Hi everybody! My name is Ayan Das, I’m a second year student and I would like to be one of your trips coordinators for the next academic year.
We spend plenty of time learning about the inner workings of nuclear reactors and particle detectors but many of us have never seen them. I would like to work to bring these to life by organising trips to various physics research facilities. I hope to achieve this through domestic and international trips. A day trip could be made to Europe’s largest fusion device which is only an hour and half from the university at the Culham Centre of Fusion Energy. With current Eurostar/flight pricing the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics (NIKHEF) in Amsterdam is also definitely worth a visit and would ideally include a few days of taking in the local culture. Other destinations worth consideration includes: CERN and Chernobyl to name a few.
Society member feedback when planning trips is important; if elected I would like to gather interest from society members of which destinations and budgets are suitable.
Previously I have organised interrailing trips through Europe with school friends; this which has taught me many valuable lessons on planning group trips.
I look forward to serving the Warwick physics community!
Hi there I’m Matt. I’m a second year pure physics, and I would like to be your trips coordinator. I am a dedicated, hard working, organised individual and I feel like I can bring these skills into this role. I have organised many trips and holidays with friends and family, and can use this to help organise something that we all can enjoy… hopefully anyway!
For the last couple years, the society has made promises of a trip to CERN or ESTEC and nothing has ever come our way from this, and I would like to rectify this. A trip like this would be an amazing experience, but as nothing has come from this promise, I feel like a good alternative for the society is a tour.
I am currently writing this on a coach home from a tour to Amsterdam, and it has honestly been some of the best 4 days of my time at university. Exploring a new city, enjoying time away from work with friends, and making new friendships is something I feel physics needs. It could bring people together across all years, and be a really good time you won’t forget.
Whatever the people want, I will make my aim to achieve, either a tour or a trip to CERN or ESTEC, and will work to get what you want to happen, as your trip coordinator.
No one really likes planning things, but someone has to do it. There is a lot of stressful and time-sensitive work to be done when organising trips. Advertising, fundraising, scheduling an itinerary and selling of tickets all need to be arranged well in advance for a quality trip. My motivation to get both the tedious and tricky tasks completed to a high standard is the satisfaction that comes from running a well-executed, cost-effective and enjoyable event.
I’ve had a fair amount of experience in planning committees for a wide range of occasions. I was head of fundraising for my Sixth Form, leading to head of prom planning. In the first case, I was expected to delegate tasks and organise groups and resources to efficiently raise money and then effectively manage the income to maximise our usage. When organising the prom, I established a liaison with our venue and entertainment, keeping up communications and negotiations to ensure the night was a success. I have also worked with a local community centre helping organise a street fair. Although we had a large group, the scale of the event meant all tasks were pivotal, and coordination and teamwork were key. Each experience was difficult, and I believe the determination and understanding I have gained from them has put me in a great position to be a Trips Coordinator for Physics Society.
In my position as Trips Coordinator, I aim to arrange more than the one outing per year (looking at you Christmas markets) as I’m sure the Physics Society members will appreciate exciting and enlightening excursions. Some that come to mind are visits to CERN, and similarly ESA. Or, perhaps a less directly educational trip like to Iceland for a tour of the northern lights. It is noted that other universities’ physics societies do organise trips for their members, so we need to fix up and get a good outing in the next year.
I hope I have all of your support, as I will work hard to ensure you will have an option for a well organised and, most importantly, memorable experience as a member of the society.