All students at Harris Westminster become a member of a subject Society. Each subject has a Society which is timetabled (they take place at midday on Wednesday) and students choose their Society according to their own interests and their university aspirations.
Every year, each Society elects a President to ensure that the Society performs its purposes: to discuss areas of the subject of interest to its members; to provide its members with experience in communicating the subject; and to challenge statements and assumptions and develop tools for argument.
Meetings of each Society normally consist of a presentation from a member followed by questions, with each student presenting at least once a year: the presenters are usually Harris Westminster students although sometimes guest speakers are invited by the President. The aim is that Societies closely resemble a University Seminar experience and are a powerful tool for preparing students for those environments as well as providing the opportunities for extension and exploration in their favourite subjects.
All the major curriculum subjects have a Society and these are supplemented by Societies in popular university subjects which are not taught at school such as: Law, Medicine, and Engineering.
In addition, a number of (largely student-run) extra-curricular clubs and societies take place throughout the Harris Westminster week. The list below gives a flavour of some of those that have been running this academic year.
|ACT Society||Drama Club||Needlecraft Society|
|Beginner's Bridge||Gender and Sexuality Alliance||Orchestra|
|Chess Club||Intelligent Believing||Photography Club|
|Choir||Intersectional Feminism Society||The Rose|
|Debate Club||Latin for Beginners||Running Club|
|Diplomacy||Medical Ethics Club||TIRAH|