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Friday, 23 October 2009

Open office sessions

Open office sessions for November now available:

Fall back...

Remember: BST ends at 02.00 on Sunday 25 October.

Set your clocks back by one hour at 02.00 (i.e. 02.00 becomes 01.00).

Foundation Day

I have some tickets for Connaught Hall residents to attend Foundation Day on Wednesday 25 November.

Foundation Day is the annual celebration of the grant of the Royal Charter to the University of London. Held in the evening at Senate House, the event begins with the presentation of honorary degrees to a number of public figures by the Chancellor of the University of London, HRH The Princess Royal. Following this ceremony, there is a reception where Her Royal Highness likes to meet many of the students present and guests can enjoy canapes and a glass of wine.

If you would like a ticket, fill in the online form at before 10pm on Tuesday 27 October.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Residents' Club Committee

Congratulations to the successful candidates in tonight's election to the Residents' Club Committee:

President - Matthew MacLachlan

Secretary - Polly McKinlay

Treasurer - Alastair Heggie

Entertainment - Aria Shafa

Sports - James Hemsley

The results in full:

134 ballot papers were returned (turnout 63.5%).
There was one spoiled ballot paper.

  • Hugh Black - 35
  • Matthew MacLachlan - 44
  • Roland Nathaniel - 17
  • David Whelan - 5
  • James Wilson - 25

  • Ilona Brenninkmeijer - 53
  • Polly McKinlay - 69

  • Naaz Ahmed - 38
  • Alastair Heggie - 65
  • Chris Radford - 25

  • Josh Lipworth - 47
  • Aria Shafa - 82

  • James Hemsley - 108

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Residents' Club Committee election

Nominations are now open for election to the Residents' Club Committee.

For details and to sign up, visit the election website:

Social events

Social events in Hall this week:

Connaught "my Kodak" picture challenge: Monday 5 October (afternoon)

Pub quiz: Monday 5 October in the bar (evening)

Circle Line pub crawl: Tuesday 6 October (afternoon)

Tea party with cakes: Tuesday 6 October (evening)

First-floor reception with wine: Tuesday 6 October (7-8pm in the Tavistock Room)

Visit to the Trocadero centre: Wednesday 7 October (afternoon)

Welcome buffet with wine: Wednesday 7 October (6-7pm in the dining hall)

Sports afternoon: Thursday 8 October

Speed meeting: Thursday 8 October (evening)

Ground-floor & basement reception with wine: Thursday 8 October (7-8pm in the Bamforth Room)

Third-floor reception with wine: Thursday 8 October (7-8pm in the 3rd fl Common Room)

Trip to the British Museum: Friday 9 October (afternoon)

Curry night: Friday 9 October (evening)

Trip to Camden market: Saturday 10 October (afternoon)

Freshers party: Saturday 10 October (8pm-2am in the bar)

Rounders in Regent's Park: Sunday 11 October (afternoon)

Film night: Sunday 11 October (evening)

Fourth-floor reception with wine: Sunday 11 October (7-8pm in the 4th fl Common Room)

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Open office sessions

My open office sessions for October are as follows:

Saturday 3 October 17.00 – 18.00

Wednesday 7 October 19.00 – 19.45

Saturday 17 October 20.30 – 21.30

Thursday 22 October 20.00 – 21.00

These are open sessions in my office on the ground floor.

You can drop in without an appointment to discuss anything that is concerning you. If the office door is closed, please wait in reception until the door is opened.

If you prefer to make an appointment to see me a different time, use the online form at


We've received a few noise complaints already this year about noise mostly in the early hours of the morning when residents come home from a night out.

Please remember the walls in Hall are pretty thin and the layout of our corridors means the noise from voices and slamming doors travels a long way and can disturb a lot of people. This was a problem identified by many respondents to last year's noise survey, the results of which are published here:

So please keep your voices down when you get back after a night out, try not to let doors slam shut, and be aware that if you're in the corridor or standing outside the front of the Hall smoking, any noise you make could wake up lots of people.

If you're having problems with noise, email us at