Use Your Voice
When you’re joining a student group, some of them may have a membership fee. Some are free, but others charge a membership fee. This is not to make a profit, but to cover the costs of running the group. For societies, the membership fee is stated on the individual pages. To join the Dragons Sports Clubs, each student must pay the Dragons membership fee of £65, then each club may have an additional fee that you must pay to join. You only need to pay the Dragons fee once, no matter how many clubs you join.
By joining any student group you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of membership and the Student Group Code of Practice. We may process your personal information for carefully considered and specific purposes which are in the interests of delivering and enhancing our services as well as adding benefit for our members. Our privacy statement details when and how we will process this data as well as your rights relating to your data.
Group memberships can be bought at any time throughout the academic year, all annual memberships expire on the last day of the academic year.
The cost of each group membership may, for example, cover use of facilities, equipment and provision of coaches. This is subject to each group's budget and should be outlined on the group page.
We offer a 14 days’ cooling off period for new members, effective from the day you register for membership to any student group. This will allow you to cancel your subscription without any penalty, providing that the individual making the claim has not been selected to represent the University in any BUCS fixture or equivalent competition. If you wish to cancel your new member subscription, you must notify the Students’ Union at firstname.lastname@example.org within these 14 days in writing by e-mail. Membership fees will be refunded within 30 days of cancellation.
If the customer chooses to cancel the purchase after 14 days of the original subscription then the Union will not refund the payment as it considered that the individual will have benefited from being an activity member by having access to member information, obtaining any associated member discounts, and participated in the activity.
Group events and trials are considered by the Union as events and these fall under the purchasing tickets policy.
All other refunds are subject to the UWSU refunds policy.
Need to book a room for your event or society meeting? We have made the process very simple with a form that should cover all your needs. Fill out the form following the link below and we will get back to you within 3 working days. If your event has an external speaker please make sure you read the process for external speakers before you submit one for your event. Remember, we have plenty of interesting spaces onsite that are more than just a classroom, so if you're keen on finding a room to fit your vibe then make sure you let us know when filling out the form.
Have an interest that you want to share with others? Starting a student group is the perfect way to find like-minded people and celebrate something in common. We cater to everyone whether you want to start a culturally based societies or you play a sport that you want to bring to UWSU, we can work together to try and make it happen. We encourage you all to take a leap of faith, we guarantee amongst the 23,000 students there will be people who feel the same way. You might just find the thing – or the people – that make your time at Uni amazing.
When you choose to take over leadership of a society, it’s important to remember that this is a year-long commitment to your group. You will need to stay on top of the groups’ emails, keep in touch with your coordinator, and work together to put on events and meetings for your other societies.
It’s always good to start a society with a friend or another student who is interested in similar things as you. This way you can share the workload to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed with work during busy times. We will always ask you to sign up at least 3 people to lead the committee, so make sure you have this when you apply to start your group.
If you have any questions about running a group, get in touch with us on the chat or email the relevant member of staff:
S.Mansfeld@Westminster.ac.uk for Societies & Student Media
C.Rolfe@Westminster.ac.uk for Sports Clubs
If you’re looking to just get involved and run an event as a passion project, consider getting in touch with our Voice Team at H.Winslade@westminster.ac.uk about becoming a Student Activist!
External speakers can be a great way to make your event interesting and exciting, we have an easy guide that details the steps you need to follow to ensure your event runs smoothly.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and learn some new skills. At UWSU we offer many opportunities for you to get involved with over 90 student groups. Team work is at the core of all our groups. It’s a great way to meet others, and to take some time away from the stresses of University work and focus on something different that you enjoy. It is a great way to volunteer in your community and gain points for your HEAR and Employability Award while making a change that matters to you. Plus, we are a really fun bunch and we are always wanting to add more people to our network.
We know you've got some amazing things you'd like to share online or in person - which is why we recommend using our logo on your design work so students are made aware of the activity, and also ensure the University knows it has gone through us first.
Download the latest versions of our logos below. Make sure you thoroughly read over the brand guidelines before using our logo on your design. We are proud of our brand and want to ensure it is used in the right manner. If you have any queries regarding the use of the logo or would like more information, please email our Marketing and Communications Manager, Jeff at email@example.com