By Alexa Robertson
8th Mar, 2016
As the Charity and Campaigns Officer I facilitated a campaign at UCL concerning society grant allocation transparency and the campaign to reform the No Platform and safe space policies at Goldsmith’s. I also oversaw Non-Prophet week with the AHS president Richard Acton. With the New Societies officer, Hari Parekh, I visited the AHS society at Surrey, Leicester, Goldsmiths, Northampton, Cambridge, Birmingham and Birmingham City, UCLan and I visited Sheffield. I have also been the Secretary of the AHS society at Nottingham (UNASH) for the past year. With the president Octavian Maxim, and with the aid of the AHS, we had a successful Non-Prophet week, the society’s first reason week and we are currently in the process of fulfilling the criteria to elevate the society to Gold status within our students’ Union.
The function of AHS secretary
My function as AHS secretary would be to facilitate the president and treasurer and with them manage the officer team. The role of secretary involves stringent application of administration, organisation and planning. A sense of foresight of possible problems and outcomes is also central. Management of the Google drive and documents, all of which I have quite a bit of experience in and actually enjoy doing. (more »)
“We want to see a thriving atheist, humanist or secular society in every institute of Higher Education in the UK and Republic of Ireland, networked together, with a shared voice in public life, whose members can contribute to and be part of the wider national and international movement”. Aim of the AHS, from the Constitution.
I am still as passionate, determined and excited to fulfil the principles of the AHS as I was the day I became the regional officer for the East Midlands, to the new societies officer in this important organisation. Working to fulfil the aims of the AHS in its truest form while I have occupied my position has been a privilege and one which I hope to continue for at least the next year ahead. I believe the AHS have made significant leaps forward in the past year due to the contribution of the committee and of course its committed membership. I hope to continue the improvement, and make greater leaps forward to see a thriving atheist, humanist or secular society in every institute of Higher Education in the UK and Republic of Ireland, if I am to be your president next year.
I have been engaged with a multi-faceted position which has a host of priorities while I have been new societies officer. (more »)
By Alexa Robertson
11th Feb, 2016
Maryam Namazie, of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, has commented that ‘it is ironic that these ‘minority’ groups demand a safe space when it is the apostates and liberals who need a safe space to go to.’
A safe space or ‘positive space’ is an idea which exists as a policy within many Student Unions across University campuses in the UK. Promoted by the National Union of Students (NUS) this policy operates as a form of protest against supposed discrimination, hatred, exclusion and essentially any form of disagreement. Originating within the Women’s Movement as a space in which women can form a sense of community without feeling judged by men, the safe space now branches out to groups like LGBT and Women’s networks and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups. The safe space idea has been implemented to provide an environment for those who would feel more at ease in communicating experiences in isolation from certain stimuli which causes trauma. Therefore the safe space can, in some circumstances, prevent distress and encourage constructive interaction. Yet, it is still the case that the internal dynamics of these groups’ views and opinions is complex and in danger of being generalised by the policy, favouring the simplified narratives presented by those deemed to be representative of the group. (more »)
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