Students’ Union

The Cheese Grater Interviews Dr Michael Spence

In February 2020, Sophia Robinson from The Cheese Grater Magazine interviewed Dr Michael Spence, UCL’s new Provost. Among other things, they discussed tuition fees, UCL’s mental health services, and LGBTQ+ rights on campus. Sophia also questioned Dr Spence on his opinions on freedom of speech – some of which he has previously come under fire …

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UCL Cares? Disabled Students’ Network report reveals bleak treatment of students

On January 20th, UCL Disabled Students’ Network published a report detailing the issues surrounding disabilities at UCL, containing students’ testimonies and recommendations for improvements to the treatment of disabled students at UCL. As of the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for a university to discriminate against a student based on disability or long-term mental …

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Open Letter From the Disabled Students’ Network

Dear Provost, Six weeks ago the UCL Disabled Students’ Network released a report based on the testimonies of 33 disabled students. This report described patterns of disability discrimination at UCL and the institutional failings that caused them. When we released the report it received praise from students, staff and experts, as well as significant media attention. Upon …

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Election balls

Adverts on social media, a ball pit in South Cloisters, and a promise of £500 to the society with the highest percentage of voting members were not enough to boost flagging turnout at this year’s Union elections. The first for several years with no clear ‘slates’ of candidates, this year’s election turnout fell: only 5,909 …

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Students vote during a Students' Union general assembly in January 2018

UCL may adopt IHRA definition rejected by Students’ Union

At a heated Union members’ meeting on Monday 21 January, students voted by a margin of 212 to 78 to reject the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism after an attempt at compromise was scuppered by Union regulations. The first matter of the meeting was a Q&A with UCL Provost …

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Homophobia and transphobia at Glittoris

Glittoris, the Student Union’s flagship LGBT+ club night, has come under fire this term after a series of homophobic and transphobic incidents left LGBT+ students questioning if it is really being run for them. Despite marketing for the event that depicts LGBT+ icons and advertises the presence of drag queens, some students seem unaware that …

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