Welcome to Royal School of Mines Association
Nigel Charles Gravette[Metallurgy 1960-63, Chemical Technology 1964-68(PhD)]
Nigel passed away on 1 November 2014, aged 73, after losing his battle with cancer. “Gravy” as he was affectionately known at college was President of the RSM Union in 1963-64, whilst studying for his PhD, on Corrosion in Royal Navy Boilers, in City and Guilds! He had graduated in Metallurgy at the RSM in 1963. Born in Iver, Buckinghamshire he was schooled at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe and came to IC along with two school friends, Mike (Slim) Coward (RSM) and David (Ghosty) Craft (Physics).
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The Royal School of Mines Association began life as the RSM Old Students' Dining Club and the first Annual Dinner was held in 1873 - 22 years after the founding of the Royal School of Mines. This makes the RSMA the oldest of the College's four Constituent College Associations.
The Association was formally inaugurated in 1913. Because RSM graduates moved on to various parts of the globe, branches were established in mining centres such as Australia, Canada, South Africa and Malaysia. Correspondents were also appointed for the countries where graduates were more dispersed so as to keep in touch with London and act as local contacts.
The Association continues to maintain links with the Royal School of Mines Union. The Union also has representatives on the RSMA Committee.
It is important to the Association Membership that there is continued sponsorship of the RSM student events as the Final year Dinner which is held jointly with the RSMU at the need of the summer term each year. This event is a wonderful opportunity to say goodbye to the year's graduates and wish them well before they go their ways. Many members also sponsor a student to attend the Association Annual Dinner.
We have also recently established the RSM Trust, incorporating the Overseas Travel Fund. The Trust is specifically designed to assist RSM students and provide students with loans for travel to vacation jobs abroad.
If you would like to join the electronic revolution for the RSMA, then we have both and groups, so feel free to join them!
25th February 2014Thank you to those Alumni who have kindly donated to the RSMA, your donations are most appreciated and thank you all for your generosity, we have raised nearly £1000.
However, we are still looking for more donations to support the RSMA in the years to come, so please do visit our Endowment or RSMA trust pages to learn more about donating and our plans for the future. Thank you.