You are all cordially invited to the 2014 Student Stop AIDS National Gathering in Manchester from November 1st – November 2nd.


This weekend event will inform, inspire and skill you up in everything you need to be an effective access to medicines activist! You can expect to..?

–          Find out more about the SSAC, what we do, why we do it, what we have achieved and what we plan to do next..


–          Learn about HIV and its impact from personal stories of people living and affected by HIV and AIDSbeyonce small


–          Find out why 16 million people still do not have access to HIV treatment and how we can change this1379673676


–          Learn media skills, how to engage your MP and how to be a CREATIVE campaigner


–          What your university’s role is in improving the HIV response


–          Meet the entire network


–          Take part in direct action


–          HAVE FUN!




What you need to do:

-Please complete this Form with your details and send to by Monday, October 20th.

– We will cover all food, accommodation and up to £30 of travel per person so book your tickets early! All we need is a £10 donation that you can pay online here which is a MAJOR BARGAIN!

– Sessions will start at 10:00 am on the Saturday and we will aim to end at about 4:30/5 on the Sunday. If you’d like to arrive on Friday night that’s cool, just let Saoirse know in your form :).

-Tell your friends the weekend is open to everyone.

-Join the facebook event


Tom Warren – Campaign Coordinator at Robin Hood Tax. The Robin Hood Tax has been an amazing example of how social media and online actions can build a movement for change. Tom will give us his top tips on how to run a successful online campaign and how to harness the power of social media!

Paul Myles – Editor at ON OUR RADAR. Paul has had a lot of experience in the media from going undercover on cruise ships to expose the racism and exploitation that happens below deck to researching stories for ITN. Paul now works for ON OUR RADAR an innovative news desk that give marginalised people a platform to tell their stories and give us the real picture of what is happening on the ground. Paul will give us a 101 about the media and how to effectively get their attention.

Jonathan Miller – National Coordinator for UAEM (Universities Allied for Essential Medicines). UAEM are  an amazing international network of students fighting to close the global medicines gap and they are one of our close allies. UAEM believes that our universities, as places of public-funded research, should be part of the access to medicines solution. Jon will be telling us more about how you can get your university to join the good fight.

ACT UP London – Recently resurrected from their heyday in the 1970s, ACT UP London are a creative campaigning force to be reckoned with. Issues over migrants accessing HIV services and ignorant comments from Nigel Farage have fuelled a succession of reactive stunts, actions and theatre throughout the UK that have got people’s attention. The group will be running a session on how to put some creativity into your campaigns on campus!

Busiswe Beko – Busiswe (Buci) is a MDR-TB (Multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis) survivor from Khaylelitsha in South Africa who now works for MSF (Doctors Without Borders) as a TB counsellor. The sever lack of appropriate and effective TB treatment is one of the clearest indicators of our broken system for medical innovation that doesn’t answer to the needs of people living in resource poor countries. Buci will be sharing her story and letting you know what you can do to change the situation!

Health Action International – Alienor Devaliere will be coming over from the Netherlands to share the amazing work of Health Action International on exposing and challenging the impact of EU trade policy on access to medicines.


More to come………………