Politicking abounds

Bad news guys.

As you will have noticed, the last few newsletters have been radically different in style from their predecessors, and whilst engagement and feedback have been overwhelmingly positive –

– words such as “unprofessional” and “inappropriate” and “we had no idea he was doing this” have been flying about recently. More importantly, the format had become unsustainable. So lean back, relax and enjoy a return to your regularly scheduled installment of the AHS newsletter.

This week: the BHA conference looms, the AHS AGM is a little way off yet but still definitely looming too, and our future overlords attempt to buy your affection with smiles, science, poetry and viking costumes.

Yours in-vikingly,

Luke Dabin

Communications Officer


The UK’s grandest and greatest Humanist gathering

The BHA Conference is THIS WEEKEND, folks. A respectably full slice of the AHS officer team will be attending, as shall representatives from a number of AHS member societies. It’s not too late to book your ticket (£89 for students) and find a place to crash. Check out the University of Bristol’s Atheist, Agnostic and Secular Society’s FB page if you’re stuck for accommodation recommendations. Hope to see you there!


AHS AGM – Have Your Voice Heard

The AHS AGM is being held in Warwick this year, between 17th-19th July.

Not only should you attend simply by merit of this being an AHS national event, which are always incredibly fun, but to sweeten the deal UWASH have secured us some wonderfully cheap accommodation (from £17 per night). Travel grants are also available.

Other reasons to attend? What, you want the shirt off my back too? Well how about the motions? Any student can suggest a motion for the caucus to vote upon. Currently there are two, one of which I can see proving highly contentious. The first person to identify that issue and email in wins a special prize! The prize is my shirt.

As well as the political importance of the AGM, we have a great schedule of socials, workshops and a guest lecture by Professor A C Grayling. You can browse the lineup, the motions and any pertinent information at the official event page.

Did I mention this all only costs £17 per night? Book your tickets here!


Spotlight on: Executive Committee Candidates

You’ve gotta ask yourself one question…”Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?

The Executive Committee – President, Secretary, Treasurer – will administer the functions of the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies for 2015-2016. Manifestos have been submitted and are available for consideration on the website, though it’s not too late for you to apply! Remember, ANY STUDENT MEMBER of an AHS member society is eligible for the roles, so give it some thought.


Richard Acton

Richard was President of Nottingham ASH for two years and is about to commence a postgraduate Masters at Birkbeck College in London. He is an active proponent of rationalism and clarity of thought, and is comfortable debating such matters on stages and social media.

Benjamin David

Benjamin founded Warwickshire Humanists and revitalised Warwick Atheists, Secularists and Humanists. A student of Philosophy, he also writes poetry and regularly engages with local groups such as BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, the NSS, the BHA, IHEU and Young Humanists.

Hari Parekh

On abandoning Hinduism, Hari set about founding and establishing Northampton AHS as a platinum tier student society, scooping Society of the Year and President of the Year awards in the process. His manifesto emphasises the importance of cohesion and inter-society events as a means to achieving the National Federation’s aims.


Caitlin Greenwood

Caitlin’s trajectory began at Bristol: first AASS committee member for 2 years, then National Campaigns officer, now Secretarial candidate. Her work ethic and ability to produce results are universally recognised amongst the officer team, especially those who’ve witnessed her ability to knit at speed whilst contributing to discussions on AHS policy and function.


– The Mighty Mighty Gnome Priest

The Mighty Mighty Gnome Priest feels no inclination to justify itself to the likes of you.

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