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Welcome to the UCL Newsfeed

Hello and welcome to the UCL Newsfeed!

We will be posting daily articles over the next few months to supply you with essential information in preparation for your upcoming experience with us.

If you have any comments for us, just fill in the box on the left hand side of the page.

We hope you find the Newsfeed enjoyable and beneficial!

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Welcome from the Provost

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It is with very great pleasure and a huge amount of pride that I welcome you to UCL.

You are joining one of the world’s leading global universities. We want you to be ready for a global future, capable of assuming leadership responsibility, and ready to make a significant contribution to global society throughout your careers.

I wish you every success in your time at UCL and hope that it will be a thoroughly transformative, high quality, learning and life experience for you.

Michael Arthur, President and Provost, UCL

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Latest News and Updates

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Things I wish I'd known before starting UCL - Tom Robinson, UCLU Welfare and International Officer

Tom Robinson is the Welfare and International Officer at UCLU - one of the Sabbatical Officers. Tom has prepared an insightful article about things he wish he had known before starting at UCL - we thought it might be useful to share this with you so you can be fully prepared and don't miss out on any opportunities during your time here!
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Student Support and Wellbeing Video

Going to university is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can sometimes be challenging too. UCL Student Support and Wellbeing Services (SSW) are here to provide information, advice and welfare support for all registered students, including the delivery of related student events. More...

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How to obtain an 18+ Student Oyster photocard

One of the many benefits of being a student in London is that you have access to a range of discounts...just because you're a student! One discount you may have heard about is the Student Oyster photocard. Unsure what an Oyster card is? Read our Word of the Week post for details!
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Q&A with Navin Bharwani - MEng Computer Science student

Navin Bharwani is a Computer Science student at UCL. Having just returned from studying abroad in Canada, Navin tells us about his positive experiences of life in Vancouver, shares his advice for new students, as well as what he hopes to achieve in the future... More...

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Win a free place on the Slengteng workshop!

For those of you who have not yet read about the fantastic Slengteng voice and pronunciation classes for non-English speakers - read about them here! More...

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Faculty Tutors: What do we do for students?

Julie Evans, Faculty Tutor at the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences and Mike Rowson, Faculty Tutor at the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences have put together some helpful information about what the role of a Faculty Tutor to give you an idea of what you can expect in your faculty... More...

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Pre-paid currency cash cards

As you are likely to have read already from our Newsfeed post and the information on our website, opening a bank account in the UK can be a long process - you will need to be prepared to wait several weeks to open a bank account in the UK. More...

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The Quiet Contemplation Room at UCL

The Quiet Contemplation Room is a space on UCL’s main campus where students of any religion, or of no religion, can pray, engage in quiet reflection or engage in meditation. All of UCL’s staff members and registered students can use this room. More...

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Q&A with Anika Haria - Geography student

Anika Haria has just completed a BSc in Geography at UCL. Anika studied abroad in Canada as part of her degree and shares with us some of her experiences of life abroad... More...

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Voice and Pronunciation classes for non-English speakers

Are you keen to have more control, power and freedom when you speak in English? Why not sign up for Slengteng? Slengteng programmes help you to develop your spoken English and learn exercises on how to develop your vocal potential.  By the end of the programme you’ll have more ownership of your voice, which will enable you to communicate in a more engaging and powerful way.

Over this 8 week programme you will have the opportunity to explore your voice through fun, physical exercises and discover techniques to improve your communication in the English language.  The workshop will be useful for the following: More...

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Homesickness

Most people will have felt homesick at some time in their lives, perhaps when they were younger, and it is easy to forget just how overwhelming it can be. More...

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Learning (with technology) at UCL

No matter what subject you will be studying at UCL, you will need to use a range of technologies to support your studies.  We've created an online course - Learning With Technology - to help prepare you for how things work here, and give you a chance to access and practice some of the most common - and useful tools and techniques. More...

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Q&A with Cara Goldthorpe - Law with French Law student

Cara Goldthorpe is an undergraduate student currently studying Law with French Law. Cara recently won the TARGETjobs Law Undergraduate Student of the Year award and shares her experiences of this with us, alongside her highlights of studying at UCL and abroad in France as part of her degree... More...

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Pre-departure events in China - Message from UCLU-CSSA

Congratulations on getting a place at UCL! This is an incredible achievement and it will definitely be an exciting life and study experience for you. Getting used to living and studying as an overseas university student at UCL can take time and you may be feeling anxious about it. More...

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Exploring...London Parks

If you're used being surrounded by fields of green and you're concerned that London is just one big concrete jungle...you're wrong! Whilst there are lot of buildings in London, London is also home to many beautiful parks where you can escape the city, relax and get back in touch with nature. We've listed below our top picks of parks in London...
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Surviving the British weather

You've all heard the rumours about the British weather...it rains EVERY DAY, right? Well, actually, this is not technically true. Yes, we do get rain...but it's not as bad as you may have heard! More...

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UCLU Welcome Festival 2015...It all starts here!

UCLU are running over 100 events in your first couple of weeks to give you the chance to meet other new UCL students and settle into university life!
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Hong Kong Alumni Club - Pre-departure reception

The UCL Faculty of Laws and the UCL Hong Kong Alumni Club are delighted to invite you to a Freshers' Orientation Reception with Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC (Hon), Dean of UCL Faculty of Laws on 22nd August 2015.
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Q&A with Ethan White - Archaeology PhD student

Ethan White completed his BA and MA at UCL and is now a PhD student at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Ethan talks to us about his studies, looks back over his years at UCL and shares with us his top things to do in London... More...

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UCLU Rights and Advice

In addition to the support services at UCL, UCLU offers an excellent advice service for all registered students of UCL. More...

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Study Abroad

Welcome to UCL from the Study Abroad Team! As you make preparations for your arrival in London and the start of an amazing university experience, we’d like to introduce you to the Study Abroad Programme, giving you the opportunity to live and study in another country as part of your UCL degree. More...

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Pre-departure event in Hong Kong - Message from UCLU PASS

Congratulations on securing your place at UCL! It will definitely be an awesome year ahead! We are the UCLU Public Affairs and Social Service Society (UCLU PASS) and we are formed by a group of Hong Kong UCL students who are interested in serving the community around us. As September draws closer, most of you will start thinking about the start of term, so there are a couple of things that we think you may want to know.  More...

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Give it a go!

Give it a Go provides an exciting programme of one-off events for all UCL students. It’s a convenient and very affordable way of taking a leap into the unknown and doing something you’ve never done before! Best of all, it’s for UCL students so it’s a great way to meet new people at university. More...

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Welcome to UCLU 2015 (video)

UCLU have put together a fantastic video to give you a further insight into what they do, how they can support you throughout your time at UCL and all the exciting opportunities you have access to through them. More...

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Q&A with Callum Donaldson - Medical student

Callum Donaldson is a Medical student who has been volunteering for a charity through UCLU Volunteering Services Unit for the last 5 years. Callum tells us about the highlights and challenges of his volunteering experiences, and why he'd recommend other students get involved in volunteering...
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Pre-arrival and Enrolment Information

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Things I wish I'd known before starting UCL - Tom Robinson, UCLU Welfare and International Officer

Tom Robinson is the Welfare and International Officer at UCLU - one of the Sabbatical Officers. Tom has prepared an insightful article about things he wish he had known before starting at UCL - we thought it might be useful to share this with you so you can be fully prepared and don't miss out on any opportunities during your time here!
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Faculty Tutors: What do we do for students?

Julie Evans, Faculty Tutor at the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences and Mike Rowson, Faculty Tutor at the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences have put together some helpful information about what the role of a Faculty Tutor to give you an idea of what you can expect in your faculty... More...

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Learning (with technology) at UCL

No matter what subject you will be studying at UCL, you will need to use a range of technologies to support your studies.  We've created an online course - Learning With Technology - to help prepare you for how things work here, and give you a chance to access and practice some of the most common - and useful tools and techniques. More...

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UCLU Welcome Festival 2015...It all starts here!

UCLU are running over 100 events in your first couple of weeks to give you the chance to meet other new UCL students and settle into university life!
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Welcome to UCLU 2015 (video)

UCLU have put together a fantastic video to give you a further insight into what they do, how they can support you throughout your time at UCL and all the exciting opportunities you have access to through them. More...

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Meningitis ACWY Vaccination

You may already have seen our previous article about vaccinations, however, as the Meningitis ACWY vaccination programme is new for August 2015, we want to further raise awareness of this vaccination and highlight the importance ensuring you are immunised prior to starting university. More...

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UCL Library Services

We look forward to welcoming you as you start studying at UCL. As a world-class library, we are dedicated to ensuring that each interaction with our services meets your expectations. We continually develop our services and collections to meet your needs, whether you are visiting one of our libraries or accessing our services remotely. UCL Library Services provide books, journals and a range of services to support all subjects taught at UCL. Once you have enrolled on your programme of study you are automatically registered with UCL Library Services.  More...

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Pre-enrolment - Your first step to becoming a UCL student

Once you have accepted and met the conditions of your offer and no more than six weeks before the start of your programme you will receive an email from UCL inviting you to pre-enrol.
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Have you had your vaccinations?

Before starting university, whether you are a UK student or an international student, it is important to make sure you have had the correct vaccinations. More...

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Welcome from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

This is an exciting time to be joining the UCL Institue of Education (IOE). In both the 2014 and 2015 QS World University Rankings, the Institute was ranked number one for education worldwide. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 94% of the Institute’s research was judged to be world class and in January 2014, the Institute secured ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted on every criterion for its initial teacher training across primary, secondary and further education programme. More...

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Welcome from UCL's Information Services Division (ISD)

We all know that one of the first things you're going to want to do when you get to UCL is get online...email your family, update your Facebook location to London and Instragram a picture of the first meal you've cooked in your new kitchen. Thankfully our Information Services Division (ISD) team have put together the following useful information to help you familiarise yourself with the range of IT services on offer at UCL. More...

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UCL tuition fees - top 5 FAQs

Got a query about your tuition fees? Take a look below and see if you can find the answer in the top 5 frequently asked questions! If you can't find your answer below, take a look on the UCL Tuition Fees page for more FAQs.
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Housing scams - don't be a victim of rental fraud

For those of you who are not staying in university managed housing and are independently on the hunt for accommodation, please be wary of scams while you’re searching. Unfortunately, fraudsters will often target students, especially international students, so it is important to be aware of common scams to avoid being a victim of fraud. More...

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Welcome from the Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Welcome to UCL from the Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Our faculty houses the departments that study nature through logic, experiment and mathematics – a broad field that takes us from understanding groundwater pollution in Bangladesh to collecting data on the Cassini probe orbiting Saturn, and from designing quantum computing devices to probing the philosophy of scientific knowledge. More...

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UCL Careers - Find your future

Although you're just starting university, it is still important to think about your future and life after graduation. Whether you're unsure about future career options or have some ideas that you want to explore further, there's a lot of support available at UCL. You can get advice on anything from a broad view of the job market to help with getting a specific job. More...

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A page for your parents...

As you're preparing for your UCL journey, your parents and/or guardians may have lots of questions and be keen to learn more about your time at UCL and how they can support you. More...

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Welcome to the UCL Student Centre!

The Student Centre is part of UCL’s Student Support & Wellbeing Services and offers information and support to students enrolled on programmes of study at UCL as well as UCL alumni. More...

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Welcome from the Vice Provost (Health) and the SLMS

We, the School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS), are the largest of the three Schools which form UCL, accounting for more than 60% of UCL's research and academic staff and around 70% of UCL's research income. More...

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Welcome from UCLU!

UCLU is your students’ union. It is the law that all universities must have a students’ union and our job is to be an organisation, totally independent from the university, providing you with support, advice and representation. We offer a wide range of facilities and services, all of which we hope will help us achieve four, key aims: More...

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Introduction to UCL faculties

To give you an idea of the academic structure at UCL, we've put together a summary of the faculties that form UCL to help you make sense of it all and to see where you fit into the wider UCL picture!
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Meeting Jeremy Bentham

One of the first things you may notice when you get to UCL is the visage of a well-dressed gentleman seated in a glass-fronted case, dressed in old-fashioned clothing and wearing a broad-brimmed hat. If you approach and read the description beside him, you might be a little surprised by who it is. More...

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Welcome to the UCL Newsfeed!

Hello and welcome to the UCL Newsfeed! More...

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Word of the Week: Portico

Introducing a brand new feature to the Newsfeed...Word of the Week! More...

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University managed accommodation

If you are holding an offer of a place to study at UCL and need to make an application for accommodation, please go to the Apply for Accommodation page. More...

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Term Dates: 2015 - 2016

What dates should you be marking in your calendar? See below for term dates, reading weeks, term date exceptions, closures and bank holidays. More...

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Support During your Studies

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Student Support and Wellbeing Video

Going to university is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can sometimes be challenging too. UCL Student Support and Wellbeing Services (SSW) are here to provide information, advice and welfare support for all registered students, including the delivery of related student events. More...

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Homesickness

Most people will have felt homesick at some time in their lives, perhaps when they were younger, and it is easy to forget just how overwhelming it can be. More...

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UCLU Rights and Advice

In addition to the support services at UCL, UCLU offers an excellent advice service for all registered students of UCL. More...

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Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal response to feeling threatened. People differ as to how vulnerable they feel in different situations: this can be influenced by past experiences as well as by the beliefs and attitudes they hold about these situations.
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UCL Student Funding Support

At UCL we understand students can face a range of financial issues and we aim to help and advise you as much as possible, so you have more control over your own financial situation. We offer information online as well as one-to-one support through appointments and a drop-in counter service to discuss any questions you may have.  More...

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Getting used to living away from home

It is a cliché that we can feel lonely - even particularly lonely - in a crowd. Unfortunately it is one that is only too true and all too common at university.
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Coping with change

Starting university is an exciting time and it's the beginning of a new adventure - whether you're moving to London from the other side of the world or if you're coming from another part of London, it is still a new chapter in your life and can make you feel unsettled. The first thing you need to remember is that this is completely normal, and there will be hundreds of other students in the same boat as you.
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Support provided by your Personal Tutor - information and video

Personal Tutoring is a distinctive feature of higher education in the UK. At UCL, every student is provided with a Personal Tutor, who takes an interest in them as an individual and who offers guidance on their overall academic progress and personal and professional development.
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Student Health Association busary opportunities

The Student Health Association runs the Student Health Association Assistance Fund to help students with disabilities to keep up with their studies. The maximum amount of each award is £500 and students must be involved in higher education on a full-time or nearly full-time basis.
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The UCL Health Centre

Welcome to UCL, and we hope you will have an enjoyable and healthy time here! More...

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Declaring a disability

If you have a physical or sensory impairment, autistic spectrum condition, mental health issue, specific learning difficulty or any other long term medical condition which may impact on your studies, you might be considering whether or not to declare this to the University. Students have every right to withhold this information, however it may be useful to consider the following factors when making your decision: More...

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UCL Transition - what changes can you expect upon becoming a student?

Starting university is a very exciting time, but it can take some time to get used to a new way of life and adapting to changes in both your personal life and academic life. More...

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Support in Student Accommodation

Living in student accommodation is a great way to meet new people and really get to grips with what London has to offer. UCL’s student accommodation is run by professional management teams who are there to ensure that you feel safe and confident in your new home.
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Support for students with Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia/dyspraxia)

My name is Caroline Holden and I work within the Student Disability Services team as a Specialist Tutor/Assessor with responsibility for students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.My job is to ensure that students with specific learning difficulties and students who think they might be dyslexic or dyspraxic know how to contact Student Disability Services (SDS) for advice, assessment and support.
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Mental Health Support at UCL

Mental Health support is available for students at UCL. Whether you have been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition, have a mental health difficulty such as anxiety or depression or you are concerned about how you are feeling, we encourage you to contact us at Student Disability Services where you can have a confidential meeting with our Mental Health Specialist. More...

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Religious and Spiritual Support at UCL

Many people are surprised to find out that UCL has a Chaplain. It is true that UCL is a secular institution which upholds a deep-seated commitment to equality and diversity, and which has no religious affiliation and does not endorse any particular denomination or faith. However, UCL is also committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment.
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Peer to peer confidential support offered to you by London Nightline

London Nightline is a confidential listening, support and practical information service for students in London. As a student, you can talk to Nightline about anything - big or small - in complete confidence. More...

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UCL Student Disability Services

UCL Student Disability Services is there to provide information, advice and support to all students with disabilities at UCL. More...

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Introduction to UCL Student Psychological Services

For most of you, most of the time, life at UCL will be really enjoyable. You will meet lots of new people, make lifelong friends, learn a great deal and hopefully not just academically! You will leave College with a degree you can be proud of and one that will enable you to follow the career of your choice. More...

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Transition Programme for Undergraduate Students

When you first start university as an undergraduate student, it may take you some time to get used to being away from home. You may feel anxious about making new friends, taking examinations or even doing your own laundry! Much of this worry comes from not knowing what to expect, so UCL has developed the Transition Programme to help you. More...

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Information for Non-UK Students (including ISOP)

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Win a free place on the Slengteng workshop!

For those of you who have not yet read about the fantastic Slengteng voice and pronunciation classes for non-English speakers - read about them here! More...

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Pre-paid currency cash cards

As you are likely to have read already from our Newsfeed post and the information on our website, opening a bank account in the UK can be a long process - you will need to be prepared to wait several weeks to open a bank account in the UK. More...

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Voice and Pronunciation classes for non-English speakers

Are you keen to have more control, power and freedom when you speak in English? Why not sign up for Slengteng? Slengteng programmes help you to develop your spoken English and learn exercises on how to develop your vocal potential.  By the end of the programme you’ll have more ownership of your voice, which will enable you to communicate in a more engaging and powerful way.

Over this 8 week programme you will have the opportunity to explore your voice through fun, physical exercises and discover techniques to improve your communication in the English language.  The workshop will be useful for the following: More...

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Pre-departure events in China - Message from UCLU-CSSA

Congratulations on getting a place at UCL! This is an incredible achievement and it will definitely be an exciting life and study experience for you. Getting used to living and studying as an overseas university student at UCL can take time and you may be feeling anxious about it. More...

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Surviving the British weather

You've all heard the rumours about the British weather...it rains EVERY DAY, right? Well, actually, this is not technically true. Yes, we do get rain...but it's not as bad as you may have heard! More...

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Hong Kong Alumni Club - Pre-departure reception

The UCL Faculty of Laws and the UCL Hong Kong Alumni Club are delighted to invite you to a Freshers' Orientation Reception with Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC (Hon), Dean of UCL Faculty of Laws on 22nd August 2015.
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Pre-departure event in Hong Kong - Message from UCLU PASS

Congratulations on securing your place at UCL! It will definitely be an awesome year ahead! We are the UCLU Public Affairs and Social Service Society (UCLU PASS) and we are formed by a group of Hong Kong UCL students who are interested in serving the community around us. As September draws closer, most of you will start thinking about the start of term, so there are a couple of things that we think you may want to know.  More...

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Keeping in touch - Mobile phones in the UK

When you arrive in the UK, one of the first things you're going to want to do is get yourself set up with a UK phone so you can keep in touch with your new London friends! More...

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10 Tips to Build Your Confidence as an international student at UCL

1. Don’t worry – all students starting at UCL are new to the culture. More...

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Raising confidence if English is a second language

It’s likely that your accent is less of a problem than you think: you feel self-conscious or lacking in confidence, and you make comparisons with ‘native English speakers’. Comparisons like this aren’t helpful. Very many native English speakers are shy about speaking out in groups, and if other people notice your accent this doesn’t mean that they will think you less intelligent. Accents are attractive! More...

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Invitation to pre-enrol: email error

If you received an email inviting you to pre-enrol before 2.30pm (GMT) on Thursday 6 August, you may have noticed an error in the email with the ISOP dates for graduate students. Students who received this email will be sent an email notifying them of this error and confirming the correct dates.
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How to Adapt to British Culture

Arriving in a new country can be a daunting experience, but this article from WikiHow gives you some handy hints on how to adapt to the varied culture of the UK More...

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Opening a bank account in the UK

Opening a UK bank account is by far the safest and most effective way of managing your money as an international student. UCL doesn't recommend or endorse any particular banks, but to make the process smoother for you, we have put together information on a number of local banks so you are aware of what options they have for international students and what their requirements are.
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Frequently Asked Questions for International Students

Moving to study in another country is a very exciting and life changing experience. It also requires a lot of preparation and can even feel a bit overwhelming at times, and we have no doubt that you have lots of questions in your mind.
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British Council Pre-departure Briefings - Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei

The British Council has upcoming pre-departure briefings in Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei for students leaving to study in the UK for the 2015 intake. More...

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HostUK visit funding for Nigerian and Pakistani Students

HostUK is delighted to announce that they have received funding to help a limited number of Nigerian and Pakistani students enjoy a HOST visit for completely free! More...

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British Council Singapore - Pre-departure Briefing

The British Council Singapore have arranged a pre-departure briefing for students heading to study in the UK this September.
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International Students House

If you're an international student who is looking  to meet like-minded people and enjoy great activities in trips, you may want to try International Students House (ISH).
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Immigration Health Surcharge

From 6 April 2015 students submitting an application for a visa of more than 6 months in duration will be required to pay a surcharge (fee) for access to the National Health Service (NHS) whilst on their studies in the UK. More...

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British Council Hong Kong - Pre-departure briefing

British Council Hong Kong are arranging pre-departure briefings for students who are going to study in the UK. The sessions aim to prepare for your departure to the UK and provide practical information on visas, travel, accommodation, banking and other aspects of living in the UK. Education UK student ambassadors, who are currently studying in the UK, will also share their experiences of studying and living in the country. More...

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British Council India - Pre-departure briefing

British Council India is organising pre-departure briefings for Indian students who have received a confirmed offer from a UK institution and shall be leaving for the UK in August/ September 2015. These sessions will provide guidance and advice while they prepare themselves to lead a student life in the UK. More...

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HostUK - a taste of British life!

Fancy gaining a real insight into life as a Brit? With HostUK, you can spend a day, a weekend or even Christmas(!) with a British family and live like they do for a true slice of British life! More...

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A Guide to British Etiquette

We’re a particular bunch, us Brits. We love a queue, we LOVE to say sorry and we just can’t get enough of talking about the weather. We’ve put together a handy guide to etiquette to help you fit right in…and to try and make sense of our weird and wonderful ways! More...

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Bank Holidays in the UK

When you're in the UK, you may hear people gleefully mention: “There’s a Bank Holiday coming up!” But what on earth does that mean? Will you not be able to use the cashpoint? Will all the bankers be picnicking in the park? Will there be decorations down at Barclays? Well… not exactly. But it is a reason to celebrate! More...

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UKCISA

As an international student coming to the UK, we would suggest you take a look through the information provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).
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General Information and Events

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How to obtain an 18+ Student Oyster photocard

One of the many benefits of being a student in London is that you have access to a range of discounts...just because you're a student! One discount you may have heard about is the Student Oyster photocard. Unsure what an Oyster card is? Read our Word of the Week post for details!
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The Quiet Contemplation Room at UCL

The Quiet Contemplation Room is a space on UCL’s main campus where students of any religion, or of no religion, can pray, engage in quiet reflection or engage in meditation. All of UCL’s staff members and registered students can use this room. More...

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Exploring...London Parks

If you're used being surrounded by fields of green and you're concerned that London is just one big concrete jungle...you're wrong! Whilst there are lot of buildings in London, London is also home to many beautiful parks where you can escape the city, relax and get back in touch with nature. We've listed below our top picks of parks in London...
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Study Abroad

Welcome to UCL from the Study Abroad Team! As you make preparations for your arrival in London and the start of an amazing university experience, we’d like to introduce you to the Study Abroad Programme, giving you the opportunity to live and study in another country as part of your UCL degree. More...

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Give it a go!

Give it a Go provides an exciting programme of one-off events for all UCL students. It’s a convenient and very affordable way of taking a leap into the unknown and doing something you’ve never done before! Best of all, it’s for UCL students so it’s a great way to meet new people at university. More...

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Student discounts

One of the perks of being a student is that you can get discounts in a range of shops, restaurants, cinemas, theatres...the list goes on!
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Word of the Week - Oyster Card

For those of you who have been to London before or are London locals, this is an easy one for you - but for all of you coming from anywhere outside of London, an Oyster Card is one of the first things you'll need to know about when you get here. More...

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Skills 4 Study Campus: an online resource for UCL students to help you prepare for university life

UCL has licensed access to a highly regarded online resource 'skills4studycampus' produced by the academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan and based on the work of Dr Stella Cottrell, now Pro-Vice Chancellor at another London university.
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Clever people doing things - UCL SoundCloud

Every week this summer, UCL SoundCloud is releasing a new episode of a podcast series 'Clever People Doing Things'. Produced by UCL Public and Cultural Engagement, the five episodes are based on their training and funding project, 'Train and Engage', following the stories of researchers and their public engagement work. More...

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Be a part of Green UCL

We’re creating a more sustainable UCL. Be part of it. More...

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Equality and Diversity at UCL

UCL is a microcosm of the world in the heart of London with students from 152 countries. Over half our students are female and around 5% of our students declare a disability. In short, it is a diverse and exciting place to study. More...

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Send us your feedback and be in with a chance of winning a holiday!

Fancy being in with the chance of winning a free city-break? Send us your feedback!
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Exploring...London Markets

In addition to being home to more shops than you could ever possibly need, London is also home to many traditional markets. Spending the morning wandering around a market, browsing unique items and bagging yourself a good deal is a great way to pass a few hours. There are markets all over London, each one different to the next and each unique in its own way. We’ve put together a list of some of the must-visit London markets to give you some ideas and inspiration for when you get here… More...

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Insurance - do you need it?

Whilst you're preparing for your UCL adventure, you may be wondering whether you should get insurance or not.
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Best apps for living in London

If you've got a smart-phone, there's a few 'must-have' apps to help you find your way around London, find out what's going on and learn about London's best kept secrets...we've put together a list of some of the essential apps we'd recommend you download when you get here! More...

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Reasons to study in London

Just in case you needed reminding why you've chosen to study in this fantastic city...take a look and find out what other students think in this video produced by StudentUniverse on the UCL campus:

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Bloomsbury Theatre

The Bloomsbury Theatre is UCL’s West End Theatre right in the heart of the campus.  Despite having no performing arts faculty, UCL has a fantastic 547 seat theatre and a brand new 50-80 seat performance studio which are available for UCL student groups to use as well as hosting professional performers. More...

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UCLU Volunteering Services

The Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) is UCLU’s dedicated facility for students who want to get involved with volunteering projects in the local community. They are here to match you with the right opportunity, and you can give as much or as little time as you can spare. More...

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Cost of Attendance - How much does it cost to come to University?

Before you can go ahead and budget your weekly/monthly expenditure it is only sensible to have a rough idea of how much it will cost to attend University College London in the first place. Below we have provided an estimated guidance for cost of attendance. Please note this is only a approximate guidance and can change depending on individual circumstances. More...

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UCLU gym facility

An excellent way to keep fit, de-stress, meet other people and beat blues is to join a gym!
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London for Free

Although it's still a few months until university starts, we thought we'd give you a little taste of what this wonderful city has to offer so you can start getting excited for your upcoming time in the big capital. We'll be posting further articles about things to do and see in London over the upcoming weeks and months - keep a look out! More...

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Word of the Week: Gordon's

Next up for Word of the Week...Gordon's.

Do not be surprised if people frequently suggest “meeting at Gordon’s” or say that they are “just popping to Gordon’s for a coffee”. Alas Gordon is not a particularly hospitable individual but rather a café – one of many run by UCLU.
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Private Accommodation

If you have been unable to secure a place in UCL or intercollegiate residence during your studies, or wish to obtain a private lodging or flat, you are advised to contact the University of London Housing Services (ULHS). ULHS has a Private Housing Unit which provides a range of services to students who are considering living, or live, in private rented housing. More...

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#loveucl Instagram competition

We thought we would share some recent UCL student news with you to give you an idea of some of the things that take place here at UCL - soon it'll be your turn to get involved too!
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Studying in London - the best bits!

For those of you that are moving away from home, whether it be within the UK or from elsewhere, we think you've made a great choice by choosing to study in London - but don't just take our word for it! We spoke to current students and asked them to share what is it that's just so great about studying in England's capital city.  More...

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Articles for Inspiration

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Q&A with Navin Bharwani - MEng Computer Science student

Navin Bharwani is a Computer Science student at UCL. Having just returned from studying abroad in Canada, Navin tells us about his positive experiences of life in Vancouver, shares his advice for new students, as well as what he hopes to achieve in the future... More...

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Q&A with Anika Haria - Geography student

Anika Haria has just completed a BSc in Geography at UCL. Anika studied abroad in Canada as part of her degree and shares with us some of her experiences of life abroad... More...

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Q&A with Cara Goldthorpe - Law with French Law student

Cara Goldthorpe is an undergraduate student currently studying Law with French Law. Cara recently won the TARGETjobs Law Undergraduate Student of the Year award and shares her experiences of this with us, alongside her highlights of studying at UCL and abroad in France as part of her degree... More...

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Q&A with Ethan White - Archaeology PhD student

Ethan White completed his BA and MA at UCL and is now a PhD student at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Ethan talks to us about his studies, looks back over his years at UCL and shares with us his top things to do in London... More...

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Q&A with Callum Donaldson - Medical student

Callum Donaldson is a Medical student who has been volunteering for a charity through UCLU Volunteering Services Unit for the last 5 years. Callum tells us about the highlights and challenges of his volunteering experiences, and why he'd recommend other students get involved in volunteering...
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Q&A with Jon Webb - English Language and Literature student

Jon Webb has just completed the final year of his undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature. Jon looks back over his time at UCL and shares with us his highlights, what he would do if he were about to start university all over again and what he plans to do next...
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Q&A with Amy Edgington - UCL Earth Sciences, PhD student

Amy Edgington is an Earth Sciences PhD student who was recently selected as one of the speakers for Soapbox Science in London in May. Amy tell us about life as a PhD student and fills us in on what Soapbox Science is all about...
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Q&A with Rafael Prieto Curiel - Mathematics and Crime PhD student

Rafael Prieto Curiel is currently studying a PhD in Mathematics and Crime. He, together with his team, have founded Chalkdust - an innovative magazine that Rafael hopes will change negative perceptions of mathematics and inspire others. Rafael tell us more about Chalkdust and shares with us some of his experiences as a UCL student...
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Q&A with Charlotte Lee - Psychology and Language Sciences student

Charlotte Lee is an undergraduate Psychology and Language Sciences student, currently volunteering at University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre alongside her studies. Charlotte tells us about her experiences, the challenges of her volunteering role and what she aspires to achieve in the future...
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Q&A with Sarrah Raza - Biological Sciences student

Sarrah Raza is a first year Biological Sciences student who has recently participated in the UCL Global Citizenship Programme. Sarrah gives us an insight into the Programme, what it means to be a "global citizen" and why other students should get involved...
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Q&A with Celine Goh - Medical student

Celine Goh is a fourth year medical student who is currently volunteering through UCLU Volunteering Services Unit alongside her studies. Celine tells us about her volunteering experiences, the difference she feels she's made through volunteering and why other students should volunteer too...
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Q&A with Frank Penter - Bloomsbury ‎Theatre Operations Manager

The Bloomsbury Theatre is a West End theatre right on the UCL campus. Frank Penter, Operations Manager at the theatre, was a UCL student and then a UCL Hall Warden  prior to working at the theatre. Frank shares his views and experiences of UCL, from both a student and staff perspective! More...

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Q&A with Ben Cooke - Natural Sciences student

Ben Cooke is an undergraduate student who has just completed the third year of his Natural Sciences degree at UCL. Ben talks to us about sports at UCL, discovering a Supernova and escaping the UCL bubble to explore London further...
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Q&A with Rosanna Brunwin - MA Gender Studies student

Rosanna Brunwin is MA Gender Studies student at the UCL Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Rosanna talks to us about her UCL experiences, how life as a postgraduate differs to life as an undergraduate and what it's like helping out in the Alumni Relations office...
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Q&A with Selina Groh - Earth Sciences, PhD student

Selina Groh is a PhD student in the UCL Earth Sciences department within the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS). Selina was recently named MAPS faculty winner of the Three Minute Thesis competition. Here Selina tells us about the competition, what it's like to be a PhD student and where you can find the best chai latte on campus...
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Q&A with Frankie Gall - Student Centre Assistant

Frankie Gall is one of UCL's Student Centre Assistants. The Student Centre is part of UCL's Student Support and Wellbeing services and offers information and support to UCL students. Frankie gives us an insight into his role and shares with us what an average day in the Student Centre is like... More...

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Q&A with Wendy Appleby - UCL Registrar and Head of Student & Registry Services

Wendy Appleby joined UCL in April 2014 as UCL's first female Registrar. Wendy leads the Student and Registry Services division, responsible for providing services to all students throughout their time at UCL and supporting academic departments and administrative staff in delivering a high quality student experience. Wendy speaks to us about her experiences of UCL, her career journey and the advice she'd give to new students...
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Q&A with Professor Michael Arthur - UCL President & Provost

Professor Michael Arthur joined UCL in September 2013 as the President & Provost of UCL. He is the first clinical academic to hold this position in the history of the university and is internationally renowned for his contribution to education and to medical research More...

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Q&A with Clare Herbert - Study Abroad Adviser

Clare Herbert works in the Study Abroad team at UCL, assisting and advising UCL students who will be spending time abroad as part of their degree. Clare talks to us about the impact studying abroad can have on a student, why she loves her job and what she would do if she were about to start university again...
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Q&A with Mitesh Vagadia - Student Funding Welfare Coordinator

Mitesh Vagadia is the Student Funding Welfare Coordinator at UCL within the Student Funding Team. Mitesh talks us through his experiences and achievements at UCL, how his team can support students and what he would do if he was about to start university all over again...
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Q&A with Dame Nicola Brewer - Vice-Provost (International)

Dame Nicola Brewer, Vice-Provost (International), is responsible for developing UCL’s Global Engagement Strategy and continuing to expand the university’s global profile. Nicola is a former British diplomat and until September 2013 British High Commissioner to South Africa. In 2004, she was appointed Director-General for Europe at the Foreign Commonwealth Office. Nicola was appointed by open competition as the first Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2007-2009.
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Q&A with Annie Tidbury - UCLU Women’s Officer

Annie is the current UCLU Women’s Officer representing women students and running a wide range of campaigns, events and socials. Annie has agreed to share with us what she has been working on during the past year, what she is hoping to achieve next and what advice she can give to new students. More...