The Holdsworth Club Member REFERENDUM 2020
"For over 80 years the Holdsworth Club has supported students in their passion for the law and in their desires in pursuing a career in the legal profession. It is one of the most vibrant student societies in Birmingham and is one of the biggest law society for students in England. We are a unique society in that we are solely student led, this means we stand alone, not connected or propped up by either the law school or the guild of students.
In recent years the club has been facing increasing external and internal pressures. We are at a turning point and we must reaffirm our position at the University. This requires drastic action now to ensure that the club’s history is preserved and its future secured.
Our key value is supporting students in their desires to pursue a career in the legal sector and providing opportunities for socialising and networking with people who have similar aspirations and goals. For years we have limited ourselves solely to students within in the law school, limiting our membership numbers which consequently restricts our ability to put on successful events and reduces our attractiveness to firms. We have the opportunity now to expand our horizons as a club and open it up to the University as a whole, for any UOB student who is interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession. This broader appeal will give us a unique selling point when approaching firms for sponsorship, allowing us to put on more enriching events for members.
That’s why on 11th May we will be holding a referendum, for you to decide the future of the club."
Annabel Rowland - Chairperson 2019/2020
Live Q+A: Wednesday 29th April 12:00pm -
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Voting: Monday 11th May 9:00am-5:00pm
Results: Wednesday 13th May 12:00pm
Frequently Asked Questions
What are we voting on?
We are voting on whether the Holdsworth Club should allow University of Birmingham students who are not studying law but who are interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession, to become members.
Who can vote and when?
All Holdsworth members can vote on 11th May 2020. You will need your Holdsworth Club membership ID and your email address. This includes Alumni members, provided you submit your membership ID. If you do not have your membership ID available, please contact a committee member in advance of the vote.
Where will voting take place?
Voting will take place via the Holdsworth website through the referendum page.
How will voting be monitored?
Voting will be collated automatically via a Wix voting form. This will be overseen by the Treasurer and Professor Cryer from the Law School.
The outcome will be decided by the majority vote. In the event of a tied vote, this would not be sufficient to proceed with the change.
What are the reasons for proposing to widen eligibility for membership?
The club has faced numerous pressures over recent years. This has included the formation of new law societies on campus and reduced attendance at social and career events. We have also experienced a decrease in law firm funding and as a result we have not been able to host as many events for our members as we would have liked.
The inclusion of non-law members is an approach taken by the majority of law societies from other leading Russel Group universities, which has proved successful. We believe this is a progressive step for the Holdsworth Club, which will open the door to more opportunities for our society to thrive.
By opening membership up to non-law students, we are aiming to present Holdsworth as a more inclusive society. With this, we hope to see a growing interest from law firms and improvement in membership engagement. This is with the aim of hosting higher quality and more frequent events for our members.
How will the law ball change?
Currently, the law ball ticket sales have been split 56% non-member and 44% member. With this, we predict the impact on the law ball would be very limited. We are hoping that with an increase in member engagement, we would see a boost in member ticket sales. The quality of the law ball will not change, and you can still except an excellent evening.
Will the membership price change?
There will be no change in membership price.
Is there a risk that events will be oversubscribed, leaving law students unable to attend?
All our events are offered on a first come first served basis, as they have always been. None of our events this year sold out, with multiple career events being undersubscribed. This would therefore be highly unlikely.
Will there be exclusive law student socials?
With this change to our membership, we do not intend to segregate members by introducing events exclusively for law students. These types of events are already organised by CEPLER.
Will careers events change?
We aim to continue bringing members excellent career events with our sponsors. This will not change. Careers events will continue to be focused on careers in law. We are hoping that with this change, we will receive more attention from firms and be able to increase the array of career events we can offer.
Can I actively campaign?
Currently there is no active campaigning. Anyone who feels strongly about this and wishes to submit a campaign, please contact the chair who can advise you further on this.