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 Caitlin Greenwood
14th Jun, 2015
Manifesto for Executive Secretary – Caitlin Greenwood
When I started at Bristol, I was (to say the least) a massive, awkward weirdo. I knew I could join societies where there might be people who shared my interests, maybe even people I could form friendships with! But which societies to choose?
While browsing the catalogue the SU so helpfully provided me with, I discovered the “Faith Societies” section. And there, in shining black type and laminated paper, heading up the alphabetical list were the words “Atheist, Agnostic and Secular Society (AASS)”. I had found my people.
Throughout my time at Bristol, AASS was a weekly part of my term time life. I served on the committee twice, once as Academic Secretary (in charge of inviting speakers) and once as Vice President. As our then president was in his Master’s year, I did much of the administrative work involved. The community I found at AASS was the most important of my undergrad life.
I was introduced to the AHS by Jenny (Bartle) and Mike (Paynter), who dragged me along to the AHS Convention that year. I was nervously introduced to Andrew Copson, who (on hearing I was a Classicist) declared he “liked me already!” and then immediately marched off to who knows where. (more »)
By Hari Parekh
13th Jun, 2015
Hello! I’m Hari, your happy brown (J) Regional Officer for the AHS in the East Midlands, and I want to be your president.
President of what?
Well, the AHS! But what makes the AHS special to me? I grew up in a Hindu family, and I was a pretty enthusiastic Hindu too, but things changed (thankfully) during my time studying psychology and criminology at the University of Northampton. I constantly questioned the philosophies and ideologies embedded within Hinduism, and as an enthusiastic Hindu, I made Hinduism rational (I can’t believe I did either!). But my views were further challenged at university and I realised I was an atheist as my identity was being questioned by its biggest sceptic, me! Being Indian, with culture and religion being so intertwined with each other, this was personally a difficult moment and an enlightening one too.
I founded the Northampton AHS society with my housemate with the aim to create a non-religious community at the university. In the first year, this task wasn’t easy as we had a handful of members, a cautious student body, and due to the dominance of religious societies our society was consistently overshadowed. After gaining the support of the National AHS, I made pertinent, organisational strides in the following year for society members inviting guest speakers on a regular basis and holding weekly talks and ‘think & drinks’! (more »)