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BEMA Alternative Freshers’ week starts today


Hi everyone,

BEMA’s Alternative Freshers’ week begins today, with Laser Tag at Star City,

meet outside the front of the Guild of Students building and we’ll leave by taxi to Star City at 6pm sharp.

The whole list of events this is week is below, come down to meet the BEMA committee and enjoy some non-alcoholic social events – see you there!

Tuesday 24th September
Laser Tag (at Star City, Birmingham)
5:30pm outside the Guild of Students building, and we’ll take a taxi down to Star City leaving at 6.
£10  for laser tag + travel

Wednesday 25th September
Bowling (at Bowlplex, Five Ways)
5:00pm at either University train station or Five Ways station.
Committee members will take you to Bowlplex, short walk from Five Ways.
£6.99 for three games of bowling

Friday 27th September
Shisha night (at Havana Lounge, Digbeth)
6:00pm outside the Guild of Students building, and we’ll take a taxi to Havana Lounge.
£10 per shisha pipe (which can be shared)

For the Facebook event see here

Hello and welcome, 2013 freshers!


Dear Freshers,

Congratulations on gaining your place at the University of Birmingham and a massive welcome from the Birmingham Ethnic Minorities Association (BEMA).

We are an association that  offer support to all ethnic minority students during your time at uni- not just in education, but socially too. BEMA aim to represent your interests within student politics (eg. within the Guild Council) and in other key decision-making areas. We  We also seek to raise awareness about issues affecting ethnic minority students, often working with relevant student societies and local organisations to do so.

We are entirely student run, and we hold a variety of cultural and political events in and around campus, including an Alternative Freshers Week, Black History Month events, Bollywood movie nights, performance events (such as the hugely successful ‘Love Talent: Hate Racism’ in March 2013) and more.

Visit our Facebook page ( to stay in the loop, and make sure you come along to our Alternative Freshers events (details can be found at to meet like-minded individuals, make new friends, and have some alcohol-free fun! We’re not a society, so you don’t have to pay a thing to become a member, just turn up to our events and get involved- after all, you’re only a fresher once!

NEW FOR 2013/14: As an association that represents ethnic minority students at the University of Birmingham, we’d like to use this blog as a platform for you to get your voice heard. If you’d like to blog on your experiences as a BME student, or on personal/ cultural/ political issues that matter to you, then we’d love to have you on board! No writing experience necessary- look out for the BEMA stall at the Welcome Week Freshers Fair to sign up.

We’ll be posting again very soon with BEMA updates and info about your 2013/14 committee, so keep an eye out…

If you’ve got any questions in the meantime, you can message us on Facebook, tweet us (@BEMA_online) or even drop an email to

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Black History Month 2012 – Opening Event


After our quite successful Alternative Freshers’ Week last week, we are moving straight onto our plans for Black History Month 2012!  Our opening event is this Monday coming (October 1st), but would like to say a quick word on our Freshers’ Week first though.

Our Alternative Freshers’ Week was a new event for BEMA and we decided to organise this as we felt there was a lack of enough diverse events run by the Guild to cater for the demand of all students, although the Guild is certainly improving on this front offering new events such as the upcoming Ceilidh.  All in all, it was successful, the turnouts for events exceeded our expectations and it was great to see students having fun and bonding with each other!  The Games Night, Bowling, and Shisha Night all had good turnouts to good effect, and the week was concluded with a nice, social meal.  It is definitely something that we would like future BEMA committees to run again in the future, and possibly something worth looking at for the beginning of the Spring Term.

There are lots of photos on our Facebook page, with more to come in the near future!  There are also a few of our Societies Fair stalls on there too!

Back to Black History Month 2012.  Our first event will be held in Guild Council Chambers on Monday, October 1st from 6pm – 10pm.  There will be a screening of the film ‘Injustice’, a hip-hop DJ set, guest speakers, and free food!  The event is open to all, so bring your friends along too!  We have a lot of events planned for the rest of the month with at least one event per week.  Full details will be posted up soon.  We’re all looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Also, if you were unable to attend our Welcome Meeting on Thursday you can view our presentation here.

Areeq Chowdhury

BEMA President