Every 25th of November the archaeological community celebrates the day of archaeology by disseminating what this discipline is all about. The idea behind this day is to encourage people from all ages to engage with activities related to archaeological practice.
As all the undergraduates sleep in this morning, the first day of Christmas break, I’d just like to send waves of good wishes to all the postgraduates and masters students who still have some time to go! And now to business…
UCLU will be closed from the afternoon of Tuesday, 23 December 2014 until the morning of Monday, 5 January 2015.
On Wednesday 3 December, a peaceful demonstration and sit in at Warwick University held as part of a national mobilisation for free education was violently invaded by police who used pepper spray and threatened Tasers to intimidate the students.
We at UCLU unequivocally condemn the actions of the West Midlands Police and we stand in solidarity with the students who were protesting. Police repression, used to quell all forms of dissent, has no place on a university campus, which is meant to be a safe place where ideas are discussed openly.
At a loose end in December? Worried you’ve been a little bit too naughty this year, and need to tip Santa’s scales in the ‘nice’ direction? Want to get a head start on those New Year resolutions? Or round off the year by meeting some new people?
Sounds like you might be up for a bit of Festive Volunteering ….
As part of the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment campaign, the UCLU Women’s Network decided to launch an exhibition called WriteBack! where UCL students were invited to write their experiences of sexual harassment and assault. The WriteBack! exhibition, situated in the North Lodge, was intended to remain open from the 26th November until the 10th December, in line with the NUS Women’s Campaign’s 16 Days of Activism.
On the 28th November, the UCLU Women’s Officer discovered that a former student had written that they’d been sexually abused by a member of UCL staff.
For the first time ever, we have reached 10,000 UCLU Club & Society members before Christmas. Well done to all student committee members involved in achieving this milestone and keep up the good work!
Last year our end of year total was 10,254 members, the highest to date. Hopefully 2014/15 will see this record broken once again.
The CSC Team
We are currently in the middle of a governance review at UCL Union. This involves changing/adapting the number and roles of our current sabbatical officer team. So I’ve noted some crucial points about:
The ninth of December,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
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Last week 6 UCLU Sports committee members attended the joint BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) & Deloitte leadership academy. The course, which took place over two days, was held in the middle of nowhere, where we were unfortunately informed that the nearest tube stop was in fact a 5 hour drive away, and the concept of a ‘night-bus’ service seemed alien. All was not lost though, as it was made clear that the nearest shop was ‘only’ a half-hour drive..
As some of you may already know, we will be having a general assembly on the 9th December to decide the new sabbatical and part-time officer role positions.
This blog is rather long so here’s links to the various:
On December 9 we’ll be having a General Assembly to decide a new Sabbatical Officer structure. There are two proposals which entirely change what the Sabbatical Officer roles are going forward, and a couple about other aspects of the Union - one which would implement job shares for part-time officers, and one which argues for the Institute of Education to get a sabbatical officer. I’ll be blogging about what my preferred structure would be very soon, but I’ll keep this post purely informational.
It has been a successful month for UCLU Ultimate Frisbee. Three UCL teams went to the London & East Mixed indoor regionals. The first team (after winning a sudden death point against Imperial in the semi-finals) comfortably beat Hertfordshire in the final 8-3 to be crowned top mixed team of the region.
We at UCLU would like to condemn the new measures to be put forward by Theresa May, in a counter-terrorism bill to be published on Wednesday that would mean new powers allowing the Home Secretary to order universities to ban “extremist speakers” from their campuses (see here for more information).