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What's the point in running a Society?

During your time at University, there will have been many things which have shaped your experience. Whether this is working in the library late at night, spending your Wednesday in CityBar, volunteering, or working part-time; It is likely that the student groups at City Students’ Union have had some impact on your University experience - so why not lead a student group?

Here are a few reasons you should:

You can have an impact on the experience of students throughout City, University of London, whether this is arranging charity fundraising and sporting matches, organising prayer and worship meetings or publishing your own journalism and news you feel students should know. You could be the friendly face a new student sees and aspires to be like.

Develop your own skills! The skills which you develop as a student group leader are skills which can propel your career and make you stand out from the crowd. Did you know you can gain all of these skills from being a student groups leader:

  • Public speaking
  • Volunteer management
  • Managing budgets
  • Using online systems and databases
  • Numeracy and literacy skills
  • IT skills (eg Office 365)
  • Resilience and the ability to overcome obstacles
  • Team-work and collaboration
  • Presenting skills
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Working with stakeholders in a variety of fields
  • Gaining sponsorship
  • Event organisation and management (including adhering to health and safety)
  • Problem solving
  • Social media and marketing techniques
  • Charitable fundraising

Those are all skills you can learn from taking up this voluntary position!

Lobby for changes. As a student group leader, when there is something which you think should be changed you can lobby to improve this. You can put motions to the Student Members Meeting, work with Union Staff and other groups to improve the student experience!

If you still aren’t convinced, here is what Rania Salim, VP Communities and Wellbeing 2019/20 had to say:

“Joining and being a part of societies have really made a difference to my student experience at City. If it wasn’t for the society’s events, I would not have met the incredible people I have met during my time here. I have learnt so much from student groups, and as a collective we are powerful! Societies really showcase that and if it wasn’t for Palestinian and Islamic society which I was a part of I would not be here as your Vice President Community and Wellbeing of City Students Union. It helped build my confidence, identify and explore my interests which led me to pass a motion in the Students Union Student Members meeting. I would definitely recommend students to get involved and trust me I know how it feels to come to a big institution not knowing anyone but getting involved just makes your time here better.”

If you are interested, you can nominate yourself here: or if you have any questions email




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