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Welcome to the Thai International Society page!

Looking for a social group to hang in? Perhaps interested in learning how to cook Thai food? Maybe want to learn more about Thai culture and the language? The Thai International Society may just be the one for you. Open to both Thais and non-Thais alike, the Thai International Society is bringing Thai culture all the way from the Land of Smiles to the University of Essex.

The society holds various types of events such as cooking classes, Thai nights out, sports hangouts, Thai seasonal festive events, movie nights and the occasional temple visits to London. Additionally, the society also holds joint events with other Asian societies, and with last year's successful Asian Night out in Colchester, ThaiSoc seeks to help organise one again this academic year. ThaiSoc also helps organise a massive nation-wide event which connects all Thai society (and people) from every corner of the United Kingdom.

Society Award 2016 - Bronze

To keep up to date with our events and discussions, join the Thai International Society's Facebook group, linked here.

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Society Aims:

• To educate students in Thai cultural practices

• To promote diversity in the school environment

• To provide a second home for Thai students in the University of Essex 

• To help familiarise Thai students with the university 

• To promote extracurricular participation among Thai students

• To promote participation in charitable activities 

• To network students looking for a career path in Thailand

Society Objectives:

• To acknowledge and practice Thai celebrations

• To facilitate social settings for student interaction

• Establish an advisor to help students settle in University or give information to anybody who’s interested in travel/work in Thailand and the United Kingdom

• Joint events with other cultural societies 

• To raise funds for charity

• Introduce Thai cuisine

House Rules:

In the case where these House Rules apply to an event:

• Any discussions must be conducted in a calm and respectful manner, with no raised voices, aggression, overlapping speech, interruption or ‘talking over’ other speakers.

• Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated, including abusive language or terminology, inflammatory language (particularly in relation to topics which others may consider to be sensitive), behaviour or speech which constitutes a personal attack on any other attendee or participant.

• The organisers reserve the right to immediately remove any individual from the event or activity if they believe that their behaviour is such as to compromise the safety or wellbeing of any other attendee or participant.

• At all other times a ‘two/three strike’ policy will apply, with attendees receiving a warning on the first occasion any of these guidelines are breached, and subsequently being required to leave the event or activity if a second breach then occurs.

• Event organisers must always confirm in writing with session leaders whether recording or recording and distribution of the event is permitted.

• In an instance where an event is being recorded over video conference, participants must be made aware of this at the beginning of the event so that they have ample time to turn off their microphone and/or camera. Any recordings that are distributed (e.g. through social media) must be edited so that the video starts after participants have had the opportunity to turn off their microphone and/or camera.

• Any in-person events that are being recorded must include a no-recording zone where participants who do not wish to be filmed can enter and will not be captured on any recordings.

In the case where these House Rules apply to the executive team:

• At all other times a ‘three strike’ policy will apply, with executive members receiving a written warning on the first and second occasions of any of these guidelines being breached, with the remaining executive members gaining the right to call a vote of no-confidence on the third strike.

In the case where these House Rules apply to the conduct of members (to be used for general all-year conduct):

• At all other times a ‘three strike’ policy will apply, with members receiving a written warning on the first and second occasions of any of these guidelines are breached, with the executive members and/or general society members gaining the right to ask for the immediate expiry of a person’s membership.

In the case where these House Rules apply to the online conduct of members (e.g. social media, discord):

Social Media Charter and will be subject to provisions set out in article 4.4 of the Societies Code of Conduct should any of the guidelines be broken.

Any appeals against strikes/bans should, in the first instance be made to the executive team of the society. However, if no resolution can be made, a member can email the Student Activities team who will assemble a Panel of Peers team to review your appeal, as per article 8 of the Societies Terms of Reference, and their decision shall be final. In the event of the Panel of Peers reaching no conclusion, the final decision shall be made by the VP Student Experience.

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