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Register to vote in the UK

Fri, 15/08/2014 - 14:57

Registering to vote in England has changed, and as a student, your voice in the national political arena is important with a General Election looming in 2015.

Under the new system (Individual Electoral Registration), you now have the option to register online. Each person is required to register to vote individually, rather than by household and they must be registered under their current address.

Welcome to UCLU

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 08:30

Welcome to UCLU!

Congratulations: you made it through A-Levels, the IB or one of the myriad of other qualifications which you have to sit to get to university. It may be a cliché, but this really is one of the most exciting times of your life.  Whether you can’t wait to get here or you’re feeling a bit nervous, UCLU can help you navigate the first few weeks – and the next few years.

UCell at the Green Man Festival

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Mon, 11/08/2014 - 10:41

UCell are a team of PhD students, lecturers and industrial partners working on electricity production from hydrogen.  Our aim is to demonstrate the real potential of alternative energies by providing fuel cell generated electricity to events, along with public engagement and demonstrations to inform and educate about fuel cells and energy technologies in general.

My Campaign Priorities for the Year

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By Annie Tidbury on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:49

** Content note: brief mention of sexual harassment and stalking.

This year I have big plans. I’ve already reached the end of my first full week as Women’s Officer and I thought that now would be a good time to write some of those plans down in a place where women students can read about them.  

Blog posts can be long and rambling things, but luckily, my campaigning priorities can be handily divided into four broad categories:

1. A safer campus for women students.

University Management Are Not On Your Side!

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By Hannah Webb on Thu, 31/07/2014 - 23:46

I have come to the end of my sabbatical year, as External Affairs and Campaigns Officer. Over the course of the year, a number of suspicions that I had about the university have been confirmed; ideas that I have and share with other people of what a university should be is extremely different to how it is currently operated. UCL, although this is the case for all universities, is run with a complete absence of democracy, almost entirely controlled by senior managers, for agendas they dictate, rather than by those who actually make up the institution (students and staff).

UCLU takes on Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Thu, 31/07/2014 - 13:08

Three UCLU student groups - UCLU Comedy Club, UCLU Drama Society and UCLU Cheese Grater Magazine Society - are taking to the stage in this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, starting from this weekend. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Edinburgh. Thousands of performers fill Edinburgh’s stages covering all aspects of arts performance. 

UCLU Comedy Club are bringing two shows:

Keep the Garage Theatre alive!

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By Doris Szu Chen on Tue, 29/07/2014 - 10:37

Since we responded to the concerns of the Physics & Astronomy Department regarding the Garage Theatre relocation, there have been some developments on this matter.

First and foremost, the Provost remains 100% committed to the Garage Theatre relocation. In light of the concerns mentioned above, the Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre project is on hold and a couple of other sites are being explored. UCL Estates are checking the feasibility of these sites and the relocation will be finalised later this year.

Bloomsbury Fitness refurb 11 August - 15 September

Wed, 16/07/2014 - 12:11

UCLU’s gym, Bloomsbury Fitness, is to undergo refurbishment works in response to recent issues with the shower and toilet facilities. From Monday 11 August until Monday 15 Septemer, works will be carried out to these facilities. 

During this time, Bloomsbury Fitness will remain open as normal, so as to allow continued access to the gym and classes, but, unfortunately, the changing room and showers will not be available for use. 

Statement from the UCLU Trustee Board

By Daniel Warham on Mon, 14/07/2014 - 16:18

Following the statement released by the UCLU Trustee Board on 4 June 2014.  The UCLU Trustee Board met on 12 June 2014 to reconsider the Motion to the Union Council: Fight Fascism adopted by UCLU Council.  On consideration of the legal opinion on the matter, the UCLU Trustee Board resolved that there was insufficient evidence to substantiate the claims in the motion.  The UCLU Trustee Board took the decision to overturn this policy. 

Fortnightly update: PhD funding, and linking up across London and the UK

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By Ben Towse on Mon, 14/07/2014 - 16:03

Welcome to this fortnight’s update. With the incoming sabbatical officers at UCLU this month for training, I’ve been spending a lot of time handing over to the next Postgraduate Students’ Officer Mariana Ceccotti about all the projects and campaigns from this year. But aside from that, here are some highlights of the rest of what I’ve been working on for the past two weeks. As usual, if you have any questions feel free to email me.

Volunteering Organisation of the Year - The Latin Programme

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Thu, 03/07/2014 - 14:29

The Latin Programme - via facilis improves English literacy in underachieving State primary schools across London through the study of Latin and English grammar. We use songs, games, raps and drama to motivate and engage students and bring to life a subject that has traditionally been viewed as hard to grasp. UCL volunteers have played an important part in The Latin Programme’s mission almost from its inception.

Fortnightly update: research engagement, stipend delay support and summer events!

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By Ben Towse on Mon, 30/06/2014 - 15:15

Welcome to this fortnight’s update. With just a month left now before I and the other 2013-14 full-time officers finish, your new officers will be starting training and handover tomorrow, including the next Postgraduate Students’ Officer Mariana Ceccotti. So I’ve spent quite a lot of the last two weeks preparing and planning for the handover process! But aside from that, here are some highlights of the rest of what I’ve been working on for the past two weeks.

More Free Tickets for UCL students

Mon, 30/06/2014 - 11:26

Hosted by Davina McCall this new big money quiz show lets the contestant’s family decide how much each question is worth!  From the Producers of ‘Have I Got News for You, ‘Room 101’, ‘Weakest Link’ and ‘Eggheads’,  this is the show where knowing your family members general knowledge could save you from blowing a fortune…
You are invited to join us for an evening of high tension at ITV London Studios on Wednesday 2nd July. 


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