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Start a New Society

Start a New Society

If none of our 250+ societies floats your boat then you can always set one up yourself! You just have to make sure that your society is unique & not doing something a current society already does.

Recognising Societies

The Societies Committee will review applications to create new societies at weekly meetings throughout term, however you may not hear a decision until after the application deadline.

To check you fulfill the criteria to become a new society, please view it by clicking the criteria tab above.

The process and deadlines for applying to be new society (to be set up in time for Term 2) is as follows:

  • You must complete one online form (please see the tab above) as well as collect 30 signatures and University ID numbers of people who are interested in joining your society and email a scanned copy to  by 12pm on Friday 29th October 2021 (Term 1 Week 4).
    Signatures can be done in person/handwritten or/and digitally. Due to COVID, we are happy to accept "electronic signatures" typed out on a word document (along with their Univeristy ID numbers). 

    When collecting signatures, please ensure that you get consent to use their data.
  • The Societies Committee will then review all applications in line with the criteria throughout Weeks 5-8 and identify a shortlist of potential new societies. If your society is shortlisted, you will be invited to ‘pitch’ your society to the exec beginning of week 6 or 7.
  • SU staff will complete an impact assessment for each new society application. The Societies Committee will receive these impact assessments in writing along with the application.
  • The pitch meetings will last about 15 minutes - in this time you'll have around 5 minutes to tell the Committee what your society is all about. The rest of the time will be used as a question and answer session. There are a lot of applications so not all new societies are approved.
  • If you are recognised as a society, we will ask you to complete an official constitution and exec sheet. You will also be required to attend mandatory Finance and Event Planning training. Media societies would need to attend mandatory media training prior to the issue of any publication or broadcasting.
  • Your society will be set up for the Term 2.

Any new society applications which are deemed to fall under at least one of the following criteria, will be rejected by Societies Committee:

  1. If the activity cannot be covered under the Students’ Union’s public liability insurance.
  2. The nature of the activity is deemed to be of such a high risk that it would require a disproportionate amount of funding and/or staff time to monitor to ensure compliance with minimum safety standards.
  3. A sport (this includes a sport recognised by BUCS, a martial art, and/or a sport recognised by Sport England, with possible exceptions for a limited range of such sports for which there are no safety or funding issues e.g. croquet).
  4. Has a primary purpose of volunteering overseas, or working with under-18s or vulnerable adults.
  5. Aims to provide counselling, advice or advocacy.
  6. Aims to provide information or guidance relating to examinations. Academic societies can do this by way of revision sessions or guides where their respective academic department are in agreement.
  7. Is proposing activities which have the potential to bring the Students’ Union/University into disrepute.
  8. Is in conflict with the Students’ Union’s values, ethos and/or student-mandated policy.
  9. Has a primary aim of charitable fundraising (for an organisation external to Warwick SU).
  10. If the group receives public liability insurance from an external body.
  11. If the group is constituted or governed by an external body.
  12. If a faith group proposes to represent a particularly narrow view of a faith and is not supported by regional faith supporting organisations, on advice from the Chaplaincy.

Other criteria which will be taken into account by the Societies Committee includes:

  1. Whether the group duplicates the role of an existing society.
  2. Whether the group duplicates the purposes of a society which has been de-recognised in the last 18 months.
  3. How inclusive the group is whether it has the potential to benefit all students.
  4. Whether the group is being set up for a one-off event.
  5. Whether the group has a purely social purpose.
  6. Whether the group has the minimum number of Full Members required by Societies Committee Whether the group’s proposed activities are, in the opinion of the Exec, not in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association Whether the group is sustainable as a society, including financially*

*When new societies are formed, they are expected to be financially self sufficient. Increasing your society balance can either be achieved through membership fees, or obtaining sponsorship. The Student Union is only able to give a nominal £50 grant to brand new societies when they’re first set up, so please bear this in mind when considering if your society is viable. Your society must be able to function independently.