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Terms two and three will be filled with hundreds of different opportunities to take part in online and in-person club and society activity, thanks to the amazing support of UCL. They’ve listened to students, seen the impact our clubs and societies have had on your experience, and backed us to do even more with a generous additional grant. 

The effort and enthusiasm shown by those running clubs and societies this term has been extraordinary. They’ve led the way, with a diverse range of in-person and online events to bring the whole UCL community together. It’s so inspiring to see their efforts being rightly rewarded, enabling them to go on and do even more in term two. On behalf of our entire community, I’d like to thank the Provost, Michael Arthur, and UCL’s Senior Management Team for their ongoing support.” 
Carol Paige, Democracy, Operations and Community Officer, Students’ Union UCL

This backing is a huge endorsement of the work we do with our clubs and societies to bring people together and build community at UCL. We’re here to make more happen, and this extra support from UCL will help us to do just that. 

Here’s how: 

  • From January well significantly increase our capacity to support clubs and societies to run in-person activity on and off-campus, this means lots more in-person society events happening every week.  
  • With this additional resource, we’ll invest in more staff support for clubs and societies, helping them to run safe in-person activity which is aimed at getting as many people involved as possible. 
  • We’ll invest in new equipment so we can run more hybrid events and activitiesallowing people to take-part around the world. 
  • We’ll add even more new clubs and societies to the growing list of those we supportincluding new departmental societies, meaning you’ll be able to join more than 350 different groups. 
  • We’ll support our Arts Societies to do more live performances, and we’ll use new equipment to broadcast these online, so everyone can enjoy our talented performers and artists.  
  • We’ll create more opportunities for you to try club and society activity for free through the Give it a Go programme. 
  • We’ll launch a new app so you can stay active during term and join a global community of active UCL students. 
  • Project Active, our no experience, no commitment, no judgement activity programme will grow. We’ll run in-person classes on campus alongside our Project Active at Home programme.  
  • The newly launched TeamUCL intra-UCL leagues will continue to grow, providing opportunities for students to train as match officials and referees. 
  • We’ll dedicate staff resource to developing programme of disability sport at UCL, making sure everything we do is accessible to all  

We’ve all had to do things differently so far this year, and with most of UCL life online, the in-person activity that has happened has felt essential. For those in London, being able to get together with new mates and old friends has made this strange time a feel a little bit more normal. That slice of normality has been made possible by our amazing clubs and societies, and almost all the in-person activity that has happened this term, has happened because of these student-led groups. From dance classes to bird walks, clubs and societies have created opportunities for you to do the things you love doing.  

Behind the scenes, as Government guidelines have changed, we’ve been working closely with UCL. Giving the student view on their response to Covid-19, supporting them to communicate important messages, and working together to safely reopen our spaces like Bloomsbury Fitness and the Lewis’s Building. 

We’re starting work to prepare for term two now, and we’re excited to put plans for more activity into action once Covid restrictions allow. Now is a great time to join a club or societyTogether with our student-led groups, we’re making more happen at UCL.