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Galenicals (Medics)

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Who are we?

Galenicals is the University of Bristol Medical Students' Society, representing over 1,700 students - that makes us the largest student society in Bristol SU (we're also the most fun)! Having been founded in 1935, we're 85 years old this year and you can be sure to expect a proper celebration to mark the occasion. For 85 years we've provided the extra-curricular space for medics to enjoy themselves. That means that there are thousands of Bristol graduates on the wards today who look back fondly and remember their time as part of Galenicals.



What do we do?

Medicine is a hugely diverse subject and we reflect this, providing over 60 sub-societies to cater to all interests. These include our medics sports teams, academic interest groups, charity and vounteer groups and performing arts groups. There really is something for everyone – and if there’s not, we invite you to set it up! Check them all out on our website, in your Welcome Booklet you'll receive from us via email or by coming along to Galenicals Fair - our first major event of the year where all the sub-societies can have a stall and you get the chance to talk to them (and maybe get some freebies if you're lucky)!


Additonally, as a central society we are here to support you in many ways. We are the main source of academic representation for Bristol medical students, meeting several times per month with the Faculty to voice student concerns and provide feedback to ensure the student experience is as good as it can be. We are also here to support your welfare, with a Welfare sub-committee attended by a number of our committee members. We provide signposting to relevant services, run welfare campaigns to promote systemic change and even have a peer-support Welfare Rep Network, working closely with our vet and dentist colleagues to support students.


Finally, we host many famous social events throughout the year, including back-to-school nights to kick off the year, medic bar crawl to see around the town, Christmas Ball to feel festive and Spring Ball to getting dressed up and have a night with funfair rides and free candyfloss. These are just a few of the events we run and we’re always looking to broaden our ideas – we’re particularly pushing non-alcoholic events this year to stay inclusive to as many members as possible. Membership gets you at least 10% off the cost of all these events and priority access to tickets! Our social events provide the perfect space to make friendships that last a lifetime.


We know that there are many concerns about COVID-19 and the impact on joining clubs and societies - that's completely understandable. But we are confident that 2020/21 is still going to be an exciting year for Galenicals members. A lot of what we do is being adapted to online delivery and what we can do safely is still going ahead in person. We guarantee that even in these challenging times, there will be something for everyone in Galenicals. 


From your first few days as a medical student to the beginning of life as a doctor, Galenicals is with you all the way!




Costs of membership

  • Lifetime Membership costs only £65 for up to 6 years as a medical student. (For students who can prove financial need or receive the Bristol Bursary this can be paid in installments. Contact to organise this)
  • External intercalators at Bristol can join for only £12 and enjoy all the same benefits.
  • Gateway students can join for only £5 and enjoy all the same benefits (NB. Gateway students will need to pay the full membership once they progress to the 5 year MB ChB course)
  • Affiliate membership is available for students who do not study medicine. This enables you to join and sit on our sub-societies and is totally free! (NB. other privileges of membership are not included in affiliate membership including discounts or voting rights)


All money from membership fees goes into supporting the society for your whole time here. Every event and campaign we mentioned above is subsidised by our membership fees.



Our committee for 2020-21



Our email addresses can be found by clicking the poster above. Please get in touch if you have any questions, we don't bite!



Find out more:


The best place to go for all things Galenicals is our website:





Galenicals Equality Statement


Galenicals welcomes all medics throughout their time at the University of Bristol, including those studying on the MB ChB course, Gateway to Medicine course and intercalating medics.  

Galenicals are committed to having an inclusive and diverse society, where all of our members feel comfortable. We have a zero-tolerance stance against all forms of discrimination, and we expect the same from all of our members. We welcome and include all members equally irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.  

Galenicals are here to support our students in all areas of student life. Our Welfare Rep Network and also the many extra-curricular and academic sub-societies within Galenicals helps to fulfil this. We have a welcoming and friendly committee, who are always on hand to signpost, give advice and answer questions when needed. Several of our committee roles reflect the diversity of the students we represent and make sure that we are an equal society for all. This includes International Director, Mature Students Director, Community Outreach Director and Welfare and Equalities Director. 



Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


Code of Conduct


When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.


Download the Code of Conduct


Refund Policy


Any customer who pays for a membership subscription to a Bristol SU Society, Sports Club, Student Media and initiatives has a 14 day cooling off period from the time and date of purchase during which they have the right to cancel the subscription and receive a full refund. If you do decide to cancel within the 14 days, Bristol SU will refund your payment within a further 30 days of the cancellation.  To request a refund please email:


Data sharing (Sports Club members only)


Please be aware that Bristol SU may share data relating to the members of its sports clubs with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (a department of the University).  This information may be used for the purposes of communicating direct with these members and/or to cross-reference against SEH's Sports Pass membership records.


As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


Data sharing (Societies members only)


If you're joining one of the societies listed below please be aware that your name and email address will be shared with Bristol Hub for the purpose of keeping you up to date with their activities through their email “The Week”:

AIESEC Bristol, AMICUS Bristol, Anti-Slavery Society, Bristol Feminists, Bristol Friends of MSF, Bristol Marrow, Bristol Social Enterprise Society, Bristol Student Action for Refugees, Bristol University Amnesty International, Conservation Group, Bristol University Oxfam Group, Bristol University Sustainability Team, Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad, Engineers Without Borders, Howard League for Penal Reform Student Society, International Affairs Society, Medsin Bristol, Model United Nations, and Vegetarian and Vegan Society.


For more information on Bristol Hub visit:


If you do not want your details shared with the Hub please email:

These terms shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Nothing in these terms shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.