Start a Society


Starting a New Student Group has never been easier! It's a great way to make the most of your time at the University of Leicester and find a group of likeminded individuals that share your interests and hobbies.

 New Student Group Application Form 

But what's the process? To get started, you need to fill in the New Student Group application form. You will be asked the following:

  • The name of your group
  • Brief description of your group
  • Student Group Category
  • Your planned activities
  • Your committee members
    • We require there to be at least 3 committee members in the roles of President, Treasurer and Wellbeing & Inclusion Ambassador. Please Note: You can only hold one core position (President, Treasurer and Wellbeing & Inclusion) on committee.
  • You will also upload a copy of your constitution which outlines information like any extra roles you would like and the aims of your group! You can download this here.

At the University of Leicester Students' Union we operate on a rolling intake with applications approved at the Societies Council meeting every month. If you have any questions make sure to get in touch with the team at

What criteria does my New Student Group need to meet?

There are a number of different ways to help your Student Group get approved, but make sure to consider the following when coming up with your ideas:

  • Unique: Make sure that your Student Group stands out from others that exist here. Groups that are too similar to others will not be approved.
  • Community: Think about whether your Student Group idea will create a sense of community within its members, what can you do to ensure that it will work as a group
  • Workload: Running a Student Group is a fantastic way to build your CV but it can take up a lot of time. Make sure that you can balance it alongside your other commitments and that you have at least 2 other people that are happy to dedicate their time to be on committee.

When will I get a response?

Here is a brief breakdown of when you will hear back from us. We look at the New Student Group Applications biweekly and aim to respond the week after we review them!


When we look at applications.

When you’ll hear back!

Term 3
  Week beginning:














*Dates impacted by bank holidays.

Please understand that the weeks that we respond, it could be any day between the Monday and Friday of that week.

Don't have enough people to start a group yet?

If you have an idea for a group but don't have students to start it with yet, share your idea to meet likeminded students! We have a page where you, and others, can suggest new groups, or clubs, and find others who are interested. If your idea is popular we can help you promote it or students may comment on your idea to get involved. It's a great way to meet students you wouldn't normally and spread your idea across course as well as campuses.

Click here for the page to submit your idea!

Why not Restart a Society?

Below is lists of all of the Student Groups that don't have a committee anymore, but are more likely to be approved during the Start a Society process and may have some pre-existing resources (e.g. funding/equipment).

This means that students can take these societies and restart them if it is something they are interested in! 

If you have any questions about restarting a society, make sure to get in touch with the Union Activities team at

Restart a Society!


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