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?
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.
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.