JUGS has picked up where we they left off before Christmas with putting on more social events than ever before and expanding our range of sporting activities.

The netball team has continued to improve, recording some glorious victories against other teams from across the University and gaining more interest, particularly with the first years. The team also entered the EPS Netball Tournament but sadly fell at the first hurdle and didn’t make it through the group stages.

Back by popular demand and following a hugely successful first outing in semester: one JUGS dodgeball proved to be one of the highlights our calendar. Competition proved to be fierce considering the unfamiliar surroundings of the dodgeball arena for most, and we saw the ‘Artful Dodgers’ become worthy winners. This will surely be a permanent fixture on the JUGS calendar!

JUGS football remains as popular as ever and after the surprising defeat to the civil engineers last term the team organised a training session to try and turn around the disappointing result. Following a much improved performance they were very unlucky to lose 3-2, with the civil engineers scoring with the last kick of the game.

On the social side our main events have been pub golf and a casino night.  Pub golf has become an annual event to celebrate the first years finishing their Matlab Golf Game assignment. The trip through Selly Oak’s pubs was well attended and everyone’s golfing attire was amusing, especially the inflatable golf clubs.

The casino night was an enjoyable and successful evening, without any real gambling happening on campus of course! We played blackjack, roulette, poker, perudo and horse racing all in rather flashing black-tie attire. The evening was also a chance for some of the new committee members to gain valuable experience for next year.

JUGS fielded two teams for the very successful Engineering and Physical Sciences University Challenge, hosted by MathSoc. Team JUGS A met their match in the first round, being grouped with the competition’s overall winners ChemSoc B and so struggled to keep up. JUGS B however were more successful, narrowly beating the UBRacing team in their first round and recording another win in the second. However they had run out of steam by the semi-final and were defeated. JUGS would just like to take this opportunity to publicly thank MathSoc for hosting such a great event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all and was a great way to bring together the many societies across the College.  We hope to see a repeat event next year – we’ll do better next time too!

In other news, exciting plans have begun to be made for the upcoming academic year, including an inter-subject, yearlong competition within the new School of Engineering which has re-aligned of Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering disciplines. This competition will comprise of a variety of activities including sporting, social, academic and charitable. To organise this a committee has been made of representatives of the Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Society committees. Everyone is very excited to get started and get some points on the scoreboard so watch this space!

We are now counting down to the end of term and annual EPS Societies’ Awards. With the exciting year we’ve had we’re hoping to get on our hands on one of the prestigious Awards on offer. If you are or have been part of JUGS, or have enjoyed reading about our activities this year please nominate us!

With best wishes,

Philip Pagani

Incoming Vice President 2016-17

JUGS casino night