I’m Insia and I am your activities and opportunities officer at the University of East London’s Students’ Union. Before I was elected, I was a second-year film student and trying to get involved in as many things as possible!
The first thing I did was start the K-pop society and ran it until summer 2019. Then, in 2019 I formed Glee Club with some friends where I was the finance officer.
The student groups span a huge range of topics covering everything from general hobbies, like baking and gaming, to academic groups where you can get to know your classmates outside of the lecture theatre. From my experience, signing up to a few student groups gave me the chance to find my people and make lots of new friends, so I recommend you join a few if you are hoping to meet lots of people.
There’s so much more to life at university than attending classes and studying, so joining a student group is a great way to help you get the full university experience. Plus, the skills and experience I’ve picked up as a committee member should give me some great examples for job interviews in the future.
You have the freedom to create, run and take part in as many student groups as you like, and the Students’ Union is here for you if you need any guidance on running events or finding the right space.
Take a look at the list of student groups and see where you think you’ll fit in! If you see a gap on the list, then you can create a student group of your own – it’s fairly simple!
If you’re thinking about setting up your own student group, my top tips below will help you get started.
Insia’s top tips for setting up a student group
- Passion – Running a student group involves dedicating some time to the group and considering your role in its committee. You will need to make sure you’re passionate enough about the group to get it off the ground and keep it going throughout the year.
- Registration - Registering your student group with the Students’ Union is pretty simple and you can find the new student group application form on the student groups webpage.
- Training – To get started on event planning, you’ll need to complete the online training course. The course covers everything you need to successfully run your student group! Topics include event planning, marketing, health and safety, and finance.
- Make a plan - Plan out the overview of your events. It is easy to lose track of your events programme, especially when there is a lot of members involved. It is also important to have a good spread of events over the academic year so that you can regularly get together.
I can’t wait to see your ideas for new student groups and stories from joining student group events!
See you around soon!