Membership

Although you don’t have to be a member of the Walking Club to come on Local Walks, you must be a member to go on weekend trips and minibus day trips.


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There are two types of membership: student and non-student. Annual memberships all expire at the end of the summer vacation.

    • Annual student membership: £24
    • Annual non-student membership: £27.50
    • The club offers a £5 discount off first-time membership


Member Benefits

As a member, you get a lot of service and benefits:

    • Invitations to all of the club’s socials. Regular events include a Céilidh in Michaelmas Term and a Punt Party in Trinity Term.
    • Free loan of the club’s extensive range of equipment (subject to availability).
    • Subsidy from the club towards the cost of walking group leader (WGL) or mountain leader (ML) training if you want to lead on club trips. The club also pays for drivers to attend the University’s minibus driving course.
    • The right to vote and stand for committee positions in the club’s Termly General Meeting.
    • Because the Walking Club is affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), members have other benefits, including:
      • A BMC membership number, giving member discounts with over 800 outdoor related businesses includeing Cotswold, Snow & Rock, and Montane (all 15%)
      • Access (or cheaper access) to 64 mountain huts (list) in the UK.
      • Third party liability insurance, applicable worldwide. (For example this covers you if you injure a third party by dislodging a rock.)
      • Access to reciprocal rights for Alpine Huts.
      • The Clubs edition of Summit Magazine (in April).
      • A portion of your membership fee will go to help the BMC campaign on access and conservation issues.

Get in touch with the Membership Secretary (membership@ouwc.org) if you have any questions about membership benefits.

The elected committee oversees the Club’s budget, and ensures that the membership revenue is spent sensibly as to benefit the Club’s membership as a whole.


Training Subsidies

Funding for training comes from a levy on minibus trips (£4 per person per day) and grants from the Sports Federation. The details of training subsidies offered by the Club are as follows:

  • Minibus driving assessment
    • £30 paid directly by the Club. This allows the driver to use University’s insurance to drive minibuses for Club purposes.
  • First Aid Training
    • The Club cover the first £50, half of which is paid as club credit which can be redeemed for a trip the person leads on.
  • Mountain Skills Training
    • The Club cover the first £50, half of which is paid as club credit which may be redeemed for a trip the person leads on.
    • For Mountain skills courses organised by the Club, the participant pays the normal trip costs but not the training levy.
  • Mountain Leader Training
    • The Club pays £100 upfront and then £150 in return for leading on level 3 trips (subject to committee approval – criteria include prior engagement with the club and money available in the training budget).
  • Mountain Leader Assessment
    • The Club pays £100 upfront and then £150 in return for leading on level 3 trips (subject to committee approval – criteria include prior engagement with the club and money available in the training budget).


Cancellation

We recognise that you may wish to join solely to go on a Club trip, so under these conditions you may cancel membership:

        • Memberships taken out may be cancelled with full refund if requested by the end of the same term, provided that the member has not been on any trips nor made any other use of the membership meanwhile.

Please note, however, that the Priority List system gives anyone who is unsuccessful in getting onto trips an excellent chance of getting onto one the following term — see allocation procedure.


 


Alumni

Look at the Alumni page for information on our alumni scheme.


 

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