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. And twenty of the attendees, already in receipt of hardship support, received the RCSA’s Ellingham Award to make the ticket price more affordable.

At the award ceremony portion of the evening RCSU Half colours were presented to: Lysandre ROLLAND, Edgar SCHAEFF, Angze LI, Christopher ZHU, Unus DELUCA-PERRY and Stefan DIONIS.

RCSU Full Colours were presented to Sarah XIA, Jack SWIRES and Victor STEINWAND who are pictured above receiving their awards from RCSU President Trinity Stenhouse. And also to Rothna AKHTAR, Ali SADREDDIN and Larissa POTAPOVA.

The RCSU President’s Awards went to Stefaniia MEDVETSKAIA, Edward STOW. Clarisse BONACINA, Jack SWIRES and Edward BIRD.

And to wrap up, Wellbeing Rep of the Year went to Deniz BEYDAGI, Academic Rep of the Year went to Ariff AZLAN and Departmental Society of the Year went to BioSoc.

Our hearty congratulations go to them all and it is very warming to see that several award winners had been assisted throughout the year by the RCSA Randerson Awards.

The evening was rounded off with a rousing Kangela and a lively disco that continued into the early hours.

(The support of the RCSA ripples through this event. From the aforementioned funding of the entertainments, the Ellingham Awards and Randerson Awards right through to advice and assistance. If you like the support we offer to our students why not help us do more? Sign up for RCSA membership here, and your annual subscription will be a great help, or consider making a donation to the RCSA Trust here. With no staff and no building costs you can be assured that every penny of your donation will be gratefully received and faithfully applied to assist the students of the Royal College of Science).