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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The committee review applications to start new societies.
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The committee grants funding from the Societies Fund.
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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.
Thomas Carey-Wilson, Brand and PR Manager of Liberate the Debate
I applied for the societies committee on a mandate of measured professionalism and to the purpose of ensuring that all societies have an equal opportunity to provide a fun, stimulating environment for their membership. Further to this, one of my other main priorities as a Society Rep is also to promote inter-community events in which students have the opportunity to get to grips with new cultures, ideas and general experiences that they may not have otherwise come across, as this is what University should be about in my view.
Edward Seccombe, Strategy Officer of Liberate the Debate
I ran for Societies Committee with the aim to represent society members, and ensure the committee is run efficiently. If any society members require advice, support or assistance with their society, they can be assured that I will be effective in providing that. Through my role in Liberate the Debate I am experienced in strategy, criticism and vision, and so will be able to critically review certain events and provide advice that is usually not immediately considered.
There are now a total of 64 new societies at Sussex, an amazing array of groups spanning academic, fundraising, special interest, cultural and more.
Hal, President of the Dog Walking society, has joined the Societies Committee as a Rep after Edward stepped down.
Two Society Reps have been elected to Union Council.
The Society Reps have approved 40 new and returning societies so far this term. The Society Reps meet every week during term time to decide on matters affecting societies, including applications to start and re-affiliate societies.
See what Societies at Sussex have been up to this spring term and how they have spent the £10,000 funding given to the Societies Committee by the Sussex Fund!