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. 

  • What is the difference between a society and peer support group?

A peer support group can be formed by a group of students for the sole purpose of supporting their peers, provided that Union Council approve their Constitution. The overarching difference is that Peer Support Groups receive funding through the Opportunities team. This money is held within the Opportunities management account and the group will not have this money moved directly into their subs account.  Peer Support groups do not charge membership and set up on the grounds of supporting peers. 

You will need to fill in the peer support application pack and send it over to with the email subject labelled as ‘New peer support application pack’ please fill this out in as much detail as possible, to give you the best chance of being accepted. When we receive your peer support application pack, it will be reviewed by the student group coordinator, Activities and Opportunities officer and peer support group soc exec rep. They will then pass over their recommendations to yourself and to Union Council.

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 2021

25th November 2021

December 5th 2021

6th January 2022

13th January 2022

January 23rd 2022

27th January 2022

3rd February 2022

February 13th 2022

17th February 2022

24th February 2022

March 5th 2022

9th March 2022

16th March 2022

April 30th 2022

13th April 2022

20th April 2022

April 30th 2022

4th May 2022

11th May 2022

Union Council dates for 2021/22 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! 

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!

Back to list
  • 58 score
    58 voters

    Make A Smile

      We believe that all children deserve a childhood and understand that illness or disability can make it very difficult for children. Our goal is to help these children to enjoy their childhood. We bring smiles to children by dressing up as their favourite fictional characters - Disney, Pixar, Marvel, you name it! We aim to bring the magic to children who may have trouble getting to magical places. We endeavour to be professional, yet hold at the forefront of our practice that fun is the number one priority for both children and volunteers. Our volunteers undergo rigorous training in order to ensure the very best standards and are DBS checked before working with children. A number of additional training sessions, such as British Sign Language, Autism awareness, Confidentiality, Non-verbal communication (and many more) are also offered. If dressing up isn't your cup of tea, there are a number of other roles that don't require you to.
    Poppy Carr
    9:45pm on 5 Oct 21 What an amazing idea - best of luck to you all!