Start a new society

A message from your Students' Union

Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, we're currently focusing our efforts on supporting our students, staff and affiliated groups.

All applications up until Monday 23 March 2020 will go through our affiliation process as usual, but please be aware that we are no longer accepting new applications at this time.

Updated 25/03/2020 by Tony Catt.

Can’t find the sports club or society you’re looking for? Start your own!

It’s really easy to start your own society: all you need is a great idea and 25 other students who are into your plans, and you’re ready to set up your group.

How to start your society

  1. Fill out your constitution
  2. Fill out an application form
  3. Submit both forms to

Then, once you’re ready to go, you’ll need to go through the affiliation process so you can become a fully-fledged student sports club or society. Here’s how it works:

A member of SU staff (your Development Coordinator) will go through your application. They may ask you for a meeting to go through your constitution.

Your application will be reviewed by the Staff Affiliation Panel.

It’ll then go to the Societies Executive Committee for ratification.

If your application is successful, our admin team and your Development Coordinator will get in touch to get you set up and tell you what to do next.

If you’re unsuccessful, we’ll let you know why and help you work on your application ready for the next round of affiliations (which take place after Societies Council).

You can find everything you need to get started here:

Constitution template

Guidance and Policy Documents 

Membership Fees Form

New Group Affiliation Form

Risk Assessment

What are you waiting for?

Still not convinced you should set up a society? Here are a few reasons why it's a great idea:

Access to room bookings

Group bank account

Access to core development funding*

SU service support (Dev Cos, admin team, Events team and more!)

Insurance for group events

Publicity – access to Portland Building’s screens and website

Take part at the Welcome fair

Access to other groups and collaboration

Most importantly... cheaper Domino’s!

*This is dependent on yearly availability

And your SU is here to help you every step of the way!

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