There are so many benefits to being a society committee member!
Societies simply couldn't run without the commitment and creativity of our student leaders. As such, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to run your society. The Student Activities team and Vice President Activities are on hand to support all of our fantastic committee members throughout the year. Take a look at the support you can expect to receive as a society committee member, as well as how this experience will help you for years to come.
What's the benefit of starting a society?
Societies that are affiliated with the Students' Union have access to a whole heap of opportunities, including...
- An exclusive page on our website
- Access to venues on-campus like classrooms, Hutton Hall, The Key and The Oval
- Society Funding
- Use of our minibus
- Social Media Takeovers
- Permission to pop posters up around campus
- Students' Union Awards
...and so much more!
What support will I receive?
As standard, all society committee members receive the following support from the Students' Union:
All society committee members must attend training at the beginning of their time in post. The training session only lasts an hour or two but gives you the tools you need to run your society effectively. As well getting an essential overview of all the basics, you'll come away feeling inspired and empowered
Society Committee Handbook
We all suffer from information overload at the beginning of the academic year, so we've put together a comprehensive guide that you can refer to as and when needed. When you attend training you'll be given a hard copy of the handbook, along with some branded stash! We have also made the handbook available online in your committee toolkit, just in case your physical version goes walkies
Society Committee Toolkit
The Society Committee Toolkit has been designed to make it super easy for you run your society. With everything stored in one place - including a digital version of your handbook - it couldn't be easier to access anything you may require in your role as a committee member. Within the toolkit you'll find booking forms, tailored guidance, policies and so much more
In addition to the above provisions, you can also contact the Student Activities Coordinators at any time if you need additional support, chat to your VP Activities if you have any great ideas you'd like us to explore, or pop along to a Society Forum to share any feedback you may have with us
What opportunities are there for me to develop?
In addition to the basic training all society committee members must complete, you are eligible to take part in our brand new Student Leaders Development Programme. This gives you the chance to work on your own personal and professional development, enhancing your employability and expanding your network
What recognition will I receive?
Being part of a society committee is kind of a big deal! Here are some of the ways you can show off about your voluntary role:
All society committee members receive a certificate at the end of the academic year that acknowledges their commitment to their role
You can use the hours you put in to help you attain a Go Herts Award, meaning you'll graduate from Herts with more than a degree
You are also encouraged to add the position to your CV and speak about it in interviews with potential employers, as this will give you a competitive edge over other candidates
Society committee members can also be nominated for an award as part of our annual Students' Union Awards, which celebrate the hard work of our student leaders
If you have any questions about being a society committee member, please don't hesitate to get in touch.