Clubs & Societies
Joining a club or society or other group is a great way to make new friends and get involved while you are studying.
By joining a club or society, you take away more than a degree from University. You will meet people that share similar interests and will be able to create social and professional networks – use clubs and societies to build that little black book of contacts while having a great time being part of something you are interested in.
If you’re really keen, you can be involved in the Executive of your club or society, or volunteer to assist with the organisation or running of events.
These kinds of volunteering experiences give you great leadership and management skills and they look great on your resume too. Remember, volunteering can give you the edge when you apply for jobs – employers value volunteering, both for the skills it gives you and what it says about you as a person.
There’s something for everyone including sporting, social, cultural and spiritual groups. Each group holds a range of events across the academic year and new members are always welcome.
Want to know more about the clubs & societies at Cumberland? If you require additional on setting up a club or society on campus, contact Fiona Bennie
What to Do To Make It Happen
If you are thinking of starting a club on campus, here are the five steps you need to take to make it a reality:
1. CHECK OUT OTHER CLUBS
Even if you’ve gone through the list of extracurriculars once, you should do so again if you’re thinking about starting a club. Not only is there no need to start a club that already exists, but you’re also unlikely to get approval for a duplicate club.
So, it’s a smart idea to check and confirm that there’s room for your new club before you invest your time and effort into trying to get it approved.
2. GET APPROVAL
Once you’ve checked that no similar club exists, it’s time to get approval for your club. The approval process is simple. Email Fiona Bennie – firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea.
3. FIND MEMBERS
After getting approval for your club, it’s time to find members. First, double-check that your new club gets listed online on the Clubs and Societies Directory. Then, use social media to get the word about your club out quickly by creating a Facebook page, a Twitter handle, and perhaps even an Instagram account.
4. SET UP A MEETING SCHEDULE
After you’ve gotten some members, it’s time to set up a regular meeting schedule. How often your club meets depends on your activities, of course. Most clubs meet at least once a week.
Planning to meet on the same day (or days) at the same time each week helps make scheduling easier. It also makes it more likely that your members will show up at each meeting, since a steady schedule means they’ll likely encounter fewer conflicts.
5. ELECT LEADERS AND ESTABLISH RULES
Effective clubs have leaders and rules. These can change each year, or each semester, depending on what you decide. It’s important to establish some structure so your club can be sustained into the future (i.e. after you graduate—you wouldn’t want to see it crumble the minute you leave!).
Often, most clubs have a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Your club’s leadership structure should reflect the type of club you have and what you want to accomplish together.
Similarly, the rules of your club should be designed with your club’s purpose in mind. You might create a “constitution” with rules about club meeting structure, etiquette, leadership policies, and so on.
2017 Clubs and Societies on Campus
Click here to view the 2017 Clubs and Societies contact list