The Norwich Radical contacted the candidates for this year’s Student Union elections. Here are the people running for Undergraduate Officer, and Postgraduate Officer that responded.
You can vote for your favourite candidates until Tuesday 8th March at midday on ueastudent.com/vote.
Philippa Costello, Undergraduate Education Officer Candidate
My name is Philippa and I’m a third year Politics student here at UEA. I’ve been a non-portfolio officer at the Student Union for the last year, having focussed primarily on education issues and the anti-austerity campaign. I’m passionate about social and environmental justice as well as liberation, having been involved with the UEA Women’s Caucus, supporting the Fossil Free campaign and working hard to cut the costs of studying on campus. I want to see a Students’ Union that fights for progressive change, ensuring that it is always pushing to work for a better education system for students.
I want to see the Union fighting to make education at UEA better. I’m sick and tired of an education system that is restrictive of innovation, choice and diversity. Our reading lists shouldn’t be full of white, male academics from the West. We need full diversity in our curriculum, with ideas and content written from a full range of cultures. We need to be building an education for the future of our economy too – with sustainability embedded throughout. That’s the kind of education system I want to see. Through working collaboratively, we can start to make it happen at UEA.
I’ve got experience at working within the University and Union’s structures, both as a course rep and a Non-Portfolio Officer, so I’m well versed in lobbying and bringing about change internally. I’ve also got the background in education policy work to make sure that the Union has the right approach to all the big issues. But I’m also not afraid to taking things out onto the streets when it’s needed too. I know that change most often comes through grassroots mobilisation and as an activist myself, I’ve got the capacity and the experience of organising campaigns for change.
Dan Nash, Postgraduate Education Officer Candidate
I’m a Norwich born MSc Marketing student with an undergraduate degree in American Studies from Canterbury Christ Church University. I spent a semester in 2014 at UC Irvine in California and have a deep seated interest in politics on both sides of the Atlantic. In my personal life I am a trainee professional wrestler with World Association of Wrestling, as well as running some of their social media accounts and live event services. As a local I have been a long time user of campus facilities, especially the LCR for gigs and the Sports Park.
I would like to increase Union awareness of postgrad needs, which I feel are marginalised by the lack of awareness most postgrad students have of the Union and its ability to promote these needs. In promoting postgrad awareness of the Union itself I believe that greater postgrad Union Council representation will occur naturally, allowing these needs to be fought for much more effectively. Above all, postgrads needs to have their voice heard equally across campus, the University, and within the Union.
I believe I am the best candidate as I would ensure the postgrad voice is heard. I have personally experienced life as a home postgrad student with no financial support. I am also aware international postgrad students’ needs, as the majority of my class associates have come from overseas with their own set of needs to successfully integrate themselves into life in Norwich and at the UEA. I think it is vital that the Postgraduate Education Officer is fully equipped to represent multiple perspectives within the UEA postgrad experience and am confident in my ability to do so.