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Undergraduate Student Membership of IOM3 - Let MinSouth help
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To become a member
Student Groups and Events
MinSouth Student Sponsorship
IOM3 Research Grants
Young Persons Lecture Competition
Continuing Professional Development
Student Mining Games
Student Representation on MinSouth Council
Reasons for Professional Society Memberships
IOM3 Younger Members Activities


Secondary Schools
Ecton Mine
Young Women into Mining

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Undergraduate Student Membership of IOM3 - Let MinSouth help - MinSouth will pay your undergraduate student membership of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, currently £35, provided that you are on a relevant undergraduate course within our catchment area and that you select MinSouth as your Local Society.

What are the benefits? You will receive:

  • Membership for the duration of your course and for 18 months after the completion of your studies
  • Free access to the App version of monthly Materials World magazine
  • Access to Local Society meetings
  • Reduced rates on conference fees and publications
This membership package has a potential value in excess of £250.

Membership of a professional body is an important core strand of your personal professional development. See Reasons for Professional Society Memberships for more information on the benefits of joining IOM3.

To become a member: First contact us to confirm your eligibility. Then download an IOM3 Student Membership form, fill it in nominating MinSouth as your local society and send it to us. We will attach payment and forward it to the membership department.

We recommend that you join this way to receive full benefits, but you may also register directly with us as an Associate student member of MinSouth. This membership, which is only of MinSouth and not of IOM3, will entitle you to all of the benefits of MinSouth membership, including advance notification of meetings, preferential booking at key events and access to downloads.

See our Membership section for more information.

Student Groups and Events - MinSouth is also prepared to sponsor a relevant student group or event at your college. Contact usfor details or to submit a request for event sponsorship.

MinSouth Student Sponsorship Each year MinSouth award a sponsorship to a final year Undergraduate student. The sponsorship consists of £1,000 in the student's final year of study The sponsorship is for students studying geology, mining engineering, engineering geology or mineral processing. Eligible applicants for the award should complete the application form, have it signed by their Head of Department, Academic Supervisor or equivalent, and return it to the address given on the form no later than 26 October.

IOM3 Research Grants: The IOM3 awards a number of scholarships and bursaries in the minerals and mining disciplines. The applications received for each award are judged in respect of academic excellence and scholarship. The application must therefore specify academic ability. Candidates merely seeking assistance for financial hardship will not be considered. Preference for these is given to Institute members, and for the Centenary Scholarship, Student Membership of the Institute is a requirement.

Young Persons Lecture Competition: The IOM3 runs an annual Young Person's Lecture Competition, with support from the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers. Initial heats are organised by the local societies. MinSouth organises its heat in March each year. Winners of local society heats go forward to regional heats, the winners from will then compete in the national final. The national winner then goes to an international final, which in 2009 is in South Africa.

The aim of the Young Persons Lecture Competition is to provide an atmosphere of friendly competition for young Scientists and Engineers so that their presentation skills will improve whilst addressing an informed audience.

The competition is open to students and graduates in industry or academia whose age is 28 years or under on June 1st of the year of the competition. (i.e. for 2010, born on or after 1st June 1982).

Abstracts of maximum 150 words must be made available to the local society contact person at least one week prior to the event. Each entrant will give a presentation lasting not more than 15 minutes on a subject of their choice about any aspect of Materials, Minerals, Mining, Packaging and Clay Technology, Science and Engineering. The formal set of rules is issued each year.

Prizes and certificates are awarded. The prizes in 2009 were:

Local Events:A prize of £100 for each class winner and Certificates awarded to all participants.
Regional Events:The regional winners selected for the final received a £150 prize sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers'.
National Final:1st £750 plus Armourers & Brasiers' Company medal.
2nd £400
3rd £200

Continuing Professional Development - Technical Meetings & Masterclasses: First the serious news: Professional education never stops. As a professional you will need to participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD), not only for your day to day job but to maintain your status once you have become a Chartered Professional with IOM3 or a similar organization. The good news is that CPD doesn't mean a life of continual exams but rather participation in a range of technical learning and professional activities. MinSouth and the International Mining & Minerals Association, IMMa, representing the Resources Divisions within its parent body the IOM3, organise such CPD activities. The great majority of the MinSouth technical meetings are free and those which are not usually offer student discounts. Even the more serious meetings have a social element. See our Events section for further details.

Student Mining Games: An International Student Mining Games event has been held for several years. This event sees teams of students compete in events based on manual skills such as air leg drilling, panning, surveying and timber sawing.

In response to proposals by the student representatives on our council, MinSouth is liaising with local societies in other UK regions to set up a UK Student Mining Games.

The aims of the competition would be to keep the old-fashioned mining techniques alive, as well as strengthen the camaraderie of the mining students and create an excellent networking environment for both students and professionals, but in a different setting to the usual university campus talks.

MinSouth is prepared to sponsor a team from each of the relevant undergraduate departments in our catchment area to compete in the UK Student Mining Games. For details, contact MinSouth.

Student Representation on MinSouth Council: Each year, MinSouth has two student representatives on the Council, which manage all of our activities. These representatives keep us in touch with student issues and propose initiatives for MinSouth to support. We value their inputs and if you wish to find out who may be representing students on your course or how you might become a student representative then contact us.

Reasons for Professional Society Memberships: IOM3 membership is an invaluable means of broadening one's knowledge base, exchanging ideas and networking with others of like interest at technical and social meetings. MinSouth and the IOM3 bring together all of the main mining industry disciplines into one organisation. Networking may often help in gaining employment and student internships.

Membership of a professional engineering institution licensed by the Engineering Council UK, the ECUK is the only route to register as a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporate Engineer (IEng) or Engineering Technician (EngTech). The IOM3 is licensed to award all of these plus it is licensed by other bodies to award Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).

It is important for professional engineers and scientists to be recognised. Only by using the prefix Chartered can we truly be identified as professionals. This requires that you are a member of a licensed body and the sooner you join one the sooner you may start the appropriate professional route to acquire the experience and knowledge to apply for corporate membership and chartered status.

Progression in grade of membership, coupled with the recognition of competence through Chartered status, is widely recognised as a mark of one's ability.

Corporate membership of the IOM3 confers Status as Competent Person for approving exploration and Mining resource documents as per stock exchange regulations. Additionally, it enhances one's credibility as a consultant.

The codes of practice which accompany membership, such as that for Mineral Resources and Reserves, provide rules and guidelines, which form a strong basis for your professional conduct in commercial, ethical and legal situations.

Membership provides access to knowledge through the use of Library facilities, the transactions on-line and the IMMAGE catalogue.

IOM3 Younger Members Activities: All the major professional bodies that have combined to form the IOM3 had Younger Members Committees. Their good work is continued through the current Younger Members Committee, (YMC), which was established in 1967.

Younger members (normally under the age of 35) account for approximately one third of the Institute's total membership and as such constitute a large and important group of members. The YMC's participation in forming policy decisions is essential and it is through these opportunities that we can make a difference.

The members of the YMC are also proud of the Institute's position within the Young Engineers Forum (YEF), a group of around 35 science, engineering and technology institutions in which the Institute is taking a lead role.

The YMC comprises members who represent the regions, disciplines and membership grades of the Institute and local societies, with a good mix of academics and industrialists.

Younger members now have a say at all levels within the Institute and, with representations on the majority of the Institute's committees and technical communities, including Council, Professional Policy Board, Education Committee, Materials Strategy Commission, Light Metals Division and Iron & Steel Society, to name but a few.


Secondary Schools Members of MinSouth are keen to help teachers explain to their students just how important the minerals industry is to civilised society, and the role played by geologists, mining engineers, mineral processing technologists and extractive metallurgists in providing us all with the metals and minerals we depend on in our daily lives.

MinSouth supports the aims of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining's Schools Affiliate Scheme(SAS). Schools which join this scheme receive monthly copies of Materials World, the Institute's magazine highlighting the latest developments in the application of materials and, therefore, the possibilities open to students for careers in interesting scientifically-based topics; plus an SAS Newsletter once a term; and, most importantly, the opportunity to have SAS staff members come to the school for a day and give enlightening hands-on courses showing the practical applications of science in demonstrations directly linked to the relevant curriculum.

MinSouth members are also willing to come to schools themselves to talk about their own careers within the minerals industry. It is one of those industries in which everyone who is in it is enthusiastic about what they do - not only meeting interesting challenges, but being guided by their training in how best to solve them, and all are keen to pass on their enthusiasms to the next generation. An outline of what is involved in the various career openings within the industry is presented on a CD produced by MinSouth entitled "Metals - where on Earth do they come from?"

Contact Tony Brewis to learn how to bring SAS and MinSouth to your school.
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Universities Every year in March, MinSouth holds a meeting in which a number of students taking courses related to the minerals industry are asked to give presentations on some topic of their choice. This is intended to encourage them to meet others in their chosen industry and give them the opportunity of presenting their work to a wider audience.

Ecton Mine MinSouth also provides generous financial support to the Ecton Mine Educational Trust. This owns the Ecton Mine where, from Bronze Age times, the copper and lead deposits were worked for over 3,500 years, ceasing in 1891. Ecton lies in Staffordshire, in the south-west corner of the Peak District National Park. The present facilities at Ecton provide a unique environment for the pursuit of biology, chemistry, geology, geography, history, physics, social sciences, archaeology, minerals processing, mining, and surveying. The Ecton Hill Field Studies Association (EHFSA) has for many years run tutored one-day courses to support A-level science courses in chemistry and geology.

Young Women into Mining MinSouth is also keen to support the aims of the WISE campaign (Women into Science and Engineering), the minerals industry nowadays being open to women for successful careers. One key example of such a person is Cynthia Carroll, until recently Chief Executive of Anglo American, one of the world's largest mining companies.

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