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By being a member of the SU, you get the chance to do more interesting stuff in your spare time than you ever have.

Clubs and societies are all run by students and are great ways of meeting new people and doing what you already love or trying new stuff. If you're interested in getting some experience on your CV and making the world a better place check out vTeam, our volunteering branch.

You can join as many or as few of these as you want, or you can use  the SU as a platform to start your own.

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Sport


The Essex Blades is the collective name for all of our Students' Union sports clubs and teams that represent the university; membership to all of our sports clubs are FREE! We are one of very few Students' Unions to be able to offer this. If you can't find a sport on our list that you already do or want to try, we may still be able to help! Email blades@essex.ac.uk or  Tweet us with your questions.

Want to play sport but not ready to commit to regular training? Are you a beginner and want to enhance your skills? Or maybe you just want to try something different and new (that’s what Uni is about after all!) - then get involved in Just Play!

The sessions are (nearly always) free. It's a fun and great way to meet new people. Email justplay@essex.ac.uk or tweet us.

 

American Football

Open to literally anyone to try; beginner or experienced, big or small, there is definitely a position for everyone. Compete against other Universities at weekends if you want.

Good social and competitive opportunities. Bronze standard club.

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Badminton

The badminton club have sessions catering for all abilites, from individual sessions for team members through to Just Play sessions that are available for everyone.  They are an active club and have 4 teams which compete in the weekly Wednesday BUCS leagues. Bronze standard club.

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Boxing

The club provides a platform both students and non-students who are interested in learning the skills of boxing and wish to keep fit through boxing training programmes. There is also the opportunity to compete at the British Universities Championships as well as training for fitness.

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Climbing

The Climbing Club  comprises a welcoming group of people enthusiastic about the the outdoors and all things climbing related- they train on an indoor wall in the sports centre however have several trips a year that venture outdoors! There is also the option to compete in bouldering at the British Universities Championships. 

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Dance

Club of the year two years ago, offer several different styles of dance from Latin and Ballroom, to Ballet and Street. Open to complete beginners and experienced dancers as well as everyone in between. Biggest club on campus (in terms of members). Options to both compete or just learn in one of our Gold standard clubs.

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Football Women

Friendly and sociable club who welcome players from all abilities, experience and nationalities. They have one team catering for all players, competing in the BUCS Southern Tier 2B league and are looking to battle for promotion. However there are other opportunities through Just Play programme to get involved in football! They are also one of our bronze standard clubs.

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Handball

The club welcomes both women and men, and beginners as well as experienced players. Training twice a week, they compete in both regional and national competitions as well as just for fun!

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Judo

People practice Judo to excel in competition, to stay in shape, to develop self-confidence, and for many other reasons. But most of all, people do Judo just for the fun of it. The club is welcoming to all experiences with highly qualified coaches delivering sessions.

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Lacrosse

90% of the lacrosse players in past and present teams have never played before, it is clear that anyone can pick it up in no time! Both men and women play in weekly Wednesday BUCS leagues. Big or small theres a position for you on the lacrosse field utilising, strength, speed, agility and precision. They are a very social club, being nominated for social club of the year every year for the last 4 and winning it twice. Gold Standard Club.

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Poledancing

Second biggest club on campus having classes are suitable for all abilities, from those who have never been on a pole before to those who are more experienced- great fitness but also give opportunities to showcase skills and compete against other universities. Silver Standard Club.

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Rounders

Rounders are into their second year of running and would love for you to be a part of one of the newest sports clubs on campus. Rounders is a fun sport that many people associate with their childhood, come and join in the well-beloved sport and be a part of a fun and exciting new team.

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Rugby Women

The Women's Rugby club are closely linked to the men's, they are a friendly and  sociable team that train hard and play hard, shown by being nominated for both team and social club of the year last year. you don't need to have any previous experience, lots of the girls didn't and were taught everything they needed to know by qualified coaches and the national governing body!

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Sub Aqua

Sub Aqua aims to share the underwater world with everyone. They facilitate all PADI courses from beginner to professional level, as well as dive trips in the UK and aboard.

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Tae Kwon Do

Tae-Kwon-Do – A traditional Korean martial art, Tae-Kwon-Do improves: Agility, flexibility, speed, strength, stamina, reflexes and discipline with an opportunity to compete for the university.

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Ultimate Frisbee

Current Social Club of the year, one of the fastest growing  mixed gender clubs over the previous few years by having a strong link with the local community and offering both indoor and outdoor sessions, regular tournaments and a Men's weekly league against other Universities. You could be the star of the pitch or the last pick at school, your past is exactly that, everyone starts on the same level in Ultimate!

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Archery

Achery provides a great chance to experience and partake in a unique alternative sport with a competitive and social environment that is both welcoming and engaging. They have local, regional and national competitions that are open to all members of the club. Archery are also one of our Bronze standard clubs.

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Basketball Men

Basketball have social, competitive and high performance elements within the club. Depending on your level, it is easy to get involved. The men compete in National Basketball League Division 4 at the weekend and in BUCS tiers 1 and 4 every Wednesday. They also host internal leagues and Just Play drop in sessions.

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Brazilian Ju Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art focusing largely on grappling and ground fighting. It utilizes natural body leverage and proper technique to obtain dominant control on the ground. They train off campus at a local, dedicated martial arts gym (BKK fighters). Open to everyone!

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Cricket

The Essex Blades Cricket Club is a great club to be a part of during your time at the university, whether you’re an experienced player or you’ve never played before, we cater to all abilities.

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Fencing

Students have been fencing at the university for almost 40 years, making the club one of the oldest on campus. All equipment is provided and with qualified coaches the club is open to everyone training 3 times per week. 5 teams compete on a weekly basis in the British Universities and Colleges Leagues. 

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Futsal

Indoor football played with a heavier ball that promotes the use of finesse and close control. Home to our only two premier league BUCS clubs (Men's and Women's 1st). Open to all abilities though with other teams and just play sessions, women play on Saturdays and men on Sundays.

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Hockey

One of the largest Essex Blades mixed gender clubs having 2 male and 2 female teams, competing in BUCS (on wednesdays) and Saturday league, with mixed hockey played casually across the year. They are also a very socially active, becoming a gold standard club last year  for offering a variety of opportunities to their members.

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Kick Boxing

The kick-boxing club is one of the Student Union's most popular clubs attracting lots of students every year, all equipment is provided, and is great for your fitness! More advanced fighters have the option to represent us in the Universities Combat League.

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MMA

Full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts including boxing, kick boxing, muay thai, freestyle/greco roman/catch wrestling, judo and brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) among many others. Club trains off campus at a dedicated martial arts gym (BKK Fighters).

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Pool

Pool sports club that also emphasises on having a relaxing atmosphere; therefore people from all ability levels are welcome to join the club. We are based in the Level Up so you have the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends as well as enjoying a game of pool. THose who are more exerienced can compete at the BUCS 8-Ball Championships.

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Rowing

Rowing are a diverse club encouraging people to explore a sport which not many would have had access to before University. From just getting fit to competing all over the country, they have something to offer for everyone, in a dynamic and fun environment. They are a hard working group of people, with lots of training on offer and lots of socials!

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Snowsports

As an active social club, they hold an annual skiing trip during the winter break and are looking to expand their offer to provide snowsports throughout the year at dry/indoor ski-slopes.

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Swimming and Waterpolo

The Swimming and Waterpolo club is one which is for anyone and everyone. It offers those who are already established swimmers and waterpolo players the chance to train and compete aswell as offering those who are complete novices the chance to learn how to swim and play the game through Just Play.

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Tennis

The club holds training sessions for players of all abilities every week during term time. Tennis boasts a variety of men’s, women’s and mixed teams competing against other universities in BUCS and clubs in local leagues. 

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Trampolining

Trampolining is a unisex club which appeals to everyone regardless of your ability. They have highly qualified coaching that will help you to progress at your own level and learn new skills, which you are able to show off at the competitions they attend around the country. Trampoilining are a Brozne Standard Club.

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Athletics

The Athletics club is open to runners, jumpers and throwers of any level beginner to international. Train on and off campus with experienced coaches and local club links. They also have many social members who attend their fortnightly socials.

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Basketball Women

Basketball is a brilliant way to meet new people, since we do a lot of joint socials its also a great way to stay fit! We have two teams and always ensure that everyone who commits gets game time. The first team compete on Both Saturday's and Wednesday's, the 2nd team just on Wednesday's for BUCS.

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Cheerleading

The Essex Flames Cheerleading Squad compete at National and International levels. No experience is needed in joining the squad; you will be taught all the skills you need. If you are already an experienced cheerleader or gymnast, there are try outs for our higher level squads.

They also cheer for the Essex Blades American Football Team. As well as being a competitive squad, they have weekly themed socials which help them get to know each other. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a fresher, everyone is welcome to come along and give cheerleading a go! Cheerleading are a Gold Standard Club.

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Cycling

Fancy a riding at the olympic velodrome or BMX track? Regular socials, and rides for all interests, both social and competitive? Then the Essex Blades Cycle Club could be for you.

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Football Men

Men’s football is the biggest single gendered male club on campus. They have 5 competitive teams and a comprehensive social and intramural programme which is delivered through Just Play. The teams train on Mondays and Thursdays and play on Wednesdays in BUCS and Saturdays in the local league. 

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Golf

The University of Essex Golf club is open to anyone, whether you're a quality golfer, a weekend player, or if you've never held a golf club before! There are 3 competitive teams that play each week for the University, they train off campus, but have access to pro golfer sessions, driving range sessions and team training.

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Ju Jitsu

The aim of Jitsu is to teach anyone of any shape, size and gender how to improve their their self defence. There are opportunities to train twice a week and to also represent the university if you are experienced!

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Korfball

Having maintained a Silver Standard for the second year running Korfball provide a friendly and competitive environment for all players. Korfball train twice a week and have links with both local and national competitions should you wish to compete!

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Netball

Current Essex Blades Club of the year. They have have 4 teams that play competitively outside of the university and 4 teams that play internally, also having girls that come just to play for fun! The club has something for everyone - socially and competitively. Gold Standard Club

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Riding/Equestrian 

we teach all abilities and riding levels. The club is hosted at Brook Farm in Alresford. The club also hosts friendly competitions and gymkhanas, where members can race against each other to earn prizes such as rosettes and money off lessons. The club also has two competition squads which compete against other Universities.

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Rugby Men

Men's Rugby are a highly competitive team, who always relish a challenge with a determined grin. They currently have three squads. Our First and Second teams both compete in BUCS competitions against other Universities. There is also the optin to play different codes, representing the University in League. This enables them to facilitate the needs of all player types, from lifelong rugby fanatic, to casual players who have never picked up an oval ball before!

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Squash

Squash is one of the fastest sports and the club is an incredibly friendly group of people. All are welcome either as social or competitive players, there a 5 squads as well as internal leagues to keep things interesting, they are also a very active club socially. Squash are a Bronze Standard Club.

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Table Tennis

Table tennis are a friendly club with a diverse membership that welcome all levels of play from those with experience to complete beginners. There are 4 teams that play on Wednesdays across a variety of leagues so there is an option for everyone to play. Just Play also facilitates tournaments and drop in sessions. Table Tennis is a Bronze Standard Club.

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Volleyball

Volleyball is a club with members from lots of different backgrounds and experience levels. Our first teams are some of the best in the country, however there is always opportunity to train and be involved at whatever level within the club. The Women's 1st team, are our current Team of the year.

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Activity Societies


Activity Societies


Anime & Manga

We love Anime and Manga, as such we feel that it is our responsibility to share the medium that we all enjoy so much. The variety of different stories and genres that anime has to offer is amazing and we show a wide selection to give our members tasters of what else they can watch.

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Astronomy

We're a brand new society, set up to get together all of our cosmic sciences fans on campus. We aim to share news about astronomy, as well as attending lectures on the cosmos, going on trips, and engaging in discussion on this topic.

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Cheese & Wine

Cheese and Wine Society enables fellow students to share common interests whilst gaining knowledge of both regional and international produce. Through this society, students will be able to sample and enjoy wines and cheeses which they may not have tried before on a student budget or due to lack of confidence in this area.

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Debating

The Debating Society is a society for students of all subjects to engage in lively debate. Debates will be on myriad topics; both current affairs, engaging to the politically minded as well as comical contests. Enthusiasm is valued over experience, and extensive knowledge of the subject is not required. Those who just want to watch are also welcome!

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E-sports

Headshot! PENTAKILL!! Shazbot! The e-Sports Society is here to bring you the best e-Sports experience, whether competitive or casual, among friendly people just like you! With LAN parties to get people together to play and socialise, an online discussion group for news and interesting conversation or big event screenings in the LTBs, we know you won’t regret joining us!

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Harry Potter

The Harry Potter Society aims to bring together fans of the Harry Potter franchise, whether this is from the books, movies, games or all three! From this we aim to hold different events for members, whether they be social, academic, sport or fundraising. These events can range from film screenings, guest speakers, HP related trips, house competitions, a Quidditch team and much more.

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Night Ninja

We are the sober friends of party goers or anyone who needs it, we give you someone to talk to, help you to get you back to your nice warm bed or a safe bed for the night. We also help relocate lost friends or lost items if we can. We also currently provide free bottled water to anyone who wants it.

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Public Speaking

The Public Speaking Society proposes to provide its members with the skills necessary in order to communicate their ideas in public. The Society also aims to help the members build confidence in expressing their ideas in a clear manner. We collaborate with Toastmasters International - a society aimed at improving the speaking skills of its members around the world.

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St John Ambulance

We are the university based division of St John Ambulance, the UK’s leading first aid charity, which has been working on campus for 10 years. Learn life-saving skills and volunteer! Our society revolves around first aid training, providing first aid cover at events and socials ranging from all-campus treasure hunts to gatherings in Top Bar on campus!

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Vision Essex

We are a charity society, who aim to host fun and enjoyable events to raise funds (both monetary and item collections) to help the less privileged around the world. Join us to give something back to those less fortunate than ourselves! University Life, you're welcome here! 

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Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a prestigious award which shows employers that you have many desirable skills and enhances your CV so that you are more employable than those with the same grades. Our society has been made to help students achieve the gold award which is the highest award that you can get!

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Essex Bright Futures

Essex Bright Futures is an award winning student-led society, focused on helping students from all degree disciplines to maximise their skills and boost their employability through year-round collaboration with industry. During the last academic year we hosted events with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, IBM, KPMG, Deloitte, ICAEW, Capgemini, ACCA, CIPFA and many more!

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Investment and Trading Skill

Focusing on contacts from the City, as well as portfolio and market analysis. Various events with companies and speakers from Banking and Finance especially from the City. Investment & Trading Skills society will bring better understanding of specific sectors in Banking and Finance as well as key skills needed securing a job in each sector.

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Origami

Origami is the Ancient Japanese Art ofFolding Paper. Join our small but growing community where you can turn unwanted essays into Art. We organise teaching sessions, as well as social events for our members to meet other individuals interested in this beautiful art!

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Roleplay and Gaming

The Role Playing Society sets up gaming groups to play a variety of pen and paper role playing games, ranging from D&D 3rd/4th edition, World of Darkness, Wushu and some other specialist games. We also play board games such as Arkham horror, Battlestar Gallactica and Small World. There is a card game group that is also set up at the beginning of the year for members that play Magic: the gathering.

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Student Ambassador

Coming to University isn't just about studying, IT'S AN EXPERIENCE! And we want to help make it the best experience possible. We are NOT exclusively for students working as ambassadors, but we ARE a community of keen and enthusiastic students who want to get the most out of our experience here! So as long as you want to get involved with University Life, you're welcome here!

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Enactus Essex

Enactus is a global organisation that considers the relevant social and economic factors to effectively empower people in need through business and economic concepts. At Enactus Essex we have three international and two local projects which are being led by dedicated project leaders with clear aims and goals, to help the overall work of Enactus International.

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Fitness and Natural Body Building

We aim to unite student fitness at the University, build a community where students can share knowledge and help one and other, to organise fun fitness activities, events, competitions and trips, and to create opportunities for students in our fitness sports. 

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Juggling, Fire and Spinning

We're a very friendly and informal club and welcome new members of all and any ability. Even if you've never picked up a juggling ball before in your life. We practice a variety of skills including; Ball, ring and club juggling, Poi, Staff spinning, Unicycle, Hula hooping, Diabolo, Plate spinning, Fire spinning. Feel free to come along and show us something new!

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Paintball

The Paintball Society aims to organise trips for paintball fans, as well as provide opportunities to try out something new, for those who may not have tried this awesome game!

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Sci-Fi Fantasy

Whether you're interested in traveling through time with the Doctor, brewing potions with Harry Potter or simply walking into Mordor, we are the society for you. We hold weekly film nights showing movies voted for by you, and quiz and game nights too. Interested in Comics? We're here for you too! Our society is home to many comic enthusiasts, so come along!

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Travel

The Travel Society is a place for everyone who wants to travel , whether for a day in the UK or a week away in Europe. The society is a fantastic place to meet new people from different backgrounds and to make new friends. It has a close family vibe where we support each other in more than just travelling, having social events to promote interaction and having fun. 

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Arts Societies


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Art House Film

This is the society for anyone who loves film to come along and explore all that cinema has to offer - We show a range of art house and independent films from all around the world, from the 1920s to the present day, hoping to share interesting, thought provoking stories of all different genres and presented in a variety of forms.

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Graphic Novel and Comic Book Film

The University of Essex Graphic Novel and Comic Book Film society was set up by a group of like minded film and comic book fans, who thought it was about time that the University of Essex had its own society dedicated to graphic novels and films spawned from comic books.

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Creative Corner

We aim to promote creativity on campus, providing opportunities for students interested in different art forms to express themselves. We also provide opportunities for students to meet up and socialise with other creative minds.

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Hair

We aim to get a community together to promote natural hair on campus. We also buy in natural hair products to sell on to students, as well as bring trained individuals in to help show students how natural hair is best!

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Theatre Arts

The Theatre Arts Society is a place for anyone to come and relax, laugh, learn and progress. Everyone gets the chance to be involved whether your interest is in acting, writing, directing, producing, technical aspects, costume; the list goes on. TAS is not just a society but a group of friends who support each other and create together. Experience is not important and neither is the course you're studying.

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Film

The Film Society is a fun and friendly society, allowing anyone and everyone to enjoy a weekly film screening and lots of special events throughout the year. For only £5 a year! We’re looking forward to sharing some new releases plus some of our favourite classics, and can’t wait to get started on our fundraising and volunteering projects.

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Photographic

The Photographic Society gives you access to digital and analogue photographic equipment, training sessions and socials. Our members have free access to a fully-equipped studio and darkroom for film processing and we run a wide range of competitions. We also offer volunteering opportunities for photographers to test and develop their skills through gaining experience!

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African Caribbean

African Caribbean society is orientated around unity, entertainment and empowerment. The society focuses on giving students the opportunity to experience the warm and vibrant culture through different media, including music, drama, food, poetry and dances, and many more.

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Bulgarian

Bulgarian Society aims to embrace the Bulgarian culture and traditions and help Bulgarian students to adapt easily to the student life in UK. We welcome you to take part in the activities and events we organise which include Bulgarian MUSIC nights, SPORTS and DANCE-FITNESS events, FILM screenings, traditional CUISINE socials,  and much more!

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Eurasian

University of Essex Eurasian Society aims to unite students from the CIS region. We welcome anyone to join us irregardless of your nationality and beliefs.

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Hong Kong Chinese

We are about the people who love to learn, love to play hard and love to challenge why. As a part of the university, we cooperate with other societies and communities in order to promote a friendly learning culture, as well as to provide help for students and assist them to face the challenges they have. We organise a wide range of social events ranging from academic, sports, careers and much more.

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Korean

The Korean Society is a welcoming community whose members share an interest in Korean culture, music, art, film, cuisine and much more. We provide an opportunity for Korean students to meet up weekly and for non-Korean students to experience Korean culture, language and have loads of fun. We invite you to join, take part and help expand our now thriving community!

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Nepalese

Students who are Nepalese or are interested in this culture can meet and share interests. We celebrate the cultures and festivals of Nepal with the university, as well as helping the students who just came from Nepal to adjust in the University.

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Portuguese Speaking

The Portuguese Speaking Society aims to bring together all students from the 5 continents that speak our language (Portugal, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Guinne Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe and Timor).  However, we are not limited to native speakers, we strongly welcome those who are learning to speak the language or are simply interested in learning the language and culture.

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Saudi

The Saudi Society aims to familiarise the university community about Saudi Arabian culture, and provide some services to society members such as give newcomers some short training courses (e.g., how to live and cope with the new society, how to overcome life's problems such as culture shock, how to follow and apply UK law in campus or of campus).

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Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani Society of the University of Essex unites all Azerbaijani Students of the University of Essex studying on different majors. Current students and Azerbaijani Alumni of the Essex University are in a close communication which makes it vital to unite every student under one umbrella in an organizational structure.

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Chinese Student Scholars

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (also known as CSSA-ESSEX) is a non-profit and non-political student society. It is the largest official Chinese student society on campus. Other than our regularly Chinese cultural events, we also provide fun activities, such as day trips, second hand good markets, festival parties, and much more!

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French Connection

You are curious about French habits and want to discover French culture and people, this is the opportunity! We organise several events such as French movie screenings, French cuisine sessions, French venues in Frango's and more. If you are interested in learning French, this is your chance!

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Italian

Ciao belli! The Italian Society welcomes everybody to become part of our family. We are group of friends who aims to make your time at Essex even more enjoyable and fun adding our culture, music, food and personality to what this university already offers.

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Malaysian

MSE stands for the Malaysian Society, Essex University. MSE is an integral core of the tight-knit Malaysian community in Essex, providing friendship, networking, a series of events every term and general welfare for our members. The society mainly focuses in making their members' stay in Essex a memorable and enjoyable one!

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Nordic

The Nordic Society is a fun and social society which brings together Nordic students and those who are interested in Nordic culture. We aim to promote Nordic culture thorugh drifferent types of socials, trips and other events. These mostly relate to the Nordic countries, which are Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, but we also host joint events with other cultural societies!

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Romanian

The Romanian Society brings together all Romanian students and those interested in the Romanian culture who want to make the most out of their Essex experience! We promote the Romanian culture through socials, trips and other events.

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Tamil

We represent the Tamil culture at the University, and provide a place for those who are either Tamil themselves, or interested in Tamil culture, traditions and festivals to meet up and learn something new!

BruEssex

BruEssex is a society of Bruneians from Brunei, a small country in Southeast Asia, with a tradition of making Bruneian feel home in the United Kingdom. We want to continue this tradition by having BruEssex as a union of diversely talented and skilled Bruneians from our university campuses at Colchester (main campus), Southend and Loughton.

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Cypriot

One of the most popular and active societies on campus the Cypriot Society is a part of the cultural societies. Being committed to the efforts of the people of Cyprus in reunifying the island our society promotes aspects of the Cyprus Question always with reference to approved brochures published by the Press and Information Office of the Republic of Cyprus.

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Hellenic

Hellenic Society is ideal for Greek and non-Greek students to join because it covers a wide range of events. Entertainment, sport and cultural events are held on a monthly basis by the society and the members have several benefits, like cheaper prices and the chance to win prizes. For non-Greeks we organise Greek Language courses which are free of charge with membership!

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Japanese

The JapanSociety (JapaSoca) is a society aiming to celebrate Japanese culture in the University of Essex. You don't have to be Japanese to join us - JapaSoca is open for everyone interested in Japan, whether that is the language, culture, films, anime, cuisine and so on! The society offers weekly language classes and film showings, as well as other activities throughout the year.

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Multilingual Society

Are you a Modern Languages Student, or interested in learning the languages of other countries? Do you want to be a polyglot*? No matter how experienced, we welcome all passionate language learners or language lovers to join us and share your experiences, gain language-learning techniques, practise languages, and of course make friends from all over the world! *polyglot: a person who speaks more than 8 languages.

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Polish

Our aim is to integrate students of all nationalities that have an interest in Polish culture as well as to create a stronger Polish community at the University of Essex. We also aim to promote awareness of Polish language, literature, history and cuisine.

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Russian

Russian Society gives you an inside on the Russian Culture and Traditions. We offer a great variety of activities which you will enjoy throughout the year like nights out, BBQs, Sport evenings, Russian movie evenings, trips across the UK and many more. Moreover, we offer Russian language classes for international students.

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Turkish

Turkish society is basically gathering all the Turkish students together and exposing the Turkish culture with various academic and social activities. Also, we try to demonstrate and represent the Turkish culture at several events we host during the year. In addition, the society is for anyone who wants to join our activities and is interested in experiencing our culture.

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Departmental Societies


Departmental Societies


BAR

The Bar Society provides opportunities and events for legal minds considering a career as barristers. We organise mooting training, trips to london, as well as social events to network with students with similar interests.

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European Law Students Association

ELSA (The European Law Students' Association) is the world's largest independent law students association. It has consultative status with several United Nations bodies such as UNESCO and UNCITRAL, observer status with WIPO and has participatory status with the Council of Europe. ELSA strives to increase international understanding and cooperation between law students and young lawyers

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Linguistics

The Linguistics Society is a departmental society, aimed at any students studying in the linguistics department, but also those who have an interest in the science behind languages!

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Physiotherapy

The Physiotherapy Society is a newly ratified society which is currently looking to appoint additional Executive Committee members to help launch it at Freshers' Fayre. 

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Sociology

The Sociology Society - more commonly known as Soc Soc - is a departmental society for sociology, criminology and anthropology students or for anyone interested in these disciplines. We host frequent events, including parties, meals, film nights, trips, debates, discussions and talks!

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Biological Sciences

The Biological Sciences Society is a recently established society that was ratified in 2013. This is going to be an amazing year! We have big plans, including organising regular events and socials.

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History

History Society is here to assist its members, both history and non-history students, with any problems or queries they may have, as well as help make University a fun and exciting experience with socials and events! If themed socials, quizzes, day trips, pizza&movie nights, workshops and talks interest you then you have come to the right Society!

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Literature

The University of Essex Literature Society is for anyone who enjoys a good book. We don't mind if you're a Literature student or not, or whether your tastes are oriented towards the old or now - all book enthusiasts bring vibrancy to the society and are therefore very welcome. Come and meet like-minded people, make new friends, join the discussion and have fun!

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Politics

Politics Society aims to help both students in the department of Government, and those simply interested in Politics. We not only want to create an environment where people can speak freely about their political views via discussions, presentations and blog posts, but we also want students to teach each other about causes close to their heart, as well as fostering debate in a constructive learning environment.

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Speech and Language Therapy

We are an exciting society that aims to unite current and prospective SLT students or anyone with a passion for communication and SLT, through social events, collaborative learning, academic ventures and fund raising! If SLT is important to you, join us and help us raise awarness of this wonderful profession and the wide variety of people it supports!

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Computer

 As one of the top department societies - the Computer Society understands that a degree is no longer enough, and has a range of activities tailored directly to give you an edge. Regularly we organise events and social gatherings, both technology and non-technology related, so come along!

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Law

The Law Society is one of the largest societies on campus and we are very proud that our membership includes both law and non-law students alike. Whatever your degree we want to help you towards achieving a successful career. We host excellent academic activities for you to get involved in, as well as social events, and even large scale events and a tour!

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Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy society looks to organise social events to help members meet new friends and network. We also coordinate academic trips and events such as visiting the COT library in London, hosting a journal club and guest speakers. We provide opportunities for continual professional development (CPD), and promote Occupational Therapy locally and nationally.

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Psychology

The Psychology Society is for anyone with an interest in the human mind, particularly Psychology students. With frequent socials, film nights, day trips, parties and conferences there is something for everyone. Join today to participate in one of the most active and fun societies on campus!

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Musical Societies


Musical Societies


Choir

The University of Essex Choir was founded in 1977 and is made up of about 150 singers.  Its membership is drawn from staff and students of the University and from the local community. Since 1981 the conductor has been Richard Cooke. The students of the university make up about 1/5 of the Choir. The Choir performs concerts three times a year.

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Music Production Society

Music Production Society is for individuals who either want to learn or share a passion for producing music. We aim to build a society where music enthusiasts have a location to meet and share ideas.

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Metal

Our University has strong metal roots going all the way back to 1978 when AC/DC played what is now Sub Zero. Add to this the thriving metal scene in Colchester that has included recent tours from the likes of Paradise Lost, Dragonforce and Black Stone Cherry alongside frequent metal at the local pubs, and you will have no problem keeping your life suitably HEAVY. See you in the pit!

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Punk

For any punk music fans, we are here! We meet up, go to local gigs, share new music we've found, attend nights out together, and discuss this amazing genre over drinks.

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Music

The Music Society is for people who play instruments, sing, want to learn to play an instrument or just love music. It offers musicians practice spaces and a wide array of equipment as well as hosting regular meetings and socials to bring together people who share similar music interests providing them with the nessecary space and equipment to jam and form musical relationships.

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Rock and Indie Society

We're a new society created to fill the need for a more diverse range of music (and better music) on campus. If you enjoy a bit of rock & indie music or a lot, this is the place for you! We're all very friendly and are up for having a good time, so if you're into the same thing then feel free to come and meet us! We look forward to meeting all you music lovers (with the best taste).

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Political & Representation Societies


Political & Representation Societies


Amnesty International

Amnesty International is an organisation of ordinary people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights. Our purpose is to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.

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Essex Young Independence

Young Independence (YI) is the youth wing of the political party UKIP and represents all members of UKIP under the age of 30. Their current goals are to ensure that there is a fair, free, and open debate that each student can access a wide range of opinions in order to decide on their own educated conclusion in time for the EU Referendum in 2017.

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Labour

This is a society for members or supports of the Labour Party and everyone who loves social justice! If you want to be part of something BIG that lets you meet students all over the country who share the same core values as you; If you want big socials, debates, and a network of thousands of like minded people, then this is a society for you!

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Palestine Solidarity Group

The Palestinian Solidarity Group is a group of students from all over the world committed to raising awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people on campus and locally. We aim to acquaint people with the oppression of Palestinians by highlighting the historical events and the role of Zionist ideology in shaping the current situation through society discussions, documentaries and hosting speakers. 

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Conservative Future

Conservative Future is the movement for under 30s, including all members of the Conservative Party of this age. Conservative Future is the largest youth political organisation in the UK. The organisation is all about involving young people in politics and addressing the issues that matter to them. 

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Feminist

The Feminist Society aims to encompass all forms of feminism and bring us all together and united as one! We work better together, and to overcome oppression and liberate ourselves we must work as one. 

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LGBT & Friends

The LGBT & Friends society was established over 40 years ago, in hopes of providing unforgettable experiences for the students at University of Essex who identify as LGBT*. Today, we organise events, campaigns, and celebrate key LGBT dates to both educate and involve students on campus about what it's like to be an LGBT* person. 

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Zapatista Solidarity Group

Our group stands in solidarity with the Zapatista struggle, based on the Maya Indians from the south of Mexico. In their fight for education, freedom, democracy and dignity, they emerged as one of the international symbols of anti-capitalism and made possible movements such as “Occupy” and “Los Indignados”. Join our talks, discussions and direct actions in support of the Zapatistas and all the struggling for a more just world.

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Essex Young Greens

The Young Greens is the student arm of the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW). Green Party policies aim at building a more economically, socially and politically equal and environmentally sustainable society, and this society is for students who agree with all of the above!!

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Human Rights

The Human Rights Society was created so that students could discuss and share thoughts about human rights issues. At our meetings students can express their interest in a particular human rights issue in a specific country/place, which we then discuss as a group. We believe this is one of the best ways of learning about the real and personal implications of violations of human rights.

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Model UN

Are you into International Relations, Politics, Law, Human Rights and the state of the world around you? Do you want to join us when we go to Geneva, New York, Vienna, The Hague and many other places to discuss some of the most interesting and pressing issues of our world today? Then the Model United Nations Society might be just your thing!

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Religious Societies


Religious Societies


Adventist

The Adventist Society is a Christian society. Seventh-Day Adventist is a Christian denomination distinguished by its observation of Saturday as the Sabbath. We also emphasise the second coming of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

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Chinese Christian Fellowship

CCF are a group of Chinese students who are interested in Christianity and gospel, which has existed at Essex since 1997. We pray, sing hymns, study the Bible, watch movies, play sports, share food, and take trips to various places like Cambridge. But most important of all, we share our thoughts and love among the brothers and sisters.

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Jesus Alive Fellowship

Jesus Alive Fellowship society (JAF) is a Christian fellowship group. Our foundation is found in Matthew 6:33, in which we are reminded to seek God first in all we find ourselves doing, through keeping Him at the centre. JAF is a large Christian community where students can find a support network and encourage each other during their time at University. 

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Believers Love World

Believers' LoveWorld Campus Ministry is the youth arm of Believers' LoveWorld, a unique and dynamic ministry called by God to play a chief role in the end time move of the Spirit. Our Vision is to carry God's divine presence to all the people of the world, demonstrating to them the character of the Spirit.

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Christian Union

In essence, we are a non-denominational group of Christians aiming to share the Good news of the saving Grace of God through his Son Jesus Christ. We welcome both Christians and non-Christians, whether you're a Christian seeking to grow further in the love of God, or you're a non-Christian that has questions about who God is and what we believe.

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Progressive Christians

A truly inclusive society for all people who define themselves as Christians or are interested in the Christian faith, regardless of gender, race, belief, sexuality and ability. We think through our faith to ensure it remains relevant and dynamic, we welcome discussion, and we show our faith in action. We welcome all, no matter who they are, whom they love, or where they are in life's journey.

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Catholic

Catholic Society provides space and opportunities for Catholics and anyone interested in Catholicism to explore the faith, worship, socialise and meet new friends, find new foods and different cultures and to have fun!

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Islamic

The Islamic Society's vision is to inspire and enable Muslim students to live by Islam. It provides an international platform to support Muslim students, inform others about Islam and provide a forum for the discussion of a variety of issues related to Islam and Muslims. Most importantly, the society aims at promoting the sense of commitment and solidarity Muslims are well known for.

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Stillwater Christians Campus Fellowship

Our aim is to encourage ourselves as believers in the christian faith by providing a platform here on campus where we can all talk about Jesus Christ and express our love for Him, irrespective of our various backgrounds and denominations using the Bible as our guide.

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