It’s coming home, Sparkes is coming home!

After a year’s hiatus, the Sparkes Cup returned to Fortress Harlington on the 23rd of June 2024, better than ever. For the first time, not only did the competition see the Constituent Colleges fight it out on rugby field, but also on the netball court!

The day saw round robin fixtures between the RCS, C&G & RSM, alternating between Rugby & Netball fixtures, with some of the rugby lads exchanging the egg-shaped ball for the round one and trying their hand at Netball to bolster the numbers. Ultimately the victories went to the Royal College of Science for the rugby, and to the City & Guilds for the netball. With the Sparkes Cup coming home to the RCS.

Another success in the day came from former City & Guilds player Elliot Quigley, who was performing the first trial of the ‘Impact Indicator’ developed by his start-up GumGauge ( more...

RCSA Honours Dr MC Black

As unanimously agreed at our AGM at the start of the year, the Association now has a President’s Tankard named in honour of Dr MC Black.

MC died on 26th January 2024 and his long and dutiful service to the RCSA included being Honorary Secretary from 1983 to 1994, and culminating in his years as President from 1998 to 2002, a period during which he would also sit on Imperial College Court. From 2004, there followed twenty years at the helm of the RCSA Trust as its Chairman and as the RCS representative on the Imperial College Exploration Board.

We, in the RCSA, have many loyal members and a rich history of dutiful officers, yet with the passing of MC we feel we have lost a faithful servant without parallel and are delighted to remember him in so traditional a manner.

We sourced an antique Crown & Rose tankard cast by Englefields Ltd of London, England for the purpose.… Read more...

RCSU Science Challenge Awards Ceremony 2024

The Awards Ceremony for the 2024 RCSU Science Challenge  was held at Imperial College South Kensington campus on the evening of Friday 21st June. It was the culmination of months of hard work by both RCSU President Trinity Stenhouse and her organising team as well as literally hundreds of high school students and IC undergraduates. The Science Challenge is the RCSU’s annual science communication competition. It gives young scientists the opportunity to talk about science in a way that is engaging and fun to people who do not necessarily have a science background.

This year’s competition was once again extremely popular with over five hundred entries from students all over the country and indeed some from international locations as well. The standard of entries for the five questions posed by the judging teams was very high and the judges had a tough time picking the eventual winners.

The RCSU Science Challenge (which started life as the RCSA Science Challenge of course, back in 2006) is an important outreach and public engagement activity that the RCSA founded, funded and nurtured.… Read more...

Sparkes Cup 2024: results

We are delighted to declare that the Royal College of Science emerged as the winners of the Sparkes Cup 2024 competition.

In the inaugural contest of the newly added and interleaved netball competition, it was CGC who were victorious.

Many congratulations go to to all the players, particularly to the victors.

Please look back here to read the complete match reports, which should be posted shortly.… Read more...

IC Netball join Sparks Cup Extravaganza

The traditional Sparks Cup line-up of RCS Rugby, CGC Rugby and RSM Rugby will be enhanced this year by a parallel three-way netball competition. So the contest on Sunday 23rd June at 15:00 at Harlington Sports Ground (Sipson Lane, Harlington, Hayes UB3 5EH), will start with an RSM vs RCS Netball match, followed thirty minutes later by the corresponding RSM vs RCS Rugby-7s match.

Commencing at 16:00, will be the RCS vs CGC Netball match, followed thirty minutes later by the corresponding RCS vs CGC Rugby-7s match.

Then from 17:00, the CGC vs RSM Netball match, followed thirty minutes later by the corresponding CGC vs RSM Rugby-7s match.

That will conclude the group stages, whereupon the top two in the rankings will go on to contest the finals. If a final is drawn at full time, there will be five minutes each way of extra time with a golden point.… Read more...

Outer Hebrides, Scotland Expedition

Eight students, including two PhD students from the Department of Mathematics, and two PhD students from Chemistry, have won the support of the RCSA Trust and of the IC Exploration Board for their Outer Hebrides, Scotland 2024 Expedition.

The students will spend three weeks in September 2024 with the objective of establishing new climbing routes on sea cliffs. This will involve rappelling into those sea cliffs, cleaning potential new climbing routes (with consideration to the local climbing ethics and wildlife preservation), climbing the routes and then cataloguing them for future climbers. Our students hope to demonstrate that adventure and personal development can be found within the UK, in a cost effective and ecologically friendly manner.

Our scientists will capitalise on the work of NatureScot, and are planning on taking part in their National Plant Monitoring Survey. A wonderful opportunity to take part in scientific activities during their rest days.

We wish our intrepid scientists the best of luck with their challenging expedition and look forward to reading their post-expedition report.… Read more...

Sparkes Cup 2024

Sunday 23rd June, 15:00 at Harlington!

Imperial’s inter-college rugby competition continues. Once again the RCS, C&G and RSM teams are preparing to go head-to-head in the Sparkes Cup’s 2024 match! The location will please many of you: we are once more returning to our traditional home of Harlington (Sipson Lane, Harlington, Hayes UB3 5EH).

As in previous years, the RCSA, the CGCA and the RSMA are sponsoring this events making barbeque food, drink and even a certain number of coach spaces between the Union and Harlington available……..all free of charge.

Sprightly alumni members are, for the first time, encouraged to bring their boots and join in. The captains will be rapidly rotating through their squads, so fear not, we are talking of short stints. Just sufficient to really deserve that pint in the Harlington Bar afterwards.

The date of 23rd June 2024 is now only a few days away.… Read more...

Looking Back at the RCSU/RCSA Summer Dinner

Some three hundred guests attended a night of glamour, fine food, music and dance at the RCSU/RCSA Summer Dinner on 1st June 2024.

With arched ornate ceilings, beautiful wood-panelling and dramatic chandeliers, the Grand Hall of the Grade II* listed De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, which boasts a history dating back to 1775, was the impressive backdrop for around 200 RCS scientists and 100 G&G engineers, all dressed to the nines. They were greeted with a champagne reception followed by three sumptuous courses of impressively high-quality food, all accompanied by a fabulous array of music, performed by IC students and provided courtesy of your RCSA. Take Note, the ‘upper voices’ all-female barbershop group wowed us, as did Nth.harmonic, another fabulous a capella group. A string quartet, and several other a capella groups completed the line up. Through funding these ensembles, the RCSA are delighted to have achieved ‘double-bubble’ by simultaneously supporting most the wonderful student performance troupes and also supporting this most ambitious of high-attendance dinners.… Read more...

RCSU / RCSA Summer Dinner / Ball

Last Call: Only a week of ticket sales remaining. Come along to the joint RCSU / RCSA Summer Dinner / Ball, our flagship end of year event!. Now with CGCU’s involvement the event takes on the persona of the ‘Constituent College Summer Dinner‘.

Details: At the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden on Saturday 1st June from 6pm onwards.

Dress code: Black Tie.

Included: Three course meal and half a bottle of wine per person – Afterparty – World class entertainment from competition standard musicians – Photographer – Networking between alumni, students and faculty.

Price: £75 for Alumni, £45 for Students.

To Order: Click here to purchase tickets. But hurry, you need to buy your tickets AND fill out your preferences form (which will be emailed to you with your ticket) all before next Wednesday 29th at 10:00 am. [NOTE: DEADLINE HAS BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD TO 10:00]

Ordering Hints:  You can create an account here….

ORCS, “Old Royal College of Science”, Victorious Again

ORCS, the “Old Royal College of Science” darts team have once again been victorious in the Winter 2023/4 SKADL Darts League. They become the third winners, and winners for the second time, of the “RCSA Purse” – £100 of prize money. Of thirteen games, ORCS lost only one. A very impressive run for which we congratulate them most heartily.

The various teams in SKADL, the South Kensington Academic Darts League, have their roots in the Union Bar, in the Holland Bar, in the RCS and in various other academic institutions ‘not so far from South Kensington’. There is a second RCSA Team, the recently formed RCSA Double Elevens, who play their home fixtures in the Union Bar and their away fixtures in a variety of excellent pubs across London, all on a Monday night. If your Monday evenings are free and you fancy throwing a few darts, do contact us.… Read more...