Committee Area

Why Be a Committee Member

Being part of a Student Group committee is challenging but rewarding.

It can provide you with transferable skills that employers value. Committee members can expect to develop their budget making, communication, event planning and organisational skills.

Core Committee Positions

Student Groups are required to have a core committee of:

  • President/Club Captain/Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary.

Student group committees can also feature supplementary positions to help run the Student Group.
Examples include: Alumni Officer, Social Secretary, Team Captains, Webmaster etc.
Remember all student group committee postitions are recognised by the HEAR. You need to record your hours in order for it to appear. For more information visit the volunteering as a committee member page.

Holding Multiple Positions

We actively encourage students to get involved with leading Student Groups as a great way to develop skills and engage with fellow students.

We understand some students enjoy this so much they wish to take on more than one committee role. However, we cannot emphasise enough that holding a committee position is a large undertaking with a lot of responsibilities.

Balancing your academic studies  and your responsibilities as a committee member can be stressful and therefore we strongly suggest no student holds more than one core committee position.

Despite having almost 200 groups, committee positions are highly regarded and contested for and we would like as many students as possible to have the opportunity to help run a Student Group. This is another reason why we suggest students hold only one core committee position.

We realise that students can be highly invested in holding more than one core committee position for various reasons. If you are still adamant, please contact to discuss this matter further.

Running Your Student Group

The Union Activities team are always happy to help and support you with the running of your Student Group, please email if you have any queries.

Here are a few key points for keeping your student group active:

  • Plan a busy but achievable calendar so members stay interested 
  • Ask your members what they think of the type and frequency of activities  
  • Act on their feedback
  • Keep to deadlines for important document submission such as signatory lists, budgets and SASS application

And don't forget to refer to the Student Group Handbook (see links below) which contains all you need to know about running your group. You can download and print the Handbook for reference, but please check this page regularly to make sure you always have the latest version.

Developmental Meetings

Want to develop your student group further? Struggling to understand a process? Need support in running your group?

We have a slot for that!

All you need to do is tell us the area that you would like to discuss and we will assign your group a slot. Whether you are struggling to come up with fundraising ideas, having trouble getting your head around any of the administration processes or just generally want a chat about what steps to take to continue developing your group, book in a slot and we will help you in any way we can.

Email or pop into the student hub to book in your appointment. We have 30 minute slots, 1pm – 4pm every Wednesday afternoon.

Forms and Guides

There's a fair bit of paperwork to manage. The Student Group Handbook and Committee Resources page contain loads more information, and all of the forms you'll need. Just click on the images below: