James Watt Undergraduate Society (JUGS) Update - March 2015

Spring Term is upon us and JUGS have been at their best. 

Matt Saunders (Sports Rep) organised a Horse Race night on Sunday 1 February to help raise money for his Kilimanjaro Trip in aid of Meningitis Research. The event was really popular and raised over £100. Well done Matt!

Back in the Autumn Term we organised a Students vs Lecturers football match. Footage of the match can now be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUPwvw47n_I&spfreload=10. It was great fun for all involved, players and supporters, and we are all eager to have a rematch later in the semester.

The ever-popular weekly football sessions have been a real success this semester; you’ll regularly find upwards of 40 students having a friendly kick around on the Metchley pitches Tuesday evenings.

JUGS entered two teams into the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences charity football tournament on Saturday 28 February. The event was organised by Dan Luckett, Director of Volunteering for MathSoc (Mathematics Society) and aimed to raise money for The Prince’s Trust. This event was the first of its kind and had been highly anticipated for weeks. The players couldn’t wait to get on the pitch for such a good cause!  With teams from MathSoc, Poynting Physical Society EESESoc, Engineers without Borders and JUGS competition was tight. PPS came through as winners (unfortunately!) but we raised £248.50 which takes the overall fundraising total for The Princes’ Trust to £1,000!

Interest has also been shown for us to start cycling, squash and a few other sports, so our Sports Reps are looking into increasing the variety of sporting activities available to our members.

In February we held the second JUGS vs CivSoc football match of the year, with JUGS claiming the 2-0 victory. The team was well represented by all years, including at least 5 players from years 1-3.

We haven’t just been competing with CivSoc on the football pitch, but also out on the town. The joint-society Pub Golf was very well attended by both sets of students and enjoyed by all. And finally, the Laser Quest showdown saw CivSoc equalising the score-line with a victory over us in the arena. Members have been really enthusiastic about this rivalry and we are looking forward to organising more joint events later in the year.

In other news we plan to hold a movie night in the Mechanical Engineering Building to show the award winning film Interstellar. We have extended the invitation out to ChemSoc, CivSoc and NucSoc, so it will hopefully be a very busy showing!

The Social Secretaries aren’t stopping there and are looking into organising a camping trip for JUGS members over the Easter break before we return and get stuck into our long days in the library in the Summer Term. Due to popular demand, they are also working on another Pub Quiz and Poker Night.

It is nearing the start of the transition phase for the committee, where members can help get involved and possibly become a successor to the current committee. We will also be introducing an Ambassador role, where the person would be a representative of their year group. We hope this will retain the interest of higher years, and attract that of the lower years.

We hope that 2015 is finding all of our alumni well, and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

JUGS Committee 2014-15