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Hello There,


elcome to the second edition of “The Bolt”, official magazine of the City & Guilds College Union. Representing the 4000 strong engineering department here at Imperial College this second issue carries an engineering theme but, highlights the reach of The Guild, the societies and initiatives we support and is here to show how we are much more than just a union for engineers. You will also notice that this edition has a new editor.

A pre-ICL supersonic jet design by Tejesva Malholdra Aero 1 Background in Media? Questionable Experience: Novice

I’m Tom, a first year Aeronautics student. I’d say I have a decent background in Engineering; a Black Country Lad born and raised in the heart of the Midlands. Before starting at ICL I was a CAD Technician and Fabricator-Welder in the Potteries mainly working on Electric Kilns and Sheetmetal punching.

My sincerest thanks goes to the legend who is Fred Fyles - editor-in-chief of Felix, the CGCA for their continuing support, our sponsors and The President without whose advice this publication In this new compact publication I wouldn’t be half the outlet it is. hope to be able to inform present Guildspeople about the events we If you want to get involved with have on and societies we support, “The Bolt” or wish to get in touch to update our Alumni about our about content, contact me at activities and provide a network- . ing platform. As usual there is also a dedicated space to check on our Tom beloved mascots (and the aquisi- Thomas Cross tion of the other unions champi- Editor, “The Bolt”  ons) - lets just say that this term has been eventful... THE BOLT | 3


e’re over half way through term and I think you can all agree it has been a busy one so far! Firstly, a big congratulations to everyone elected in the Autumn Elections! It was great to see so many positions so highly contested. Enjoy your roles, and we look forward to working with many of you throughout the year! In the past few weeks we’ve had many highlights, including World Mental Health Day, CGCU Annual Dinner, and most importantly, Quad Union Carnival, where we were crowned ‘Best College Union’ above RSM, RCSU and ICSM. The CGCU Annual Dinner was also a great success, with a great performance by ‘The Techtonics’ and some special guest speakers. (Read more about it on page 10.) With more events and activities planned for the last few weeks of term, check out our events page to find out what’s coming up next! On top of some great events, there has also been some big news around college, with the announcement of the GSU President remuneration, the unsuccessful proposal to cancel RSM vs CSM bottlematch, and more importantly, the stealing of the CU mascots. Not sure what this “Mascotry” is - check out page 16 to find out more it. and learn what battle plans we have ready for the next RSM bar night…


Overall, enjoy the next few weeks before Christmas. It may be stressful with coursework deadlines and job hunting, but remember to take some time to still do all those fun activities you love. If you ever need someone to talk to, your Wellbeing Rep or our Welfare team, can point you in the right direction! Stop past our office and have say hi, we’re always open when the light is on! Featured Member: “I have the honour of serving all the engineers at Imperial as their Web Officer in my final year studying here. For me, the CGCU have persistently impressed me with their free mince-pies, tasty contraceptives and “uniting” the engineers at their great get-togethers. Now I want to give something back to the Guild. I am here, not only for the games of Jenga (which you will find, is central to everything fun at the CGCU), but also to bring together the engineers even more by making sure everything you need from the CGCU is easily accessible online, via Outlook, your

smartphone or even your smart TV (maybe). After all the cliché is true - “we’re better, connected”.

The Annual Dinner has been a major highlight for the guild so far this year

My main role is to maintain CGCU’s presence on the internet, namely on This year I also endeavour to update the site with even better pictures. However if you see something that needs mending or fixing, please do drop me an email guilds@ .” Poon Chung Poon EEE IV Good luck, and enjoy the holidays, Your Committee

Freshers’ Fair was a great chence for the new Guildspeople to meet our mascots - before a perilous exchange (page10)

WELFARE Toward the start of term, I outlining the CGCU’s position on the WBRN in Felix ultimately saying that it will be a positive change around campus, as well as an unprecedentedly powerful tool for gaining information and data on what affects students.

Engineering Faculty, in conjunction with the College Chaplaincy so please keep an eye out for these in the coming weeks! We are also laying the groundwork for animal stress release therapy for exam time. Friendly reminder that you can always pick up free healthcare supplies (tampons, pads, pregnancy tests, condoms, lube etc.) from CAGB 350 – just knock when the light is on or email uk to arrange a time to get them!

As Kelvin Cheng, Rep of Aero 1 summarises “This is a year of Thanks for reading! change: Our network aims to foster a greater sense of community Damian within your departments, the guild Damian Coveney  Welfare Officer  and our faculty. One major respon  sibility of mine is signposting: The ey everyone, this is just a quick CGCU Welfare Officer will present update on the Welfare side of all findings and opinions collected things in the CGCU so that you to the Union Council - making your know the important news regard- voices heard. We will act to relay ing wellbeing in your Faculty, as well in confidence any issues that arise as what Sarah and I have been up to.  and help you find the assistance you Each year now has its own Rep Firstly, the Wellbeing Representa- need to pull through if you are in Such as Kelvin tion Network – thank you to ev- difficulty.” Cheng Aero I eryone who put themselves forward to run for Wellbeing Year or We have been representing the Departmental Representatives and CGCU at Union Council meetbig congratulations to those of you ings, as well as at Community who have been elected! Welfare Board meetings, where we hope to see some of our (Another thank you to everyone Wellbeing Reps sometime soon! keeping democracy alive and well In terms of events planned, I am at Imperial by voting in the starting to organise mindfulness Autumn Elections!). meditation sessions brought to the




CGCU Bowling

Quad-Union iPOP

18:00 21st November

24th November


he CGCU are going Bowling! Just £5 for 2 games and we’ve managed to get you 50% off the most popular drinks all night long (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)!! This event is open to everyone! Freshers, final years, under 18s, over 18s, non-drinkers and boozy legends; this will be an awesome night regardless! Either meet us in the union at 17:00 or directly at Tenpin Acton at 18:00. This is a perfect opportunity to meet up with new friends from


the CGCU Welcome dinner, meet more engineers from other departments and have fun whilst you do it! After a couple of rounds (of bowling and beers) we will head off to finish the night at a location to be announced soon! Tickets for the event are limited get yours today at:


et ready for the first ever iPop Quad Union Takeover!! CGCU, ICSMSU, RCSU & RSM will be hosting everyone’s favourite night of POP with some special BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!!! 4 Drinks & Entry = £11.00 (Book & on the door) 2 Drinks & Entry = £6.00 (Advanced & on the door) Just Entry=£2.50 ( DJs on the night: - Gem Precious (Propaganda) - Victor Sanchez - Matt Gillie



t’s time to get into the festive spirit, take a break from your coursework, and join us for our Christmas Pub Quiz. There will be special festive themed prizes and Christmas jumpers are mandatory (or at the very least actively encouraged). More details to follow, but come along in a team or we can put you into a team on the evening.


ome join the City and Guilds College Union as we celebrate the end of term. On our last day we will be hoasting our annual Mince Pie Party! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for updates and more details!!

Christmas Pub-Quiz

Mince Pie Party!!

18:30 4th December

13:00 15th December

More to come, including: - Pub Quiz - Bar nights Check out our Facebook page and events for more details!



mperial College Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, ICSEDS is the space society of Imperial.

CubeSat is a new project this year that is aiming to develop a simple cubesat bus and equip it with a search and rescue payload.

tion of electronics for the other projects, this year assisting the rover team, Cubesat and payloads for rocketry.

We aim to provide our members with the opportunity to gain skills and hands-on experience of space technology by running space projects. Furthermore we want to provide a forum where people can become involved in the space community by inviting speakers to give talks, and running trips to industry locations and space conferences. We continue to grow since reforming in 2012, from running 3 then we now run 7.

Model Rocketry is our beginners group for rocketry and is split across two stages, by its conclusion stuedents are designing their own rocket in teams using CAD tools.

Rover will be entering the UKSEDS Lunar Rover Competition carrying on from the initial design work that was completed last year.

Over the last year we have had multiple launch days, launching model rockets and balloons built by our members. Our students also ran 7 major projects across all our subject areas: Using GPS Tracking we can acturately log and plot our test pieces flight path

High Powered Rocketry (HPR) aims to provide intermediate rocketry enthusiasts with the opportunity to design, build and test a H class high powered rocket. In High Altitude Ballooning students design and create balloons to send the payload to the upper atmosphere, and arrange launches throughout the year to do so. Electronics focuses on the applic a -

Engine Design Project is a longterm student-led project aiming to design a hybrid rocket engine to be used in one of the high powered rockets. So far this year we have seen talks by Tim Peake and the return of our Kerbal Space Program Challenge on 7th November! Over the coming year we plan to run more trips to space facilities, such as those at RALSpace on the Harwell Campus and to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne. We are also regular attendees at the National Student Space Conference (NSSC). So if you love space and want to learn more about it, gain technical skills and connect with the best in the industry, join ICSEDS!


Richard Richard Haythornthwaite Chair, ICSEDS 

ANNUAL DINNER Our Webmaster, Chung Poon of EEE IV poses for the camera

F With dames in sparkling gowns the evening was a marvellous success

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The evening started off with a complementry drinks reception for all


riday 20th October 2017 saw one of the flagship events of the City and Guilds College Union – the Annual Dinner! The annual dinner serves to introduce new students to the CGCU while connecting them with returning guildspeople past and present. This years dinner was hosted at the glamourous Millennium Gloucester Hotel.

tin and glazed baby beetroot. All topped with a Burgundy jus. The most anticipated and favoured dish of all however was Pudding: Rich Dark Chocolate fondant, vanilla ice cream.

(Alternative dishes were offered for those with other dietary restrictions and requirements and I have 270 guests dazzled everyone as they been told by their eaters were just arrived to the reception dressed as good.) in their finest attire. During the reception guests enjoyed a com- Between the main course and desplementary welcome drink. Some sert, the guests heard speeches relaxed while others participated by Claudia Caravello incumbent in stimulating conversation, while CGCU President, Professor Nigel having their photos taken by the Brandon, Dean of Engineering, and professional photographer. As per Professor Richard Kitney, Presitradition Our Mascots were out in dent of the City and Guilds College full glory and regalia was on sale! Association (CGCA), who all welcomed the new students to the facThe guests were then invited to ulty and wished them joy and sucthe Orchard Suite as the notion cess throughout their adventures at to serve dinner was announced. Imperial. This consisted of a scrumptious 3 course meal and half a bottle of The CGCA is the alumni arm of the wine per person. City and Guilds College, and helped to fund the dinner. This allowed The menu this year was made of tickets to be subsidised down from the following: their face value of ÂŁ72 to astonishing student rates. The starter Starter (in true masterchef style) was a Ballotine of sal- They also spoke briefly about their monfine herbs, with Thai asparagus, own time spent here. Professor Kitand a tarragon and shallot dressing. ney studied Electrical Engineering at Imperial and is currently Professor For the Main a Roast fillet of beef of BioMedical Systems Engineering sevrved tandem with celeriac gra- in the Department of

chance for them to introduce their newest members. Their songs incorperatBioengineering. ed several Professor Brandon new arthanked us for allowrangements ing a previous RSM stuincluding top dent into our midst. hits such as Ed Sheeran’s Castle on a Other notable guests at the dinHill. To quote CGCU Vice ner included, Dr Lorraine Craig President (Activities), Ross the Faculty of Engineering Associ- Unwin, “They’re absolutely amazing ate Dean for Learning and Teach- - if youever get the chance to see ing, and our Faculty Senior Tutor, them live you’ll know what I mean! Dr Phil Power who is the Faculty Such melody but yet - Power” of Engineering Education Manager. Dr Power has been a great help to To round the evening off, the lights the CGCU over the years by serv- were dimmed and music was turned ing as a link to the faculty. We were on as the engineers danced their also joined by Tim Munday, CGCA way ‘til morning. Young Members Secretary, and Alex ‘Chippy’ Compton, Imperial Col- Claudia Caravello, CGCU President, lege Union President. reflected upon the evenings success, remarking “Overall, the evening Following the speeches, the hall was a big success. It was lovely to shook with the resounding voices see everyone enjoying themselves, of the Guildspeople as we all chant- and the atmosphere in the room ed the Boomalaka in high spirits! was great! My favourite part of the night was the after-party; dancing til After dessert, the guests were 01:00 on the dancefloor with all the wowed by a spectacular perfor- engineers, with the best slug playlist mance by the International Cham- on.” A familiar face to pionship of Collegiate A Cappella many bioengineers (ICCA) 2016 Champions ‘The Techthe speaker welcomed our tonics’. The group are an all-male A new memCapella choir - one of Imperial’s 5 bers A Capella groups - and this was a

Old and New Guildsmen were recieved with warm arms at our flagship event

The Annual dinner is a great way to start the dinner and is a stalwart event in our calender - the Guilds committe would like to thank the organising panel and warmly invite all guildspeople to next years event. Milia Milia Hasbani Chairman, CGCU  Dean of Engineering, Professor Nigel Brandon also entertained the dinner

CGCA President Professor Richard Kitney was our guest speaker





ne of the oldest clubs at Imperial College, the Rail and Transport Society (ICRTS) is turning 75 years old this year!

Our society has always been intrinsically linked to Imperial  which was founded to generate a supply of engineers to build the Empire, principally through railways. Nowadays, it fosters close links with operational and engineering leaders of the modern railway and transport industries. Through regular talks and workshops with the heads of the UK transport industry such as the Permanent Way Institute, we remain abreast of the keys issues affecting the transport networks we rely on. The Welsh Countryside had amazing views with mountians overlooking the tracks

In the pouring rian the group used specialised equiptment to relay track


s a member of the ICRTS, you will visit working  depots around the country like our upcoming Aylesbury Chiltern Railways depot trip, test-drive modern trains on simulators and get handson work experience of building a working railway with our regular track-laying weekends to the Welsh Highlands.

There is no other society able to offer such front-line access to the industry, which will be invaluable to anyone thinking of a future career in the field. The society doesn’t forget the past, with many events looking back at the proud history of railways, through visits to heritage sites around the country. Below is an extract of an article figured  in the CGCA Alumni magazine in May 2017 of what a volunteer wrote after having attended last year’s flagship Wales trip. This year, the trip (15th to 18th December) will offer a packed 3-days of renovating part of the heritage Ffestiniog steam engine railway tracks of great regional touristic in-


terest. For under £50, accommodation, travel and food are provided to members for the duration the trip. (Scenic Welsh Highlands and Ffestiniog Railway in Winter) Excerpt from the Diary of a (student) tracklayer: “With a gang of fellow train and transport enthusiasts,  we  set off from Imperial College at about 1.30pm on one of the minibuses rented from the Union towards Minffordd Hostel in Snowdonia, Wales.  Having made good time, we reached early  enough to enjoy Welsh  fish and chips before  heading off for an early night.  The next morning after a hearty English breakfast made through team effort, we were taken onto the engineering train to where we would be working. Our first job on-site was to fetch all the equipment needed for the day’s work: a heavy duty  trolley, a small wagon to load the sleepers, rollers, levers, special rail tongs  and many other fancy tools. It’s incredible how

ICRTS simple tasks like drilling a hole and securing nails become  much more intense when the sizes of nails and holes are magnified, and require high power machinery operating on petrol.

Our Sector is essential to the normal running of the Capital: What would London be without The Tube?

ner mechanisms in their entirety. As chance would have it, we witnessed some work in progress, which was truly unique for many of us. After the visit it was time to say bid farewell to the amazing views and return to London.” So if you want an insight into the vibrant and growing transport industry, or perhaps you have a love of engineering and trains, then the Rail and Transport Society is for you. Grab membership on the Union website for free trips, talks and networking events and follow our events or ask to be put on the mailing list through our Facebook page: Imperial College Rail & Transport Society .

Over the next two days, we re- Warm Regards moved and replaced the old ICRTS rails; going  down to the lo- Committee cal heritage  railway owned (and themed!) Spooner’s Pub, in the evening for the much-awaited feast after  a day’s work. Impressively we managed to lay down both sides of the rail segment in time and had a behind-the-scenes tour of the maintenance  workshop for the steam engines.  We were amazed by the inner anatomy of various steam engines:  exposed boilers removed for repairs and train skeletons showing their in-

After the sleepers had been layed the rail was bolted into the wood Laying the rails was a real team effort - and required precise coordination

The large scale of nails and holes made some work very challenging The ICRTS stand at Freshers Fair this year had a veriety of rail based items

Once complete our section became an addition to the heritage network!


MASCOTRY What is “Mascotry”? ascotry is a tradition between the Constituent Unions (CUs), dating back to the early 1900s. Each CU has at least one mascot, available to be stolen and held at ransom by other CUs. Throughout the year, the CGCU spy, plan and plot to locate and capture the RSM Davy Lamp, the RCSU Thermometer, and the ICSMSU Phoenix Costume Head. But, this is not as easy as it sounds! Each mascot is protected by a mascot bearer, who vows to guard the mascot with their life.


Our Story so Far... After the CGCU were crowned #bestCU at Quad Union Carnival earlier in term we picked Halloween as our time to strike… The Raid occurred that night. CGCU members creeped along the corridors, ready to gain access to the RSM Office having learnt the code to the deserted space. Davy via trolley disappeared into the night.



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post about how wonderful the RSM are and competing against RSM at their next bar night.




MAC & C.

But this was a two-pronged attack as earlier a detatchment had gained access to the RCSU Office when a committee member accidentally let them in. Outnumbering them 5 to 1, Theta the Thermometer was seized.

Not to be outdone, we rapidly struck back having discovered the RSM Lamp and CGCU Spanner being hidden in a Professor’s office. Reclaiming our mascot, and once again holding hostage both Theta and Davy, RSM’s ransoms to us were lifted, and the clock restarted for the RSM! For the next two weeks, the RSM and RCSU Presidents were joined by the Davy Bearer wearing CGCU Stash around campus!

Holding both mascots captive in the CGCU Office, the RCSU and RSM received ransoms containing the list of demands,including their Presidents must wear CGCU blazers, ties and beanie hats around campus for the next two weeks, bowing to the CGCU, and their mascots will Join us at the next RSM bar night to wear our ties at the next event. watch Presidents and Mascot Bearers do an epic battle of gravy pints Yet this victory was short lived, as and cracker-eating races! the RCSU and RSM banded together to steal our mascots, and also re claim Davy. However, the RCSU could not find where Theta was hidden. The given demands to reclaim our mascots included our Vice-Pres wearing the RCSU scarf, a Facebook

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HEADS TOGETHER PRINCE SEES NEW INITIATIVE AT DSI Professors Alice Gast and Yike Guo greet Prince William

Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. It aims to tackle the stigma associatn early October, Prince William, ed with mental health and inspire The Duke of Cambridge, visited people to talk more openly about the College’s Data Science Insti- mental wellbeing. tute (DSI) to see the impact of the Heads Together Campaign displayed For the past two months, Imperial in Imperial’s pioneering data visual- experts from the DSI and the Deisation facility, the Data Observato- partment of Mathematics, have been ry (DO) – the largest of its kind in analysing YouGov data on emerging Europe. trends in attitudes to mental health.


The team of Imperial researchers who analysed the data included Professor Yike Guo, Dr Xian Yang and Dr David Birch from the DSI. Ms Sarah Jones, a research postgraduate from the Institute for Global Health Innovation at Imperial and an advisor to the Royal Foundation, also assisted, along with Professor Michael Crawford, from the Division of Brain Sciences, and Dr Reza Drikvandi, Department of Mathematics. Around 14,000 responses from 6 surveys were analysed by the team.



t’s been a good six months for Imperial College students in cybersecurity, with winners in both the Inter-ACE 2017 and the C2C 2017 competitions. Madalina Sas, from the Inter-ACE winning team, and Rodrigo Vieira Steiner, from the C2C winning team, were asked about the competitions: “The competition had two challenges. The first was a capture-the-flag where teams competed to attack, control and defend as many hosts as possible on a network. The second was a forensics challenge where

various puzzles had to be solved, to find flags on the hard-drive of a Windows machine amongst other varied tasks. This year, the teams were mixed in terms of the universities and individual abilities, which was decided in a qualifying round of online challenges. Notable universities involed included MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Cambridge and Oxford - The opposition was tough!

The ICL Inter-ACE Team claiming their winnings!

Our team frokm ICL performed extrodinarily well - claiming 1st place and winning £9,000! Well done to all involved on your success. THE BOLT | 17

With space aged precise and accurate tuned equiptment the Shell-ICL Technology Centre offers in depth research into petroleum distillates.


hell is a strong champion of open innovation, and we work together with partners in and beyond the energy sector to generate new ideas and accelerate their development and deployment. At Imperial College alone, Shell’s diverse research portfolio spans nine departments in total.

Using Polarised light the research teams at ICL can evaluate the performance and constituent comonents of a variety off different oils and lubricating agents used by Shell.

In 2013, Shell and Imperial College established a new University Technology Centre (UTC), in the Mechanical Engineering department specifically for research into fuels and lubricants. The UTC cemented an already strong relationship between Shell’s fuels and lubricants teams and the college, and enables the work to fit more strategically into its product development and innovation activities. “University research was not always held in such high regard” says Dr Neal Morgan – Shell Research Manager for the UTC. “There was a time when it was not uncommon for a PhD thesis to drop onto someone’s desk and for them to have no idea about the work or why it had


been done. It might have been that a colleague had initiated the work, run it at arm’s length and then moved on before it was finished. Under these circumstances, the direction of the work would inevitably have changed at the university end and its usefulness to the company could be questionable at best.

In short: University liaison was considered a bit of a luxury; it was certainly not mainstream.

The UTC at Imperial College could not be further from this model. The centre was set up under the directorship of eminent tribologist Professor Hugh Spikes to perform

SHELL AT ICL long-term, fundamental research into fuels and lubricants on Shell’s behalf. The work is managed in a very concerted manner with the Research Manager spending two to three days a week at Imperial College, and there are frequent visits by the Shell supervisors of the six PhD students the Shell UTC currently funds. Besides these postgraduate students, there is also support for several postdoctoral researchers, as well as others working under Cooperative Awards in Science and Technology from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. “What makes the UTC so effective – and why it delivers something that could not be delivered solely in-house – is the combination of a strong group of postgraduate students bursting with ideas and enthusiasm working alongside Professor Spikes, Professor Dini and many other academics in the Tribology Group, plus the team’s intimate links with Shell’s technology organisation. Significantly, there are continual interactions between the UTC and Shell’s more product-oriented lubricant laboratories in Hamburg, Houston and Shanghai.”

the help of his contacts throughout the fuels and lubricants organisations, and to drive the work (for example, to come up with suitable PhD projects) in the directions set by Shell’s fuels and lubricants innovation hubs.

new set of PhD & post-doc projects are in the pipeline to start in 2018 and every year thereafter. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD with the UTC, be sure to keep an eye out for future announcements.

Taking Collaborative Research to the Next Level.

Initiating the right projects is not, however, the biggest challenge: “I have to think constantly about extracting the value from the work done at UTC and to stop the work going off at tangents. Of course, I have help with this in the form of the Shell research supervisors. It is all about control and monitoring, in the best possible sense, without being overbearing. Together, we spend a good deal of time keeping up to speed with exactly what the students are doing, presenting internally and planning to publish. Crucially, it is not the students’ role to identify commercial opportunities arising from their work. That is my main job,” Neal stresses.

Critical to the success of the UTC is the relationship Neal has with the college academics, his colleagues, Thanks to continuing success, the and his students. His job is to pro- agreement for the UTC was revide business input to the UTC, with cently extended out to 2022 and a





hink you are worthy of a place on the Dean’s List with your solutions to any of our puzzles (they are pretty tricky)?

Why not email us at guilds@ with the puzzel name, your name and your solution for a chance to win a £15 Amazon Voucher! Reaching this new level of cool you’ll also have the chance to appear in the next issue of “The Bolt” - an unforgetable experience!



ACROSS 3 The post-production process to ensure that a product has met the tolerances of manufacture. 20 | THE BOLT

5 A Maker of Things. 8 Any workshop device or template used to increase repeatability and accuracy of manufacturing. 10 Latin: The ratio O/H. 13 A Characteristic wing dimension, alpha. 15 A solid with moment of interia =(1/2)*M*R^2. 17 Acronym: An I-Beam. 19 Vectors: when OA•OB=0 , OA & OB are said to be? 22 Trade-Name: An electro-coated sheet of steel, coated in a durable metal similar to ‘21 DOWN.’ 24 Not to be confused with the quantity, the term for a non permeant - member of shop-floor staff in Industry.

DOWN 1 Abbreviation: Internal pipe measurement 2 A Structure supported at one end only. 4 Vectors: The amount of rotation of a region. 6 A dimensionless unit used in Goniometry. 7 A dimensionless ‘Number’ used by every Aeronautics student. 9 The summation of infinitely many strips of a infinitesimal width dx. 11 Abbreviation: voltage 12 Lim h->0 (f(x+h)-f(x))/f(h). 13 Acronym: A screw such that when fully inserted the head is flush with the surface. 14 Acronym: A ‘Tee’ Joint between two # pieces of steel. 16 The shape prescribed by a wire or chain hanging between two points. 18 Acronym: A standardisation system comparable to BS. 21 Acronym: A high lustre surface finish / addition to a steel screw, nut or bolt. 23 A processed form of steel changed by annealing and drawing.




o sound cliché, the transition to imperial has been fantastic. Fresher’s week was one of the best times in my life, and it was great to meet so many people with whom I share interests and get along with. The work then piled up but,

having got used to it the fun continues! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my course so far and look forward to seeing how it goes in the future. Ollie Oliver Hall CivEng I



year in. Wow. I’m surprised that I made it this far with all my poor life choices last year. Perhaps reassuringly, your first year is only worth 11% of the total. Not so reassuringly, this means your days of partying and swiping through memes in

YEAR 4 What has the start of the year as a Woodward hall senior been like? wesome. As a hall senior, I get to meet keen freshers, whom I may find to be aspiring researchers, entrepreneurs or simply great students.

lectures are now over. Your friends (if they survived) have started applying for lucrative internships - you don’t even know what a CV is? It’s getting real. Chen Jiangxuan Chen Aero II Want your story in “The Bolt”? Perhaps you have an interesting project, an opinion to tell, or just want to have your voice heard. We can be contacted via email: guilds@imperial.


Besides that, I made great new friends from my flatmates, and we’re currently planning some activities for the weekends and the end of term. I like spending time with them, its a reminder of life as a fresher Through my role, I aim to support - as long as I’m not drowning in them in such directions, which I act coursework. on by sharing my experiences as an Academic Rep, DepSoc President, Franz UROP intern and a cycling commut- Franz Tapia Chaca er from the other side of the world. BioMedEng IV


CV CLINIC Why should I write a CV? CV (Curriculum Vitae) gives you an opportunity to provide a company with a summary of your education, experiences and achievements. Tailored to the specific job you’re applying to, it should clearly demonstrate to the reader you have the skills and/or values the company is looking for.


How long should it be? No more than two well-balanced A4 pages. Most companies may only look at a CV for seconds to make a descision - so make it short but effective! Tip: Certain companies have a preference over one or two pages, so it can be a good idea to ask the company at the careers fair stalls if they do have a preference! What do I put in it? Good things to include: - Title (your name) - Contact information: reliable address, phone number, email address - Education: begin with the most recent (uni name, degree subject, projected outcome and details), then continue with A levels/GCSEs - Work Experience: job title, company, town/country location, details of what you did - Skills – IT skills/first aid/etc. For more technical positions provide more detail on relevant skills. - Interests and Achievements – include key interests, roles of respon22 | THE BOLT

sibility, awards, volunteering, travel, etc. Quantify any positive outcomes or what you do, rather than just listing - References – insert “Available on request”. Tip: Consider organising you experience under relevant headings, such as ‘Engineering Experience’ and ‘Other Experience’. This can include any unpaid work, as it still demonstrates your skills.

your CV. You can book an appointment with the Careers Service, through JobsLive, to have someone look over your CV and Cover Letter. Visit careers/services/book-an-appointment/ for more information. Any more tips? - Be clear and concise - Effectively use headings - Don’t mix fonts - Tailor to the specific job - Bullet points are helpful! - Use action words e.g. communicated, managed, advised, delivered, analysed, organised, etc. For more information, visit the Imperial Careers Service, or check out their online publications, such as their ‘Imperial Guide to CVS’. You can never have too many eyes checking your CV and it’s always great to get another persons perspective. The CGCU wishes you the best of luck in applying for all your internships and jobs.

Why do CVs get rejected? Claudia Common reasons for immediate Claudia Caravello rejection: CivEng IV - No clear link to employer’s requirements (summarised from the Imperial - Poor presentation/messy Careers Service Information and - Spelling and grammar errors student experiences) - Too wordy Tip: Get someone to proof read


he Mechanical Engineering Society aims to provide the best environment for our students to succeed. We measure our success based on the welfare, social and career awareness and opportunities we offer. We make sure our students can stay connected with industry members and alumni with our “Reach

This years Freshers’ Mum’s & Dad’s Bar Night was a massive success. Find us via social media and snap us at events with our MECH SOC frames

Out” program, we host career development collaborations with our partnering companies companies to hold skills and CV sessions and numerous welfare and social schemes to ensure our students have balance amongst their studies and extra-curricular activities.

een tea and cakes evening. We’ll be holding a inter - year competition to build a cantilever, our annual speaker’s fair and our mum’s and dad’s scheme reunion coffee.

We run at least one event a week and we release a weekly newsletter every weekend with photos from the week’s event as well as showing what’s on the following week’s Our greatest focus is bringing peo- events. ple together. We believe that creating a positive work environment is One initiative we run is the “Enterthe best way to achieve personal prising Student Scheme” to showdevelopment. case our amazing students- each week in our weekly newsletter. If At MECH SOC we believe firmly in you want to get involved then email welcoming our 1st Years into our us at guilds.mechsoc@imperial. community and like many other de- . partmental societies have a Mum’s & Dad’s scheme where our fresh- We also have weekly memes and ers are assigned two upper year hand drawn cartoons to showcase students to act as their department the artistic talent amongst our stu‘family’ members. dent and general photos of students in their free time hanging out with We’ve already had so many great their friends. events this academic year such as our curry night in which we were Love joined by many of our new intake MECHSOC of mechanical engineering students,   our mum’s Our Freshers also and dad’s pizjoined us for the MECH SOC za - treasure welcome hunt, our pub curry! crawl and our hallowWe do our best to ensure we meet the needs of our students and are continually trying to grow the community within our student body.


The Bolt Issue 2 (NOV 2017)  
The Bolt Issue 2 (NOV 2017)