Meet the Committee

Editor: Thea Hartman (editor@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Thea is a third year English student. As the former Features Editor, sheloves all entertainment without any discrimination whatsoever (maybe apart from video games). When she’s not trying to fix her sleeping pattern, she can be found binging The Office, listening to the same ten songs, looking at dog photos, or all at the same time – multitasking or procrastinating? Please don’t answer that question, but follow her @Thea_Hartman where she’s trying to figure it out herself – it makes for some fine dramatic irony.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend Media Committee.
  • Responsible for the final edit.
  • Responsible for the design of the front cover alongside the Head of Design.
  • Write 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.
  • Unsuccessfully attempt to dilate time.

Deputy Editor: Sophie Jones (deputy-editor@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Sophie is a third year English student. As last year’s General Executive, she’s used to being the parental guardian of committee, though she’s not sure if she’s a wine mum or a cringey dad with all her jokes, dance moves, and eclectic music taste. In times of stress, you can find her on Animal Crossing, sobbing along to musicals, and retweeting Lin-Manuel Miranda’s motivational tweets @faithfulpadfoot.

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.
  • Nominated health and safety officer, responsible for writing risk assessments.
  • Professional shoulder-to-cry-on for struggling Editors.

News Editor: Ellie Brain (news@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Ellie is a fourth year English Literature student, who has just completed her Year Abroad in Madrid. She loves reading, writing, travelling and binge watching Parks and Recreation to try and avoid all of her responsibilities. She can be found complaining about her day-to-day life at @elliecerebro.

Responsibilities:

  • The selection and editing of content for the News section.
  • 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.
  • Will bake you a cake if you feel sad.

Records Editor: Sam Law (records@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Sam is a fourth year Computer Science student who likes writing far more than he should considering his degree. Also loves all things music and can be found avoiding work by broadcasting on Surge Radio, expanding his vinyl collection and hi-fi setup, or simply ranting about how incredible The Magic Gang are.

Responsibilities:

  • The selection and editing of content for the Records section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging a variety of Records reviews and features.
  • ‘Laying-up’ the Records section, including sourcing images and designing the pages.
  • Listen to an ungodly amount of music to bring you weekly roundups of the latest and greatest musical releases.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, well written and from diverse writer-ship.
  • Liase with Public Relations Officers to obtain free music releases and interviews.

Culture Editor: Ellis Murrell (culture@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Ellis is a third year History student. He loves writing, horror/sci-fi and dogs, and is forever attempting to figure out how the three are in anyway related.

Responsibilities:

  • The selection and editing of content for the Culture section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging a variety of Culture reviews and features.
  • ‘Laying-up’ the Culture section, including sourcing images and designing the pages.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, well written and from diverse writer-ship.
  • Aim to reflect local readership.
  • Ensure that areas such as video games, books, art, theatre, television and comedy are all well covered.
  • Liaise with Public Relations Officers to obtain tickets by local societies and events.
  • To protect the world from devastation! To unite all people within our nation! To denounce the evils of truth and love! To extend our reach to the stars above!

Film Editor: Alice O’Hare (film@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Alice is a third year Film student with an unhealthy love for Ryan Gosling. When she’s not coming up with ridiculously complicated Game of Thrones theories or arguing that Toy Story is the best film ever made, she can probably be found in the pub, rewarding herself for a solid five minutes of real work. If incessant football-related rants are your thing, follow her on twitter at @aliceohare_.
Responsibilities:
  • The selection and editing of content for the Film section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging a variety of Film reviews and features.
  • ‘Laying-up’ the Film section, including sourcing images and designing the pages.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, well written and from diverse writer-ship.
  • Crying with despair every time Michael Bay releases a new film.

Live Editor: Natasha Williamson (live@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Tash is a final year English and French student. She has no idea what she wants to do with her life, but she’s still young, right? Tash recently returned from her stint abroad as part of her degree and learnt lots of educational things like how many madeleines and macaroons is too many in one sitting (about 10), and that the only acceptable time to exclaim “oh la la” is if you are playing a game of tennis.

Responsibilities:

  • The selection and editing of content for the Live section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging a variety of Live reviews and features.
  • ‘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 Public Relations Officers to obtain press entry to gigs and interviews.

Head of Publicity: Amber-Louise Large (publicity@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Amber is a third year English student who loves writing in all of its forms. She has also seen almost every TV show you can think of except for Game of Thrones (which, yes, she does get grilled for on the regular). She arguably spends too much time reading tweets rather than reading course texts; that’s why she thought Publicity would be a good fit for her! Find her on twitter at @amber_lou_98 for retweets of literary quotes, social justice rants and the occasional bad joke.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Editor to promote The Edge’s brand.
  • Working with the Editor and Events Officer on distribution of print editions of the magazine.
  • Helping to ensure that The Edge is engaging with its target student audience.
  • To make writers aware of when new issues are coming out.
  • Making sure the magazine has a strong online presence.
  • Sharing writers’ work on social media.
  • Organising and running competitions.

Public Relations Officers:

Nicole Kalinowska:

Nicole is a final year English and Philosophy student. She’s usually seen with her head in a book – or kindle – or with her headphones on blasting ’00s punk music that no one listens to anymore. She has an incredibly sweet tooth (cake is her weakness and the way to her heart). When she’s not eating, you’ll probably find her in the dance studio or in the gym (probably with her headphones on and probably blasting more ’00s punk music that nobody listens to!)

Responsibilities:

  • To ensure that the magazine maintains its reputation with others, alongside the fellow Public Relations Officer, and uphold the magazine’s presence.
  • Maintain communication primarily with the Live and Records Editors to ensure that requests are followed through.
  • Update PR contact list, and maintain strong relations to ensure availability of guestlists, interviews, and events, to consistently produce exciting content.
  • Collaborate with other media departments.

Pascal Ezeabasili:

Pascal is a second year Aero student. He can be usually seen with headphones on listening to urban philosophers such as Kendrick Lamar and Lil Uzi. A fanboy of Doctor Who and 24, though he is more willing to rewatch episodes than write about them.

Responsibilities:

  • To ensure that the magazine maintains its reputation with others, alongside the fellow Public Relations Officer, and uphold the magazine’s presence.
  • Maintain communication primarily with the Film and Culture Editors to ensure that requests are followed through.
  • Update PR contact list, and maintain strong relations to ensure availability of guestlists, interviews, and events, to consistently produce exciting content.
  • Collaborate with other media departments.

Records Executive: Tom Brewster (can be contacted via

records@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Tom is a third year English student with an unhealthy obsession with all things music, most notably the elusive vacuum cleaner-esque genre of shoegaze. When he is not binging Arrested Development or Always Sunny, Tom can be found frivolously spending what little money he has on vinyl or alcohol. His housemates agree that he is quite bad at both guitar and socialising. You can see his odd attempts at art on Instagram @captain_traaash

Responsibilities:

  • Editing articles when needed.
  •  Contributing to The Week in Records.
  • Encourage writers to engage with diverse artists and genres.
  • Writing prompts and encouraging discussion within the records group for a more diverse and interesting Features section.
  • Do words real good

We still have some vacant committee positions! If you’re interested in being the one to fill them, contact editor@theedgesusu.co.uk for more information.

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

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.

Online Manager: (manager@theedgesusu.co.uk)

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: (events@theedgesusu.co.uk)

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.

For information about past committees, click here.