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Types of Membership

Full Membership

Full membership is for constituted university societies within the UK and Republic of Ireland of an agnostic, atheist, freethinker, Humanist, non-theist, rationalist, secularist, or skeptic philosophy. A society must earn full membership by demonstrating they are a genuine society. This is at the discretion of the Executive of the AHS, who will take the following into consideration:

Full members get all the benefits of joining. Benefits include: access to the full range of our society running guides; access to the AHS Speakers Directory; listing on our website; events listed in our weekly newsletter; coverage in Secular Future magazine; rights to attend the AHS AGM; invites to AHS events and training workshops; free society affiliation to the British Humanist Association (including public liability insurance, web hosting, copies of publications and much more – see the full list of benefits); your members can join the British Humanist Association for £10 instead of £20; right to apply for grants for major events; receipt of personnel help at major events; two votes on the AHS Caucus; support of the AHS membership team; free hugs from the AHS President.

Associate Membership

Associate membership is for non-constituted, non-UK/ROI or non-student societies of an agnostic, atheist, freethinker, Humanist, non-theist, rationalist, secularist, or skeptic philosophy.

Associate members only get some of the benefits of joining. Benefits include: access to the full range of our society running guides; listing on our website; coverage in our weekly newsletter and Secular Future magazine; rights to attend the AHS AGM; invites to AHS events and training workshops; free society affiliation to the British Humanist Association (including public liability insurance, web hosting, copies of publications and much more – see the full list of benefits); support of the AHS membership team; free hugs from the AHS President.

The AHS executive chooses to recognise two main types of Associate membership: “Associate – provisional” and “Associate – non-UK/ROI”.

Associate – provisional

Associate – provisional membership is intended for UK and Republic of Ireland student societies that are not yet eligible for full membership. Ideally, newly forming societies will be eligible for Associate – provisional membership as soon as they start to be set up. Associate – provisional societies should graduate to Full member societies once they meet the requirements.

Associate – non-UK/ROI

Associate – non-UK/ROI membership is intended for constituted non-UK/ROI student societies.

Applying for Membership

The procedure for becoming a member is as follows (as quoted from the constitution): “All applications that are accepted by the Executive shall be deemed to be ratified by the Caucus in the absence of objections following seven days’ notice of the accepted application by email. In the event of objection, the application must be ratified by simple majority of the Caucus.”

The AHS aims to help newly forming societies to get off the ground. Please contact us at president@ahsstudents.org.uk.

Society Application Form

If you would like to discuss membership with the AHS before joining please contact the membership officer at membership@ahsstudents.org.uk.