Hatfield PSIFA
Who was who?

This compilation was initially made as part of a series of articles to mark 40 years of Hatfield PSIFA.

 

 

Introduction
Hatfield PSIFA is (or was depending on when you are reading this) the student science fiction society of Hatfield Polytechnic, subsequently rebranded as Hertfordshire University (ref. 1).

PSIFA stands for the Polytechnic ScIence Fiction/fantasy Association.

Hatfield PSIFA, Hertfordshire science fiction SF
Logo design: Julian Barker

PSIFA logo
Sweat shirt / T-shirt design variant

The black & white version of the logo with the society's name, as used for sweat shirts can be downloaded from here, full size, for printing on A3-sized paper should a new generation of students wish to get their own sweatshirts made.

The 2nd year PSIFA promotional leaflet, with a list of its first year events, is here.

 

Who was who in PSIFA
Over its first four decades, in total roughly 1,000 students have been PSIFA members!  And that is a quite realistic estimate (ref. 2).  Many were active in different ways: at times PSIFA ran writers' workshops, field trips to conventions and films, even gaming nights, etc.  But at the end of the day it was PSIFA's officers who were answerable to the students union and who took a lead in most matters.  So who were these souls?  We have begun to attempt to list them below.

 

THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONS OR CORRECTIONS THEN DO
 
CONTACT US PUTTING PSIFA SOMEWHERE IN THE SUBJECT LINE
 
SO IT CAN BE FORWARDED TO THE RIGHT PERSON THANK YOU.
 
BY THE WAY THERE WILL BE MISTAKES BELOW, SO BE KIND.
THIS IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT
 
(Once we have the offficers sorted we might move on to other areas of PSIFA activity.)

 

PSIFA officers by academic year

1978/'9
President & Founder: Steve Foard (Computer Science)
Vice-Pres' & Founder: Jonathan Cowie (Environmental Studies/Science)
Secretary: Winston Dobres (Engineering)
Treasurer: Andy Hope (Computer Science)
Media Officer: Pete Gilligan (Psychology)

1979/'80
President: Liz Burak (Applied Biology)
Vice-President: Neil Henderson (Course details?)
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: Kevin Berry (Course details?)
Media Officer: Jonathan Cowie (Environmental Studies/Science)

1980/'81
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer: ?????
Honorary Officer: Jonathan Cowie (Environmental Studies/Science)

1981/'82
President: Mark Leach
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

1982/'83
President: Pete Randall (Combined Studies)
Vice-President: Steve Edwards (Course details?)
Secretary: Mark Gittens (Course details?)
Treasurer: Phil Willis (Course details?)
Media: David Walker-Morgan (Course details?)
Publicity: Jon Axtell (Course details?)

1983/'84
President: Mark Bunce (Computer Science?)
Vice-President: DJJWM (Course details?)
Secretary: Julie Owen (Course details?)
Treasurer: Stephen Hill (Course details?)
Media: Miles Harris (Course details?)
Hypo-Space: Neil James (Environmental Studies)
Publicity: June Forwards (Course details?)

1984/'85
President: Dave Woodell ? Jesse James? (Course details?)
Vice-President: John Axtell (Course details?)
Secretary: Jaine Fennel (Course details?)
Treasurer: ????
Media Officer:??????

1985/'86
President: Jaine Fennel (Course details?)
Vice President: James Cooke (Course details?)
Treasurer: Brian Cadwell (Course details?)
Secretary: Chris Hodgson(Course details?)
Media: Andy Holmes (Course details?)
Publicity: Julie Owen (Course details?)
& Chris Allen (Biology)
Hypo-Space: Martin Stewart & John Rhodes (Course details?)
SU Liaison: Ann Sarcoe (Course details?)
Rag Liaison: Mark Henderson (Course details?)

1986/'87
President: Andy Hobson (Combined Science Studies)
Vice President: Clive Rowland KST (course title?)
Secretary: Jay Sinha (Computer Science)
Treasurer: Robin Westcott (Course details?)
Media Officer: Martin Portman (Computer Science)
Publicity: Carl Southworth CH1 & Ben Wright AM2 title?
Rag Liaison: Sally Gibson KST title?
Hypo-Space: Suzanna Raymond (CSD & Martin Stewart (EXTerntal)
External Liaison: Martin Portman (Course details?)

1987/'88
President: Andy Hobson (Combined Science Studies)
Vice President: Clive Rowland (KST title?)
Secretary: Sally Gibson (KST title?)
Treasurer: Robin Westcott (CH title?)
Media: Martin Portman (Computer Science)

1988/'89
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

1989/'90
President: Dinsdale (KST title?)
Vice President: Philip Clarke (CSD title?
Secretary: Debbie Brilliant (KST title?)
Treasurer: Az Madujibeya (AM title?)
Media: Simon Tuckwell (Computer Science)
Publicity: Jill Griffiths (KST title?) & Sean Gaffney (Environmental Science)
Hypo-Space: Clive Rowland (external member)

1990/'91
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

1991/'92
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

1992/'93
President: Kate Tettmar (B4 subject title?) Secretary: Kieren Pentland (B4 subject?)
Treasurer: Dan Ives (CSD subject?)
Media: Adam White-Bower (P subject?)
Hypo-Space: Pete Owen (CH subject?) & Chris Milton (Computer Science)

1993/'94
President: Trudi Topham (Computer Science)
Vice President: Philip Hill (Computer Science)
Secretary: Dave Williams (Computer Science)
Treasurer: Edward Thompson (course?)(resigned November) Michelle Kaye (course?)
Hypo-Space: John Lanham (course title?)
Oxfam Liaison: Daniel Ives (course title?) (1993) then Posh Paws (1994) (course title?)
External Liaison: Clive Rowland (course title?)

1994/'95
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

1995/'96
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

1996/'97
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

1997/'98
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

1998/'99
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

1999/2000
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

2000/'1
President: Christopher Challis (course?)
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

2001/'2
President: Christopher Challis (course?)
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

2002/'3
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

2003/'4
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

2004/'4
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

2005/'6
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

2006/'7
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

2007/'8
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

2008/'9
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

2009/'10
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

2009/'10
President: ?????
Vice-President: ?????
Secretary: ??????
Treasurer: ?????
Media Officer:??????

2010/'11
President: Faye De la Costa (course title?)
Vice President: Rebecca Wood(course title?)
Secretary: Moss [Surname?) (course title?)
Treasurer: Ben Churchill(course title?)

2011/'12
President: Moss [surname?] (course title?)
Vice President: Ben [surname?] (course title?)
Secretary: Joey Mordecae Dimmock (Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence)
Treasurer: Tom Jacobs (course title?)

2012/'13
President: Joey Mordecae Dimmock (Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence)
Vice President: Tom Ferry (course title?)
Secretary: Liam McBeth (course title?)
Treasurer: Jack Doyle (course title?)

2013/'14
President: Joey Mordecae Dimmock (Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence)
Vice President: Liam McBeth (course title?)
Secretary: Ed Chantler (Computer Science)
Treasurer: Jack Doyle (course title?)

2014/'15
President: Matthew [surname?] (course title?)
Vice President: Joey Mordecae Dimmock (course title?)
Secretary: Ed Chantler (Computer Science)
Treasurer: Liam Harrison (course title?)

2015/'16
President: Liam Harrison (course title?)
Vice President: Joel Spicer (course title?)
Secretary: Ben Vann-Turner (course title?)
Treasurer: Katie Smith (course title?)

 

PSIFA ceases (temporarily it is hoped) being a broad-church SF society to become a tabletop gaming group.

2016/'17
President: Joel Spicer (course title?)
Vice President: Katherine Keogh (course title?)
Secretary: Daniel Wade (course title?)
Treasurer: Chad Williams (course title?)

2017/'18
President: Ben Essex (course title?)
Vice President: Jay Box (correct spelling?) (course title?)
Secretary: Tiffany Tripp (course title?)
Treasurer: Georgia Fisk (course title?)

2018/'19
President: Georgia Fisk (course title?)
Vice President: Chad Williams Secretary: Tiffany Tripp (course title?)
Treasurer: Daniel Wade (course title?)

 

 

 

Footnotes:-

Ref. 1.  Change of title from 'Polytechnic' to 'University'.  Of course the rebranding of 'Polytechnic' to 'University' is merely a matter of words that in the broadest sense largely have the same meaning.  'Poly' comes from the Greek polu meaning 'much' andpolloi meaning 'many'.  'Technic' comes from the Latin technicus or the Greek tekhne meaning art.  Meanwhile 'Uni' comes from the Latin unus 'one' or 'forming one', and 'verse' from the Latin versari meaning 'to be engaged with' as, in versed, and also the Latin universitas 'the whole world'.  So you can take your choice: polytechnic, a place to study many arts/skills; or, university where you come to one place to engage in studying the whole world.

Ref. 2.  Estimate calculation of the total PSIFA membership over the years relies on some simple and conservative estimates.  At the time (2019) of originally compiling this article (ignoring any possible subsequent updates) PSIFA had been going 40 years. Courses are typically three years long with some having a fourth external, industrial placement year which for most means away from campus and so these fourth years can be ignored. Therefore potential cohort recruitment years (think ecology and 'life tables') are 40/3 = 13.3333.  Assuming that the early years of PSIFA membership levels of over 100 waned to say an overall mean of 75 (to keep things simple), then the estimated total number of individual students belonging to PSIFA = 13.3333 x 75 which = 1,000.

 

External link: PSIFA Alumni page.

 


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