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Societies Committee

The Societies Committee meets on Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:00pm during term time. The location can change so check the agenda to find out where the meeting will be that week. Society Reps support and represent societies at Sussex, using a seat on the committee to make democratic decisions on matters affecting societies, including new society applications and funding applications, shortlisting for Student Awards and society development at the Students’ Union. Reps also gather feedback from other societies about their experiences with the intention of facilitating positive change.

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Start a new society

The committee review applications to start new societies. 

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The committee grants funding from the Societies Fund.

To access our application form you must be logged in to Google (Google Drive/Gmail) with your society account groupname@societies.sussexstudent.com. Please use an incognito browser when doing this to guarantee access.

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Committee Elections

Society Reps

Elections are held at the end of Spring Term for new Society Reps to take up their postions in the following Autumn Term. The Societies Committee is chaired by the Activities Officer of the Students' Union, one Part-Time Elected Officer and attended by the Societies and Student Media team and the Events Assistant.

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Peter Gallizzi, President of Politics Society

I ran with the aims of freedom, fairness, and transparency. I will represent societies at Sussex fairly and honestly, drawing on my experience in Politics Society. Freedom of speech and assembly are key to a healthy discourse and a vibrant campus culture. However, these essential rights must not come at the expense of civility and mutual respect. As a Society Rep, I will fight for the rights of students and societies, while working to ensure that Sussex remains a safe and welcoming place for all.


Jonathan Busby, President of Maths Society (SUMS)

I applied again this year to be a Society Rep in order to help societies to continue put on some great events and see what other societies do. My goal as a rep this year is to help fund and support new societies, and to help societies to collaborate and work with each other.


Peter Anson, President of Liberate the Debate

I initially joined the Society Committee last year because I wanted to have a greater awareness and understanding of how the SU accommodated for societies and how things worked. Now after a year of experience, I want to interact with more societies as society rep to provide advice and assistance so other societies can perform well and create a better student atmosphere.


Matthew McGregor-Morales, Head of Production at URF

Hi! I’m Matt and I wanted to be a Society Rep to help societies of all kinds grow and improve, and feel enabled to do so. I want to make funding feel accessible, through workshops, online resources, and open conversation about what the committee might say yes and no to- and why. Feel free to get in touch with any questions, and see you around. 


Heulwen Jenkins, President of Sussex Dog Walking Society 


Committee News

Nominate a society for a Student Award!

Societies are a huge part of life at Sussex, and the Students' Union has an annual awards night to celebrate and recognise the societies who have made a difference to students' lives.

How was the Societies Fund spent?

In the Autumn Semester the society reps awarded a total of £12445.08 for a range of society activities and needs.

64 new societies have started since September!

There are now a total of 64 new societies at Sussex, an amazing array of groups spanning academic, fundraising, special interest, cultural and more.

Meet your newest Society Rep

Hal, President of the Dog Walking society, has joined the Societies Committee as a Rep after Edward stepped down.

Societies have elected 2 reps to Union Council

Two Society Reps have been elected to Union Council.


Committee meeting schedule