I’m pleased to be able to publish another guest blog, this time by Andy Murray, who is both the PhD Student Academic Representative (StAR) in UCL History of Art and the UCLU Postgraduate Association’s Education & Welfare Officer representing research students. Andy has been involved in the campaign for better pay and conditions for postgrads who teach in his department, and in building the UCL-wide effort to link the departments up and improve our treatment across the board.
After a weekend of exciting varsity matches, things look set to continue today as the UCLU Medics’ Hockey team take on their KCLSU rivals. The teams will be playing this evening and with a strong team spirit amongst the medics’, the atmosphere promises to be electric. Buy your tickets now so you don’t miss out!
Tickets - £5
Womens’ - 6pm
KCL Sports Ground, Honor Oak Park
Today sees the first of our London Varsity Series one to one sports kick off. UCLU Muay Thai have been training hard with world class coaches and world Thai boxing champion David Paquette. A sport that requires nerves of steel, the Muay Thai showdown promises to be intense and full of surprises. The line up will consist of:
Hong Chun Leung
After a fantastic kick off to the London Varsity Series with last night’s Hockey matches, the fun continues at 2pm this afternoon. UCLU and KCLSU’s netball teams will be battling to be crowned the victory at the Somers Town Community Sports Centre, and UCLU is putting forward its best squad:
Hannah Button - Goal Attack/Centre - Captain
Bobbie Jackson - Wing Defence/Goal Defence - Vice Captain
Marking the weeks leading up to International Women’s Day (8th March 2014) UCLU Women’s Network has been displaying a selection of photo in the Print Room Café taken as part of the I’m a Feminist Because… project. Students and staff were asked to express their reasons why they still define themselves as a feminist in 2014. Please do re-post the photo you love using #feministucl.
Marilena Hadjittofi currently volunteers befriending patients on the Red Cell Haematology floor at the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre. She’s a a third year Psychology student and volunteers at the hospital once a week.
What do you do as a volunteer? Describe your typical session.
UCLU’s cheerleading squad, UCU Lightning showed everyone what they were made of at the annual SNF Future Cheer competition last month. The event is the largest university cheerleading competition in Europe and our teams came away with a fantastic 5 out of 7 trophies.
Despite being the new kids on the block (the society is only in its third year) UCLU Lightning competed with 13 other university teams to take away two first place, two second place and one third place prize across various team and stunting categories.
UCLU Hockey Club face their inaugural participation in the London Varsity Series this evening when both the women’s and men’s teams take on their counterparts from King’s College London.
Both the women’s and men’s teams are doing well in their respective leagues this year. The Women’s first team has topped their league, and has already beaten King’s in a LUSL meeting this year, while the Men’s first team has secured a promotion to the BUCS top division for the first time.
I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new UCLU Student Choice Teaching Award for 2014, which we’ve designed to highlight the outstanding academics who support researcher development. We want to celebrate supervisors and the other academics (like the often-unsung postdocs!) who train and support us in becoming independent researchers in our own right.
Occult comedian Andrew O Neill (recently seen on Never Mind the Buzzcocks alongside Heidi Range and Maverick Sabre) will be headlining our spectacular comedy night, Ministry of Comedy on Tuesday 11th March. See more here
The UCLU spring elections are off to a flying start and it’s been great to see so many candidates campaigning for your votes. But, there are still lots of you how are yet to vote and there is still time left to decide!
If you’re still unsure of who will be getting your vote, come along to the Main Quad tomorrow to hear the sabbatical candidates talk about why they are running and what they hope to achieve if elected. Take a look at their manifestos before you come too!
On the 4th and 5th of March (tomorrow and the day after), outsourced workers at a neighbouring university, SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies) are going on strike, demanding an end to oursourcing, following a record-breaking 100% YES vote for strike action, on a 62% turnout.
Many students, particularly mature and part-time students, face problems with their timetables. According to the feedback collated from mature and part-time students in December, below are among the most common issues facing students:
There is less than a week for everyone to get their London Varsity tickets! Our teams have been working day and night, rain or shine to prepare for what promise to be some epic matches, so don’t miss out on the sporting event of the year!
If you want to know a bit more about the athletes, check out our brand new, shiny London Varsity website.
Yes, you read that correctly. UCLU are offering its tired, stressed and over-work (or maybe over-partied!) students FREE massages in the 2nd Floor Study in 25 Gordon Street today and every Monday for the rest of term in fact!
Come along, today between 12pm and 2pm - you’d be mad not to!
Maria Cross gives us an insight into UCLU Musical Theatre Society’s phenomenal schools project ….
35 UCL students, 32 school children, 3 performances, 1 big week.
The Big One is a student-led volunteering project that unites pupils from UCLU Musical Theatre Society and two local high schools to stage a school show like no other.
As a member of UCLU Musical Theatre Society, I was well aware of the past achievements of The Big One.
UCL has developed some online training for students on the subject of equality and diversity. Equality is about ensuring individuals are treated fairly and are not discriminated against or harassed on the grounds of characteristic such as their race or gender. The training has been designed to equip students with an understanding of their rights and responsibilities, both at university and in future workplaces.