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FASS annual dinner

The 2002 Faculty of Actuaries Students Society Annual Dinner was held at the Grosvenor Hotel Edinburgh on 21 November 2002 and was a great success, with more than 250 members attending.

As in previous years, all the Edinburgh-based life offices and pension consultancies were well represented. In addition, this year saw the largest attendance yet from Heriot-Watt University, with more than 60 students from the actuarial department coming to the dinner.

There were four speakers: Professor John McCutcheon gave the first speech, followed by Fiona Kirkland from GASS, with Alistair Campbell and Richard McCullagh representing FASS. The speeches covered subjects as diverse as ‘What the word FASS means in the different languages of the world’ through to ‘Similarities between the Roman Empire and FASS’. Of course, no FASS dinner would be complete without the mention of the ancient rivalry between FASS and its kindred society in Glasgow – GASS. With some FASS members coming from as far afield as Tianjin in China, the history of this fierce rivalry was explained further by the speakers.

When the speeches ended the dancing began. The university students may have been the first on the dance floor but were quickly followed by some of the more athletic life office actuaries. When the official evening in the Grosvenor ended at 1am, a large contingent moved on to a city nightclub. Even this did not stop everyone involved being punctual for their 9am meetings the following day. As the FASS president left the nightclub for his taxi at 3am, he confirmed: ‘That was the best FASS dinner yet.’

The annual dinner is only one aspect of the busy FASS agenda for 2002–2003. If you would like to know more about our talks and meetings, please contact the honorary secretary at Richard_mccullagh@standardlife.com.

At the FASS dinner: Fiona Kirkland, Professor John McCutcheon, Richard McCullough, Alistair Campbell, Philippe Guijarro

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