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Societies

University is about exploring new experiences

At Cambridge, you can do almost anything at almost any level, from ‘having a go’ to semi-professional. Your extra-curricular activities might provide a springboard for a future career or life-long passion.

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Wolfson Societies

Participating in a society can be a very valuable way of getting to know your fellow students and play a role in the College community. It can help to relieve stress and provide an outlet to balance your academic life. If you can't find a society to suit your interest, consider starting one yourself!

Wolfson itself has many thriving societies, academic, entertaining or sporty, from our successful and competitive Boat Club to our fascinating Science Society and more. Some societies are managed by members of the College, others by our Student Association, WCSA. At the beginning of Michaelmas Term, a Freshers' Fair takes place in the Lee Hall so new students can explore all the options open to them. You'll find links to our societies further down this page.

University Societies

Music

In addition to the Wolfson College Music Society and the Choir, there are other musical societies and student bands from Baroque to brass. Many Colleges run open mic nights and numerous bands, choirs and orchestras regularly record and tour nationally and internationally.

The Faculty of Music also offers masterclasses and workshops, and has an extensive collection of instruments which can be used by students (some instruments may be available to hire).

For information about our Organ Scholarships, Choral Awards and Instrumental Awards, see Music Awards.

Theatre

Cambridge is renowned for its student-produced productions, from the ensemble comedy of the Cambridge Footlights to Shakespeare, musicals, improv and original productions.

Auditions are often open to all and there are also opportunities to have a go at directing, producing, set design, lighting, sound, stage management, costume, make-up and front of house, even if you have never done it before.

There are excellent arts facilities around Cambridge. In addition to the University’s ADC Theatre, some Colleges have their own purpose-built venues and several major productions take place in the city’s Corn Exchange and Arts Theatre.

Other drama societies include:

  • Marlowe Society
  • Cambridge Impronauts
  • Musical Theatre Society

Journalism

Wolfson has had quite a few contributors to the two student newspapers (Varsity and The Cambridge Student). As well as the University’s award-winning radio station Cam FM (presented by University members and offering training in many aspects of radio), there are groups focused on photography and film-making.

Other media societies include:

Current affairs

Cambridge students are politically diverse and aware, so it’s a great place to debate local, national and international issues or just learn more about them.

There are political clubs and societies, such as CUSU, your students' union.

You can become a member of the Union Society, where high profile speakers and debates take place year round, from politicians to poets.

Other political societies include:

 

What's on

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Humanities Society - "Objects, Bodies, and Emotions: How the Gas Mask Can Help Us Tell the History of Total War"

11/05/2021 at 18.00

The Humanities Society organises regular talks during term time. During Easter term 2021, all talks take place as zoom webinars, make sure to register.

Adeel Khan

Green Society - How to use the power of social media for good?

13/05/2021 at 18.00

The Green Society organises regular talks during term time. During Easter term 2021, all talks take place as zoom webinars, make sure to register.

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Peer Review Workshop

13/05/2021 at 19.00

Do you have an idea that you would like feedback on? Perhaps you would like to see if an argument you are writing is clear or makes sense? Maybe you would like to see if the data you are presenting in your paper flows well with your surrounding text?

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Beyond Borders: Women's Movements Around the World

14/05/2021 at 16.00

The Interdisciplinary Research Hub on Gender is hosting a collaborative event featuring academics and activists to give voice to feminist movements outside the Euro-American world.

Jazmin Scarlett

Science Society - The keys to the past: a mixed-methods approach to reconstructing the 1812 eruption of La Soufrière St. Vincent

14/05/2021 at 18.00

The Science Society organises regular talks during term time. Throughout this term, all talks take place as zoom meetings, make sure to register.