Fitzwilliam has lots of lively societies you can join, and with hundreds more to choose from around the University it's easy to get involved, make friends and make your mark.
The College holds its own Societies Fair, usually on the first Sunday of Freshers Week, where all clubs/societies and groups will be represented and keen to tell you what they do. This is the best way to join. If you miss the Fair, just contact the Society Rep. The University has a very long list of clubs and societies and have their own Societies Fair at the start of the Michaelmas Term.
Fitzwilliam College Medical and Veterinary Society
FCMVS aims to support members academically whilst also ensuring there’s plenty of social stuff going on! From an academic perspective we provide access to a wide array of resources, ranging from loan copies of core course textbooks for all first and second years and access to the Evelyn Suite (containing books, anatomical models, bones, computers etc.), to arranging talks by speakers from a wide range of medical and veterinary backgrounds. From a social perspective we organize termly curry nights, an annual BBQ and, of course, the annual dinner, to which all current students and alumni are invited.
The Magna Carta and Edward II, Public Memory, Women and War, and the Rough Wooings are just some of the talks that have been given at Fitzwilliam History Society. The leading academics in the field present their latest research, providing us with an insight into the most exciting historiographical developments today. There is also an opportunity for informal discussion with the speaker after the talk at a dinner in town.
Our annual formal dinner in Easter Term is an opportunity for all Fitz Historians to come together and celebrate the past year. Past speakers have included David Starkey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams and the Pitt Professor, David Blight.
Everyone is welcome at our events; an interest in history is all that's needed contact >>
Economics & Finance Society
We hold a range of thought provoking events throughout the academic year, including economics-related talks which develop our understanding of the global economy and the applications of economic theory to the real world. The society also hosts company presentations and provides support for internships and graduate scheme applications. Past events have included a visit from an economist at the Central Bank of Poland and a Fitz alumnus involved in leading economic research at Goldman Sachs. There are also a range of career-related events which aim to help students from all subject backgrounds to begin a career in finance related professions. Contact >>
The Michell Society of Industry and Technology
The society supports interest in the applied sciences, engineering and technology. It is run by a committee of students. and membership of the society is open to all students at Fitzwilliam College, regardless of subject, who share this interest and wish to join.
The society holds three main objectives:
- To encourage, promote and develop interest in science and engineering, with relevance to industry
- To provide opportunities for social interaction between students of different matriculation years, who share common interests
- To provide networking opportunities for members, creating connections between current students and Alumni
Natural Sciences Society
The Nat Sci Soc holds termly talks in college from leading scientists on their latest research. Recent topics range from insect genetics to the future of atomic clocks. Talks are followed by a dinner for all members of the society which is a great opportunity to meet the speaker as well as the various science Fellows. In the summer we hold an annual BBQ on the Grove lawn. But Nat Sci Soc isn’t just for scientists: we’re open to all members of the college, and our talks are easily accessible to scientists and non-scientists alike - the only thing you need is a passion for science!" Contact >>
Non - academic
Fitzwilliam College Debating Society
The Fitzwilliam College Debating Society was established to give people with all levels of experience the opportunity to become involved in debating at Cambridge. Set up at Fitzwilliam but open to the whole University, the society uses edited formats in its debates to allow for a lot participation and discussion from the floor, whilst still giving its speakers platform to demonstrate and practise formal debating skills. To further improve speakers' performances, the society gives individual feedback to all speakers after any debate which they participate in, pointing out areas of strength and possible improvement, as well as awarding prizes at each debate to best male and female speaker from the floor, and the best witty remark!
The society’s events are very varied, hosting not just debates with interesting and impressive guest speakers, but also holding joint debates with other societies and groups in the University. We have an annual dinner and various socials throughout the year - we look forward to seeing you there! Many of our speakers have never debated before, whilst others are more experienced. The format has been established to incorporate all levels of experience and ability to create a fun, engaging and compelling community.
To join the Society, or if you are from another society who would be interested in doing a joint event, email the Debate President
Fine Arts Society
The art society is a new venture, and so is slowly being moulded to where the demand lies and we would love any input from students! Currently the society exists to take care of the dedicated art room that the College owns, and make sure it is well stocked. We also organise the annual student art exhibition competition, whereby students can submit art works of any media that detail with a prescribed theme for the chance to have it displayed in college and win £100. Life drawing is also starting soon - watch this space! Contact >>
The Fitz Sirens
Cambridge's oldest all-female a cappella group originated at Fitz almost 20 years ago, and we've been going strong ever since! Typically with 9 members, we sing jazz standards and jazzy arrangements of modern pop songs, and perform regularly at May Balls and concerts around Cambridge whilst wearing our iconic black gloves. Contact >>
An all male close harmony group founded at the college back in 1994, typically with around eight members. We sing a mixture of traditional barbershop music and arrangements of more modern songs, and come complete with straw hats and questionable tastes in waistcoats! The group is always in demand for performances in college bars, after dinners, May Balls and garden parties at the end of each year and private parties and weddings further afield. Entirely led and run by students with a variety of musical and academic backgrounds, we provide a great way to make some firm friends, have a lot of fun and get involved in events all around Cambridge.
'A forum for all kinds of literary and related events'. Since reforming in Michaelmas 2013, the Fitzwilliam Literary Society has been engaged in all sorts of exciting events: from film screenings to play readings, from talks by invited speakers to creative writing workshops and online 'conversations' about literary matters. We're starting to think about what to do next! We welcome new members - whatever they are studying - and new ideas for what to do next.
The music society exists as a platform to organise and put on concerts, as well as providing money and support for people looking to start up ensembles or start music lessons. We cover a wide wealth of music from classic to jazz to folk, and are always keen to hear from people interested in performing at College! For more information see Music Society on the website, or contact the Junior President.
A fortnightly magazine, founded and edited by Fitzwilliam students, but open to anyone. We publish creative writing, artwork, essays and anything else which is interesting or thought-provoking. We have fortnightly launch events, with music, wine and poetry readings. We also have a range of side projects: for example last year we hosted an exhibition of artwork from Notes contributors and practicing artists from across the country and around the world; called "Image | Object | Image: new modes of representation"
Fitzwilliam has a thriving Amnesty International society which works to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated. We meet a few times throughout term to discuss issues and write letters to government officials and political leaders around the world about issues such as prisoners of conscience, torture, inhumane prison conditions, and the death penalty. No knowledge of current affairs or human rights is needed - we have information sheets that will tell you everything. If you don't have the time, just swing by to sign one of our pre-written letters! Contact >>
The Fitz Christian Union exists to make Jesus known in college. We're part of the wider Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union which shares the same aim across the whole university. Fitz CU meets a couple of times a week to read the Bible and pray together whilst thinking about how we can best be reaching our friends and other college members with the gospel. Anyone welcome!. Contact >>