Start a Society

Volunteering as a Society Leader at Roehampton 

Every Society was once an idea, brought to life by passionate students. 

Anybody can volunteer as a Society Leader, and Roehampton is home to all kinds of student-led communities - all the way from performing arts to course-based communities, cultures, or religion. 

Our Society Leaders benefit from training, 1:1 tailored advice, and opportunities for development - we aim to set you up for success in leading and delivering activities at Roehampton, this has led to recognition within the University and at national award ceremonies.

Whether you’ve volunteered with us before or are starting out for the first time we strongly encourage you to get involved and can't wait to hear your idea. 


Start a New Society

To start a Society with us, you'll need to complete our New Society Proposal - link to download (WORD).

We ask you recruit a committee of a minimum of 3 other Society Leaders, and to collect the details of 20 interested students to show the Society is viable. 

Once you have returned this to us in-person or online, we will review your proposal to check it is feasible and doesn't repeat the work of an existing Society.

We then invite you to an Induction Meeting with the Activities Team to hear about what you want to achieve, explain volunteering with us in more depth so you can fit it flexibily around your studies, and prepare you for your role through our dedicated training modules and opportunities for ongoing support.


Adopt a Society

Sometimes, Societies go inactive due to its Leaders graduating or moving on - we put these Societies up for adoption, and enable interested students like you to restart them!

There are all sorts available to adopt from Afro-Caribbean Society, Feminist Society, Vegan and Animal Welfare Society, and Music Society. 

This can be a great stepping stone to Leading a Society, as these Societies tend to have already hosted activities on campus for you to draw inspiration from and have money left over in their budget to get you started.

You can find the full list, and submit your interest in leading one, by clicking here: Adopt a Society - Page 1 of 2 (forms-db.com)


Other ways to get involved


Society Elections

Unfortunately, students don’t stay with us forever! Society Elections are held each year so that Societies can continue to run and elect new leaders fairly and democratically.

Every Society member can participate in Society Elections – by casting their ballot for the candidates or nominating themselves for a leadership role. You can check out the full terms, and upcoming dates, for Society Elections on our dedicated page: Society Elections (roehamptonstudent.com)

Volunteering with a Society

Some Societies will need help with events or projects they have coming up – and they often reach out to their members for this. If you’re interested in getting involved without taking on a committee role, get in touch with your Society’s Leaders to see if there’s anything you can get involved with.