Society Alumni Testimonial

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In October 2015 the CSC was delighted to welcome past CSC executive member, ex-chair of the Young Fine Gael Society, the then Minister for Health, and current Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to launch the Society Alumni Testimonial Journal. He was joined by several other Trinity alumni who had been involved in societies in Trinity College. 

 The publication is a compilation of reflections by Trinity Alumni including David O’Doherty, Senator Averil Power, Paddy Cosgrave, Senator David Norris, Dylan Haskins, Senator Ivana Bacik, and many more.  They each reflect on their time here and the invaluable and incomparable experiences they had while serving as society officers. 
The Taoiseach noted the number of his political contemporaries who also came up through TCD Societies. He commended on the breadth and scope of societies present on campus today and spoke of the invaluable skills he developed while on a society committee that he utilises to this day.
This journal was compiled by the CSC as part of the Fourth Week initiative, which aims to highlight to College the value of student-led activities. The impetus that students get from having the opportunity to run a society, the feeling of achievement when a long-planned event runs well, and the knowledge gained about how to bear responsibilities have all been fundamental experiences which have led to the successes that these alumni have achieved later in their lives.  These things all arise from the fact that students run societies by and for themselves, and we hope that continued facilitation of societies and support for the CSC by College will mean that future students will have the same opportunities for entrepreneurship.

CSC Office out of term

The CSC office will open on a part time basis from the 30th April for the summer break. We will reopen as normal on 20th August, in time for Freshers’ Week 2018, which takes place 3rd- 7th September.

The CSC staff are available via email over the summer should you have a query – email addresses can be found here 

A schedule of days that the office in House 6 will open below.


Society Officer Handover training

Society Officer Handover training took place 3rd April 2018, this training aims to cover all newly elected society committees need to know to get them through to Freshers Week 2018.

The info handout doc distributed at the event is downloadable here Handover training 2018

or you can pick one up from the CSC office in House 6. 

Useful information on this can be found under

If you have any queries please contact 

 The Equality Officer Aoife Crawford spoke about how societies can be more inclusive. Links she mentioned are below. Email her on if you have any queries. for checking if a venue is physically accessible for guidance on booking an ISL interpreter if a deaf student is attending your event for information on the Equality Fund for information on the Equality Champions Awards for my contact details; students are always welcome to contact me with equality-related queries / issues

Results of AGM 2018

Fiona May was elected Chair of the CSC on 20th March 2018.

Hugh Fitzgibbon was elected to the position of Secretary,  Ciaran Maguire was elected to the position of  Treasurer and Ciara O’Leary was elected Amenities Officer of the CSC. 

Those elected to the eight positions on the CSC Executive were Sophie Donnelly, Calum Fabb, Gill, Eoin Hannaway, Lauren McDonald, Georgie O’Sullivan, Eleanor Scott and Dahnan Spurling. 

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. 

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)

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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