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Thursday 27 February 202013.00 to 14.00
This is a UCL Minds Lunch Hour Lecture

About this Event

About the lecture:

UCL’s first gaysoc was established in March 1972 by Jamie Gardiner, a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics. We believe this was the first gaysoc affiliated to the student union founded in a UK university. Some academics raised strong opposition to the newly founded student society but UCL’s liberal values prevailed. Gardiner’s determination paved the way to the establishment of other gaysocs across UK universities. This story is very much part of the history of LGBTQ+ rights in the UK with UCL playing a pioneering role. The Department of Mathematics is proud to be part of this history.

About the speaker:

Dr Luciano Rila is the Mathematics Education Coordinator in the Department of Mathematics. He is passionate about promoting mathematics to young people through his extensive outreach work. He has been involved with Out@UCL, UCL’s, LGBTQ+ staff network at UCL, since its inception in 2009.

Venue details and accessibility:

This building and lecture theatre is fully accessible and a step free route is available. Accessible toilets are located on the same floor as the lecture theatre.

If would like to speak to someone in relation to accessibility for this event, please email Emma Hart (