KCL History Society Election Manifestos

President/ Vice President

Daniel Bowles

Here is my three-point vision for the society:

1) Firstly, there are a number of elements from the committee of 2016-17 that I am very keen to continue with and promote further within the society. The position of Freshers’ Officer is a role that I would like to expand if I were to win the Presidency, with perhaps having two first-years in the society. This would hopefully get more first-years involved with a variety of aspects, in addition to the society reaching out more to first-years. Speaking from my own experience in this role, I feel it is a way of uniting the society and having a greater sense of interaction between the year groups. In addition, I would like to match the variety of events that took place in the academic year 2016-17, in order to deliver academic and social events to the wide range of members.

2) Secondly, as President, I would like to give the society a much more tangible presence, both within the History Department and elsewhere. One of the key ways I would like to promote this is through encouraging greater interaction with both other societies and the Department, in both academic and social events, to expand our membership, as well as providing members with a greater variety of events. This would be part of the committee’s plan to give the society a much more tangible presence, both within the History Department and elsewhere.

3) Finally, after consultation with the next year’s committee, as President I would propose to introduce some new forms of academic social events, such as a reading or discussion groups, for each year group, if this was something that some members would wish to do. This would be in addition to the variety of talks, screenings and drop-in sessions that the society would continue to hold. Furthermore, I would like to hold socials, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, on a more regular basis, so that members have a greater opportunity to interact with each other.

 

Zulehka Butt

1) The history society should be the central pillar of the course, creating a community feel whilst encouraging active participation from students. Social events are a key way of ensuring this. Whilst the history society puts on many successful social events, in particular, the pub-crawls, it has come to my attention that the turnout throughout the year to other events, such as the Valentines Day tea, and various exhibitions are inconsistent and often very low. This becomes especially apparent when looking at other courses; history seems to lack the community feel that others share. Whilst this may be down to the sheer amount of students on the course, which cannot be helped, in my opinion, there are various ways in which this can be rectified.  The first of these would be to improve the way in which these events are advertised. Whilst the events are sometimes mentioned in history department bulletin emails, these correspondences are often long lists with social events getting lost in the midst; thus, students do not always notice them. Furthermore, the main platform for promoting these events appears to be Facebook. This is problematic in that not all students have Facebook and even if they do, it is not guaranteed that the posts will appear on their feed. Therefore, an email from history society with a clear subject matter advertising the events is one way I feel the poor turnout situation could be improved. As well as this, if possible, perhaps asking lecturers to include a brief announcement at the beginning of sessions could to boost attendance. Advertising is not the only issue in regards to social events. Whilst events such as the pub crawls and pub quizzes have proved to be popular, and must be maintained, an increase in similar but non-alcoholic events may help to encourage a community feel in the course. For example, quiz nights in the open space, rather than at the waterfront bar, may help to include students that for whatever reason cannot be around alcohol. Or advertising the annual Christmas party, without mulled wine as the centre focus. Finally, I feel that the timing of events should be reviewed. Due to the lack of contact hours on the course, history receives a lot of stay at home students, so events in the evening (as most of them are) may not reflect the needs of all students. I understand this is difficult due the time constraints of lectures; however, even a shift from late evening to early afternoon may help this situation. Following such improvements, I feel that the student body as a whole will have a more active role in the history society and there will be an increasing sense of community about the course.

2) As well as instilling a community feel in the course, I feel tht the history society should do more in terms of providing support for students on the course. The jump from A-levels to university is a huge one, particularly with courses such as history. The level of independent work is more so than many students would have ever expected. What is more, even with so few contact hours, many students are confused with how to make the most out of this time, and how to approach the huge amount of reading require for the course. For this reason, I feel that the history society should consider starting a new programme, similar to that in Oxford and Cambridge in which first year students have ‘parents’ from the year above who can advise them and answer questions about the course as well as university life in general. Furthermore, financial burdens and issues such as applying for bursaries could also be discussed. Whilst personal tutors are the ones to offer advise on this, it may be reassuring for students to discuss this with people who have recently to been through this process. Whist this is not something that can be brought around quickly, I feel that it should be seriously considered and a start made to implement it. I believe the existing system of student buddies in the older years to be insufficient, as there are too few and not all first years are aware of contact details for these individuals. If the history society were to consider starting a scheme like this, volunteers could be recruited and then if first year students feel they are in need of this, they could sign themselves up. This would help ensure the health and wellbeing of students on the course, and help first year students to understand what this course entails. This is something I feel is in part the responsibility of the history society.

3) My final vision for the history society is in relation to the history outreach programme. This is an amazing initiative and is the first student led initiative of this kind therefore much effort should be put into maintaining this. Whilst there are enough participants to warrant fortnightly seminars, I feel that this is something that could be improved on. Again, in my view, this is something that comes down to advertising, I myself was not aware of this programmed until hearing about it from a friend, I then found out more about it from viewing the history society website, but by this point, was too late to apply. This is a fantastic opportunity both or Kings students and the schools involved therefore I feel this should be advertised better amongst the history department. As was the case for the social events, information about this programme seems to be part of a long email, meaning it can get lost amidst other information. What is more, detailed information about it is available only via the history society website, which many students are not made aware of. To that end, I feel that in terms of improving participation from first year students, this is something that should be included and discussed in the introductory day that occurs for the course during fresher’s week. Part of this day involves a talk from the history society President and other committee members, thus, this would be a great opportunity to introduce the programme and make students aware of how they can become a part of it. If this were successful, the KCL student to school pupil ratio (currently 2 to 14) could be improved, allowing even more focused help with things such as essay writing.

Lucia Blackmore

  1. more direct representation for students views to the department
  2. organise more academic/social events
  3. more effective promotion of said events

 

Vice President

Mazzarine Studer

History society has been a way for me to meet friends and discuss history in a non-seminar setting. Therefore, I am committed to continuing this welcoming environment next year through a number of ideas. In my high school I was the class representative and student representative, so I am aware of how to incorporate feedback and ideas. I believe it is important for us, as students, to see history in different perspectives. Even more as I think our generation is experiencing an important benchmark in history.

However, I also believe that university life should be balanced academically and socially!

If elected, I plan to:

1) Not only organising some museums trips but trying to have access to the archives of certain museums. In addition, I believe meeting with museum staff in order to share their experience will allow us to have a look behind the scenes.

2) Creating links with our joint departments such as the War studies, Classics, German, and French department, making the society bigger and more diverse.

3) Encouraging parties/socials with specific themes such as Greek, Medieval, or the Cold War

4) Strengthening the exams preparations and the tutorial system for first years.

Daniel Bowles – SEE PRESIDENT SECTION

Lucia Blackmore – SEE PRESIDENT SECTION

Social Secretary

Aaliysha Power

  1. Increase the number of social events, big or small. As students with so few contact hours I believe it may benefit we historians with more opportunities to actually talk to one another. It also provides students who are perhaps not as involved with other societies the opportunity to social in this big ol’ lonely town.
  2. Make the society more interactive and give students the opportunity to suggest the type of social events
  3. Attempt to create a social environment in which people feel they can speak to students across the years. As a fresher I know I would have loved to speak to students from all years.

Treasurer

Matthew Guertler

1)   Establishing new relationships with corporate sponsors for the society in order to raise additional funds, while maintaining strong relationships with existing sponsors.

2)   Increasing the number and quality of events that the society hosts with the additional funds raised.

3)  Coordinating with other members of the committee, such as the Marketing Officer and Social Secretaries to spread the word about events taking place and get more students from every year group involved (including master’s and exchange students).

I believe that I have the team-work, organisation and communication skills required to serve as an effective Treasurer and coordinate with other committee members. I have prior experience in dealing with large sums of money and budgets (involved in fundraising for Habitat for Humanity at my school) and believe that these skills could be used for the benefit of the society and the History student-body as a whole.

 

Muse Editor

Jonathon Ng

1) More active promotion – so far we rarely see any information about the magazine on the most commonly used social platforms.

2) Encourage more writers – currently there are just a few writers. One reason is that student simply don’t know what to write about! An old but effective solution for this is to provide topics for them regularly. Furthermore, we can specifically encourage international students to share about their home country!

3) Types of work – the current types of works are great, but in general the magazine seems really formal. It could attract more readers if casual contents are introduced, e.g. study guide/tips for history students, Q&A columns, quiz, etc. 

Marketing Officer

Ivan Khokhlov

 1) My main vision for the society is developing a coherent, recognisable and professional style for all the promotional material that History Society offers across its website, multiple social media platforms and in print. Simply coming up with a single font, colour scheme and recurring visual motifs will make a great difference with little to no investment in expensive production values. Having a recognisable style of its own will help KCLHS advertisements to stand out and be immediately recognisable as well as look much more professional. I can see possibility for keeping much of the colours and aesthetics set out in the current logo and using them in the rest of promotional material to build upon the existing tradition. King’s College has a strong visual style that I would wish to incorporate it into the society’s image to highlight our connection and links to the institution rather than looking like an unrelated foreign entity. For this ambitious changes to be possible the society requires a marketing officer with solid experience in the field. Over the summer I will be completing a marketing placement with my part-time employer – J. Sainsbury’s and I am currently working on securing another 8 weeks internship abroad. By the start of the next academic year I will have extensive experience of marketing industry sector that I will be able to apply for the benefit of the History Society.

 

2) My second key point is making the promotional material original and engaging. The current logo is a combination of an emblem of a liberal arts school in New York and a stock jpg of a crown. Similarly majority of the event covers are products of google image search. I want to step up our game and create original graphic visuals and pictures for each event. This ties in with the first point regarding having an original style. We can only be recognisable and professional when we take control over the images we use. I personally possess quite good illustrators skills and can step in whenever needed, for example starting with making the logo more like our own Reggie the Lion. But I want to emphasise that I do not wish to make the promotional material a showcase of my own work. I want to allow as many students as possible to showcase their talents in photography and art and will just ensure it is kept in a good taste and presents our society in the best possible light. I believe my artistic appreciation and criticism can be relied upon as I worked hard to build them on such programmes as Courtauld Institute of Art Summer Programme and the Roche Court Educational Trust’ ARTiculation.

3) My final key point is improving all the various platforms that we use for marketing and committing to keeping constantly updated. The history society has very high standards for social media presence and I am a great fan of our society’s website telling about the history of King’s College and the surrounding places of interest. Nonetheless some important adjustments need to be made. The website has the potential to tie the whole campaign together and make the information more accessible than the Facebook page that takes the spotlight at the moment, but doesn’t have all the content.  There is more work to be done to get all the platforms up to date such as King’s societies catalogue and KCLHS page on the university’s domain and many others. I possess the required organisational skills to commit to this vision. I have 3 years of experience in managing and editing a weekly school newspaper and I am also constantly developing necessary transferrable skills in my current leadership role in Sainsbury’s, where I am heavily involved in running two separate departments. As I already mentioned I am aware of my strengths and weaknesses, so I understand that certain ambitious tasks might need to be delegated. For instance I have enough IT knowledge to create the logo and graphics on Adobe vector tools to allow enlargement without pixilation, but making changes to the website will require someone with much greater computer skills. As the marketing officer I will take it upon myself to find the talents we need to make this vision possible and that is where my organisational and team leadership skills will be particularly valuable.

Academic Officer

Aaron Wilkins

‘A wise man once said the true history of the world is the history of great conversations in elegant rooms’ (Tyrion Lannister, the wise man). It’s always good to start with a quote!

Hi, my name is Aaron Wilkins; I am a second year student in the department and am running for Academic Officer for the coming year. I am interested in this role in particular because, though there are many reasons to study at university, we are first and foremost students and as such what we study is fundamentally important to our university experience. Therefore it is my aim to ensure that our department offers as diverse, engaging and thought-provoking academic content, events and activities as possible. It is with this in mind that I will outline a few propositions (not an exhaustive list) of things that I would like to achieve in this position:

 

1) Continuation and expansion of collaborative Liberation Month academic panels and events– The History Society has already undertaken great work in events such as Black History month and I would seek to continue and expand upon such important work. I would endeavour to achieve this by promoting greater collaboration between KCL societies and our own with the aim of creating collaborative and themed activities and events to celebrate the historical contributions, achievements and experiences of groups throughout history. History is a subject of great and interesting stories of diverse groups and their struggles, tribulations and victories and I would like to help the society tell them.

2) Greater communication with students about ways to expand their academic experience

One of the aims of the society is to improve aspects of students’ academic experience of studying at King’s. One way to achieve this is by encouraging current students to give informal feedback, using social media, on areas of the department that they feel are good and those they believe should be improved; I will then seek to communicate this feedback, both positive and negative to the society and to the department as a whole so we can discuss meaningful solutions and further improvement.

3) More guest speaker panels and lecture events

A valuable and important step in broadening the academic experience of students is for them to hear about new topics and areas of history from leading historians themselves. I would seek to communicate regularly between historians, academics and the department to increase the quantity and diversity of guest speaker events on offer. This will allow students to engage with a wider range of historical ideas and topics than what is exclusively available through King’s. As a fervent medievalist at heart I would in particular like to see a greater variety of speaker events outside the bounds of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

4)Reading groups –

Our subject requires us to read through reams of text and often, despite the value of the material we are reading, we don’t have the opportunity to discuss the ideas they present us with. That is why I would like to create discussion groups for important texts to promote academic participation and greater interest in historical texts, the materials to be discussed will be derived by popular request via social media. 

These are a few of the ideas I had regarding the role of Academic Officer, thanks a lot for taking the time to give this a read, I can answer any and all queries if and when they crop up!

Tash Sice

I wish to run for the position of Academic Officer 2017/18 within the History Society. My ideas for the upcoming year include:

1) Better relations between the students and the department – personal feedback for GTA’s and seminar leaders along with feedback for the module as a whole

2) Encourage members of the department to run sessions in their respective research areas for the History Society and the wider King’s Community

3) Aim to increase relations with other student societies through joint academic activities and talks

4) Have a greater History Society presence at Open Days and Post-Applicant Days highlighting all aspects of the society, both academic and social – some form of interactivity e.g. quiz

5) Greater promotion of minority month events, both those held by the History Society and within the wider King’s Community

Now you have read the manifestos, it is time to vote. Follow this link to place your votes:

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KCL History Society Election – Committee Positions

ELECTION TIME IS HERE!

Do you want to be part of one the oldest, largest, and most prestigious societies in King’s?Our annual general meeting (AGM) will be held on Monday 27th March; this is your chance to go down in King’s History, and join the History Society Committee!

Applications open immediately, and will remain open until Monday 20th March at midnight, with voting open for the following week.

Email us at kclhistorysociety@outlook.com, with three key points for your vision for the society, with your preferred role in mind. The list of committee positions are below:

President
– Ultimately accountable to students and all other stakeholders for all actions of the KCL History Society;
– Responsible for management of the Society;
– Maintains or improves the Society’s relationships with existing sponsors and actively seeks to develop relationships with new sponsors;
– Represents the society as department events when needed (open days etc.)
– Chairs committee meetings; delegates tasks to other committee members as needed;
– Responsible for maintaining regular communication with staff and students through email and Facebook pages.
– Support all committee members in their roles.

Vice-President
– Helps on any matter for which the President or other committee members require assistance
– Directly works with President in maintaining communications with society
– Attends events in lieu of President or other committee members.
– Assists and aids in communications with the department and organization of events.
– Oversees and assists in running of the Christmas Ball with the Social Secretaries.

Treasurer
– is responsible for managing the Society’s finances;
– provides financial analysis and advice concerning budget allocation;
– raises funds for the Society before the commencement of and during the new academic year
– Responsible for regular payment returns.
– Will develop key skills in Exchequer Live and work closely with the Union.

Marketing Officer
– maintains awareness of the Society;
– send regular email newsletters, advertising events;
– updates the Twitter feed, the Facebook page and the website as needed;
– is responsible for managing the Facebook page inbox and for the website maintenance;
– organises all events for which he or she is the responsible
– Sets up advertisement for all events (facebook, posters etc.)

Social Secretaries x2
– responsible for the organising of all social events.
– responsible for adequate promotion of events and prior to date, working closely with Marketing officer.
– Staying in contact with the department to book events well in advance of date.
– Responsible for organising annual Christmas Ball

Academic Officer
– Organise and co-ordinate academic events, putting the history into History Society.
– Liaise with members of the department, both academic and administrative, to arrange events for students and staff alike.
– Work with the undergraduate admissions team to arrange and participate in departmental open days.
– Integrate college-wide programs and initiatives into the History Society’s activity schedule.

History Society Magazine Editors x2
– Responsible for our long standing magazine.
– Actively seek new writers, and work with them to produce articles on historical subject snad current affairs.
– Maintain website, http://kcl-musemagazine.tumblr.com/ and increase awareness.

KCL HISTORY SOCIETY TREASURER ELECTION

In arguably the biggest election of November (sorry USA), the role of Treasurer has re-opened on the committee.

We have two candidates, both third years:

Elizabeth Parker

I would like to put myself forward for Treasurer of KCL History Society, my manifesto is pretty straightforward:

1) Monthly Pub Quiz- with prizes for team that wins most over the year.

2) Get guest and member speakers to deliver views other various topics.

3)Better advertising of history events- provide a large provisional budget for this.

I have worked in similar positions before both running a fairtrade tuck shop and as charities prefect.

Doug Eberlin

Hello I am interested in being the treasurer for the KCL History Society. My manifesto is:

  • I have experience in studying maths and finance at A-Level
  • I’m competent in budgeting and Finance.

The vote is, so please make your choice!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScIdy4TynJ20U9gqP0wCqyekaZDVmVIVFdNJHbu17YcRNSa0Q/viewform?c=0&w=1

Welcome 2016-17 Students!

Congratulations on being accepting into King’s College London. We all look forward to welcoming you to the KCL History Society, and meeting you in September for your induction events.  

Whilst all the events are planned, we just need to confirm a few details before we publish them properly, so keep an eye on this website, and our social media platforms, over the coming weeks for the final information.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and add us on Facebook.

If you have any questions to do with anything about King’s College London, no matter how small it might be, and whether its course based, accommodation or something else, feel free to message us on Twitter or Facebook, or email us at kclhistorysociety@outlook.com

Whilst you’re here, why not check out some of our pages from last year, to get a sense of the excitement you can look forward to next year!

 

Treasurer Manifestos – History Society Elections 2016

Hey all!

We’ve almost got a complete set of Committee people for the coming year – we have Treasurer Elections coming up soon!

So before you cast your vote, check out your treasurer candidates’ manifestos here!

Keep an eye out for the voting page coming to a computer screen near you.

Maciej Mroz

I am currently a second year History student. My previous experience with finance includes being a Student officer at Sixth Form who was responsible for the Treasury and a two week work placement during my first year of studies. In College the duties of a Treasurer included: managing student finances, collecting money and organising events that contributed towards finances of the College as well as local charities. The most successful event that I have organised was the Charity Day at College. The Charity day secured £3000 for a local charity in Huddersfield. My second experience with finance occurred during the work placement at Dr.Reddies. During this placement I have been responsible for archival work, learning how to manage company’s finances and producing financial spreadsheets.
I believe my previous experience with finance makes me suitable for this role and I’m looking forward to hear back about this opportunity.

Thank You,
Maciej.

Ruth Dunstan

Although I was unsuccessful in my campaign to be vice-president, I am really keen to be a part of KCL History society next year and to help widen the reach of the society within not only the History department but amongst students from other departments as well. Managing and allocating finances for socials and to enable greater publicity of events and the society itself is clearly an integral part of this, and I would make a huge effort to explore potential avenues for raising further funds. This would be particularly useful in helping make events such as last year’s Christmas ball a success once again.

I also consider communication with other members of the committee to be of vital importance, as there needs to be clear understanding of how best to prioritize funds to maintain a solid presence through socials throughout the year.

I believe that my ability to communicate and work well with others as part of a team, as well as my organizational skills and motivation to increase the presence of the History society on campus would make me a valuable addition to next year’s committee as treasurer.

For a history student, I’m also pretty good at maths!

John Como

My name is John and I am a 2nd year undergraduate student at King’s working on my B.A. in War Studies and History. I have a deep passion for both history and war studies, especially how the facticity of history can inform the more theoretical aspects of war studies and vice versa. I am proud to have made King’s College London my academic home and I aspire to a scholarly career within the College.

I hope that the students of the Department of History will see it fit to make me their new society treasurer. I have ample past experience in student and youth led activities. For the past academic year (2015-2016) I have served as the treasurer of the War Studies Society. During that time, I have realised that any freshman treasurer of a society will spend the majority of the hours they devote to their role just learning how the payment system works (Exchequer Live) and becoming familiar with the finer points of the rules, regulations and procedures of the KCLSU finance system. Though KCLSU provides what training it can through the president and treasurer’s (PAT) training session, this one-day event is simply not sufficient to properly prepare the treasurers. They end up spending many hours of their own time just to become familiar with the basic workings of the system – time which otherwise could be devoted to improving their societies.

I want to bring my training and experience as War Studies Society treasurer to history for the good of the students, department and society. As someone who has already been in this role for a year, I am ready to get to the real work from Day 1. Besides working closely with the KCLSU finance office, I have managed expenditures in excess of 10,000 GBP for the War Studies Society and now I am ready to do that for the History Society. I have additional experience in youth-led organisation, being heavily involved in the European Youth Parliament (EYP) from 2009-2013, serving as both the chairman of the southern regional committee of EYP Sweden and the auditor of the Swedish national committee.

Vote John Como for treasurer – Vote for experience, passion and a better history society!

 

Committee Candidate Manifestos – History Society Elections 2016

Hello all History folks!

The time has come to elect your new committee, so before you cast your vote, check out your candidates’ manifestos right here.

Our AGM and End-of-term Social will be this Wednesday 6.30pm on the 8th Floor.

Be there to vote, and celebrate your committee! 

Voting is online. Look out for the Voting page coming to you soon.

Candidate for President

Becky Khan 

A sense of community is something I would be extremely dedicated to creating should I be elected President. Yes we are a society for history enthusiasts, but we have the potential to be even more. I would aim to build a society that is central to students experience at King’s, and help to combat the lack of structure of our course. I have divided my manifesto into three categories, areas I feel the society could really make a difference in for our members. These are ‘Support, Inclusion, Communication’.

Support

  • Buddy System
    • I would work with the department to make the buddy system a more concrete and regular form of support, perhaps through holding buddy socials and encouraging regular communication from the older students.
  • Student Drop Ins
    • As a society we could utilise the students in older years, as we did with the ‘Societea’ event, to create a base of support for those struggling to get to grips with Kings academically.
  • Fresher’s support
    • Socials for just for fresher’s could be a great way to get them attending society events without the anxiety that big events may cause.

Inclusion

  • First Year and Post grad representatives on committee
  • Working with other societies at King’s
    • I would be especially keen to work with the Think Mental and Kings Players.
  • Sponsorship
    • I’d love to see the society gain more funding, and would actively seek to gain more sponsors throughout the year. With more funding we would be able to buy tickets for exhibits, keep our events cheap, and maybe even hold another ball (we all know I love a good ball!).

Communication

  • Posters and the notice board
    • A greater physical presence on the 8th floor and on notice boards around campus may improve our reputation with students on other courses, and give the society a more tangible presence on campus.
  • Timetable for events
    • I feel a structure of regular events would be a great way to build the societies popularity. Holding monthly pub socials for each year group would be an easy way to do this.

During my time on committee this year have proved my ability to see a task through, my organisational skills have improved, and honestly my uni experience has got better, and I truly feel this has been a result of pushing myself to get more involved. I have really come to care about the society this year, and the chance to lead the way in our continued success would be fantastic.

Candidates for Vice President

Ruth Dunstan

  • A variety of different, regular socials, including a greater presence of the society in Freshers Week.
  • More career-oriented and postgraduate themed events to give advice and guidance, including setting up links with alumni.
  • Improved ‘buddy system’ for Freshers to provide support straight away using social media and access to older students.
  • Create a greater sense of community within the department and History open space.
  • Book stalls for second and third years.

Charlotte Taylor

Hi, I’m Charlotte and I’m a second year History student here at KCL. I’m running to be Vice President of the History Society, and here are a few of my ideas that, if elected, I’d like to put into action:

  • Greater Involvement with Liberation History Month events – as the History Society, we should be far more involved with creating events surrounding each of the history months (eg. Black History Month, Women’s History Month and LGBT+ History Month) – for example, speaker events, film screenings and socials to celebrate these groups further!
  • More socials – The History Society could be a lot more active, and if elected, I’d try and have a lot more events and socials, particularly some themed ones – we could definitely have more dress up events as they’re always fun, especially in Fresher Week!
  • Introduction of Fresher Officer(s) – The History Society is elected in March for the following year, and so first years don’t get a chance to be on the committee until second year. By introducing fresher officers, it lets them get involved much quicker and engages the freshers more! (This will hopefully be elected in the December meeting.)
  • Monthly Committee Meetings – To make the society even more active, I’d hope to have monthly committee meetings to discuss and organise events each month – hopefully having at least two per month!
  • Greater co-operation with other societies – as History is such a wide discipline, the opportunity for crossover with societies such as the War Studies Society, the Classics Society and the Politics Society in terms of organising and hosting events is definitely an area I’d hope to develop to make our events and socials even bigger!

Thank you, and if you have any more queries about my policies or some of my other ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me through Facebook or charlotte.taylor@kcl.ac.uk 🙂

Candidates for Treasurer

(Re-open nominations)

Candidates for Marketing Officer

Benjamin Roff

  • Provide more information on the academic side of things, such as with modules,which the department doesn’t always do.
    • Try and produce some more interactive content such as videos of events that are run.
  • Promote and do events across the year that appeal to any year of student.
  • Work closely with the social secretaries and other officers to get as wide range of events as possible, seen to a wide audience.

Candidates for Social Secretaries

Alex Chappelow

Read his manifesto here.

Annabel Mahoney

Alongside keeping new elements such as the Ball and the Garden Party, my chief goals are to:

  • Establish an ice breaker session before, or perhaps prefacing, the pub crawl so people have the opportunity to get to know who is on the course before they get too drunk to remember (NB: also more friendly to students that don’t drink)
  • Establishing and normalizing introduction of pronouns alongside names (for all who are comfortable doing such) during initial icebreaker sessions to establish a friendlier environment for non binary and transgender students
  • Free regular film and documentary screenings
  • Reading groups for heavy academic texts (such as Orientalism, The Republic etc; if we’re going to suffer, we may as well suffer together) (provisionally) on Wednesdays at 1pm when lectures finish for the afternoon. This will also be open to societies with related reading (English, Geography, Classics etc) and will hopefully aid inter-society cohesion
  • (Potentially) A department play. Probably a lesser known text to be performed at the end of a semester (most likely second, as it’s the most dull). This could potentially intersect with the Outreach programme, with scenes or short sections going out alongside speakers to schools.

Additional information:

  • I have lots of cuddly toys I don’t mind bringing to throw at people during introductory sessions
  • I once fell down a flight of stairs without spilling my Guinness

Helen Atkinson

  • Explore varied ways of advertising of social events like social media and posters.
  • Film screenings that can add to certain modules e.g. Suffragette,  museum visits with potential discounts and theatre visits such as the globe theatre
  • Club nights or themed nights
  • Exam preparation help and revision sessions
  • Introduce  other pub crawls such as Wellington pubs
  • History quizzes with prizes and giving the opportunity for first years to submit social ideas

If you need any more information on my other policies not mentioned. Feel free to ask.

 Candidates for Academic Officer

Elena Barbaud

  • Make more use of Liberation History Months
  • Have at least one event focused on BME history – outside of Black History Month
  • Have skills developing workshops – including job and CV advice
  • More museum trips and site visits – inclusive of lectures
  • Have more screenings and debates – for students, lectures and guests

Tom Murray

  • Ensure that the Society’s events, both academic and social, become more regular (perhaps monthly), and varied (taking advantage of London’s many historical sites; free screenings of historical movies; debates/discussion of topical history; inviting prominent historians to King’s)
  • Making sure that Society’s academic events coincide with university events, including Liberation celebration months (Women’s, LGBT, Black History Months etc.) and themed weeks (such as the recent Brazil Week)
  • Work closely with the Social Secretaries to make sure academic and social events coincide – for example, a discussion panel followed by a pub crawl or event at Waterfront

Editor in Chief Muse Magazine

Emily Jane Nicolle (Current Muse Editor)

As your current MUSE editor, I’ve experienced a lot in running the magazine this year. It’s for this reason that I want to continue my work as your Editor in Chief. At the beginning of the semester I successfully relaunched MUSE with a new design and website, turning it into a more readable and accessible online platform than what we had previously. I also expanded the contributorship to outside of the History department, so that more students could get the opportunity to write and get published in such a competitive field. If elected again, I would make it my mission to now focus on getting MUSE as widely read as possible. This would include working with the Marketing officer on a PR strategy, and using my links with KCLSU to their utmost potential in order to raise readership. I would also continue my work in widening the types of articles we publish. This year I started up both a Reviews and a Current Affairs section to MUSE, and would like to increase the diversity of the work we publish. This would mean accepting more types of work from different students, such as those in the Film Studies department. I hope that you have all enjoyed my work so far, and will vote for me to continue this into 2016. Thank you for all your support!

Nicholas Naylor

This is my key points in relation to the editorship:

  • Most crucially, to increase awareness of the magazine itself. I, for one, was not aware of it until another candidate told me about it and I suspect many others were not aware of it as well.
  • To increase the variety of topics discussed within the magazine. This, of course, is not only the historical topics that should be explored within the magazine, but also the way they are discussed.
  • To encourage more contributions. People should not be obliged to contribute to the magazine on a regular basis, but ought to feel that they can contribute only once if they wish.

Committee Elections, KCLSU and End of Term Socials!

Hello our lovely members!

This is a very busy term for us all and we hope you are all coping well and wish you the best of luck for upcoming essays. This dispatch has a lot to cover so please read it carefully for some vital information!

As some of you may be aware, in March we hold our Annual General Meeting where we reflect on the year and most importantly elect our new committee. I hope many of you are keen to run for positions next year in the society to keep our good work going, and more information can be found in this email about deadlines and how to apply for a position. In addition, we will be hosting a giant social in conjunction with the AGM to celebrate brining in the new committee, and again more details of this will follow.

As a society we are officially endorsing our very own Cary Monz for the position of VP Welfare and Community for KCLSU next year. Cary’s tireless work to help the community of KCL has impressed many of us before, and we would love to give her the chance to continue her fantastic work, especially as she’s a fellow history student.

Finally we have a survey from the Department about Equality and Diversity. You will see this on our facebook pages too, but we kindly ask you all to fill it in if you have the time.

Wishing you all the best and looking forward to seeing you through March!

Joe

History Society Committee Elections and End of Term Social

We hope many of you are interested in running for positions on the History Society Committee for next year!
Applications are officially open, until Friday 18th March.
Please forward your applications to kclhistorysociety@outlook.com.
After this you will have one week to campaign until we all convene for the AGM!

Our Annual General Meeting will be on Friday 25th March, where we will elect our new committee. We will also be hosting a huge End of Term Social to celebrate the new committee after the AGM – finishing off the term in true form, a Pub Crawl and last Friday at the Waterfront!

Important dates to know –
Application Deadlines: Friday 18th March
Committee Elections & End of Term Social: Friday 25th March

Details on Committee Positions here: KCL History Society Committee Positions

Cary Monz for VP Welfare and Community

We are so pleased to announce our official endorsement as the History Society of one of our own – Cary Monz for the position of VP Welfare and Community for KCLSU!
Check out her manifesto here. Support her campaign on Facebook.
Voting opens 7th March to 10th March! VOTE CARY!12804893_1071893879522467_4132901087557502736_n

History Department’s Equality and Diversity Student Opinion Survey

Please can you spare 15 minutes of your time to fill in the Department of History’s new Equality and Diversity Student Opinion Survey? This is a serious attempt by the department to find out how students regard its culture and teaching practices. Findings will be used to develop an action plan for improving equality and diversity.

The survey will be open from Monday 22nd February to Wednesday 9th March.
Just follow the link: https://www . surveymonkey . co . uk/r/M37PFWY

 

 

Careers and Employability Panel: Tuesday 2 February!

Dear Dept. of History Students,

In order to help with your career planning and decision-making, the Dept. of History has invited some of its alumni to come in and talk to you about their career paths, daily work, and give tips for new graduates getting their careers started.

They will also be taking questions, so this is a great opportunity to get information about the world of work!

The Panel:

– Alice Regent; Major gifts fundraiser for the Art Fund

– Patrick McCrae; Founder of Works in Print

– Timothy Knight; Account Director at Political Lobbying & Media Relations Limited

– Rupert Lane; Infantry Officer (Rifles Regiment) in the British Army, and  Asian Equity Salesman (Stockbroker) in Finance

When: Tuesday February 2nd, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Dept. of History Open Floor

There will also be drinks and snacks available. To register your interest, please reserve a place on the new Arts & Humanities Careers Learning KEATS page, here.