Get Involved

Whatever your interests, we’ve got hundreds of ways for you to try something new, make friends and discover what you love. Postgraduates play a full part in our thriving Guild community – so, though your studies will undoubtedly be challenging, we hope you find the time to get involved with the things that really matter to you.

STUDENT GROUPS

The Guild supports over 280 student groups which are a great way to meet new people who share your interests and even explore something new

Whether you're interested in activities and games, academic assistance, campaigning, volunteering, food & drink, religious beliefs, music, performance or media, there's bound to be something that will appeal to you - and if there isn’t, start your own! It’s really easy to set up a new student group and it’s a great way to develop your skills and find your community.

From Bhangra and Tea to Harry Potter and Pantomime, find our full list of groups right here.

The Postgraduate and Mature Students’ Association is a dedicated group for postgraduates and membership is free! Find out more about how you can join the PGMSA here.

Student Groups Societies Fair 2016-17 - various group stalls

STUDENT REPS

Our Reps work closely with academics, university staff and the Guild to feedback and improve the experience of their peers at school, college and university level.

If you’re passionate about your academic experience or want to make a real impact during your time at Birmingham, then why not become a Student Rep? A partnership between the University and the Guild, the Student Rep System is here to empower you to make a difference to teaching and learning in your Schools and Colleges.

Because the modes of study are different, we have different models of representation for taught and research students. Find out more about how to become a Rep here.

A note from Rose – I was a Senior and School Rep for all of my undergraduate and postgraduate years at Birmingham and it allowed me to form close relationships with the academics in my college. These relationships ultimately turned into mentoring opportunities which encouraged my academic and professional development. It meant that I could make small and big changes in my department and gave me insight into how the university works and the skills to have impact on it.

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OFFICER ELECTIONS

The Guild is a student-led organisation, and that means we need people like you to direct what we do. Each year, we hold elections for a huge range of positions – usually in October and February – and you could be our perfect candidate. If you’re thinking of standing, we’ll help you every step of the way and can offer you training and support to run the best campaign possible.

All of our officer positions are open to postgraduate students and as part of our Officer Team, you could play a crucial role in improving our postgraduate community on campus.  Alongside officer positions, there are loads of ways to get involved.

Find out more about standing in an election here.

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YOUR IDEAS

Your Ideas is the place for you to democratically shape our University and Guild community. If you’ve got an idea, big or small, to make things better on campus, we want to hear about it!

Whether you’d like to change something about your academic life, think the Guild should be campaign on a national issue or want to improve sports, activities or welfare on campus, Your Ideas is the place to let us know about the changes you’d like to see.

All students are able to submit Ideas - find out more here.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the local community and to get to know other students. We have a huge range of volunteering activities that you can get involved in – from working with local charities to tutoring to one-off micro-volunteering activities – so there’s bound to be an opportunity that fits around your commitments.

Take a look at our current opportunities here. Be sure to check back regularly, as our listings are regularly updated!

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