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Starting a New Club or Society Start Up Groups We are keen to encourage students to set up new clubs or societies around activities that are not already represented here at City University. To make this as easy as possible, all new proposals which have been approved by the Students’ Union are set up initially as Start Up Groups. These are created with the minimum of paperwork so that you can get up and running. Once you have been operational for a year and have proved that there is a demand for your activity amongst students, you may be able to convert to a full Affiliated Club or Society. What to do to get started Discuss your idea with fellow students to gauge interest. Start thinking of the aims of your activity and whether it is a society, a change you want to bring about, a forum or an event, to name a few. If need be, arrange a meeting with the Advocacy Manager who can help you clarify whether your idea is appropriate for a Start Up Group and will advise you on the next step accordingly. Complete the Start Up Group application form which is available on www.culsu.co.uk. Email it to email@example.com or hand this in to the Students’ Union (FAO Advocacy Manager) and it will be considered by the Full time Officers (who have delegated authority from the Trustee Board). These meetings take place bi monthly during term time. If they approve it, you will be asked to attend an initial meeting with an SU staff member to discuss your activity and where you can ask any questions you may have. You may be asked for further clarification on your application before it is approved. You will be informed of this and asked to clarify at a meeting with SU staff/officers. If you are given approval, you will be able to form as a Start Up Group operating within the Codes of Conduct for Club/Society Officers and Members, and other SU policies available from the Resource Centre on www.culsu.co.uk Guidelines for Start-up Group applications Only 5 students are required to get started. Your application form indicates your aims and proposed activities. These should be sufficiently different from those of existing activities to merit a new Start Up Group being formed and should represent added value to City University students. Start Up Groups receive a maximum of £75 in funding from the Students’ Union. You should indicate how this funding would be used to achieve the aims of your group. Be aware that this funding does not imply commitment from the SU to support all proposed activities for your group. You may fundraise for your group to add to this budget, or set a membership fee via www.culsu.co.uk. Any funds raised must be paid in to the Students’ Union and managed through a Club/Society Private Account. Your Start Up Group must be open to all City students and publicised as such. Once your Start Up Group is approved As Start Up Group Leaders you must ensure that you and your members adhere to the Codes of Conduct for Clubs & Societies. The Students’ Union will provide you with a generic email address (if requested) so that interested students can contact you easily. Start Up Group leaders are asked to report back to the Students’ Union at end of each term to indicate what they have achieved against stated aims and objectives. If good progress has been made, and you and your members have operated within the Codes of Conduct, you may apply to the VP Student Activities & Development and the Advocacy Manager to upgrade to a full Affiliated Club or Society for the next full academic year. If approved, you will be expected to hold a meeting to elect a full committee in February/March and will be able to apply for a budget for the following academic year.
"Starting a New Club or Society"