Background Image Courtesy Hubble, Large Binocular Telescope, Subaru Telescope, Robert Gendler

2020-2021 Committee

The executive committee is composed of university students and is responsible for the day to day running of the society. Please contact them if you have any questions. At the end of Lent term there is an opportunity to stand for next year's committee. If you are interested please contact a member of the committee

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Chair:   Xavior Wang Xuchen (xw362)

A second year NatSci at Eddies, and an aspiring physicist. His interest splits neatly between quantum computing and space technology. In his free time, he likes to gaze upon the stars and comtemplate the ephemeral existence of mankind and the inevitable heat death of the universe, and how he'd left his key card in him room again.

Secretary and Webmaster:   Oliver Normand (ocn22), Jesus College

A fourth year physicist with an ever evolving passion for astronomy. His attendance at talks became more regular if significantly less punctual throughout his first year and hasn't improved since, although he could reliably be found finishing the flapjacks at the ends of talks whether he had attended or not. He has an irrational enjoyment of operating the Northumberland telescope (who doesn't??) although too often his nights observing are made difficult by the presence of significant numbers of clouds and significantly fewer stars. When not attending to all things CUAS, he can be found sitting in a rowing boat while pretending to know what he is doing, wandering aimlessly around a remote Scottish hill or undertaking other diverting forms or procrastination.

Junior Treasurer and Membership Officer:   Tingjing Xing (tx223), Murray Edwards College

A third-year physicist who has been in love with astronomy since she was ten. Her friends are often startled by her suddenly jumping in excitement and her pointing at the sky on a clear night. For some inexplicable reason, she is obsessed with Orion's Belt and the Southern Cross. As the treasurer, she is now clueless about what kind of socially-distanced gatherings can generate income during covid. With absolutely zero talent in sports, Tingjing often procrastinates by binging on animes or researching on her next travel destinations.

Observation Secretaries:
To contact the Observation Secretaries, please write to: cuasobserv (at)

Ralph Battle (rb920)

A second year earth scientist who has been an amateur astronomer since the age of 12. He loves observing, especially the moon and planets since they are unaffected by the evil of light pollution. The CUAS talk snacks last year were his entire weekly allowance of sugar, and he attended these talks religiously which may explain how he ended up on the committee. He has a project to build a telescope which has been running for 6 years and may never end, but constantly thinks he is making progress. When not observing he fills his free time with cycling, hiking and sailing.

Joseph Thornton (jdt50)

Steve Shen (zs351)

Events and Publicity:   Hrachya Zakaryan (hz361)

A third-year physicist and past chair of CUAS. Missed only one talk throughout his first year and for some unknown reason would always arrive half an hour early, before even the speakers. Unfortunately, didn't have the chance to use the Northumberland telescope in the first year due to staying half an hour bike ride away, with little more success in his second year. Outside of CUAS, he can often be found aimlessly walking around town, or the botanic gardens.

CUAS also has a senior committee consisting of a President and Senior Treasurer who are Paul Hewitt and Jonathan Shanklin respectively and oversee the actions of the society.


See above for the link to our constitution.


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Photo Credit

The photo of the Ring Nebula is courtesy Astronomy Picture of the Day/Hubble Space telescope/Large Binocular Telescope/Subaru telescope/Robert Gendler (source).