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The Inaugural UK Secular Student Conference

Over the weekend of June 21-22nd, Edinburgh University Humanist Society was proud to host the inaugural Secular Student Conference. This is the first time that atheist, secular and humanist societies from universities across the UK have gathered together to share their experiences and ideas and to meet each other.

It was a fantastic weekend with lots of great people and ideas. The groups present included:

Durham University Humanist Society
Edinburgh University Humanist Society
Keele Humanist Group
Leeds Atheist Society
Oxford Secular Society
Warwick Atheists
Southampton Atheist Society sent a document with their details and suggestions

The first day focussed on learning about the different societies. On Saturday morning, the societies gave presentations and introduced themselves and events they’d organised. In the afternoon there were presentations from various organisations including the British Humanist Association, the Humanist Society of Scotland and the National Secular Society. On Sunday, the societies got down to talking about how they can work together and provide support and representation for exisiting and new student societies. There was also discussion about working together on events and campaigns and co-ordinating resources. Serious plans are under way to build an umbrella organisation created for and run by student groups in the UK. If you’re interested in finding out more or becoming involved, secular student discussion can be found at the Secular Portal site created by the Leeds Atheists Society.

Pictures and videos from the event can be found here.

World Humanist Day 2008

Yesterday was World Humanist Day 2008! Sadly, I was unable to access a functioning internet connection, and so I am sending you all my best wishes and hoping that you had a fabulous day yesterday whatever you were doing. As for me, I was attending the first day of the UK’s first secular student conference. There are groups here from various universities and we’ve had speakers from some of the UK’s main humanist and secular organisations. We’ve been hearing about the different groups’ experiences and sharing our ideas and suggestions. Today, there’s going to be talk about what we can do together and how we can interact. It’s pretty exciting! I will be writing some more about this in the coming week.