RCSA work with Imperial College FoNS School Outreach Team to trial new programme

Mike Munroe RCSA president (centre) with year 12 and 13 students from St Joseph’s College, Ipswich after his talk. David Kemsley (far right) St Josephs Student Futures Advisor and Simon Stevenson Chemistry Teacher and Head of Year 12 (far left)

The RCSA are keen to support the outreach initiatives of our alumni and have teamed up with the Imperial College FoNS Schools’ Outreach team to pilot a new approach.

RCSA President Mike Munroe worked with Simon Foster, Faculty Outreach Manager at FoNS to prepare a presentation to the 6th Form at St Joseph’s College Ipswich.  Dave Kemsley, the Student Futures Adviser at St Joseph’s College helped set up the event as part of the schools’ regular career’s guidance programme. Mike Munroe gave a presentation to about eighty year 12 and 13 students on STEMB (science, technology, engineering, maths and business) careers in the Flavour and Fragrance industry and included a section on Imperial College prepared by Simon Foster. This section included an overview and introduction to Imperial as well as guidance and advice on entry requirements, how to prepare for interviews, personal statements and other general good advice. The idea was to encourage students to consider STEMB courses at university to facilitate exciting and successful careers and to think about Imperial as one of their options. The presentation went down well with students and David Kemsley commented that linking the Imperial College angle to the career insight was powerful and helpful. [...] Read more...

Glittering and Steamy Night in West London!

What an evening!? The dust is only just settling after the fantastic joint RCSA and RCS Motor Club (RCSMC) dinner at the London Museum of Water and Steam (LMWS) last Saturday evening 23rd March. A lively group of students, alumni, faculty and guests gathered for the RCSA 116th and the RCSMC 69th anniversary dinners for what was in all likelihood their first ever joint dinner! The venue itself was spectacular with the largest collection of steam engines in the world as well as associated historical displays forming the backdrop for an evening of fine food, fine wines and scintillating conversation followed by two very entertaining guest speakers! Some of the steam engines were operational during the event as well, adding to the atmosphere (quite literally!!)

The Dean of RCS (or Dean of FoNS if you want to be terribly modern), Professor Richard Craster was in attendance with his wife Bernadette and he provided a delightful insight into his undergrad and postgrad days studying maths at Imperial. His talk included a reference to his scientific paper on the Mathematics of Darts which had the members of the RCSA darts team in the audience frantically making notes on napkins! The Dean led a toast to the RCS and the RCSA at the end of his speech. [...] Read more...

Annual Dinner : Last few hours of ticket sales

DON’T MISS OUT! Today, Sunday 17th March is the final day of ticket sales. Do not delay a moment longer. Jump to the ordering page and reserve your tickets right away…… rcsa.org.uk/membership/2024-rcsa-rcsmc-dinner

The joint RCSA and RCS Motor Club Student and Alumni Dinner on Saturday 23rd March is getting very close. And the deadline for reservations is even closer ….. the end of Sunday 17th March. We have now released the final tranche of tickets for this once in a lifetime event! And until this last tranche have been sold, we are lifting all restrictions on the number of guests you may bring along.

You’ll recall the dinner takes place at Kew Bridge in the prestigious London Museum of Water and Steam and your ticket gains you access to the world’s largest collection of pumping engines any time that day from 4:30pm. The engines will be working in the steam hall, which you can watch whilst enjoying drinks and canapés.

That will give you plenty of time before you’ll need to tear yourself away from the exhibits at 7.00pm when the RCSU Gong will sound and dinner will be served.

Tickets can be reserved and further details are available online at rcsa.org.uk/membership/2024-rcsa-rcsmc-dinner [...] Read more...

Annual Dinner : Final Tranche of Tickets Released

The joint RCSA and RCS Motor Club Student and Alumni Dinner on Saturday 23rd March is getting very close. And the deadline for reservations is even closer ….. the end of Sunday 17th March. We have now released the final tranche of tickets for this once in a lifetime event! And until this last tranche have been sold, we are lifting all restrictions on the number of guests you may bring along.

You’ll recall the dinner takes place at Kew Bridge in the prestigious London Museum of Water and Steam and your ticket gains you access to the world’s largest collection of pumping engines any time that day from 4:30pm. The engines will be working in the steam hall, which you can watch whilst enjoying drinks and canapés.

That will give you plenty of time before you’ll need to tear yourself away from the exhibits at 7.00pm when the RCSU Gong will sound and dinner will be served.

Tickets can be reserved and further details are available online at rcsa.org.uk/membership/2024-rcsa-rcsmc-dinner

Should you want to reserve extra tickets for guests, then you will find this link useful https://rcsa.org.uk/membership/2024-rcsa-rcsmc-dinner/plus-one-dining-preferences/

We are looking forward to welcoming you to a wonderful evening where we’ll enjoy a sumptuous meal, drinks and bar against this most spectacular of backdrops. [...] Read more...

Joint RCSA/RCSMC Student and Alumni Dinner

The RCSA and the RCS Motor Club are delighted to announce a once in a lifetime event! We have secured the prestigious London Museum of Water and Steam for a joint RCSA/RCSMC Student and Alumni Dinner event for the evening of Saturday 23rd March.

Tickets can be reserved and further details are available online at rcsa.org.uk/membership/2024-rcsa-rcsmc-dinner

The museum holds the world’s largest collection of pumping engines dating back to 1820 and is a must for petrol heads, steam heads and anyone interested in London’s amazing history! It will make a spectacular backdrop for a wonderful evening spent with fellow students and alumni with a sumptuous meal, drinks and bar. [...] Read more...

New Executive Officers

We are pleased to announce our tweaked executive line-ups following the AGM on 6th February. You’ll see there is only one ‘new’ face, .

The team at the helm of the RCSA now consists of:

  •     PRESIDENT: Mike Munroe
  •     DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Steph Ward
  •     HONORARY SECRETARY (General): Oscar Farrell
  •     HONORARY SECRETARY (Membership & Communications): Jim Sarsfield
  •     HONORARY TREASURER: Andy Needham


And the team at the helm of the RCSA Trust now consists of:

  •     CHAIR OF MANAGEMENT BOARD: Jim Sarsfield (who will also act as Secretary)
  •     DEPUTY CHAIR OF MANAGEMENT BOARD: Andy Needham (who will also act as Treasurer)

Steph, our Deputy President may be better known to some of you by her maiden name of Steph Snell. We put the word ‘new’ in quotes because she was, of course RCSU Entertainments Committee Chairman for 1987/8, RCSU President for 1988/9, RCSA Membership Secretary 1993/4, and RCSA Honorary Secretary and RCSA Trust Secretary for 1994/8. We welcome her back with the greatest of enthusiasm.

To get in touch with us, you can find our contact details on the ‘contact’ page and on the ‘people’ page, and we very much look forward to hearing from you. [...] Read more...

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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RCSA / RCSU Bar Night

Wednesday 13th December at the Union Bar.

Come and celebrate the end of the year with students and alumni at the Joint RCSU-RCSA bar night.

Mix with old colleagues, meet a few students, reminisce in your favourite bar. Whatever the attraction, we have one more to tempt you with …. drink tokens available for the first 50 people to turn up!

Look forward to seeing you there from 7:00pm! [...] Read more...

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...