What do you need to start a society?

We love supporting new student led opportunities so you can make the most of your time at University. If there's a society that you can't see on offer, you are welcome to create it!

Here is everything you will need to start...

1. A new idea

To start a society you need to have a new idea that doesn't replicate any existing societies or services at BCUSU.

Use the Societies web page to check the ideas that have already been submitted, as well as our established groups.

Check Existing Societies

2. A completed Society Start Up form

The Society Start Up form tells us who will be running your society and what your society would do. The information on your form allows us to match you with a BCUSU staff member (a Student Group Coordinator), to support you. If you need help deciding committee roles, click here to watch a video about committee duties.

As you begin thinking about the events your society would do, consider a combination of online and in-person activities. This will ensure that your society is more accessible to a wider range of students.

Download Form

3. A Society Start Up meeting

If your application to start a new society is approved, one of our Student Group Coordinators will contact you to set up a meeting with your committee members. The meeting will cover everything you need to know to begin planning your first society activities.

These meetings are a good chance to get to know your Coordinator and ask any questions you have.

After that, your society is officially launched!

You will be able to start planning events and activities straight away, and you'll receive ongoing support from your Student Group Coordinator throughout the year.

If you have any further questions about starting a new society, please contact tom.clarke@bcu.ac.uk.