Essex Humanist Students


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    New Society of the Year, 2017-2018  Silver Standard, 2017-2018

                     We are a society centered around discussion, debate, and reason above all, and are thus devoted to fostering a culture and community of                                                            individuals who value truth over passions.                                      


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  • To promote discussion and understanding of topics such as: humanism, the importance of secularism, and enlightenment values of reedom of speech, etc. in politics;
  • To discuss religion and host debates over God's existence and the validity of religious claims;
  • To present discussions over ethical issues through a secular lens and promote open-dialogues concerning them;
  • To promote understanding of science and scientific literacy where necessary, especially for the critical analysis of political and philosophical issues;
  • To build a community of bright individuals capable of coming together and developing nuanced views on a variety of complex issues.


  • To arrange socials that help facilitate the building of such a community;
  • To host speakers on topics relevant to society’s aims;
  • To liaise with political and religious societies on campus on the fulfilment of the society’s aims;
  • To organize an open forum for members to discuss and debate relevant topics, especially with members of partner societies;
  • To, in collaboration with the philosophy department, provide a peer-to-peer academic support system run by and for students studying philosophy;
  • To offer a humanist pastoral care service available at the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy for members of the student body in need of someone to listen without trying to push an agenda;
  • To fundraise for charity and engage in effective altruism.

Exec Team:

    President: Ahmed Abdelmaksoud (
    Vice President: Marios Anastasiadis (
    Treasurer: Mahdi Ghuloom (
    Social Secretary: Matteo Paravelli (
    Public Relations Officer: David Rozental-Devis (

Social Media:

Past Events:

Clicking on the event names will link you to their event pages on Facebook for further details.

We also advertise our upcoming events further below and on the 'Whats On' tab in this page.

Summer Term '16/'17:

Autumn Term '17/'18:

Spring Term '17/'18:
Summer Term '17/'18:
Autumn Term '18/'19:

Upcoming Events:

We also advertise our upcoming events on the 'Whats On' tab in this page.

Photos from our Previous Events:

Panelists group photo after our panel discussion on "Religion, Purpose, Spirituality and Morality."  Photo credit: Emma M. Holland.

Photo of our "Peter Singer Skype Event on the Ethics of Eating Meat". Photo credit: M. Atrouz.

Photo of our discussion and talk "On the Nuances and Complexities of Arab-Israeli Relations -  Mr. AbdulAziz AlGhashian". Photo credit: Tatiana G. Rubio.

Photo from our "Speaker Event: Prof. Gianluigi Vernasca on Behavioral Economics".

Photo from our "Arab Conflicts and Migration" discussion event in collaboration with the UoE Human Rights and Arabic Societies.

Photos of our awards at the Societies Guild and Rebel Awards 2018.


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