Societies at the University of Cambridge
Cambridge boasts hundreds of societies for all tastes - browse CUSU's Societies Directory to find out more about them.
CUSU provides a range of services for societies. Here is an overview, with more information about each below.
- The Societies' Fair
- The Societies Directory
- The Societies Bulletin
- Vehicle Hire
- Office services - photocopying and printing, lamination etc.
- Webspace and mailing list services in association with the student-run computing facility
- Email forwarding
- Events listings
- Conference room hire
- Online voting
- AND, as of February 2014, a project of tailored training, guidance and support on areas such as funding applications, accounts management, and setting up new societies - read more about this below...
New support program for societies launched!
We have appointed a Societies Project Coordinator, to provide training and support to societies.
This position was created directly in response to the research from Michaelmas term's 'Your Societies Project' and is in place to develop an entirely new societies support system and be your point of call for any questions.
"Hi all, I'm Letty – your new Societies Project Coordinator. I've just started on this 6 month project, and will be working until the end of July to:
- support and guide societies in applying for grants and managing their finances
- support and guide those interested in setting up a new society
- develop and provide training sessions, workshops, tailored support, and other resources and guidance materials
I'll be uploading resources and training and workshop dates throughout the project and will keep you updated of these through a variety of channels, including the societies bulletin, directory mailouts (make sure you're added as a manager of you society here to receive these), facebook and twitter…so you shouldn't be able to miss anything.
I am here to respond to what you want so email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, suggestions or requests. I look forward to hearing from you!"
YOUR SOCIETIES project
In Week 1 of Michaelmas CUSU council passed a motion mandating us to conduct research on how societies are run in Cambridge, what support and funds you get and how/ whether you want this to change. This project is now finished and the results of our research will be presented to the university council at the beginning of Lent Term, outlining the changes you want for societies in Cambridge. All our findings will soon be uploaded here so watch this space.
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Some basic information on the running of societies at Cambridge University, explaining the system of regulation, is available.
The Societies Fair (Freshers' fair) takes place annually each October.
Around 400 societies run stalls to an estimated 15,000 visitors.
The Societies Directory is the best way to attract potential new members to find your society. It lists all the Cambridge societies, officially registered or not, and currently lists more than 600.
events@cam is our event listings service, available to Societies and other groups in Cambridge University.
The CUSU online voting system is available to all Societies in the Societies Directory.
You can use it to run cross-campus votes easily and securely.
We can provide information and advice for Societies.
Online advice available includes forming and running a society, representation on the Societies Syndicate and Sports Syndicate, Obtaining funding for societies, and general financial/VAT advice.
Vehicle Hire Scheme
The Cambridge University Vehicle Hire Scheme is administered by CUSU and provides cheap, good-quality transport for University and College societies and sports clubs.
The Societies Bulletin is a low-traffic opt-in mailing list for Society managers, for information on matters of relevance to most Societies. It only includes advise for societies from others or questions asking for advise. As such it might include information on the Societies Fair, information on facilities and venues in Cambridge, and info on training courses for societies. It will not include information advertising a societies events/activities, which are strictly one society's publicity. Mails will always come from the Services Officer or the Sports & Societies Officer, and if there is content, will come out once a week.
Only society managers can receive the societies bulletin, and they must opt-in. To do so, log on to your society on the Societies Directory, select 'update this entry', scroll down and select 'yes' for the mailing list. You can at any time opt-in or opt-back-out of the bulletin.
Societies Training Scheme
CUSU has been piloting a Societies Training Scheme, where in Lent and Easter term, a number of training events will be organised for societies to attend and will be free of charge. Events will centre on four themes: Finances, society management, publicity and event organisation, and health and safety. If you have suggestions or request for assistance and training, email Dom the Coordinator!
- DTP (publishing) facilities and other services.
- E-mail forwarding service, giving societies a permanent e-mail address (in the form email@example.com) which forwards mail on to the present officers.
- Webspace: The Student-Run Computing Facility (SRCF), in association with CUSU, provides free webspace and computing facilities including e-mail and mailing list facilities, without bureaucracy.
- The Cambridge Student newspaper also runs a listings service. Contact the Business Manager for further information and pricings.
We are always seeking to expand the services, facilities and information we can provide for societies. Please contact the CUSU Coordinator if you have any questions or suggestions.