AHS Training Nottingham

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Reps from AHS societies

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

Andrew Copson: Master class in debating
Andrew Copson: Master class in debating

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.

Event management
Event management

“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


AHS Society Training Weekend

Please join the AHS group if you’re coming along


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.

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.

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.


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)

Edzard Ernst – How to Become A Pseudoscientist. Alternative Medicine: Trick Or Treatment

UCLan Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society presents Professor Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD, FMedSci, FSB, FRCP, FRCPEd.

Please join our event group HERE or alternatively book a FREE ticket HERE. Doors open at 1730, talk starts at 1800.

Edzard Ernst

Emeritus Professor, Exeter University

“I qualified as a physician in Germany in 1978 where I also completed my MD and PhD theses. I received hands-on training in acupuncture, autogenic training, herbalism, homoeopathy, massage therapy and spinal manipulation.

Later, I became Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at Hannover Medical School and Head of the PMR Department at the University of Vienna. In 1993, I moved to the UK and became Chair in Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter. I am founder/Editor-in-Chief of two medical journals (Perfusion and Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies).

I have published 48 books and more than 1000 articles in the peer-reviewed medical literature. My work has been awarded with 14 scientific prizes. In 1999, I took British nationality.

My research focussed on the critical evaluation of all aspects of alternative medicine. Unlike most of my collegues, I do not aim to promote this or that therapy, my goal is to provide objective evidence and reliable information. It is fair to say that this ambition did not endear me to many quasi-religious believers in alternative medicine.

My latest books are:

  • Singh S, Ernst E. Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial. Transworld-Publishers, 2008 (available from amazon)

This book is for the lay person. It was translated into over a dozen languages; the German version was voted Science book of the year in Germany in 2009.

  • Ernst E, Pittler M, Wider B, Boddy K. The Oxford Handbook of Complementary Medicine. Oxford University Press, 2008 (available from amazon)

This book is a concise assessment of the evidence for or against a wide range of alternative treatments. It is aimed mainly at a professional readership.”

Please join our event group HERE or alternatively book a FREE ticket HERE.

To find out more about Edzard vist www.EdzardErnst.com.

Happy Humanist Halloween Pub Crawl

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Next week we will be having a meeting in the library at study room 7 from 6-PM (optional for non-committee) and after we will go on an almighty pub crawl starting at ships and giggles at 1900 and ending… somewhere… maybe Warehouse because their Halloween Parties always rock!

Everyone is asked to please dress up seeing as it is Halloween and extra points for those coming in science themed costumes or donning their fabulous colander hats!!!

Join the Facebook Event to chat to everyone ahead of time and we’ll see you guys there. Please feel free to bring as many friends as you want and if you have any fancy dress ideas then post them up!!!

Science and Religion with Dr Andrew J Pyle with drinks afterwards

14th of November, doors open 1730, talk starts 1800, Greenbank Lecture Theatre. Join the Facebook Event, ourAndrew Pyle Poster SU Group and like us on Facebook and Twitter.

Andrew is the author of ‘Locke’ and a Reader in Early Modern Philosophy at Bristol University.

“Since the late nineteenth century, the supposed “warfare” between science and religion has been a popular theme, drawing endorsements from Thomas Huxley down to Richard Dawkins. Opponents of the conflict thesis have tended to champion thesis of an essentially harmonious relation between the claims of science and those of religion. There is, of course, a third possibility, that of “separate spheres” or “non-overlapping magisteria”, as argued by Stephen Jay Gould in his Rocks of Ages. In this talk I address the question both from the point of view of a historian of science and from that of a philosopher, and re-assess the strength of the evidence for the three rival views, conflict, harmony, and separate spheres.” – Dr Andrew J Pyle

Non – Prophet Week for Ugandan Education


Non – Prophet Week is a week where irreligious people, in whatever form, unite to raise money for a charitable cause. In some years people have planted trees, donated blood and collected clothes to give to a charity shop as alternatives to or alongside fundraising. Fundraising is this years preference, as planting a tree, whilst good for the environment, is little use to a school in Uganda.

You can read an article from the AHS Secretary, where he argues that Non-Prophet Week is the very active part of humanism .


You can get involved and share ideas on Twitter via the hash-tag #nonprophetweek.

The AHS’ Social Media and Marketing Officer, Cloe Ansari, will be tweeting some of your ideas and helping to publicize what you guys do throughout the week!


This year the AHS has chosen the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust. We will be raising money for a specific project or two that the charity urgently needs funding for, which will allow the pupils to get the most out of their education. Selecting the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust as our charity this year means we can all be sure that we are making an active and practical difference. It allows us to give the greatest gift of all: a better education.

The Uganda Humanist Schools Trust is the chosen charity for Non – Prophet Week


You can donate via: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/nonprophetweek

Virgin Money Giving is similar to JustGiving, but much cheaper for charities. JustGiving is for-profit and takes 5%, VMG is not-for-profit and takes 2% which is of course, of greater benefit to all involved.

If we hit our target we drop a bucket of ICED SPAGHETTI on AHSUCLan’s Chair!

 See The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Student Societies for more details.