NCH clubs and societies
At NCH we have a variety of popular and active societies providing students with the chance to explore and enjoy all manner of different activities and opportunities that they may have not had before. Of course, if you’d like to do something completely different, the NCHSU can provide guidance and funding so that you can set up your own society.
In addition to our growing range of clubs and societies, NCH students have access to the sports, societies, online tickets and bars of other London colleges through Student Central, formerly University of London Union. Here, students can set up their own society or get involved in the over 40 clubs and activities available to make the most of university life.
Founded in 2013, Anchor is the magazine of the New College of The Humanities, serving both the student body and the wider Bloomsbury area. With a print run of 1000+ per issue and content that ranges from the serious and academic to the light-hearted and witty, Anchor serves as a great opportunity for students to understand more about the publishing industry and gain journalistic experience. We also have great social events for the publishing team – from a home cooked dinner to a double espresso at 1am before the printer’s deadline!
With the mantra ‘art for art’s sake’ the Art Society is all about spreading the joys of art. We make use of the incredible art opportunities and galleries in London trips to exhibitions. We also hold free regular life drawing sessions – an opportunity for all (artistically inclined or not) to hone their skills in a relaxed setting. We provide all the materials for you, just come along and draw!
Bedfellows - Drama Society
Bedfellows – the NCH Drama Society – encourages all students to be involved in drama and theatre, from the experienced thespians to the amateur enthusiast. From keeping you up to date with the latest and greatest on the London drama scene, with trips in Hilary (second) term, to workshops, plays and socials, we have a strong drama community here. We are infamous for our Twelfth Week Shorts – plays held in, you guessed it, the twelfth week of term. This is a series of short plays that you can get involved with in many capacities; we want you to write, direct, and act for us. If that doesn’t float your boat, come along for the evening or our summer play – we promise you high drama, wine and a bubbly atmosphere. Also, our longer summer production of ‘Oh, the Humanity’ was highly recommended by Sir Trevor Nunn, and went on for an additional run at the Tabard Theatre in London.
Bright Futures Society
Bright Futures is an organisation that connects bright and ambitious students from disadvantaged backgrounds with employers. In a world where some students are lucky enough to have contacts who can help them find work experience and employment, Bright Futures aims to fill the gap and create a platform to organise events and foster discussions.
Dance Society aims to bring all forms of dance into the student arena. From appreciation to performance.
The Debating Society (in combination with the University of London Debating Society) gives all students the opportunity to practise their logic, argument, and public speaking under pressure, yet in a open and friendly format. Over the year, a number of ‘Opens’ take place giving the opportunity to debate against students from other universities. Motions are largely timely, topical, and occasionally light-hearted.
The aim of the Economics Society is to promote the discussion of academic literature in economics and provide a platform for students to debate and enhance their understanding of the subject. Although Economics is studied as a major and a minor course, there is significant interest in Economics for non-specialists. Accordingly, guest speakers including the likes of Sir Partha Dasgupta, Roger Bootle, and the Downing Street Behavioural Insights Team (The “Nudge” Unit) are invited to present their views on interesting contemporary topics and economic current affairs.
Eruditio Capital is an entirely student-run equity fund, founded in October 2014. Operated by students, for students, it focuses on value-investing strategies to source pockets of value on a medium-term basis. The fund primarily aims to give involved students the experience of running a fund, with two teams working on Investor Coverage and Investments respectively. As a nonprofit, Eruditio Capital is continuing to expand its capital base, and pledges to return profits to the NCH community.
The NCH Film Society provides a resource for students and staff to explore a diverse range of cinema through screenings, discussions and themed events. The Film Society manages NCH’s extensive film library – they are free to be borrowed by students and staff, or to watch in the JCR. We also work with the charity officer in the student union to combine these with charitable causes, such as our recent Star Wars marathon to raise money for Syria.
The NCH Football Society promotes football at NCH in an informal and formal capacity. It attracts casual players for a relaxed games of five-a-side whilst encouraging others in playing with other University of London teams. Football Society is responsible for the annual ‘Humanities Cup’ – an interdisciplinary tournament with students and staff from each department.
Indian Society brings various aspects of Indian culture to NCH, from food and film to music and dance.
The mission of the Law Society is to inspire the discussion of academic literature in Law and encourage an appreciation of its culture, people, and history. It does this by providing a platform for students to listen to key guest speakers, as well as practice their legal and advocacy skills in moots (mock trials). Despite Law being studied as a standalone degree, the Law society offers value to students from all disciplines, particularly those who may wish to convert to Law later in their careers. Our guest speakers such as Robert Craig who spoke about anonymity in the criminal justice system, and Sir John Chadwick who spoke practically about dispute resolution, were therefore chosen for their broad appeal.
The Literature and Creative Writing Society cultivates the appreciation and practice of texts and writing. It provides a relaxed environment where budding writers can share their work for the perusal of peers to gain the feedback for improvement and growth. Guest speakers such as Christopher Ricks and Howard Jacobson have recently given talks to discuss their work and the craft of writing. Themed nights such as the eerie Hallowe’en play reading of Shakespeare’s nihilistic and soul-crushing tragedy, King Lear, lit by candle-light.
At the LGBTQ+ Society (QueerSoc) we provide a pastoral but also very fun social and support network for LGBTQ+ students. Across the year we organise a number of social events – everything that the London gay scene has to offer – from Dalston Superstore to an upcoming in-house drag night, as well as collaborating with the Student Union Welfare Officer for events like SHAG week (sexual health awareness). With a strong online presence where all can post discussion points and interesting articles and news, QueerSoc focuses on ensuring that LGBTQ+ students not only settle into their university life, but have a great social life through our events.
From pandas, to tea, to peking duck. We get together to enjoy and appreciate Chinese cuisine whilst discussing the culture and customs of the world’s most populous country.
Maths Society aims to show that even humanities students can have wide-ranging scientific interests. It organises a number of events throughout the year where maths as a discipline for the “intelligent non-specialist” is explored. Recently Professor Adrian Mathias gave a talk on the response in Cambridge to Gödel’s incompleteness theorems called ‘The Silence’, and Charles Griffiths-Lambeth gave a talk on the Riemann hypothesis.
Natural Sciences Society
The Natural Sciences Society looks to bring the natural sciences to all students at NCH, from events, trips and talks.
NCH Model United Nations
MUN, lovingly nicknamed MUNCH is our platform that allows you to travel to conferences all across Europe, discussing the issues that move the world as we know it. As well as improving your debating, writing, and public speaking skills, being part of MUN also provides travel and networking opportunities. We attend the annual London International Model United Nations Conference (LIMUN) and we are looking forward to our upcoming trip to the Hague, home of the International Criminal Court, Peace Palace and many other intergovernmental agencies.
NCHESS (and port) Society
Queen of NCHESS puns, we welcome Kings and Queens to our knights of NCHESS and port to rook your world. With our membership of £3, including three glasses of port, bring change as we won’t accept cheque, mate. Don’t worry if you’re a rook-ie.
NCH Live facilitates and makes space for live music performances at NCH. We perform every week at the Thursday Society Evenings for our fellow students and staff, creating the vibe with live background jazz piano. We also play in the SCR whilst everyone is having a few drinks before our esteemed guest lecturers take up the stage in the Drawing Room.
At Opera Society welcome all – from first timers looking for something a little different, to seasoned fans. We organise trips to the exciting Opera shows that London has to offer – recently to Cosi fan Tutti, Tosca and Don Giovanni. We are also master student-ticket-hunters, with many tickets available under £10, taking advantage of student tickets for Royal Opera House just around the corner in Covent Garden.
The Politics Society arrange talks and social events on the subject of politics, political science and political philosophy. Events range from the purely social, to guided discussions, to lectures. In the last year keynotes have been given by Peter Hitchens, Milo Yiannopoulos, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and Natalie Bennett.
SOBER – the Society Of Beer Enthusiasts and Rascals – runs frequent events for connoisseurs of fine craft beers and for those who just enjoy drinking it. Students can sign up for a yearly membership that entitles them to free beer at a number of events throughout the year. The annual “Estafette” tournament, a team beer-drinking relay, is held at the end of Trinity term and (unsurprisingly) is one of the best attended NCH events.
TCG NCH brings the spirit of trading cards to the intellectual setting of NCH. We provide an accessible platform for the practice and exploration of all desired trading card games, from YuGiOh! to Magic: The Gathering. From experienced to novice we gather together in appreciation and practice.
The Bloomsbury Forum
The Bloomsbury Forum is a series of panels and talks in which outstanding academics and professionals speak to, and with, an amateur but intelligent audience. We aim to create an interdisciplinary conversation in which ideas rooted in extensive research or experience meet fresh perspectives.
The Green Stripe
Green Stripe is the NCH university merchandise shop. Set up by students for students (all profits get returned to the Students’ Union) it sells a variety of clothes and apparel – all in the College’s statement green and blue hues.
The Parturient is the printed compilation of NCH’s creative works. With the aim to promote the literary and artistic endeavours of students, the annual publication includes submissions of writing on a diversity of genres – be it prose, poetry, plays, drama – or any form of visual art, from paintings to photographs to doodles.
The Philosophy Society was founded with the intention of creating a primarily student-led environment (although academics are often in attendance) in which students gather together to engage in philosophical discussion and debate. Talks have been given by Phyllis Illari (UCL) on ‘Who’s afraid of mechanisms?’, Seiriol Morgan (Bristol) on ‘Heidegger, Conscience, Nazism’, Noa Latham (University of Calgary) on ‘The Direction and Passage of Time’, as well as more general discussions on a range of philosophical topics. Sherry and almonds are almost always served.
Just up and coming, the Photography Society at NCH looks to create events and trips that both appreciate photography and helps NCHers get out and create – exploring different venues and styles.
In NCH’s close community, (we like to see ourselves as more like a family), the Rugby Society brings students together under the same name and stripes. We all know that sport brings people together, and rugby brings together all years of NCH. Rugby Soc does not stop when the boots leave the field, and you don’t have to be a rugby player to join in on the spirit.
Like the game-show! NCH University Challenge takes on the challenge of tricky questions and interesting facts. Gathering together at events, NCH University Challenge is practising with the aim of one day seeing our names in the TV lights…
Wine Soc is the sophisticated, Bacchanalian appreciation of wine at NCH, and aims to bring us together at events to enjoy the caress of wine on our palettes.
The WO-MEN’s society provides awareness of intersectional feminism, encouraging all students to aid progress to equality, both academically and socially. Events, discussion, lectures, and campaigning encourage debate and awareness. The Society works closely with the Welfare Officer of the Students’ Union.