Happy 2013! For those of you who were with us at the Research Student Conference at Southampton, I hope you have been as excited as I have to welcome our new people onto the Student Committee following this year’s election.
As we thank our out-going Committee members and wave our goodbyes (especially to Kate Guthrie, our first ever Chair of the Committee, a natural leader, and a wonderful partner!), I’m absolutely delighted to have Emily Payne (University of Oxford) as our new Student Representative to work alongside myself. We’re also saying hello to Leopold Tobisch (University of Cardiff) and Joanne Bolland (University of Manchester) as they become part of our new team, 2013-2015. The relevant sections of the Blog, including each person’s contact details and biographies, will be updated accordingly in the next two weeks.
The Student Committee works tirelessly and continuously for you, the RMA’s student body. And we’re always thinking of new ways to connect with you and to raise your ideas and concerns to the RMA Council. This Blog, in particular, has been our major project for the past year. And I was so pleased to see that more than 300 of you have taken the time and interest to visit us in the past month alone, and for more than 1,000 times collectively (thank you!). I hope you have found what you are looking for while on the site, and please always let us know if there’s more we can do for you. You have been absolutely amazing too, with our first live-tweeting experiment at this year’s RSC on Twitter, with the hashtag #RSC2013. Even as I’m writing this, new tweets of people settling back home are coming in, telling that RSC 2013 has been a great fun. And I cannot wait to see what #RSC2014 will bring at the University of Birmingham.
Looking ahead into the future, if you think you’ve got what it takes to make the Student Committee a better organisation, please do consider putting yourself forward for the next election in 2014. It’s a great place to test some of your organisational skills and connect with people. And as a young group that is barely one year old and with plenty of room to manoeuvre, this is a particularly exciting time to join us.
Finally, we’re currently exploring possibilities of regional chapters. So say, if you live up North, think there aren’t enough activities happening, and feel passionate about doing something, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.
That’s it. Cheerio for now. Thanks for reading, and thanks for thinking!
Amanda Hsieh (your Student Representative!)