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Extracurricular activities at University

University is about so much more than studying, and Warwick provides a whole host of extracurricular activities you can get involved with. Here I am going to write about some of the opportunities available and my experiences of these. 

Societies and Clubs

Warwick has hundreds of societies and clubs you can be involved with, so there’s likely to be something just for you! Joining a society can be a great way of socialising and meeting people with similar interests to you, and in some cases, even provide academic support. I have found that first year in particular lends itself to joining societies; there is more time and it helps you to feel part of the community when you arrive. 

Research Opportunities

Universities are by nature, academic environments. Warwick offers plenty of opportunities for you to develop your research skills, especially in the Sociology Department where there is particular emphasis on students as sociologists and researchers. This year I intend to participate at ICUR (International Conference of Undergraduate Research), a video-linked conference between Warwick and their partner institutions around the globe. I became interested in this following my participation in the Compass research programme, led by the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning, which aims to improve and enhance students’ research skills, helping them to work towards a particular goal. 

I have also had the opportunity to be involved in a Student Engagement Project, a pilot scheme run by the Department of Philosophy which involved researching ways of improving student engagement across the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

Another opportunity to undertake research (which I haven’t been involved with personally) is through the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS), which allows students to carry out a supervised research project over the summer period. 

Student Leadership

At Warwick, there are a variety of opportunities for students to nurture their leadership abilities. This could be through running for executive positions within societies, being part of the Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) or becoming a Student Ambassador for different aspects of the University. I am a Student Ambassador for the University Counselling Service, for example. There are also opportunities to combine leadership and academia. I have become involved with Warwick Sociology Journal, for instance. This gives students the exciting chance to have their work published. 

Employment

Students can find and apply for employment opportunities via Unitemps. MyAdvantage is run by the Student Careers and Skills Service, and provides a database of vacancies (as well as skills programmes) that Warwick students can exclusively get involved with. The Warwick Summer Internship (WSI) programme is advertised here and is very popular. It is also very good to check your Warwick email account often, as many opportunities get circulated via email, and you don’t want to miss out! Working whilst studying is a big commitment and requires good time management, but bear in mind that any experience of employment can greatly enhance your CV. Many opportunities for students will take academic commitments into consideration, so working hours and times may be more flexible. 

Volunteering

Volunteering is an excellent way to make a positive difference to the community and makes a great addition to your CV. Warwick offers students the opportunity to get involved in a range of Volunteering Projects, from environmental to social justice. Projects vary in terms of hours/level of commitment and how much (if any) previous experience is needed, so there should be something suitable for everyone. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get involved with this yet, but am hoping to in the future! You can find out more about Warwick Volunteers here: https://warwick.ac.uk/about/community/volunteers/

 

I hope you’ve found this overview of the types of extracurricular activities interesting and maybe it has given you some ideas of what you would like to get involved in? Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive; I’m sure there are other opportunities I haven’t mentioned!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below. 

Take care, 

Ellie

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