Thinking of setting up your own society? CUSU is here to help.
Before you start...
Set up a Facebook group. You can link this to your listing on the CUSU societies directory.
Register your society with the University if you wish to (Note: Registration is not compulsory and you can do this at any time. You may wish to wait until your group has grown a little larger.).
How to register your society
To register your society, the society will need to be open to all interested members of the University. You will need to have the following:
If you are not sure whether you are registered or not, either contact the Junior Proctor or check this list.The University website has a useful section on how to register a society.Think you'll need a bank account?To set up a bank account, you will need to go to a bank and ask to set up a clubs and charities account. You will require a Senior and Junior treasurer, and a minimum of three signatories. You can arrange for only one signatory on cheques.
VAT and your Society
Any society that has a turnover of over £81,000 legally has to register for VAT with HM Revenue and Customs.If your society turnover is less than this amount you can choose whether or not to register. If your society pays VAT on a lot of purchases and only a little on what you supply (e.g. concert tickets), then it might be worth considering registration.
For more information on VAT for charities go to the HMRC website or call their helpline on 0300 123 1073.
Types of SocietyThere are 3 types of society at Cambridge:
University-Wide Societies (Registered)
A University-Wide registered society is eligible to apply to the Sports or Societies Syndicates for further funding, as well as access to society services and facilities from CUSU. To become a registered University society you must register with the Junior Proctor, see above for information on how to register your society.
University-Wide Societies (Unregistered)
Societies not registered with the Societies Syndicate are unable to gain financial support from the University. However these societies apply for approval through CUSU to become a part of the directory and have access to CUSU Society Services.
A College-Based society will draw most of its members from a single college and apply to the JCR and/or MCR for funding. College-based societies therefore have to compete for these funds, which are given at the discretion of the students on the JCR/MCR board.The method of applying differs in each college as does the date of application, for more detailed information contact your JCR/MCR treasurer for more details.