The approach to the end of term 2 brings many important dates, but none more so than the Annual UCLU Interclub Dodgeball Tournament! This hugely successful event has been held in the quad on the last Wednesday of term for many years. We will see old rivalries reignited and new ones created - this is the chance to settle age-old debates. All in order to raise money for C-R-Y, a charity founded in 1995 to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to young sudden cardiac death.
Women’s UCL 10-7 KCL
Men’s UCL 16-9 KCL
Please see the London Varsity Series website for full results from all fixtures throughout the series.
UCLU Women’s and Men’s teams dominated their respective games against King’s College in the final evening of a sporting week, and their triumphs pushed UCLU to become the winners of London Varsity Series 2014, with a score of 8 points to 5.
You must have a ticket in order to enter the ground. Tickets can be purchased online and collected from the CSC Reception, 2/F Bloomsbury Building, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AY.
Getting to the ground
Allianz Park Stadium, Greenlands Lane, London NW4 1RL
Take the Northern line to Mill Hill East then the 221 Bus towards Edgware. Alight at Copthall Sports Centre, the ground is then a short walk away.
Following a tremendous victory for both women’s and men’s teams in Thursday night’s Fencing fixture, UCLU now lead the series 6-5 heading into the last day. This evening the women’s and men’s teams will meet in the rugby finale from 5pm, and UCLU need to win just one match to take us to 7 points and win the series.
Meeting in Allianz Park, the women’s match kicks off at 5pm, and the men’s at 7.30pm. Steeped in competitive history and with all still to play for, this is not an event to be missed.
Over the past few months, myself, the Welfare and International Officer, Katie Kokkiniou, and the Disabled Students Officer, Grace Jeremy, have become deeply concerned about the development and potential introduction of a fitness to study policy at UCL. This comes after a Fit to Sit policy last year was strongly opposed by UCLU, which in part led to that policy being abandoned. You can read more about that on this blog written by my predecessor.
Next Tuesday UCLU’s Raising and Giving Society will be bringing a 175ft bungee crane into the Main Quad of UCL and giving you the chance to get more than your fair share of thrills for a Tuesday!
The penultimate fixture in the London Varsity Series is tonight’s Fencing. With a men’s team which went the whole of last year undefeated and winning the cup, and a women’s team who are yet to find a competitor who can beat them this year, Fencing is one of UCLU’s most successful sports teams. The guys and girls competing will be using three types of sword as they take on their KCLSU rivals, pushing nerves of steel to the limit!
In a nine-fight competition, UCLU Taekwondo overcame King’s winning five fights to their four and adding another point to the Varsity total, narrowing the gap to just one point with four fixtures remaining on Thursday and Friday.
The breakdown of fight results are as follows:
With just five fixtures remaining in this year’s London Varsity Series, all eyes are now turning to the Fencing and Rugby Clubs who have yet to meet King’s. There are a total of 13 fixtures, and so far the score is KCLSU 5 - 4 UCLU.
A breakdown of results
Friday 7 March
UCL 1- 4 KCL
UCL 3 - 4 KCL
Tonight at 6pm with will be holding Union Council in the Conference Room. All students are encouraged to come and debate the issues that face their Union and inform the decisions that are made. Proposed policies range from upholding Holocaust Memorial Day to mandating officers to campaign for more weekend study space. See that full list here and we hope to see you tonight. Or, if you can’t make it, follow our coverage on @UCLU’s twitter account under #UCLUCouncil.
Riding high on a victory for RUMS Women’s Hockey yesterday, today sees the Taekwondo match taking place at Somers Town Sports Centre. The showdown will take place at 7pm and tickets are only £3, so now is our chance to show Kings what we’re really made of! This intense game based on the Korean martial art translates as “the way of the hand and foot” will involve face-to-face combat based on the five tenets of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indominatable spirit.
The campaign for fair pay for our staff continues as the UCU trade union has announced a possible marking boycott. The employers have stubbornly refused to listen to appeals to fairness, attempts to negotiate, or to strike action. Our staff have therefore been left with no choice but to resolve that, if university managers still won’t enter negotiations and make a fair deal by 28 April, staff will not mark or give feedback on students’ work.
It’s time again to update you with highlights of what I’ve been up to for the past couple of weeks. Keep an eye out for more info over the next couple of days as well, because the latest developments in the campaign for fair pay for our university staff are nearly ready to share with you!
As usual, if you have any questions feel free to email me.
Join us for a unique opportunity to explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series, with our guided tour of the studios where all eight films were produced on Saturday 15th of March 2014. See more here
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