The Community BEES Pub Quiz

For our first official event, we decided to round up students from all years of the Ecological and Environmental Sciences degree at the University of Edinburgh. But, it was not an easy job! Prior to the event, Community BEES members were assigned to different teams, each with a different duty. Louise and Eilidh did an excellent job of designing and ordering our Community BEES jumpers which arrived just in time for the event! The pub quiz design was down to Nick, Rob, Heather and Larisa. Finally, advertising was left to Andrew, Aoife, Anna, Galina, Prabina and Eleonora.

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Full Community BEES Team in Uniform

After 3 weeks of organising and getting the word out, 40 students descended on Southside Social ready to get their brains interrogated and their ecology knowledge evaluated. Students were assigned to teams using a sophisticated system of coloured post-it notes. This ensured that the students could see who was in their year group and that teams contained a mix of ages.

Rounds were designed to start off easy and gradually get harder. There was a range of topics including geography, history, sport, ecology and a flower themed music round. It was a close race between first and second, with half a point between ‘Team formerly known as Norfolk in Chance’ and ‘The Hornets’.

In between rounds, the students had an opportunity to socialise over drinks and free nachos. Winners (The Hornets) were rewarded with a box of Krispy Kreme Donuts to their delight. There were consolation prizes for 2nd and 3rd place.

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Free food!
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Socialising between rounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the pub quiz ended, students finished their drinks, some ordered new ones, some danced and eventually they slowly trickled out into the night.

Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with numerous people commenting that they couldn’t wait for our next event. Some even enquired about joining the Community BEES Team!

Special thanks to the Staff from the Southside Social who helped make the event the success it was.

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A brilliant night all round!

 

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3 thoughts on “The Community BEES Pub Quiz”

  1. This looks like a great event. Here are some questions to aid reflection on this event.
    One person per question (who is doing the Edinburgh Award) can respond to these, initial at the end of the response.

    1. How did you collect feedback, and do you feel this is a true reflection of everyone who attended?
    2. Did you manage to find out roughly how many people from each year group came to the event, how did you collect this information and would you change this method in the future?
    3. Is there any reasons for an unbalanced turn out and are there ways the event could have been improved for creating a sense of community?

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    1. Thanks for your interest and the questions! The answers are below:

      Q1) How did you collect feedback, and do you feel this is a true reflection of everyone who attended?

      Feedback was purely collected through word of mouth and Facebook. Anna and Larisa reported praise from other first years, Prabina mentioned messages in the third year Facebook group chat, whilst the fourth years in the group asked for feedback from their peers. Whilst this is not the most accurate or unbiased way of getting feedback, we believe it was fairly representative, and the final scores showed us that the difficulty level of the quiz was more or less what we were aiming for.

      In future, we plan to have more formal attempts at gaining feedback, such as using feedback forms posted to the Community BEES Facebook group. The first feedback form will be posted on the group before Christmas, and will address the two events already hosted and attempt to find out what people want future BEES events to look like. (NW)

      Q2) Did you manage to find out roughly how many people from each year group came to the event, how did you collect this information and would you change this method in the future?

      We did manage to keep track of how many people from each year attended the event. Approximately 40 people (discounting BEES team members) came; 20 from 1st year, 5 from 2nd year, 4 from 3rd year and 15 from 4th year.

      We kept track by giving numbered post-it notes to each person in the event. Each year was assigned with a different coloured post-it note, numbered from 1-7 (the numbers looped and was used to place people in teams). As people arrived they were assigned the colour corresponding to their year. They wrote their names on it to help people remember the names of all the new people they met on the night!

      I think that for our first event it was a friendly, informal way to keep the track. However, for future (maybe bigger) events, it would be adequate to have a more accurate way to control how many people turn out. For instance, this could be done by selling tickets (as has been done in the Christmas Ceilidh) or having a person in charge to write name, degree program and year of every person that comes to the event. (LA)

      Q3) Is there any reasons for an unbalanced turn out and are there ways the event could have been improved for creating a sense of community?

      The most likely reason that there were many more 1st and 4th years than other years were because they were more aware of the community building team after their joint class in the beginning of term, whereas this was a previously unknown group to the middle years. Also, there were several representatives in Community BEES in 1st and 4th year compared to only one in 3rd year and no second years in the committee. Perhaps after this event, the word will reach more people, particularly if everybody is in the Facebook group.

      In terms of improvement, perhaps some second years could be encouraged to join the team, so that they can be actively involved in the organisation of the events and persuade peers to come and meet fellow students. The pub quiz seemed to achieve socialising and mixing of year groups; however, there could have been an introduction game in each team, so that everybody could have a chance to become familiar with one another before the game began. (HD)

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  2. Thanks for replying to my questions!
    You have though deeply about how you are impacting fellow students and have made sure you collected feedback, which is vital for improving / maintaining attendance. You have good ideas for the future and I look forward to hearing about future events soon.

    Chrissy

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