Student Group Training Round-Up

Over the past couple of weeks, new student group committees have begun their journey of taking on the responsibility for running their individual societies and sports clubs so they're ready to hit the group running in September.

VP Societies and Sport Lucy Brown smiling at the camera in front of a neon lighting bolt.

Over the past couple of weeks, new student group committees* have begun their journey of taking on the responsibility for running their individual societies and sports clubs so they're ready to hit the group running in September.

*A student group committee is an elected group of students that run individual societies and sports clubs.

Running for a committee position after such a challenging year was no trivial decision and each and every individual that was involved in this year's Student Group Elections deserves a massive pat on the back for showing such incredible levels of commitment and dedication to student groups.

Over the past couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of engaging with so many new committee members and I've loved hearing about your plans, particularly how positive you are feeling about the upcoming year - we are definitely optimistic about your year ahead and are certain you will deliver some fantastic things!

Engagement

First, I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended Student Group Training Part One – you persevered through a lot of information in both compulsory and optional sessions!

Across 10 days, there were a total of 10 sessions delivered, engaging 215 new committee members from 87 student groups, including 57 societies and 27 clubs. It was great to see so many of you engaging in the sessions as it will really support you over the next few months in preparation for restarting group activity coming out of the pandemic.

If you missed any sessions, they were recorded and can be found on our Google Drive. They will also be in the ‘Shared with me’ section on your student group’s Google Drive by the end of the week.

Sessions

During the first week, we delivered five compulsory sessions that provided essential information for running a student group. Treasurer Training engaged the most groups reaching an impressive 60 unique student groups, but Running Your Society saw the highest number of engagement of individuals peaking at 75 committee members. 

The second week offered a variety of optional sessions covering more specific topics for committee members in a variety of roles. The Student Opportunities team really enjoyed delivering these sessions which saw attendance from over 170 committee members.

Looking Ahead

With all their new training, committee members are going into the summer months ready to start planning for the upcoming year. All committee members will be invited to attend Student Group Training Part Two in September/October, providing additional sessions going over vital information relevant to the new academic term. There will be a refresher from Part One as well as some role-specific sessions, so make sure to keep an eye out on information about this. 

Student groups are also all beginning to post on social media to introduce you to new committee members and let you know their plans for the upcoming year so make sure you check this out!

Our groups have some great ideas for the year ahead and I would recommend anyone to get involved with these communities whilst at university – they have so much to offer and you never know what amazing opportunities and experiences you could receive.

If you have any questions about training, or anything mentioned above, please feel free to contact us via Freshdesk.