News flashes: week six

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Summer Reading Programme

The University of York is launching a Summer Reading Programme for 2012, inviting all new undergraduates to read the same book before they arrive in York and then attend discussion groups about the texts and their wider themes.

A group of staff and students will decide which of the books nominated by students will become the summer text for 2012 and they will provide topics for Discussion Group Leaders, who will be selected from among students in colleges.

Writing on his YUSU blog, Acadamic Officer Graeme Osborn said: "The hope is that students will be attracted by the idea of having something different to discuss with their new College mates and will enjoy reading a book that current York students have recommended for them.

"This is a really exciting initiative which should help to strengthen college communities and develop a sense of academic community between students at York."

Find more information about the programme here and nominate a text here.


At a LGBT committee meeting on Wednesday, May 23 a vote passed to rename the group LGBTQ - and it now just has to be passed by the Liberation and Welfare Assembly before being put into action.

The intentions are to add a Q, standing for queer, to the end of the acronym to incorporate easily all sexual identities within the society and their representation by YUSU.

YUSU LGBT officer Leon Morris has said he hopes the change will make members of the society more comfortable with their identity.

He commented: "I am pleased with the result as a number of students that I represent have been eager to see the name change for a while. Considering LGBTQ Social have already voted for a name change, it is only natural to see a name change for YUSU LGBT too.

"The change allows students to feel included and, most importantly, represented in decision-making at the top. This is a key principle for me as an Student Union Officer."

Summer Ball

Tickets are still on sale for this year's Summer Ball at the York Racecourse on Wednesday, June 20 (week 9).

The acts performing at the event have been named as Feeder, Stooshe, Bluey Robinson and Citizens, along with local and student bands.

Other entertainment at the ball will include fairground rides, a casino, a silent disco and food, and more information can be found on the Facebook page and website.

YUSU is also running a Summer Ball fashion blog in the run-up to the event.

Tickets are on sale from Your Shop, with separate prices for the Gradation Dinner and Ball or just the Summer Ball.


YUSU is hosting a 'Find a Housemate' event to help students look for a housemate or find a house to live in for next year.

The event on June 12 (week 8) will allow students to meet other people who are looking for a room or a someone to rent in their house, and there will also be advice and support about housing available.

If you've any questions, get in touch with YUSU Welfare Officer Bob Hughes at


The University of York has denied rumours that Wentworth College will welcome undergraduate students next year, expanding its current intake of just postgraduates.

Posts on the York Alumni Association on Twitter last week suggested that discussions are taking place around college accommodation but a statement from the university said: “Following representations by the GSA, we are looking at the possibility of re-distributing postgraduates around colleges. At the moment, this is in its preliminary stages and any firm proposals in the future would be subject to the usual consultations.

"At this stage, there are no plans for Wentworth College to accept undergraduate students.”

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