What is IFIS? More information about the society

We are the RHUL SU science fiction and fantasy society based at Royal Holloway, University of London. Our aims are to

  1. promote an interest in the works and activities of science fiction and fantasy
  2. maintain a library of science fiction and fantasy books for our members to borrow
  3. have more fun than you can shake a lightsaber at

If the above sounds like your cup of tea, then please do get involved and join our society.

We have existed in one form or another since sometime in the 1970s (or possibly even earlier - if you have proof of when the society was started, please get in touch) when a group of students at Royal Holloway decided that they would regularly get together to enjoy their shared interests in science fiction and fantasy. This group decided to call themselves IFIS - The Institute For Impure Science and became one of the many RHUL SU societies.

Once part of the SU, things got a bit more formal and over the years we've had many different constitutions and committees. But that hasn't hampered us from still enjoying the things we love the most. We've built up a modest sized science fiction and fantasy library for our members to read. We like watching science fiction and fantasy movies and TV programmes. And we enjoy going on trips to conventions or shopping in London. Membership comes with all kinds of perks such as access to the society's Netflix account.

But what does the name mean?!

There are a number of theories surrounding the origins of the name. One most likely suggestion is that it's taken from the stories written by R. A. Lafferty. An alternative is that it's meant to be scifi backwards (obviously lacking the C though). Generally though, it's because it's meant to be different, fun and the acronym is a lot easier to say. As a society, we don't like to take things too seriously.

(Except when it comes to the correct pronunciation of our name, which isn't i-fis - we're not an Apple brand name. Instead pronounce it like if-fis)

So what exactly do you get up to?

The best way to get an idea of what we get up to is to check out our society events page. On that you'll see what events we've got coming up and also look back at what events we've ran in the past too.

All our events will be related to some form of science fiction or fantasy. That is such a wide and encompassing list though, so it's not really feasible to list everything that this could cover. The basics though are things like Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, A Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galatica, Blake's 7, Doctor Who and Firefly.

It's important to note, that if we're not doing something you think the society should be doing, then let the committee know - they're always open to suggestions and the members are what make our society so great.

I'm convinced - how do I join?

Membership to the society is open to all members of RHUL SU with valid Student Activities Membership. Currently the yearly membership fee is £7 which is the standard price set by the SU for all societies.

You can either come along to Freshers Fayre, held at the start of the academic year during Welcome Week, or join by visiting our society page on the SU website. If neither of those options work for you, you can go to the societies office on the top floor of the SU and pay in person.

If you want any more information about the society or have any questions, feel free to email the committee. Alternatively you can sign up to our email newsletter and get details of all our future events as they are announced.