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Report: Postgrad teaching assistant campaign meeting

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By Ben Towse on Fri, 21/02/2014 - 11:57

There are some serious problems facing many postgraduate teaching assistants (PGTAs) at UCL. Wages are low and being cut, and many aren’t even paid for all their hours of marking and preparation work. But at a meeting we held recently, we heard how PGTAs in a number of departments are getting organised – and winning real improvements as a result. It’s been really exciting to see these campaigns kick off, and particularly to be involved in some of them!

*Content warning for discussion of sexual assault.

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By Doris Szu Chen on Thu, 20/02/2014 - 21:23

Justice

3 weeks ago, I wrote a blog about how I was sexually assaulted on the tube. Yesterday, I was told the sentence. The man who sexually assaulted me was found guilty of ‘intentionally touching [me] and that touching was sexual when [I] did not consent and [he] did not reasonably believe that [I] was consenting Contrary to section 3 of the Sexual Offenses Act 2003.’ The Court ordered:

National Student Money Week

Wed, 19/02/2014 - 11:34

We all know that being a student, particularly in London, can be expensive. Really expensive. And when you are trying to meet deadlines, revise for exams and fit in a social life in between lectures, worrying about money can be a real downer.  In the hope of easing some of these woes, UCL and UCLU are supporting National Student Money Week. NSMW takes place each year  and is aimed at promoting free financial help and support to all students.

GC Volunteering: Why voluntary sector team placements?

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Fri, 14/02/2014 - 13:30

The Global Citizenship Volunteering Programme is composed of two days of teaching in UCL and an eight-day team placement in a voluntary sector organisation in London. The two components complement one another to leave participants feeling confident, competent and accomplished in the voluntary sector workforce. What’s the use of the team placement?

Manifesto update - what have I been up to?

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By Ben Towse on Mon, 10/02/2014 - 12:36

When I stood to be UCLU Postgraduate Students’ Officer, I ran on a manifesto in which I promised to work and campaign on all sorts of issues. Now that we’re almost half-way through the 2013-14 academic year, here’s a report on the progress I’ve made on the different areas mentioned in the manifesto. I’ve tried to be upfront and highlight shortcomings as well as achievements, and note where I’ve done less on an issue because another UCLU officer has taken the lead.

Ministry of Comedy - new act added! - BBC3's NICK HELM

Mon, 10/02/2014 - 12:00

###### Special guest announcement ########

Line up now includes BBC3’s brilliantly brash and bearded comedian - Nick Helm.  Headlined by improv Troupe The Noise Next Door and support from Luke Benson and more. 

Our famous Ministry of Comedy nights returns again on Tuesday 11th February. Nowhere else can you watch high quality professional comedians in a great convenient location. 

£3 entry for Stand up Comedy @ Mullys

Fri, 07/02/2014 - 13:05

Our famous Ministry of Comedy nights returns again on Tuesday 11th February. Nowhere else can you watch high quality professional comedians in a great convenient location. 

This time sees a headline set from the UK’s premier improv comedy troupe - The Noise Next Door &  compered by Ministry of Comedy regular - Alex Zane Tickets are £5 on the door so save yourself £2 and buy yours now 

Pride in UCLU Sport

Tue, 04/02/2014 - 11:08

According to a recent report by the National Union of Students:

-  38% of LGBT+ students participating in sport at their university or college aren’t out with teammates and coaches.

-  1 in 7 students are put off participating in sport at university because of homophobia, biphobia or transphobia.

-  47% of LGBT+ students who do not participate in sport find the culture around sport alienating or unwelcoming.

 The aim of the Pride in UCLU Sport campaign is to tackle LGBT+ discrimination in UCLU sport.

UCLU Pole Fitness presents "Suspense"

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 14:51

Following last year’s sellout show ‘Cirque du Poleil’ UCLU Pole Fitness Society presents: “Suspense”

UCLU Pole Fitness Society returns for the third year running with their annual showcase, unveiling the intriguing world of aerial pole. Come along and prepare to be amazed by our sensational athletes as they demonstrate all they have learnt over the past year, from complete beginners to seasoned pole competitors.

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