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Humanist Students is the student section of Humanists UK. It exists to support and represent a growing membership of non-religious students on campuses everywhere in the UK. We want the world to be a tolerant place where rational thinking and kindness prevail. We support student activists working to secure human rights, equality, secularism and free expression; supporting lasting change for a better society and championing ideas for the one life we have.

Membership of Humanist Students is free for every student for the duration of your course. Joining up is easy. You can do it right now, here. You’ll then have access to two student focused national events, resources, guides and advice for any Humanist Students activities you want to do on campus. You’ll also get discounted tickets to Humanists UK events.

You are also supported through our affiliated student societies. Our societies get their own branded logos, email accounts, and promotional materials; publicity for society events and shared cloud storage. We’re also able to support their campaigns and give them effective leadership training. We’re dedicated to building up an active student membership that continues to prosper at universities.

Meet the team

President – James Dart

James left his job as a school teacher 12 months ago, and returned to education this year to complete a Masters in European Politics at the University of Exeter. James is the current president of Exeter Humanist Students and founder of Exeter Humanists. In his professional life he works as an intervention support worker, supporting some of the most vulnerable and challenging people from across Devon. Beyond his studies and job, he enjoys volunteering and has recently worked at the RAMM museum in Exeter. James is very active in local politics, having twice acted as an election agent, and more recently, having stood as a city councillor in May of this year.

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President-Elect – David Stanley

David Stanley is a Mechanical Engineering / Mechatronics graduate and first year Engineering PhD student at the University of Southampton, studying 3D mapping of the seafloor using autonomous underwater vehicles. Since 2013 he has variously served as President, Secretary and now Committee Member of his university Humanist society. He has been an officer of Humanist Students at a national level and was elected as Treasurer prior to the organisation being restructured. This past year he also served as Head of Investigations for his university’s student news publication, the Wessex Scene.

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President Emeritus – Hannah Timson

Hannah has just completed her final year studying BA Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, having completed a sociological study looking at Perceptions of the Role of the Non-religious in Interreligious Dialogue. In her year as President, Hannah has helped to oversee the transition and rebrand of the section, from ‘Atheist, Humanist and Secular Students’, to ‘Humanist Students’. She has aided in the organisation of our first national event, and has begun the push for non-religious Pastoral Care and equal representation for non-religious students in our universities. Looking to the future, Hannah is excited to take a supporting role as President Emeritus, and to take part in developing dialogues, building connections, and engaging diverse communities of non-religious students and young people across the country.

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What we do

Humanist Students is the voice of all non-religious students . We support students across the UK to live meaningful lives and engage with humanist thought and action. We help students to put on events, activities and socials. We also support affiliated student societies, who work on behalf of students at their universities to make sure there’s a humanist community wherever there are students.

Become a member

Student membership of Humanists UK is free for the duration of your course. You can join here. Some of the benefits of membership are:

    • Invitations to professional training events
    • Two national student events every year.
    • The right to propose and vote on motions at Humanists UK’s AGM (16+ only)
    • Access to the members area on our website.
    • Unique Humanists UK branding for your affiliated society
    • A secure drive to ensure all your society’s materials are in one place

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