PinC’s History

Since its conception in 2006 by a third-year Philosophy student, Philosophy in the City has gone from strength to strength. We have a growing amount of volunteers and projects. We have been instrumental in the University winning the Times Higher Education Awards, and our work has been presented in St Petersburg.

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Year Seven (2012-2013)
Committee President: Hannah Dormor
Vice-President: Richard Williams
Secretary: Nova Arkasrivorn
Recruitment, Training and Transport Officer: Robert Morgan
Publicity Officer: Cam Bisset
Community Leader: Laura Poffley (Sept-Jan)
Head of Communications: Rachel Sherrington
Treasurer: Jamie Pellman & Dan Bennett
Links:
Natasha McKeever
Hannah Dormor
Katharine Jenkins
Laura Poffley
Kate Baldwin
Rachel Sherrington
Laura Poffley
Dan Bennett
Nova Arkasrivorn
Hannah Williams
Richard Williams
September
(2012)
First Examined Life day. Lecture by Professor Eric Olson.
September
(2012)
PinC is involved in helping other departments set up ‘In The City’ programmes, in conjunction with Widening Participation.
September
(2012)
First students to gain HEAR recognition volunteer.
November
(2012)
Volunteering begins in King’s Court.
January
(2013)
Second Examined Life day. Lecture by Professor Jenny Saul.
Year Six (2011-2012)
Committee President: Olivia Platman
Secretary: Frankie Bisset
Project Leader: Ben Arscott
Head of Primary Schools: Nova Arkasrivorn
Head of Secondary Schools: Laura Roach
Head of Communications: Tom Quinn
Sheffield Volunteering Liaison: Hannah Dormor
Events Coordinator: Tom Rockingham
Links:
Cam Bisset, Silverdale
Ben MacKay, Silverdale
Abdi Suleiman, Silverdale
Tom Quinn, King Ecgberts
Frankie Bisset, Buzz
Ben Arscott, Ecclesfield
Ben Arscott, Roundabout
Richard Williams, Roundabout
Laura Roach, Longley
Olivia Platman, King Edward VII
Ben Arscott, Dearne ALC
Hannah Dormor, Porter Croft
Hannah Williams, Dore Primary
Natasha McKeever, Aston
Nova Arkasrivorn, St Catherine’s
May
(2011)
PinC wins “best Student-Led Voluntary Project’ at The Students’ union Activity Awards
PinC starts planning ‘The Examined Life’
May – July
(2011)
PinC featured in Sheffield University’s ‘Real Stories Campaign’ leading to adverts across the city
June
(2011)
Ben Arscott and Rob Hopkins discuss PinC on BBC Sheffield’s Rony Robinson show
August
(2011)
PinC becomes independent of Sheffield Volunteering
September
(2011)
Links established with Dearne ALC. PinC helps RE teachers at the school in Goldthorpe, Barnsley and gives P4C lessons
October
(2011)
PinC establishes mentoring programme at King Edward VII
December
(2011)
PinC is specifically mentioned as playing a part in The University of Sheffield winning the Times Higher Education Awards
http://shef.ac.uk/about/the-university-of-the-year
January – March
(2012)
Links established with Porter Croft and Dore Primary in order to assist in spreading P4C
March
(2012)
Ben Arscott presents PinC at a week long European institute for Democratic Participation mission in St Petersburg, addressing the theme of ‘Volunteering: tools and skills for social inclusion’
May
(2012)
PinC and Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate (ESCAL) run a joint mentoring programme to try to improve attainment of year 8 students in Ecclesfield School
Year Five (2010-2011)
Committee President: Tom Bobbin and Roy Clutterbuck ( – May), Ben Arscott (May – )
Vice-President: Olivia Platman (Oct – )
Secretary: Ben Arscott ( – May), Chole Ashley (May – )
Webmaster: Reza Hadisi ( – Oct), Cam Bisset (Oct – )
Head of Recruitment: Holly MacGregor (May – )
Sheffield Volunteering Liason: Frankie Bisset (May – )
Primary School Liason: Lauren Astbury (May – )
Links:
Jonathon Whitely, King Teds
James Jardine, King Ecgberts
Tom Bobbin, Longley
Ben Arscott, Silverdale
Ben Arscott, Roundabout Homeless Shelter (April – )
Roy Clutterbuck, Primaries
Cameron Bisset, Silverdale
Frankie Bisset, Buzz Club (April – )
Frankie Bisset, St Catherine’s Primary School (April – )
February – March
(2010)
Roy Clutterbuck trials P4C in three local primary schools
January
(2011)
A mentoring programme is established at King Ecberts school
March
(2011)
Ben Arscott, Holly MacGrgor and Cameron Bisset present PinC at Mount Holyoke’s Engaging Philosophy Conference
April
(2011)
Links are established with Buzz Club, The Roundabout Homeless Centre and St Catherine’s Primary School
Year Four (2009-2010)
Committee President: Joshua Forstenzer
Vice-President: Graham Priestley ( – Oct), Roy Clutterbuck (Oct – )
Secretary: Dominika Vetter ( – Oct), Tom Bobbin (Oct – )
Social Secretary: Sally Alstead
Webmaster: Reza Hadisi
Links:
Tom Bobbin, Longley
Roy Clutterbuck, Longley
Roy Clutterbuck, Silverdale (Oct – )
Jonathon Whitely, King Edward VII
Jonathon Whitely, King Teds (Oct – )
Mayia Jordan
Rachel Palmer
Sally Alstead, Tapton
Cloe Ashley, Tapton
Reza Hadisi, King Ecgbert’s
Joshua Forstenzer, Silverdale
Ben Arscott, Silverdale (Oct – )
James Jardine (Oct – )
Jon Scarlett, King Echbert’s (Oct – )
June
(2009)
Second ‘Philosophise!’ conference, 100 students from local schools attended day event at the University of Sheffield
Keynote address given by Dr Steve Makin
‘Taking Philosophy Further’ talk by Heather Arnold
June – July
(2009)
PinC starts engagement with Philosophy of Children (P4C)
September
(2009)
Volunteer initiative, 50 CRB-ed volunteers and teacher training made available to all
October
(2009)
PinC creates its Constitution
Creation of off-shoot project ‘Rising Stars’, aimed to direct more help towards students who have English as a second language attain a minimum of a C on their English GCSE with an academic language conversion programme
November
(2009)
P4C training for volunteers
January
(2010)
Josh Forstenzer steps down from President to run for Students’ Union President
Year Three (2008-2009)
Committee President: Dominika Vetter ( – Nov), Joshua Forstenzer (Nov – )
Vice-President: Graham Priestley
Secretary: Dominika Vetter (Nov – )
Links:
Roy Clutterbuck, Longley (Nov – )
Tom Bobbin, Longley (Nov – )
Reza Hadisi, King Ecbert’s (Nov – )
Maiya Jordan, King Ecbert’s(Nov – )
Sally Alstead, Tapton (Nov – )
Chloe Ashley. Tapton (Nov – )
Jonathon Whitely, King Ted (Nov – )
Joshua Forstenzer, Silverdale (Nov – )
Non-Office Holding Members:
Reza Hadisi ( – Nov),
Mayia Jordan ( – Nov),
Joshua Forstenzer ( – Nov),
Jonathon Whitely ( – Nov)
June
(2008)
First ‘Philosophise!’ conference, 80 students from local schools attended day event at the University of Sheffield
November
(2008)
Expansion of activities to Tapton School and King Ecgbert’s
December
(2008) 
First teacher training session for links and volunteers
December – May
(2008-2009)
Increase in volunteers from 20 to 45 (approx.)
Increase in hours volunteered
Beginning of mentoring system (pioneered by Roy Clutterbuck and Tom Bobbin at Longley Park)
Year Two (2007-2008)
Committee President: Alexis De La Ferrière
Secretary: Elaine Yeadon
Non-Office Holding Members:
Joshua Forsenzer,
Rebecca Watson,
Natalie Ford,
Ben Dunmore,
Alasdair Hiscock,
Edward Grefenstette,
Frances Scarisbrick
September – October
(2007)
Further expansion to Silverdale School and Longley Park College
The committee created the Vice-President position
November
(2007)
PinC short-listed for Times Higher Education award for Outstanding contribution to the Local Community
May
(2008)
Thinking For the City Article appears in ‘The Philosopher’s Magazine’
http://philosophypress.co.uk/?p=244
Year One (2006-2007)
Committee President: Alexis De La Ferrière
Secretary: Elaine Yeadon
Non-Office Holding Members:
Joshua Forsenzer, James Andow, Peter Kingsnorth, James Burgess
September
(2006)
Alexis De La Ferrière and Bob Stern (then Head of Department) call the launch meeting of the programme
March – April
(2007)
Link system undeveloped, committee acted as a collective decision-making body and are the volunteer pool
First classes delivered at Park Hill Academy
April – June
(2007)
Expansion of the project to King Edward VII and Broomhall after school club

 

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