Unity At University: Wearing Your Colours Proudly

oxford university emblemAt Shirtworks we work with many University societies, colleges and teams to create great sports kits, as well as printed & embroidered clothing that help encapsulate the sense of camaraderie and community that University is all about.

These organisations help new students meet each other and share their common interests, ideas, and hobbies. This is a huge part of the University experience, with many people making friendships that last a lifetime.

So what kind of societies and groups can you join at University?


Every University will proudly host a range of different societies, most of which are often listed as the responsibility of the Student Union. Some societies will have run for many years and have certain expectations of their clan, whereas others may be newer and have popped up due to current trends.

The societies can be started by any student and normally have an allocated budget of funding offered to them by the Student Union. This budget covers expenses such as any trips or events the society wants to hold.




Societies often have a hierarchical nature which involves a society president, vice president, treasurer and social coordinator. Each of these positions, and any other necessary roles for the club, are voted and nominated democratically at the end of each University year.

The type of societies available depend very much on the University you attend but as an example they may include:

  • African Society
  • Aid and Save Animal Planet Society
  • Business School Club
  • Chess Club
  • Computing and Technology Society
  • Dance Society
  • Digital Gaming Society
  • The Gender and Feminism Society
  • Hindu Cultural Society
  • Italian Society
  • Jugglers’ Association
  • Musical Theatre Society
  • Neurological Society
  • Polyglossia Quiz Society
  • STAR (Student Action for Refugees)
  • Veterinarian Society
  • Welcome International Students Society

Societies such as these allow you to practice any skills or hobbies that you’ve used in the past, as well as take up new ones. It is a great way to meet people that share your interests and make friends, especially when you’ve just started University.

Most societies will identify themselves with society jumpers or t shirts that offer the students name, status (e.g Vice President), and the society they belong to.

In bigger Universities there may be a large number of members so it helps each student find each other and make connections.

Sports Clubs

Sports clubs are similar to societies in the way that they are run and funded but offer the added benefit of trips to other Universities and higher funding depending on the nature of the sport. Sport clubs also have the added hierarchy of captain etc and members often need to try out to see if they can make the team.

A huge variety of sports are available at University and they offer the bonus of a small community as well as a way to stay fit and healthy. The sports clubs will often compete against other Universities, giving students an opportunity to represent their area and meet students from other educational establishments. A small selection of examples includes:

  • Amateur Boxing Club
  • Athletic Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Basketball Club
  • Canoe Club
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting Club
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Society
  • Hockey Club
  • Football Club
  • Rugby Club

Sports clubs have many different jumpers and t shirts that identify them as separate from other students but on top of that they also provide customised sports wear for each group.

Course Outings

Aside from the standard societies and sports clubs there are many groups and outings that are set up specifically for your University course. On top of that, many courses have clothing that identify them, for example an Adventure Education course may have specialised outerwear that they can wear on University trips abroad etc.

Take a look at the large variety of t shirts and sportswear we have to get an idea of different University clothing that we customise. Don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 072 5334 if you have any queries.

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