UUEAS ELECTION CANDIDATES: ACTIVITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES OFFICER AND WELFARE, COMMUNITY AND DIVERSITY OFFICER

The Norwich Radical contacted the candidates for this year’s Student Union elections. Here are the people running for Activities and Opportunities Officer, and the Welfare, Community and Diversity Officer that responded.

You can vote for your favourite candidates until Tuesday 8th March at midday on ueastudent.com/vote.

Gilbert.png

Gilbert Macnaughton, Activities and opportunities Officer Candidate

I’m a third year history student, originally from London. People may know me as the President of the History Society, Vice President of the Debating Union, committee member for three more societies and the Chair of Union Council.  I’m an animal lover, a pipe smoker and a lefty. I lived in Italy for six years, which helped frame my internationalist outlook. I enjoy discussing political issues, watching old films and cooking in my spare time. I’m also something of a gin aficionado.

I would like to make the union more transparent and its services more accessible. I’d make it easier to access society funds and to book rooms, as well as making the grants process more transparent and democratic. I’d also increase the fight against racism, sexism, ableism, LGBT+phobia and all forms of bigotry, while defending freedom of speech. Ultimately I’d like to create an atmosphere where everyone feels safe and accepted and free from all sorts of oppression.

My time on society committees means I have experience in running things and I know first hand what’s good about the union and what needs fixing. It also means I know the needs and concerns of a large variety of people, which would allow me to represent all students at UEA as I understand where everyone is coming from. I am always open to feedback and criticism, so I will be constantly listening to students to make sure I am representing them correctly.

Keira collis

Keira Collis, Activities and Opportunities Officer Candidate

I’m a third year biologist with an interest in computer science I’m beginning to pursue. I’ve been working at the Waterfront since July last year and am particularly interested in coming up with new cocktails. Other than that I’m fond of gaming (mostly computer gaming, but I’ve been involved with the Assassins the last three years – and have attended Varsity with them three times too). I like doing different things, accounting for the number of societies I followed in first year (though only making it to a handful I enjoyed the updates), and am always up for something new.

I’m a third year biologist with an interest in computer science I’m beginning to pursue. I’ve been working at the Waterfront since July last year and am particularly interested in coming up with new cocktails. Other than that I’m fond of gaming (mostly computer gaming, but I’ve been involved with the Assassins the last three years – and have attended Varsity with them three times too). I like doing different things, accounting for the number of societies I followed in first year (though only making it to a handful I enjoyed the updates), and am always up for something new.

I’ve been on four society committees in a variety of roles, and I’ve been to almost every union council in the last two years. I’ve been approached with problems from those inside and outside my constituencies, and I do what I can to help where I can. I’m on campus a lot outside of my contact hours, usually in places where I’m easily found, and I’m always willing to talk to people when approached.  I stay engaged with what’s happening in the union, even if it doesn’t always interest me – it’s of interest to someone, so I’ll listen.

Manifesto

Jo Swo, Welfare, Community and Diversity Officer Candidate

Hi! My name is Jo, and I’m standing to be your Welfare Officer for another year. I’ve been bouncing about all over campus for the last year, working to crack down on sexual assault at UEA through the Never OK! Campaign, as well as working on the Students Not Suspects project to try and fight against the PREVENT initiative that is attacking Islamic students on our campus and across the country. I’ve done some super fun stuff too – I got arcade machines in the Bar! Ps. I saved the night bus! Wahoo!

I’m proud of all the stuff I’ve done this year, but I really want to do more of it next year too! I want to see the Union clamouring for better mental health services on campus – the funding just isn’t there and students are suffering because of it. I want to see us keeping up the fight on sexual assault, expanding Never OK into the city and winning proper policy change within the University. And I want to help cut down costs on campus – let’s create a student book swap so you don’t have to keep buying things new!

I like to think that having done it for year, I’m pretty well equipped! I’ve learnt lots over the last year; the empowerment and frustrations of both the Union and University. I’ve got the inside knowledge and the experience of everything that works and what doesn’t. I think that I can keep going and keep fighting for a safer, friendlier and more diverse campus! But more than anything, I’m also open to ideas! This is your Union after all.  Most of all, I want to know what it is you care about and I can help you to achieve it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s