Review of Autumn Semester 2012/13


New logo

The beginning of term saw a change in branding for the Association with a new logo!

New Logo

Increased online presence

Along with this website being created, we also added to our social media presence with a new Twitter account, Facebook page, and Freshers’ Profile.

bema social media

Alternative Freshers Week 2012

The 17th to the 22nd of September saw the launch of our Alternative Freshers Week which included Games Night, Bowling, Shisha, and a dinner.  Photos can be seen here.

bema shisha

Black History Month 2012

During October, BEMA hosted seven events for Black History Month:

  • Grand Opening Event – included a film screening of ‘Injustice’ and talks by guest speakers such as Vanley Burke.
  • Chanting Down Babylon: Black Radicalism in Britain – talk by Dr. Kehinde Andrews.
  • Focus on Jamaica – included a talk by Dr. Cecil Gutzmore and a film screening of ‘Life and Debt’.
  • Introduction to Black Feminism – talks presented by UoB Women’s Association.
  • Back to Africa: Is Marcus Garvey’s ideology still relevant today? – panel debate.
  • Racism is a Queer Issue – talks presented by UoB LGBTQ Association.
  • Immortal Technique – BEMA & HipHop Soc go to Immortal Technique gig at The Drum.

Photos can be seen here.

Campaigning against racism on Campus

BEMA has been playing an active role in promoting zero-tolerance to all forms of racism this year, and will continue to do so next term.

anti racism bema

The Great Debate @ University of Birmingham

On November 15th, we hosted the Great Debate at the University of Birmingham which included a panel discussion looking at issues surrounding employment, discrimination, crime, education and much more!

Photos can be seen here.

Bollywood Film Nights

At the end of the term, we launched our monthly Bollywood Film Nights with a screening of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.  The next film screening, decided by popular vote, will be Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Bollywood Film Nights


This year also saw the launch of our new BEMA Rep scheme in which we have recruited 9 wonderful BEMA Reps!

BEMA Reps 2012/13 are: Ni’Mat Raheem-Parry, Raymond Simmonds, Sahar Abdulrahman, Samira Musa, Najmin Begum, Nerisa Anwar, Ranjana Rani Chanda, Fahmida Rahman, and Malia Bouattia!

See our BEMA Reps here.

Guild Council

Our Guild Councillor, Azfar Shafi, has been attending Guild Council on behalf of BEMA this year which has so far seen three key changes to Liberation Associations:

  • Liberation Autonomy – Associations can now hold by-elections for vacant liberation officer positions, and these officers are made accountable to the Association instead of Guild Council.
  • Distinction – Liberation Associations have been given a clear distinction from other student groups.
  • Freshers Fest – Associations are to work with the Sabbatical Officer Group to ensure that next year’s Freshers Fest is more inclusive of the student population.

Azfar’s Guild Council record can be found here.

What to expect next term?

  • Alternative Refreshers Week.
  • Cultural Exchange Councils.
  • Imperialism Awareness Week.
  • Bollywood Film Nights.
  • Arab, Asian, African, Caribbean students talent showcase.
  • Alternative Careers Event.
  • Bake sale.
  • Open Meetings.
  • AGM (electing a new committee + ratifying constitutional changes).
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