Sparkes Cup Gets Better and Better

MATCH REPORT: On the 22nd of June 2019, a group of approximately seventy students and alumni of Imperial College London descended upon Grasshoppers RFC for the third annual Sparkes Cup since its revival in 2017. A competition steeped in history between the three constituent colleges of Imperial: the City & Guilds College, the Royal School of Mines and last but not least the Royal College of Science. The day started in West Kensington, when a group of students, players and spectators boarded a bus towards our hosts for the day, Grasshoppers RFC. Arriving at the venue for 12.30pm, the players of the three colleges began to warm up for the round-robin seven-a-side tournament, whilst the spectators settled in for an exciting day of rugby.  The first match of the day saw the engineers take on the miners, who in previous years have struggled for numbers but were anything but intimidated and took the game to the engineers. This proved an exciting affair, with tries from either side and the referee excitedly awarding a penalty try. However, despite RSM’s best efforts, City & Guilds walked away the victors 29 to 14. Much the same appeared to follow, with the scientists now […] Read More

RCSA Young Professionals Summer Event

19th June, The Union Bar………..This free event is a perfect opportunity to welcome in the summer, meet recent alumni and gain an introduction to the RCSA Young Professionals community. Come along for drinks, food and the opportunity to meet interesting alumni who have recently transitioned from Imperial into the professional world. We look forward to seeing you all! To attend, please register on this form to tell us a little more about you! If you can’t make it to the event, registering will still let you be part of the mailing list. A link to the form can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3ZWD6LP —————————————————————-What is the RCSA Young Professional community? The RCSA Young Professionals is a network of recent graduates from Imperial that seeks to build a social community and to help guide graduates as they enter professions and the wider world. While many graduates join the alumni association to stay in touch with peers, the Young RCSA also aims to let its members tap into the wealth of knowledge spread amongst its peers about careers, development opportunities, and even travelling, via the network of Imperial scientists all across the globe! Whilst the RCSA has existed for 112 years, the RCSA […] Read More

RCSA 2019 AGM – Save the date

The RCSA Executive Committee would like to invite you to the Association’s 2019 Annual General Meeting which will be taking place on Thursday 26th September 2019. The event will be on held on, or near, the Imperial College London’s South Kensington Campus in the evening of the 26th September. Exact venue and timings will be confirmed soon but please put the date in your diaries. The nomination period for anyone considering standing for a post on the committee will run from Saturday 1st June – Wednesday 26th June. Please contact the Honorary Secretary to request a nomination form if you are considering running for any post: secretary@rcsa.org.uk. All nominations recieved will be reviewed by the RCSA Committee at its meeting on Thursday 18th July. Further details of the AGM will be announced on the Association’s general mailing list and here on the Association’s website. If you have not signed-up to the mailing list then you can do so here. If you have any questions about the AGM, nominations process or any of the Association’s other activities then please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to seeing you at the AGM in September.

The Sparkes Cup 2019

The saga of Imperial’s inter-college social rugby competition continues, with the RCS, C&G and RSM once more preparing to go head to head for the Sparkes Cup’s 2019 match! The proposed date and location is Saturday the 22nd June at Grasshoppers RFC in Osterley. Further details are on Facebook. See here https://www.facebook.com/events/1286584928171302/ (You can read about last year’s Sparkes Cup here.)

Upcoming RCSA Committee Meetings

The RCSA has now scheduled its summer committee meetings for the evenings of Thursday 13th June 2019 and Thursday 18th of July 2019, to take place at Imperial College. The meeting on the 13th June is to give updates on recent activites and engagement events, and to discuss the association’s future direction. The meeting on the 18th July is to review papers and matters relating to the next AGM (planned for late September 2019). More details will be posted in the future, as will the plans for the AGM. In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to email the secretary.

Alumni Weekend 2019 Announced

Imperial has announced that their annual alumni weekend is scheduled for the 29th and 30th of June this year – further details can be found here. This year Imperial is planning on holding the event alongside a special version of the Imperial Festival – the Great Exhibition Road Festival. The RCSA is often able to co-host a bar night for the alumni weekend – so make sure to come along to the Union Bar in the evening afterwards! Whether you’re an alumnus or a student celebrating the end of your exams, come mingle with Imperialites of ages gone by (some valuable networking opportunities!) – we’ll be an eclectic mix of current students and alumni, so it should be a fun evening following a busy day at the Festival. More details will be posted in the future, closer to the event. (The previous Alumni Weekend was held on the 28th & 29th April 2018.)

An Act of Remembrance – Friday 9th November 2018 at Imperial College

A two minute silence to remember those killed in the First and Second World Wars, and in contemporary conflicts. This short act of remembrance and personal reflection will be held, dedicated to members of the College killed during the two world wars. The event will begin with a short introduction at 10:55 including information from the College Archives. At 11am there will be a two minute silence. A British Legion wreath will be laid in honour of those mentioned by name on the College memorials. Flowers will also be laid to remember those killed in more recent conflicts. The event will conclude with a short piece played by musicians from the Blyth Music Centre. The event has been prepared by Andrew Willson, the College Chaplain and Anne Barrett, the College Archivist & Corporate Records Manager. The event is open to all members, friends and alumni of the College. No registration is required. 9th November 2018 10:50-11:10am College Main Entrance Please gather at 10:50am by the big screen in the College Main Entrance

The Sparkes Cup 2018 – Saturady 23rd June at Wasps FC Sports Ground

The pinnacle of the Imperial inter-college social rugby calendar – the Sparkes Cup 2018 – is happening on Saturady 23rd June! If you’re in the area, feel free to come along as the event is free and open to all, whether as a player or a spectator. The Sparkes Cup first brought together the RCSU, RSMU and CGCU rugby teams in 1950. Over time the rebranding of Imperial has seen these college teams fall by the wayside; RSMU play The Bottle Match once a year, and CGCU make their way to Oxford. The Sparkes Cup was restarted in 2017, and will be competed for again this summer with support from the RCSA and CGCA. THE SPARKES CUP 2018 CGCU vs. RSMU vs. RCSU 20min games. 10 a-side. 6 nations scoring system. 3 Constituent Unions. 1 victor. To be held at Wasps FC Sports Ground, Twyford Ave, London, W3 9Q Day plan: 10:15 FREE private bus from F3K to Wasps’ rugby pitches 11:00 Team warm-ups 11:30 RSMU vs. CGCU 11:55 CGCU vs. RCSU 12:20 RCSU vs. RSMU 12:45 Final 13:10 Trophy Presentation 13:15 FREE BBQ Burger and Beer 14:00 Bus departs back to Hammersmith Broadway 14:30 Head home to shower and […] Read More

Some Photos from the Eleventieth Anniversary Dinner at the House of Lords

We had a full house for the Eleventieth Anniversary Dinner at the House of Lords. Thank you all who celebrated the 110th year of the Royal College Science Association with us at the Cholmondeley Rooms. We hope you enjoyed the occasion with friends, both old and new, and look forward to welcoming you again to future events. A special vote of thanks to our host, the Lord Fox of Leominster, and our esteemed guests: the Honourable Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Fiona Fox OBE and Professor Tom Welton OBE, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. For more photographs, look on facebook