Due to Covid-19, we have decided to put all our focus and support into our current societies due to the restrictions, challenges and support that they will be needed during these challenging times. We hope to lift this restriction over the next few months dependant on the Covid-19 situation. We will allow new societies in exception circumstances, where they can meet the criteria below. Our focus is to support our current societies on campus the best can. In addition to this, we have currently removed the element of needed to get 20 hand signatures for your new society proposal, and you can submit your signatures electronically via the document in the new societies section.
This will be looked at over the next few months and do feel free to get in touch with us on email@example.com if you want to talk through your options first.
RSU New Society Criteria Amidst Covid-19
In addition to our general new society criteria, we ask that you need to meet the following in your new / adoptive society application:
You can provide a wide range of online and remote activity for Roehampton Students - we are only able to provide limited campus space so this will need to be considered.
You do not require grant funding from the RSU in order to provide activities for your Society Members.
Your society does not revolve around external individuals / organisations / groups needing to support / assist in the running of your society.
Provides a service which directly assists or supports the Roehampton community during the COVID-19 pandemic
Please do not be offended or upset if we cannot accept your new society at this time. We will be looking at this again over the next few months and hope by January will shall be allowed to change the current restrictions and be welcome to all new societies. You can still reach out to us and begin your plans to set up over the next few months if this is something you would like to do.
Can't find an RSU society that fits your specific interests? All you need to create your own is a unique idea, and 20 like-minded people! We have a variety of different societies already, but if you cannot find your own here, then why not start up a new one?
The RSU supports it's societies by prioritising their room bookings , granting the ability to apply for a section of the £5000 student activities fund, and continuing support in the planning of events and assisting you in developing your society.
Every new society is gifted £50 in order to kick-start the group once it has been approved!
Before you decide to set up a society, ask yourself the following questions:
Who is going to help me run my society?
Is there already a club or society organising the kinds of events that I want?
Who is going to join my society?
Do I have the enthusiasm, time and passion to create and run a new society?
If you would like to set up a new society , scroll down to compleate the new society application form and begin. If you have any further queries, want to run something past us or simply want to ask if a society already exists, get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org . We have included a How to Set Up a Society Guide below, for anyone who wants to find out a bit more about the process.
Adopt an Inactive Society
Can’t find what you’re looking for on our list of societies? Did we previously have the society and now it’s nowhere to be seen?
Take a look at our inactive societies, as you may be able to simply adopt one.
||Hellenic Society (Greek and Cypriot)
||Rock and Metal Society
||Hip Hop Society
|Coexist Society (Interfaith)
||Japanese Culture Society
||S.T.A.R Society (Student Action for Refugees)
|Comic Book and Manga Society
||Krishna Conciousness Society
||Spoken Word Society
||Nature Conservation Society
|Gospel Choir Society
Why are these societies inactive?
All of our societies are student-led. They are run by committees, all of which must have a President, Secretary and Treasurer. Committees can also have 5 additional roles to complement the 3 core positions (i.e. Events Coordinator or Social Secretary). Unfortunately, sometimes societies don't manage to find a committee for the following year for one reason or another. Consequently, they can't run as normal and are made inactive.
Why should I adopt a society?
Societies are like mini communities on campus. They are a great way to make friends with similar interests and increase your social activity. As you know, every society needs a committee to run it. If the society you like the look of is inactive, you and 2 others could be the ones to give it life! Committee positions are voluntary roles which look great on your CV. Committee members will have to complete a compulsory induction training and will be invited to specialised society workshops too. These are great opportunities to enhance both personal and professional skills.
How do I adopt a society?
If you'd like to restart one of our inactive societies, let us know! To get it off the ground for this year you’ll need another 2 people to help you run it. Once you’ve got your committee together , send us an email on email@example.com and we shall be in touch.
Please note: All our societies are run by students, for students. On this basis, we cannot accept any applications from external organisations, businesses, religious organisations or individuals who are not current full time students at Roehampton to run a society. However do feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for any further clarification.