START A SOCIETY

If you've looked through all 100+ societies and still feel there's one missing, you'll need to follow the steps below to see if you can get the society up and running.

1. FIND 10 MEMBERS

First you need to find 10 fellow students that want to belong to your society and are happy to pay the £4 membership for the academic year. Please Note: This is inclusive of your 3 x Compulsory Committee Roles.

2. DETERMINE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Your society should provide an activity that is open to all members of the Students’ Union, and all members should be able to participate in the activity without restrictions.

AIMS

The society must have at least one aim. This aim should describe the intended purpose of the society, for example ‘To unite all members of the Students’ Union interested in line dancing’.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives should reflect how you intend to achieve the society’s aim. For example, ‘To hold events to educate members about line dancing culture’ and/or ‘To provide line dancing training to all members’.

3. CHECK FOR DUPLICATES!

You should not plan to start a new society with aims and objectives that are similar to - or the same as - those of a society that already exists.

You can search our current societies here

To find out more about a society’s aims and objectives you can look at the society descriptions on the Students’ Union website or contact the societies team for further insight.

Please Note: Any duplicates or proposals for societies with similar ideas/aims and objectives to a society that already exists, will be rejected.

4. DECIDE UPON A NAME

The name of your society should reflect the aims and objectives. When considering the society name you must keep in consideration that you are part of the Students’ Union and not actually linked directly to the University of Brighton. (If you do wish to include the University’s name, then it must be referred to as ‘University of Brighton’ and not Brighton University).

It is recommended that you choose a descriptive name followed by ‘Society’ or ‘Soc’, e.g. Law Society or Band Soc. You need to use the same name on all publicity, when room booking and when describing the society. This is to avoid confusion among members, students and Students’ Union staff and Executives.

5. ESTABLISH THE COMMITTEE

Next, you need to form the society committee. Please see below for the 3 x compulsory committee roles that you need to create the society. If you need any help along the way, please ask. Committee members of the society must be elected in a fair and democratic way.

COMPULSORY ROLES

President - see role description here

VP Finance - see role description here

VP Social- see role description here

 

Please Note: Aspects of each of the 3 roles can be delegated to other members within the society; however it is still the person’s responsibility whom is assigned to the role to ensure all duties are completed to the specified standard and within the timeframes.

6. FILL OUT A SOCIETY APPLICATION FORM

In order for the societies team to gather all the required information from you to set up the society, you are required to fill in the online application form. You will need to input each Committee Member's Name, Student Number, Email and Contact Telephone Number. Please make sure you fill in ALL the sections; it helps us to help you, as the more we know, the better we are able to help you.

The form can be found here.

7. RATIFY

Once we have received your completed Society Application Form we will invite you and the committee in for an informal meeting. Find out more in the 'Rafity Toolkit

8. SET UP YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA SITES AND WEBPAGE

Once your society is set up, update your society webpage to enable other students to find you! The Your Webpage Toolkit has short video tutorials to show you how. We also suggest that you create social media accounts. To find out about setting up the social media for your new society, check our our 'Marketing' and 'Facebook' toolkit

9. ATTEND TRAINING

To find out about the training each committee member must participate in, check our our 'Training' toolkit