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Academic Groups

Further your learning, network with classmates & develop a deeper learning with our academic groups..

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Academic groups bring together students who have a particular interest in a particular course or field of study. Groups are run by students with support from the Students’ Union. They provide a space to further your learning, increase your knowledge, develop a deeper understanding and network with classmates, teaching staff and industry professionals

Why should I join one?

Being part of an academic group, contributing and participating will open doors to different opportunities within the respective subject area. Networking events, guest lectures, events, debates, qualifications are just some of the things academic group to enhance your experience and knowledge. Aside from that, there is evidence to suggest that being part of a group or network has a positive impact on your degree outcomes.

What do students say?

“I’ve found that through Musical Theatre society I have been able to connect with people on my own course and other courses and talk about a common interest and It’s also really nice to meet people on ?different courses to your own. ?I also love how it helps me as a Musical Theatre student develop my skills further. ?I can’t wait for the coming year and the workshops we have organised starting with a kinky boots dance workshop in October lead by me! I think this will be such a fun way to start the year and let go of any stress that we may have about the year ahead!”

(Amie, Musical Theatre Society)

How do I join one?

Joining an academic group couldn’t be easier. All official academic groups are listed on the UWLSU website here. If you find one you are looking for, simply sign in to the website and join the group you are interested in. Contact the committee to find out how you can get involved and if there is anything coming up.

There isn’t a academic group associated to the course I study, can I create my own?

YES, absolutely. We would love to help you create your own academic group. Simply fill in this form to let us know what group you would like to start. Once we have that, staff member will be in touch to help you get set up. 

What kind of support will I get?

To get you started, one of our dedicated Student Groups and Events Coordinators commit to supporting you to create an official UWLSU academic group. This will include things like, creating a plan for the year, setting up a bank account with us, creating memberships and ensuring you have everything you need to get started.

Once you are set up, you will get continued support throughout the year to manage and develop your group through:

  • 1-2-1 support meetings
  • Monthly committee forums 
  • Online recourse rub
  • Training and Development opportunities 
  • Connecting you with course reps
  • Connecting you with Course leaders to promote and facilitate your group
  • Connecting you to our Partnership team who organise events with your respective school  
  • Support with activity design and delivery

What now?

Make the move now and take your learning experience to the next level by joining and academic group or starting one yourself.

If you have any questions please email