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Who can apply, and how?

Any member who is paid up may apply for inclusion in any group at any time during the year.  Simply email the Study Group Coordinator (SGC) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


All groups are listed on this website as well as a calendar of the time and day each group meets. 


If the required group has no vacancies at the time of applying, the member can ask to be placed on a waiting list. The member will be notified as soon as a convenor notifies of an available placement. 


Protocol followed by the Study Group Coordinator

To ensure that membership of all groups is fair and consistent, inclusion in a group is undertaken by the SGC and priority is given in the following priority order:


  1. The initiator(s) and convenors of the group are by default in the group.
  2. Financial members who are not already in a group have first priority.
  3. Priority is given to those applicants who attend the lesser number of groups.
  4. All things being equal, the earliest applications received by the SGC have priority.
  5. In the case of two or more equal applications being received by the SGC on the same day and time the SCG will ask the Group’s initiator to toss a coin.


  1. Following the advertising of a new group, the SGC allows 7 days before allocating members to the group.
  2. Group convenors or initiators do not have the authority to accept members into the group. This ensures fairness.
  3. When the group is oversubscribed the SGC will encourage a second group.  Meantime the unsuccessful members’ names will go on the waiting list.