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Looking for more student groups at Scottish Universities

#1 Postby Rogerrp » February 4th, 2008, 4:36 pm

Dear all students of Scottish Universities,

My name is Roger Redondo and I am the President of the student Humanist Society at the University of Edinburgh (HSUoE)
The HSUoE feels lonely in Scotland and is looking for similar student groups to interact with (Atheists, Secular, Freethinkers, Brights,…).
It may take some courage to get a group started but once it is up and running, there is so much to do and so much fun to have!
At the end of this message, I have attached a copy of our most recent weekly enewsletter, written by our Secretary Stuart Ritchie, to illustrate the range of activities that a student group can run.

We would like to find out whether we can help in any way in getting your student group at your Uni started. Don’t be put away by the paperwork (we can give you a template constitution if you want). We can also advise you on how to run certain activities. Not that we are experts, but we have had an excellent first year in Edinburgh and we are learning as we go along. We have more than 40 members and more than a hundred emails in our newsletter.

When it comes to resources, there are lots of national as well as international organizations that will send you their materials for free, or even give you financial support (in case that there is not enough help from your own Uni).

If you feel passionate about Humanist and Secular issues, want to help grow a local community of young Humanists, or simply want to meet other students with similar worldviews, get your student society going at your Uni!

And let us know if we can help by replying to this post or writing to us @ [email protected]

All the best,

Humanist Society @ University of Edinburgh
Chaplaincy Centre
1 Bristo Square
United Kingdom
[email protected]
Facebook group:

<<<<E-newsletter for the first week of February:

Hello Humanists!

This week's update from the HS -

-Event of the week: the Humanist Society is hosting the critically-acclaimed thriller movie 'Brotherhood of the Wolf' on Wednesday at 6pm in Appleton Tower lecture theatre 3. I hear it's a very stylish movie with a skeptical message, so it suits our society perfectly. If that isn't enough, apparently it contains 'elements of erotica' as well, so who on earth would want to miss it?!

-Next week is our main event for this semester. On Tuesday 12th, 6-9pm in Appleton Tower lecture theatre 4, we're having a panel discussion on 'Why Do We Need An Evolving Humanist Ethics?'. Taking part will be:
-Sue England, a human rights lawyer and specialist in Women's Rights
-Patrick Harvie MSP, from the Scottish Green Party
-Professor Anthony Duff, University of Stirling, expert in Philosophy of criminal law
-Roger Redondo - neuroscientist at the University of Edinburgh and the President of our very own Humanist Society.
Each speaker will give a talk about their particular area of expertise, then there'll be a question time where you can ask any of the speakers about any issues you like. Sounds unmissable! More info on our website, and the facebook group is here:
This event coincides with Darwin Day (hence the bit about 'evolving' ethics), about which you can find out more here:

-Starting two weeks today, purely coincidentally, are this year's Leverhulme lectures, which just happen to be about (among other things) Ethics & Evolution! They're being given by Professor Catherine Wilson, and you can find out everything you need to know here:

-I mentioned this last week - the Humanist Society of Scotland's talk on Adam Smith is tonight, and all the info is on their website: ... l-104.html.

-Our increasingly hilarious lunch meetings are still at 1pm every Wednesday in Room 2 of the Chaplaincy. See you there!

Have an excellent week,

Stuart Ritchie

Humanist Society @ University of Edinburgh
[email protected]

Student Humanist Society at the University of Edinburgh:

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Re: Looking for more student groups at Scottish Universities

#2 Postby grammar king » May 3rd, 2008, 2:09 pm

I'd like to draw attention to this. If anyone is in contact with an atheist/skeptic/humanist group at any UK university, not just in Scotland, could they forward them to please? That would be great.

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Re: Looking for more student groups at Scottish Universities

#3 Postby Rogerrp » July 3rd, 2008, 10:42 pm

Yes, is a tool to catalyze the start up of new student societies in the UK. is manned and run by student leaders of already established societies and it aims to bring the best guidance and resources by students for students.

Also, after the first Secular Student Conference UK, celebrated in Edinburgh (June 21st-22nd), some of us (students) believe that better coordination and support for student groups at uni is necessary in the UK. Therefore, soon you will hear more about the national federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular student societies (aka as the AHS).
The hosts of the conference, the Humanist Society at the University of Edinburgh, would like to thank the British Humanist Association, the National Secular Society and the Humanist Society of Scotland for their support.

If you know of student groups for agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, Humanists, non-thiests, rationalists, secularists, skeptics, ... or if you want to start one at your institution, please join us at

More info soon, :D

Student Humanist Society at the University of Edinburgh:

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