BioSoc is the University of Warwick's Biology Society!
Friendly and open to anyone, 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 by hosting fun socials, family support systems, informal academic support and meaningful volunteering opportunities. Every year, with the support of and feedback from our members, BioSoc gets bigger and better. We hope you will choose to be part of our journey.
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 written by members of the 2020 exec. If you have any questions contact us via Facebook, Instagram or the Whatsapp chats using the links provided. And to join 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.
Bag yourself 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.
Mentor/mentee in person drop in: The fantastic faculty heads at SLS have fixed it for us to have an in person meet and greet for all mentors and mentees during the first week of term (COVID friendly). This could possibly be one of the only events to be held in person this term, so an opportunity to meet people that's not to be missed.
Become part of a BioFamily: Comprising 10/12 siblings you'll be adopted by parents and become part of a family group who will steer and support you through social events; set up chats, arrange family meets 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. Belonging to a family is completely flexible; you'll still get to socialise broadly, drop in and out as it suits you. We know how important it is to play things by ear during the first term. It's possible to specify the people you'd like to be with and to change family, but being a part of it will give you an opportunity to speak to others that you might not naturally meet, so we suggest you give it a chance. Families meet first, after which the entire group comes together as we move to the main event whether that be mid week POP! on campus or clubs and venues further afield.?
BioFamily in person drop-in: Come share a snack and a chat with parents and other first years at our in-person campus meet and greet on September 30th at 4pm (location to be confirmed). We are also planning to take our families to an off campus location for their first circling experience on October 5th. Keep an eye on our socials for details!
In addition to regular social events BioSoc provides opportunities to play football and netball (and maybe more), to glitz up for our annual Winter BioBall, to join us on tour and offers a range of academic support and 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 as part of our outreach efforts. 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.
More information on how to request a mentor will be published on our website and socials over the summer or contact Anna or Kalyani via any of our socials.
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 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 the Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC). Without them we would not be in a position to provide such breadth of value added benefits to our membership
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 Sec and Ball Organiser: Sam Jackson
Outreach Officers: Anna Ceesay and Kalyani Sharma
Academic speaker Co-ordinator: Saba Alhagagi
Freshers Officer: Harry Douglas
Freshers Reps: Tabby Cadney, Emilija Tamosiunaite
Sports Officer: Gabe Jacob
Postgraduate Officer: Raeisha Boggaram