CSC reports surplus for first time in years

The committee had a surplus of €8,312 this year, compared to a €25,090 deficit last year

The Central Societies’ Committee (CSC) has returned an overall surplus last year, compared to a €25,000 deficit in last year’s expenditure report.

The committee, which governs College’s societies, had a surplus of €8,312 for the year ended August 31st 2020, compared to a €25,090 deficit the year before. The committee has returned a deficit for every year since 2016/17.

The CSC’s assets were also considerably larger this year, totalling €338,739, some €8,000 more than in last year’s accounts. This is mostly due to the surplus in income over expenditure this year.

Due to Covid-19, the CSC had to cancel their annual dinner for members. However, before the outbreak of the virus, there were several events held by member societies during the year, such as the Historical (Hist) Society’s 250th anniversary and DU Players’ Glitter Festival. The CSC did hold a 50th anniversary dinner in the Dining Hall.

The Hist had the biggest expenditure of any society last year, with an overall expenditure of €12,651. This was followed by the Philosophical Society (the Phil) at €12,530, and DU Players at €6,736.

Overall expenditure on societies during the year amounted to €185,127, compared to €221,874 the year before.

The committee also spent around €2777 funding Freshers’ Week, and an additional €7725 funding Fourth Week. The CSC also spent €25,000 contributing towards the Student Centre Project.

Overall, the CSC had a €76,683 increase in cash during the year.

In September, Ryan Grunwell was elected chair of the Central Societies Committee (CSC) at the committee’s annual general meeting, which took place six months later than in a usual year.

The CSC’s officers and ordinary members are elected annually by the Treasurers of currently recognised societies.

The CSC is one of College’s five capitated bodies that receives funding from the Capitations Committee, alongside Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), Trinity Publications, and Dublin University Central Athletic Club (DUCAC).

Shannon Connolly

Shannon Connolly is the Editor-in-Chief of the 69th volume Trinity News, and a Senior Sophister student of English Literature and Philosophy. She previously served as Deputy Editor, News Editor and Assistant News Editor.