What is Society Development?

Society Development is an opportunity for society officers to work with union staff  to identify, develop and improve their society's activities and aims through a structured development plan, training and reward scheme.

What are the benefits?

Through the society development scheme societies will be able to improve the standard and range of activities they offer their members, up skill society officers and volunteers through training courses and workshops, raise the profile of their society within the wider UCL community and access additional funding for new initiatives.

How do we get started?

Simply download the Society Development Plan Template and complete, then arrange your first development meeting by emailing the Societies & Media Coordinator, Johnny Glover [email protected] 

Society Development Awards

Once you've hit your society aims for the year you can shout about the amazing things your society does, nominate them for a development award using the below criteria and form:


To receive a Bronze Award:

  • Your society must meet the minimum requirements of being a Students’ Union UCL society (as detailed in the union Clubs & Societies Rules and Regulations)

  • Society President and/or Treasurer should have attended a development meeting with the Societies & Media Coordinator

  • A sound budget has been in place and followed


To receive a Silver Award:

  • Your society should have an approved development plan in place.

  • Your society should be actively working towards achieving the key aims of your development plan, updating your achievements and goals regularly

  • You should have attended a further society development meeting

  • Your society should take part in a one-off or on-going community volunteering

  • Your society should provide a Give It A Go event or opportunity


Gold Award

To receive a Gold Award:

  • Your society should be able to demonstrate clear ways in which it has delivered against the development plan

  • Your society has both a Welfare and a Community Outreach Officer in place as part of your committee

  • Your society should be able to demonstrate a high level of involvement with the union (e.g. attendance at Activities Network and general assemblies, supporting union events etc.)

  • Your society has a designated Social Media Officer who has an active engagement on a number of channels

  • Your society committee should be represented at a minimum of three union training sessions over the course of the year.

  • Complete a gold award nomination by the deadline, demonstrating how your society has met the criteria detailed on the form.

  • Connect with your alumni 

To view the annual training opportunities and courses available to societies please click here

Bronze and Silver Awards will be attained and awarded as and when the relevant criteria is met.

 For the Gold Award, societies who have already achieved the Silver Award, nominate themselves. A panel of union staff and sabbatical officers will decide which nominated societies achieve the award. Gold Award Societies will each receive a £500 society development grant and will be announced at the Societies Colours/Arts Ball.

Society Benefits

  • All societies who are successful in gaining awards will have the relevant badge added to their directory page on the Students’ Union UCL website.
  • Monetary grants will be awarded to successful societies
  • Awards will support selection criteria when considering funding bids
  • Awards could be considered during the allocation of grants and facility space
  • Prioritised quad/stage slot at Welcome Fair


Nomination Process

Societies can nominate themselves for the award level they believe they have achieved during academic year 2019/20 via the online form until 1st September 2020.