Join us at the AHS AGM in July!

by The AHS

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! The excellent Kate Smurthwaite will be providing the Saturday night entertainment too!

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!



Standard Ticket: £10

Two nights accommodation, standard: £34

Two nights accommodation, en-suite: £50

Tickets for this years AGM are available from the BHA website:

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

Travel Directions

Travel directions can be found via the University of Warwick’s website.

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.


Any student can submit a motion or run for Executive position the AGM.

Three manifestos for President have been submitted: The manifestos from each candidate are in the links below.

Benjamin David

Richard Acton

Hari Parekh

One manifesto for the role of Secretary has been submitted:

Caitlin Greenwood


Please note that you may run for a position on the day of the AGM.


There will be two motions for discussion.

The first of these is a motion to change the AHS Calendar. The preamble is as follows:

“The AHS wishes to move the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to the second day of the Annual Convention. This allows for a new Executive to be elected in March/April. This means the National Federation elects its new Executive at the same time as the majority of its societies.  This also means there will be a higher turnout from the Caucus. The new Executive would be fully integrated into the role in order to officially take over from July 1st. This allows for the new Executive to be absolutely sure that the added responsibilities and pressure is bearable. 

The AHS AGM would be replaced with the Societies Training Weekend, which will be held in June or July. This allows new committee members to be fully trained prior to taking on their duties. This will take place over three days – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Societies would submit applications to host the Societies Training Weekend.  

The Annual Convention would see an election of a new Executive in London each year, as that is the venue of the Annual Convention and it is unreasonable to depart from London.” 

The second motion was forwarded by Richard Acton. This motion is to change the name of the AHS from National Federation of Atheists, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (The AHS) to Student Humanists. The preamble is as follows:

Changing the name of the AHS (The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies) to ‘Humanist Students’ is I think necessary if we are to grow in public awareness. As a scientist it goes against my instincts to sacrifice precision of expression but as a rationalist one has to be aware of the impact of labels on cognition and Humanist Students is snappier and more memorable that The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (I copied and pasted that rather than typing it out again that’s how bad it is). It’s a name you can say without an acronym and one you can typeset in a way that is aesthetically pleasing something almost impossible with the current name. 

The blurb can read Humanist students is an organisation that includes and represent the interests of Atheists, Secularists, Humanists, Skeptics, Free-thinkers, Agnostics, Rationalists, hell even Dan Dennet’s Defunct ‘Brights’ so long as we don’t have to put all the labels people want to use in the name. I have complained of the anthropocentrism of the label Humanist in the past and we all have our preferred label but let’s get over it for the sake of effective group action.”

Please consider each manifesto and motion before you come to vote at the AHS AGM. (Only President/Most senior member and External Affiliates may vote during the election process)


There will be a selection of training workshops for the society members to take part in, on a variety of topics, to help society members to grow their societies, and prepare new committee members for their roles, as requested in the feedback forms from the Convention and the Society Training Day. You can make your own requests by talking with the Executive.

The workshops this year will be provided by Rory Fenton, former AHS President, Luke Dabin, Cloe Ansari and Russell Harding closing with AHS Secretary, Martin Smith and an impassioned discussion on humanism.



17:00 – 19:00 – Arrival and check in
19:00 – 21:30 – Evening meal at La Gusta – Vegan and Vegetarian options provided.


10:00 – 10:30 – Welcome to Warwick and the AGM

10:30 – Apologies, ratification of minutes and annual report to the Caucus.

11:30 – 11:45 – Motion 1 – AHS Calendar

11:45 – 13:00 – Motion 2 – Name change

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 – Election of the new Executive

16:00 – 18:00 – An interactive debate on dangerous topic!

19:00 – 21:30 – Evening meal at La Gusta & comedy from Kate Smurthwaite in Copper Room Two, inside the Student’s Union



10:00 – 10:30 – Welcome back (breakfast available from Costa and Cafe Library Extension)

10:30 – 11:30 – Exec Handover/ Luke Dabin “I have no idea what I am doing“, Cloe Ansari “#SocialMedia #Sorrynotsorry“, Rory Fenton “Interfaith“, Russell Harding “Why the AHS should matter to us all“.

(Each workshop is 30 minutes. People can choose between Luke/Rory and Cloe/Russell.)

11:30 – 11:45 – Break

11:45 – 12:30 – Exec Handover/ Martin Smith “Humanism and our place in it

12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 – AC Grayling: “The Stalin Objection: Answering the Stalin point.

15:00 – 16:00 – Discussion topic: “What changes would YOU make to the AHS Convention?”

16:00 – 19:00 – Departure/drinks

NB: This is the final schedule.

AC Grayling

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