RIP Brendan Clements

Members of the RCSA will be deeply saddened to hear of the sudden and unexpected passing of Brendan Clements. Brendan will be familiar to many as the much-loved manager of the Union Bar from January 1969 to December 1979. Brendan had been in good health, but collapsed on the 17th March, on Saint Patrick’s night, after suffering a cardiac arrest, brought about by a blood clot on the brain. He never recovered. The medics did all they could but it was a great shock to us all when they pronounced him dead on the 19th. Colin Fletcher composed a short and sweet obituary which you can access by clicking here…… Brendan Gregory Clements.9 May 1950 to 19 March 2021. Rest in Peace.

New Dean Appointed

As we say our final farewells to Tom Welton, outgoing Dean of FoNS (or Dean of the RCS as we like to call him), we welcome the new incumbent, Professor Richard Craster, who will take up the role from 1 January 2020. Professor Craster will be familiar to many, particularly perhaps the mathematicians amongst us, as he completed his BSc and his PhD in the Maths Department and was head of the department from 2011 to 2017. Professor Craster said: “It’s an honour to take up the role of Dean in the faculty where I have conducted my entire academic career. I look forward to working with colleagues across our departments when I start in January.” We are looking forward to working with him. You can read the College announcement here.

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 […] 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.

Website updates

Thanks for your patience this month whilst we have been carrying out updates to our servers and website structure. We hope that it is easier and more useful to you to use! Please do send in any feedback. Many thanks, Robert Park