The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union offer over 150 opportunities to get involved with activities outside your degree, including sport clubs and Societies, Interest Groups, Extra-curricular Academic Engagement, Jobs on Campus and Volunteering – and taking part in such activities equips you with a broad range of transferrable skills which will prepare you for life after University and make your CV look great.
For example, being a member of the Climbing and Mountaineering Club will equip you with skills such as problem solving, perseverance and ability to work under pressure. Joining the Fashion Society will grow your communication and networking skills. Taking part in academic engagement activities can develop your research capabilities, and our volunteering schemes can provide you with great leadership opportunities.
Please take a look at the opportunities listed below.
- Auchi Jiu Jitsu
- American Football Team (Winchester Silverbacks)
- Athletics Team (Winchester Panthers)
- Badminton Team (Winchester Eagles)
- Women’s Basketball Team (Winchester Angels)
- Men’s Basketball Team (Winchester Knights)
- Boxing Club (Winchester Titans)
- Cheerleading Team (Winchester Spirits)
- Climbing and Mountaineering
- Cricket Team
- Women’s Dodgeball Team (Winchester Bulletes)
- Men’s Dodgeball Team (Winchester Bullets)
- Women’s Football Team (Winchester Geckos)
- Men's Football Team
- Futsal (Indoor Football Team)
- Women’s Hockey Team
- Men’s Hockey Team
- Judo Team
- Women’s Netball Team
- Pole Fitness
- Polo (Horse) Team
- (POM) Dance Team
- Dance Team (Winchester Wolves)
- Quidditch Team
- Rounder’s Team (Winchester Bats)
- Women’s Rugby Team
- Men’s Rugby Team
- Ski and Snowboard Team
- Swimming Team (Winchester Rays)
- Women’s Tennis Team (Winchester Unicorns)
- Men’s Tennis Team
- Trampolining Team
- Ultimate Frisbee Team
- Volleyball Club (Winchester Royals)
With almost 30 unique and different sports teams, there is something for every student – regardless of your ability! Be sure to visit Winchester Student Union’s website for a definitive list of all the teams available to you.
Societies and interest groups
- Access Network: A representational network for students with disabilities or access needs.
- Action for Refugees Network: A representational network for students from refugee backgrounds.
- Afro-Caribbean Students Network: A representational network bringing together those from different cultures and backgrounds, with a primary focus on Black and Afro-Caribbean students.
- Agora (Liberal Arts Society): A society for those interested in philosophical reading and contemplative thought.
- Alternative Music Society: A society for those who identify with anything different musically (i.e. outside of mainstream pop).
- Asian Students Network: A representational network bringing together students from Asian backgrounds to gather and socialise in a safe space.
- British Sign Language Society: A society where you can learn basic British sign language.
- Christian Union: A student society interested in discussing and spreading the word of God and Jesus.
- Care Leavers and Estranged Student Network: A representational network for supporting care leavers, estranged students and those from care-experienced backgrounds.
- Commuting Students Network: An opportunity for commuters to meet and get to know each other, thereby ensuring that their university experience does not feel isolated.
- Conservative Society: A group open to everyone regardless of their political views, yet are brought together by shared conservative values.
- Cosplay Society: A society which embraces all kinds of immersive fan culture including Marvel, anime, video games and comics.
- Creative Writing Society: A society which supports students creative writing skills.
- Debating Society: A society for students to come together and debate issues important to them.
- Disney Society: A society for those with an interest in all-things Disney.
- Fashion Society: A society for those interested in discussing fashion events and news, and developing their skills in the area.
- Feminism Society: A group of students who focus on exploring feminism and its intersections.
- Harry Potter Society: A society for those who are casual fans, or hardcore Potterheads.
- History Society: A society for those interested in formally and informally taking part in historical discussions.
- International Students Network: A social society open to every student, providing support to the University’s international students.
- Irish Dance Society: A society for those interested in learning about the art of Irish dance.
- Islamic Students Network: A representational society for Muslim students and all those interested with Islamic faith.
- K-pop Society: A society bringing together students that share a passion for the Korean culture and music.
- Labour Society: A society for those who collectively share values that align to the UK Labour party.
- Law Society: A society for those interested in Law.
- LibDems Society: A society for those who collectively share values that align to the UK Liberal Democrat party.
- Living History Society: A group of students dedicated to re-enacting 12th century Norman England life.
- Marrow Society: The University group of Anthony Nolan (the blood cancer charity), helping to recruit individuals join the stem cell register.
- Mature and Part-time Students Network: A representational network for mature (aged 21+) and part-time students.
- Manga and Anime Society: A society for students to indulge in Japanese culture such as comics, film series and games.
- Mental Health Interest Society (Winchester Feels): A society for those with an interest in student mental health.
- Mooting Society: A society specialising in developing their mooting skills, providing help to Law students and students interested in a legal career.
- Negotiation Society: A society geared towards negotiation and mediation skills for Law students, but open to all.
- Performing Arts Winchester (PAW): A society engaging with Winchester’s Performing Arts Students. Sub-societies including: Let’s Glee, Let’s Act, Let’s Tech and Let’s Dance.
- Philosophy & Co. Society: A society for those interested in philosophical and ethical discussions.
- Photographic Society: A society for those interested in developing their photography skills.
- Psychology Society: A society for those students both studying Psychology, or interested in the field of Psychology.
- Raising and Giving (RAG) Society: A society which provides students with an opportunity to raise funds for charitable causes they care about.
- (Sound) Radio Society: A student radio society.
- Spanish Society: A society for those interested in connecting with the Spanish culture.
- Spectrum Network: A supportive and welcoming society for people within the LGBTQPIA+ community.
- Sustainability Society: A society for those interested in raising awareness of sustainability and running eco-centric campaigns.
- Student Christian Movement: A social group that discusses/participates in activities relating to spirituality and social justice issues.
- Sword Fighting Society: An incorporation of freestyle martial arts with synthetic sparring swords.
- Tabletop Gaming (WARGS) Society: A society for those interested in playing a variety of table top, card and war games.
- Teaching Society: A society bringing together students interested in a career in teaching.
- Veggie and Vegan Society: A society for those interested in all things veggie and vegan.
- Video Gaming Society: A society which offers opportunities for students to socialise with others around the central theme of gaming.
- (UniBoob Team) CoppaFeel! Society: A society which raises awareness of breast cancer, and also fundraises for the charity Coppafeel!
Be sure to visit Winchester Student Union’s website for a definitive list of all the societies available to you.
The University’s Music Centre also provide an array of over 20 musical ensembles, choirs and groups ready for any student to get stuck into.
Extra-curricular (academic/university engagement)
- Alfred: The University of Winchester’s student journal, showcasing students’ academic contributions.
- Centre for Gender Studies Annual Symposium: An event in which staff and students are invited to present their original research which looks at interdisciplinary perspectives on gender.
- Contemporary Themes and Issues in Global Politics: An open online module looking at themes surrounding politics in general but also within a global context.
- Enterprise Futures: An opportunity for students to develop their entrepreneurial mindset if interested in freelance work or self-employment.
- (iDEA) Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award: A series of self-paced, short online courses that staff and students can complete to receive industry recognised awards.
- Institute for Value Studies: The promotion of liberal and moral education through various modules.
- Introduction to Climate Change: An introductory course looking at the causes and impact of Climate Change, but also how individuals can mitigate these effects.
- Making Sense of Religion Faith and Spirituality in Today’s World: An open module that sees students through a number of sections that explores the presence of religion in everyday life.
- Lean Foundations: An opportunity for students to learn about improving business processes and gain a qualification whilst doing so.
- Peer Assisted Learning (PAL): A paid opportunity for 2nd and 3rd year students to lead weekly sessions on course material for 1st year students in order to help them better understand their course material.
- SMART Buddies: A paid opportunity for students to become an academic skills mentor to any student.
- Student Advisory Council: An opportunity to represent the student body at a strategic level with the university’s executive leadership team.
- Student Academic Representative (StARs): An opportunity to become the course representative for your programme.
- Student Creators: An opportunity to contribute to the university’s blog, written by students for students.
- Student Fellows Scheme: An opportunity for students to work in partnership with a member of staff on an educationally developmental or student experience enhancing project.
- Student Panel Member: A paid opportunity for students to be a part of a validation or revalidation panel scrutinising programmes.
- Student Senate: An opportunity to join the highest student committee of Winchester Student Union.
- Student Trustees: An opportunity for students to become a part of the Trustee Board, where students will champion and scrutinise the strategic direction of Winchester Student Union.
- Study Abroad: An opportunity for students to study abroad and complete a semester exchange with a partnering university around the world.
- Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Champions: A scheme to help students (and staff) across the university to develop a digital mind-set and learn more about 'digital capabilities'.
- Vortex Magazine: An opportunity to submit creative work to a literary magazine run by Creative and Professional Writing students.
- Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP): A paid opportunity to work with a staff member on a research project.
- Winchester Scholars Scheme: A scheme designed to provide intellectual stimulation for students with an outstanding academic record
- BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) Ambassador: An opportunity to better understand and represent BAME students at the university.
- Campus Assistant: A paid opportunity to assist with cleaning jobs around the university.
(Catering) Customer Service Assistant: An opportunity to work for the Catering team via a number different job roles.
- Casual Library Staff: An opportunity to help with basic duties within the university’s Martial Rose Library.
- Course Champions: Students provide subject specific information pertaining to their course to help prospective students (and their parents) gain better knowledge of programmes to study at Winchester.
- Creative Forces Student Ambassador: An opportunity for students from a military service background to share their experiences with service children and young people, their families, teachers and other key influencers.
- Event Staff: Students provide tours of the campus and accommodation at Undergraduate Open Days.
- Housing Helpers: Students work during Arrivals weekend to help with the moving in process of new students starting university.
- Non-Medical Helper: Providing support for a disabled student who may need academic, social and/or practical assistance.
- Outreach Ambassador: An opportunity to support the university’s Access and Outreach team in delivering activities to encourage young people accessing higher education.
- Residential Assistant: A part time position in which an RA acts as the first level of contact for students in accommodation.
- Room Show-ers: Students open up their on campus bedroom for open day visitors to have a look around the room.
- Student Ambassadors: Student Ambassadors represent the University at external and internal recruitment events.
- Winchester Student Union Bar Assistant: Students work with the Student Union to deliver standard bar work.
- Winchester Student Union Front of House Assistant: An opportunity for students to work for the Student Union to manage various front-of-house roles.
- Winchester Student Union Shop Assistant: Students have the opportunity to join and work for the Student Union in one of their commercial services.
- Winchester Student Union Shop Supervisor: An opportunity for students to supervise a Student Union shop based around campus.
For up-to-date information on campus-based employment, sign up to CareerConnect – the university’s jobs and opportunities platform.
- Accredited and Community Volunteering: Volunteering coordinated through our lovely Careers team.
- Blackout Volunteers: Students take part in a university wide awareness raising event focussing on saving energy and reducing carbon footprint.
- Football Activators: An opportunity to oversee anything to do with football participation that isn’t a part of the British Universities and Colleges Sports league.
- Give It A Go: A one-off volunteering opportunity (micro-volunteering) organised by Winchester Hub.
- Green Team: A group of students and staff coming together to share good practice of sustainability work at the university.
- Referees: A course for those wanting to be a small-sided referee.
- Responsible Futures Auditor: An opportunity for students to audit the university against a set criteria in relation to social responsibility and sustainability.
- Schools Plus: A tutoring placement in primary and secondary schools, specifically catering for children from disadvantaged backgrounds – organised through Winchester Hub.
- Student Listeners: A peer support scheme run by students for students.
- Student Switch Off Ambassadors: An opportunity for students to help promote ‘Student Switch Off’ – an energy and recycling competition.
- Tennis Ambassador: Represent and promote recreational Tennis-related activities on campus.
- Winchester Student Union Executive Officer: The opportunity to become a democratically elected member of the Student Union.
Please note that this list of opportunities is subject to change.