Before you get started in your new committee role, it is our responsibility to make sure you are fully equipped to run your group so you can hit the ground running in September.

In May, we held some invaluable Student Group Training sessions, in which we shared the information you will need to get through the summer as a committee and prepare for the year ahead. We went over all the basics and introduced you to the Student Opportunities team and explained how to help run your groups. We walked you through setting up your memberships and keeping on top of your finances, managing your fixtures, putting on events, and how to spend your group funds.

However, we know that May was a busy month for exams and end-of-year celebrations and that might have made it difficult for you to attend the sessions. So we have provided the slides and recorded the content for the mandatory sessions in video format which are now available online, as we want as many of you as possible to have had access to the training to set you up as well as we possibly can for the year ahead.

We expect at least one person from each committee to have attended the training either in person or watched the videos online. If accessing the online content you will need to watch the videos and complete a short quiz in order to be eligible for your group's summer funding. If your committee does not complete the mandatory sessions, you will forfeit your group's entitlement to this funding. You can find the content for each session by clicking the relevant buttons below where you will find a series of short videos and a link to the quiz.

The deadline to complete the training and quiz is Wednesday 31 July

Running Your Student Group

This session covers some essential tasks and processes to be carried out over the summer that will enable your committee to hit the ground running for the 2023/24 academic year. It also contains a timeline of the key dates over the next few months and provides an overview of Governance and Democracy, Codes of Conduct, Freshdesk, Resource Booker, Google Drive, finances and events.

Introduction to Sports Clubs

This session introduces you to some of the more sport-specific aspects of running your sports club, including facility allocation and fixtures, coaching, competitions, kit, and health & safety as well as providing an opportunity to meet both the Student Opportunities and Active Lifestyle & Sport (ALS) teams.  

Treasurer Training 

This session provides all treasurers with a detailed understanding of their responsibilities and the processes involved with student group finances. This includes how the different accounts work, how you can spend money using expense claims, invoices and purchase requests, and how money can be paid into your group account. This session will also go over how you can apply for funding from the Students’ Union, explain how to create a budget sheet and set your membership prices.

Community, Culture and Conduct Training

This session covers ways that you can make your group accessible to all and how you can support and empower members from diverse backgrounds to get involved with your activities. 

Wellbeing Secretary Training

This session aims to reduce stigma around mental health and empower students to be able to create open discussions and a more inclusive environment for people to be able to talk about their own mental health experiences. We’ll talk about how prevalent mental health is in universities, symptoms you may spot in your student group and some useful skills and signposting resources.

Disability Awareness and Accommodation

This session will cover ways that you can make your group accessible to all and how you can support and empower members from diverse backgrounds to get involved with your activities.