So this is the first of my (hopefully) weekly blog where I will be updating you on what I’ve been up to. Today’s blog will probably be longer than usual but here’s a summary so you can skip to relevant sections :)
A festival to make UCL a more sustainable place.
There’s events to get you inspired and loads of opportunities to share your views about how we can all contribute to improve the environmental impact of UCL.
We’ll use your insights to help make UCL a cleaner, greener, more sustainable place (and we’ll give a free coffee to the best 50 ideas too).
Find out more on the Degrees of Change microsite.
North Cloisters: plasticine, hydrogen and chemistry
I had a meeting with Student Support yesterday, and one with Gower Place Practise around a month ago, and I can confirm that whilst talks are still happening between NHS England and University of London, it is very likely that the practise will move to University of London Student Centre (formerly ULU) next year. The practise has been given permission to stay at Gower Place until the end of July 2015.
UCL is recruiting volunteers to provide mentoring to small groups of 12-14 or 16-18 year old students at the school sponsored by UCL in Swiss Cottage, North London.
The elected NUS Black Students Officer Malia Bouattia has been threatened and vilified on a national level.
The NUS NEC discussed a motion “Iraqi/Kurdish solidarity”. Malia had said she was not happy with one of the lines (resolve 5), explaining how she believed it could be used to push islamophobic actions. It was decided a new motion would be written for the next meeting.
On Friday it was World Mental Health day, a day where globally the spotlight is put on mental health education, awareness and advocacy. At UCLU we decided to focus on anxiety as it is a mental health problem which many students here at UCL suffer from, or might at any point experience symptoms of.
During the 1960s and 1970s, the Black Panther Party was one of the most controversial civil rights organisations in America. Founded on the 15th October 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was originally ratified on a 10-point charter:
We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our black community.
We want full employment for our people.
We want an end to the robbery by the capitalists of our black community.
Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the most iconic figures of Burmese history. The daughter of two prominent political figures - her father took part in negotiating Burmese independence from the British in 1947 and her mother served as the Burmese ambassador to Nepal and India in the 60s - Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on this day in 1991, for “her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”.
Earlier this year, almost 3,300 of you gave us your views on what your Union should be like in our survey. We are now developing this feedback into a plan that will ensure we deliver the best representation and the best services to you.
We would like you to be a part of this by coming to one of our workshops and taking part in our interactive feedback exercises. You will have the opportunity to comment on our future direction and to tell us what a great student experience means to you (chocolate will also be involved!).
The workshops will be held on:
The UCL Past, Present and Future exhibition launched UCLU’s Black History Month on the 2nd of October and will provide an agreeable visual backdrop to the festival until its conclusion on the 30th of the month.
The Morant Bay Rebellion is one of the defining moments in post-slavery Jamaican history. The modern narrative on slavery ends with abolition, hailing it as a revolutionary end to oppression and suffering. But the question of what happened after the abolition shows that the struggle of black people did not end with the indenture.
Born on this day in 1917, jazz pianist Thelonius Monk is recognized as being one of the most influential figures in the history of the movement, and a founding father of bebop.
Although born in North Carolina, Monk was brought up in New York City where, as a young child, he began piano lessons. His musical skill was apparent from a young age and at 13 he was banned from entering a weekly contest at the Apollo Theatre because he had won it so many times.
Thank you if you made it down to the first part of our Big Volunteering Fair on Thursday. Roll on day 2! It’ll be an all-new line up of exhibitors, with over 40 different stall-holders who weren’t here on Thursday, including the British Red Cross, Citrus Saturday, Doctors of the World, Kids Company and Health Poverty Action.
It is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer amount to see in the British Museum, so having the knowledgeable Robin Walker to guide us through the artefacts of Africa was an incredible opportunity. I had liked the sound of this tour as I hoped that it would allow me to encounter new objects and histories. There were around thirty people in total, which says something for an early and drizzly Saturday morning. In a refreshing look at the African and Egyptian collections, Robin actively critiqued the labels that were displayed.
UCL is London’s Volunteering University - getting involved in the community is a massive part of student life here. To find out what it’s all about, come along to our Big Volunteering Fair on the 9th and 10th October. There will be over 80 stalls to browse where you can chat with leaders from charities and student community projects from across London.