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Elections voting issues - Update

By Daniel Warham on Fri, 28/02/2014 - 16:14

We are aware that there has been a serious issue which has been affecting our members ability to log in to uclu.org today, Friday 28th February 2014.  This is also impacting on the opening of voting as of 10am this morning, specifically meaning that for many there has delay in loading voting pages.

Please note that if you have been able to log in and vote, this will have been successful and once the current issue is resolved, you will be able to check the status of all of your votes.

Student Choice Teaching Awards - Nominations Open!

By Keir Gallagher on Thu, 27/02/2014 - 11:48

This week marks the launch of this year’s UCLU Student Choice Teaching Awards. We launched these awards last year in response to student feedback – you wanted a way to celebrate outstanding teaching across UCL and setting up these awards to raise the profile of teaching is part of our response to that. There are three categories to choose from, including Outstanding Teaching, Outstanding Support for Teaching and Outstanding Personal Support.

Sports Ball Update

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By Doris Szu Chen on Wed, 26/02/2014 - 12:41

Sports Ball tickets have sold out. We are exploring the possibility of increasing the number of tickets (nothing is guaranteed) and will let you know as soon as possible.

IntoUniversity - Volunteer Mentors

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Wed, 26/02/2014 - 12:18

Inspire young people to raise their aspirations and achieve their potential. IntoUniversity provides a network of learning centres in disadvantaged areas and we are looking for enthusiastic and committed UCL students to become mentors in 2014. Volunteers are asked to contribute just 1-2 hours every two weeks at one of our 11 centres across London and take part in fun activities together and in groups.
Our next training session is on Wednesday 5th March, 1-5pm.
To find out more watch this short film

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


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. 


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