Welcome to university life, all new Freshers. There are at least 260 different societies on campus, so to make you able to swim and navigate through the ocean of them all, we will tell you why YOU should join our Amnesty Society.
- You will learn about human rights. In our weekly meeting (on Wednesdays from 7-9) we will teach you about a human rights topic, and then we will together discuss how we can make an action out of it.
- You will make a difference. You will participate in our actions and fight for human rights.
- You can participate in the committee meetings and have a say in, amongst others, what topics we will discuss, how our actions will look like or what type of party we shall throw next.
- Your schedule will be filled up with socials. We meet as often as possible, either to a snack, a potluck, a party or an action. Each Wednesday after the meeting we head over to Teviot for a drink and some socialising. A great way to get to know each other even better.
- You will fit perfectly into our diverse society. You don’t have to study any particular degree to join – we have members from Physics, to Spanish to Politics. Everyone is welcome! And because we are a diverse group of people, you will most definitely find your place.
- You will make friends for life!
During Fresher’s Week we have a total of 6 events in order for you to get to know our society.
Come to one or all – there is something for everybody.
We will kick of the week on Monday 8th September with Letter Writing. We will draw attention to some of those whose rights have been denied and to take action for change. Since Amnesty International was formed in 1961, thousands of letters have been sent to heads of states, officials, and to prisoners of conscience.
Pop along to write for rights and make a difference. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about the society and meet our members.
In the evening on Monday 8th, we will throw a film screening of the movie “Cry Freedom”. Cry Freedom, a British film directed by Richard Attenborough, is set in the late 1970s during the apartheid era of South Africa. This story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men during the apartheid brings to light the injustices of our society. After the journalist, Donald Woods, meets one of the most respected freedom fighters in South Africa, Steven Biko, their instantaneous friendship becomes dangerous. The government become extremely suspicious of pro-Biko ideology in newspaper articles and they prevent the collaboration between the two. During discrimination and political corruption, this film demonstrates the importance of freedom fighters.
Tuesday 9th is a perfect day to get to know each other even better. Activist Speed Dating is put together by People and Planet in conjunction with Amnesty International, Tibet Society, Students for Justice in Palestine, Feminist Society, Socialist Society, Student Voice for Animal Rights and Bollocks to Poverty.
Feel strongly about something? Wondering what you could get involved with? Come meet the University’s different activist societies! Get a look into what they’re up to and what you could be part of. Guaranteed non-awkward speed dating of causes – and free wine!
On both Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th we will be at the Societies’ Fair at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar. Come see us from 10-4pm, get to know more about our society and leave with the feeling that our society is definitely one you should join.
Friday 12th we are throwing the successful Human Rights Tour of Edinburgh. We will meet at Meeting Point D in Bristo Square at 4pm.
From the university campus, we’ll lead you around the heart of historic Edinburgh, stopping to discover the wonderful sites of the city, each from the perspective a different human rights issue. From discussing the death penalty on the Royal Mile to considering human rights in an independent Scotland outside the national Parliament, this is without doubt a unique way to get to know the city and a perfect introduction to Amnesty International’s work!
The last stop of the tour is, of course, the pub!
We will end the amazing Fresher’s Week on Saturday 13th with a Pub Quiz.
A classic pub quiz, but since it’s us of course the quiz will be human rights themed. Join us at the Cabaret Bar, Pleasance at 7.30 pm.
After Fresher’s Week, we will resume our weekly Letter Writing sessions every Monday from 12 noon – 2pm downstairs in the Chaplaincy (starting on Monday 15th September)
Our first weekly meeting will be in the same week, on Wednesday 17th from 7pm-9pm in the Chaplaincy (upstairs room 2).
The Chaplaincy is on the left from Potterrow. Just go around the corner from the campus shop.
We know it can be tough to show up at an event with no familiar faces, but we will make you feel welcome right away. So no worries.
We look forward to meet you and welcome you into our Amnesty group!
And to all of you who are not Freshers – of course you are welcome as well. It is never too late to join!