Last night UCLU Launched, UCL: Access Denied, a mini documentary that highlights the physical inaccessibility of UCL’s Bloomsbury campus. The documentary features a number of disabled and non disabled students and staff (including the UCL Provost and President, Michael Arthur) as they experience and discuss barriers to navigating their way around UCL.
Nominations close on 27 May at 10am.
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but also what happens at a Faculty level ?
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(with the exception of Arts and Humanities and Engineering Sciences PGRs)
I am pleased to announce the winners of this year’s UCLU Student Choice Teaching Awards. We have been delighted to receive nominations from across the university, highlighting the impact good teaching can have on students’ experience at UCL. Every nominee should be proud of the positive impact they’ve had in helping students develop and thrive at UCL. The high quality of the nominations didn’t make it easy for the panel, but the winners were those which really showed themselves to stand out in their dedication to quality teaching and support for students.
Right now, students at two UCL halls of residence (Hawkridge House and Campbell House) are withholding rent and demanding compensation from UCL over unacceptable living conditions they’ve had to endure for months.
Begin your year with something amazing and volunteer to welcome new students to UCL!
We’re looking for friendly and enthusiastic UCL students to help our new arrivees settle in and feel at home. Do you remember getting lost? Feeling scared about making friends? Ending up on the wrong end of town and not knowing how on earth it happened? Now is your chance to pass your pearls of wisdom on to the next generation of UCL students.
Oliver Wong is a Biomedical Sciences student who’s been volunteering for an hour a week for a term at the Bridge Academy school in Hackney as a Careers Coach.
What do you do as a volunteer?
Provost’s Question Time
You’ve only got a few hours left to book your tickets for the Provost’s Question Time, Thursday 14 May at 1pm. Get a ticket reserved on eventbrite and be prepared for Hannah Sketchley quizzing Michael Arthur with your questions.
Just recently there has been a discussion amongst the UCLU sabbatical officers about whether sabbs (starting from next year) should be able to run for a second, consecutive term in office. This is the norm in most students’ unions but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for UCLU! Here are some pros and cons that we came up with, have a look and see what you think!
Greater stability for the Union – it’s hard to keep projects going when all the sabbs change every year.
After lobbying from UCLU’s International Students’ Forum, UCL have agreed to consider introducing fixed fees for overseas undergraduates - if students clearly express a preference in a survey that’s out now. Muhammad Omar, UCLU’s International Students’ Officer, explains why you should vote, and why he’s been lobbying for a fixed fee.
Back in March UCLU sent 8 representatives to the National Union of Students LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Trans) conference. An annual 3 day long event that brings together hundreds of LGBTQ+ students from all over the UK debate and discuss what NUS should be doing in this area. You can review all the conference documents on the NUS website and read the reports 3 of the delegates have written about their experiences of the conference.
Residents of Campbell House, a UCL-owned student house, have stepped up their campaign against poor living conditions.
Students have found their exam periods interrupted by loud demolition work from the building next door. The work begins at 8am, six days a week, and residents have found that noise in rooms facing the site reaches up to 90 decibels – roughly the same as a motorway – rendering sleep and study impossible.
** Content note: rape, sexual abuse.
The right to abortion wasn’t something I thought about all that much before I came to uni and actually, despite it being billed by the press as a ‘controversial issue’, I think lots of other people just don’t think about it either. Because it’s so basic, right? Being able to control your own body – obviously a good and necessary thing.
Its been a fantastic season for UCLU Table Tennis.
At the end of last term the women’s team won promotion to Division 1 and the London & South East Conference Cup.
The men’s team battled all the way to the finals of the BUCS national trophy, eventually finishing runners up to Loughborough. A top of the table finish in BUCS Division 1 meant the UCL men also found themselves playing off against Exeter in the Premiership Play-off.
Hello all - for those of you that have been away for Easter, welcome back, and for those who have been here slaving, we’re sorry you’ll have to start sharing the sunshine in the quad again!
We know term three is the quietest of the year while you’re all burying your heads in your last essays and revision notes, but that doesn’t mean that UCLU isn’t hear when you want us! There’s plenty going on this term, so keep an eye on Twitter, FB, Instagram and as ever, this website to see what summery goodness we’ve got for you.
You might have noticed something different in the UCLU cafes lately. Maybe it was the discount stickers, maybe it was the tasters being given out, or maybe it was the new selection of salads and sandwiches, but whatever it was, we can tell you why. It’s all been a part of UCLU’s recent commitment to the Meat Free Mondays campaign.
In April, Goldsmith Students Union launched its BME Network – a network of African, Asian, Arab, Caribbean and other students who do not self-define as white to come together, organise against and simply feel able to talk about the oppressions they face.
We want to build a stronger, more active, more diverse women’s network at UCLU and in order to do this we would like to know more about your interactions with the network and what you think it’s doing well and how it could improve.
Have your say by filling in this short survey (max 5 minutes) and be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets to the UCLU Summer Ball (worth £84).
Students at UCL’s Hawkridge House have made the next step in their campaign for compensation and adequate living conditions following a series of victories.
They have been lobbying the university for compensation, having found their lives interrupted by loud construction works since September. They were informed that these would have ended by January, however they are ongoing. UCL has now agreed to halt the work until after the examination period has ended, and offered the equivalent of a week’s rent in compensation to every resident.
Less than two weeks into the Hawkridge campaign news has just come in that UCL management have made their first offer for compensation to residents!
The College is now offering £132 per resident for the disruptions caused so far.
This is as sign that they are on the back foot and the tactic collective bargaining is working, however, this represents less than 3% of what residents pay in a year and students are encouraged to lodge an appeal and demand more.