Evie, the society president, tells me that Quiz Society emerged after the committee spent most of their second year either attending or hosting pub quizzes as a group. The next logical step was to set up a society of their own, with the hopes of hosting bigger events for a wider range of students who share their love of quizzes. Judging by attendance at their first event, the demand for the society was there – the event was so popular that the society plans to host another taster session for those who couldn’t attend once the venue’s capacity was exceeded.
Their first quiz took place at Holy Hobo and included everything you’d want from a quiz and more. Alongside the pub quiz essentials of music rounds, general knowledge and picture rounds, attendees were faced with an ‘all-or-nothing’ final round, where one incorrect answer meant a grand total of 0 points for the section. Another highlight of the event was seeing how the committee ensured nobody was left out – this ranged from ensuring that solo attendees were put into groups, to congratulating the losing team with the prize of a squeaky rubber chicken.
As for the future, Evie tells me that there are a number of plans in the works, including Halloween and Christmas quizzes, collaborations with other societies, and plans to host charity quizzes to raise money for good causes. They also hope to host quizzes in a range of venues across Newcastle, giving attendees a perfect excuse to try out a new pub. To keep up to date with all things Quiz Society, you can find the society on Instagram at @nclquizsociety and buy membership on the NUSU website for only £5.