What is SWG?

The Societies Working Group (SWG) is made up of 5 Student Representatives that are elected by societies at the annual general meeting; one to support each society subgroup. Faith, Academic, Liberation and Campaigns, Cultural, Arts & Activities SWG are elected to ensure that all Societies are fairly represented within the Union and the University, helping the development and delivery of Societies at Kingston University. The group also supports the societies office in the planning and running of Union Society events including Global Festival, Society & Volunteer awards and Fresher's Fayre. SWG meet monthly during term time to:

  • provide feedback on operational issues affecting societies
  • plan and assist delivery of key events
  • Attend Subgroup activities and assist societies with annual planning
  • facilitate decisions made at Societies AGM
  • allocate society funding on a monthly basis

Who is the Chair?

The chair of SWG is elected by the 5 SWG representatives during the first working group meeting. They are still responsible for their own subgroup but the chair is also the societies development coordinators right-hand person when it comes to making decisions in societies. They have the final decision if SWG cannot come to a majority vote and also attend Executive committee meetings as the societies representative. This is a good role to run for if you are looking to run in the main student elections as it provides great experience of how the union and NUS democracy works. 

PERKS? Elected members of SWG  will receive:

  • free society awards ticket
  • an award trophy in recognition of their work on the awards night.
  • free Global festival hoody and t-shirt
  • 15 points towards your Kingston Award
  • One member of SWG will be voted as chair in the first meeting and this member will represent societies in union exec meetings.

Fore more information please see the Society Working Group Role Specification 


Would like to run in the election for this year's SWG ? (2017-2018) 

HOW? Download the SWG nomination slip and email to societies@kingston.ac.uk by Friday 8th September 2017

WHERE & WHEN? The election will take place at the societies Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Wednesday 13th September 2017 12-3PM PRJG3007

HOW? You will be expected to say a 2 minute speech about why you would like the role and what you intend to do in your elected year. This may be specific to your society, subgroup or societies overall. The vote will then be cast on paper slips by society committee members in attendance (2 from each society) and the result announced at the end of the meeting. 

If you would like to know more or hear from someone who has held the role previously then please get in touch with last year's SWG - contacts listed below.

Your Current Society Working Group for 2016-2017 (September 2016 to mid September 2017) are:

Alayna Zangie –  Chair of SWG & Cultural Representative  


Jamie-Leigh Fish –  Liberation and Campaigns Representative


Rachel Imlay –  Academic Representative


Emma Owens - Arts & Activities Represe


Hamad Momin –   Faith Representative