How do I start a club or society?

So you have an idea for a society, its completely unique and there is no other like it already on campus. You want to affiliate to the SRC so you can grow your society to new heights but where do you start?

SRC Affiliation for 2018/19 is now open. Affiliation with the SRC is a simple process, but it is not automatic.

THE BASICS

In order to apply to affiliate with the SRC, clubs must submit the following, in person, to the SRC Welcome Point –

  • Completed Affiliation Application form (available to download below)
  • Signed GUSRC clubs and societies equal opportunities statement (available to download below)
  • Full list of members, including the student numbers of all current student members (template available to download below)
  • Club Constitution (societies who are re-affiliating from last year do not need to submit a constitution if it has not changed since last year). If you are unsure on how to write a constitution you can download a model constitution below.

Affiliation Pack Cover Sheet

Affiliation Application Form 18/19

Equal Opportunities Form 18/19

Model Constitution 18/19

To take full advantage of the benefits of affiliation at least two (but ideally all) committee members must attend an induction session each academic year. It is also recommended that mini-bus drivers (or potential drivers) attend as well.

CLUBS ELIGIBLE TO AFFILIATE MUST:

  • Have at least three committee members. (President, Secretary, Treasurer)
  • Have a minimum of 15 members in total.
  • All committee members must be current students of the university
  • Have no more than 20% non-student members
  • Not be affiliated with GUSA
  • Not replicate the remit of an existing club or society. A club or society must be able to clearly demonstrate its specific purpose and identity, and for this to be different from any other pre-existing club or society. Clubs which promote short term or very specific causes are not generally affiliated by the SRC.
  • Sports Clubs would be ineligible to apply for SRC grants but would be able to book rooms and the SRC minibus to support their activities.

THE BENEFITS (Click on the links for more info)

*subject to clubs meeting certain required criteria and, where relevant, availability of the service required.

Affiliation takes place throughout the academic year. The deadline for submitting an affiliation form is 31st May 2019 for the 18/19 academic year. Any club or society that has not affiliated will not be eligible to apply for a stall at Freshers’ Fair 2019.

You must reaffiliate at the start of each academic year, and if you do not reaffiliate by 8th October 2018, your affiliation will expire and you will not be able to book SRC services or use CTT.

GUSRC reserves the right to refuse affiliation to any club or society where concerns have been raised in the past and are considered to be unresolved. GUSRC also reserves the right to disaffiliate any clubs or societies that are considered to be acting in an improper manner and not for the best interests of students.

The decision of the Clubs and Societies Committee is FINAL