All eyes on ULIP today as Freshers and buddies descended upon its high-ceilinged halls. Some early drama with the Parlons team who through a heroic effort incurred by their own relative lack of organisation, managed to edit, compile and print most of the Fresher's Guide in 2 short hours. After a talk from the Dean (he did the bit where he talks in French then back in to English, which still manages to be funny), we were on our way, metroing off to all corners of Paris with groups visiting as far afield as la Mosquée, the Canal Saint-Martin and the Bois de Boulogne (pictures will follow later in the week!).
We then made our way over to 25 Est on the Place de Stalingrad, with its beautiful view over the beginnings of the Canal and a setting sun, it was sufficiently pretty to merit a wide range of clichés, which you're welcome to detail in the comments below. A delicious meal ensued, with pasta for the veggies and nice chunk of beef for the carnivores. A good time was had by all. Well, at least most, I didn't really carry out a survey.
Next stop Room 106 tomorrow evening for the ULIP Pub Games Society to delight, inform and entertain us with its Pub Quiz.
See you there,
P.s. If you'd like to buy tickets, I'll be around uni tomorrow and will be able to hook you up.
I think a quick update is well in order. Firstly, ULIP's own magazine, Parlons, are busy compiling a Fresher's guide (to be given out during Freshers week) and last year's editions are now available here, free for all and sundry to peruse at leisure.
Plans for Freshers week are well underway, lead by the capable and reassuringly muscular Nick Kent, with some of the Exec team visiting venues for the Fresher's ball this week so you can officially get excited now. In more exciting news, the ULIP building is being renovated this summer, meaning that the student spaces will be all fancy when we come back. What used to be the canteen will now be a lecture hall/venue with some fancy bits in (a proper stage and sound-related stuff), with the canteen being moved downstairs. A couple of the rooms are going to be knocked together downstairs making a nice big student space with computers and other nice things.
Good night and good luck,
Today, the 5th July 2012, the Times Higher Education website posted an article about ULIP entitled "British institute puts the accent on French connections" - Though its infuriating that people still fail to recognise ULIP as a stand-alone university, rather than just an institute, this article does praise ULIP in a number of ways, making particular reference to our fantastic location in the heart of Paris. Bizarrely the article mentions that ULIP boasts "an exceptionally high recruitment of boys" - not entirely sure where that came from! Either way, its nice that ULIP is finally getting some kind of recognition in the British media - and its about time too! ULIP is a university so often overlooked in higher education guides and the like. It is therefore an exciting development that we receiving at least some attention from these influential medias.
However, it is a great shame that no students were asked of their experience at ULIP. It's all very well speaking to the lecturers and the dean, but to get a real insight into the success of ULIP, surely the students are the go-to interviewees?! Regardless, any press is good press right?
Monday 19th March sees the annual election of the ULIP Students' Union. It is an incredibly important day of the year for ULIP, as those elected will shape the experiences of all students the following year at university. Although voting is not compulsory, the higher the turnout, the more democratic the SU can be. Here is the list of candidates standing for election on Monday.
President - Rachel Addison-Child, Tom Gardner, Joe Lennard, Sam O'Doherty
Vice President - George Bagguley, George Greaves
Events - John Helm
Secretary - Linh-Chi Nguyen
Welfare - Sophie Lawrence
Treasurer - Agnieszka Konieczny
BA3 - Laurie Ainscough, Phoebe Cripps
BA2 - Sophie Small, Ben Wright
Tomorrow, Thursday 15th at 17h30, the election hustings/question time will take place. This is a vital part of the election process. Candidates will have the opportunity to present their manifestos and all students will subsequently have the chance to pose any questions to candidates. Although, as you can see, for certain positions, candidates are standing unopposed, it is still a great opportunity to hear their plans for next year and raise any queries that you may have.
If you cannot attend the question time event, have a look at the posters and manifestos around the university for further information on all the candidates. Either way, make sure you come and vote on Monday to elect the SU that you want to help guide you through your next year at university.
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