Meet the Committee

Editor: James Barker (editor@theedgesusu.co.uk)

James is a third year English student. As the previous Culture Editor, he adores all things TV – Doctor Who and Game of Thrones are particularly worrying obsessions. When his time isn’t being monopolised by all things entertainment, you may find him writing for the Wessex Scene, DJing on Surge Radio, and photobombing SUSUtv videos. You can find him ranting about some injustice or other on Twitter at @JBarker_1997 .

Responsibilities:

  • Attend Media Committee.
  • Responsibility of the final edit.
  • Responsible for the design of the front cover alongside the Head of Design.
  • Writes the editorial and contents page.
  • Lead writers’, editorial and committee meetings.
  • Set and adhere to deadlines for editors and writers.
  • Organise and ensure the continuation of media collaboration.
  • Try not to die of exhaustion.

Deputy Editor: Rehana Nurmahi (deputy-editor@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Rehana is a third year Film and English Student. She’s pretty good with words, but isn’t so great at life. Before this, she was the Features Editor. When not preventing James from having an Edge-induced breakdown, she’s probably running around campus with Southampton University Christian Union, curling up in a blanket watching Netflix, or pretending she’s in a Carpool Karaoke segment. She enjoys making self-deprecating jokes on Twitter at @Han_notsolo .

Responsibilities:

  • Take minutes at committee and writers’ meetings.
  • Liaise with writers and address administrative enquiries.
  • Ensure paper is ready for editor’s perusal.
  • Ensure mailing list and writers list is up to date.
  • Organises material for the Listings page.
  • Undertake editor’s responsibility in his/her absence.
  • Babysit the rest of committee.
  • Nominated health and safety officer, responsible for writing risk assessments.

Features Editor: Thea Hartman (features@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Thea is a second year English student who tries to stop her obsessions with dogs, mainstream TV shows, bad puns and weird music from taking over her life. Also known as the worst person at video games on the planet. Follow her on Twitter at @Thea_Hartman for regular displays of excitement and the struggles of having a bilingual brain.

Responsibilities:

  • The selection and editing of content for the Features section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging feature articles.
  • Battle other section editors for #content.
  • ‘Laying-up’ the Features section, including sourcing images and designing the pages.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, well written and from diverse writer-ship.
  • Ensure that Features articles are addressing a range of entertainment topics.
  • Continued communication with Head of Relations to obtain new interviews.

News Editor: Rob Pratley (news@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Rob is a third year English and History student and a keen Marvel fan, having once had a 28 article streak relating to the MCU. When not obsessing over Crash Bandicoot, he is usually found eating or sleeping. Or sleeping after eating. He also enjoys ranting about football and perfecting his Taekwondo skills.

Responsibilities:

  • The selection and editing of content for the News section.
  • Provide zesty memes for all contexts.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging News articles.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, well written and from diverse writer-ship.
  • Head administrator of The Edge‘s News Writers Facebook group.
  • Liaise with SUSU and external organisations to secure exclusive news.

Culture Editor: Josh Nicholson (culture@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Josh is a third year History student, Time Lord and Pokémon Master. When he isn’t beating his flatmates at Super Smash Bros, he can usually be found pretending to do work in Hartley Library. If you like deep and meaningful Twitter accounts, it’s probably a bad idea to follow him at @JoshNic10.

Responsibilities:

  • The selection and editing of content for the Culture section.
  • ‘Laying-up’ the Culture section, including sourcing images and designing the pages.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, well written and from diverse writer-ship.
  • Ensure, as far as possible, that the content reflects local readership.
  • Ensure that areas such as video games, books, art, theatre, television and comedy are all well covered.
  • Ensure that Game of Thrones doesn’t absorb the entire section.
  • Liaising with Head of Relations to obtain tickets by local societies and events.

Records Editor: Meg Holland (records@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Meg is a third year English and History student who has an unhealthy obsession with Foals. Often found with her nose in a good book or watching trashy YouTube videos; her biggest claim to fame is that she once saw Douglas Booth at a bus stop. Follow her on twitter @megholland97 for inconsistent tweets which lack any real meaning.

Responsibilities:

  • The selection and editing of content for the Records section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging Records articles.
  • ‘Laying-up’ the Records section, including sourcing images and designing the pages.
  • Stay up until an ungodly hour every Thursday night to bring you a fresh This Week In Records each week.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, well written and from diverse writership.
  • Liase with Head of Relations to obtain free music releases.

Film Editor: David Mitchell-Baker (film@theedgesusu.co.uk)

As well as feeling much older than any 20-something should, David is a third year Film and English student. When not found randomly tweeting about film, music or attempted jokes, he can be found avoiding anything requiring effort, playing too much Kingdom Hearts, or advocating some new emo band or obscure indie movie you haven’t heard of. Follow him on Twitter @DavDav1228 and attempt to gain a true appreciation of his genius and his obvious humility.
Responsibilities:
  • The selection and editing of content for the Film section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging Film articles.
  • ‘Laying-up’ the Film section, including sourcing images and designing the pages.
  • Italicise the endless number of film names in his section’s articles.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, well written and from diverse writer-ship.
  • Ensure the continuation of the Archive section of Film.
  • Liaise with Head of Relations to obtain free film releases.

Live Editor: Carly-May Kavanagh (live@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Carly-May is a third year Politics and International Relations student, Head of Events for the Wessex Scene, and host of Scones and Jams’ on Surge Radio. She’s probably going to end up doing something in SUSUtv as well, because she needs that fourth hoodie. You can usually find her  watching too much Netflix, napping, or with Susu – sometimes all three at once. Find her getting excited about politics and cats on Twitter at @_Carly_May .

Responsibilities:

  • The selection and editing of content for the Live section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging Live articles.
  • ‘Laying-up’ the Live section, including sourcing images and designing the pages.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, well written and from diverse writership.
  • Ensure content comes from a local environment as far as possible.
  • Continued communication with Head of Relations to obtain press entry to gigs.
  • Make sure The Edge always end up somewhere with vegan food, because she’s vegan. Did you know?

Head of Design: Teague Hipkiss (design@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Teague is a second year Mathematics with Computer Science student. Outside of his academic studies, he has a degree-level knowledge of The Simpsons and is overly obsessive about typography. Party tricks include being able to quote any episode of web series Jake and Amir and being better than you at Mario Kart. Find him on Twitter @FullHeartsTees . OTBC!

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all materials and content are exciting and eye-catching.
  • Responsible for the design of the front cover alongside the Editor.
  • Assist all section editors with their sections when needed.
  • Ensures a consistent and professional look to the magazine.
  • Keep Comic Sans 100 feet away from the magazine at all times.
  • Responsible for the design of ‘special issues’ alongside the editorial team.
  • Work alongside the Head of Publicity to develop publicity materials, such as flyers.

Head of Publicity: Maddie Armour-Chélu (publicity@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Maddie is a third year English student and ambitious PR-peach in the making. If she’s not too busy organising daily schedules and constructing her next plan of action, she’s usually found seeking respite in the gym or trampolining. She finds solace in re-watching series box sets that are at least a solid 15 years old because: “if it’s good it never ages” and “older the berry, sweeter the wine,” etc. You can find her general ramblings on Twitter- @MadeleineChelu.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the magazine has a good reputation and presence alongside the Head of Relations.
  • To enlist the help of members to distribute the physical magazine.
  • Stop the Edge from becoming lazy so-and-so’s by being the resident fitness fanatic.
  • To make writers aware of when new issues are coming out.
  • Work alongside the Head of Design to develop publicity materials, such as flyers.
  • To suggest new places the magazine could be distributed.
  • Responsibility for social media outlets.

Head of Relations: Xavier Voigt-Hill (relations@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Xavier is a third year Web Science student and Station Manager at Surge Radio, with a tendency to get sidetracked by writing about music and playing it on the airwaves. Somehow, he once managed to keep calm when Kele Okereke wandered in on him doing an interview. Follow him on Twitter at @xavdog for his incoherent ramblings on train cancellations and cricket matches.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the magazine has a good reputation and presence alongside the Head of Publicity.
  • Liaise with PR to ensure availability of guestlists, interviews, events and new releases.
  • Continued communication with the Live, Features, Records, Film and Culture Editors to ensure that requests are being followed through.
  • Maintain and update PR lists.
  • Fill his entire life with needlessly complex spreadsheets.
  • Liaise with other societies to get them involved with the publication.
  • Liaise with other media departments to ensure strong collaborative efforts.

Online Manager: Hannah Billingsley-Dadd (manager@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Hannah is a third-year computer scientist. As a lover of fantasy and massive bookworm, when not behind a screen she can be found with her nose in a YA novel or attempting to write something.  She’s a tragic cook but a pretty keen coder. Can be found on Twitter @hannah_dadd .

Responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for the maintenance and coding of the website.
  • Ensures that any problems are fixed promptly.
  • Fight back against the imminent threat of hackers.
  • Updates various website content.
  • Works on developing ideas for site plugins and features.
  • Works alongside the Head of Design to help make the site attractive.

Head of Events: Octavia Woodward (events@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Octavia is a third year English student. When she is not getting involved with Theatre Group or trying to get her way into concerts, she can be found attempting (and usually failing) to keep her fangirling about such things as Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Sherlock low key.

Responsibilities:

  • Planning, organising, and ensuring the smooth running of all The Edge events, including committee and writers’ meetings, socials, and trips to conferences and courses.
  • Deal with committee members endlessly suggesting impossible socials.
  • Create Facebook events and work with the Head of Publicity to publicise them.
  • Ensure writers and committee meet on a regular basis.
  • Engage new and existing writers to develop a networked team.

Executives

Executives are committee members who help a specific Editor or Department Head in undertaking responsibilities. They can be contacted directly or via their Editor/Department Head. This year’s executives are:

See details of previous year’s committees here.