AGM - 02/05/2018
Below are the manifestos for students applying for positions in the 2018/2019 committee:
James Ball for the positions of President and Vice-President
My name is James Ball and I am the current vice-president of SEG. Since the beginning of my time at Leeds, SEG has been at the core of my undergraduate experience. In my first year, excursions with SEG developed my interest in mineral deposits and pushed me to apply for the Laidlaw scholarship to conduct research on mineralisation. My project focuses on the use of Laser-Ablation Inductively-Coupled- Plasma Mass-Spectroscopy (LA-ICP- MS) to determine the trace element concentrations of gold from the Leadhills of Scotland as an indicator of ore genesis. The SEG trip to AME Roundup in Vancouver enabled me to present my research as a poster and build a network of academic and industry contacts. SEG has helped me to develop academically and personally which is why opportunities such as these are the reason SEG is such a core part of the employability of Leeds students.
My role as vice-president during this academic year has shown me where changes to the society can be made that will benefit all members. Firstly, I feel that the PhD members should be involved with the organisation of the society. Their contacts and knowledge will help to facilitate interesting talks and trips and they will be involved with planning when the undergraduate committee members are typically away to ensure continued planning and stability. Secondly, I believe that the society should encourage membership of the SEG parent organisation by removing the fee to become a chapter member. Instead of paying £15 for chapter membership and $20 for SEG membership, there will be a £15 fee that covers membership to both the parent organisation and the Leeds chapter. Finally, I will work closely with the PhD students and new committee to produce a plan for the year during the summer so that you will know what to expect next academic year. Securing funding is key to the continuation and expansion of our activities and having a robust plan of action will help to do this.
Jack Thornton for the positions of President and Vice-President:
My name is Jack Thornton and I am currently on my year in industry at New Boliden Tara Mines. I have always been interested in economic geology, being a member of SEG since my first year and being treasurer in my second year. In those two years I have taken part in a variety of fieldtrips and talks, including the Round Up Conference in Vancouver. This interest has continued on my year in industry, as I have been working as both a mine geologist and an exploration geologist, which has given me new insights into the industry. During this year I have also been a member of the IAEG (Irish Association of Economic Geologists), attended the PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada) conference in Toronto, and this month I will be taking part in the SEG student field trip to Ghana, to visit a number of gold mines and exploration projects.
As treasurer in my second year, I have experience in how this SEG chapter is organised. I would like to continue with the running of already established fieldtrips as well as attending the Round Up conference. I would also look into new fieldtrips, including multi day trips to areas where the mining and exploration industry is active. I would use the contacts I have made at PDAC and in Ireland to find guest speakers. This includes Patrick McAndless, who I met at PDAC, and has shown interest in running a webinar on helping with getting a job in the mining industry. Similar to one he did in Leeds a couple of years ago. I wish to continue with helping new and current students learn about economic geology and the industry.
Kirsty Faure for the position of Executive Member:
My name is Kirsty, and I am a first year BSc Geology student. I am specifically interested in minerals and exploration; my interest began when I had the opportunity of work experience at the transnational company, Rio Tinto Exploration in Reading, during my time at sixth form. I have become increasingly engaged with this area of Geology over the past year- I am a member of SEG and attended the Alderley Edge trip during semester one, and would love to have more involvement with the society in the future. I am currently studying the Gold and Precious Metals module which has furthered my interest of economic deposits. As part of a research project for the Geological Tutorials module, I chose to assess the significance of gold formed from oxidising chloride systems in Britain. I then had the opportunity to apply for a research job through the Laidlaw Scholarship scheme, successfully gaining a place on the programme. This means I will be working at the University over the summer studying the morphological and chemical characteristics of placer gold samples, formed from oxidising chloride systems, that I collected from the Mauchline Basin region of Scotland in April. I would love to be involved with the SEG committee, as this would develop my knowledge and engage me further in this area of geology, which will also benefit the related research I will be undertaking as a Laidlaw Scholar for the next two years, and vice versa. As an executive member, I could experience different roles and aspects of the society, learning a diverse range of skills. I am creative and love to help people, and I would be proactive in the running of SEG. I am committed, hard-working and have good organisational skills which I can also apply to the role. When I am not digging for gold, I love to eat, nap and attend Fuzzy Logic, and occasionally the SOEE Netball Society and the Caving Society.
Bogomil Georgiev for the position of Secretary
Hello. My name is Bogomil Georgiev. I am a second year undergraduate student studying Geological Sciences. I would like to be your secretary for the next academic year.
I am interested in economic geology and geochemistry. Currently, I am doing an Undergraduate Research and Leadership project about the reconstruction of magmatic timescales using isotope analysis. I became a member of the society at the beginning of this academic year and attended almost all of the field trips and academic talks. I found all of those events very interesting and they inspired me to consider continuing my studies in economic geology. I would like to become a SEG committee member because that way I help with the organisation of those amazing trips and events and reassure that we keep on having them next year.
Mawgan Naylor for the position of Treasurer:
Hello, my name is Mawgan. I am currently on a Year In Industry placement at a company called Lithos Consulting Ltd. I am excited to return to Leeds in September and I want to make the most of my final year as a student by becoming an active and enthusiastic SEG committee member. I want to share my experiences as a SEG member and encourage other students to participate in the society’s events and activities. I would therefore like to apply for the role of Treasurer.
In my second year, I was Treasurer for Rocsoc, managing the society’s finances, and liaising with the university’s Cash Office. Also, as captain for SOEE’s netball team I had many dealings with the Cash Office, funding and purchasing a new netball kit and paying players’ subs.
I am competent using IT programmes such as Microsoft Excel and Word, having completed a detailed training course during my Year In Industry. I can use this knowledge and my enjoyment of maths to manage the society’s budgets.
I have some new ideas that I would like to bring to the society to help secure funds and raise the SEG profile amongst students, e.g. fundraising for field-related charities, and a focus on careers in the Economic Geology sector.
I am friendly and approachable, and I have developed strong team skills through my sporting hobbies playing hockey and netball. I would love to be a part of the SEG team, and contribute to an enjoyable and successful year.