The Black Voices of UCA: In A Perfect World…

, October 10, 2018

By Fi Akinyemi   I don’t argue for the sake of arguing, contrary to the belief of most of the people who know me. I argue when I genuinely see a problem because there’s no gain to be had sitting in silence. Silence can’t solve problems, but words can. Actions can. Expressed beliefs can. It’s […]


#WednesdayWins

, October 3, 2018

So this year we’re launching the Bi-Weekly Wednesday wins! We think it is your right to know about what we’re doing with our time, So thanks for choosing to read my Wednesday Wins.   It’s been a hectic time here in the Students’ Union! Freshers! You were amazing! I don’t know about you but I’m […]


LGBT+ History Month

, February 1, 2018

Today marks the beginning of LGBT+ History Month. The first LGBT History Month in the US in October 1994. LGBT History Month UK was initiated by Schools OUT, who have been fighting for LGBT+ equality in education for 32 years, in February 2005. Both were based on the creation of the highly successful Black History […]


Liberation

, July 20, 2017

WHAT ARE IDENTITY COMMUNITIES? Under the umbrella of Communities, we have four ‘Identity Communities’. These were based on the National Union of Students’ four main liberation campaigns: Women Students Disabled Students BAME (Black and Minority Ethnicities) Students, and LGBTQ+ Students You can take part in any Identity Community you identify into – the BAME Students […]


THE IMPORTANCE OF LIBERATION GROUPS

, June 6, 2017

BY SIMONE ZIEL (FARNHAM CAMPUS EXECUTIVE OFFICER, BAME GROUP LEADER, AND STUDENT GOVERNOR-ELECT)   This year the Students’ Union introduced the four liberation groups. Decided in a referendum last year, the SU decided to abolish the regular ‘officers’ structure that most universities have (BME officer, women’s officer, etc.) and were replaced with liberation groups – […]


WE’RE GOING TO PRIDE!

, May 26, 2017

This year UCASU along with the hard work of UCA students started four liberation groups on each campus. Students have stepped up to organise events like the Farnham BAME debates and run campaigns like the disabled students’ disability awareness badges, which you might have spotted around campus. LGBTQ+ students on all four campuses set up […]


COMING OUT TO FAMILY #IDAHOBIT

, May 17, 2017

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By Riley Clowes (Vice-President Kent-elect) IDAHOBIT is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia. The theme of this year’s IDAHOBIT is ‘families’.  The great RuPaul once said ” We as gay people, get to choose our families” and she truly was spot on. As an activist for the LGBTQ+ community I have seen many […]


AGENDERS ASSEMBLE

, May 15, 2017

By Katy Garnham   Agender: Gender neutral, without gender, genderless. Being agender is a struggle at times, as many people are not aware that agender people exist. I came out when I was very little – around 6 or 7 – though I wasn’t aware of it at the time. The conversation went something like […]


HOW I EMPOWERED SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

, April 28, 2017

BY BETH ASHLEY   I was invited by the women’s charity Refuge to speak at Avon’s International Women’s Day event in London, which I attended in March. I was part of a panel of researchers (myself providing a personal approach to the issue) with amazing people like the Refuge and Avon CEOs, and MP Jess […]


BENDING GENDER

, February 14, 2017

By Jordan Hoctor   For many people, the terms “gender” and “sex” are not changeable or questioned.  The idea of changing our sex or gender is still taboo and it is assumed we are born, assigned a sex, and sent out into the world.  Perhaps we should consider that our biological physical anatomy, sex and […]

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