Setting up a club or society is an exciting and fun way to embrace college life. Not only does it provide you with a platform to meet like-minded people, but as a society leader (referred to as a convenor) you will develop new skills and experiences, all of which are transferable to your CV.
Lori Templeton, Vice President Social and Activities, will walk you through the process of starting your own society by providing convener training, and by providing on-going support to your society. You’ll be given an opportunity to meet convenors from different societies, and work together to get students involved in their Students Association!
Creating a new society is simple! This guide will talk you through the process on how to do this.
Deciding on a name
Setting your society up
The first thing you need to do is decide what your society should be called. The name should represent your society members, be inclusive, and easy to understand to encourage students to join and know what they can expect.
Students often set up societies that represent their interests and hobbies, or a liberation society which concentrates on a variety of issues that affect students.
Here are a few examples of existing/previous societies for inspiration.
‘Debating society’ – a society where students can debate on current affairs and topics that affect them in a respectful space.
‘Raise It’ – a society to raise money for worthy causes in the Glasgow area.
Your VP Social and Activities will support finalising the ideas you have for your society. This will include finalising a description that is displayed on our website to all students, creating a poster to advertise your society on campus and online, setting up meeting spaces for your society, and convenor training to take you through how you can effectively run your group.
Once you have decided on the name of your society, your membership will begin to grow. There is no minimum membership for your society – it's quality over quantity in terms of how many people you will meet – and some groups who start off with modest membership will grow to have lots of active members.
Hosting your society group on our online platforms will help you grow membership and talk to members of your group. This will be talked about during your convenor training.
One of the ways that your Students' Association can help your society is by providing funding. The process for this will be explained during your convener training.
The Students’ Association can help you organise rooms (if safe to do so) or online meetings for your society to take place.
Your Students' Association will be there to support you throughout the year. This will include helping you with funding, events, activities and fundraising you'd like to do.
The Students' Association will help with designing artwork for your society. We will then be able to advertise your society on our noticeboards, our social media channels, our website and the College's TV screens.
You will take part in Society Convenor Training which will support you in setting up and running your society.
Ready to start your own society? If you are, fill in the Society start up form.
Any questions? Email email@example.com and we can have a chat with you.