PinC’s Current Committee
PinC’s committee includes both those who occupy committee positions and those who are links. Links are the volunteers in charge of PinC’s individual projects and therefore manage the volunteers working on their project and liaise with our contact within the institution.
If you would like to occupy a committee position or become a link then please contact us.
President: Aimee Goldsmith
“I oversee all of the projects within PinC and the volunteers that are involved in these. I ensure that PinC achieves its aims effectively and efficiently. I joined PinC as a volunteer in my first year, was part of the committee in second year, and now in my third year, am the president.
I joined PinC because I wanted to make philosophy practically useful and more available to people who may enjoy it. It is a great thing to take part in at Uni, and it has shaped my university experience. You learn lots of new valuable skills and it is a very rewarding experience. It is a good way to for students to give back to society and share their passion with the wider community.”
Vice President: Martha Lee-Harris
Link for Westways Primary School
“I assist the President in overseeing the coordination of all PinC’s projects. This involves ensuring that there is good communication between each of the projects and their link, as well as establishing links with new projects. I also have the responsibility of arranging visits to the university for Secondary and Sixth form pupils to experience university style teaching through lectures and seminars.
PinC is a huge part of why I came to Sheffield. Seeing the students’ creativity and enjoyment in our sessions is great fun, and I think that encouraging students to question things is a real force for change.”
Recruitment and Outreach: Deacan Robinson
“I am the outreach and recruitment officer, meaning I am responsible for recruiting volunteers and ensuring that they’re having the best possible time at PinC, and going out and meeting with potential new projects.
I started volunteering for PinC because I wanted to give a platform to people who have never studied philosophy before to discuss philosophical themes. PinC has always been a real passion of mine, and I have learned a lot from it.”
Publicity and Social Secretary: Natasha Mutungi
Link for Stockbridge High School
“I make sure that the Facebook and Twitter accounts are up to date and efficient in relaying information about upcoming PinC events. I also take care of PinC’s website where students, volunteers and members of the public can look for information about who we are, what we do and how to be part of it.
I am looking forward to making the volunteers feel as though they are part of a close knit community. I hope to achieve the goal of the volunteers feeling welcomed and having stocksbridge school as an ongoing link.”
Secretary: Hannah Dobson
Link for Roundabout Homeless Shelter
“My role in the committee is secretary, so it’s my job to organise meetings, take minutes, and book rooms. As well as holding a committee position I am also the new link for Roundabout, which is our project with homeless young people.
Philosophy in the City has given me the opportunity to engage in philosophy outside of my module choices and get new perspectives on philosophical problems. It’s been a great way to gain more confidence and help make philosophy more accessible to a variety of people outside of university.”
Treasurer and Transport: Anne – Marie Plum
“I am in charge of ensuring all the taxis are booked for the volunteers and making sure we stick within our budget overall.
I decided to join PinC in second year because I enjoy teaching in primary schools and wanted to continue this. I decided to go for the treasurer and transport role because I loved being part of the society and wanted to get more involved.”
Link for Silverdale: David MacLachan
“I first got involved with PinC at the start of my third year as an undergraduate, volunteering at Silverdale with a L6th class who were just starting to study philosophy for the first time. As time passed I moved to helping an U6th class get to grips with some more complex topics.
Being involved with PinC has definitely helped me get to grips with how I process philosophical problems – the advice when writing essays was always to make it simple enough for someone younger than you to understand it, but having to help teach philosophical ideas to a wide range of age groups has emphasised the importance of this, and made it easier to do so.”
Link for Westbourne Primary School: Philip Hope
“My role on the PinC committee this year is to act as Project Link with Westbourne School; planning lessons, coordinating with volunteers and feeding back to the committee.
I believe the ability to think critically is vital in the modern world, and one of the best ways to develop this is through philosophical discussion.”
Link for Longley Park: Marina Georgiou
“My role within the Philosophy in the City project is to act as a link between our volunteers and Longley Park Sixth Form. I timetable our meetings with sixth form students to fit in with their availability, and our volunteers. My role is also to support and guide our volunteers, particularly those who are new to tutoring or to Philosophy in the City.
I joined PinC in first year because I wanted to engage with philosophy beyond my university course, and have always enjoyed helping or mentoring students. I have gained more confidence in my ability to teach and facilitate discussion, and am starting to consider a career in teaching.”