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ICU Colours Awards 2009

Jun 11 2009 20:10
The Union has tonight awarded Colours to those who have contributed towards ICU during the year.
Standing room only at the Colours ceremony...

Imperial College Union has tonight held its annual Colours Presentation Ceremony in the Union Dining Hall, following the approval of the list of awardees at Council on Monday evening.

The decision about whish members of the Union receive colours is made by the "Colours Committee", who look at each nomination and discuss whether or not that person has met the criteria laid out in the colours policy. Out of 106 nominees, 74 were deemed to have met these criteria and were recognised with an award.


Half Colours (43)

To be awarded Half Colours you need to have made a "positive contribution to the general life of the Union in an extraordinary fashion".

This year, Half Colours were awarded to:

  • Gilead Amit
  • Charlotte Atteck
  • Christoph Aymanns
  • Chris Birkett
  • Karl Bonney
  • Rahul Bose
  • Richard Butler
  • Afonso Campos
  • Kok Yean Chooi
  • Alessandro Ciucci
  • Erika Cule
  • Naida Dzigal
  • Nikita Gandhi
  • Omar Hafeez-Bore
  • Tom Haywood
  • Ian Hill
  • Christopher Hopper
  • Joe Illingworth
  • Heather Jones
  • Sammy Jones
  • Amirah Kassim
  • David Kwek
  • Richard Lai
  • Strachan Mackenzie
  • Jad Marrouche
  • Ben Moorhouse
  • Charles Murdoch
  • Fumiyo Nakagawa
  • Ravi Pall
  • Stef Piatek
  • Edward Poynton
  • Oliver Rogers
  • Alice Rowlands
  • James Skeen
  • Claire Stanley
  • James Tibbott
  • Seb Turner
  • Moazzam Ullah
  • Katya yani Vyas
  • Rich Waldie
  • Peter Welsby
  • Grace Yip
  • Jessica Monya Zard

Full Colours (20)

To be awarded Full Colours you have to "repeatedly, through outstanding achievements, over the course of the year, have made a significant contribution to the life of the Union".

This year, Full Colours were awarded to:

Those awarded Colours are allowed to wear special ties and pins...
  • Najette Ayadi O'Donnell
  • Adam Baldwin
  • Alexander Balikhin
  • Nathaniel Bottrell
  • Phin Chooi
  • David Clements
  • Jack Cornish
  • Luke Dhanoa
  • Jon Downing
  • Inger Eriksson
  • Sam Furse
  • Margaret Holme
  • Rupert Levy
  • Tim Moran
  • Ali Mozaffari
  • Chris Namih
  • Stefan Nubert
  • Kirsty Patterson
  • Kadhim Shubber
  • Ben Stubbens

Outstanding Service Award (7)

For an Outstanding Service Award "you will have displayed continuous outstanding achievement across a broad spectrum of Union activities". According to the Union website, few of these are given out, only five a year at most. This year, seven OSAs were awarded.


Eugene Chang

Eugene Chang, OSC Chair

Eugene has taken on the difficult task of Chairing the OSC and has done an excellent job. He has changed a barely functional CSC, which almost never communicated either with its clubs or with the central Union and has been historically poorly managed, into a well-run and efficient one, which represents its clubs and stands up for them at places like Council and CSB, raising important issues which have not been frequently heard before. Of course, this is what all CSCs should do, but the outstanding aspect of Eugene?s role is that the OSC had not done these things for as long as anyone can remember, until now.

Eugene has also led his Exec well under difficult starting circumstances. A testament to his dedication to the Union is that he has done all this after having previously decided to cut down his time commitments in Union officer posts, and on top of his considerable duties as a Halls Sub-warden and while remaining a dedicated member of numerous clubs and societies.


David Charles

Dave Charles, RCSU President

David has been the RCSU President this year, the RCSU Vice President of Operations last year and the RCSU Sports Officer they year before that. He has been deeply involved with union, the welfare of students, and has been at the forefront of the numerous activities within the Union. David has worked hard at creating new ideas and getting the money to turn them into a reality. He has also been deeply involved in raising money and awareness for charity and has always given his best. David has been an outstanding individual for many years always giving 100% and that means a great deal to the students that he supports.


Rachel D'oliveiro

Rachel has been an invaluable part of the Union this year. She has been a very active and dedicated A&E Chair, with a really good understanding and sympathy for the interests of all her clubs. She has pushed for greater collaboration with the Blyth Centre and has helped to develop Arts Imperial. In all her duties as a CSC Chair she has been incredibly helpful and hardworking ? often beyond the call of duty. On top of all this, she has been one of the unsung heroes in the organisation of things like the ICSM Vision Outreach Conference! Rachel has also been an important contributor to the first ICSM Careers magazine, as well as one of the co-editors of the What?s On section in Felix. On top of all this, she has remained very active in numerous clubs and societies, often acting as informal adviser to several of their committees and has managed all this on top of never being in the South Kensington campus due to 5th Year Medicine.


Mary Harrington

Mary Harrington, ICSMSU Treasurer

During the 2008-9 academic year, Mary Harrington was the ICSMSU Faculty Union treasurer ? and an absolutely indispensible help for the President and all the club treasurers. Despite having a turnaround of over £1M, and usually an entire book of cheques to write each week, she was always completely on top of all the Union?s and clubs? finances. So reliable that you can expect her at work all day every Wednesday, she was always found replying to enquiries late into the night and never seemed reluctant to pick up the phone at odd time to a club treasurer. As well as making sure we never spent any money we didn?t have with her ruthless budgeting, she was a great officer to bounce ideas and plans off. She would always go out of her way to help even at the last minute, and did so incredibly efficiently. ICSMSU Treasurer is often thankless and very tedious at time, but Mary never once showed this, and so is a fantastically deserving person to be awarded an ICU OSA for her enormous contribution to the ICSMSU Faculty Union.


Soumaya Mauthoor

Soumaya's relentless altruism has endeared her to both students and staff across the College during her time here as a PhD student. She has been involved in a wide range of projects from the cross-society Peace Wall, Green Week and volunteering projects with the IC Volunteer Centre. As a Postgraduate Representative for Engineering she has tirelessly represented her students on both College and Union committees, making sure they have a strong voice at College level. Notably, her enthusiasm and efforts have been instrumental in the Prayer Room extension and in her contribution towards the ISoc Charity Week.


Dan Wagner

Dan Wagner, Kendo Chair

Daniel has been a truly exceptional member of the Union. During his time as Kendo Chair, he has reinvigorated the club from a position of near-dormancy to a very stable, exciting and thriving club, even holding several highly successful national Kendo competitions. However, what makes Daniel?s contribution to the life of the Union truly outstanding, is the work he has done outside of any official committee position, which will benefit many more clubs than purely his own. Despite not holding any position on the ACC Exec, Daniel has voluntarily rewritten the ACC website and has been in the forefront of developing projects to better integrate the ACC clubs. He has organised several Martial Arts events aimed to get the whole of the ACC to socialise together, has always contributed sensibly and imaginatively at ACC meetings, has dedicated his time in trying new things to benefit the whole of the ACC and has also taken a keen interest in wider Union issues.


Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson, RCC Chair

Jenny, in her capacity as RCC chair this year has displayed all of the requisite skills of a CSC chair, but above and beyond this, she has shown real leadership, a determination and a willingness to go above and beyond her role as chair and is always happy to help out anyone, from an ordinary club member to treasurer or chair in all club and society-related issues. Jenny has been a wonderful presence in the Student Activities Centre, making club officers? lives a lot easier. On top of this, Jenny has been an exemplary ?new club? Chair, raising a supposedly niche club such as Knitsock to a position where almost all senior Union officers are now partaking in its activities.


Imperial College Union Fellowship (4)

To receive a Union Fellowship award you need to "have continuously served the Union in an exceptional manner". Very few of these are given out. This year, four were awarded.


Hamish Common

Hamish has spent the last 4 years tirelessly working as the Chairman for the Union Court. He has rewritten more constitutions, a greater number of times than I care to think about. He sits on a number of councils and committees all in the name of the Union. In return he receives nothing at all, except the ebb and flow of Union politics, from which he deciphers new disciplinary and code of conduct rulings, to name but a few. Hamish?s continued commitment, fervour and enthusiasm to Imperial College Union and its students is truly exemplary; without him the Union Court would simply have died out in its infancy. There is no-one else I can think of who deserves this more than him.


Alex Grisman

Alex Grisman, Academic Affairs Officer for CGCU

Over the years as Academic Affairs Officer for the City and Guilds Union, Alex has made significant contributions to the academic representation work of the Union. As well as diligently representing engineering students on both College and Union committees, Alex has played a significant role in the preparation of presentations to the College's Strategic Education Committee on issues ranging from Assessment and Feedback, Personal Tutors and the Value of an Imperial Degree. He was well-respected by College staff and Union members and his work will continue to have a positive impact on students long after he has left.


Peter Mabbott

Peter Mabbott, SCC Chair

Peter has done an excellent job as SCC and SciFi Chair this year. As SCC Chair he always has the time to help out one of his Club Chairs/Treasurers with whatever the issue of the day is. He has dedicated a huge amount of time to his clubs, whether it be in the Student Activities Centre, attending meetings or discussing Union policy in detail ? even at the height of his exams. He has ensured that SCC clubs have had the help needed to work inside the union rules and helped them to bring their issues to higher levels of authority. Peter has also put an exceptionally large amount of time and effort into issues which affect more than just the SCC. In addition, Peter has been a very active and forward-thinking SciFi Chair and continues to have enthusiasm for getting things done next year even though he will be graduating.


Ellin Saunders

Ellin Saunders

Ellin's passion for science ethics saw her set up the College's first Ethical Careers Fair, which was attended by many students from across London. This keen interest also saw her represent the Union on the College's newly-formed Research Ethics Committee. In recent years, Ellin's involvement in the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology society has been invaluable in raising its profile. This year she helped organise the 100 women, 100 visions photo project which was featured in the College's main entrance and will contribute to the College's Outreach efforts to encourage more young women's involvement in Science, Engineering and Technology for years to come.


Imperial College Union Distinguished Fellowship (0)

To receive a Distinguished Fellowship you need to have "served the Union in a selfless and dedicated manner which is both exceptional and beyond reproach".

No Distinguished Fellowships were awarded this year.


Honorary Life Membership

On Monday evening, Council also awarded all sabbatical officers Honorary Life Membership, those officers being:

  • Jenny Morgan, ICU President
  • Christian Carter, ICU Deputy President (Finance & Services)
  • Hannah Theodorou, ICU Deputy President (Education & Welfare)
  • Lily Topham, ICU Deputy President (Clubs & Societies)
  • Jovan Nedic, Felix Editor
  • Mark Chamberlain, Medic President

President's Awards

ICU President, Jenny Morgan, awarded three President's awards:

Dave Charles (RCSU President)

Dave Charles, RCSU President

David is perhaps the most dedicated and hardworking Union officer I have come across. Over the last three years he has been tremendous in all of the positions he has held in the RCSU as their President, Vice President of Operations and Sports Officer, but as well as this he is also an invaluable member of the student officer team within the Central Union. Some of the highlights of David's achievements include creating skills sessions, initiation of a communications development for the RCSU which has included a website redevelopment and creating new clubs leading to a doubling in size of RCSU CSC in a period of a year. He has also forged lasting relationships with businesses for the RCSU including Deloitte, BP, Ernst and Young, PWC, Nature and New Scientist whilst helping to create opportunities for graduate employment. Under his leadership the RCSU has gone from strength to strength, running more than one large scale event each week for the Autumn and Spring terms with record turnouts for events including the RAG Ball and the Science Challenge. David's enthusiasm and drive is infectious and he has always been a pleasure to work with and a strong pillar to lean on for which I thank him wholeheartedly.


Alexander McKee

Throughout his time so far at Imperial College Union, Alex has created a strong brand which is well known amongst the student body. He has been the driving force behind our redeveloped website, and is taking this project a stage further to make it even more outstanding. Alex can always be relied on to deliver brilliant results on whatever task he is asked to do, often picking up the pieces and supporting the sabbatical officers when they run behind schedule on projects (the Union email wouldn't never make it out without him!). His Autumn Careers Fair consistently raises large amounts of money for the Union and, through this and other projects, Alex has forged strong links with many external organisations. He is a pleasure to work with, always takes student's views on board and is happy to support student officers even when it is outside of his remit; many a handbook has been improved under his watchful eye. I have no doubt that the Union's brand will continue to go from strength to strength under Alex for many years to come.


Jovan Nedic (Felix Editor)

Jovan Nedic, Felix Editor

Since Jov started his sabbatical post as Felix Editor this year, he has been working closely with the College's Archive Department and extensively researching and contacting various companies in order to put all of the past 1,400 issues of Felix onto an enormous online digital archive, which would be the first of it's kind for a higher education institution in the UK. This digital archive will provide a comprehensive history of Imperial College London from the students' point of view and allow staff members and students alike to look back and search past events from Royal visits to mascotry debacles. With 200,000 graduates since 1949 it shan't be short of an audience! Jov is committed to finishing this project and to finding every penny to fund it, which is no mean feat at £55,000. It is on course to be complete in November 2009 and I have no doubt he shall go down in Imperial history for it.


Phil Power (Membership Services Manager)

Phil Power, Membership Services Manager

Phil is one of the unsung heroes in the Union. For his sheer dedication, commitment and constant hard work he is long overdue for some thanks! There are so many areas of the Union that Phil plays a vital role in from helping to organise the Freshers' Fair, to maintaining the Union's minibus fleet as well as helping to develop and deliver club training. He has taken his ever-expanding Membership Services to heights which are unparalleled at any other students union and he works so hard for the benefit of the all the clubs and societies and the Union at large. Whenever anyone has a problem Phil will not only be there, but he will know what to do. On behalf of all the students who are in involved in Clubs & Societies, thank you.


President's Club & Society Award

Imperial College Fencing Club

A representative of the Imperial College Fencing Club

Fencing has truly been an absolutely exceptional club. They have been consistently one of the highest performing Imperial clubs on a National level, not a mean feat considering that Imperial's performance overall has been steadily improving over the past few years, but have also been one of the best in terms of pure participation. The club has doubled their membership over the past years and has been a model in terms of club management, developing a training programme which suits so many people and allows the club to cater for some truly elite athletes, as well as building up the abilities of absolute novices.

Fencing is also one of the nicest clubs around - always in Felix for the right reasons! They have an exceptionally dedicated and hardworking committee and one of the best club Chairs the Union has ever seen, all of whom should be recognised for making this one of the most successful and flourishing clubs at Imperial. It is emblematic of this club's drive and enthusiasm that after their most successful season, they are looking ahead with excellent long-term plans and aspirations which will benefit not only the club, but the Union as a whole.

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Discussion about “ICU Colours Awards 2009”

The comments below are unmoderated submissions by Live! readers. The Editor accepts no liability for their content, nor for any offence caused by them. Any complaints should be directed to the Editor.
Jun 12 2009 09:35

is this an april fools joke, or do you honestly expect us to believe some of these awards?

Post edited to remove comments that break the Staff-Student Protocol

david charles: great guy, very nice and good-hearted, but what did he add to the rcsu that wasn't there before?

jovan nedic: worst felix i've ever seen, enough said.

and so on...

isn't a tad bit odd that there's a committee of friends that hands out awards to themselves and their friends in the first place?

ironically, the only sensible part of the colours committee is when they through out random awards to people they don't know in order to justify the plethora of awards they've bestowed upon themselves!

Jun 12 2009 10:04

You've picked up on the president's awards. They're given out solely because the president can do so, no committee is involved.

Jun 12 2009 10:14


Maybe you haven't been involved in the Union long enough - when you're on the outside its easy to think that its just everyone who's involved in the Union giving each other pats on the back.

Being any good Union officer/club chair involves giving up a lot of your free time and thought which could be better invested in one's degree. It is a pretty thankless task at times and almost everyone on the list will have worked well in to the midnight hours or given up many weekends to contribute toward their activity.

I can't speak for individual CSC/FU colours but central Union colours are scrutinised by a broad spectrum of Union officers which ideally covers all the activities of the Union, enough so that at least one person of the Committee should know a colours nominees work and whether they deserve it or not. If you could think of a fairer way of awarding Colours, I'd love to hear it.

I think there are many people much more deserving of my award than myself and you might agree. But the only way to avoid colours being a jokey self congratulatory ceremony is to nominate the people you actually think deserve it - it is near impossible for the Colours Committe to know everyone in the College who does great work so its up to you to change that and bring it to their attention.

I should also point out that everyone involved higher up in the Union who dedicate hours and hours to the Union spend many hours with each other and do end up being friends (you'd be a weirdo if you didn't) and so it is a bit natural that everyone who receives colours are all friends with each other.

Jun 12 2009 10:17

And yes, if you don't think the presidents awards are justified, go blame the Union president and not the rest of us. It's one of her small privileges that she gets to hand out awards to people she thinks deserves it regardless of what everyone else thinks.

Jun 12 2009 10:26

i just started with the president's awards and didn't see the point in continuing with the rest, but the trend is the same.

eugene: actually, i've been on the colours committee (more than once), and while i admire your altruism (and i do think you deserve as many awards as can be given out), sadly that's not the way it works.

blame the union president...if people actually started to bother doing that there wouldn't be an end!

Jun 12 2009 10:27

@ eugene

"It is a pretty thankless task at times" - couldn't agree more

"everyone on the list will have worked well in to the midnight hours or given up many weekends to contribute toward their activity" - couldn't agree less

Jun 12 2009 10:33

i invented colours

Jun 12 2009 10:34

i bet when these guys are sitting in the colours committee they think they're all that - i'd love to fight every single one of these c**ts - and before you say they are elected (by 2% of the student populus), who do they think they are judging people?

Can't wait for these muppets to get out into the real world

Jun 12 2009 11:03

The whole point of Presidents awards is that they are completely discretionary - it is about the only thing the Union President has 100% power over as they don't have to be awarded by Colour Committee/Council. It is not intended to be a democratic exercise. Stop being so bitter.

Jun 12 2009 11:11

@ to point out

who's bitter? just pointing out that it's a load of tosh. or is somebody getting a bit agitated?

11. Dan   
Jun 12 2009 13:24

Your opinion on felix is your opinion, that's fine. But Jov got his award for, as quite clearly iterated, his work on the College Archives.

So, stop being a f*cking moron.

Jun 12 2009 14:56

@ Dan

good point, now why do you have to act like such a dickhead? oh right, you realised you were sucking everyone in the colour committee's c**k but still didn't get an award. guess performance pay wouldn't be your thing now would it

Jun 12 2009 16:05

On a slightly funnier note why is there some discrepency between the Colours awards ratified by Council and the colours displayed on here?

14. Dan   
Jun 12 2009 17:39

Nope, it's because I'm tired of people at this College who just can't even bare to put their hands together to congratulate people who may have done something beneficial for your Union. Unlike your unconstructive bitching here, which definitely isn't.

Jun 12 2009 20:07

Clean Hands, please could you point out where the "discrepency" is? I thought that these were copy and pasted direct from the Council paper, but may be wrong and will ensure that corrections are made if/where appropriate.

The only change I know of since Council was that Alex McKee was awarded a Presidents award. This was a change made between Council and the Colours ceremony, but the President's Awards aren't ratified by Council at all so it's irrelevant.

Jun 13 2009 02:05

mmm Dvid Charles... nice but dim

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Jun 13 2009 03:05
Jun 13 2009 15:10

There are 20 full colours awarded on the Council paper and 18 here

19. Editor   
Jun 13 2009 23:06

I count twenty now.

Writer has been taken out and shot.

Jun 16 2009 06:55

i think that, in general, sabbs are deluded as to their own worth. nibbling at the power tit (albeit at university!) has made them feel as if they are self-declared masters of the universe. unfortunately, upon entering the workforce, reality bites. how many sabbs do you know that work for top-tier corporations or are publishing high-profile papers at strong academic institutions? i've been here quite a while, and i can't name one! in fact, speaking of academics, how many of them landed in the top 10 of their year, it happens to be a good indicator for the future...

Jun 16 2009 10:17

I think that, in general, Lord Jonathan is deluded as to his own worth, or has a very large chip on his shoulder.

Why is the only measure of success working for a top-tier corporation or publishing high-profile papers? I know several of the people in my year who were in the top 10, and they went off to jobs they enjoyed, rather than chasing the money. Some did go to banks, but certainly not all.

Once you've got a high enough salary to live comfortably and do what you want to (which may include raising a family), why should earning s**t loads of extra cash somehow make you more successful?

Jun 16 2009 14:14

@ engineer

not quite sure what you're talking about, but sounds like you didn't get very good marks, didn't get offered any decent jobs, and are trying to find a way to claim that handing out cheeseburgers at mcdonald's is some form of success

Jun 16 2009 14:18

Sounds like engineer is talking about engineers who decided they would feel more fulfilled by actually working in engineering rather than finance.

Jun 16 2009 15:11

@ whoever

i think you're on the wrong page mate. i never mentioned finance or high-paying jobs, mr. engineer brought it up himself. top corporations was an umbrella term for anything, from companies that manufacture planes or turbines to software development houses, architecture joints or banks.

i think it's pretty obvious who's got the chip on their shoulder!

Jun 16 2009 15:15

@ engineer

i'm not quite sure what university you went to, but the top few people in my year (at imperial) in most subjects that i'm aware of either did good phds (the resounding majority of the top of the year i might add), or worked in these "top corporations". it helps to know who the top of your year is before placing them in boxes and talking about how they "went off to jobs they enjoyed". they most likely did do that, just not what you're thinking.

also, i think you'll see there generally is a pretty high correlation between success and ambition.

Jun 16 2009 16:31

what makes you think engineer was not top of their year and did not get a 'good phd'. you are very narrow minded.

what is your definition of 'success' because 'ambition' can vary greatly between different people? just because someone has different ambitions to you (i.e. not wanting to be shallow, bitter, friendless or dislikable) does not mean that they have not been succesful in their own way.

Jun 16 2009 19:26

Lord Jonathan,

I would very much like to know what you do. In fact I want you to post a long and detailed article about how awesome your job is and how much better you are than all the rest of us.

From these posts you sound like a really smart up and coming man with all to live for. So please enlighten us plebians with information as to why you rock so much, lets face it you've been aching for an excuse to do this since your first post.

Thank you kindly

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