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.
Welcome to this fortnight’s update. With the incoming sabbatical officers at UCLU this month for training, I’ve been spending a lot of time handing over to the next Postgraduate Students’ Officer Mariana Ceccotti about all the projects and campaigns from this year. But aside from that, here are some highlights of the rest of what I’ve been working on for the past two weeks. As usual, if you have any questions feel free to email me.
The Union Awards 2014 took place in the Woburn Suite of the Hilton Euston. This event celebrated the best of the best across all UCLU activity.
The Latin Programme - via facilis improves English literacy in underachieving State primary schools across London through the study of Latin and English grammar. We use songs, games, raps and drama to motivate and engage students and bring to life a subject that has traditionally been viewed as hard to grasp. UCL volunteers have played an important part in The Latin Programme’s mission almost from its inception.
There are many people who feel uncomfortable, harassed or discriminated against, (often because of the way they look) when using men’s and women’s bathrooms. At UCLU we want to make these experiences a thing of the past.
Welcome to this fortnight’s update. With just a month left now before I and the other 2013-14 full-time officers finish, your new officers will be starting training and handover tomorrow, including the next Postgraduate Students’ Officer Mariana Ceccotti. So I’ve spent quite a lot of the last two weeks preparing and planning for the handover process! But aside from that, here are some highlights of the rest of what I’ve been working on for the past two weeks.
“HONEY I’VE BLOWN A FORTUNE!”
Hosted by Davina McCall this new big money quiz show lets the contestant’s family decide how much each question is worth! From the Producers of ‘Have I Got News for You, ‘Room 101’, ‘Weakest Link’ and ‘Eggheads’, this is the show where knowing your family members general knowledge could save you from blowing a fortune…
You are invited to join us for an evening of high tension at ITV London Studios on Wednesday 2nd July.
UCL student volunteers turned up in force for our eleventh Volunteering Awards ceremony. They came to share stories, eat and drink, and to generally have a big fuss made of them. We were also joined by UCL and UCLU colleagues, and representatives from London’s voluntary and community sector, and from Camden Borough Council.
We think that the humble bicycle is something that enables big things.
Unicyclists is a soon-to-be-launched social documentary project which will explore cycling life and culture within the UCL community.
It’s all about showing off the diverse range of students, staff and academics that cycle as part of their day.
Eighty undergraduates from across the university are the first to have successfully completed the Global Citizenship Volunteering Programme, run by the Volunteering Services Unit from 2 – 13 June 2014. This is a two-week academy, which encompasses a taught element within UCL, and team placements at one of fourteen different London voluntary organisations.
Last week at UCLU Council, student representatives voted overwhelmingly to support the NUS London project, a project that I have been working on hard this year. NUS London will be a London-wide union and will represent all students across London (both from universities and colleges). UCLU is committing to contribute up to the salary of one full time officer, who will work full time next year to lobby and campaign for students in London.
Major Concessions Won Regarding UCL Support to Study Policy.
A couple of months ago, I wrote about the potential introduction of a ‘Fitness to Study Policy’ at UCL, which would allow for UCL to terminate a student’s registration or interrupt their studies without the students’ consent if it is felt that their studies are becoming too detrimental to their health, or their health too detrimental to their studies, or to the wellbeing of themselves or others.
There has been extensive discussion recently in the student and wider press about a motion passed by UCLU Council to take action against the “Nietzsche Club”, formerly known as “Tradition UCL”. This article aims to clarify our political position, give some context, and explain the reasons for the actions our Union voted to take.
The UCLU Arts Ball 2014 took place on Wednesday 4 June. Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed to UCLU Arts this year. A special mention goes to Eleanor Trezise and Ed Barrie for their work as Activities Officer and Arts Officer, highlights include the successful Activities Network meetings and the overhaul of the Colours and Awards process.
Today is World Environment Day and the theme for this year set by the UN is ‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’, in recognition of the potentially devastating and likely consequences of climate change for small island states.
Here’s a list of five small things you can do:
UCLU Council adopted the Motion to the Union Council: Fight Fascism at its meeting on 11 March 2014. The UCLU Trustee Board reviewed the motion that was adopted, at its meeting on the 27 March 2014. The UCLU Trustee Board exercised concerns over the legalities of the resolves and took the decision to seek legal opinion on the matter. Pending this legal opinion, the UCLU Trustee Board resolved that point 2 of Union Resolves be suspended for the time being. A further statement will be provided once the UCLU Trustee Board has considered the legal opinion.
Do you remember your first day here at UCL? It’s big and scary and exciting and crazy! To help our fresh faced new students navigate their way through all of the chaos, we are recruiting a team of Welcome Volunteers. This is a great opportunity to make new friends, get experience for your CV and give something back to UCLU. Projects will range from welcoming students into halls, conducting campus tours and helping students at the Welcome Fair.