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Annual General Meeting 2016

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held in June can be found here
It is realised that many members are unable to attend this event and it is hoped that by publishing the minutes members will be better appraised of our activities. The President and Treasurer's reports are included with the minutes, and the committee is happy to consider questions/comments from members.

Bottle Match 2017

RSM success! The RSM won the Bottle Match and we are pleased to say the Bottle is now back in the Union bar where it belongs!

Please see the full list of results below.

Appeal

It is nearly three years since the Royal School of Mines Association (RSMA) last made a direct funds appeal to our valued members and alumni. This renewed appeal from the RSMA is for funds to increase RSMA revenue so that the RSMA can better implement our objectives to support current and future students at the RSM. Any support you give is for your RSM and funds will only be disbursed to worthy causes within the RSM, after approval by the RSMA committee. The donations will be held in The Endowment Fund administered by the RSMA Trust, which is a registered charity. It is also proposed to form a “RSMA 100 Club” – details below. Note the RSMA has no overheads (all committee members give freely of their time) and all funds received through subscriptions and donations are therefore available for disbursement as appropriate.

A fundamental role of the RSMA is to support the RSM constituent departments (Materials and Earth Science) and its students. Students are under increasing financial pressure these days which restricts their ability to participate in academic related activities such as field trips or College approved expeditions. Endowments provide funds for both extra-curricular academic activities, particularly those that increase student links with industry and their chances of gaining sector leading employment upon graduation, and also complement the long established work of the RSMA Trust in helping provide financial support for students undergoing genuine hardship.

Another objective of the RSMA is to financially assist the Royal School of Mines Students Union (RSMU) in managing student activities which support the RSM culture and help its students build a friendship network that will last throughout their careers. Many of us will appreciate and relate to the value of this network and the support it can provide in the challenges ahead. The RSMU, representing the student body, has representatives on the RSMA committee.

The proposed “RSMA 100 Club” is for one hundred (or more) members to make a pledge (non binding) to each donate £200 per annum into the Trust for 10 years. This would guarantee an additional income of up to £25,000, after Gift Aid, and would allow the RSMA committee to increase its efforts and expand its largesse to award “RSMA bursaries or scholarships” or to sponsor college approved summer research, field trips, industry visits etc. This should help to raise the profile of the RSMA amongst the students and hopefully encourage them to join the association.

In addition to current donations, legacy donations making the RSMA Trust a beneficiary of your will, no matter what the sum, will assist in achieving the RSMA’s goals, and (for UK domiciled members) to mitigate inheritance tax.

Donations can be made via this website by clicking on Endowment Fund or, by cheque, direct to the Treasurer at:

RSMA Trust Treasurer Level 2, Faculty Building Imperial College London SW7 2AZ

As the RSMA Trust is a registered charity (registered no. 1015809), if you are a UK taxpayer, fulfilling certain HMRC criteria, for every £100 you donate, the Trust can claim an additional £25 if you sign the appropriate declaration. The required Gift Aid form can be downloaded here and this should be forwarded to the Treasurer at the above address. If you are interested in participating in the “RSMA 100 Club” please tick the box on the form.

The RSMA looks forward to working with the Faculty of Engineering in progressing the goals of both entities.

Many thanks for your support – it is truly appreciated.

John O'Reily

Bottle Match 2016

The annual Bottle Match was hosted by Camborne this year. Unfortunately after a brave fight the Bottle Match was lost 14 - 5. The mens' hockey was a draw 3 - 3 and the womens' hockey was lost 12 - 0. The football match was lost 3 - 0 and the squash match we lost 5 - 0. However, the RSMU won the Tennis match 2 - 1.
However, it was reported that everyone had a very good weekend with no major mishaps!

Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner was held at the Rembrandt Hotel on 27 November 2015. A fantastic time was had by all.
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Annual General Meeting 2015

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held in June can be found here

Bottle Match Success




Camborne came and went


The annual sporting fixtures against Camborne were held on the 21st February, including the fiercely contested Bottle Match. We are pleased to announce that the Bottle was retained with a relatively comfortable 19-6 scoreline and RSM also won the mens hockey and squash but we went down in the football, ladies hockey, netball and badminton.
Congratulations to all those who took part in the events and many thanks to the great support for the teams from fellow students, staff and alumni.

Camborne in Town - Bottle Match


The annual sports fixtures against Camborne will be held this Saturday (21st February) including the fiercely contested Bottle Match, between the respective rugby sides. Alumni are encouraged to attend the events and support the students in their endeavours. The sporting contests are a huge event in the student's year and attendance by alumni will be very welcome.

One word of caution. Unfortunately there have been a couple of recent incidents involving college (not RSM) and medics sports teams, fuelled by alcohol, which resulted in teams being suspended from playing for a few months. This resulted in adverse media coverage and it is therefore possible that, apart from security measures put in place by the college, there is the possibility of media attention at Harlington. Alumni should be aware of this but hopefully it will not detract from a significant day in the RSM calendar.

The main focus should be on the sports and hopefully RSM successes!

Annual Dinner 2014

The RSMA's 2014 Annual Dinner was a resounding success and it was so wonderful to see so many people there!

Thank you to all who came, hope to see you next year.
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In memory of Ian Chaston

It is with sadness that we announce the recent sudden passing of Ian Chaston, aged 82. Ian attended RSM from 1951 to 1955 and was a strong supporter of both the college and the RSMA, regularly attending the Association events as well as the mining sundowners in the City. Our sincere condolences go to his family.

Minutes of the AGM 2014

Here are the minutes of the AGM which was held on the 26 June, prior to the Association hosting the final year Bar-B-Q. It is realised that many members are unable to attend this event and it is hoped that by publishing the minutes members will be better appraised of our activities. The President and Treasurer's reports are included with the minutes, and the committee is happy to consider questions/comments from members. Please note these minutes have not yet been approved.

RSMA at the Imperial Alumni event 2014

The Imperial College alumni event on 10 May saw eight members of the Metallurgy Class of 1966 (graduation year) meeting up, some for the first time since departing RSM. Remarkably all were recognisable.(?) The plan is now to have a reunion of the class in 2016, to celebrate the 50th anniversary, and in the interim efforts will be made to contact as many members as possible. In the photograph are:

(L toR) Martin Brooks, Mike Humphris, Andy Feest, Dick Adams, Paul Randall, John Skevington (Front) John O'Reilly, Doug Roberts.



The RSMA promoted themselves in style at the Alumni Event - what fantastic RSMA specimens!

RSMA at the Imperial Alumni event 2014

The Mining Geology / Geology class of 1983 held an informal reunion on Wednesday 12th March in the Union Bar at Imperial.
How time flies!

A message from the Society of Economic Geologists Student Chapter


Our current Society of Economic Geologists Student Chapter
(www.imperialseg.org.uk) has arranged a fieldtrip to visit some of the classic South African ore deposits. The aim of the trip is to bring together both participants and knowledge from industry and academia.

The majority of the funding for the trip comes from industry and student participation fees. At the moment we are trying to find industry representatives interesetd in joining us on our trip to South Africa. For more information on this initiative, please look at the Flyer.

Peter Harding Memorial Medal: Presentation

The recipient of the 2013 Peter Harding Memorial Medal was Harry Burgess, and was awarded for services to the RSMA in Toronto.

Harry did Mechanical Engineering in City & Guilds from 1963 to 1966, he then saw the light and did the conversion course to Mining Engineering at the RSM from 1966 to 1968. After 12 years in Africa, on the Zambian Copperbelt and South Africa, he migrated to Toronto in 1980. He soon thereafter started the "last Friday of the Month" RSM lunch which later changed to encompass all IC alumni and is now so famous that it embraces much of the Toronto mining community, but is still known by all as the RSM lunch, and 33 years on is still organised by Harry. It provides an excellent opportunity for mines persons visiting Toronto to catch up with alumni and industry peers and has proven an ideal forum for social and business interaction. He was at one time an Overseas Council Member for the old Institution of Mining & Metallurgy. Anyone from RSM visiting Toronto is always welcomed by Harry, and in his semi-retirement he is now able to participate for longer at the lunches!!

He could not attend the annual dinner in November to receive his award as he was preparing to head to sunnier climes in New Zealand to escape the Canadian winter, but sent a thank you note, accepting the honour, which was read at the dinner. Coincidentally the RSMA Chairman spent Christmas and New Year with him in Wanaka, and presented him the medal before heading out to golf in the New Zealand sunshine.

The Bottle returns home, 22nd February 2014

Bottle match scores

The 112th Bottle Match saw some fantastic sportsmanship from the RSM. The results as they come in are as follows:

Winning games:
Lost games:
The Rugby match was drawn 6-6, and the RSM, as last years' winners, retain the bottle for the year.
The golf match was not played due to a lack of suitable course, becuase of the recent inclement weather.


2013

Membership Drive- 25th October 2013

Many alumni will be aware that the RSMA has been trying to instigate a drive for new members together with an appeal for donations to bolster the funds of the RSMA to allow it to provide enhanced support for deserving students at the RSM. The administration involved in preparing the appeal has taken a lot longer than anticipated due to the necessity to resolve certain logistical matters with Imperial College who manage the alumni database and whose co-operation was therefore essential.
We are happy to report that all matters are now resolved and that five letters are being issued, as follows:

  • Join the Royal School of Mines Association. Sent to all RSM alumni on the college database who are not yet members of the RSMA.
  • A message from the President of the Royal School of Mines Association. Sent to all current paid up members requesting consideration of a donation to the RSMA Trust, which serves to support current and future students at the RSM.
  • Upgrade your Membership of the Royal School of Mines Association. Sent to all RSMA members who pay something but not the current annual subscription of £15pa, requesting upgrade to the payment of £15pa together with consideration of a donation to the RSMA Trust.
  • Upgrade your Life Membership of the Royal School of Mines Association. Sent to all current Life Members, requesting consideration to pay the current annual membership fee of £15pa, together with consideration of a donation to the RSMA Trust.
  • Renew your Membership of the Royal School of Mines Association. Sent to all alumni whom, according to our records, their membership has lapsed, and requesting renewal at the current annual subscription level.

  • Over 5000 letters will go out to the various categories, with approximately 60% to potential new members. It is inevitable with such a mailing exercise that there will be errors and apologies in advance to anyone who is incorrectly categorised or does not want to participate. However it is a worthwhile exercise and hopefully will lead to a financially stronger RSMA for the future. An appeal has also gone to key players in the industry to solicit funding for the RSMA Trust.


    Please find out more at our Membership or Endowment pages.

    Best wishes,
    The committee.


    The 2013 Annual Dinner

    The annual dinner 2013 was held at the Rembrant hotel, Kensington and was a complete success.
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    The Bottle returns home, 1st March 2013

    By Sorcha Cotter and taken from Felix, Imperial's weekly Newspaper.

    Last weekend saw the battle commence in this year's Bottle Match, which for anyone who doesn't know what this is, it's the varsity between the Royal School of Mines and their rivals Cambourne School of Mines. The varsity consists of seven different sports starting with the tame contests of squash and golf on the Friday afternoon, the tense netball in the evening followed by an early start for hockey and football on Saturday morning, these lead into the main event; the rugby. This year we couldn't have had a better start with a whitewash in the squash; with only one set being dropped by an RSM player. The success of the golf came soon after due to some good old Irish luck that boosted the team through the freezing conditions. Some players took the miners tradition to steady their hand, merry spirits and ignite fire in our strictly athletic bodies. Golf brought home a 3-1 victory.
    Netball was going to be tense this year, with a tightly contested match last year that resulted in the RSM losing for the first time. The RSM girls had prepared well but CSM had obviously still been training hard. After the third quarter the RSM had built up a 21-14 lead and were looking dominant. CSM put in a storming last quarter, but luckily RSM held out for a narrow winning margin of 27-25.
    Then came Saturday's activities. At an unsociable hour of 9am the Ladies Hockey pushed-back, with the supporters already preparing themselves against the weather with trusty beer jackets. RSM were dictating play winning successive short corners but failing to convert. Just before half time Gigi managed to scored an amazing reverse stick goal into the bottom corner. However as was a common fate of the Bottle Match this year CSM came back fighting and got a lucky goal, with the RSM failing to convert their multiple opportunities the result ended in a draw, meaning that CSM retained the cup.
    The men's hockey was up next, this proved tobe much more tense than previous encounters. The ball moving quickly from end to end but some brilliant defence from Jonney Jones, Freddie BM Briggs and Harry Fisher and some dramatic saves from Keeper Jonney kept the CSM attack at bay. Half time was 0-0 and looked promising. Early in the second half a save on the line unfortunately came off a foot and gave CSM a penalty flick and a 1-0 lead. The game was so close and this was the only goal, hopefully next year we can right the score line. Saturday had not had the best of starts but the supporters make the day enjoyable for all. The additions of a burger van helping to keep everyone going for the all important rugby. The football was a tricky match for the RSM team and the strength of the CSM through the midfield just gave them too many chances on goal, despite the valiant effort from the RSM keeper. The final result being a disappointing 4-0 loss, however with some key players returning from years abroad next year we hope to take a strong team down to Cambourne next year.
    Finally the Rugby! With an emphatic victory last year the RSM didn't know what to expect from CSM this year. The RSM started well breaking the CSM defence and putting them on edge but some scramble defence just saving CSM. A turn in play gave CSM a penalty and they took an unexpected 3-0 lead. Their points were quickly answered by a try from James Cox whose pace and kicking was just too much for CSM to handle. The rugby became hazy for some supporters but all I can say is that we were all over them running in tries from Robbie Cowan and Ali Jones. CSM did manage to sneak in a try in the second half making their score more respectable. Fred White who had been dangerous all game, causing trouble on the wing got a try at the death and bringing the Bottle home! Credit must be given to Captain James Scaife who lead the team on the field and made some tough tactical substitutions during the game. Also to Henry Bleech for organising the weekend so brilliantly .


    111th Bottle Match, 8th February 2013

    By Lewis Ryan and taken from Felix, Imperial's weekly Newspaper.

    The biggest event in the Royal School of Mines' calendar is once again upon us. On the 22 and 23 February, the second oldest varsity match after the Oxbridge boat-race will take the stage for the 111th year. The varsity is between the RSM and the Camborne School of Mines based in Cornwall, and is ultimately decided with a game of rugby that concludes a two day catalogue of sports.
    The RSM and CSM began this sporting rivalry in December of 1906, playing rugby against each other to determine which prestigious institution had greater athletic dominance. 20 years later, the trophy was born after students of the RSM stole a 3ft Bottle from a Bass Brewery lorry and was decorated with the crests of the two mining schools. The winner of the rugby match gets to take home the Bottle for the year, some of the more observant of you may have noticed such a bottle proudly displayed behind the Union Bar for the past two years. In fact out of the last 17 Bottle Matches, the Royal School of Mines has won a respectable 14.
    Last year, the RSM had a very convincing win against Camborne of 22-0; let's hope they bring us more of a challenge this year. Despite the rugby being the climax of the weekend and the ultimate decider of victory, the two mining schools now challenge each other in golf, netball, squash, hockey and football. Each of which has its own trophy and glory presented to the winning institution. The RSM men's hockey team will be looking for their first victory since 2008, and the ladies will be looking to overcome CSM for the second time in three years. The football team is looking stronger than ever, and after holding CSM to a 0-0 draw last year will be looking to capitalise on their home soil. Squash was settled last year with a 5-0 victory to RSM, and golf was drawn at 2-2, but both RSM teams are confident of bringing home their respective trophies. Finally, netball will be fighting to come back from their undeserved loss last year, and re-establish their winning streak over CSM.
    The Royal School of Mines and Camborne School of Mines alternate in hosting the varsity weekend, and after a very successful trip down to Cornwall last year for RSM, Camborne will be taking the trip up to London this year. The Bottle Match is the definition of a great rivalry, and with a great rivalry comes even greater support. Last year the RSM had around 200 keen supporters making the cross-country journey, and it will not be a surprise to have just as many Camborne miners at Harlington next Saturday. For the first time there will be a food van and a bar open throughout the Saturday at Harlington, followed by the traditional player's dinner back at Imperial. The weekend is capped off with an awards ceremony and after-party in Metric.
    Anyone is welcome to come along and support The Bottle Match, the Saturday (23rd) begins at Harlington at 9am, and the rugby will end the day kicking off at 2pm. Join us in the Union from around 8pm for the after-party. Let's bring the Bottle back to the Union Bar for the third year in a row!