Supporting Students (quite literally!)

Did you know that for about a decade those lovely Jez mechanics of the RCS Motor Club have been repairing bar stools from the Union Bar that have become broken in the line of duty ?

It’s true! Those stools might look a bit run-of-the-mill and utilitarian, but far from it! Sourcing stools that can withstand the rigours of the Union Bar is not a trivial matter. They need to be exceedingly hard-wearing and are hugely more expensive than you might expect.

So when they break, do you suppose they get thrown away? Not on your Nellie! They get whisked away to the Jez Garage where the hunt begins for suitable materials to effect a repair. Usually, in some skip or other on campus, the Jez mechanics will spy a worn-out table, or similar hunk of discarded wood. After thirty minutes on a lathe in the hands of an expert wood-turner, the hunk is transformed into a spindle perfectly matching the stool’s existing spindles. Bound up with wood glue and kept in clamps overnight, and the stool is ready to be sealed, and returned to the Bar for active service.

But what happens when no suitable wood can be found? Well, it can be tricky. [...] Read more...

Wednesday’s Barnight and Presidential Greeting

Wednesday 13th December (tomorrow at the time of writing) see’s our Christmas student/alumni mixer event in the form of our joint RCSU-RCSA bar night. Pop along to the Union Bar any time from 7:00pm, though for the early-birds, you can take advantage of the drink tokens which are available for the first 50 people to turn up!

Our president, Mike Munroe, repeats this invitation in his Presidential Season’s Greeting. We repeat it here, though it has already been emailed directly to all members. If you haven’t received your own personal copy then to update your contact details, please click here…. or if you are not yet a member you can sign up on this page….

Back to Mike’s message….

Dear RCSA Member,

Just a quick note from myself and your RCSA Exec Team to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a fun and successful 2024! We hope to have the opportunity to meet you at some point in the near future at one of our RCSA events. In fact we already have an event for you to try and fit into your busy pre-Christmas schedule. On Wednesday 13th December we will be hosting a joint RCSA and RCSU bar evening in the legendary Union Bar (which will be open for a change!)

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Exploration Board Report Back Evening

The Exploration Board ‘Report Back Evening’ is a wonderful opportunity for our student expedition members to showcase their achievements and share their experiences with us from expeditions that took place during 2022 and 2023. Many of those students will, of course, have benefitted from your generosity via the RCSA Trust who financially support these expeditions. There will be tales to tell alongside some wonderful images, so we would be delighted if you were to join us on:

Wednesday 6 December, 18.00-19.30
Royal School of Mines, Room 1.47,
South Kensington Campus,
London SW7 5HF

The presentations will be followed by an informal reception held at Eastside Bar, in Princes Gardens.

If you can, please let Ellie know, by Monday 4 December, if you are able to attend by emailing e.rimmer@imperial.ac.uk or by telephoning +44 (0)20 7594 2416, along with any access requirements. But if not, turn up unannounced. Room 1.47 is large and we’ll be sure to squeeze you in.

We’ll be very happy to see you.

(if you like the support we offer to exploration and to our students in general, why not help us do more? 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). [...] Read more...

FoNS 2024 Make-A-Difference Launch

The curtain was brought down on the 2023 FoNS Make-A-Difference competition, at a star-studded final which took place on the 1st of November 2023.

But 2024 will be a bit special. It brings us, not only another MAD competition, but also its 10th anniversary. Yes! It is ten years already, since the competition was begun in 2014.

And so we start another round of the contest with the launch of the 2024 competition taking place in just a few day’s time on 22nd November 2023.

To remind you, the FoNS-MAD competition is open to undergraduates of FoNS (or to undergraduates of RCS if you prefer traditional parlance) who work in small teams to develop low-cost technology that would have an impact on Society.

The top teams will be given funding, space and a bursary so they can work on their project for eight weeks over the upcoming summer. As the grand finale, they will present their findings to an expert panel of VIP Judges. That will take place around this time next year, where the teams will compete for prizes of up to £7,000.

The competition proceedings are always of interest to RCSA members, and our members feature as judges and mentors. [...] Read more...

Celebrate with the youngsters

You are very welcome to celebrate with the youngsters (though perhaps you still ARE a youngster!)

The RCSU are delighted to extend an ‘invitation to party’ to all RCSA members and their friends. The youngsters are celebrating with anyone and everyone who is graduating that Commemoration Day and you are most welcome to join them. The party takes place at Infernos, Clapham from 9pm on Wednesday the 18th October. Tickets are just £6.00.

You can click here for tickets and further details…..  (you can create an account here…. or click on the head and shoulder avatar at top right. There are a few ‘trip hazards’ when purchasing from the Union…..so check out our top tips here….).

We are promised lively DJs, a generous happy hour, and a 100% takeover of one of the most renowned clubs in London.

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‘Ordinary Punters’ Win the SKADL League

The Summer 2023 SKADL Darts League has been won by the Ordinary Punters having seen off their opposition in twelve of their sixteen fixtures. They become the second winners of the “RCSA Purse”: £100 of prize money.

Our very own ORCS, the “Old Royal College of Science” darts team, were victorious in nine of their fixtures and came in at third place. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, our RCSA Double Elevens team ended up in a very creditable 9th position – an impressive achievement for their very first season.

To remind you, 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’. The RCSA Double Elevens team play on a Monday night with their home fixtures being in the Union Bar, and their away fixtures taking place in a variety of excellent pubs across London.

The new Captain of the RCSA Double Elevens is Oscar Farrell (Yes….Stephen Davies, the wonderful Captain of the inaugural season is stepping down). So if your Monday evenings can be freed up and you fancy throwing a few darts, then do contact Oscar. [...] Read more...

Contribute to the success of the Imperial Brand Project

As alumni of Imperial College, you should have already been approached about the Imperial Brand Project.

You will have received a pdf copy of the report, “Imperial College London Brand identity Discovery: A summary August 2023“, and given access to a 20 minute password-protected video. The password is to be found in your email from Zoe Paxton, Imperial’s Director of Communications but if you have problems finding it, get in touch and we will help.

Finally, and most important, is the feedback form. The deadline for responding through this feedback form is Friday 13 October – a date that will soon be upon us. So please share your views with College without delay and ensure the this project benefits from the input of the entire ‘Imperial family’.

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Save-the-dates and other Presidential News

In his first membership-wide email our president, Mike Munroe, has several messages for us including a ‘save the date’ for the upcoming Constituent College ‘Summer Soiree’  and for the Alumni Weekend.

Mike introduces us to his executive team and updates us on several matters from his first few months of office which, by all accounts, have been a bit of a whirlwind.

That first date for your diary is 13th June, very soon indeed! It is for a joint RCS Union and RCS Association get-together, with the other constituent colleges invited along too. We know many of our members have a strong affection for the current students, so if you fancy mixing with a few of them, hearing first-hand what’s happening back on campus and offering a bit of off-the-cuff, informal mentoring over some food and a couple of drinks, then do come along. Conversely, if your preference is a slower-paced bit of reminiscing with fellow RCS alumni, then again, we can accommodate that, so do come along.

Click here for tickets and further details…..  (you can create an account here…. or click on the head and shoulder avatar at top right. There are a few ‘trip hazards’ so check out our top tips here…. [...] Read more...

Great Exhibition Road Festival and Alumni Weekend

Not long until the Great Exhibition Road Festival and Alumni Weekend return to South Kensington on 17th and 18th June. Hope you can get along!

For more details, and to register for the Festival (which is entirely free) click here……. The Great Exhibition Road Festival.

Running alongside the Festival is the Alumni Weekend and your RCSA team will be attendance, of course.  We look forward to seeing you in the Alumni Lounge, in the Jez garage or in the Union Bar. For more details click here……. The Alumni Weekend.

There is a small charge to register for the Alumni Lounge, but it does give you access to free refreshments (including tea, coffee and snacks) all day. And you get exclusive tours, early-bird talk tickets and early access to the Smart Machines Zone before it opens to the public. And you even get a voucher for a free drink from the Union Bar

Click here…. to book your ticket. Have a great day, and make a point of looking us up.

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