UCLU is delighted to announce the roll of honour for the 2014 Student Choice Teaching Awards. We would like to say thank you on behalf of all the students who nominated for your continued contribution to Outstanding Teaching, Support for Teaching, Personal Support and Researcher Development at UCL.
Exams and coursework can cause additional stresses and worries for students, on top of all that they cope with already. If you are having a difficult time, London Nightline is here to listen to any sort of issue that might be on your mind, no matter how big or small.
You can talk to Nightline volunteers in complete confidence, and they won’t judge you or tell you how to run your life: they will simply listen to whatever you want to say.
Joy Ho volunteers as a Gallery Assistant at the Museum of the Order of St John. She is Material and Visual Culture Masters student at the Department of Anthropology, and helps out fortnightly at the museum.
What do you do as a volunteer? Describe your typical session.
Zhanelya is a 3rd year Computer Science student. For the last 5 months she has volunteered 1-2 hours a week with The Liver Group Charity, working on their web content and social media presence.
What do you do as a volunteer? Describe your typical session.
I am responsible for managing the charity’s website content and design updates, with the aim of improving their on-line presence. I also manage and update a number of their social media channels, such as YouTube.
October 2013 saw the first ever major Black History Month celebrations held at UCLU. The programme was hugely successful, receiving national recognition and being attended by a great many UCL students. This year, we want to make it even bigger and better!
University staff in the UCU trade union have temporarily delayed the marking boycott to 6 May in order to vote on a pay offer made by their employers. If they vote to accept the offer, the boycott will be cancelled.
Cycling has been growing quickly in London but still remains a minority form of transport, with even lower participation in other parts of the UK. What status does this give cycling in culture? Are cyclists considered ‘outsiders’, and if so, what does this mean?
This half-day symposium organised by UCL Transport Institute will look at cycling and culture from a range of perspectives, attempting to shed light on how cyclists interact with their environment and with others.
This Easter the ULU Playhouse is opening its doors to take care of those who care for others. This will be a great opportunity to meet student parents and carers from across London and the start of many pan-London meet ups to create a strong support network of student parents and carers.
On the day there will be:
COIN, the UK’s leading climate communications charity, and LSE’s Grantham Institute are looking for 18-25 year olds to take part in cutting edge research on their thoughts about climate change. COIN is offering £20 worth of music vouchers (or a £20 cash donation to your group or society) for your participation.
As you may be aware, UCL recently published a draft of a 20 year plan, entitled UCL2034. This sets out some of UCL’s high level strategic objectives from the coming years. You can access the draft on the UCL2034 website, which requires a UCL log in. The draft is open to comment from all, so please take some time to read through it, and respond, to tell UCL what you think we should be doing over the next 20 years.
UCL / LONDON KNOWLEDGE LABORATORY
Help us pilot a Computer Games Design Club to improve literacy and computer science skills in 11 to 13 year olds in one of UCL’s target boroughs. Participants will work on Missionmaker: a 3D games frame to create visually rich 3D worlds for first-person missions. The designers introduce sets, animated characters, dialogue and music to enhance the tasks.
Last November, PhD Students in the Institute of Archaeology were told that the printers in their research rooms were to be removed and replaced with new ‘multi-functional devices’. The research room printers had been free, and used widely by students in their daily research activity, as well as for conferences and teaching, but the new printers would charge through the Printer Credit system. These changes lead to a campaign in December to save their printing privileges.
RUMS Boat Club were crowned champions at RUMS Netball’s recent charity event competition, the Lumsden Cup. Thirteen teams from across RUMS sports teams played netball in an event to raise funds for RUMS Netball’s chosen charity, KEEN. Playing incredibly well, competition for the title was tough, and the charity event raised £271.59.
Did you know that Commonwealth and EU students living or studying in the UK are eligible to vote in the upcoming local and European elections?
Elections will be taking place on 22 May and give you the chance to shape the way the country is governed. If you have moved to a different address since you last registered or have never registered before, fill in this online form to register before the 6 May so you don’t miss out on your chance! www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
UCLU is a registered member of the National Union of Students, who represent student views on a national level and next week will be the annual NUS National Conference. Conference is the sovereign policy making body of the organisation. It sets policy for the year each in each of the five zone (Welfare, Further Education, Higher Education, Union Development and Society and Citizenship) and elects representatives for the upcoming year, including NUS President.
31st May 2014 sees the Quad once again transformed to host our annual Summer Ball. Open to all students and their guests the Summer Ball this year has a theme of Midsummer Night’s Dream. As always there will be DJs, live music (this year in the form of a Ceilidh), walkabout entertainers, a fairground and more…
Tickets are now on sale for £35 until the 17th May when the price rises to £40 so get yours early as the ball has sold out for the last few years!
An emergency Union Council meeting (UC13x5) last night voted 7-2 in favour of the ‘Motion to ban UCLU sport (UP1414)’. The motion, which will be available online shortly, cites reasons such as safety and funding shortages in support of the ban. After an hour of debate on the issue, council were forced to a vote by the union chair. The motion passed and comes in to force with immediate effect.
The resolves of the motion are to:
(1) Disaffiliate all UCLU sports clubs with effect from the beginning of next academic year (2014-15)
Open City Docs Fest is a documentary film festival based at UCL. In June they will host their 4th edition, taking place on the UCL campus and in venues across London. This year they are looking for 6 budding student journalists to cover the programme of their upcoming festival for openDemocracy, a website that is read weekly in almost every country of the world, publishes an average of over 60 articles a week and has a monthly readership of over 215,000 unique visitors.