Meet the Committee

Editor: Morgan McMillan (editor@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Morgan is a third year History student and is well-known as the local Britney Spears fanatic. She loves everything Britney, and can often be found forcing people to watch Crossroads as it’s “the greatest movie of all time”. When she’s not obsessing over Britney, Morgan will either be performing her world tour of Beyonce’s HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM, or re-watching Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour for the millionth time. With a glass of prosecco in hand Morgan attempts to change The Edge into a Britney Spears fan club. Instagram: @moxrgan

Their pronouns are she/her.

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.
  • Resisting the urge to speak exclusively in cursive.

Deputy Editor: Maddie Lock (deputy-editor@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Maddie is a third year Film and History student, and has somehow made it this far despite studying neither subject at A-Level. She will often be found scrolling Tik Tok, and subsequently quoting that she will “not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man!”. Fashion is Maddie’s hobby, so she spends the majority of her time designing, sewing, watching fashion reality TV, staring at clothing to find out how it’s made, and arguing why Ugly Betty should be considered fashion history. You can follow her fashion adventures on Instagram and Twitter on @moodledo.

Their pronouns are she/her.

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.
  • Resisting the temptation of a new radical haircut or colour..

News Editor: Sam Pegg (news@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Sam is a second-year English student who has a passion for absolutely everything that isn’t related to his degree. As a master procrastinator, he can usually be found reading depressing fiction, horror or some great fantasy novels; alongside playing the PS4 for hours on end. Sam also likes to think of himself as an edgy millennial who’s absolutely hilarious (interesting fact: he is not hilarious), and will always try to find long winded ways to say the simplest of things.

Their pronouns are he/him.

  • The selection and editing of content for the News section.
  • Responsible for delegating, organising and encouraging News articles.
  • Ensure content is relevant, interesting, and from a diverse writer-ship.
  • Head administrator of The Edge‘s News Writers Facebook group.
  • Liaise with SUSU and external organisations to secure exclusive news.
  • Slowly converting the release of news to be specifically related to Britney Spears as requested by Edge Editor (and unofficial Britney Spears fan club president)

Records Editor: Alice Fortt (records@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Alice is a third year Film and English student, but don’t remind her of that otherwise she’ll feel super old. If she’s not caught up in her feelings listening to Disintegration for the 400th time, you’ll find her in Avenue Café ranting about costume design or her obsession with Stevie Nicks. If you’re looking for a gal with just about the most jumbled up music taste ever, you’ve come to the right place. Want a playlist that takes you from John Denver to The Prodigy to Hozier to My Chemical Romance? Got it all right here. Don’t worry, the confusing music taste just reflects her confusion with life in general. Normal things you’ll hear from Alice on a daily basis include such bangers as ‘I bought another pair of Dr Martens that I really can’t afford’, or ‘Thanks, I got it from a vintage fair!’, or ‘God I miss my cats.’. Catch her in her records editor role this year trying not to sound pretentious when she tells her friends ‘it just sounds BETTER on vinyl’ for the millionth time.

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.

Digital Culture Editor: Harry Geeves (culture@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Harry is a second-year history and film student. Typically, you can find him obsessing over Respawn and telling everyone to watch Death Note. If not this or writing, he’s almost definitely making terrible music from his bedroom and going on about Chris Thile. 

Their pronouns are he/him.

  • 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.
  • finally playing The Last of Us (the day will come)

Classic Culture Editor: Olivia Dellar (culture@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Olivia is a third year English student who has an unhealthy obsession with Willy Shax (William Shakespeare, for those uncultured people) and Lana Del Rey. Wasting her time daydreaming about 70s nostalgia and theatre houses, Olivia fuels her day with copious amounts of sushi and iced tea, because who doesn’t love some raw fish and overly sweet beverages? If she’s not found reading Titus Andronicus (for the millionth time), or whining about wanting a rich sugar daddy, she’s most probably listening to some poetical underground indie shit or re-playing every episode of the Two Shot Podcast. Instagram: @olivi.aa__

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.

Film Editor: Theo Smith (film@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Theo is a third year Film student who practically lives in the cinema 24/7. He is a lifelong idol of Mark Kermode that his friends continue to reluctantly put up with and after featuring on Kermode and Mayo’s Home Entertainment Service, he thinks he’s one giant leap closer to meeting him when in reality it’s 100 steps back. When he isn’t randomly appearing on TV, he is usually complaining about how over-rated Thor Ragnarok (Bored Dragged-A-Lot) is or having a heated debate about Bromley’s status as a borough of London at the Hobbit pub. Follow his shenanigans on Instagram @theokeston.

Their pronouns are he/him.

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.
  • Be optimistic when Adam Sandler releases a new film.

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

Lucy is a second year English student who can often be found stressing over reading and essays while opting to watch anything on Netflix at the same time. Loving to stretch herself thin among a frankly alarming number of fandoms, she is currently awaiting her award for the most frequent user of IMDb. 

Their pronouns are she/her.

  • 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.
  • Insisting that Adam Driver is an underrated actor despite having been nominated for an Oscar and never having met anyone who dislikes him.

Live Editor: Jo Lisney (live@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Jo is a 4th year English student who just does not want to leave university. Although the grandma of The Edge, she knows how to have fun at live events. As an ex-emo, the ultimate experience with The Edge was interviewing Three Days Grace in 2018 and being press for Camden Rocks Festival 2019. She may have grown physically out of the emo phase, but her heart is very much still there as she is a proud owner of a My Chemical Romance ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ jacket. Instagram + Twitter – @HorriblyReckless

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’.
  • Getting down and enjoying the vivid live music Southampton has to offer!

Fundraising, Events and Publicity Officer: Georgie Holmes (publicity@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Georgie is a third year English student obsessed with music, books, and cats. If she’s not at a gig, she’s probably either trying (and failing) to reach her Goodreads book challenge or listening to the same song on repeat. You can find her ranting about politics, memes and music on her Twitter: @g3orgie.

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.
  • Pretending to be trendy and cool on the socials to improve engagement 😎

Fundraising, Events and Publicity Officer: Charlotte Brennan (publicity@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Charlotte is a third year English student and spends most of her time writing essays to some indie bangers. When she’s not leaving her reading to the last minute or tearing her hair out watching Chelsea play football she can be found singing her heart out at a gig or gushing about her favourite bands.

Their pronouns are she/her.

  • Planning, organising and managing socials, and educational workshops.
  • Organising The Edgetival alongside a team of volunteers, including contacting bands, sorting out equipment, and booking venue space.
  • Planning and organising fundraising events
  • Sitting on the Media Ball Committee.
  • Working with the Editor to organise distribution.

Live/Records Public Relation Officer: Kiera Gormley (relations@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Kiera is a second year Psychology student, taking over the Records/Live PR role! Music is a massive part of her life, so obviously attending countless amounts of gigs and festivals is a hobby. Her music taste is pretty much all over the place, but she mainly listens to indie/alternative/rock artists, (and also went through the well-known ‘emo phase’ which has never quite left her). Whilst the future of concerts/festivals is very uncertain right now, she’s hoping to make sure the Records/Live section stays alive by promoting interviews and virtual events. Hopefully once Miss Rona departs we’ll get back to live events, and the mosh pits will return and thrive!

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.

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

Becky is a third year English student who loves all things nostalgic. Although she is trying very hard to expand her taste in TV and music, she loves nothing more than watching or listening to her old favourites (because let’s face it, you can’t beat a good throwback playlist!). A lover of TV quiz shows, her Mastermind specialist subject would be Gavin and Stacey, but to her there is no better feeling than whenever Richard Osman says well done for getting a Pointless answer at home.

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.

Records/Live Executive: Katie Evans

Katie is a third year Film student with a passion for music and an obsession with attending (possibly too many) gigs and festivals. She’s currently been to somewhere around the 200 mark and therefore never has any money unless it’s to spend on a Juicy Lucy when she’s down Jesters. If she’s not listening to the one and only LG (Liam Gallagher) on loop whilst waiting around at Avenue for her lectures to actually start then she’ll most likely be walking around the Southampton Common trying to feed the ducks an unholy amount of pom bears (don’t do this its bad for them 🙁 ). You can usually find her ranting to her film friends (who definitely don’t care) about how Django Unchained is the best film ever made and raving about the 100% true fact that Andrew Scott is the best man to ever walk the earth.

Their pronouns are she/her.

Responsibilities:

  • Helping find weekly releases for ‘This Week in Records’
  • Monitoring both Live and Records related emails
  • Editing articles for both the Live and Records sections
  • Taking over Records/Live Editor responsibilities in their absence
  • Assisting the planning and release of prompts for Live and Records sections, both for online and print content

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

Becky is a third year English student, who you can usually find complaining about how much she misses her cat. She usually spends her time trying to turn off the peep show episodes and force herself out of bed (which is usually a failure). She loves going to gigs and the pub. Instagram: @rebeccaorms

Their pronouns are she/her.

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: Menno Kramer (manager@theedgesusu.co.uk)

Menno is a third year Computer Science student who plays far too much Destiny for his own good. When not working on coursework the day before the deadline or grinding away at a game, he’s discussing game lore and story, to the point of having a (amateur) podcast on Destiny’s lore.

Their pronouns are he/him.

Responsibilites:

  • 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.
  • Putting up with some other committee members’ technical ineptitude.

For information about past committees, click here.