Start a new group

Being a Student Group Leader for a society or club is great fun. You gain friends, skills and experience which can help improve your time as a student and it is also valuable for life after university.

Starting a group couldn't be easier.  All you need is:

  • A unique idea
  • Two students to help you run the groups
  • 10 students to support your idea

When can I apply?

You can apply to start a new group within one of our three application windows:

  • 13th September - 8th October
  •  17th January - 11th February 
  •  9th May - 3rd June (Requests for new groups to commence in 2022-2023 academic year)


Start a new group by filling out the online start up form here!


Start a new group form




What happens next


The application will be reviewed by a member of the GSU Membership Services Team. If they need more information they will get in touch with you.

All new clubs and societies must be ratified through the Activities committee, a committee of fellow student group leaders in place to help represent all GSU student groups.  This committee will be at the end of an application cycle to review your application and make the decision on whether to approve the student group.

If your application is successful, you will then be invited to attend training on how to run a student group which will cover the basics of finance, marketing, getting and keeping members and other useful information.

If you have any other questions please contact for more information.

For more on the Activities Committee and how they represent you, find out below...

Activities Committee