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Shape the future of UCLU

Mon, 13/10/2014 - 14:39

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:

BHM Series - 10th October 1917 - Thelonius Monk is born

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 00:01

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.


BHM Series - 9th October - A Review of the British Museum Black History Tours

Thu, 09/10/2014 - 00:01

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.

Come to our Big Volunteering Fair this Thursday and Friday

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Wed, 08/10/2014 - 07:25

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.

BHM Series - 7th October 1955 - Yoyo Ma is born

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 00:01

Yo-Yo Ma was born on the 7th October 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began playing the cello aged four and, as a child, played before Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. Ma studied at Juilliard School of Music and Harvard University and, so far, has recorded more than 75 albums and won 16 Grammy Awards. Among his other awards are the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Liberation's Tea Party

By Hajera Begum on Mon, 06/10/2014 - 16:56

Last week we held our first cross liberations event - a successfully tea party with bunting, cakes and pretty sandwiches! This was a great chance for students to find out about liberation campaigns and our four liberation networks. It was refreshing to meet so many of you interested and excited about liberation and also asking important questions!

BHM Series - 6th October 1917 - Fannie Lou Hamer is born

Mon, 06/10/2014 - 00:01

Born on this day in 1917 in Mississippi, Fannie Lou Hamer was one of 20 children born to sharecroppers Jim and Ella Townsend. At the age of six, she started working with her family picking cotton in the plantation fields. She continued to work on plantations throughout her childhood and teens. In the Summer of 1962, Hamer made a decision which would change her life and help to change the lives of Black Americans.


BHM Series - 5th October - Alumnus Jomo Kenyatta

Sun, 05/10/2014 - 00:01

UCL Alumnus Jomo Kenyatta is known for his dedication to campaigning for Black Africans, namely the Kikuyu of Kenya, under the oppressive rule by Europeans during colonialism.

In 1934, Kenyatta enrolled at University College London to work on Arthur Ruffell Barlow’s English-Kikuyu Dictionary. In 1946, he collaborated with other African nationalist students and co-founded the Pan-African Federation.

BHM Series - 4th October - Yom Kippur

Sat, 04/10/2014 - 00:01


Today is Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is considered by many to be the holiest date of the Jewish year and is the most celebrated holiday, observed by religious and secular Jews alike. Celebrated on the tenth day of the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, the name means Day of Atonement and it is a holiday that gives Jewish people the chance to atone for their sins.  


UCLU Elections: Technical issues with nomination form

By Hannah M L Sketchley on Fri, 03/10/2014 - 08:03

We experienced some technical difficulties with the online nomination form for students submitting multiple nominations in the elections.  The Returning Officer has ruled that the nomination deadline be extended to 2pm, Friday 3 October 2014.  If you were experiencing problems with the nomination form earlier, we encourage you to resubmit. 

We apologise for any inconvenience that these difficulties may have caused. 

Mentoring & Tutoring Volunteering

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Fri, 03/10/2014 - 06:19

We’ve got loads of volunteering opportunities on offer as mentors and tutors with educational charities across London, helping young people achieve their personal and academic goals. With just a couple of hours a week, you’ll be potentially making a huge difference to someone’s life. And as with all roles advertised through the Volunteering Services Unit , your travel expenses will be paid for and the recruiters have signed up to our quality standards.

BHM Series - 3rd October 1972 - Komla Dumor is born

Fri, 03/10/2014 - 00:01

Komla Dumor was born on the 3rd of October, 1972, in Accra, Ghana. He obtained his bachelors degree from the University of Ghana, and a Masters degree from Harvard University. From 2006 and until 2011, Komla was part of the BBC African Service in London, he hosted the radio programme Network Africa, and presented The World News and Africa Business Report.



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