The AHS Training Conference convened this year in the Portland Building at the University of Nottingham. Committee members arrived, were introduced and did a bit of networking before the day’s activities began. Committee members from AHSUCLan were there, ready to learn, participate fully, and represent our members, as were the officers from many of the AHS groups nationwide.
“Fantastic day out with some really amazing people! I’d recommend this to anybody trying to start their own AHS!” – Niall Rowe
It was fantastic to see how everyone had something to add, from well prepared and informative workshops from AHS staff, to valuable contributions from those in attendance. The debating workshop with Andrew Copson – apparently ever the highlight of these meetings – was a spectacular display of dialectic prowess. Students engaged on many topics of interest including our very own Niall Rowe, who despite being “a bit shouty,” made his case splendidly. Role play on how to chair a meeting was particularly helpful in allowing those people who perhaps had no experience in such a capacity, to encounter the challenges involved first-hand, and hopefully gain insight from it. Creative workshops led by Cloe Ansari, allowed people to develop some ideas for our societies, draw on past successes, and learn about past challenges that the AHS community and general public experience regarding freedom of expression and equality of belief. Each and every aspect of the conference was infused with information on how to run a, positive, inclusive, and successful student society, whilst additionally providing a golden opportunity for personal reflection and professional development.
“It was an amazing day, I learned lot from the AHS and also it’s great to spend a day with like-minded people. I highly recommend it.” – Ben Rumford
We would wholeheartedly recommend all of our members attend future events in concert with the AHS and BHA. It really can give you a perspective on how vibrant and diverse our community is – as well as the monumental efforts people within it go to in order to create positive social change amongst many other accomplishments. Our participation was thanks in part, to the AHS’s travel grant scheme, and UCLan SU’s societies grant scheme, as well as students’ personal contributions for which we are tremendously grateful. We hope everyone can join us at future events, whether you want to socially and politically engage in a variety of campaigns and causes close to your heart, or just as importantly to make friends. To find out more about who we are and what we do, please feel free to browse our websites, as well as those of the BHA and AHS, as we’re sure you’ll find something that will inspire you to get involved.
– Glen Carrigan