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BioBALL: Supporting Student Societies

The BioBALL is a student-organised event coordinated by the University of Edinburgh Biological Society, which exist as part of a school-wide scheme to promote degree-related student societies.

The BioBALL is a student-organised event coordinated by the University of Edinburgh Biological Society, which exist as part of a school-wide scheme to promote degree-related student societies. The scheme, which has established degree-related societies for 7 of our School's Honours degrees, is backed by the School financially and supported by the School's Associate Director of Teaching for Student Experience. The purpose of the society scheme is to provide opportunities from students, from across all year levels, to meet other students that share their interests in particular Biological subjects - developing a strong sense of being part of an academic community.  

The Biological Society is a more general society that coordinates many of the larger social events for students within the School, including the BioBALL. The first BioBALL ran in 2015 and was attended by nearly 250 Biology students from all year levels. The second BioBALL will be running in April this year, with 350 Biology students predicted to attend. As with other events organised by the degree-related student societies, the School is keen to support the BioBALL because it provides a clear opportunity for students, from first to fourth year, to recognise that they are part of a larger community. Future plans include extending invitations to the BioBALL to staff, which will deepen the sense of community within the School. 

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