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BioSoc is the University of Warwick's Biology Society!
Friendly, innovative and open to anyone, BioSoc is the perfect society for anyone studying at Life Sciences, the Medical School or simply anybody interested in Biology!
We work towards providing a welcoming community with a shared passion for science, by hosting fun socials, helpful academic/careers events and meaningful volunteering opportunities. Every year, we see BioSoc getting bigger and better with the feedback of members and a constant drive to improve the Society, so we hope that you will join us on this journey ?
To get a better feel for us, head over to our newly launched website (which also has a 40-page Freshers Guide written by us, amongst many other resources & information!) For any questions feel free to contact us via Facebook, Instagram or the cohort Whatsapp chats.
Some reasons to join our Society:
BioSoc is known to host some of the biggest circles, where you can have a drink, show off your fancy dress skills and make some 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’ve still got 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. It was a lovely night in a hotel with a 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 have a load of fun before the exam season begins. We plan on giving it our all this year (if Covid permits) 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 just university life in general. Stay fit and mentally sharp with your course mates - this can be achieved through our netball and football teams. With matches being organised through the university active league, we have participated and remained active in many tournaments.
Throughout the year, there will be academic talks, information for module options, placements & careers workshops. We also recommend you attend a BioCafe meeting where upper year mentors can help you with your queries for assignments, essays & lab reports.
There is a rehauled Year 1 Mentorship Scheme as part of our Outreach efforts - students who sign up will be assigned an upper year mentor doing the same course, meant to be a source of friendly and accessible guidance throughout your first year! They are there for any concerns or questions you may have over the year. There will also be various social events for you to attend with your mentors, a great way to connect with different year groups, share advice, support and wisdom, as well as just to make friends.
To request a mentor: More information on signups will be disseminated by our Outreach Officers at the beginning of Term.
BioCafe is on Mondays throughout the year from 5pm - 6pm, with upper year mentors to provide advice and help. An email will be sent to all students by Student Reception every Monday confirming the venue and topic of the week.
Outreach & Volunteering
BioSoc always attempts to ensure that everyone is involved - both within our university and within the local community.
Managed by our outreach officers, there are loads of exciting opportunities to get involved with 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 to guide disadvantaged pupils into STEM and/or higher education.
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! Of course, volunteering looks real good on the CV as well.
International & Domestic Trips
For each academic year, we hope to arrange a fun and enjoyable trip away! By collaborating with other societies and other 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.
Our sponsors and supporters
The Royal Society of Biology
Warwick School of Life Sciences
Exec Members (2020/21)
President: Arianwen Herbert
Vice President: Chloe Harper
Treasurer: Alexi Maratheftis
Social Secretaries: Erin Marrs and Kisshan Sridhar
Outreach Officers: Anna Ceesay and Kalyani Sharma
Events Co-ordinator: Saba Alhagagi
Fresher representative: Harry Douglas
Ball Organiser: Sam Jackson
Sports Officer: Gabe Jacob
Postgraduate Officer: Paridhi Kumar