create a new student group

With over 180 societies, we are proud to be represented by such a vibrant, diverse range of student-led groups. We're always keen to expand the opportunities available and love hearing new society ideas from student!


New Society Questions and Answered

  • I've got an idea for a new society! Will I be allowed to start it?

Before you actually put in an application to start a new society, take a look at this document, which has some critetia you will need to be aware of and meet.

Not all applications will be accepted, but we want to make sure that all get off to the best start. Reading this will support you in creating your society.

  • I've checked and my society idea meets the criteria - how do I get started?

Now that you know your society application would meet the criteria, you can begin the application process.

The first thing you need to do is submit an idea below. Once your idea has twenty up votes or more, and students have demonstrated that they are keen for this society to be set up, we are then able to begin the formal process of setting you up.

After your idea have received twenty votes, you can fill out a new society application pack and send it over to with the email subject labelled as 'New Society Application Pack'. Please fill this out in as much detail as possible, to give you the best chance of being accepted. 

When we recieve your new society application pack, we pass this over to Societies Executive for approval. If it is accepted through Societies Executive it is then taken to Union Council for final approval. We will keep you posted on the stage of your New Society application throughout the process, however, we have put together a timetable below that shows you when you can expect your application to go to Societies Executive and Union Council.

The 'how to create a new society' guide will take you through each stage of the process, so take a look and make sure you are ready to go. 


If you submit a new society application by this deadline…

Your application will be reviewed by Societies Executive on this date…

If your application is accepted by Societies Executive, your application will be taken to Union Council on this date…

18th November 2019

25th November 2019

December 5th 2019

6th January 2020

13th January 2020

January 23rd 2019

27th January 2020

3rd February 2020

February 13th 2020

17th February 2020

24th February 2020

March 5th 2020

9th March 2020

16th March 2020

April 30th 2020

13th April 2020

20th April 2020

April 30th 2020

4th May 2020

11th May 2020

Union Council dates for 2020/21 TBC


  • My society's been approved! What next?

We will email you all the information you will need to know now that you are a fully fledged society!

However, this document also explains the next steps in us setting up your society, so make sure you take a look!

We also have a great new tips guide for brand new societies to follow in order to set yourselves up in the best way possible!

If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to ask the Opportunities team - we're here to help you! Just email or pop into the office and see us.

  • It's Summer, can I still put forward an idea for a new society?

Over the summer period, Societies Executive and Union Coucil (these are the committees that approve your ideas) do not meet and therefore any new society applications cannot be ratified until the following year.

However, do submit new ideas on this page and begin the application process! 

  • Can we still apply for a stall at Socieities Fayre? Yes you can, you will still want to advertise yourselves and sell membership at Societies Fayre in September, but be aware that if your soceity is not officially accepted in October, you may need to give refunds to those who paid - therefore it's best not to take any memberships until your are ratified.
  • How do we get a place at Socieites Fayre? Do not post your new idea anonymously, and we can then contact you in August to apply for a stall.
  • Can we prepare over the summer? Yes, you can begin planning activites and events, but do not spend money! Feel free to set up social media accounts and get promoting your society.
  • Why can't we spend money? Because you are not an official society until you have been approved in October, your finances are not set up.
  • Any other questions? Email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

What do you think of my idea for a new society?

Are you keen to make a brand new society happen? Post your idea here and see what people think of it. If 20 people vote your idea up, we'll get in touch with you about getting started!

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    Gliding Club

      Do you have a passion for aviation and just don't know how and where to channel it? At the moment our uni doesn't have societies or clubs that are related to aviation but we can change that! I love aviation and everything to do with it but what I love even more is getting people into it; aviation can seem very daunting, unreachable, and the opposite of affordable at first. While it's true that flying can't be done by everyone it definitely doesn't have to be expensive or extremely difficult. Gliding is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get into aviation and at the same time, it's so different from all the other ways of flying. If we had a club for gliding and maybe even further down the road a uni team that could compete nationally would be great not only for us as students but for the university as well. A collaboration with the Norfolk Gliding Club (an official member of the British Gliding Association) can be easily done and transport there can be arranged. When we're not flying, we can have socials at the airfield pub (yes there is a pub in the airfield) with people with all sorts of different backgrounds ranging from retired RAF pilots to stock traders to people that just got into the hobby. I would argue that there isn't a cooler way to spend free time than to spend it on aviation. As an additional "bonus" you will build important life skills such as responsibility, awareness, phenomenal communication skills among many others. The beautiful thing about aviation is that your background doesn't matter, what matters is how much effort, talent, and skill you have. If you think you have what it takes to be a pilot and want to put that to the test as well as socialize with like-minded people, you should vote for the UEA Gliding Club to be official! *and join when it does ;)*
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