The Camborne School of Mines Association (CSMA)

Camborne School of Mines
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Penryn Cornwall
TR10 9FE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1326 371845

Primary Contact

Chris Kitchen

Chris Kitchen


Tel: +44 (0)1326 371845

Company Profile

The CSM Association is the alumni to the Camborne School of Mines. It is run for CSM students and graduates, linking them with each other, the School and related industries. As well as producing regular publications and a website, we organise reunions and social events around the world, and offer links for our members with companies in search of employees.

There are currently around 1,000 members around the world, who receive three newsletters per year and a copy of the CSM Association Journal, which has been published since 1896. The Association helps to organise social functions throughout the world. Functions have been organised in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Jo’burg and Vancouver, to name but a few.

The Association maintains a database of former students, so we can help to keep you in touch with each other, wherever you are. About half the members are residing or working overseas, particularly in Australia, Malaysia, Southern Africa, West Africa, and in the US and Canada. Many being employed in production mining, or in exploration, in tunnelling, civil engineering, quarrying, or in associated financial institutions.

There used to be a saying that at the bottom of every hole in the world you would find a Cornishman; they may not now be a Cornishman, but it is likely that you will meet someone who has graduated from CSM.

Former students have traditionally had very close links with each other and with CSM. Sport has always played a very important part of the life of the School. The CSM RFC and CSM AFC have each celebrated their Centenary years and are amongst the oldest football clubs in the UK. The major social functions throughout the year are the ‘Barrel Match’ where current students play past students at rugby, soccer, hockey and squash and the ‘Bottle Match’ where CSM plays its old adversary, the Royal School of Mines (RSM) for a black, battered, metal bottle.