Many groups with common academic interests flourish in the College. These include independent College groups and branches of larger University societies, and they grow or decline as the interests of junior members of the College fluctuate. Some societies are of great longevity, such as the Maitland Historical Society, the Mathias Economics Society, the Cranworth Law Society, the Lord Guildford Society (for Classicists), the Whitby Medical Society, the Danby Scientific Society and the Blake Society for Arts and Humanities.
Forming a society
Most undergraduates will find something to their taste in the activities already being pursued in College. However, if there is sufficient interest in, and enthusiasm for, some other activity there is no reason why that activity should not be organised.
This reflects the interests and willingness of the junior members in residence at the time, and the pattern changes from undergraduate generation to generation. To receive funding from the Amalgamation Club, new societies must become affiliated to it, by the passing of a suitable motion at a quorate Open Meeting of the Amalgamation Club.
The Amalgamation Club will consider applications from the Presidents of societies, both new and old, for an appropriate level of funding. Such applications should be addressed to the Junior Treasurer of the JCR.
Details of deadlines and application instructions can be found on the JCR website, and all societies must be overseen by the Senior Treasurer, who is a Fellow of the College. Assets of lasting value to the membership of the Amalgamation Club may also be purchased using the Depreciation Fund.
Students will also find opportunity for activities of many types in the University, and the College is always delighted to hear via the Tutors of distinction in these activities whether they be academic, dramatic, musical, political, sporting or any other.