A standout year!

This academic year has once again been full of a range exciting social, sporting and careers events.

This year’s standout event was the Inaugural Mechanical Engineering Varsity against Nottingham University MechSoc, a sporting competition with one of our rival universities. I’m very pleased to say we were victorious with excellent wins in the football (3-1), hockey (11-2) and netball (7-4), and a draw in the rugby (15-15)! Congratulations to everyone who played for MechSoc and thanks to Nottingham for making the trip. The aim is to grow the competition in the coming years to include more sports and more universities.

mechsoc varsity 2018

MechSoc Friday football continues to grow in popularity, with competition for spots on the team growing each week. It has been very positive to see a large base of players from all year groups and this term we have seen many more first years join in, which is very encouraging for the future. MechSoc FC’s second season in the Campus League was very successful, ending with a 3-1 win over BUCES in the final of the knockout tournament. Congratulations to the whole squad; hopefully we can retain our title next year!

mechsoc fc 11 a-side team 2018

In terms of social events, the traditional pub golf was back although this time it was done as a joint event with CivSoc. The evening consisted of visiting lots of the pubs and bars in Selly Oak in fancy dress and with scorecards, before heading to Fab N Fresh to finish the night! Another regular event, the Pub Quiz at the Indie Lounge in Selly Oak, also returned. Congratulations to the winning team and commiserations to the team of lecturers who lost to students!

mechsoc bar crawl 2017

One new event was go karting.  We teamed up with the Motor Racing Club for an exciting and competitive race involving experienced drivers and absolute beginners with wheel to wheel racing throughout. It was great fun and we hope to make this an annual event.

Following on from the success of the first Engineering Spring Ball last year MechSoc, CivSoc  and EESE Soc joined forces once again to continue to grow the relationship between the societies and departments. This year the event was held at the Botanical Gardens with around 250 students and staff in attendance. The evening was enjoyed by all and is fast becoming a permanent fixture on the School of Engineering calendar.

engineering ball 2018

Finally, I would like to thank the outgoing committee for all their hard work over the past year; it has been a pleasure to work with you all.  Congratulation to our newly elected committee and I wish them the best for the upcoming year.  They are:

President – Sean Mallon
Social Sec – Francesco Martinelli
Sports Secs – Tom Grainger and Sam Best
Secretary – Ollie Grubb
Treasurer – Will Gowers
3rd Year Rep – Khalfan Buhring
2nd Year Rep – Joe Chamberlain

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 MechSoc (previously JUGS), or have enjoyed reading about our activities this year please nominate us!

With best wishes,

Philip Pagani
President 2017-18