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Joining a society or group is a great way to meet new people and have fun. You can do a familiar activity, or try something completely new.

'Societies' are officially sanctioned by the University, while 'groups' are more informal. Societies benefit from extra support such as subsidised travel and insurance.

As well as these societies and groups, you can also join sports clubs.

Afro-Carribean Society

University of Sunderland societies

Business Society  The Business Society is for Business students and anyone else with an interest in Business. The society organises regular events, workshops and talks.
Afro-Caribbean Society* This society aims to celebrate and raise awareness of Afro-Caribbean life. It’s open to anyone with an interest in Afro-Caribbean culture, music, food or people. 
Bethel Campus Fellowship 
Bethel Campus Fellowship is an interdenominational multicultural organisation which organises concerts, conferences, music outreaches and bible studies on campus for Christian and non-Christian students. 
Christian Union The Christian Union organises social events and activities for all Christians at the University of Sunderland. 
Coco-Society*  COCO is a charity founded by Steve Cram which works to change the lives of children around the world. It develops both healthcare and education facilities in towns and villages, giving children in the area a better start at life.
Debating Society The Debating Society aims to combat the issues that are most prominent in modern day society both across the country, world and Sunderland itself. The Society uses British Parliamentary Rules for formal debating, and also likes to have fun as well. 
Drawing Society The Drawing Society aims to bring artists and creative people together for drawing, trips, discussion and exhibits.  
Education Society The Education Society offers training, news updates and discussions about education as well as social events throughout the year. 
Enterprise Society  A place to meet friends and learn about business start-ups.
Feminist Society

The Feminist Society is a safe space for people of genders to discuss feminist issues and promote equality and empowerment. We have movie nights, lunches and group events.

Formula Student Motorsport Team  The Formula Student team prepare and race cars in the annual Formula Student competition at Silverstone. 
Gothic Society

The Gothic Society is interested in all Gothic literature and movies. They have book clubs once a month and various social outings. They are all associated with Gothic conference 'Spectral Visions'.

Games Club  Sunderland Games Society is for people who like playing all sorts of games: from roleplaying games such as Dungeons & Dragons to tabletop wargames such as Warhammer 40,000; computer games such as Mortal Kombat and Call of Duty to collectible card games such as Magic: The Gathering. 
Hope Fellowship Society The Hope Fellowship Society aims to fulfil the Great Commission by raising Christ-centred disciples to plant vibrant, biblical churches in Newcastle/Sunderland, United Kingdom and all over the world.
Malaysian Society (SUMAS)
The Malaysian Society brings together students from Hong Kong and Malaysia in a closely knitted community. The group organises social events and encourages its students to be ambassadors for its countries in the Sunderland region. 
Islamic Society  The Sunderland Islamic Society caters to the academic, social and spiritual needs of Muslim students at the University of Sunderland, and encourages learning and discussion on Islam amongst members and the wider community.
Kuwaiti Society The Kuwaiti Society provides a friendly and supportive network for all Kuwaiti students and helps them to get to know one another and settle into life in Sunderland.
Law Society  The Law Society is for Law students and anyone else with an interest in Law. The group organises social events, talks and events by regional law firms. 
LGBT Society The LGBT society, run by the Students’ Union, is for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students at Sunderland.
Mount Kilimanjaro Society Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme is an international humanitarian organisation. Volunteers do outreach work in the UK and in Tanzania, and go to Africa for 4-6 weeks during the summer to carry out workshops and provide lifesaving skills and knowledge to the young people of Tanzania. 
Nigerian Society  The Nigerian Society is for Nigerians in Sunderland and also anyone with an interest in Nigeria, its cultures and history. 
Pole Fitness Society The Pole Fitness Society is for those that enjoy fun, fitness, and the unique combination of gymnastics, acrobatics to strength training that makes up pole dancing.
Sikh Society The Sikh Society is for Sikh students who want to expand their knowledge of the Sikh religion; engaging with one another through social activities, talks, and trips to our local Gurudwara's.

University of Sunderland groups

Big Band Sunderland University Big Band is a community band open to all students and staff. As well as playing together, Big Band organises and hosts the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival. 
CineClub (also known as Film Club)  Love cinema? CineClub is a chance to watch and discuss a varied mix of movies every week of term. 
Connect Connect is a Students' Union social group. Activities include, barbecues, bowling, cinema visits and trips to other cities. Connect is particularly popular with international students, but all students are welcome.
History Lab The History Lab is for History students and anyone else with an interest in History. The group organises trips, speakers and the annual History Lab Conference. 
MAPLE The Mature And Parent Led Environment (MAPLE) is a social group for mature students and students with children, run by the Students’ Union.
Middle East and North Africa Group  A social group for any students, staff or alumni from the Middle East and North Africa, or with an interest in those regions. 
New Creative  New Creative is a writing workshop for anyone who wants to share their work. All writing forms and skill levels are welcome. Group members provide feedback to one another in a casual, friendly setting, and organise trip and events such as open mic nights.

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The Hope Fellowship aims to fulfil the Great Commission by raising Christ-centred disciples to plant vibrant, biblical churches in Newcastle/Sunderland, United Kingdom and all over the world.