When you think about societies, it is usual to consider them as something separate from your course. So it might surprise you that a lot of the courses at Leeds Beckett have their own society within the Students’ Union.
Like any society, being part of the group is an opportunity to meet new people and try different things. And for committee members, being involved at that level allows you to develop and learn skills, while putting on the kind of events you and your friends want to take part in.
It’s also worth pointing out that anyone can join any society – you don’t have to be studying on a course to be a part of it.
What makes course-based societies different is that all of its members will have a shared interest in a subject area. This shared interest opens all kinds of doors: careers events and trips are viable; you can collaborate with academics as a society leader; your group is a platform for student feedback and course improvement.
Some courses which have their own society include:
Being part of a course-based society – either as a member or as part of the committee – is something every student should consider. Lecturers value them as a means of getting student feedback. This kind of dialogue with your academics is the perfect way to enact changes in the course and its content. Beyond this, students who are elected to be a committee member can expect to grow both personally and professionally. The process of organising meetings and events will constantly challenge and improve your skillset. And all of this is without even mentioning socials!
If your course has a society, there are lots of reasons to get involved. And if it doesn't, why not start one yourself?