Updated 10:38 Monday 2nd March to include Introduction and Photo from Alexander Grisman
Updated 13:56 Tuesday 3rd March to include Introduction for Jonathan Silver
Updated 16:03 Tuesday 3rd March to include Introduction and Photo for Stefan Nubert
Please note that these are INTRODUCTIONS to the candidates and CANNOT contain any reference to the position they are standing for. This is for information only. Candidates will submit manifestos on Friday to try and gain your support.
Got a niggling feeling that you've seen one of these guys before? Find out who they are and what they've done below as we introduce this year's Sabbatical Candidates.
"I'm approaching the end of a PhD in Computing and have been involved in the Union throughout! As undergraduate year rep and PhD departmental rep, I volunteered to sit on various College committees. I've been senior officer of various clubs, and helped out with many others including two years as Live! Editor, taking a Guardian Student Media Award in the process.
I?m an honorary member of the RCSU and last year received distinguished service awards from CGCU, the RCC and ICU. I?ve also spent 18 months in industry working on newspaper presses, oil pipeline inspection robots and other weird devices."
"Most of you will know me as Fonzie. I am currently in my second year of a Physics degree. I have come to really enjoy being at this place and have as a result become heavily involved in Union activities. I am the current Council Chair for the Union which also involves me being part of the Trustee Board. I am a very active member of Felix and
moved from editing Business last year to editing Food and writing features this year. I am also proud to be highly involved in the RAG committee and its activities."
Deputy President (Clubs & Societies) (2)
"Hi, I?m a third year Physicist. Coming from a small Cornish village I?ve tried to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available to Imperial students, largely through our Clubs & Societies.
I was Netball Social Sec ?07/?08 and this year moved onto Club Captain. This allowed me to sit on the ACC and meet lots of other club representatives. I?ve also written regular match reports for Felix and you may recognise me from the centrefold :)
This year I wanted to get involved in a broader range of clubs so I joined the RAG fashion show team."
"Currently I?m in third year ?studying? Biochemistry, but truth be told, I spend about half my time getting involved with clubs. I?ve got to know the administrative side of running a club by working in the SAC, and functional side by being president of KnitSock since last January when I founded it. Additionally I?m Chair of the Recreational Clubs Committee and part of the role is representing the committee?s interests in many union meetings, as well as being on the New Clubs committee. Even after all this, I still love it, and want to take it to a higher level."
Deputy President (Education) (3)
"I?m a fourth year Aero student and have been involved with the union since my second year. In my spare time I fly with the University of London Air Squadron and listen to a lot of music.
I have been CGCU academic affairs officer for the past two years and in this position I chair the Taught Students Affairs Committee for undergrad students in the Engineering Faculty. This has given me a seat on ICU council. I have also spent a lot of this time working with the past DPEWs on college-wide academic issues."
"I?m a friendly South-Londoner, very opinionated yet still open-minded. Since starting here I?ve competed for ICU Dance Club and been treasurer and chair for Socialist Workers. I?ve also been involved in Stop the War, attended many PPS events and helped with Gaza Awareness Week. Outside Imperial I campaign with the national anti-war movement and against university marketisation and top-up fees.
I can often be found in the Union arguing about a range of topics whilst avoiding the work involved in second year MechEng and would be more than happy to stop for a chat with anyone wanting to know more?"
"I?m Jonathan and I?ve spent three years learning how to balance the academic pressures of bioengineering at Imperial with the love of making music and being involved in everything I can.
You know me as Guildsheet Editor, the leader of the String Ensemble and a member of the Techtonics, and I?ve held five committee positions, because where there?s the potential to be creative, I excel. Being a year rep has shown me just how much needs to be done. I?m a good listener and a diplomat too, with the confidence to press things until I?ve achieved what we need to."
Deputy President (Finance & Services) (2)
"Throughout my four years as a Geology student I have been heavily involved in Union life. I have progressed through various roles in the RSM, including Sports Officer and Golf Captain, culminating with my election as President last year. This entailed organising a wide range of events, from varsity sports matches and formal dinners to bar nights and fieldtrips. I have been exposed to the inner workings of the Union through positions on the Union Exec, Council and the Clubs & Societies Board. I have gained an insight into the services on offer through my work behind the Union Bars."
"I'm a 4th year mathematician, and I've been heavily involved in the Union since my first year, having been a member of 10 clubs, and chair of three of them.
I am currently the Science Fiction Society Chair (Whether or not this is a good thing is a matter of opinion) and the SCC Chair, and thus in charge of looking after the needs and interests of Imperial's the sixty social clubs.
I have worked for both for the Union (in SAC and elsewhere) and College, which has given me quite a lot of practical experience of the College's working."
Deputy President (Welfare) (3)
"Throughout four years at Imperial, I have been involved in campaigning as President of Stop the War and Pugwash (Ethics in Science) societies. I oppose the occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine and the attacks on civil liberties due to the war on terror. Last year I was involved in campaigns to join the NUS and for our Union to fight for free education and say no to the lifting of the cap. In 2008 I helped organise the Ethical Careers Fair, and I have been involved in volunteering projects through the Imperial Volunteer Centre and the Pimlico Connection."
"I?m studying Civil Engineering and am currently in my forth year. I spend most of my time maintaining the RCS and RSM motorised mascots, after being Chairman of RCSMC for two years. In my time at Imperial I have been a member of URNU, choir, been across the channel with Yacht Club, helped to found Cheese Society, taken up Vice-Chair of RAG and undertaken volunteer work in Wales.
Having taken a year in industry, I am committed to working hard and Lord Mayor?s Show Coordinator and VPFS for CGCU has shown that I am no stranger to big events."
"I?m currently slugging out the third year of my physics degree and I?d like to think I have done the whole Imperial experience. I?ve been an active member of a range of societies and I?d like to use this insight for your benefit .Though I?m more likely to be found sitting in the bar than on a council I feel I will bring a fresh outlook to the Deputy President position. Over my time I have tried to impart some of my experience through the Fresher?s buddy scheme and it?s this I would like to use to improve the welfare of IC students."
Felix Editor (4)
"I?m a 3rd year materials student. I very much enjoy working towards felix each week, generally contributing to the lighter side of the paper with items such as ?naked? centrefold.
I?m currently tap director of Dance Company which involves preparing a routine and managing a team to compete around the country. Apart from tapping, I?m also a member of Funkology and often seen boogie-ing in dB?s.
I love to ski and attend the IC Snowsports trip each year but I also enjoy knitting and general artsy stuff, bringing out my creative side"
"I?m a second year physicist and Deputy and News Editor of felix (two positions that have pretty much taken over my life). I?ve worked on the newspaper for the past two years writing a regular column and news stories including the coverage of Palestinian student Zohair Abu-Shaban. I?ve also written for nightlife, politics and music but most of the work I do is behind the scenes like editing and layout. On top of kissing my degree goodbye, I?m also a Trustee, I work at the Union Bar and I like going clubbing at Fabric."
"I?m a 2nd year Biologist, and have been heavily involved within Felix for two years now. Currently, I?m Fashion Editor, News Editor and occasional stand-in Editor. You?ll probably know me best from my weekly Comment pieces though! I?ve loved and gained much from the balance between serious reportage, feature writing, and narrative, but also the technical side of newspaper layout and design.
When I?m not looking at plankton all day, I?m also involved in Imperial's other student media branches: ICRadio and as Station Manager of STOIC TV. Otherwise, you?ll probably find me wasting away around the SAF or Union."
Student Trustee (9)
Not actually a Sabbatical but it sits better here than in a seperate article...
"I always try and make the most out of University life: I?m a member of various Clubs and Societies and believe students should have a greater opportunity to express themselves through social, cultural, political and musical representation. I volunteer regularly in my local community and sat at the student council of my previous college. I am energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated towards every role. This year, I have organised fundraising events and raised awareness about the crisis in Gaza. I enjoy sports, music and going out and meeting new people, so get in contact if you have any questions."
?I am Mahmoud, a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student and I hail from Egypt (hence my love of snow!)
I am often found in the Mech. Eng foyer working on my awesome project or in the library writing my not-so awesome reports! I have been an active member of a couple of societies and participated in this year?s (winning!) iNite comedy performance! I have been part of a wide student movement to condemn the war on Gaza and helped organise a memorable vigil!
I am a positive and enthusiastic person and have enjoyed every minute here at Imperial (except exams)!?
"I?m a second year Chemical engineering student from Belgium and I am interested in representing the views of my peers! That?s why as soon as I arrived in Imperial I decided to become a year representative in my department. I believe myself to be an approachable person and proved it as a Senior in Wilson House. Also I have been involved in the ChemEng society as an event officer. Other than that I am trying to make the most of my student life by involving myself in Clubs and societies like EWB or ICMC."
"A second year Computing student, I've lived in London all my life. I?m one of the people behind the new Engineering Podcast, which brings students together from all the engineering faculties. I?m also a member of quite a few union clubs and societies, and I enjoy going down to the union bar with friends."
"I am a third year mechanical engineering student. I have rowed, skied and played rugby for Imperial. I have been Treasurer and then Chair of the Snowsports Club. I was Council Chair of the Union in my second year. Currently City & Guilds College Union President. I have brown hair, a girlfriend called Sophie and live in Shepherd?s Bush. In my spare time I enjoy skiing and extreme ironing."
"I?m a first year Hydrology PhD student, having already spent four years at Imperial and one in the real world. I was previously RSM Vice-President, where I was involved in rugby and football teams and also organising events. For three years I have been a Union senior steward, which has given me a great insight into the workings of the Union at all levels. I have also spent time around previous Union officers to learn more about the workings of the Union. In my spare time I play ice hockey at amateur level for the Streatham Redskins and enjoy skiing."
Most of Imperial know me by the name ?Mubeen? (parent?s named me twice ? really long story!) and i?m a 2nd year medical student. I enjoy getting involved in IC?s various clubs and societies, particularly St John Ambulance, Anthony Nolan Trust (Marrow) and Dodgeball, but also have years of experience in charity work outside of uni at various strategic levels including the National Blood Service and Youth Helplines. In my spare time, I do youth work, policing, hiking and cycling to chill out as well as catching up with lectures and spending time with friends and family.
Sami SOUD EL MAAMERI
"I started Imperial studying Maths for one year. My passion for engineering led me elsewhere. I am now a 3rd year Mechanical Engineer trying to make the most of the opportunities University life has to offer. Activities I have been involved in include the ULOTC, Swimming, Waterpolo, Kung Fu, Formula Student and I am a member of the Union barstaff. I have become interested in current affairs outside of University and am working to get our University to have a more proactive stance on issues where it has the power to make a difference."