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 – Hannah Timson
Hannah is a third year student of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, with particular interests in interfaith communications, mythology and the impact of religion in the public sphere. Despite growing up as an active member of an Evangelical Baptist church, Hannah began to question her religious beliefs and, following an experience living with Amish families in the USA, ultimately found her place within the Humanist community at university. As President this year she hopes to develop a strong and supportive national network of non-religious students wanting to effect a positive influence on society. For Hannah, the most important aspect of Humanism is a feeling of belonging and shared mutual values, which she wishes to promote throughout her presidency.
President-Elect – Angelos Sofocleous
Angelos Sofocleous studies Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Durham. He is President of Durham Humanist Students. He is active in promoting Humanism, Secularism, and Atheism, through a progressive spectrum, on and off of campus, through campaigning and journalism. He is a sub-editor at Palatinate UK, Philosophy and Religion editor at The Bubble UK, writer and editor at progressive news platform Conatus News, and co-editor at Secular Nation, Atheist Alliance of America’s magazine.
President Emeritus – Hari Parekh
Hari Parekh holds a first-class honours degree in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Northampton and an MSc in Forensic and Criminological Psychology from the University of Nottingham’, and is currently an Assistant Psychologist at a low-secure female psychiatric hospital. Hari was President of his society at the University of Northampton and was Regional Development Officer for the East Midlands, New Societies Officer, President, and is now President Emeritus for Humanist Students. As an apostate himself, Hari is hugely passionate about apostasy and helping those who have left or are considering leaving their religion and need support. Hari wrote his MSc thesis on the abuse of apostates within religious households and is currently looking to publish his work.
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