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ICONS Celebration 2018-19

Celebrating ICONS with Societies

Icons is a programme designed to recognise all our Societies who go above and beyond to provide an excellent level of service, opportunity and experience for their members.

This year it has been a pleasure to see the time, energy and dedication that societies have put into some truly incredible events and the strength of the ICONS applications. From showcases and give it a go sessions to volunteering and campaigns the breadth of the activities they have organised has been incredible.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to all the societies who have achieved ICONS this year for having such a huge impact on so many students with the activities you have organised and for the contributions you have made in the community through your volunteering and fundraising. Societies really would not be the same without their dedicated members and the contributions they make.


Societies achieving Silver ICONS this year:

Friends of MSF

Friends of MSF have had a fantastic year and have worked hard to achieve their Silver ICONS this year. They have collaborated with a number of societies this year to run a range of interactive sessions including their world AIDs day with Students for global health, Hike for Humanity with Plymouth University Wilderness Expedition Medicine and a screening of “Minutes to die – Snakebite: The world’s ignored health crisis” with the Acute care & Anaesthetics society. They have put on a number of fundraising and volunteering events for their members, including bucket shakes, busking, bake sales and awareness stalls. In addition to this they held their ‘Challenges across the globe’ conference which included a range of guest speakers and workshops. Congratulations Friends of MSF!

Geography Society (GeogSoc)

Congratulations to GeogSoc who have achieved their Silver ICONs this year. They have put on a whole range of events for their members to get involved with including their hugely successful winter ball, beach cleans, and a GeogSoc vs Lecturers tournament.  They have raised in excess of £953 for charity through quizzes, Movember and the Plymouth half. They came joint first in the netball Intramural League and their football teams finished 3rd and 5th. In addition to this GeogSoc have actively supported their members mental health, ensuring they are keeping active, socialising and minimising stress where possible. Congratulations on a fantastic year GeogSoc!


Scuba have had another great year and have achieved Silver ICONS this year. Scuba have hosted multiple give it a go sessions which have seen 33 students trying out diving for the first time. They collaborated with Marine biological society, Enviro Soc & Plymouth BioSoc to put on a winter ball at the aquarium, which raised £447 for British Divers Marine Life Rescue. In addition to this Scuba have organised and run several beach cleans, they planned to run a debris dive as part of the SU’s green week and they have been actively engaged with a number of campaigns. Congratulations Scuba!


Societies achieving Gold ICONS this year:

Amateur Dramatics have dedicated time this year to bring last year’s bronze ICONS up to gold this year which is an amazing achievement. Putting on two showcases, “what is life?” and “In this world or the next” they ensured that everyone who auditioned received a role. They have delivered multiple give it a go sessions and have held workshops to upskill their members. Amateur Dramatics Society have supported a wide range of campaigns including world down syndrome day, Marrow’s swab clinics and Coppafeel’s ‘On Wednesdays we wear pink’ and they have also volunteered their time in the local community. Congratulations Amateur Dramatics!

Marine Biology

Marine biology society have had a really successful year and have received their gold ICONS, a step up from last year’s Bronze. Holding 3 academic events including a placement evening which highlighted a range of volunteering opportunities and talks from third year students who had undertaken placements, a talk on marine plastics from Imogen Napper followed by a screening of ‘Albatross’ the movie and a talk from Dr Louise Firth on her career in Marine Biology on international women’s day. MBS supported the SU’s Green week, coordinating with other societies to organise beach cleans, litter picks and on the water cleans, between them they collected over 20 bags of rubbish! This year Marine Biology society also ran a slightly different taster session, fish dissection which went down really well with the members and was attended by over 30 people. Congratulations on your fantastic year!


Marrow have had a phenomenal year this year signing up over 1,000 people to Anthony Nolan’s Stem cell register, the most Plymouth has ever signed up in a year. They have raised over £9,000 through a variety of events including their valentine’s auction and their first silent disco which they ran in collaboration with Snowriders and University of Plymouth sailing & powerboating club. Marrow have also supported a number of campaigns, one of which was Hand in hand for Oscar for which they ran three swab clinics over 4 days and incredibly found not one but three matches for Oscar! Congratulations Marrow on your well-deserved Gold ICONS!

Med Soc

MedSoc have had another great year and have again achieved their Gold ICONS. MedSoc have supported a number of campaigns this year, hosting a conception quiz in collaboration with the Eddystone Trust to raise awareness and promote safe sex as well as running a ‘What’s your heart age’ blood pressure campaign which they took into the local community with Shekinah.  MedSoc successfully received funding from both the medical protection society and the faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s Deans fund. They have implemented feedback from their members and have introduced certificates of appreciation for their members that teach. MedSoc have been actively involved in the local community, volunteering their time with both Shekinah and Students and refugees together (START) and have helped to fundraise for their refugee allotment project. Congratulations MedSoc!

Plymouth University Wilderness & Expedition Medicine Society

PUWEMS have had an incredible year and have achieved their Gold ICONS. Some of their highlights have included taking on the Three Peaks Challenge which they completed with 1 minute & 16 seconds to spare and raised £3503.50 for charity. They have doubled the number of members involved in the society, utilising a short promo video from one of their expeditions on Dartmoor last year and engaging with 1st year students. PUWEMS have entered three teams into wild trials (more than any other wilderness medicine society) and provided weekly workshops to prepare the teams for the event. Congratulations PUWEMS!