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New Humanist Students Board elected

The new Humanist Students Board: David Stanley, Hannah Timson, and James Dart

Student members of Humanists UK have elected David Stanley as the 2019-20 President of Humanist Students. Humanist Students is the student section of Humanists UK, which brings together non-religious students at universities throughout the UK to foster community and campaign on human rights and secularist issues.

David will begin his role as President-Elect immediately, before becoming the President of Humanist Students in September 2019. An experienced activist with Humanist Students, David is also a committee member and a former President of Humanist Students Southampton.

David will serve alongside the new Humanist Students President, James Dart. James has been involved in Exeter Humanist Students and leads the local group Exeter Humanists. 2017-2018 Humanist Students President Hannah Timson will now move into the role of Humanist Students President Emeritus for a final year, advising and supporting James and David.

Each year, students who have signed up for free Humanists UK student membership have the option to run to for President of Humanist Students. Student members of Humanists UK then choose their next President through an online vote.

Commenting on his election, David said:

‘I’m very pleased to have been chosen as President-Elect of Humanist Students. Humanists champion the fruits of a secular society, encouraging people to turn to evidence, reason, and science to make their arguments for a fairer, more just society. And as Humanist Students, we can build upon the work of Humanists UK on campuses across the country.’’

You can find out more about David in his candidacy statement.


Humanist Students is the student section of Humanists UK, the national charity representing the non-religious. At Humanists UK, we advance free thinking and promote humanism to create a tolerant society where rational thinking and kindness prevail. Our work brings non-religious people together to develop their own views, helping people be happier and more fulfilled in the one life we have.

Students are entitled to receive free membership of Humanists UK and Humanist Students for the duration of the course. Humanist Students members elect the Board of Humanist Students and run Humanist Students societies on campuses around the UK. Find out more about Humanist Students at

Leadership of Humanist Students is provided by three-person executive composed of a President, who serves as the section’s principal leader and spokesperson, a President-Elect, and a President Emeritus. Together they work to ensure continuity, stability, and development for the section as it champions the interests of non-religious students.

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