In April, Goldsmith Students Union launched its BME Network – a network of African, Asian, Arab, Caribbean and other students who do not self-define as white to come together, organise against and simply feel able to talk about the oppressions they face.
We want to build a stronger, more active, more diverse women’s network at UCLU and in order to do this we would like to know more about your interactions with the network and what you think it’s doing well and how it could improve.
Have your say by filling in this short survey (max 5 minutes) and be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets to the UCLU Summer Ball (worth £84).
Students at UCL’s Hawkridge House have made the next step in their campaign for compensation and adequate living conditions following a series of victories.
They have been lobbying the university for compensation, having found their lives interrupted by loud construction works since September. They were informed that these would have ended by January, however they are ongoing. UCL has now agreed to halt the work until after the examination period has ended, and offered the equivalent of a week’s rent in compensation to every resident.
Less than two weeks into the Hawkridge campaign news has just come in that UCL management have made their first offer for compensation to residents!
The College is now offering £132 per resident for the disruptions caused so far.
This is as sign that they are on the back foot and the tactic collective bargaining is working, however, this represents less than 3% of what residents pay in a year and students are encouraged to lodge an appeal and demand more.
Students at Hawkridge House have been withholding rent due to an ongoing dispute with UCL Accommodation, over the delay of building works that has severely disrupted student’s lives, especially making it harder to revise over the Easter break.
Men’s Rugby: An incredible Year
UCLU’s Men’s Rugby side capped off an incredible season this week as their 1st XV signed off with a 60-point victory of Queen Mary’s. The try-fest was in keeping with the style off attacking rugby that they’ve played this year, as they took the league undefeated, and provided a fitting send-off to the final year members, including 1st XV captain Joe Heagerty.
UCLU Dance Society attended the annual KCL Dance Competition ‘Just Dance It!’ this weekend and have brought home the trophies. 12 different university dance societies attended. UCLU Dance Soc entered 7 different categories and came home with 5 trophies.
The winning candidates in the academic and liberation section committee elections are as follows:
BME Network Postgraduate Students’ Representative: Abdul Rashidi
BME Network Publicity Officer: Sarah Zaidi
BME Network Secretary: Neema Kotonya
BME Network Social Secretary: Sarah Marghoob
International Students’ Officer: Fanyao Zheng
International Students’ Forum Social Chair: Mariola Sebastian
International Students’ Forum Undergraduate Officer: Boglarka Balazs
UCLU would like to express its solidarity with the ongoing student occupations in LSE and UAL.
Among the issues that have been raised by the occupiers have been free education, the continuing marketization and commercialisation of their universities, the cutting of hundreds of Foundation course places and the recognition of institutionalised racism within the university.
Sadly due to circumstances beyond our control, this evening’s (24/03/15) Ministry of Comedy has been cancelled.
UCLU Table Tennis are having a fantastic year of results!
On Wednesday the Women’s 1st team (pictured with their medals) triumphed over Royal Holloway 1st to become winners of the BUCS South Eastern Conference Cup. The team are also sitting top of their league, a win on Wednesday will secure promotion to Division 1.
Its not only the women who are having a successful season. The Men’s Table Tennis team have made it all the way to the BUCS National Trophy final and take on Loughborough 1st tomorrow.
Following on from last year’s sell out event, comes the UCLU Prohibition Summer Ball 2015. With live music, fairground rides and all sorts of entertainment, this is the hottest ticket of the summer, so make sure you get yours before the 17 May, so you can benefit from the early bird discount. Tickets will be at the bargain price of £36, rising to £42 thereafter… if there are any left!
Still not convinced? Take a look at this video of last year’s ball - we defy you to spot anyone that isn’t having an excellent time.
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On Monday the 9th March I went on a trip with the Union of Jewish Students’ to Auschwitz. This trip was important to me, not just because of the huge significance that the events occurring at Auschwitz have had on society in general, but also because my great-grandmother was sent to Auschwitz as a political prisoner during the war.
**CW: mention of poor mental health and police violence
Yesterday we held an event where students were able to share their personal stories about poor mental health - whether that be experiences they’ve gone through themselves or experiences of supporting someone who has. As the stories began being told, the support in that room was amazing. At some points we were even moved to tears, in anger of how some people had been treated or with relief from the kind words that were being said.
UCL seal over London Varsity Series title with convincing win at the Taekwondo Varsity
UCL claimed an overall 5-4 victory over King’s in the neck-to-neck Taekwondo Varsity, giving UCL the 11-8 lead overall in the London Varsity Series. This means with one day to go of the series and two Rugby Varsity matches, UCL had already claimed the Series title for the second year running since its inauguration last year.
With nine fights in total, each fight consisting of two rounds of 1.5 minutes each, this promised to be a highly thrilling event.
Adrenaline and an incredible atmosphere help UCL’s Women’s Water polo team to secure victory at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre
The women’s water polo match started only half an hour after the UCL Swim team had won their Varsity, taking the overall Varsity series to 8-8. This meant there was added pressure for the women in water polo team who had the chance to put UCL in the lead. This pressure did not stop them from performing well, in fact it gave them extra motivation and drive which they demonstrated from start to finish.
UCLU Men’s Basketball narrowly miss out on a win
UCL proved dominant in the first half of the game, but King’s were able to turn up the heat in the inaugural Men’s Basketball Varsity as they claimed a close 36-30 victory.
UCL opened up the scoring campaign, but KCL were always on the chase, equalising 2-2 then 5-5. It was tipped to be a UCL victory as King’s compete in BUCS’ third division, whilst UCL are up in BUCS Premiership South. However, this proved to be a much tighter affair than predicted.