Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society at The University of Central Lancashire (AHSUCLan).

To find out more about who we are and what we’re all about read the “About” section of the website and get in touch with all your fellow students in our Facebook Group. Make sure you join at the SU, and follow us on Twitter, checking back for updates on future events regularly.

Our events and activities all have a quirky AHS slant and include: Socials, seminars, TV appearances, workshops, conferences, debates, campaigning, lectures, charity, comedy, personal and professional development training, national and international events, a skeptics library, publishing, and anything else you can think of!

Last year we helped to raise £2374 for the Ugandan Humanist Schools Trust, whilst also raising money for Alzheimer’s Research following Terry Pratchett’s death. We also worked with UCLan’s Chaplain to allow Humanist Celebrants onto campus to provide student pastoral support, funerals, naming ceremonies and weddings. On top of this we got UCLan’s library to stock more AHS related material, held a successful Skeptics week, and much more.

This year we hope that we can provide the same vibrant and supportive atmosphere, as well as an exceptional array of events and opportunities for students in the 2015-2016 intake – we’re really looking forward to hearing all of your ideas too!

Hope to see you soon.

– Glen Carrigan (AHSUCLan President)

Ask For Evidence

Join us at Sense about Science
Join us at Sense about Science

Ask for Evidence is now live at Sense About Science. Some of our supporters include Dara O’Brien, Prof Anne Glover, and Derren Brown (who would probably also asks you to question such ‘celebrity’ endorsements!). This service allows you to ask experts for evidence, and essentially how to understand that evidence, on subjects as diverse as neuroscience and your 5 a day.

Check it out, and if you have expertise to share with us then why not join Sense About Science or for the students out there The Voice of Young Science or Students 4 Best Evidence.

Ask for Evidence

– Glen

AHS Society Training Weekend

Please join the AHS group if you’re coming along

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The AHS is extremely proud to officially announce the societies training weekend! In Nottingham on Saturday 6th December we will be holding a day full of workshops, talks and discussions aimed at improving the skills of society representatives like yourselves, and giving you the chance to meet those involved in other societies face to face and socialise to your heart’s content!

Any AHS society committee member is eligible to attend, as are members of AHS societies with aspirations to join the committee in future years. Travel to the event is subsidised so this really is a fantastic opportunity both for you to learn more about how to run a successful society, and for a fun weekend away with other society representatives from all over the country!

Venue and timings:
The venue is the Portland Building, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD and the programme of events will run from 11 am until 5pm. The venue is within walking distance of Nottingham train station however there is also a £1 bus between the station and the centre of town.

Transport:
As a correction to the information sent out in this week’s AHS newsletter, reasonable transport expenses in excess of £25 to and from Nottingham on the 6th December (public transport, off peak) can be refunded by the AHS through the travel grants scheme. In order to claim back your transport costs, before booking you should email Dan Newman, AHS Treasurer at treasurer@ahsstudents.org.uk to confirm your expenses are eligible. You will then be required to retain your travel receipts and fill in the attached form. You can either submit your travel receipts and form electronically to Dan, or both along with you on the day of the event.

Accommodation:
Unfortunately we are not able to offer free accommodation in Nottingham over the weekend, however there will be fun activities arranged for the Saturday evening and those who wish to stay over on the Saturday night are encouraged to book a room at Nottingham Central Hotel (Travelodge) where AHS and BHA representatives will be staying. Those wishing to stay on the Friday night can book at the same hotel, or enquire with AHS Secretary Martin Smith at secretary@ahsstudents.org.uk about the possibility of staying with members of UNASH.

Workshops

AHS Societies Training

The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Student Societies.

Young Humanists

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If anyone would like to get involved in a new project at the British Humanist Asociation called Young Humanists then please take a look at their social media pages. If you’re interested in volunteering for the project then you can contact alice@humanism.org.uk.

At a time when the British population say religion causes more harm than good, this is an excellent chance for people to be involved in ushering in a new age of positive change. In light of new polling by the HuffingtonPost, our very own Andrew Copson comments: “This survey just confirms what we know is the common sense of people in Britain today – that whether you are religious or not has very little to do with your morality.” It’s also the case that vast swathes of the public today identify as non-religious based on the British Social Attitudes Survey. So whilst even universities and Student’s Unions seem to tacitly, and sometimes openly privilege religious student’s opinions (LSE Cartoon scandal, gender segregation, and all manner of faith initiatives), it’s up to you to make the non-religious viewpoint heard, and help our message of equality, compassion, and critical thinking make an enduring impact.

If you want to discuss further what you think you could add to the Young Humanist campaign before emailing the British Humanist Association, then feel free to get in touch with one of the committee members at AHSUCLan, or at the AHS who can support you. https://www.facebook.com/YoungHumanists

– Glen (Chair)

Official SU AHS Society Page #AHSUCLan

SU Page

We now have our official SU page up and running, so if you could all take a minute to officially join the group that would be fantastic. Thanks for the effort everyone has shown so far, you guys are amazing!

http://www.uclansu.co.uk/groups/atheist-humanist-and-secularist-society

MIDAS Mini Bus Training

busHi all,

We have two dates available for students to take Midas Mini Bus Training. I would encourage you to think about your activity for the next year and see if this will be of benefit. We have 8 places on the 20th October and 10th November. The theory side of the training will take place at 10.30am-12 Noon we will let people know which room when they book, the practical will take place in the afternoon 1-5pm.

Anyone wanting to take the test must be over 2o years of age and have held a UK driving license for two years. Once you’ve passed this certificate last’s for four years.

To book the training see a member of staff in the Opportunities Centre. Mini buses and transport can be booked from su opportunities Centre also.

 

Best wishes,

SU Opportunites: SUOpportunities@uclan.ac.uk