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Your Union, your voice

We've changed the way decisions are made in the Union so that it's easier for you to interact and shape how your Union is run.

Have your say Why we changed

Affiliating departmental societies

We're working with departmental societies to affiliate Departmental Societies. Departmental societies will now have to be open to all students but they can have restrictive activities within their society.

Activities Zone Policy proposal and action

Reducing plastic waste

We have taken a number of steps to reduce our waste, including offering a discount for cafe customers that bring their own reusable mug and ditching plastic straws.

Find out more Sustainability Officer

Food for thought

Student-led volunteering project Zero Food Waste will be collecting unsold food from our cafes and donating it to charity, reducing our environmental impact, and increase our social impact.

Start your own volunteering project More about sustainability at the Union

More space for you

In 2018 we had a new pizza place, a refurbished shop and the brand new Institute Bar. This year we've refurbished Phineas and the Advice Service.

Read about all our projects What's already been done? What's still left?

Academic Reps for Postgraduate Research students

We're rethinking our academic representation system so it works for Postgraduate Research students.

Find your rep Know someone who'd make a great rep?

Volunteering = new skills

Last academic year, 99% of students who had volunteered said they had developed a new skill set as a result of volunteering. Skills include communicating professionally, collaborating with others, understanding others - to list a few. 

Get new skills through volunteering now Volunteering directory

We're on our way to ending period poverty

We're on our way to ending period poverty on campus with free sanitary products available in all Union loos. Next stop: the wider UCL campus. 

Check out our spaces

UCL divesting from fossil fuels

After years of campaigning, UCL will now completely divest from Fossil Fuels by the end of the year. It also won't be able to buy stocks from these companies in the future

History of the campaign Statement from Carol (Democracy, Operations and Community Officer)

Subtitles for Students with Hearing Impairments

We'll be making teaching more accessible by providing subtitling on all audiovisual material.

Education Zone Policy proposal and action

Postgraduate research in the local community

We're connecting Postgraduate dissertation projects with the local community and their research needs; giving your work real-world applications.

Find other volunteering opportunities Community Research Initiative

Postgraduate conference attendance funding

We're lobbying UCL to make sure there is a more consistent and fair approach to funding Postgraduate students' access to conference attendance funding.

See Saddiqur's Campaigns

Being more sustainable - reducing our printing

During an Activities Zone Meeting, a policy was passed to reduce the amount of printing, especially during Freshers' since a lot of posters during Freshers' were binned. This policy was passed and we’ll be incentivising clubs and socs to go paperless and are providing training to presidents.

Activities Zone Policy proposal and action

Welfare Officer positions to club and society committees

Welfare Officer positions are now a feature of your clubs and society committees so activities are inclusive and welcoming to all, and there's someone who knows where you can get help, should you need it. 

Join a club or society Meet your Welfare and International Officer

Putting a stop to food waste

Unsold food from our cafes is distributed among local projects for people in need. This means, not only that food is not going to waste, but it is being put to good use in our local community.

Find out more about our cafes More about sustainability at the Union

Decolonising UCL

Our Decolonise campaign has led to UCL launching a large scale inquiry into its historic links with eugenics. The inquiry has resulted in UCL acknowledging their ties with eugenics in a new introductory programme for students: Centre for the Study of Race and Racism, an interdisciplinary academic department researching and teaching about race and racism.

Contact Sandra (BME Officer) to get involved Decolonise our education, our minds and the Institution

Fairer working conditions for Postgraduate Teaching Assistants

After three years of campaigning, we have been able to convince UCL to instil a new code of practice for PGTA's which ensures fairer working conditions for Postgraduate Teaching Assistants. 

Key changes New Code of Practice Postgraduate Students' Officer