UUEAS STUDENT ELECTION – ACTIVITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES CANDIDATES

Candidates in the Union of UEA Students 2015 student election were contacted by The Norwich Radical. Responses received by the deadline are presented here, unedited, on an equal platform – candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Manifestos can be found here: www.ueastudent.com/manifestos Voting closes at midday on Friday 13th March. Vote online here: www.ueastudent.com/vote

Why should students support you, in light of The Norwich Radical’s founding statement?

ROB DRURY

Before I got involved in the Student’s Union in my first year, I was ready to drop out of university altogether. All it took was to go to one meeting of a society after the January societies fair for that to change, and for the rest of my degree to be busier, fuller and so much more than what I thought it could be. As corny as that might sound, it is what happened, and I’d hate for any other student to have to find out the way I did how awesome your time at uni can be if you get stuck in with the union.

Which is why I want to be the next Activities & Opportunities Officer! From promoting skills to making sure students know who runs their union and to get in touch with them, I want to bring about real change. The union exists to support the students at the University of East Anglia, and I think over time it’s forgotten how to do it effectively. I want to make sure that every society, every club and all student media get to see me as often as they can. I want to make sure that the website and the app function better and are easier to manage. I want student groups to feel supported the whole year round instead of being trained once at the start of the year and not knowing what to do afterwards. I want student staff to know their opinions matter and are being listened to. I want students to leave at the end of their time with us feeling like they’ve gained real, valuable experience.

I want to be the person to do this for the students of UEA, and your vote could make this happen.

YINBO YU

Hi I am Yinbo Yu and I am re-running for Activities and Opportunities Officer in the UUEAS election. During my time being your officer, you might have seen me as an activist carrying a HUGE mattress at the Carry that Weight march or as the host of Go Global Party, deliver the beauty of cultural diversity in the LCR.

I have contributed a lot to make our campus more diverse and internationalized, and I am keen to deliver more – more free language lessons, more cultural and diverse activities. As we have more and more societies every year, I will increase the society grant pot because students deserve more money to make things happen, and have better facilities to use.

I am now working on the refurbishment plan, to get new storage space for clubs and societies, and a new soundproof-studio room with mirrors and wooden floor in Union House – which students can book for dancing, drama, mixed martial arts practices, and it’s FREE.

I am also working on the Sports Association project, to ensure our sports clubs student-led and democratic. I am helping to expand the NeverOK campaign during Derby this year at UEA to ensure it is a safe and friendly environment.

We need to make sure our clubs and societies are inclusive to ALL students, and ensure they are free from discrimination of all kinds- whether that’s LGBT+phobia, sexism, ablesim or racism. We need to make it clear that discrimination is not permitted and make sure our Union is a friendly and safe place for all students. Please vote Yinbo as your first preference for Activities and Opportunities Officer, and I would love to continue to make our Union better for You next Year. Vote Yinbo, Vote for YOU.

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