Meet the Committee

Editor: Sam Pegg (editor@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Sam is a third-year English student who has a history of dropping out of colleges and so is pretty surprised to find himself in his final year at University. An avid reader, gamer, writer (he’s been meaning to redraft his novel for years now…), and all things in-between, you can usually find him either making you shakes at Shakeaway or serving you drinks at The Hobbit. Wherever you see him though, you can guarantee he’ll be existentially questioning what all this work and studying is really leading to…

Their pronouns are he/him/they/them.

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.
  • Encourage and promote diversity throughout the magazine.
  • Forever hiding his shame for enjoying Family Guy.

Deputy Editor: Harry Geeves (deputy-editor@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Harry is a third-year history and film student with a love for music and a worrying relationship with deadlines. He can usually be found plugging his Spotify or eating tuna (much to the discomfort of his housemates).

Their pronouns are he/him.

Responsibilities:

  • Take minutes at committee meetings.
  • Liaise with writers and address administrative enquiries.
  • Undertake Editor’s responsibility in his/her absence.
  • Oversee The Edgetival committee alongside FEP officers.
  • Nominated health and safety officer.
  • Oversee The Edge’s weekly show on Surge Radio.
  • Write up the monthly newsletter discussing new developments/events for writers.
  • Responsible for the management of Public Relations Officers.
  • Responsible for the management of Section Executives.
  • Keeping Callum Nelmes in line.

Records Editor: Connie Seamer (records@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Connie is a third year English student who cares more about cats than people (but demands that she isn’t a crazy cat lady). She can often be found writing essays at the very last minute, or ignoring the large pile of reading that she is supposed to be doing. Just don’t tell her about your music taste, because she’ll probably judge it harshly.

Their pronouns are she/her.

  • The selection and editing of content for the Records section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging Records articles.
  • Organising our weekly feature This Week In Records.
  • Post bi-weekly feature prompts for writers i.e. ‘How has coronavirus impacted the music industry?’
  • Regularly updating The Edge’s ‘What we Are Listening to…’ on Spotify.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting and from a diverse writership.
  • Liaise with the Public Relations Officers to see that free music releases are being reviewed.
  • Worshipping the TRUE princess of pop, Charli XCX.

Digital Culture Editor: Louise Chase (culture@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Louise is a third year Archaeology and History student and is pretty much the closest to Evie Frye that you’ll ever meet. As The Edge’s resident nerd, you can be sure to hear about obscure Lord of the Rings lore which she fishes for the set of polyhedral dice she keeps in her bag for Dungeons and Dragons emergencies. Get her drunk and you might even hear fluent Elvish or Italian – we’re never quite sure which she’ll pick. With bow in one hand, a sewing needle in the other, if you want to survive Comic Con (or the zombie apocalypse) she is your best bet.

Their pronouns are she/her.

  • The selection and editing of content for the Culture section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging Culture articles.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, and from a diverse writership.
  • Post bi-weekly digital culture prompts for writers i.e. ‘Love, Romance and…Gaming?’
  • Work alongside Culture Sub-Editor in the monthly article ‘Culture Top Picks’ depicting what to watch or play this month.
  • In charge of running the multimedia section i.e. podcasts and twitch
  • Liaise with the Public Relations Officers to ensure TV screeners and video games are being reviewed.
  • Adding more cosplay projects onto the “To Do” list but never completing any of them.

Classic Culture Editor: Daisy Gazzard (culture@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Daisy is a third year History student. When she isn’t writing, she’s usually acting in or producing a musical, reading a horror book (probably Stephen King), eating cake or enjoying a no-alcohol piña colada. She loves everything to do with theatre, books and art and has been known to pop to town for something small and return with about ten books. She will also chat to you for ages about sharks or ABBA.

Their pronouns are she/her.

  • The selection and editing of content for the Culture section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging Culture articles.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, and from a diverse writership.
  • Post bi-weekly classic culture prompts for writers i.e. ‘Print v E-Books’
  • Work alongside Culture Editor in the monthly article ‘Culture Top Picks’ depicting what to see in the theatre or read this month.
  • Liaise with the Public Relations Officers to ensure theatre tickets (student and professional) are being reviewed.
  • Resisting rewatching Titanic or Les Miserables for the 1000th time.

Film Editor: Lucy Maggs (film@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Lucy is a second year English student who is usually on her laptop watching film essays on YouTube. She can also be found watching childhood comfort films on repeat and complaining that there’s nothing to watch while ignoring her own watchlist. Spending most of her time wrapped in her blanket with a cat on her lap, she is pretty much always ready to either post opinions on the internet or accept her progression into old cat lady status.

Their pronouns are she/her.

Responsibilities:
  • Working alongside the Film Sub-Editor on the selection and editing of content for the Film section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging Film review articles.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, and from a diverse writership.
  • Head administrator of The Edge‘s Film Writers Facebook group alongside Film Sub-Editor.
  • Organising the Student Film Festival.
  • Resisting the urge to start every conversation with ‘I saw this TikTok…’

Film Sub-Editor: Jacob Hando (film@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Jacob is a third year Film and History student who constantly tells relatives ‘no, it’s not the history of film.’ Balancing a healthy music taste of Lana Del Ray and Johnny Cash with the filmic interests of a grandad, the boy is never too far from just sitting in a poncho with a cap gun watching a Western. ‘They don’t make em like they used to!’ When not before a screen, Jacob is most commonly found in the pub, swirling a Stella glass like it’s red wine before moving onto the rum and cokes with a mighty share pack of Mini Cheddars.

Their pronouns are he/him.

  • Working alongside the Film Editor on the selection and editing of content for the Film section.
  • Liaise with the Public Relations Officers to see that cinema screenings and screener copies of films are being reviewed.
  • Post bi-weekly feature prompts for writers i.e. ‘Disney’s Queer History: Ursula, Elsa and Onward’.
  • Promoting more diverse writings, particularly focussing on indie and foreign films.
  • Head administrator of The Edge‘s Film Writers Facebook group alongside Film Editor.
  • Telling people Michael Bay is technically the most consistent director of all time.

Live Editor: Martha Luke (live@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Martha is a third year Philosophy and English student who definitely does not read as many books as you’d think she should. She has a (not so) secret love for tap dance, and an EXTREMELY diverse music taste- it is a challenge to find a genre she won’t listen to! Martha can often be found ignoring her work in Avenue Cafe or reading any philosophy that is not relevant to her course. She’s forever wishing that she could write creatively and make music or dance but refuses to perceive any of my own creative work (too cringe) so sadly that will never happen. In general, she’s just happy to be here.

Their pronouns are she/her.

Responsibilities:

  • The selection and editing of content for the Live section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging Live articles.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, and from a diverse writership.
  • Post bi-weekly feature prompts for writers i.e. ‘How to Help a Struggling Live Music Industry’.
  • Liaise with the Public Relations Officers to see that gigs – both professional and student – are being reviewed, and that interviews are taking place with touring artists.
  • Writing ‘This Month in Local Live Acts’.
  • Being late and taking naps.

Fundraising, Events and Publicity Officer: Amy Scott-Munden (publicity@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Amy is a third year English and History student who is obsessed with true crime podcasts and psychological thrillers. Her favourite kind of music is anything that reminds her of summers gone by or the Hereditary soundtrack, which she weirdly likes to study to. Her ultimate hobby is watching comedy box sets, so hit her up when you need a laugh @amyscottmunden.

Their pronouns are she/her.

  • Planning, organising and managing socials, and educational workshops.
  • Sitting on the Media Ball Committee.
  • Managing daily social media across Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, and any platforms that they feel could be used effectively.
  • Working with the Editor to organise distribution.
  • Ensuring that regular competitions take place.
  • Stop memorising the plot to films weeks in advance then pretending she predicted the twist to everyone.

Live/Records Public Relation Officer: Meg Gwillym (relations@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Meg is a third year Politics and Philosophy student who can be found avoiding her reading by chain-drinking oat lattes in the Avenue Café and adding to her endless ‘listen to the bass’ playlist as a way of compensating for her subpar bass guitar skills. She will do everything in her power to convince you that reading Nietzsche should be avoided at all costs, and consistently hides her recent Spotify activity so people won’t find out she never actually left her emo phase.

Their pronouns are she/her.

  • Liaising with pre-existing press contacts to organise opportunities for writers, including reviewing live music and comedy shows.
  • Obtaining early access to entertainment for writers to review, including early album releases.
  • Organising interviews across the music industry.
  • Update PR contact list, and maintain strong relations to ensure availability of guest lists, interviews, and events, to consistently produce exciting content.
  • Continuing the expansion of our PR contact list.
  • Work alongside FEP Officers on The Edgetival.
  • Writing an unnecessary amount of to-do lists about every aspect of her life.

Culture/Film Public Relation Officer: Emily Dennis (culturefilm-pr@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Emily does Philosophy and English so she loves writing unnecessarily long passages. Now she’s super excited to email theatres and complain to get free stuff.

Their pronouns are she/her.

  • Liaising with pre-existing press contacts to organise opportunities for writers, including reviewing video game/book conferences, theatre, and film screenings.
  • Obtaining early access to entertainment for writers to review, including press screeners, video game releases and early book releases.
  • Organising interviews across all areas of culture/film entertainment.
  • Continuing the expansion of our PR contact list.
  • Update PR contact list, and maintain strong relations to ensure availability of guest-lists, interviews, and events, to consistently produce exciting content.
  • Trying to keep popcorn crumbs out her keyboard after reading juicy emails.

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

Rahul is a second-year graphic design student and ambitious Capricorn (according to his favourite mug). When he’s not designing all day, he can be found listening to Beyoncé’s Lemonade. If he had a superpower, it would be correctly guessing someone’s zodiac sign upon first meeting them.

Their pronouns are he/him.

Responsibilities:

  • Designing six full print issues of The Edge per year and assisting with the design of one Edge/Wessex Scene collaboration issue.
  • Working with the FEP Officers to design promotional material.
  • Working with the FEP Officers to design graphics for events.
  • Ensures that all materials and content are exciting and eye-catching. 
  • Ensures a consistent and professional look to the magazine.

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

Callum is a third year film student, dabbling in almost all forms of art and media with a critical yet passionate eye. With further interests in creative writing, acting and particular emphasis on exploring film remastering, he is nonetheless a massive procrastinator with an affinity for trying to perfect everything he writes. He is also desperately seeking to get fit, but the chances are sadly slim, and has a tendency for over-philosophising on almost anything, to his own detriment (and bemusement).

Their pronouns are he/him.

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 alongside the Head of Design to help make the site attractive.
  • Obligating myself to act as everyone on the committee’s therapist for all matter of issues regardless of his own.

For information about past committees, click here.