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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
• 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?
Different names in different unions:
‘Academic societies’
‘Departmental societies’
‘Course societies’
‘Subject societies’
‘Co-curricular societies’
Why are academic societies
• 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
- Improve quality, improve number of
societies, increased society membership,
cross-union working
Why are academic societies
• Success in the Student Market:
‘…appetite is increasing for course-related
• 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
• ‘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
What should the main activity of an academic
society be?
Vote now!
Co-curricular and extra-curricular
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
- Students and academics working together to
make their education better – to be jointly
responsible and jointly empowered to make
Read “A Manifesto for Partnership” on NUS
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
• 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!

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