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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.

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Bridging a gap

Khaleel, Activities Officer, worked to bridge the gap between the Activities Executive Team, Union Council and Volunteering so that the Volunteering service is better represented with students. 

See Khaleel's profile What has Khaleel done this year?

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.

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A step towards ending period poverty

Abeni, our current Women's Officer, has worked hard to ensure that there are now sanitary products in all Union loos. Next step: all loos in UCL. 

End Period Poverty

62,400 hours volunteered

Last academic year, we engaged 2263 UCL students in volunteering projects across London. Together they volunteered 62,400 hours of their time - that’s equivalent to one person volunteering full-time for over 32 years!

Volunteering Awards 2019 Volunteering directory

£140k secured in mental health funding

Continuing the work of student officers before her and the UCL campaign 'Fund Our Mental Health Services', Rothna, our Welfare andInternational Officer, has managed to obtain a much-needed boost to our mental health services. 

Read Rothna's blog on this monumental win

1300 and counting!

We're 5 months into the academic year and we've already facilitated over 1300 external speakers. This is the most external speakers we have supported since our records began... and there's still half the year left! 

Looking to run an event with a external speaker? Who's the next external speaker?

Break a leg!

During term 2, we had 11 student productions, 900+ students taking part (cast, crew, production teams) and 8405 tickets sold. Thanks to all students who helped deliver such amazing performances! 

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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. 

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Where more happens

In addition to the funding we provide, we've helped Clubs and Socs secure an extra £67,740 of funding to help them run better, more subsidised activities for you. 

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We're on our way to ending period poverty

There's now free sanitary products in all Union loos and Abeni, our current Women's Officer, has handed out over 700 products during events and from her office. Next stop: the wider UCL campus. 

Read Abeni's profile

Saving you £££

During term 2, our Advice Service saved you £14,089.  They've been helping to sort out unreasonable charges from landlords and other unexpected financial difficulties, so if you're in need, contact our Advice Service. 

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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.

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