It's a strange time for us all at the moment. However, we know just how important societies are to the student community at Heriot-Watt. Our best advice to you is KEEP GOING. If you do have any questions, please send them to the Polly.

I want to set up a society

That's great, we love new societies!

Please take a look at guide to setting up a society.

What events can my society do because of COVID? 

We recommend keeping up to date with Scottish Government guidelines here.

Now, because of some relaxing in the guidelines (at time of publishing), it may be possible to hold in person events, please keep checking the guidance to make sure you're compliant and keeping everyone safe. Please fill out this risk assesment and send it over to Polly in plenty of time for us to review.

If you'd like more information about completing a risk assesment please see this guide.

Some of your members may be less inclined/unable to attend in person events as they may still be off campus or still concerned with the risk of Covid, so please remeber them and try to run inclusive events! We have a guide about online events here.

I'm a Society member. What should I do?

Keep in touch

Your society will want to hear from you as much as you want to hear from them. Be nice, check in with your pals from the society and maybe come up with some ideas to stay better connected with the group.

Whisky Society have been running online tasting sessions.

I'm on a committee. What should i be doing?

Keep in touch

You should try and keep in touch with your members however you can. Everyone's in the same boat; indoors and a bit bored. Make a big group chat with all your members, try watching a film/series together, set each other tasks or play a game.

Your members will remember if you're looking out for them during this tough period.

Log your Volunteering

As a society committee member, you can still log your volunteering with the Student Union. That means any time you've spent helping your society at a committee meeting, organising an event or attending Societies Council can be logged as volunteering experience. If you volunteer outside of your society, you can add that too.

If you log your volunteering hours with us, they'll go on your transcript when you graduate*.

More info about logging your hours can be found here.

*you must log a minimum of 50 volunteer hours and 5 skills to be recognised on your trascript, but that's easier than you might think!