The Committee


The Committee, elected January 2006, is:

Chair: Samuel George
Secretary: Kym Goss
Treasurer: Simon Menashy
Equipment & Observing: Heather Audley
Events & Awareness: Adam Morris
Communications: Beth Birmingham
Webmaster: Steve Spreckley

AstroSoc Committee
From left to right: Simon, Steve, Sam, Beth, Heather, Tom, Kym.

Or in our more usual pose:

Astrosoc Committee posing

Contact Us!
If you have any questions comments or queries in relation to any of the positions or Astrosoc in general then please feel free to contact the Committee, their contact details can be found on our Contact Us page.
Want more info?
For more information on the roles of the society Committee please see our constitution (or pdf 172kB). This contains detailed information on how the society is run.
Info on the Committee positions:

The Chairperson of the society has to co-ordinate and chair the Committee, arrange regular society meetings and book rooms as appropriate. They must represent the Society at General meetings, chair the annual general meeting, and any Extraordinary General meeting, and liaise with and provide information to, the VPSA where appropriate. The chairperson is the key link between the society and the Guild of students and should attend Guild Council meetings, and any other meeting that the Guild council decide you must attend.

The Secretary should take minutes at all Committee and General Meetings, maintain a current record of members and ensure the guild have membership forms from all members, including contact lists, which should be distributed to all members of the society. They should aid in the e-mailing of members when appropriate, aid in the distribution of posters and leaflets, assist the Chairperson when required, deputise in the absence of the Chairperson, and provide the VPSA with any required information when necessary.

The treasurer is responsible for the management of the society's finances, shall provide a report of the finances when appropriate, shall liaise with the Guild Finance Office in maintaining and updating the accounts, shall advise the Committee on the financial implications of any decisions, and shall have the final word on any decision that requires any financial transaction.

Events & Awareness Officer
The external relations officer is responsible for organizing events outside of the University, trying to organize sponsorship from external parties, and should raise awareness of the Society's existence in departments other than that of the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Equipment and Observations officer
The responsibility of this officer is to maintain and carry out safety checks on the equipment used by the society, keep a log of all equipment and observations, to carry out training in the use of the equipment and astronomical techniques. Also they should inform members about current interesting observations and ensure the communications officer is aware of any upcoming major astronomical events. Finally they should train the vice equipment and Observations officer in the use and maintenance of equipment.

Communications Officer
The communications officer is responsible for the e-mailing of members, and should aid in the distribution of posters and leaflets when appropriate. Also they should produce a news magazine at least once per term and produce news briefs when appropriate.

The webmaster is responsible for the management and maintainance of the society's website.

The roles are a guide as to what each position should do, but in reality responsibilities are shared amongst the whole Committee.

What we are up to
If you want to know what the Astrosoc Committee is up to then the best thing to do is to look at our Committee minutes page. Or alternatively contact us.

This site is maintained by Steve Spreckley, Webmaster. Site originally designed by Emma Robinson.

Last updated: 29/01/2006

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