Can't find a Club or Society that's right for you? Looking to start your own student group? You've come to the right place! If you have an interest that isn't represented by an other Students' Union student groups, you can form your own Club or Society. For more information, and all you need to kick off the process, select one of the drop-down options below!
To get your new society ratified, you will need to find at least two other people to run it with you and it will need to meet the following requirements: Have the potential to gain an active membership of at least ten members within three months of affliation. Be run and controlled by an elected student committee of at least three officers. Have a unique core interest and set of activities to all other student groups Have a constitution and activities that do not conflict with the Students' Union and College's values, Bye-Laws, and Articles of Association. Submit an application using the form below!
It is incredibly exciting to see students interested in starting their own student group, but before you go all in, you need to make sure you’ve covered all bases. You need to be aware of the responsibilities and expectations that come with running a Club or Society affiliated with Birkbeck Students’ Union. Firstly, does your proposed group already exist? Seems like a simple yes or no, however if there is another group similar to yours then it could pose some issues. Having a unique selling point is vital in attracting new members, and we don’t want our own groups cannibalising each other! Being affiliated with the Students’ Union brings you all kinds of benefits, such as a budget, event and marketing support, training and development opportunities and free venue bookings! However, with this affiliation comes a few rules to protect both ourselves and your members. Abiding by the Students’ Union bye-laws and your student group governance structures (such as your constitution) is of paramount importance. Lastly, unlike the Dark Lord of the Sith (Star Wars Society anyone?) we here at Birkbeck Students’ Union are lovers of democracy. Any student group needs at least 3 committee members to function, and these positions are 1-year terms. Each Spring, elections will be held across all Clubs and Societies, and it’s at this time your group will need to elect a new set of leadership. If this seems a little daunting, don’t worry. Throughout all of this you will have the support and guidance of the Activities Coordinator, who can help you every step of the way. You ready? Let’s go.