Welcome to UCLU 2014
Hannah: Every UCL student is a member of UCLU, the Students’ Union. Officers elected by you lead UCLU. We take a year out of our studies to ensure the union focuses on helping you get the best out of your time at UCL.
Sabeeh: I’m your Activities and Events Officer.
Hajera: Black & Minority Ethnic Students’ Officer.
Hannah: Democracy and Communications Officer.
Lukmaan: Education and Campaigns Officer.
Omar K: Ethics, Environment and Operations Officer.
Omar R: External Affairs and Campaigns Officer.
Harkiran: Medical, Pharmacy & Health Students’ Officer.
Mariana: Postgraduate Students’ Officer.
Leah: Welfare and International Officer.
Annie: And, I’m your Women’s Officer.
Hannah: Whether you are a seasoned postgraduate, fresh out of school or have travelled for thousands of miles to be here, the first weeks at University can be as stressful as they are exciting. UCLU is here to help you settle in and to support you all the way through your studies. We have loads of stuff taking place in the first few weeks of term to help you find your way around, meet new friends, and get involved.
Leah: We have cafes, bars and shops all around UCL. They offer excellent quality, ethically sourced food and drink, and, as a not for profit organisation, any money we make goes back to funding activities, services and events.
Annie: Most of our staff are UCL students. We are a London Living Wage employer and we offer flexible working hours so your studies don’t suffer. You can search for job opportunities at our online Job Shop and we work with UCL's Career Services to deliver workshops and events as part of our Skills for Work programme.
Sabeeh: We have over 230 clubs and societies with 10,000 members there is a huge range of cultural, sporting and arts groups for you to get involved with. So whether your passion is baking, basketball, salsa or SCUBA you are sure to find something you like or, we can even help you start your own.
Omar K: In addition to dozens of sports societies, we have some excellent sports facilities including Bloomsbury Fitness, our own great value gym located at the heart of UCL. Our Active UCLU programme offers everything from intramural sports to support for elite athletes.
Lukmaan: As well as having fun, we want you to get the best possible education here at UCL. We have a network of hundreds of Student Academic Representatives or StARs who represent you to your department and the university.
Annie: Our confidential and impartial advice service can help you with employment, immigration, housing and money worries.
Mariana: We have a postgraduate association with over 13,000 members. The PGA organises events such as bus tours and nights out, as well as organising campaigns around postgraduate needs.
Harkiran: We can help you get involved with volunteering projects in the local community. You can give as much time as you can spare, learning new skills, making friends, and making a positive contribution to other peoples’ lives.
Hajera: UCLU is committed to celebrating diversity and fighting inequality. We have four active liberation campaigns, led by our members, which fight for the rights of women, BME, LGBT+ and Disabled students. We also organise events for parents and carers.
Omar R: We are a democratic organisation, led by students, and we fight for your rights on campus and nationally. We campaign against fees and cuts to education and we are proud to support those who make our education possible, from cleaners to lecturers.
Hannah: So whether you are finding your feet in the first few weeks.
Sabeeh: Meeting up with friends on campus.
Harkiran: Looking for part-time work.
Mariana: Developing skills for your future career.
Leah: Leading campaigns within UCLU.
Lukmaan: Finding a new hobby.
Omar K: Keeping yourself fit and healthy.
Hajera: Volunteering in the local community.
Omar R: Fighting for change on any level.
Annie: Your union is here for you.