BioSoc is the University of Warwick's Biology Society!
Friendly and open to all, BioSoc is the perfect society for those studying at the School of Life Sciences, the Medical School or simply those with an interest in all things Biology. We provide a welcoming community with a shared passion for science, hosting fun socials, providing family support, one-to-one academic mentor support, academic events and meaningful volunteering opportunities.
To get a better feel for what we do head over to our website which has heaps of information to help you find your way around, including a 40-page Freshers Guide. If you have any questions contact us via Facebook, Instagram or the Whatsapp chats using the links provided. To become a member click the button to to the right, or if you're browsing on mobile app skip to the end.
Fresher 2021/22 resources
(click links below)
Why join BioSoc?
Meet people: Starting uni can be overwhelming and your academic society can be tremendously helpful when it comes to finding your feet, particularly for Life Sciences students who will travel to the Gibbet Hill site daily. Unlike campus events, where you will meet people you may (oddly) never meet again, we can guaranteed you'll bump into members of this group daily on the walk over to Gibbet Hill, at lectures, in labs and in the Gibbet Hill cafe.
Match with a mentor: Open to all, you can choose to be allocated a mentor from the upper year of your degree stream, carefully selected by the BioSoc outreach team and the faculty, to provide a point of informal and ad hoc support on any issues, academic or pastoral. You'll be added to a chat along with 3 other first years to put you in touch with people from your course before you've even started.
Become part of a BioFamily: chats, family meets up before events and socials so that you know where to be and when, or to give you people to go along with during those frantic initial weeks and generally show you the ropes. Particularly important for off campus events, when you'll be guided to the bus exchange and escorted to the venue, whether that's in Leamington, Coventry or Birmingham.
In addition to regular social events BioSoc provides opportunities to play football and netball, to glitz up for our annual Winter BioBall, to join us on tour and whats more we offers a range of academic support options through mentors and BioCafe and career enrichment volunteering programmes. You won't regret joining.
If you have any questions join the groups using the links or contact Freshers Officer Harry or Freshers Reps Tabby and Emilija, who will point you in all the right directions. They can be contacted on any of our socials so join the 2021/22 life sciences watsapp group, Facebook group or Discord server (details on our website)
BioSoc has a reputation for hosting some of the biggest and best circles (what's a circle? Go look at our website). Join a family and meet us to chat, have a drink, show off your fancy dress skills and make new friends while we play drinking games before heading to POP!
If drinking isn’t your style or you’d like to try something else, we have plenty more to offer: Quizzes, movie nights, cooking & baking hangouts/streams and games to name a few.
In February 2020 we hosted the annual BioBall for over 200 attendees. What a super evening it was, with 3 course meal, entertainment, prize sashes and a DJ to dance the night away. The ball is the perfect evening to celebrate with your friends and let your hair down before the exam season begins. COVID cancelled our 2021 ball but we're already making provisional plans for 2022 so stay tuned!
A healthy body is a healthy mind. As Life Science students we're well aware of the importance of exercise to stay focused and healthy. Members of Biosoc are encouraged to take part in sports as a relief from their studies and the stresses of university life in general. Stay fit and mentally sharp by joining our netball and football teams. With inter society matches organised through the university active league, you'll have an opportunity to participated in tournaments as well as more casual friendly events. For more information contact Sports officer Gabe
Throughout the year we will host academic talks, provide information for module options, placements & careers workshops. We also recommend you drop in to a BioCafe meeting where upper year mentors can help you with your assignments, essays & lab reports. The Year 1 Mentorship Scheme has been reviewed. Sign up to be assigned to an upper year mentor; a source of friendly and accessible guidance throughout your first year and beyond. They will be there for you if you have any concerns or issues, academic or pastoral, but feel like you need an informal friendly chat rather than to speak to a member of faculty and, beyond that, even as a lifelong friend! There will also be various social events where you can meet with your mentors, a great way to connect with different year groups, share advice, support and wisdom, as well as just to make friends.
Find more information on how to request a mentor on our website.
Outreach & Volunteering
BioSoc aims to ensure that everyone can get involved, both within our university and within the local community.
Managed by our outreach officers, there are loads of exciting opportunities to join volunteering projects. We work with local schools to run science weeks/sessions and also work on projects in Widening Participation schools with the aim of spreading interest in science and guiding disadvantaged pupils into STEM and/or higher education. You'll find more information on our website.
Volunteering with BioSoc is fantastic for those who may want to go into teaching or working with young people, but it is also a great opportunity for people who simply just want make a difference. And of course it looks real good on the resume.
International & Domestic Trips
Each academic year we arrange a fun and enjoyable trip away, often collaborating with other societies and universities. This is a great way to make loads of new friends and let your hair down. Keep an eye out for further info - you won't want to miss out.
To stay up to date on news and events sign up for our BioBlog newsletter here http://eepurl.com/hbJiIn or scan the QR code
Our sponsors and supporters
We are most grateful for the support of the Warwick School of Life Sciences (SLS) and its Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) and to the Warwick Institute of Engagement. Without them we would not be in a position to provide such breadth of value added benefits to our membership
Exec Members (2020/21)
President: Arianwen Herbert
Vice Presidents: Chloe Harper and Rebecca Ayres
Treasurer: Daniel Burlingham
Finance Officer: Kimberley Chiimba
Secretary and Communications: Lizzie Hogben
Social Secretaries: Tabby Chadney, Erin Thompson and Lauren Stokes
Social Media: Emily Tutton and Daria Dinchiiska
Ball Committee: Rebecca Ayres, Murat Ceyran, Kimberley Chiimba, Lizzie Hogben
Outreach Officers: Anna Ceesay and Murat Ceyran
Academic Events Officer: Rowan Brown
Mentor Coordinator: Murat Ceyran
Freshers Officer: Harry Douglas
Families Officer:: Emilija Tamosiunaite
Sports Officer: Gabe Jacob
Postgraduate Officer: Raeisha Boggaram