RCS Motor Club ‘Run From Imperial’

The RCSA are pleased to support this RCS Motor Club initiative with some much-needed start-up funding. The run came about as the London to Brighton vehicle rallies are suspended for the foreseeable future. The Coronation has clashed with this year’s date, and none of the traditional mustering points are suitable now they find themselves within the ULEZ low emission zone. Whilst the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society (HCVS) work out a solution, the RCS Motor Club has filled the gap with a rally of its own.

It’s called ‘The Run from Imperial’ and will start from Harlington (which is outside the ULEZ) and will take place on the 29th of April, to the Rural Life Living Museum at Farnham and back. Bring your own car, or ride on Jezebel and/or Clementine! The run might become an annual affair, at least until the HCVS sort themselves out, and may well continue even after their London-Brighton rally is re-instated.

All the entrants receive a commemorative ‘rally plaque’, and a bottle of bubbly awaits the prize-winning entrant (though the judging criteria are yet to be finalised).

The Schedule is as follows:

  • 07:30 Jez, Clem, and Minibus set off from South Ken to Harlington.
  • 08:30 Tea and pastries at Harlington.
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ORCS Win the SKADL League

ORCS, the “Old Royal College of Science” darts team have been victorious in the Winter 2023 SKADL Darts League. They become the inaugural winners of the “RCSA Purse” – £100 of prize money. Of twelve games, ORCS won ten, drew another and 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’, and the 2023 Summer League see another RCSA Team joining the fray. The newly formed RCSA Double Eleven team will 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.

The RCSA are delighted to once again offer the “RCSA Purse” for the winning team of the 2023 Summer League and hope to sharpen up the competition and to enliven the celebrations on ‘Finals Night’. [...] Read more...

ORCS Top their League

We’re top of the League, and we’re having a laugh,
We’re top of the League, and we’re having a laugh,…….”

You would typically hear this chant (repeated ad-infinitum) at a football stadium. But on Monday night, it could be heard following the latest ORCS team victory in the SKADL darts league.

Unbeaten so far this season, the “Old Royal College of Science” darts team crept to the top of the League, overtaking their nearest rivals but having two games in hand.

The various teams in the 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’, hence the name of the league: SKADL, the South Kensington Academic Darts League.

Formed in 2001, SKADL is run by League Chairman, Duncan Robertson, who is also captain of the all-conquering ORCS team (and an ex-secretary and ex-treasurer of the RCSA). If you are looking for a darts league to join where you’ll rub shoulders with lots of RCSA members, let us know and we’ll put you in touch with Duncan and the various team captains. And the RCSA are establishing a new team, to be based in the Union Bar and playing in the Monday night league. [...] Read more...

Where to see Jez this Summer

As always, Jez has a packed schedule this Summer of 2022. Of all the events, the pick of the bunch must be the “Isle of Wight, Havenstreet Steam & Beer Festival” from 26th August to 29th August (though Jez, being a star attraction, has to be around longer from 25th to 30th August) and the “Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre” on 16th, 17th and 18th September (though once again, Jez must be there from 15th to 19th September).

Find out more about the Isle of Wight Festival by clicking here…. and find out more about the Country Fayre by clicking here….

Hopefully we’ll see you at a meet sometime over the summer. [...] Read more...

Sparkes 2022: Down to the Wire

Sparkes 2022 contestants

After a 3-year pandemic-enforced absence, we were delighted to once again compete for the Sparkes Cup, and better still, it was possible to hold the competition at Harlington. It took until the last kick of the tournament to settle this year’s closely contested competition.

There was early disappointment as the RSM captain, out of action through injury, reluctantly conceded that our smallest constituent college would not be able to assemble a competitive team this year. But there were spectators to entertain and a very enthusiastic referee to keep busy, so the RCS and C&G captains agreed to retain the traditional three-match format. The competition would be based on the best of three matches and their two teams would face each other up to three times.

Here is a quick summary, the first game was won comfortably by C&G 33-12. The second game was much closer, won right at the end by RCS 24-19. The third and deciding game was tied at the death when C&G touched down between the posts. The last kick of the game would be the conversion and G&G broke RCS hearts when their attempt was successful.

So congratulations to C&G whose name will be engraved on the Sparkes Cup for the fourth time in succession. [...] Read more...

The Sparkes Cup 2022

Saturday 18th June at Harlington!

Imperial’s inter-college rugby competition continues after a covid-induced hiatus. Once again the RCS, C&G and RSM teams are preparing to go head-to-head in the Sparkes Cup’s 2022 match! The location will please many of you: we are returning to our traditional home of Harlington. Once again 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.

The date is now only a few days away. Keep it free and we look forward to seeing you at Harlington, and to cheering on an RCS victory. [...] Read more...

An Act of Remembrance – Monday 11th November 2019 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 of the College, friends and alumni. No registration is required.

11 November 2019
10:50 -11:10 College Main Entrance
Please gather at 10.50 by the big screen in the College Main Entrance [...] Read more...

RCSA Young Professionals Bar Night – Thursday 24th October

Fellow science graduates and current students,

We are proud to invite you to the second RCSA Young Professionals Bar Night! Come catch up with your recently graduated alumni over free drinks in a relaxed environment. We will also be joined by undergraduates interested in joining the RCSA Young Professionals and learning more from their alumni.

Claim your free drink by registering!
For undergrads, please register using: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3ZWD6LP
For graduates, please register using: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PTQXTXH

Where: Imperial College Union Bar (the bar beside FiveSixEight)
When: Thursday 24 Oct, 18.30
Facebook link: https://bit.ly/30GHPTd

What to expect?

The focus on the night is two-fold:
1) To allow graduates of the RCS to catch-up and meet new friends
2) facilitate an honest conversation about careers between recent graduates and students who are applying/exploring the next thing after Imperial. Basically, it will be like previous bar nights but a little more professional focused (e.g., there may be nametags )

What is the RCSA Young Professional community?

The RCSA, has existed for 112 years as the alumni network for Imperial Scientists. And in 2019, a handful of recent alumni launched the RCSA Young Professionals to support newly minted Imperial science grads to navigate the working world and life outside Imperial. [...] Read more...