and are firmly against those who use these methods to further their personal and political aims. We are a mediation society primarily and hold no political links to any particular organisation. Our regular classes are on Wednesdays (5-6pm) on Highfield Campus. Room locations may vary from week to week, so please join our Facebook page (/www.facebook.com/groups/medisoc) or email us to recieve a weekly newsletter (medisoc@soton.ac.uk). For non-members, each session costs £1 and includes juice and biscuits. Sessions are free for members. Membership costs £15 for the year or £7.50 for one semester. Everyone is welcome, so come along and give it a try!

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Quiz Society
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We are the Quiz Society – a society for quiz goers and quiz makers. Meeting on Friday evenings we run a regular schedule of In-House quizzes throughout the year containing unique rounds like Play/Pass, Connections, Reel-to-Reel-to-Reel, and What They Don’t Know. We can also help you write and run your own quizzes at any point in the year. It’s a great way to meet new people from a variety of different years and subjects. All are welcome no matter what your status at the university; we’re keen to see undergrads or postgrads join us. As a society we find a variety of local pub quizzes to go to. We also send teams to external quiz tournaments to compete against other universities, alongside running our own tournaments for other universities and other Southampton societies. But we do more than just quizzes with socials and special events throughout the year.

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Steampunk Society (Kraken Soc)
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Southampton University Steampunk Society aims to provide a focal point for Steampunks, Cyberpunks and Dieselpunks at the University of Southampton. Membership of the society is free, and we are open to anyone with an interest in Steampunk, Victoriana, science fiction and retro-futurism, from the simply curious to the more learned. We're a social society, and run weekly events, most regularly film nights usually followed by a social. In addition we run other events including music gigs, day trips, games nights, workshops and attend steampunk gatherings both locally and around the country. As a society, we also make an effort to socialise with the local groups in the form of collaboration events and attendance to monthly meetings in order to gain experience and build ties with our more learned counterparts. Throughout the year, we aim to have groups of our members attending the Surrey Steampunk Convivial, a small event in February as a way of introducing newer members to a larger steampunk community, and the 'Weekend at the Asylum' event in Lincoln which is the largest Steampunk gathering in Europe. Both of these events are attended almost religiously since their establishment and we intend to return again every year. We run a popular annual Christmas Vintage Ball once again which has little under 100 in attendance and usually held at the union and features performances from the University's folk society and circus society. We are continually growing as a society and hope to continue introducing new elements to our program every year. The wearing of Steampunk or Victorian clothing is not obligatory! (and we do offer advice if you want to start)

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