Calling and Running an AGM

AGM Guidance 

Please click here for a documents containing all the information that you need to know about running an AGM effectively. This links contains a sample Agenda for an AGM, as well as sample ballot papers that you may print in the CSC offices for use in your elections.

 Once elections have taken place, please be sure to notify and of the newly elected committee members’ names and email addresses. 

Calling and Running an AGM

Societies must hold an Annual General Meeting once a year. The procedure for calling an AGM or EGM is laid out in your society constitution; please ensure that sufficient notice is communicated to members (as per your constitution) by email and on the society’s poster- board (optional), stating the time, date and location of the meeting along with an agenda of what is to take place.

The agenda for the meeting should include an overview of the society’s activities, reports from the officers, amendments to the constitution (if applicable) and elections for a new committee.

Some society constitutions set out specific voting requirements, all other societies should follow proper procedure recommended by the CSC. Officers should ensure that individual, position-specific ballots are used –

Constitutional amendments drafted by a society committee must be put to a vote of the membership at a General Meeting in line with the society’s constitutional protocols and, if passed, sent into the CSC for ratification. It is strongly recommended that these changes are drafted in consultation with the CSC Secretary to ensure they are appropriate. If the AGM has not been conducted in a satisfactory manner the CSC will ask that it be run again, so it’s worth taking the time to ensure that the correct protocol have been followed.

If you have any questions about calling or running an AGM, please email the Secretary at

Recommended CSC Procedure

Please note that following information is not compulsory, but rather a set of guidelines to help you run a smooth AGM. If your society constitution is considerably outdated, or simply does not contain the information referred to in the first page of this document, then please refer to the information below:

Checking Membership

An up to date membership list should be compiled and printed, or be made available in soft copy at the AGM. Membership should be checked as members enter the room for the meeting. Please cross check membership cards with the membership list. Anyone that fails either of these criteria should not be allowed to vote in any elections, or on any motions at the meeting.

Once membership has been checked at the door, please hand members one ballot paper for each election that is to take place. Contact the CSC Secretary for a ballot paper template.


Some society constitutions contain guidelines on what type of electoral system should be used. If that is the case, please follow those guidelines.

One of the following two methods, depending on the type of election or your constitutional requirements, will be relevant:

First Past the Post – This system should be used either: (i) when an election consists of two candidates, running for one position; or (ii) if your constitution requires that it be used for all elections. This simply involves members indicating a single preference. The winner is the candidate with the most preferences. In the case of a tie, you may decide either to offer the outgoing Chair a casting vote, or flip a coin.

Single Transferrable Vote – This system should be used either: (i) when an election consists of more than two candidates running for one position; or (ii) when multiple candidates run for multiple positions (for example, when 5 candidates run for 3 OCM positions); or (iii) when your constitution requires that it be used for all elections. The system works as follows:

  1. Voters should be given ballot papers on which they may write the names of all candidates in the election, and express numbered preferences (1-8 where there are 8 candidates, for example) for as many candidates as they chose;
  2. Ballot papers should then be collected. In order to be elected, a candidate must meet the quota of votes. The quota of votes should be calculated using the formula below: 

The total valid poll is the number of votes cast (that are legible and have followed the instructions provided in denoting preferences), and the number of seats is the number of positions.

  1. Proceed to count the number of first preferences for each candidate. If there is one position, and one candidate receives more first preferences than the quota requires, then they are elected and the election concludes.
  2. If no candidate satisfies the quota, then the candidate with the least first preferences is eliminated. Please announce that, after the “first count”, [name of candidate] is to be eliminated and their votes redistributed. Please do this for every count (i.e. every time a count is concluded and a candidate is eliminated).
  3. Once the candidate is eliminated, redistribute the first preferences that candidate received to those candidates who are marked as preference 2 on the ballot papers.
  4. Repeat this process until the number of candidates required have satisfied the quota, or until there are only as many candidates as positions left.

The STV system is somewhat more complex, and as such, if you would like the CSC Secretary to attend your AGM in order to help run the election, please contact

Please note two further things:

  • Order of Elections – It is important to conduct elections in order of seniority (i.e. Chair first, then work down), and to conclude each election and announce the winning candidate before proceeding to the next. This is to ensure that unsuccessful candidates in previous elections can put themselves forward in subsequent votes.
  • Hustings – If possible, you should offer an opportunity for candidates for Officerships particularly to speak to the meeting. These hustings should be kept brief, no longer than 2 minutes per candidate. You may decide to offer varying amounts of time depending on the seniority of the Officership. 

Nominations for CSC Executive

Nominations for CSC Executive positions close at 5p.m. – Tuesday 13th March.
If you are interested in running for any of the positions: Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Amenities Officer or one of the 8 Executive positions, you can pick up a form in the office.  You need to get it signed by TWO Treasurers of fully recognised societies

Then you need to drop it into the office before the deadline 5p.m.  Late nominations cannot be accepted.

Please talk to the staff or any of the current officers if you want more information about what is involved in being on CSC Executive.

Society of the Year Awards 2018

Society of the Year Awards 2018  

Wednesday 7th March 2018 in Clontarf Castle Hotel 

Nominations are open
Deadline for Best Online Presence 26th Feb – for the remainder of events the deadline is on 27th Feb 2018
   *please note the strict wordcount for applications*

Submissions open for Societies Yearbook 2018

The deadline for submission to the Societies Yearbook is the 12th March. Please send your submissions in ASAP, this should be the event that you feel most showcases your society.  Note that this year will be will not be accepting ‘trips away’ and ‘balls’ as entries, the event should convey the spirit of your society and its core aims.
Submissions are sent to . Your submission should be summary of one event only,no more than 150 words. Please include at least one photo from the event, photos should be in JPEG format, at least 160mm wide, and have 300dpi.
The Yearbook is a great keepsake for you, and it gets given out at several events during the year, including Freshers’ Week and the Open Day, so it is a great opportunity for you to showcase the work that your society does.

Socs Week (Fourth Week)

Copy of TCD Socs week
TCD Socs Week, otherwise known as Fourth Week is an entire week dedicated to student societies in TCD and an opportunity for students and staff of the College who may not have already joined a society to check out what you do without any commitment to join.

Message from Benn Ó hÓgáin – Chair of the Central Societies Committee
TCD Socs Week (aka Fourth Week 16th – 20th October) is all about exposing the amazing events and activities that take place across our societies on a weekly basis to an even wider audience than usual. It’s a great opportunity to try something new, or to get involved with societies for the very first time. I can say without question that my time in societies has made my College experience, and I wholeheartedly encourage you to sample just some of the vast array of activities taking place this week. 
Trinity’s societies are nationally recognised, from debating to the Irish language, and from chess to animation there truly is something for everyone. Take off with Trinity Space Society, or join in a stich n’bitch with KnitSoc. Socs Week is also the ideal chance to find out more about that society you really wish you’d joined in Freshers’ Week. What are you waiting for? 
There will be FREE – OPEN – EVENTS taking place all over campus for all members of the college community to enjoy. 
Keep on eye on all of the links below for more information.
Insta @trinitysocieties


Officer Training Slides

CSC officers and staff held training for society officers on the 30th Sep 2017. 

Here are the slides from the group training –  FINAL Training Day Sep 2017 slides

Here are the slides from the session for society secretaries –  Secretary training 2017

 Here are the slides from the session for treasurers – Treasurer Officer Training Slides

Society Grant Application for 2017/18 will open on the 4th October 2017.

Follow this link to find the grant application site

If you do not know your log in details email or



CSC Officer Training Sep 2017

CSC – Society Officer Training will take place on 30th September 2017
RSVP to  to confirm numbers from your society
The CSC Officers and staff will go through each role and cover what the CSC can do to help you have a successful year. Training is designed for Society Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and some aspects may be of interest to PROs.
Location:  Edmund Burke Theatre Arts Building.
Time: 10am training starts promptly, doors at 9.30. At 12.15 the group training session will end and we’ll take a break. From aprox 1pm there will be 2 breakout sessions, which will run until aprox 2pm. 
Session 1 – For Treasurers, covering the very important topic of applying for a CSC grant and how to keep your Society financial accounts. The treasurer must attend this session and the chair may also attend this session if they wish. 
Session 2 – For Secretaries, covering the role and responsibilities of a secretary in greater detail such as constitutions, managing society communication to your members, and holding a society meeting. This will take place in the Robert Emmet Theatre.
In the meantime If you need to ask anything please drop by the CSC office, or email or 
You can also check out the Running a Society  section on the CSC Website  

Equality Awards 2017

Equality Champions Awards for Clubs and Societies

Recognising the vital contribution of clubs and societies to our inclusive university

1st place: Trinity SMF for “Women in Leadership: Stronger Together”

2nd place: TAF and DU Comedy for “Hysteria”

3rd place: Hist for “Burke Sessions: Travellers in Irish Society”

Highly Commended: DUAMS for “This Woman’s Work: Women in the Music Industry”

Highly Commended: DUCSS for “Talking Tech: the Winding Road to Success”

CSC out of term

From the 8th May until 4th September 2017 the CSC office will open on a part time basis. We will be back as normal from the 4th September in preparation for Freshers Week.

Freshers’ Week takes place from 18th – 22nd September.

The schedule of days is available here should you need to drop in Opening Hours 

The staff will be available through out the summer via email should you have a query – our email addresses can be found here