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Societies Network

What does it do?

The Societies Network is a body of student representatives who meet monthly to:

  • Approve new society affiliations

  • Allocate society grants

  • Work with the Union Affairs Officer, and other Full-time Officers when relevant, to set their priorities for the year

  • Discuss any issues arising from current societies

  • Draft policy to take to Student Council

Its members are responsible for actively consulting societies on issues that are relevant to them and representing them at Student Council. They receive training from Bristol SU staff and are led by the Societies Chair.

Who's part of it? 

The committee is elected annually by a cross-campus ballot of students and includes 8 elected students as well as the Societies Chair and a member of Bristol SU staff. Make sure you get to know your Society Rep: each one is responsible for a group of societies and they'll be on hand to help you throughout the year. The committee for 2017-18 will be:

  • Societies Network Chair -  Jade Campbell

  • Union Affairs Officer - Stanford

When do they meet?

The committee will be meeting to discuss affiliations on 16th April. 

Why be a part of the Network?

"As part of both a society and a sports club committee this year, I have regularly come into contact with the union through grant applications, room bookings, claims forms and the like. Having been on the societies’ executive, I have additionally had an insight into some of the wider machinations of the union, and been able to give voice to the opinions of the societies I was representing in significant issues like the use of union rooms.

As part of the executive, I have also been able to have a say in the process of the creation of new societies and the use of union money, and seeing the range of ideas and activities that there are within the student body has been an inspiration. Being able to support such activities through the input of the executive has been a great experience, and I would encourage anyone who is remotely interested in the possibility of running for a position to do so."

- Alistair Anderson, Music Rep (2013-2015)