My, what a term it has been. Whilst seemingly never ending, it has surely zipped by and if that isn’t a perfect contradiction for 2020 then I’ll eat my lab coat.
Although social distancing and national guidelines may have scuppered our original plans for fresher’s week, our Social Secretaries made every effort to bring the very best virtual events had to offer. From a committee Q&A, to a games night and mixed-society speed-friending we had it all. Undoubtedly the highlight was the Chemists’ Quiz, MC’d by the School’s very own Dr Snaith.
Throughout the term Sam and Dylan have strived to keep everyone entertained with various more game nights, more speed-friending and more charity quizzes which have raised a great £166 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, CLAPA and the Birmingham Christmas Shelter!
In October, our Diversity Rep celebrated the lives and careers of BAME chemists with the story highlights available to view on our Instagram page (give us a follow @uobchemsoc!). This term has also seen the launch of the ChemSoc discord server. Easy to download and join, it allows us to make our quizzes and game nights seem like we are *almost* in the same room as each other. Another new addition is our ChemSoc podcast, hosted by our charming Outreach Rep Robert. Readily sourced on multiple streaming platforms, the ‘Chemistry Christmas Countdown’ has been giving us daily nuggets of knowledge that might just come in useful one day.
Following on from our success at the Birmingham Running Festival last year, we at ChemSoc have decided to bring you our very own virtual version next semester. Titled ‘The Virtual EPS Running Festival 2021’, we hope you will join us as we shake off the January blues and put on our running shoes. Every participant will receive an official medal as well as being in the ‘running’ to get one of our coveted trophies. To find out more and join in, head to https://epsrunningfestival.wordpress.com/
For now, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and don’t get too caught up in all that revision!
Speak soon and stay safe,
To find out more about ChemSoc visit their website www.birmingham.ac.uk/eps/chemsoc.