Congratulations! If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume that the prolonged, tense wait for your A-level results is over and you’ve successfully gained a place at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London. Not bad!

I’m sure you already have a rough idea about what the department is like, however Summer does things to your mind, so let me refresh your memory slightly…
…Your hard work has landed you a place at arguably the best Earth Science/Materials department in the country, with the most friendly and outgoing people at Imperial College, in the 150 year old cultural and educational hub of Albertopolis. Come October, you’ll have started a course which will undoubtedly provide some of your best friends and furnish you with experiences for life.

Your new home, watch its short cameo as cannon fodder in the new Kingsman trailer here (1:00). I think that’s Jan’s office, anyone?

Luckily for you, we’re not going to throw you in the deep end as, here at the RSM, we’ve been busy (some say since 1851) formulating the best freshers events we can, mixing the old, the new and the timeless. Check out the events page for precious details! In addition to that, our ‘Pit Princesses’ have produced a Fresher’s Handbook edition of ‘The Pit’ (the not-to-be missed newsletter) to get you up to speed with life in the RSM. Find it here!

Last but not least, this website is your RSM crash course. Here you’ll find details about almost everything in the RSM, from clubs and societies to activities and events. Whilst you flick through over the next few weeks, if you find anything you’d like to know more about, or find something missing, post on the Facebook page, where we’ll all be more than happy to help.

RSM love,


DLB Symposium


This year’s symposium promises to be an exciting one as we celebrate the DLB’s 100th anniversary, the theme of the day will be on submarine canyons, “Canyons Uncovered”. Chairing the event will be sedimentologist Professor Sanjeev Gupta.

There will be a series of talks running throughout the day between 12am and 6pm with 6 speakers talking on various aspects of submarine canyons, this will be followed by a three course dinner laid on by the DLB. Each talk will last 45 minutes and will include a Q and A session at the end.

The timetable is as follows:

Canyons Uncovered – Day Schedule

Start at 12:15-12:30 Sanjeev Chairs session, introducing topic and speakers

12:30-1:15 Dr Lidia Lonergan “Advances in understanding salt and shale dominated passive margins and the associated deepwater sedimentary basins”.

1:15-1:20 Sanjeev Gupta to introduce next speaker

1:20-2:20 Dr Peter J Talling “Turbidity currents and submarine landslides: How do we make step-changes in understanding the largest sediment transport events on our planet?”

2:20-3:00 Lunch break

3:00-3:15 Afternoon introduction

3:15-4:00 Professor Bill McCaffrey “Threading the needle: canyon channel transitions and impacts on channel levee network development”

4:00-4:45 Khaira Ismail “Habitat mapping in submarine canyons”

4:45-4:55 Tea and coffee break

5:00-5:45 Professor Jeff Peakall “The hole problem: towards an integrated model for inner bend deposition in submarine channels”

5:45-6:15 Additional questions and refreshments

6:30 Dinner at Med Kitchen for ticket holders

Bonfire Bar Night

Following a month of hard work and relative quiet, the grumblings of the overworked students are reaching boiling point and to prevent catastrophe, the executive committee have ordered a bar night! Bonfire Bar Night is, as ever, a themed event. Turn up as either something bonfire-themed or alternatively as ‘something that can kill’. Turn up for 19 30 on Thursday 4th November (yes, tomorrow).

We'd be gutter-ed to miss you!

We’d be gutter-ed to miss you!

Next week, GPS kicks off its social calendar (yes, geophysicists can socialise too) with a bowling trip. Early bird tickets are now sold out, however you can still come along for the alarmingly tempting price of £7.50. Meet at 18 30 on Monday evening to walk over to the alley.

RSM swimming continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet at 12 05 in the RSM foyer.

Dep Soc Events

Thanks to all those who came to Ian Bastow’s talk, we had a fantastic turnout and now, look to the DLB for their first event of the year. Professor Dick Selley will be coming to talk to us all about historical geologists from within the RSM, with De La Beche being the centrepiece.

De La Beche and co. RSM BNOCs

De La Beche and co. RSM BNOCs

The following Wednesday (29th October), GPS, DLB and MatSoc will be hitting up the first Science Museum Late of our academic year. Finally, you can go on anything you want without having to push a sprog off first. 17 30 at the Union for a quick drink beforehand.

Freshers’ Week

If you’re anything like me, it doesn’t quite feel like 2 months since August 14th, however an almost obscenely long Summer is now over and it’s time for lectures, sport and socialising to take over our day-to-day lives. Fortunately, that doesn’t actually sound bad to me, not least because of the events coming up over the next term, including five in the upcoming fortnight!

Just so you won’t accidentally miss any RSM events, we have fashioned everyone a calendar for the next term. Print it out and stick it to your wall with blue-tac to annoy your landlord.

Check the facebook page for more events!

Davy Lamp Has A Facebook Page!

Davy's new Facebook page. Smile Richard!

Davy’s new Facebook page. Smile Richard!

Three incarnations and 56 years into the Davy Lamp’s wildly successful tenure as the mascot of the Royal School of Mines, the latest (and some say most tech-savvy) embodiment of our weighty idol has kickstarted his own Facebook page (Find him here.)

As a side note, the Phoenix’s foot, having hopped into the possession of the RSM at varsity last year, was ransomed back to the Medics for…

1. A £75 donation to RAG.

2. The removal of the foot from all Medic Freshers’ material.


3. The use of the Medics’ mailing list to apologise for their own, abysmal lack of care whilst wholeheartedly thank the RSM for its caring efforts.

Unfortunately, rumour has it that, so ravaged was the Medics’ yellow pigeon at Varsity, it may in fact have lost (at least) a pair of feet and a body.

We eagerly await more news!

Skinners Bottom pose with Medic contraband

Skinners Bottom pose with Medic contraband

Spring Dinner 2014

Spring Dinner tickets go on sale on this Tuesday 4th March in the RSM Foyer at 12.00pm

It is that time of year again when we begin to reminisce over the successes of the RSM as a whole and also all of those people who make it such a fantastic institution year on year!

The Spring Dinner is once again going to be held at the Kensington Marriott Hotel on Friday 14th March. The event will consist of a 3 course meal with half a bottle of wine included in the ticket price. Throughout the meal, we will award the colours and RSMU awards for the year and also announce the results of the RSMU elections (nominations for positions are now open on the Union Website) which will be announced on that evening by the Union.

It promises to be a great night (post dinner venue TBC) after the success of the event last year! All of this is heavily subsidised by the RSMU and tickets will be only £20 for undergraduates, £25 for postgraduates and £30 for staff.