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Joining us in September? Read our 2021 Welcome Newsletter and meet everyone else over on the Discord

Autumn 2021: Back in person and better than ever

For the last few years, each has been a record breaker for CSS. 2021 was no different for us, as we broke new records and set new achievements. We have been able to make a return to in person events, and together with the continued success of the Discord server, we have reached an all time high for memberships. CSS has also set a new record of 25 events and activities in the 13 weeks of the first semester.

In September, we were fortunate to be able to welcome in, and welcome back, everyone with face-to-face events. We started this year with our annual trip to Ming Moon, a Chinese buffet in the city centre. With yet another record of 148 attendees filling up almost the whole of the restaurant. We certainly kicked off the year as we mean to go on.

CSS enjoys a Chinese buffet in Birmingham City Centre

Throughout the rest of the Freshers’ Week, we challenged you with a scavenger hunt around campus. Questions ranged from finding the Alan Turing meeting room, to discovering that the University has tunnels underneath campus. This was the first chance for you to pick up one of our Old Joe themed TeX dino stickers, and we hope you learnt something about our campus too! Don’t worry if you missed out on our Old Joe stickers though, there’ll be plenty more chances to get your hands on one.

We continued strongly through October, and into November and December with lots more events. This semester saw a variety of social events, including our first pub night at the Bristol Pear, and a return to hosting the Halloween Quiz and Board Games Night with the School. The first semester also saw a series of workshops starting from Python basics, leading up to a Discord Bot hackathon. 2021 concluded for us with the Christmas Meal, now at the Country Girl pub after a two year hiatus. Throughout these few months, we also brought back pizza - with a total of over 600 slices so far.

The Computer Science Atrium stuffed with teams trying to complete the Halloween Quiz

This year, we haven’t just stayed on the tech side of things; we’ve ramped up our efforts on the sport front: starting with not only bouldering sessions but also supporting two football teams in the Campus League. After a shaky start, both teams eventually beat the odds and won their last games of the semester. The 0th and 1st teams placed 8th and 7th in their leagues respectively. Well done and we’re looking forward to more successes in the series of games.

We ran plenty of Bouldering trips to Depot in Birmingham City Centre too

In 2019-20, CSS set its previous record for memberships at just under 300. This year, we are proud to announce that CSS has grown immensely and has surpassed our previous record after just 8 weeks. We end the Autumn semester with 323 members! This is a promising outlook and we can’t wait to see what records we have yet to beat in the rest of the year.

Going forward into the rest of the year, we have more great events lined up. From more events like socials and workshops, to our highlights of the year: a trip to Bletchley Park and the annual CSS Ball. I want to end with a massive thank you to all of our members for making the Society a huge success, and we look forward to seeing what the next semester has in store for CSS.

- Likkan, President