What a year!
It would be fair to say BUMS are having a fairly good year. When our Media Secretary Hannah last reported in February we were on the cusp of our much loved annual departmental party, the Materials Ball, and launching the first ever multi-disciplinary sports event for the whole College, the EPS Trophy.
The Materials Ball 2018 was an overwhelming success! Over 250 tickets were purchased in the 7-day window sales, and again the Ball bought together undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and alumni in a celebration of the School of Metallurgy and Materials. BUMS were honoured to welcome Professor David Rugg of Rolls-Royce as the Materials Ball guest speaker who delivered an entertaining and informative lecture to students and staff on the evening before the Ball. The Materials Ball could have not gone ahead without the amazing organising committee who worked tirelessly to again make the event the highlight of the year.
As if things weren’t exiting enough BUMS, along with a collaborative group of students from across the College, spearheaded the first ever EPS Trophy sports tournament on 17 February. This project, generously supported by alumni through the Hands-Up Fund (thank you!), bought the whole College together with University of Birmingham Sport, over a festival of football and netball. Over 200 EPS students participated in and spectated at the event which was universally deemed an overwhelming success! The EPS Football Trophy winners were the triumphant EESE Soc, and the EPS Netball Trophy winners were CivSoc. However after gaining the runners-up spot in both tournaments, the cumulative points total made BUMS the winners of the first-ever EPS Trophy! The day truly bought the College together in its full force for the first time on the sporting pitch. 12 different societies competed, with scientific journalism society SATNAV covering the event for their spring magazine. Money was also raised for charitable causes by the Cameroon Catalyst society who ran a series of challenges and games throughout the day, including a human wheel barrow race which provided much entertainment! BUMS hopes to again lead in the organisation and sporting achievement when the EPS Trophy returns for 2019.
What else? BUMS took part in the EPS University Challenge, hosted our friends at MathSoc. As expected from the Society - we were out to win. “Auditions” were held over a BUMS quiz and games evening, and the top two teams were put forward to enter the Challenge. After a hard fought quiz, “BUMS Boiz” were crowned EPS University Challenge Champions! For the first time the Challenge wasn’t just within the College but across the whole University. Our winner team then faced the winners from the 4 other colleges, where we delighted to finish 3rd. Who rules the world – Materials!
Later in the term our Social Secretaries Will Leney and Simon Bernard ran our first-ever open mic social at the Indie Lounge in Selly Oak; a highly enjoyed evening showcasing some of the societies’ artistic talent. Sports Reps, Anthony Upton, Jeremy Lyons, Lorenzo Luerti launched BUMSSA, the first-ever BUMS Sports Awards. In a highly enjoyed evening the sports reps have credit to the high performers and dedicated attendees in BUMS Sport over the year, of course ended by a quiz! Careers Reps Nicole Lee and Addi Omoregbee concluded a highly successful year with a trip to Airbus in Stevenage, where a dozen students toured the site.
Finally, it was with great excitement that we announce we elected our new committee on 12 March at our annual general meeting, where close to 60 members attended. We’re delighted to announce the committee for 2018-19 are:
Co-Presidents: Sam Holdsworth and Harriet Morris
Social Secretaries: Amy Cottier-Bedford and Georgia Start
Careers Rep: Will Savage
Sports Rep: Will Leney
Postgraduate Reps: Rob Arnold and Will Hamby
Social Media Rep: John Laundon
Football Captain: Simon Bernard
Netball Captain: Hannah-Beth Hall
Basketball Captain: Florence Muller
What’s left? The big one. On 6 June BUMS will attend the EPS Societies’ Awards. After a year where the Society has achieved unprecedented success, both new and old committees are hopeful we will be in the running for many society and individual awards. We can’t wait! If you like what you’ve read please nominate us!
All that’s left to say is that on behalf of myself and Bee, thank you for all the support you have given us this year. We will both greatly miss being involved in the workings of the Society and wish Sam, Harriet and the 2018-19 committee the best of luck in continuing to make BUMS the amazing society it is!
Zak Viney & Bee Rich
BUMS Co-Presidents 2017-18