The Norwich Radical contacted all candidates in this year’s UEA Students Union officer elections for comment on why they’re running and what they stand for. These articles are intended to offer an insight into the current and future state of the union and of the UEA more broadly.
UEA Students can vote at uea.su/ueavotes until Tuesday March 21st.
The responses of those candidates for Undergraduate Education Officer and Postgraduate Education Officer that responded by the deadline are presented here, unedited. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
Undergraduate Education Officer
Hey I’m Aaron I’m running to be the next Undergraduate Education officer at the SU. I want to fight fee increases and argue that everyone has the right to a fully liberated free education. We need more study study spaces, and working plug sockets in UNIO and the library. I want reading lists to be realised 28 days before modules start and core text books to be available as e-books. I want a printing allowance like many other universities across the country already offer. If you believe in free education and fighting for more study spaces vote for Aaron #1 for Undergrad Education.
Really passionate about the Student Experience at UEA, as Undergraduate Officer I will work to ensure that as students we all have access to all the services and support we need, in order to have the best student experience and enabling us to each meet our full academic potential.
This will include working with the library and lectures to ensure all students have free access to their core textbooks online, fighting for the facilities to enable video-recording of lectures, advocating increased resources for the Student Support Service to enable more mental health support, and fighting for Wednesday afternoons free for important sports and society activities.
I have a wide understanding of the Union, not only as a student, but as a Club President, Course Rep, and as a Student Trustee. With representing students as its core purpose, it worries me when I look at today’s voting statistics and see a obvious lack of engagement with large groups of undergraduates. If elected I will work with schools, course–reps and academic societies to ensure that the needs of all groups of undergraduates are met, so we can all be supported to have a top student experience
I’m Sam Folkins and I’m running for UG Education Officer. I’ve been the Social Sec and President of the Economics Society and the Media Officer for the Surf Club. These roles and my time as a TL at the SU bar means I know what it’s like to juggle multiple commitments while studying and I want everyone to be able to have as great a student experience as me. If this means a more inclusive SU, or a more diverse curriculum or even the ever-pressing issue of study space, I want to be the one to take on these problems.
Other candidates: Sandra King
Postgraduate Education Officer
Over the last year the SU has started to develop more of a voice for postgraduate students, but there is so much more that I still need to do as your Postgraduate Education Officer. I am re-running because our PhD associate tutors are still experiencing poor employment rights. I am re-running because our international masters students need better language support. I am re-running because we need to make sure that the new postgraduate sports programme becomes permanent. I have been fighting on all these issues, and so much more, over the last year. I want our postgraduate students to know that the SU can work on issues that are relevant to them.
Other candidates: Jason Beilby