Creating & Developing A* Academic Societies Learning objectives Learning objectives • Identify data that can be used to make the case for the value of academic societies • Understand what co-curricular and extracurricular means and how this may be important • Identify activities and ideas that can be used to develop academic societies • Reflect on partnership and consider how this is relevant to their work What are academic societies & why are they interesting? What are academic societies? • o o o o o Different names in different unions: ‘Academic societies’ ‘Departmental societies’ ‘Course societies’ ‘Subject societies’ ‘Co-curricular societies’ Why are academic societies interesting? • Members linked by interest rather than activity = variety of activities (fun, academic, campaign/cause, developmental, social) • Academic societies accessible to all • Good place for union to start improving societies - Improve quality, improve number of societies, increased society membership, cross-union working Why are academic societies interesting? • Success in the Student Market: ‘…appetite is increasing for course-related societies’ • Top two reasons for getting involved with course-based societies: To help with their course or study (29%) To get to know new friends better (17%) Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities • ‘Curricular’ from ‘curriculum’ = “the aggregate of courses of study given in a school, college, university, etc.:” • ‘Co-curricular’ = complementing the curriculum • ‘Extra-curricular’ = outside of the curriculum Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities What should the main activity of an academic society be? Vote now! Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities Does it matter to your to your SU to define coand extra-curricular activities? Vote now! Ideas for activities Cross-union working • Academic reps system • Sports - intramural teams • Volunteering (course-based) • Promote NSS/SLTAs Activities for academic societies • Having too much fun? • Meaningful activity - high-quality networking - Skills development Working with your institution What is Partnership? Partnership is a way of working that looks to go beyond “student engagement” and to challenge the growing narrative of students as passive consumers. - Students and academics working together to make their education better – to be jointly responsible and jointly empowered to make changes. Read “A Manifesto for Partnership” on NUS Connect. Working with your institution • Partnership • - Practical ideas: Institutional staff - associate members? Institutional staff - invited to society events? Society attend departmental open days Structure for academic reps and societies Next steps Follow-up • Questions • Follow-up resources • Contact [email protected] (Lunch & Learn/ Student Opps. queries) [email protected] (Higher Education knowledge) • Next webinar Tuesday 19th November, 12:30-13:30 ‘Breaking through Bureaucracy’ • Suggestions for future webinars Thank you for taking part!