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.
For more information about any of the societies listed below, please email Fitz Societies
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 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.
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.
Counting amongst its members distinguished alumni such as Sir Peter Bazalgette (Chair of the Arts Council England), Sir Dennis Byron (President of the Caribbean Court of Justice), Judge Dean Spielmann, (President of the European Court of Human Rights), and Dame Sarah Asplin (High Court, Chancery Division), the Society's focus is on establishing strong links between alumni and current students. It is thanks to their generosity, that we are one of the few colleges in Cambridge that fully funds all core textbooks for law students, for every year of their undergraduate degree. We host a triannual dinner open to all students of Fitz, past and present.
During term, the society supports the current students. In addition to providing termly talks on pressing topical issues, as well as liaising with leading law firms and barristers' chambers for talks on graduate jobs and careers. There is a yearly mooting competition, which is always hotly contested.
The Mitchell 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 by 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!
Fine Arts Society
The Fine 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 in any media that deal 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!
The Fitz Sirens
Cambridge's oldest all-female a cappella group originated at Fitz over 20 years ago, and we've been going strong ever since! Typically with nine 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.
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 taste 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.
For more information see our website
Fitz Chapel provides essentially Christian worship on Sundays and occasional weekdays, but all members of college are welcome regardless of their beliefs, including having no religious beliefs. The Chapel aims to be a welcoming space where all can come as long as they feel comfortable. Open to anyone who wants to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Aside from worship, the Chapel provides music through the Chapel choir, instrumentalists, and concert performances.There are a number of informal groups meeting from time to time, discussions groups about religion, or social groups getting together for pancakes, pizza, BBQ.
'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.
For more information see the Literary Society website
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.
A fortnightly magazine, Notes was founded and edited by Fitz students, but is open to anyone. We publishes creative writing, artwork, essays and anything else capable of stimulating thought. For each issue we hold a launch event with live jazz, wine and poetry readings. In Lent 2016, we'll be collaborating with the the Zero Carbon Society and the Wildlife and Conservation Society, and the Fitzwilliam Museum Society to create two special themed issues
For more information see the website
Fitzwilliam College Debating Society
The Fitzwilliam Debating Society was founded in 2014 to provide an open and inclusive environment for public speaking and discussion. In addition to frequent debates, which often include contributions from guest speakers, the society also hosts panel discussions, social events, and workshops each term. The society welcomes all levels of experience and engagement and is open to all students across Cambridge. Find us at www.fitzdebating.com and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitzwilliam has a thriving Amnesty International group working to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated. Film nights, screenings and Q&A events with documentary directors are just some ways we help spread awareness. We meet a few times throughout term to discuss issues and to sign pre-written letters to officials and leaders around the world about rights violations. No knowledge of current affairs or human rights is needed - we have information sheets that will tell you everything. If you don't have much time, just swing by to sign one of our pre-written letters!
Fitzwilliam CU is a group of Christians in Fitzwilliam College. Our aim is to make Jesus Christ known to students in college, as well as to help each other to grow in our relationship with God. We meet together every week, to read the Bible together and pray, and also put on college events which invariably involve giving out free food!
Fitzwilliam Communal Gardens Society
Fitzwilliam College has its own allotments on the college grounds, which are run by students but with membership open to (and including) academic and non-academic staff alike. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or new to it all, we meet weekly to tend to our allotments together, with the opportunity to have your own patch as well. The food we grow is available to all members of the college.
Fitzwilliam Enterprise Society
Have you ever wanted to start your own startup? Do you have a business idea or even just a general interest in entrepreneurship? Then Fitz Enterprise is the place for you! We are an intimate society with the aim to inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurially minded Fitz members and nurture the network of past, present and future Fitz entrepreneurs. To find out more, please take a look at our website: http://fitzenterprise.soc.srcf.net/
Fitzwilliam Feminist Society
Fitzwilliam Feminist Society (FemSoc) is a newly formed discussion group holding a number of events throughout the year, with the purpose of promoting the discussion of gender-based issues and empowering women to demand the same treatment as men, in Cambridge, and in life elsewhere. In Fitz FemSoc's first year we hope to hold several discussions, screening of documentaries, and hold a Women's Dinner in Michaelmas. We welcome any input, and encourage both women and men to come along - there will always be free drinks and biscuits!