Ayesha has just finished her second year at UCL studying History with French and is spending her third year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris.This year she volunteered as a Female Mentor, having weekly meetings with her mentee at Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre in Camden.
We have had a number of students getting in touch to day that they are having difficulties logging into the website. Here’s the low down on what’s going on!
You can see the event you want to buy a ticket to but can’t see how to buy a ticket
Tickets go on sale on 1st September. From then onwards, you’ll see a buy it now button on the event page.
Celine is a fourth-year medical student. Originally from Singapore, she loves volunteering in the London community and has been volunteering at MEDucate, Save a Baby’s Life and Spectrum.
Tell us about what you do as a volunteer.
Earlier this year, 21 universities applied for the Race Equality Charter Mark. Today we are pleased to announce that UCL is one of only eight to have been successful. This makes us among the first universities ever to receive award following end of trial for Race Equality Charter.
The initiative, launched by Equality Challenge Unit in this academic year, follows in the footsteps of ECU’s renowned Athena SWAN charter, and recognises excellence in advancing racial equality in higher education.
I hadn’t expected to spend four years studying at UCL. There was a time when I hadn’t expected to go to university; I’d been told that because I was autistic, people like me shouldn’t or couldn’t or wouldn’t go, because universities wouldn’t want us. Happily, I learnt that that was wrong when I was about 15, and I turned out to be good enough at maths that I later looked into doing a maths degree at a variety of UK universities.
If you’re here, reading this, then congratulations! You have made it. In a short while, you’ll be starting the life you’ve spent the last few years working for. Before you know it, you’ll be a member of one of the best universities in the world, in THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD (no bias here!)
It’s been just over a month since we launched the Zero Tolerance Pledge for UCL Departments. Understandably, lots of students have been very keen to learn what progress the Pledge has been making, and which departments have signed up - and, finally, here I am with an update!
All IoE students should be aware that your IoE Office 365 account (email and OneDrive) is being migrated to a UCL account with effect from Monday 17th August. The migration of all student accounts is expected to be completed by Friday 23rd August.
Anyone trying to use London public transport today will have noticed that the Tube isn’t running and it’s difficult to get anywhere as a result. I sympathise with passengers affected; I woke up at 6am in order to reliably reach UCLU in plenty of time to prepare for an important 10am meeting. But while I would have quite liked not to have spent double my usual commute time on the bus this morning, the fact remains that I fully support the Tube strike because of the dangerous conditions that London Underground wants to force on Tube workers.
London Underground wants to…
It’s the beginning of August and I’ve been in office for two whole weeks now. Well, I say that I’ve been ‘in office’ - in reality, I haven’t spent that much time physically in the office at all. Last Friday, the entire sabb team went off on a team-building weekend; then on Tuesday, five of us went to NUS Lead & Change in Warwick; and, finally, on Friday, I was at full time Women’s Officer training here in London, at NUS HQ.
As you may well know, in December 2014, UCL and the IoE merged, to create London’s biggest higher education institution. Ever since then, everyone at IoESU and UCLU have been working away, preparing for this day - they day we officially merge and become a super union!
Pietro Servini is a postgrad maths student at UCL, and also a long-standing volunteer at the Dorcas Befriending Project in Islington. He’s written about his experiences for out latest guest blog …
UCLU will be closed today (Monday 27 August) for a staff training day. The Bloomsbury Fitness Gym will remain open.
On Tuesday 28 August, we will be back to normal (if not, improved!) service!
See you then.
Faith Anderson is in her fourth (and final) year of studying French and German. Every week for four hours, she volunteers at Age UK Westminster. Here she tells us more about her experience.
On Thursday July 16th at the annual British Universities Colleges & Sports Awards Dinner UCLU Men’s Rugby were awarded the prestigious title of BUCS Club of the Year 2015.
University College London Union (UCLU) unequivocally condemns the proposals by Home Secretary Theresa May, and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, to stop international students from working in the UK and force them to leave as soon as they finish their studies.
It’s another 12 months over and we are saying goodbye to our 2014/15 sabbatical officers. Sabeeh, Hajera, Hannah, Lukmaan, both Omars, Harkiran, Mariana, Leah and Annie have all been excellent officers this year and facilitated wins for students across a wide range of fronts. From compensation for students with housing issues to supporting students with the Meat Free Monday initiative, this year has been one to remember.
**Content note: mentions of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
So it’s already the end of my term in office and before I go I wanted to have a look back at my manifesto and see what I’ve done over the past year. First observation about my manifesto is that it’s unnecessarily long…. but here goes! It was split into three sections: Women’s Network, Campaigns and Events.
This has been an amazing year. The people I have been lucky to meet, the events I’ve attended and organised, the issues I’ve learnt about and tried to tackle - just such a full on, epic year.
A large focus of my year was making the network empowering. I did come in with things I wanted to achieve (and will go through those shortly) but my main priority was making sure the network was doing things you wanted it to do. The establishment of regular forum meetings (aka pizza time) was brilliant and many of the events that we ran this year were thanks to ideas you had. This includes ‘depression & anxiety: my story’, ‘UCL Donation Day’ and the many socials we organised. So I’d like to say a massive thank you to my committee, the student volunteers and you all for getting involved. Look how far we’ve come - I just hope we grow from strength to strength!