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Keeping your students groups alive

Thursday 23-04-2020 - 16:04

Keeping your Student Group going

We wanted to take the time to share some inspo collected from all the amazing things student groups at Manchester Met have done.Keeping your student groups active has really helped tackle some of the social isolation that some are feelings – it keeps us connected and helps inspire others.

Remember, we are always here to help if you need ideas or support to make sure you have all the support you need to move your group online and keep it running.


What’s been going on(line)

Debating Society Podcast

The debating society produced a podcast called Come On, Think!, with the aim of inspiring critical thinking of Manchester Met students. Student suggestions form the topics and so far they’ve covered self-isolation to online dating.

Physiotherapy Society Challenge

The physiotherapy society have set an online challenge called #GetRidofCoVid. To join the challenge record yourself doing an exercise arts with the same letter as your name and then tag @mmuphysiosociety on Instagram.

Islamic Society

The ISOC are running online sessions using skype and zoom, as well as uploading videos to their social media channels to keep their people engaged. They’re providing guidance on how members can continue to practice their faith in isolation


The taekwondo club have had weekly workout sessions via zoom, with over 20 members attending each session. What an innovative way of keeping members of the club active and in contact with each other

We know that there will be lots of innovative and creative activity going on, so make sure you share your activity via social media in the Unions Covid-19 Facebook group or get in touch with the Union ( so we can share your brilliant work. You could even takeover the Unions Instagram to raise the profile of your activity/student group.


Some inspiration

If the activates of the students groups above have inspired you to start your own activity, but you’re stuck for some inspiration, here’s a list of ideas to help get you started:

  • Run a virtual quiz on Kahoot
  • Host a Netflix Party
  • Online dance tutorials for people to do at home (great for wellbeing!
  • Ask your members to share their favourite society memories and photos
  • Virtual book or podcast club
  • Host some at home tutorials to teach people a new skill
  • Stuck at home? You could try doing a self-isolation blog
  • Host a virtual coffee morning
  • Whether you’re from Kung Fu or Yoga, online Fitness classes would be fab
  • Live cookery class – maybe a 3-ingredient challenge?
  • Share your study tips
  • Organise a virtual gathering or prayer session
  • Create a discord group and integrate it with Spotify, gaming programs and other activities
  • Want to do something creative? Why not release a creative prompt for your members each day
  • Online board games
  • Dress up challenges - Friday night social style.
  • Virtual bake off – get your committee to judge your members creations
  • Start a society blog
  • Why not host an gaming event?


How to do it?

There are lots of free (or low cost) online resources you can use to host the above events and activities. Here’s what you could use and how:

Video Conferencing

Examples include Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, Houseparty. These are a great way to chat and see each other and can also be used to host a DJ night.


You can use Kahoot to create and play games and online quizzes via a video conference (either via Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts). This would be good for online pub quizzes, team games and e-learning

Netflix Party

You can set up a Netflix Party with your student group members online using the Chrome browser extension. It’s got a group chat function, so you can use it to chat with mates while watching a film.

Social Media

Most of our student groups have social media channels, using these during this time is a great way to keep members engaged, keep them updated with what you have planned and share your events with a wider audience.


What’s stopping you?

Hopefully you have been inspired by the above to start working on your own events and activity, but if there is something still stopping you, please get in touch. We’re here to help and can offer support with either advice, support or resources. Drop us a line on and someone from the Opportunities team will respond to you.


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