IT Tralee’s Net Soc win at BICS National Societies Awards

Photo: Board of Irish College Societies National Awards (Centre)Laurence Dusoswa, BSc Software Development 5th year and Net Soc Chairperson holding the National Societies Award for Best Improved Society in a Small College, with (right) Anne Looney Societies Officer, IT Tralee accompanied by Net Soc, Students Union and IT Tralee Societies members.   

This years BICS (Board of Irish College Societies) National Awards took place in Dundalk IT on April 17th. The aim of the National Awards is to reward the huge effort made by many individuals to provide a brilliant quality of society activity to student members. It is also a time to celebrate the vital importance and value that Societies and their activities bring to college life.

IT Traleeâ¿¿s Net Soc took away the award for Best Improved Society in a Small College beating off stiff competition from Cork IT, NUI Maynooth, ITT Dublin and Mary Immaculate College . Net soc are IT Tralee â¿¿s Gaming Society and was set up in 2002 by a small group of students in the Institute. Since then the Society has gone from strength to strength and now attracts up to 70 members! The Society meet weekly and computer games like Counterstrike 1.6, Counterstrike Source, Call of Duty, Wolfenstein ET, Battlefield 2, Warcraft III, etc. Last year Net Soc set up an online forum which has proved to be very successful and provides the Society with an opportunity to communicate regularly with its members.

BICS is a national organisation, constituted in 1995, dedicated to providing a national forum for the societies in Ireland 's Universities, Colleges and Institutes of Education. The Board is responsible for the promotion of interest in the activities of Irish college societies and of contact and co-operation between them.

All members of BICS are entitled to nominate for all categories. Each category is divided into small and large colleges, large college defined as having a fulltime undergraduate population of over 6500 and small College defined as having a fulltime undergraduate population of under 6500. The eight categories include Best Society, Best Improved Society, Best New Society, Best Society Individual, Best Society Fresher, Best Event, Best Poster and Best Website.

IT Tralee nominated Societies in three categories and travelled to Dundalk to compete.   Net Soc was nominated in the category Best Improved Society in a Small College while the Radio Society was nominated in the category Best Society in a Small College . Film Society Secretary Kieron Bolt was nominated in the category Best Individual in a Small College . An application form and supporting portfolio was submitted by each nominee which formed the basis of the adjudication along with an interview.