Dara O’Briain at The Guild Hall Preston

Dara O'Briain. Credit; Guild Preston
Dara O’Briain. Credit; Guild Preston

“Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, The Apprentice You’re Fired and Star Gazing Live. Not forgetting his most recent shows Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums for Dave and Dara O Briain’s Science Club for BBC2. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today. ” – The Guild

The gig is on the 3rd of March at the Guild Hall Preston at 2000, and tickets are £23. I plan on getting as many as I can as a group booking and getting a discount from the Guild Hall if there are enough of us.

You might not know that Dara is also a supporter of Sense About Science, a campaign highlighting the importance of evidence in society. Find out more about this campaign, and get involved, as well as others on the campaigns page.

– Glen


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.

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

Singing Skeptics

Helen Arney: A true Singing Skeptic who came to Lancashire Science Festival at UCLan this year!
Helen Arney: A true Singing Skeptic who came to Lancashire Science Festival at UCLan this year!

Our next social, as discussed, will be the “Singing Skeptics” Thursday 02.10.14 at Roper Hall. Try to arrive at Roper around 8pm and we’ll get singing away as soon as the karaoke starts! If anyone is unsure how to get to Roper then have a look here or meet up and walk to the venue with your fellow helpful humanists who know where it is.

Again, thanks to everyone who came along to “Atheaholics Anonymous” and what a turn out it was! We all appreciate the support you have shown us, and we were glad to see how enthusiastic everyone was, as well as how many creative ideas you all had.

The minutes from our meeting will be uploaded on social media and we’ll get started straight away developing this wonderful new community with our new team for us all to enjoy. Remember, it’s your community, and so we welcome all of your ideas for future events and speakers, and hope that you play a central part in bringing your creative vision to fruition. We’d also particularly like to hear from anyone who writes related content on AHS issues so we can promote your views, so get scribbling!