St. George's Students' Union

You TubeTwitter Facebook Review your basket
Give us your feedback   


Issue 6 - 13/01/14


"Did you know that there is a platelet donation clinic opposite St. Georges Medical School? Did you know that we are always looking for new platelet donors? This could be the best New Year's Resolution you've ever made.

Most platelet donations are given to patients who are unable to make enough platelets in their bone marrow. For example, patients with leukaemia or other cancers may have too few platelets as the result of their disease or treatment. Also after major surgery or extensive injury, patients may need platelet transfusions to replace those lost through bleeding. Platelets given by our generous and committed donors are often life-saving and special in that they can help up to 3 adults or even 12 children! What's more, as platelets can only be stored for a few days, regular and frequent donors are in great demand and that is why we ask our platelet donors to attend at least 8 - 10 times per year.

If you would like more information about platelet donation please visit or to to arrange a time to be sampled for your eligibility please call the Tooting Donor Centre on 020 3123 8368."



Free places for students on UCL Medical School end of life ethics study day at St Francis Hospice, 31 January 2014


Speakers include Professor Emily Jackson, Department of Law, London School of Economics;  Dr Vinnie Nambisan, Consultant in Palliative Medicine;  Dr Jayne Kavanagh, UCLMS Ethics and Law lead. Topics include, ‘Update on Ethics/Law – Hot Topics in relation to End of Life’; ‘Recent developments in the law relating to assisted dying’; ‘Lying and Deception’; ‘Moral distress’.

For more information go to


Free to students – please email Dr Vinnie Nambisan to book a place

Registration form and Time table


Policy on conscientious objection
At a recent Quality Assurance and Enhancement meeting attended by SU representative VP Education and Welfare  the issue was raised on conscientious objection. It was first decided this policy was needed when a student was asked to watch a termination of pregnancy (ToP) and came to the university as was unsure whether they could object. The university sought advice from elsewhere and all external advisors asked what our policy said. Thus they realised they should have one. It was decided that a student can submit a form in after the conscientious objection. It was also decided that this is also not a policy that will enable to students to just not attend classes and they have to be able to fulfill all learning objectives, but observing certain procedures are not part of the learning objectives. This most recent draft has been made available for student consultation, so that any issues or nuances of the policy can be discussed. Please get in contact with VP Welfare and Education if you have any concerns.
 Policy On Raising A Conscientious Objection 

No Platform Policy
The SGSU No Platform policy was created by the original Equality and Diversity officers to ensure the student union and its societies the right to free speech through preserving the right to hold events with speakers drastically varying forms of opinions. It also is implemented to prevent the spread of hate speech, whilst simultaneously placing responsibility for the speaker upon the SU as opposed to the organiser of the event as long as it is within certain Student Union facilities as opposed to university facilities; and as long as the speaker and organiser complete the necessary paper work and submit it to the SU prior to the event. Further details can be found here on the policy itself attached.
 No Platform Policy

Religion and Belief Code of Practice
The Equality and Diversity committee receives a substantial amount of queries in regard to religious dress. Currently staff may be unaware of what accommodations may or may not be made and therefore sometimes inappropriate accommodations are made, and appropriate accommodations are not made.

Additionally some students are unaware that it is a Department of Health requirement that those involved in patient are to be bare below the elbow.

As an institution we wish to be consistent in the way in which reasonable accommodations are considered. We also wish to make religious observation expectations clear to applicants prior to admission and to our students once they are admitted so as to avoid any future misunderstandings. 

The student union has been asked to consult with the student body about the latest draft of the Religion and Belief Code of Practice, and thus as brought up at the most recent council meeting it has been made available. Please send any concerns or feedback to the student union Equality and Diversity Officers(

Religion And Belief Code Of Practise








Dear fellow Medical, Nursing and Paramedic Schools and Societies,
KCL Emergency Medicine and Wilderness Medicine Societies are proud to present the National Undergraduate Extreme Medicine Conference 2014.

8th and 9th February 2014 - King’s College London, Guy’s Campus, London Bridge

The Extreme Medicine Conference will focus on prehospital and critical care in a range of challenging environments, ranging from densely populated cities, to the most remote regions on the planet and to the battlefield.

There will be lectures from Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff (24 Hours in A&E), Nurse Jane Stevenson (BBC’s Lost Land of the Volcano) and Major Phil Docherty from the Royal Army Medical Corps Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT).  Speakers will talk about the difficulties faced when providing emergency care in challenging environments and the critical role of the interdisciplinary team in extreme medical emergencies. Finally there will be a ‘When it Happens for Real’ symposium with real life case presentations from the experts including LAS Paramedic Craig Cassidy, who was first on scene at the 7/7 London bombings.

Every delegate will also get over 6 hours of small group training in practical skills such as catastrophic haemorrhage control, advanced life support and airway management. Each workshop will prepare delegates for the realistic and challenging moulages, enabling the practical application of the skills during realistic scenarios. Moulages will feature realistic makeup and some of the stations will involve actors from Amputees in Action.  Delegates will learn how to work together as a team in critical situations whilst being guided and supported by trainers who are experts in their fields.
We hope the weekend will inspire all of you to think of following a career in extreme medicine. The conference will finish with some careers advice from current experts in the field and the opportunity to ask them questions.

Extreme Medicine is a specialty heavily based around multidisciplinary teams and we therefore encourage all Medical, Nursing and Paramedic students to attend.  Students are welcomed from all Universities and in the past we've had delegates traveling from all over Europe!

Lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days and there’ll be a social on the Saturday evening!
King’s College London EMS or WMS Society members: £35
Non-Members: £40 (Tickets for external parties can be obtained through the link below and clicking on 'login/register' then 'staff & guest login' and then registering as a guest on the KCLSU website)
For more information and tickets please visit



Part Time JoB in GP Practise
We require a student to work part time at our gp practice who is fluent in urdu to liase with patients and help direct them to the services available.
They will be based in reception, take calls from patients and administrative duties.
We are a busy practice in wandsworth and this is a great oppurtunity to gain insight into general practice and earn money!
Please contact the practice manager  Mrs Amrita Patel on to arrange interview.

Triangle surgery
2 broomhill road
Sw18 4hx

Part-Time Newspaper Distributors Needed


The Network is one of the top 10 field marketing and event companies in the UK and Ireland. 


An exciting part-time vacancy has become available for pro-active, punctual and reliable staff to work as newspaper distributors.  The role will be working on behalf of our client, the well-known daily publication London Evening Standard.


Positions are available across London and surrounding areas at underground and overground stations in theSW area and also in the following postcode areas BR, CR, DA, E, EN, N, NW, KT, RM, SE, SM, TW and W. 


All positions are paid at £6.31 per hour plus 28 days holiday calculated pro rata.  There will be a guaranteed 10-15 hours work available per week for successful applicants.


No experience is necessary but any experience in newspaper and magazine distribution is welcome.  All training is provided.  


If you are interested in this vacancy, please email with your CV and a covering letter, stating ‘Evening Standard Recruitment’ as the email subject.  Please note that once registered with The Network, there will be further opportunities for work available.