UCLU welcomes the announcement today that some of the changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), as announced by David Willetts, the former universities and science minister in April last year, will be put on hold until 2016/2017, while a more comprehensive review takes place.
Settling into my role as Welfare and International Officer has been hectic but fun! I have been to a couple of NUS conferences and training events, which have allowed me to pick the brains of other Welfare Officers. It’s been really interesting to see what they are doing at their universities!
UCLU are pleased to announce that the issue relating to the online shop has now been resolved.
You can now purchase items from our online shop and proceed through payments to make a successful transaction.
Notice to those who attempted to purchase an item from the shop before today:
We are working hard to resolve the issue surrounding online sales from our shop.
Unfortunately, the issue has not yet been resolved and we are not in a position to open sales on our shop again yet. We endeavour to fix the problem as soon as possible and will keep you updated on the progress. At the moment, we hope to have this fixed by 2pm, tomorrow, Wednesday, 3 September.
UCLU apologise to announce that due to a technical fault with the payment system sales on our online shop have to be stopped with immediate effect.
Tickets are not sold out for any event yet and will be back on sale by 2pm, Tuesday 2 September.
**Content note: mention of suicide and rape in relation to the ‘Migrant X’ abortion case
I’ve spent a lot of the past week moving flat and took a day off either side of the bank holiday weekend to move my stuff across London, so rather than writing two blog posts that span three days each, I’ve decided to condense them into one.
** Content note: brief mention of harassment and stalking.
Me and the rest of the UCLU sabb team have spent most of the last week at NUS Lead and Change – a four-day conference which aims to teach sabbatical officers how to… lead and er, change things.
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!
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.
Congratulations to those of you who find yourselves intrepidly looking at this page for the very first time as a confirmed future student of UCL and member of the best students’ union ever!
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.
** 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.
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).
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:
When you elected me, it was on a manifesto as a socialist and with a range of specific commitments. As I come to the end of my year as Postgraduate Students’ Officer, I’ve written this round-up of my work and the progress made on those commitments.
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.
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.
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.