SOCIETY OF THE MONTH WINNERS

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Check out our winners below!

First Aid Society of the Month May '19
Sound of Zion Society of the Month April' 19
Physiotherapy Society of the Month January' 19
Pharmacy Society of the Month February' 19
Pharmacy Society of the Month february' 19
Musical Theatre Society of the Month December '18
Islamic Society of the Month November '18
Midwifery Society of the Month October '18

APRIL 2018 WINNERS: SOUTH EAST ASIAN SOCIETY (BRIGHTON)

CONGRATULATIONS to South East Asian Society (Brighton) for winning Society of the Month for April. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

To allow people from different backgrounds in the Asian community a chance to show case what their home country has to offer in terms of food !!

Along with allowing them to meet these people behind the "yummy" dishes and giving them more knowledge about the dishes.

#2 When did your event take place?

19th of April, 2018

#3 Where did your event take place?

Brighthelm Community Cent

#4 How many people came?

50

#5 How did the attendees participate?

Cooking tradition food and snacks from their home country, giving people the opportunity to taste a bit of what South East Asian cuisine is like.

Getting involved with the meet and greet, through speed meeting (others might know it as speed dating style) to give people who would otherwise not speak to each other a chance to know everyone through timed conversations

#6 What did you learn?

Asian food is good

#7 How does your event benefit students?

It gave people a taste of some Asian dishes that they would most likely never try and to meet people who have similar interests to them.

MARCH 2018 WINNERS: DEBATING SOCIETY (BRIGHTON)

CONGRATULATIONS to Debating Society (Brighton) for winning Society of the Month for March. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

The event served as an opportunity to get the Brighton University into the spotlight. This event has given recognition to the University of Brighton, as national and international debate participants. We have also managed to give members of the society an experience in external debates and put their public speaking skills to practice

Being part of this conference is an enriching experience through which one can develop crucial skills whilst having an amazing time and meeting many new and interesting people.

#2 When did your event take place?

1st to 4th of February, 2018

#3 Where did your event take place?

The conference took place in the University of Birmingham and it included a Ball (as a social event), which took place in Fazeley Studios Birmingham.

#4 How many people came?

Those who took part in the UBIMUN conference numbered in the hundreds with representatives from all over the country taking part in the event. We had 8 people from the Brighton Debating Society, as representatives of the University of Brighton.

#5 How did the attendees participate?

The UBIMUN conference is a United Nations style conference and debate. The attendees represented a country as a delegate in their committee. Their job was to vote, debate and defend their countries views during the committee meetings, discussions and while in the process of making resolutions to solve and settle real world problems and current affairs. The delegates were required to make a resolution for a global or regional issues and work together to create solutions while protecting the views and the integrity of their respective nations.

The delegates made speeches, amendments and debated their points to help persuade others to vote in their favour

#6 What did you learn?

We learned how to work, operate & debate in a UN committee style debate. We as a group took part in multiple committees across the event and directly represented a country in several debates all with dozens of students from all over the EU such as; The United Nations Security Council, The Crisis Committee, Human Rights Committee & Disarmament And International Security Committee. We represented a range of countries such as; North Korea (DPRK), China, Russia, Bolivia etc. With this hands on experience we felt we benefitted greatly and acquired a lot of useful information about these countries policies and the impact a well addressed point can have on different topics and crises

#7 How does your event benefit students?

We worked hard and practiced the whole year to prepare ourselves for external competitions and the members of our society put great efforts towards the improvement of their public speaking skills, so that we can confidently take part in events like these. This event presented an important opportunity to improve on our debating skills and meet a lot of new people and make more friends on our way.

We believe that taking part in this event not only benefited the members of our society, but is also an important move which would help the University of Brighton gain more recognition with external debate boards, as more students will get the opportunity to represent the University.

FEBRUARY 2018 WINNERS: LAW SOCIETY (BRIGHTON)

CONGRATULATIONS to Law Society (Brighton) for winning Society of the Month for February. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

The objective was to provide law students with a direct contact with barristers and solicitors so they can provide advice on applications, interviews, LPC, BPTC and life as a lawyer which was successfully implemented. Also we had a recruitment organisation down called SEO London who run programs to assist students into gaining admission into top tier organisations.

#2 When did your event take place?

16th February 2018

#3 Where did your event take place?

The Grand Hotel

#4 How many people came?

120

#5 How did the attendees participate?

It a formal fancy soirée, but also a networking opportunity for our students. We had a fantastic list of speakers including Julie Fowlie, Dr Clare Forder, Deborah Francis, DUMI SENDA MSc.whom all delivered eccentric speeches. I also provided a panel session with 1 Crown Office Row which was amazing and insightful. Students were able to ask questions which the speakers answered and network with barristers and solicitors during the ball and at the afterparty. There was also a wine and drink networking segment at the start of the event which allowed students and legal professionals to mingle. This was followed by a phenomenal Hip Hop Dance performance by Street Funk and an afterparty at a venue procured on the Brighton Seafront.

#6 What did you learn?

I learnt about life as a barrister and more advice on interview practice. Students learnt about tips for study and what opportunities are available through different sectors

#7 How does your event benefit students?

It allows them to identify their employability prospects and motivate them to succeeding in their next stage of their careers.

JANUARY 2018 WINNERS: DRAMA SOCIETY (BRIGHTON)

CONGRATULATIONS to Drama Society (Brighton) for winning Society of the Month for December. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

This was the society's first large-scale performance of the year, giving students to showcase their acting and technical abilities and the culmination of the last five months of hard work. Students have been working tirelessly over the last few months, putting in 9+ hours a week into rehearsals and set design, along with promoting and fundraising for production fees and royalties, along with raising funds in order to enter the annual Brighton Fringe Festival in May.

#2 When did your event take place?

1st December 2017

#3 Where did your event take place?

Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade Campus

#4 How many people came?

170

#5 How did the attendees participate?

Audience members.

#6 What did you learn?

To work as a cohesive team and keep on top of deadlines. The importance of having a reliable tech team and allowing each individual to put their creativity and ideas into the society.

#7 How does your event benefit students?

It gave students new and old to showcase their abilities and to experiment with different aspects of theatre production. On top of that, the intense build-up towards putting on the show has been a perfect way of building relationships between old and new students and giving freshers a family to feel a part of.

DECEMBER 2017 WINNERS: MASS (BRIGHTON)

CONGRATULATIONS to MASS (Brighton) for winning Society of the Month for January. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

To provide students with knowledge of the fundamentals of nutrition

#2 When did your event take place?

21st December 2017

#3 Where did your event take place?

The Hive Bar and Cafe Falmer

#4 How many people came?

11

#5 How did the attendees participate?

Observing, asking questions and discussion

#6 What did you learn?

How to run and setup an event, hire out a venue advertise for an event

#7 How does your event benefit students?

The event benefits students in many ways:

Following the principle of healthy lifestyle, healthy body, healthy mind. Managing your diet and nutrition healthily requires discipline and organisation which can then be applied to other aspects of uni life such as working to deadlines and organisation skills.

NOVEMBER 2017 WINNERS: CHEERLEADERS 'WAVES' (BRIGHTON & SUSSEX)

CONGRATULATIONS to Cheerleaders 'Waves' (Brighton & Sussex) for winning Society of the Month for November. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

Pink Night is an event close to our hearts. We hold this event every year since 2009 in order to raise money for Mentor UK. This charity focuses on raising awareness of drug and alcohol misuse amongst children and young people.

We are proud to represent this charity and create this event for Hester Stewart. She was a Waves cheerleader who used to study at Sussex University. In 2009 she took a legal high at our awards evening and unfortunately died as a result of this. The main objective of this night is to raise as much awareness for the charity as possible and honor Hester.

The event is based on the colour pink as this was Hester's favorite colour which is why we encourage everyone to wear pink on the night and it is also incorporated into our uniform.

#2 When did your event take place?

15th November 2017

#3 Where did your event take place?

Our event takes place in Pryzm, a large nightclub venue where we set up stalls. These stalls sell food such as Papa Johns pizza, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and pick and mix sweets. We also sell raffle tickets. All the food and raffle prices have been donated from different shops in Brighton after going around and asking for support. We offer face paint, glitter and temporary tattoos.

We also go around with buckets during the night asking for any loose change or donations for the charity.

We decided to organise it in Pryzm as is one of the biggest club/nightouts in Brighton attended by students.

#4 How many people came?

1400

#5 How did the attendees participate?

Most of the people who attended participated in some way by either entering the raffle, paying for glitter/face paint, buying food, donating change to our money buckets and many people came wearing pink!

We also offered the sale of pink waves t shirts where a proportion of the sales went towards the overall total. A donation page was also set up for anyone that could not attend and is still open for donations:
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage? userUrl=wavescheerleaders&isTeam=true

We also have raised awareness for the charity through participation. From these activities, we managed to raise over £485, a record-breaking amount!

#6 What did you learn?

We have all learned that it is important to understand that many substance/drugs are legal but without proper understanding they can be very dangerous and seriously impact people's health, and it is vital to raise awareness to all the students who don’t know much about it. Therefore, we decided to organize our event on a student night.

#7 How does your event benefit students?

The aim of our event is to make people understand they must be careful when dealing with substances which may be legal but can have a devastating impact. Students don’t know much about these topics and they tend to have the curiosity and the desire to try them. Therefore, we hope that our event benefits students in terms of responsiveness towards general drugs.

OCTOBER 2017 WINNERS: CHRISTIAN UNION (BRIGHTON)

CONGRATULATIONS to Christian Union (Brighton) for winning Society of the Month for October 2017. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

So over the first two weeks of Freshers week, Brighton CU put on event every day (if not every other day) to try and reach students on campus, make them feel welcomed, and to share what our society is all about! We held a range of events; from open mic nights (collaborating with the Music Society), free donut stalls on the Falmer and Moulsecoomb campus, games night, movie night, Sunday church searches, grub crawls, beach barbecues, and so much more! You can see our timetable below of how hectic our two weeks were! Although it was tiring for our committee and CU members, it was so worth it! We loved meeting students, sharing glimpses of the light that we find in Jesus, and making freshers feel welcomed into their new home. Since Fresher’s Fortnight, we have been meeting as a society every Thursday, gathering for bible studies, prayer evening, and soon-to-be hosting our pumpkin carving social! We love meeting new students, holding discussions on faith with others, and sharing stories of what God has done in our lives. It’s been a great month to answer questions, serve our campuses, and explore more about what we believe with people from many different walks of faith.

#2 When did your event take place?

Brighton CU love to tire ourselves out, and our events for Fresher’s Fortnight took place from Sep 25th-Oct 8th. Our aim was to host as many events as possible over the Fresher’s fortnight, giving students alternative activities to join in with, or effortlessly find us on campuses throughout the day. After this, we have been meeting every Thursday. Brighton Christian Union’s new Thursday schedule allows people of all backgrounds and areas of faith to participate.

#3 Where did your event take place?

As mentioned previously, our September events have been crazy! A lot has been going on all over the University campuses. Our first event we held on the 25th Sept, hosting a movie night for our CU members from last year to come back, re-mingle, and share the vision of the year ahead to get on board and excited for what’s to come! This was held at one of our co-president’s houses.

On Wed 27th Sept, we held a free donut stall on the Moulsecoomb campus, Cockcroft building, just by the main reception area. This was really successful (I mean, who doesn’t love free food?) and helped us meet new students floating around, help them with any questions they had about University, and also share who we are and what we do as a society.

Thurs 28th Sept we had our fresher’s fair! It was fantastic to see so many students bustling around, and was great to hand out our free mugs, food, leaflets, and more.

After fresher’s fair, we held a games night in the Huxley building, Moulsecoomb campus. This was so much fun, and was great to kick off our first official CU event with so many students walk through the door! Around 30 students showed up ready to have a night of fun and games with us!

Fri 29th Sept, we held our famous beach barbecue event just to the left of the palace pier. Student’s loved sitting by the sea, and making friends right at the heart of Brighton town. Lots of food and lots of fun! Over 35 students showed up, which was a fantastic turn out!

Sun 1st Oct was the first day of our church search event! We met students in different café’s before church services began, just so the experience of visiting church for the first time was less daunting and that they had a friendly face to come along with them to show them around. We visted Calvery Evangelical Church in the morning, followed by a free lunch provided by the church for us after the service, and then we visited St Peter’s church in the evening, again followed with free food afterwards (so much free food over the 2 weeks!)

Mon 2nd Oct we held our ‘Paint-Relief’ event at the Grand Parade campus just beside the canteen. This was a space for students to come by, relieve any stresses, worries, or anxieties they may have had about moving to University and the year ahead, and make friends whilst painting. We met lots of students who just really enjoyed being creative and found the painting as a great outlet to their worries. It was also great for us to help clear any more questions and worries about University life with them.

Tues 3rd Oct we held another free donut stall on the Falmer campus in the Checkland building. Meeting lots of students as they walk to and from classes, and had great conversations about faith, our society, and University life. This was also used to advertise our 2nd official CU meeting, and our open mic night.

Also on Tues 3rd, we held our joint event night with the Music Soc, hosting an open mic night at The Hive, Falmer campus. This was really fun to meet students, hang out, and play some music! It was also a really great experience to make friends with the music soc, and share their passion for students. 15-20 students arrived at The Hive that evening, and made great friends with all who turned up!

Thurs 5th Oct, we had our 2nd CU meeting. From 6-7pm we held a prayer&worship session at The Hive, Falmer campus, allowing both Christian and non Christians to come together, and experience prayer & the joy of the lord! From 7-8:30, we had our guest speaker from UCCF come in to talk about ‘How to find Light in the Wilderness’, along with FREE PIZZA! We had 20-30 students come along to this event, and it was so lovely to see how much fun everyone had! Great night of making friends, sharing stories of faith, and helping others find light in their lives! The SU staff were super supportive of our society, which was incredibly encouraging to us.

After our event, we travelled out to Varley Park for our ‘text-a-toastie’ event from 9-11pm. This involved us making free toasties for students in halls in exchange of questions they had on faith, Christianity, the bible, God, and more. A great night of food, conversations, and making friends on campus!

Saturday 7th Oct, we held our grub crawl event, which involved us inviting student’s we’ve met throughout the week round to our houses for lunch and dinner. Although the events had been fun throughout the week, coming together and having a meal together was a great way to really get to know students, build deeper friendships, and fully welcome them to our society.

Sunday 8th Oct was our last event of Freshers fortnight. We had our last two church searches, which took place at Holland Road Baptist Church, and Church of Christ The King. Same as the previous week, we met students in café’s before the church services began, and were blessed with free food from the churches after the services.

#4 How many people came?

Monday 25th Sep – Movie night – 20 people.

Wednesday 27th Sep – Free Donut Stall - 50-70 people.

Thursday 28th Sep – Fresher’s Fair – 83 Sign Ups, and loads more conversations!

Thursday 28th Sep – Games Night – 30 people.

Friday 29th Sep – Beach Barbecue – 35 people.

Sunday 1st Oct – Church search – 20 people.

Monday 2nd Oct – Paint-Relief – 10 people.

Tuesday 3rd Oct – Free Donuts Stall – 50-70 people.

Tuesday 3rd Oct – Open Mic Night – 20 people.

Thursday 5th Oct – Guest Speaker Talk ‘Can I Find the Light in a Wilderness?’ – 30 people.

Thursday 5th Oct – Text-a-toastie – 20 people.

Saturday 7th Oct – Grub Crawl – 10 people.

Sunday 8th Oct – Church Search – 20 people.

Thursday 12th Oct – Bible Study – 20 people.

Thursday 12th Oct – Text-a-toastie – 30 people.

Thursday 19th Oct – Prayer Evening – 35 people.

Thursday 26th Oct – Pumpkin Carving Social – n/a.

#5 How did the attendees participate?

It may take a while to go into full detail of each event. However, to summarise, most of our events allowed students to come into a place, feel welcomed, make friends, and participate with games, music, FREE FOOD, and socials. It also allowed students to ask questions about Christianity, and to learn more about our faith with one another.

#6 What did you learn?

We learnt that running an event every day/ every other day can be incredible tiring! But… all of the hours were so worth it. We love meeting students and making them feel like Brighton is their home. We also learnt how open people were to having conversations about faith, regardless of what people believed in. It has been a great month of getting to know students, and show the love that we have for Jesus, and the love He has for us!

#7 How does your event benefit students?

We feel that the past month has benefited students in terms of making them feel welcomed, growing new friendships, and going home with full bellies from all the free food we’ve offered! Our society creates a space on campuses for students to feel loved, valued, and opening room for them to ask questions on faith, and feel comfortable to talk about subjects of faith with others. We are so excited for our weekend away in Winchester together at the end of the month, and for the rest of the year to come!

APRIL 2017 WINNERS: ARABSOC

CONGRATULATIONS to ArabSoc for winning Society of the Month for April. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 
 
 
 
 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

Arabsoc has held several events since we started last year. Our most popular events were when we started off our academic year by inviting all our members to a meet and greet bonfire by the beach. The aim of this was for our new members that had signed up from fresher’s fair to come along and all get introduced to one another. The aim was for our members to make new friends, learn more about our society and for everyone to enjoy themselves with the fire going to provide warmth and music playing in the background to ease people. It was a great success and we were delighted to hear good feedback. Another of our events that gave us rave reviews was our cultural night. This was a night filled with entertainment and the objective was for everyone to just enjoy themselves for a night away from uni stress. We wanted to do something different. This night included shisha for those who pleased and for those who are not fans there was a variety of Arab foods, dessert and soft drinks available along with Arabic music playing throughout the night. We also hired a belly dancer who got everyone hyped up and encouraged people to come a little out of their shells. This night was such a success and we had many requests to do it again. So, we did. This time we joined with the Greek society from Sussex who after hearing about our cultural night wanted to collaborate with us in hosting another. This event was MUCH bigger. A professional belly dancer, a tabla performer, a DJ, shisha, and of course an Arab favourite, in which no event would be a success without…humus and baklawa for people to snack on throughout the night. The objective of this event was to get everyone together again and see all our lovely members and provide them with a night where they would meet their friends, destress and enjoy.

The next event we wish to host will be something for us to give back. Our society has been a great success for a new society that only started up in 2015/2016. We are planning to use money raised from our events to organise a homeless run. This event is planned to take place hopefully this month before we all break for Easter hols and we will surely keep you posted.

#2 When did your event take place?

Our bonfire event took place in October. Cultural night in December. And our latest Arabian night took place 3rd march

#3 Where did your event take place?

Bonfire Night: Brighton seafront

Cultural Night: Levant Café and restaurant

Arabian Night: Al Duomo Restaurant

#4 How many people came?

Bonfire Night: 40 people

Cultural night: 70 people

Arabian Night: 200-300 people

#5 How did the attendees participate?

Everyone came with a great attitude and a desire to meet new people and socialise. They were a crucial part in the success of our events. They interacted well with another. A lot of people came early and help set up and lots of people brought props to decorate.

#6 What did you learn?

Arabsoc have learned to work together through a big community of people from various nationalities and backgrounds. We have also learned how to organise ourselves, our events, and to work together in challenging situations.

#7 How does your event benefit students?

It benefited lots of different students from different cultural backgrounds to come together and see/learn about the arab culture e.g. food, music, entertainment aspects. It is also hugely beneficial for students to get together and socialise in a warm, nice atmosphere that is welcoming and has a little something for everyone.

MARCH 2017 WINNERS: LGBTQ+

CONGRATULATIONS to LGBTQ+ Society for winning Society of the Month for March. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 
 
 
 
 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

All of February was LGBTQ+ History month and so we wanted to run events all throughout the month remembering and honouring LGBTQ+ History. Of the many events that we held, the five shown here are:

Sports Day- In collaboration with Parklike

Murder Mystery Night

Bake Sale with RAG

Committee Meeting/History Month Round off

Guided Walk around Brighton

The objective of each event was to incorporate LGBTQ+ History into engaging events. This would allow members to learn about our communities past but in an engaging way, along with providing a safe space for members to ask questions and raise any questions/experiences.

#2 When did your event take place?

As mentioned, the events ran all throughout February. A calendar has been put up on the SU website with all of the specific dates.

#3 Where did your event take place?

Guided walk- Around Brighton itself, pointing out historical LGBTQ+ Places and venues

Sports Day- Cockroft Hall

Murder Mystery- Falmer Campus @ The Hive

Bake Sale- Moulsecoombe SU

Committee Meeting/Round Off- Watts Building

#4 How many people came?

Participation varied with each event. For example, 30 people came to the Murder Mystery whereas around 10 came to the guided walk.

Sports Day- 20+

Guided Walk- 10 (Roughly)

Murder Mystery- 30

Bake Sale- Hard to say (Between 25-35?)

Committee Meeting/Round Off- 15+

#5 How did the attendees participate?

Sports Day- In collaboration with Parklife, we set up numerous sporting events around Cockroft hall. We started with different stations where people paired up and competed for the highest score. Next, we all split up into teams and played classic primary school style games such as the egg and spoon race, sack race etc. and then we rounded off the evening with UV dodgeball.

Guided Walk- Members were taken on a tour around Brighton, being informed of Historical LGBTQ+ Places and venues. Attendees were allowed to ask questions at any point.

Bake Sale- Attendees helped set up and sell products.

Committee Meeting/Round Off- We reflected on the month, raising what was good about the month and what could have been improved. We also discussed the upcoming month and checked in with the society members.

Murder Mystery- The Hive was turned into a giant cludeo board, with members being assigned a historical LGBTQ+ Person complete with costume and character profile. Attendees threw a giant dice around the Hive and essentially played Cluedo.

#6 What did you learn?

Myself and members learnt about numerous historical people in LGBTQ+ History. We ran a daily social media campaign highlighting LGBTQ+ Figures and bios were given at the Murder mystery night to give background to the characters. With the guided walk, attendees learnt about Brighton's LGBTQ+ History and where the venues are located.

#7 How does your event benefit students?

The events we ran benefitted students as they provided students, LGBTQ+ or not, with an opportunity to learn about the community and it's history. Our events encouraged engagement with all types of students, allowing them to come together to learn, participate and support each other. Our events also provided a safe space for students to raise any problems they are having and to release any stress that they may be experiencing, uni related or otherwise.

MARCH 2017 WINNERS: ACS HASTINGS

CONGRATULATIONS to ACS Hastings Society for winning Society of the Month for February. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 
 
 
 
 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

The objective of our Event was to ensure that everybody enjoyed Valentine's Day regardless of whether they were single or not. Also to send 5 pairs on a date.

#2 When did your event take place?

Our event took place on Wednesday, 15 February 2017

#3 Where did your event take place?

Our event took place in the Hastings Campus, Havelock 416 lecture hall

#4 How many people came?

We had around 75 people that attended.

#5 How did the attendees participate?

8 of the attendees sat on the panel as single ladies & 5 of them as single men. The rest were the audience and they interacted with the host.

#6 What did you learn?

We learnt that Women don't like to be referred to as girls.

#7 How does your event benefit students?

Our event benefited people as we brought together, first years, second years and third years to have an eventful evening & enjoy valentines day together. Also we got 4 couples together, with a date inclusive.

JANUARY 2017 WINNERS: BIOHASTE

CONGRATULATIONS to BioHaste Society for winning Society of the Month for January. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

The objective of the event was to bring together the three years of biology students in Hastings and to run a Human Biology trip. Also, with our screenings of Planet Earth II – bring together Hastings students from all courses.

#2 When did your event take place?

Planet earth II was weekly during the showings and the trip to the Royal College of Surgeons was on the 14.12.2016

#3 Where did your event take place?

The screenings were shown in the Havelock lecture theatre and the trip to Royal College of Surgeons and Winter Wonderland – Hyde Park - was in London.

#4 How many people came?

The trip to London brought 24 biology students and the planet earth screenings varied per week but with a maximum 15.

#5 How did the attendees participate?

Within the museum there was the opportunity for the attendees to practice their surgery skills on realistic skin, experience the festiveness of Winter Wonderland and had the opportunity - who without our society - wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet and socialise with peers from other year groups.

#6 What did you learn?

A more in depth understanding of human physiology and anatomy as well as getting to know our peers from other year groups.

#7 How does your event benefit students?

It provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain access to a museum that has never been seen before by non-medical students. Where there were genuine human tissue samples on display – which provides a different aspect of learning and a more realistic idea of human anatomy. Unfortunately, we could not take many pictures as we were abiding by the Human Tissues Act.

DECEMBER 2016 WINNERS: BAKESOC

CONGRATULATIONS to BakeSoc for winning Society of the Month for December. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

Guide dogs is an important charity to support as it helps many partially sighted and blind people live their lives normally. It is also popular among our members, with one of our committee members having sponsored a guide dog for more than two years. We organised a Christmas bake sale and did our best to advertise it around the uni so we could raise a lot of awareness for the charity. We organised for Graham and his guide dog Bassey to be with us throughout the day so people could ask him questions and found out more about the charity from someone that knows a lot about it.

#2 When did your event take place?

Our event took place on the 9th of December from 9am to 5pm.

#3 Where did your event take place?

Our event took place opposite the SU office in Cockcroft.

#4 How many people came?

We had around 10 members involved in the bake sale and around 200-350 people buy bakes and knitted goods, as well as visiting Bassey and donating.

#5 How did the attendees participate?

Our members baked for the sale as well as helping run the stall. Everyone else was involved either by buying baked goods, knitted items or participating in our lucky dip. And of course, everyone was very interested in petting Bassey and giving him lots of love and attention. A lot of people wanted to donate to Guide Dogs, even if they hadn't bought anything, and this amounted to a grand total of £376.94 which is a Baking Society record!

#6 What did you learn?

We learned that raising awareness for the charity is very important as donations are vital for it to run smoothly. We also learned how to organise the space efficiently when there are large numbers of people around and how to deal with situations when animals are present i.e. having hand sanitizer available and making sure he has enough room to be comfortable. We found that selling home made things, such as hats and hot chocolate cones, were very popular and people enjoyed them. We trialled selling ticketed events for our next session and found this to work effectively. We realised how important team work and communication between members is as we would not have been able to carry this out as well as we did without leaning on each other for support. Because of the amount we raised, we have now learnt how much we can aim to raise for next time.

#7 How does your event benefit students?

We found that people were very happy to see us celebrating the holidays. They enjoyed interacting with us such as participating in the lucky dip, they were particularly excited to discover what they picked. They also enjoyed all the home made treats, one lecturer bought 10 of the same item so his students could enjoy them! And of course, everyone enjoyed seeing Bassey and giving him lots of love. We also feel this was good because it allowed students to momentarily de-stress and forget about their upcoming assignments/exams.

NOVEMBER 2016 WINNERS: RAG

CONGRATULATIONS to RAG Society for winning Society of the Month for November. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

The Homelessness Crisis in Brighton is an increasing and on-going problem. Our aim was to go around Brighton and feed the homeless community with homemade food parcels and understand their stories and situation.

#4 How many people came? & #5 How did the attendees participate?

Some of our members went to Sainsbury’s to buy bread, a selection on fillings (ham, cheese, tuna & sweetcorn), fruit and veg, snacks (the obligatory chocolate bar), juice and dog food, as the number of homeless dogs owners has grown in turn with the increased rate of homelessness in Brighton. We then went to another members home to make 40 food parcels, all of which we gave out by splitting into 2 groups and offering them to people sleeping rough within city centre.

#6 What did you learn?

We learnt about the extent of homelessness in Brighton and how big the housing problem is. Furthermore, it gave us an insight into the difficulty of life on the streets particularly in the winter. It changed our attitude towards the homeless, they weren’t all lazy, work shy, alcoholics and drug addicts.

Homelessness can happen so quickly to anyone. We met a large variety of people, from the young to the old, those who came to the UK seeking a better life but found themselves homeless instead and veterans who went to war to find their houses repossessed.

We anticipated a few negative responses but all those we gave packages to were incredibly warm, friendly and grateful.

OCTOBER 2016 WINNERS: PHARMACY SOCIETY

CONGRATULATIONS to Pharmacy Society Society for winning Society of the Month for October. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

 

#1 What was the objective of your event?

To get pharmacy (and non-pharmacy) students from all years to socialise, mingle and kick the year off in style! We wanted to also raise awareness of our society and make sure students knew what we do and that studying Pharmacy isn't all about patients and drugs but that they can have a good time too. We like the motto 'Work Hard, Play Harder!' and this was definitely seen throughout the crawl!! We wanted to integrate the year groups by building bridges between year groups, allowing students to meet new people and make friendships!

#2 When did your event take place?

Thursday 13th October from 7:30pm until 4:00am

#3 Where did your event take place?

The first bar was Revolution on West Street, followed by Pitcher and Piano then Dirty Blonde and we ended up at The Haunt

#4 How many people came?

We sold premium memberships and bar crawl wristbands and sold approximately 180 including those sold on the night!

#5 How did the attendees participate?

This event was a bar crawl so people participated by showing up and having a great time! Obviously there was drinking, dancing and singing. This event wasn't only for people who drink alcohol as we promoted that non-alcohol drinkers were welcome - our main aim was to meet new people! Attendee's bought a premium membership or a crawl wristband to identify themselves as with PharmSoc!

Attendee's also participated through taking photos on Snapchat - the well known social media for which we organised a personalised filter -see picture. This was received very well!!! We thought this made our crawl unique as we believed it had not been done before and had a personalised touch to social media!

Lastly, we ran a photo competition to give one attendee the chance to win a prize - which is a free ticket to our next event - The Staff Student Challenge. Students sent us their favourite picture of the event and we chose the best one to win the prize.

#6 What did you learn?

We created and sent out a feedback form and had a number of responses. Elements of the form include how would you rate venue x, how would you rate the music, please provide any comments. This way we had constructive criticism and now know what to do better next time.

#7 How does your event benefit students?

From our feedback form, 100% of students would attend another bar crawl with PharmSoc - GREAT NEWS!! So we know that people will come again and that they had a great time! Attendee's said the deals were great and they thought it was good value for money - so we saved them money through good prices.

Students may have been put slightly outside their comfort zone in terms of meeting new people and new areas but new friendships were made. Also, we had the competition to win a free ticket to SSC so attendees had the chance to enter that - who doesn't love free stuff!! The places on the crawl may have been new to first years so they could explore various venues and we kept it current with a snapchat filter so attendees could show their friends! Just because we are an academic society doesn’t mean we cant have fun!! The atmosphere was incredible and the committee are delighted to how successful it was!