As a Student at Newman University, you can start your own Society!
It's really simple; all you need is an idea and one other person; these will be the Chair as well as a standard member of the society. This will then be deemed as a Development Society and you will have a term to gather another 4 members to become a fully fledged Society. During this time, the Union will help you advertise the Society in order to help you recruit the members needed to become a Society by the second semester of the year. By this time, the Society should have a Chair and a Treasurer as well as three or more Society members.
A Chair within the Society controls and oversees the day-to-day and week-by-week meetings of the Society, by planning but also running the sessions. The Chair is responsible for arranging a meeting space and time for Society meetings, whether this be weekly or bi-weekly.
A Treasurer within the Society looks after the finances of the Society and making sure that the funds within the Society are being managed and accounted for. Also, this job entails looking after an receipts that are gained from spending and making sure deadlines are met in terms of accounts.
Becoming a committee member within a Society also has its benefits:
- Gain HEAR accreditation (which is like an extra qualification which shows what you have done around your degree during your studies)
- Training conducted by the Students’ Union exploring your role and being a committee member, as well as event planning and financial training
- A discount on Union merchandise throughout the year
The benefits of becoming a Students' Union Society
- We support you to fundraise for your activities.
- We hold your funds in a secure account that only you have access to.
- We help you network to build contacts to support your Society and develop.
- We help make sure that the Society is run well and continues after you leave University.
- We provide you with a space on our website, and support your advertising on our Socials.
- We provide you with a free Freshers' Fayre stall and opportunities to attract new members.
You can make the most of your experiences as a Society Officer when you come to planning your career. For further help with this visit the University Careers Service for help and guidance. You can find out more by clicking here.
If you would like to find out more about starting a society or get going with your idea please contact one of the Officers or Staff below, by clicking on their name, who will be happy to help. If you would prefer to speak to someone face to face, please call in to the Students' Union Offices.
Hannah Barber - Societies Officer
Ellie Brace - Vice President
Nathan Richards - Student Communities Co-ordinator