Society Laurels

The Society Laurels tier structure is a chance to identify those Societies who are a cut above the rest, whose committees and members have gone that extra mile to enhance student experience and who have given their members the best value for money.

Key

  1. RUSU will have access to this information already.
  2. Please send a copy of online social media/email event and invites sent to members.
  3. Please submit a link to this.
  4. Please submit photo proof.
  5. Please submit minutes.
  6. Please submit a copy of the contract.
  7. Please send a description of the change made.

Bronze

Every society must reach Bronze accreditation in order to be an affiliated society. This means you are able to have a bank account, a webpage, ability to bid for funding/extra grant fund etc., RUSU booking and admin/development support.

Societies must complete all 10 of the Bronze requirements to be considered a bronze standard society.

  1. Complete elections in line with RUSU guidance, to elect at least 4 core roles: President, Secretary, Treasurer and Welfare. (1)
  2. Sign both the constitution and the behavioral policy (1)
  3. Complete compulsory committee training (1)
  4. Complete risk assessment and equipment inventory (1)
  5. Have a representative attend a minimum of 2 activity group committee meetings (we recommend you come to them all) (1)
  6. Have a minimum of 15 members (except for campaigns and causes societies) (1)
  7. Hold a valid Annual General Meeting with your members (2, 5)
  8. Hold at least 1 welfare focused event or 1 welfare focused post on social media.* (2, 4)
  9. Host at least 1 non-alcohol focussed social event (2, 4)
  10. Being financially sustainable (1)

Silver

Every society should achieve this to show they are a well-run, developing society engaged with the Students union and the Knight community.

Societies must have achieved Bronze and completed 10/15 of the Silver requirements to be considered a Silver standard society.

  1. Write media content for your society for The Spark Newspaper, RU:TV or B radio (articles, shows or videos). (3, 4)
  2. Host at least 2 non-alcohol focussed social events (2, 4)
  3. Raise at least £50 for charity (can be in conjunction with RAG projects) (1, 4)
  4. All 4 core committee members to complete additional RUSU welfare committee training. (1)
  5. Create a society logo image (to go on social media accounts and the RUSU website) (4)
  6. Have a representative at all activity group committee meetings (1)
  7. Collaborate with another society or society to run a joint event or society swap (2, 4)
  8. Have a Fresher's Fayre stall and hold a taster session to attract new members.
  9. Have 10% of your society attend a RUSU social mixer and/or RAG event.
  10. Create a social media page/or group for your society. (4)
  11. Create an online newcomers group/page to communicate information to new members after freshers week before paying membership. (3, 4)
  12. Run a society trip (away fixtures don't count!) (2, 4)
  13. Implement an equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) rep into your committee. (1)
  14. Post at least once in the RUSU community FaceBook group or collaborate with student activities team’s social media (resharing content doesn’t count). (4)
  15. Hold at least 2 welfare focused events/welfare focused social media posts. * (2, 4)

Gold

Every society can easily achieve this, but displays a consistent level of effort put in by the committee to achieve a well-run and rounded society. Societies that achieve this will be recognised at the Awards and throughout the year through RUSU and social media.

Societies must have achieved Bronze and Silver, and completed 10/15 of the Gold requirements to be considered a Gold standard society.

  1. Raise £300 for charity (can be in conjunction with RAG) (1, 4)
  2. Have a stall at Re-freshers Fayre and a session in ‘give it a go’ week (1)
  3. Hold at least 3 welfare focused events/welfare focused social media posts. * (2, 4)
  4. Be part of a RUSU part-time or full-time officer campaign OR participate in a RUSU run event or University open day. (1, 4)
  5. Run fortnightly committee meetings (5)
  6. Collaborate with a community project.
  7. Establish a partnership with a local group or institution (e.g school) (1, 4)
  8. Run a second volunteering event with at least 30% of members (can be in conjunction with RUSU planned volunteering projects) (2, 4)
  9. At least 2 news articles/shows with The Spark Newspaper/RU:TV/B radio (refer to silver award). (3, 4)
  10. Produce a development plan (1)
  11. Increased membership by at least 10% from previous year (1)
  12. Host at least 3 non-alcohol focussed social events (2, 4)
  13. 2 joint events/society swaps (2, 4)
  14. Have your EDI or welfare rep attend all equality, diversity and inclusion training. (1)
  15. Implement a change within your group that will directly increase your accessibility and/or inclusivity. This can be led by your equality, diversity and inclusion rep, who will receive training on this. (7)

* Mindfulness mornings, educational workshops, coffee mornings, mental health discussions etc.

Rewritten by Amy Sheffield Autumn 2021 to be more welfare and inclusivity focused in relation to 2nd elected manifesto point.

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