London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and its many attractions are within easy reach at St George's. As well as this, St George’s has dozens of clubs and societies that students are more than welcome to join.
St George's Students' Union - giving you a voice
Our Students' Union represents you to the University, organises events and allows students to create societies dedicated to sports, cultures or specialisms.
The Students' Union has two main purposes:
- To represent the student body at senior University management meetings, making sure your voice is heard
- To make sure you have a great experience at St George’s by offering plenty of ways to socialise during your time with us.
During your first week at St George's, the SU will play a key role in welcoming you. For information about Freshers' Week, follow the SU’s Facebook page to stay up to date and avoid missing out on event tickets.
Meet like minded people with student societies
We have over 120 student societies dedicated to everything from sports to charity causes to the arts to medical specialisms - and if you can't find what you're looking for, the SU will support you to create your own society. For the full list of what's on offer, see the SU's webpages about clubs and societies.
Joining societies is a great way for new students to meet new people as well as immerse themselves in St George’s university life and culture. Alongside the fun, many of the more senior students in a society will also provide support to students as they get used to the demanding workload associated with studying healthcare subjects.
Wednesday afternoons are a popular time for clubs and societies to meet. Our sports societies include rowing, rugby, football, fencing and badminton, while our cultural societies are just as popular, with thriving book clubs, volunteering projects and performing arts projects in full swing all year round.
Our Music Society is soon to be celebrating its centenary, while one of our newest societies is our Sri Lankan Society, set up in 2013. Our Afro-Caribbean Society (ACS) regularly hosts speakers and debates on contemporary issues affecting Afro-Caribbean identity. They also host a production annually which is a particular highlight in the George’s calendar.
Below are just three examples of active student societies.
Teddy Bear Hospital
Students can get involved in the Teddy Bear Hospital charity organisation. Teddy Bear Hospital is a worldwide charity which aims to ease children's fears of medical environments.
With over 900 volunteers, the St George's branch organises clinics with local schools and organisations around south west London with young children aged between 5 and 10. These clinics comprise a number of sessions, each with a different focus, from scrubbing and infection control to surgery and the importance of healthy eating.
Using children’s teddy bears as the 'patients' in each of these scenarios, students engage children in the medical process, whilst also treating any poorly soft toys! On top of this, the society picks two charities to raise money for throughout the year. In 2015-2016 they raised £1,200 for Great Ormond Street Hospital, WellChild and Jigsaw4U.
Teddy Bear Hospital offers a rare opportunity to gain experience communicating with children - an invaluable future career skill for students on all of our courses. The society is also extremely flexible – they release the dates of clinics on their Facebook page a couple of weeks before, and if you're free and want to attend, you can sign up. These events usually run between October and March every year.
Medical specialism societies
We have loads of medical specialism societies at George’s, from Surgery to Dermatology or Paediatrics. These societies organise events to further your development in these specific areas and offer an opportunity to research the options before you reach the point on your course where you may need to formally choose an area to specialise in.
Here at George's we're training the next doctors, radiographers, paramedics and more. As a result, our societies are uniquely enriched by the exclusively healthcare-focused teaching we offer. For example, in the Trauma and Orthopaedics Society, students on our Medicine and Paramedic Science courses bring different skills and knowledge to the group, helping to prepare you for the interprofessional world of medicine.
St George’s Book Club
The Book Club is for anyone with a keen interest in literature and reading. Books are suggested to the group on a regular basis, and discussions follow over a warm cup of tea and perhaps a chocolate brownie.
The literature comes from a wide range of genres and authors.
This is a great society for incoming students to meet new people and really integrate themselves in the George’s family.