Marissa BeattySocieties Officer

Hello! I’m Marissa Beatty and I’m your Societies Officer this year. My role is to oversee and support the 250+ student societies we have here at Warwick – from brand new societies just getting started all the way through to more established societies who are looking to grow and develop.

Student societies are renowned for being creative, innovative, enterprising and diverse. As a collective, societies at Warwick consistently raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, help their members develop a wide range of skills and put on thousands of fantastic events throughout the year – including socials, conferences, performances and balls.

My aim for this year is to give all societies – no matter how big or small – the tools and resources they need to raise funds for, organise and promote their wide range of activities. I’m really keen to put societies on the map this year by launching a campus-wide campaign called ‘Creative Warwick’ which will showcase all the incredible things Warwick societies get up to.

If you have any questions about our societies (or if you want to set up a new one!), feel free to come and see me in SUHQ or drop me an email.

Contact Marissa

The Societies Officer's office is on the top floor of SUHQ.

Marissa's Latest Blog

Find all of Marissa's blog posts on her blog page.

  • Tue 10 Jan 2017 13:00

    "We are educating people out of their creative capacities."


    This TED talk, uploaded 10 years ago by Sir Ken Robinson, still rings true. It's a great watch all the way through, but really picks up from 11:35 if you don't have time to watch it all. Creativity is an absolutely vital part of life and yet, almost every day, I'm reminded that our society still fails to value it.

    I want to change that at Warwick. I am on a mission to encourage everyone who comes to Warwick - whether they are a student, staff member or visitor - to care about and embrace creativity.

    As Societies Officer, I am fortunate enough to be up close and personal to all of the extraordinary things that our students get up to every single day. It is both because of my passion for creativity and the wonderful things these societies do that I have decided to launch Creative Warwick in collaboration with Warwick Arts Centre and the University. Together, we want to celebrate the creativity and diversity of SU societies, as well as the students and staff connected to them.

    "Creativity, now, is as important in education as literacy. And we should treat it with the same status [...] Children aren't afraid to be wrong [...] If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."


    Sir Ken defines creativity as "the process of having original ideas which have value". Creative Warwick will launch in Week 2 and there will be themed weeks in Weeks 3, 6 and 9. In Week 2, we will want to hear what your definition of creativity is by asking you to send us videos and statements via social media with the hashtag #CreativeWarwick. There will also be a videobooth in the Arts Centre from 16th - 20th January where you can record your answers to questions like "What is creativity to you?".

    Look out for more information about the events and activities you can all get involved with soon!


Marissa's Election

The election for Societies Officer takes place during the Officer Elections in term 2.