Week 1 Newsletter

Mon 05 Oct Newsletter

The first newsletter of the year!

Hello Everyone!

This is our first newsletter of the new academic year and I hope you look forward to many more! As with all things with the society, feel free to send us feedback so we can constantly strive for improvement.

Hello we're cool

Yes indeed, you heard that right, we are a cool society who do fun things and have cool people. But if you're reading this, then you're almost certainly already a member, which makes you a cool person too.

"What fun things do we do?" you might ask, and I am sure glad you did. In short, we do:

Here's our exec and what they do

Gaming on Friday

Even in these looks outside dark and troubled times, the beacon of hope that is "Friday Night Gaming" continues to shine. Currently we're running games over Discord, we survey people's interests in games a little ahead of time and then everyone dives into the many available voice channels to play various games together, from casually chaotic TTT and the enigmatic Mysterium, to the inevitable "shoot for the moon, get stuck in a tree" Valorant group.

When the good times return, we'll be returning to CS003 and breaking out all the consoles, playing all the same great games, and many more, including the ever popular Rockband setup (with custom songs) and never-ending stream of Smash on the Switch.


Because Friday Night Gaming could never just be enough to sate some of our member's appetites, we run LAN parties (read WAN (Wide Area Network) parties for the time being) and a nice "casual Tuesday" light game session, also on Discord. This one is a little quieter and more relaxed, often with more social games like Jackbox, and board games like Mysterium and Boggle, if you're free on a Tuesday evening, hop onto the Discord and you'll find friends to chat and join in with for sure.

LAN parties are truly a masterwork of the society's many great events. Normally we book LIB2 for the weekend (Just next to library cafe) and setup a gigabit Ethernet connection plus one of the ever-beloved music servers. Then it's 48 hours of non-stop* gaming.

Due to the obvious problems with packing as many of us into a single room for a weekend right now, we came up with the ingenious solution of running the same event remotely, sure we can't run a gigabit ethernet connection to you. But your bed is now likely less than 10m away. So join us for a Week 3 WAN and 48 hours of non-stop* gaming, more details to come soon I promise!

*Please go sleep if you're tired, your health comes first


We love putting on talks. They're fun, interesting and informative. We run two kinds of talks for the most part; external speakers from one of our wonderful sponsors, sharing their wisdom and experience, and internal speakers, members of the society, members of other societies such as Game Design.

Git Good

We're running a Git Good talk this Wednesday at 3pm, hosted online and presented by our former President Sam Coy. This talk covers the many wonderful uses of git, powerful version control software you'll use throughout your degree and career, and is well worth tuning in on.

If you want to come along, the (shortened) Teams link is: https://bit.ly/3liEhl5 (if you cannot attend at the time, the recording should be available at the same link afterwards!)


Other notices

There will be some scheduled downtime of the CompSoc servers for updates on Wednesday 14th. If you have any questions about how this will affect you, please contact tech@uwcs.co.uk

That's all from me for now, but do not fear, I shall return;


If you would like to keep in touch, join our Discord Server, or information can be found on our Facebook Group, or on our Twitter.

And now, a word from our sponsors

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To find out more about the opportunities TPP have to offer, visit www.tpp-uk.com/careers.


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