As part of the UCL Welfare Week, and to tie in with our ‘Get Happy, Get Involved’ campaign, we’ve put together out top tips for maintaining and improving your well-being …
Sleep is more important than you might think. It gives the brain and body a chance to recharge, repair and ward off illness. Without good quality sleep people can be irritable, perform poorly at work or study, or become depressed more easily.
Elections has the campus (or at least the walls of the campus) full of information about the UCLU elections. This is your chance to select your full-time and part-time officers who then decide what the union does.
It’s election time again and you have just under a week to vote! One of the things I spent doing when I was campaigning for my election was having long conversations about the merits of self-definition, and why a lot of people think it’s anti-democratic, when in fact it isn’t. There are two types of elections that only certain people can run and vote in at UCLU – sectional and self-defining ones. Here’s a once over of what they are…
What is a sectional election?
This week marked the launch of this year’s UCLU Student Choice Teaching Awards. The awards are an opportunity to celebrate outstanding teaching across UCL and serve to raise the importance of quality teaching. There are four categories to choose from: Outstanding Teaching, Outstanding Support for Teaching, Outstanding Personal Support and Outstanding Researcher Development.
UCLU Cricket Club will be running their inaugural cricket 1v1 tournament with proceeds going to The Lord’s Taverners charity (registered charity number 306054), who do a lot of work to help disadvantaged and disabled children take part in sport.
This coming weekend, UCLU Squash Club will be hosting their 3rd annual 24 hour Squashathon in aid of Mind, the mental health charity. The idea is to have at least 2 people on a squash court playing continuously for 24 hours. It will be running from 10am on Saturday 28th February to 10am Sunday 1st March at the squash courts in Bloomsbury Fitness Gym.
Members of UCLU Men’s Rugby club raised an incredible £1107 for Stonewall UK at their annual Boat Ball on the Thames. Over 230 people attended the sold-out event aboard the Golden Flame, which was DJ-ed by Radio 1 disc jockey Louis Herinckx.
Club Members, Alumni, students and guests enjoyed a 4 hour cruise along London’s iconic water way, partying the night away in aid of Stonewall, the UK’s leading gay rights charity, who have recently added lobbying on behalf of the trans community to their aims.
It’s been almost a month since I’ve last blogged so this is just a summary where I look back at all the happenings with the BME Network. I have a list of the weekly blogs I will be writing for this month so hopefully I can keep you more updated this time!
The wins for the month:
You’ve seen all of the sea of posters around campus, you’ve read their manifestos (don’t worry, there’s still time if not!) and now it’s time to vote for the students that you want to lead your union next year.
Join ‘Give it a Go’ and follow in Harry, Ron and Hermione’s magical footsteps! You will explore film locations such as the entrance to the Ministry of Magic and the flight path of the Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and learn about London’s rich muggle and wizarding history. The tour will also include iconic London landmarks and attractions! Tickets are only £5 and can be purchased here.
UCL student Vanya Jones tells us about her experience volunteering with the VSU’s Language & Culture Day.
“Do any of you speak a language other than English?” Thirty upraised hands answered a definitive “yes”. Every single child in this Year 5 class from King’s Gate Primary School already knew what it meant to be multicultural, to an extent.
Language and Culture Days
International Women’s Day is on March 8th and the Women’s Network has put together a series of events to celebrate the occassion! These events are open to all, with the exception of the coffee hour on the 5th which is open to self-identifying women only including, if they wish, those with complex gender identities that include ‘woman’ and those who experience oppression as women.
On Tuesday 24th February the Richard Mully basement bar once again hosts the long running “Ministry of Comedy.” This week’s line up of pro comedians consists of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Radio comedian Andrew O Neil. Tickets are STILL an eyewateringly low price of just £3 in advance (£5 on the door) Nowhere in London, or even the rest of the Universe can you watch great value comedy. This is not to be missed.
The Sacred Band of Thebes
After watching the film 300 you may think that the Spartans were the best fighters in ancient Greece but there was one group of warriors who were arguably even more effective fighters. The Sacred Band of Thebes was an elite unit within the Theban army and was composed entirely of male lovers.
To highlight that registration has opened for GC Voluntary Sector Programme, we provide you with the VSU blog series GC Voluntary Sector: Spoilers and Stories.
Three participating organisations: houses and housing
For hundreds of years homosexuality between men (same sex interactions between women were not recognised in law) were illegal in the UK. The Buggery Act of 1533 meant many gay and bisexual men were incarcerated and some hanged for their ‘crimes’.
**Content note: sexual harassment, consent
One of the things I’m working on at the moment is a proposal that I will be presenting to the Provost in April. It will outline the ways in which UCL should be more actively challenging sexual harassment. Some of the things I’ll be proposing include: introducing trained sexual harassment advisers, creating an online ‘report and support’ button on the UCL website and moving towards the introduction of consent workshops for students.
Here at UCLU Volunteering Services Unit, we’re pulling out all the stops to celebrate national Student Volunteering Week (23rd Feb – 1st March) with an exciting range of events and one-off volunteering opportunities. Whether you’re an old hand at volunteering, or have never even considered it before, come and join us. Here’s what we’ve got on …