On behalf of the university, the Union, my fellow sabbatical officers, and the returning students of UCL, I would like to say congratulations on your results, and welcome to this fantastic institution.
At UCL, we have an amazing union (UCLU) which is run by and for the students. As a body independent of the university we will be involved in many aspects of your life during your time here. From running the clubs and societies, to providing welfare support and advice – we offer an enormous range of services. Check out our Welcome pages which we’ve created to put all the essential information in one place.
UCLU is your voice while you are here at UCL. I am one of ten full-time student sabbatical officers, elected by the students of UCL last spring to represent your views on a full-time basis for the coming year. If you’d like to represent your fellow students, there are plenty of opportunities for your to get involved.
We also focus heavily on campaigns which affect students and the wider community in London. At the moment, we are raising our voices against UCL’s decision not to renew the lease of Gower Place Practice, the health centre right here on campus which is a vital service for students. Find out more about the campaign and how you can add your voice to save such an important service.
Of course, we have some very exciting events lined up for you during the welcome period to help you get to meet new people and get to know what London can offer. We aim to have something for everyone, so we’ve organised a wide variety of events - from late-night clubbing events at London’s top venues to a quiet night in one of our bars or even a West End musical, we have it all on the cards. Also, check out our Give it a Go programme to try something new. We run events all through the year, so the Welcome events are a great taste of what’s come in the months ahead…
For those students who are joining us as postgraduates, we understand that your needs can differ greatly from undergraduates so we have a full-time Postgraduate Students’ Officer to listen to your concerns as well as the Postgraduate Association to help you to transition to postgrad life at UCL. Watch out for the postgrad-specific events at the start of term and during the year to help you settle in our community.
If you’re coming to UCL from abroad, we welcome you to the UK, to London and to UCL: you’ve made a great decision to study at a top university in a thriving city full of ambition, opportunities and a real zest for life. Moving to a new country can be daunting so the International Student Orientation Programme (18-21 September) should help you get settled.
On 26 and 27 September, UCLU will take over the main UCL Quad and Wilkins building. You cannot afford to miss our Welcome Fair as this will be your opportunity to meet with our 230 clubs and societies as well as find out more about what the union does - from our Volunteering Services Unit and how to get involved to our gym and bars - and, of course, there will be some external organisations with great special offers and freebies for students.
This post is clearly too short to outline all the functions of the union, but I would advise coming to our stalls during the Fair. Or, better yet, visit our building, one of our cafés, or a bar… you should definitely call in during your first week to see what we do.
UCLU publishes student handbooks which can be collected from the marquee in the Quad from 18-24 September, and after that from Reception in 25 Gordon St. There are also digital versions of the handbooks here that you can download:
- UCLU Medical Students’ Handbook 2013/2014 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
- UCLU Postgraduate Handbook 2013/2014 (PDF, 5.6 MB)
- UCLU Undergraduate Handbook 2013/2014 (PDF, 5.3 MB)
Hope to see you around soon,
Democracy and Communications Officer