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Sat, 01/08/2015 - 07:00

As you may well know, in December 2014, UCL and the IoE merged, to create London’s biggest higher education institution. Ever since then, everyone at IoESU and UCLU have been working away, preparing for this day - they day we officially merge and become a super union! 

UCLU Closure 27/7/15

Mon, 27/07/2015 - 07:00

UCLU will be closed today (Monday 27 August) for a staff training day. The Bloomsbury Fitness Gym will remain open.

On Tuesday 28 August, we will be back to normal (if not, improved!) service!

See you then.

"...I have become a more compassionate person. I would never have chosen an elderly persons’ charity but it was the best opportunity..."

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Mon, 20/07/2015 - 15:01

Faith Anderson

Faith Anderson is in her fourth (and final) year of studying French and German. Every week for four hours, she volunteers at Age UK Westminster. Here she tells us more about her experience.

You say goodbye, and we say hello

Wed, 15/07/2015 - 16:00

It’s another 12 months over and we are saying goodbye to our 2014/15 sabbatical officers. Sabeeh, Hajera, Hannah, Lukmaan, both Omars, Harkiran, Mariana, Leah and Annie have all been excellent officers this year and facilitated wins for students across a wide range of fronts. From compensation for students with housing issues to supporting students with the Meat Free Monday initiative, this year has been one to remember. 

Women's Officer Manifesto Review

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By Annie Tidbury on Mon, 13/07/2015 - 11:46

**Content note: mentions of sexual harassment and sexual violence.

So it’s already the end of my term in office and before I go I wanted to have a look back at my manifesto and see what I’ve done over the past year. First observation about my manifesto is that it’s unnecessarily long…. but here goes! It was split into three sections: Women’s Network, Campaigns and Events.

UCLU Women’s Network


Final Update: Manifesto Review

By Hajera Begum on Mon, 13/07/2015 - 10:31

This has been an amazing year. The people I have been lucky to meet, the events I’ve attended and organised, the issues I’ve learnt about and tried to tackle - just such a full on, epic year.

A large focus of my year was making the network empowering. I did come in with things I wanted to achieve (and will go through those shortly) but my main priority was making sure the network was doing things you wanted it to do. The establishment of regular forum meetings (aka pizza time) was brilliant and many of the events that we ran this year were thanks to ideas you had. This includes ‘depression & anxiety: my story’, ‘UCL Donation Day’ and the many socials we organised. So I’d like to say a massive thank you to my committee, the student volunteers and you all for getting involved. Look how far we’ve come - I just hope we grow from strength to strength!

Zero Tolerance Pledge for Departments Launches Today

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By Annie Tidbury on Thu, 09/07/2015 - 16:00

Today UCLU is launching a Zero Tolerance pledge for UCL departments. It is the next step in our Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment campaign, which aims to eradicate sexual harassment at UCL. By signing the pledge, UCL departments will make a commitment never to tolerate sexual harassment and to support students and staff who experience it. Signing the pledge also involves a commitment to arrange time for UCLU to run Zero Tolerance workshops for new students at the beginning of the academic year 2015/16.

"Volunteering with UMWEP has not only helped me to gain much more confidence in my own abilities ..."

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Thu, 09/07/2015 - 15:58

Katherine Bloor is a BA French and Russian student, and has been volunteering with the UMWEP (United Migrant Workers Education Project) at ‘Unite the Union’, Holborn. She volunteers there every Saturday morning. She took some time out to tell us about her experiences there.

What do you do as a volunteer? Describe your typical session.

Student-led social enterprise Second Shot Coffee launches crowdfunding from 7 July

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Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:03

Second Shot Coffee is an independent café modernising the face of social enterprise, tackling homelessness in London one espresso at a time.
Crowdfunding launches 9am July 7th at www.igg.me/at/secondshotcoffee

Pioneered by Julius Ibrahim, final year student and President of Enactus UCL, Second Shot Coffee, is a new social enterprise that will initially offer four homeless people training, full time employment and a London living wage.

University Forced into Unprecedented U-Turn on Sanctions

By Leah Francis on Thu, 18/06/2015 - 16:00

Photograph by Glenn Michael Harper & Edward Hull

Last week we reported that University College London (UCL), one of London’s top universities had threatened its students that they will be prevented from graduating, barred from returning to their courses and evicted from their halls if they do not call off an ongoing rent strike protest against “unliveable” conditions in student accommodation.

Student Volunteering at UCLU - the year in photos

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Wed, 10/06/2015 - 15:10

2014-15 has been our busiest year ever here at the Volunteering Services Unit, with over 2,000 UCL students getting involved with charities, community groups and volunteering projects across London. In the process, they’ve collectively given over 53,000 hours. Our team of photographers have managed to capture a little bit of the action throughout the year. Back in December, we put together a photo blog of Term 1. Here’s the pick of the photos since then. Enjoy!

"I feel a valued member of the team and know they appreciate the time I dedicate volunteering here."

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Wed, 10/06/2015 - 13:35

Charlotte Lee is a BSc Psychology and Language Sciences student who has been volunteering at the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre as a Pharmacy Volunteer, once a week for the past six months. Here she tells us more about her experience.

What do you do as a volunteer?


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