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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org about the possibility of staying with members of UNASH.