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Join us at the AHS AGM in July!

Save the date! We are pleased to announce that this years’ AHS AGM will be at the University of Warwick on the weekend of the 17th – 19th July.

Not only is the AGM the best opportunity for you have your say in the AHS’s future, but it’ll also be a fantastically fun weekend, with a guest appearance from AC Grayling!

Keep an eye out for more information soon in the AHS Newsletter, and on the website. A few details are available below.

See you there!

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Tickets

Tickets will be on sale in the next few weeks. Every effort is being made to keep the cost of tickets as low as possible, including some heavily subsidised accommodation which will be available in both ensuite and standard varieties on Friday and Saturday nights.

As usual, travel grants will also be available for those traveling a significant distance to the AGM.

Official AGM Business

Every affiliated AHS society has two votes allocated to them for AGM business. These are allocated by default to the President/Chair and the AHS Representative, however, other committee members may vote on their behalf. They make up the Caucus, the decision-making body of the AHS. (more »)

The AHS Awards

Each year at the AHS Convention, we like to give awards to societies who we believe have done exceptional work in the previous year. This year is no exception! Meet our award-winners below:

Best New Society

Northampton Atheist, Humanistic & Secularist Society

Northampton hit the ground running last year, with a very enthusiastic team organising a wide range of events. They hosted ‘The Big Debate’ with their local Islamic Society, which featured Northampton’s President Hari Parekh and the BHA’s Andrew Copson forming an excellent debating team, as well as several events touching on topics from Atheism in Africa, featuring Leo Igwe, LGBT rights, freedom of expression, monarchy, the neuropsychology of morality and Humanist involvement in Remembrance Day. They’ve also had a fast-growing community, thanks to their hard work and regular social events.

Northampton’s AHS Society also won a Gold Award from their Student Union in March, leapfrogging all of the religious societies on campus – which they were very pleased with!

Notable mentions:

The University of Exeter Atheist, Humanist & Secular Society

Exeter put on a fantastic calendar of events, including talks from AC Grayling, Peter Tatchell, Francesca Stavrakopoulou and Andrew Copson, several excellent debates and discussions, fantastic charity drives and social events, which were organised by a very dedicated committee. (more »)

Send us your Small Victories!

Here at the AHS, we want to help new societies grow, and celebrate the little things that go towards making a great AHS society. That’s we’re launching our own Small Victories campaign.

All too often, we hear about the huge news, but not so much about the societies who are gradually growing and on their way to great things: we all too often get distracted by big events, like a society getting a really famous speaker… or more likely an urgent crisis that needs our attention! So, we decided to remedy that.

The idea of Small Victories is that it’s an excuse to celebrate the small but vital steps that lots of our societies are taking towards greatness every day but aren’t as proud of as we think they should be. Anything from electing the first society committee to holding a great event, getting a good response at a Freshers Fair to winning an SU award: no matter how small, we want to hear about it!

We want you to tweet at us and leave us comments, telling us what you think we should be celebrating every week by using the hashtag #AHSVictories, or commenting on our weekly posts. (more »)

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AHS Newsletter

12th April 15

How many atheists does it take to change a lightbulb?
One. But they are still living in darkness.

 

Hello campers,

This week we’ve got two calls for action: an online feedback form for anyone who attended the AHS Convention (and anyone who didn’t, but fancies influencing future AHS policy nonetheless) and our new Small Victories initiative. These are both likely to induce high levels of excitement so make sure you’re sitting down, put on some Enya and get to it.

We’ve also a new debate between Exeter AHS and Exeter Evangelical CU at the foot of the newsletter. The Executive is currently busying itself with a detailed summary of the AHS Awards and finalising the results of the BHAConQs contest in collaboration with Young Humanists and the BHA. So look forward to that,

All in all, I hope the first week back has gone smoothly for all and that revision isn’t getting y’all too down! Peace, brothers and sisters.

Yours
Luke Dabin

Communications Officer
communications@ahsstudents.org.uk


 

How did you find the AHS Convention? Was it a delight, an unforgettable whirlwind of information, levity and joy? Or was it a bit meh? We’re interested in your experiences and your feedback, so we’ve put together a slick online survey to help you do so. (more »)

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