UEL Student Societies are groups of students with a common interest, who plan their own events and activities on or around University of East London campuses. The Students Union affiliates and supports our student societies by providing student organisers with training, resources, advice, venues, and other assistance. Student Societies are not-for-profit, and like the Students Union itself, they are run by students, for students.

Join or contact a Society

Joining a student society is a great way to make new friends, try out new activities, and get involved in some of the events that go on around campus. 

You may even find yourself deciding to get involved in running the society, which can help you to learn important organisational skills and achieve great things on campus and will look impressive on your CV.

UEL Students Union has over 60 Student Societies, and they fit into the below 5 catagories:

Academic & Subject - Religious - Hobbies Interests & Arts - International & Cultural - Community, Fundraising & Campaigns Community,

For a list of current student societies and their contact details, please see the Societies List

Become a Society Organiser

For 2016-17: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/uelsusoc2016-17 


Any student at UEL can become a society organiser. There are two ways to do this: You can either join an existing society and then join the team that runs it, called the "Society Committee", or alternatively you can start up your own society by finding some like-minded students.

Who are student organisers?

A Student Society Organiser can be any UEL student who has a bit of energy and wants to plan a few events through the academic year. This doesn’t require previous experience, just a little effort to learn, and finding a few students who can help you out. Even if you’re in first-year and have never done anything like this before, running a society is a great opportunity for you.

Why run a society?

Societies are fun. By planning activities and events you’ll make great new friendships, and you’ll probably learn a lot along the way. The experience you will gain from running a student society could be incredible. You will know how to recruit volunteers, publicise things, handle budgets, plan awesome events, and much more. All of these skills and this experience will likely help you to find that excellent job you will want after you leave university. Also, you can get an official title on the Society Committee such as “Treasurer of the UEL Theatre Society” or similar, and the Students Union will uphold this. Student society organisers are volunteers, and running a student society is a form of volunteering. Employers are becoming increasingly interested in university graduates who have put in volunteering time, done lots of extra-curricular activities, or learned how to organise events and network with other students.

For more information please visit the Running A Society page.


Main contact for societies enquiries:

Olivia Adekunle, Societies Coordinator

0208 223 7453




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