Societies are often portrayed as being a great way to take a break from the academic side of your university experience and have a relaxed evening making friends outside of your course. So why do we promote and encourage academic societies? Read more to find out…
Societies are often portrayed as being a great way to take a break from the academic side of your university experience and have a relaxed evening making friends outside of your course. That means when people see CUSU promoting the creation and adoption of academic societies, it can sometimes be confusing as it seems to be the complete opposite to the whole point of societies; in reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth! Here are a few reasons why it’s just as important to get involved with academic societies as much as more "social" societies.
- Adopting an academic society is quicker than setting up a brand new one!
Unless your course is brand new to the university, chances are an academic society has already been set up for it at some point. If it’s not currently active, it will be available for adoption! By adopting a dormant society, you’ll gain access to the society’s email account, whatever funds the society previously had, possibly any social media accounts (and their likes/followers) and any resources that have previously been purchased – we keep most things in storage to be used again where appropriate! Adoption is also quicker than setting up a society from scratch since you don’t need 10 members to start like you do when you submit a new society application – all you need is a full committee! From a CUSU admin point of view, the email address, finance code and database template will already have been created, it’s just a case of reactivating it when your adoption is approved.
- You’re more likely to meet students across different levels of the course
Obviously, the main people you’ll know studying the same degree as you are the people studying at the same level as you. However, students of all levels can join an academic society, meaning you may unlock even more knowledge and advice! If you’re a first-year History student, for example, and you attend a History Society session you’re more likely to meet a third-year who will be willing to share knowledge and past experiences; chances are they’ve already submitted the same assignments you’re currently writing. What better way to get extra pointers?! Especially if you can learn from their mistakes.
- It’s not just about extra assignment help or class-related discussion
The beauty of academic societies it that you don’t have to only discuss what you’ve learned in lectures! It’s a way to broaden your subject knowledge and explore other parts of your area of study that may not be in your course curriculum but is still interesting, nonetheless. This could even work to set you apart from other graduates after university if you apply for jobs within your subject area as you may end up with a wider level of knowledge than your competition. Always think ahead!
Think you’re interested in adopting an academic society? Check out www.cusu.org/societies/adopt to see what is available, find out more about how the adoption process works and to download our adoption form! If you have any further questions, you can get in touch with the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org