We love societies at the Students' Union; they're one of the best ways to bring students together and we're always supporting new societies as they start up. So, we asked Ross, Treasurer of Video Games and Esports Society, to talk us through how the society was created & what they've got planned.
'' It's clear from the Bi-Annual Freshers Fayre, organised by the excellent Solent Student's Union that students at Solent University can enjoy a wide variety of social and recreational activities alongside their study programme. As a 1st year enrolling on a Computer Games Design course I was already sold on the facilities which had been generously promoted during one of several open days but I was quite keen to make friends with my peers and explore the social side of being at University.
During one of the welcome talks on societies offered by our Solent Students' Union Sabbatical Officers, I realised there was no society dedicated to video games and it seemed like an obvious gap to fill. After discussions with several members of the faculty and other students on my course, it became apparent there was not only an appetite for video games but also e-sports and so the idea of a new society was born.
I started out connecting with a few key people who would help get the society set up and after a few further discussions with Sabbatical Officers on the process, we got our paperwork submitted and within a matter of weeks, we were a new society. We've got ambitious plans for the society and I hope during my time here, some of them will be realised. In the short term, however, our purpose is to put people in touch with others who want to play the same games (either casually or on a competitive basis) and also support students in overcoming barriers to gaming.
I've already made several friends and we all look forward to filling our final officer position (that of President) at our weekly social meet up in JM007 at 5pm. Want to take part? Simply pop along to the Solent Students’ Union Welcome Centre on the first floor and pay your £3 membership and you'll find a great society with really nice people looking to have fun.
Video Games and Esports Society''