Sayeeda: Every UCL student is a member of UCLU, the Students’ Union. You elect the officers that lead UCLU, and between us we ensure you get the best out of UCL.
I’m Halima, your Education and Campaigns Officer
I’m Nick, Activities and Events Officer
Sayeeda, your Black & Minority Ethnic Students’ Officer
I’m Sam, your Women’s Officer
Mark, Postgraduate Students’ Officer
Zak, Sustainability, Engagement and Operations Officer
And I’m Mehj, Welfare and International Officer
Halima: As a newcomer or a returning student, we know that the first few weeks of term can be as stressful as they are exciting. UCLU is here to help you settle in, and support you throughout your studies.
Mark: For postgraduate students, we have a postgrad association with over 20,000 members. They run events ranging from nights out to bus tours, and we also campaign for postgraduate’s needs and rights.
Zak: Whether you are a seasoned student, fresh out of school or have come here from across the globe, we have loads of stuff happening in the first few weeks of term to help you find your way around, meet new friends, and find activities to do.
Sam: UCLU is committed to celebrating diversity and fighting inequality. Our members are currently leading four active liberation campaigns, fighting for the rights of women, BME, LGBT+ and disabled students, plus the union runs events for student parents and carers.
Nick: We have over 250 clubs and societies for you to get involved with. So whether your passions are baking or baseball, salsa or SCUBA, there is a wide range of cultural, arts and sports groups for you to join.
Or, if you’ve got an amazing idea for a new club or society, we can help you set that up.
Sayeeda: We have excellent sports facilities for you and your clubs to use, including 10 football pitches, netball pitches and dance studios. Our newly-refurbished gym, Bloomsbury Fitness, is a great-value way to keep in shape on campus.
Mark: As well as sports facilities, your union run cafes, bars and shops all around UCL. They offer excellent quality, ethically sourced food and drink, and, as a non-profit organisation, all the money made goes back to funding activities, services and events
Mehj: Many of our staff are UCL students. And since UCLU is a London Living Wage employer, working for UCLU is a great way for you to earn some extra cash and we offer flexible working hours so your studies don’t suffer.
Zak: You can search for job opportunities at our online Job Shop and we also work with UCL's Career Services to provide workshops and events as part of our Skills for Work programme
Nick: We can help you get involved with volunteering projects in the local community. You can give as much time as you can spare, making new friends and learning new skills in the process, and making a positive contribution to other people’s lives
Mehj: Your union is also here to make sure your time here runs smoothly. If you need it, our confidential and impartial advice service can help you with immigration, housing, money worries or employment issues.
Halima: To help you get the best possible education here at UCL, we have a network of hundreds of Student Academic Representatives or StARs who represent you as students to your department and to the university
Sam: Ultimately, we are a democratic organisation, led by students, fighting for your rights on campus and nationally. We campaign against changes in fees, cuts to education and we are proud to support those who make our education possible, from cleaners to lecturers
· So whether you are finding your feet in the first few weeks,
· Catching up with old friends,
· Finding a new hobby or keeping yourself fit and healthy,
· Looking for part-time work or developing skills for your future career
· Leading campaigns at UCLU and fighting for greater change,
· Or volunteering in the local community.
· Your union is here for you
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