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 Welfare, Community and Diversity officer that responded by the deadline are presented here, unedited. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
I’m a third year Scriptwriting student, and I’m running for UEA SU’s welfare officer.
Throughout my time at UEA, and even beforehand, I have always been interested in trying to work for the welfare of my peers. In my previous school (a boarding school in New Mexico), I was a resident advisor in my dorm, which meant I was one of the students dealing with the welfare of the whole student body, and in my time at UEA I have been welfare officer for two of our biggest societies – DramaSoc and Live Music Society – as well as a Nightline volunteer and current training officer.
I think that the problems facing the welfare of the student population are growing alarmingly. Greater housing restrictions and immigration regulations mean that the SU has to do a great deal fighting harmful legislation from city council, and safeguard our International Students, which is why I would like to fight for a guarantor scheme. I think our peer support groups need more support, training and development. I think that our communication with the wider student body needs to be developed greatly. And I’m very willing to look beyond my own ideas!
I’m a part time media MA student and I’m running to be your Welfare, Community and Diversity officer! Over the past few years I’ve been involved in lots of causes, including Reclaim the Night, Free Education and working with Time to Change to lobby for mental health awareness.
I love UEA (who doesn’t?) but I think there’s so many things we need to improve.
I pledge to lobby the university to pay for AT LEAST 3 more councillors and two more therapists, as waiting lists for the mental health services are horrendous.
I want the Union to translate all the information they distribute into the most common international languages on campus so that we’re all on the same page.
I want the Union to hire an immigration lawyer so that students facing deportation have access to someone on their side.
I want more cafes and chilled study areas so that we all have space to sit down with friends at lunchtime.
I want safer and more supportive placements for nursing students.
If you want these things too, vote Charlotte Earney for Welfare, Community and Diversity officer!
I’m India Edwards! I have been a Nightline committee member for the last two years and am a Senior Volunteer at AdviceSU. I am running to be the next Welfare, Community & Diversity Officer because I’ve been involved with student’s welfare and peer support since coming to University and I can see that there are some changes that really need to be made. One of my main policies is that I want to lobby the University to be a guarantor for students. Not all students have someone they can rely on to be their guarantor, meaning they could have to pay six months’ rent up front. Please read more about what I’d like to do in my manifesto!
I’m Lucy Schofield, and I’m running to be Welfare, Community and Diversity officer. My ultimate goal is to tackle the mental health crisis at its source. The SU has been running a strong campaign to improve the Student Support Services. I want to continue that while also taking a preventative approach, reducing the pressure and problems that make these services necessary.
It shouldn’t be normal or regular for students to struggle with the immense pressure of their degrees to the point of mental health crises, and yet it’s ever more common. By reducing stress and loneliness on campus and making students feel secure, I believe we can have a happier, healthier student body.
I’m looking for short-term solutions alongside long-term campaigns. While we campaign for shorter waiting times at the Medical Centre and Student Support Services, and stand against NHS cuts, students need immediate care rather than distant promises. I will take action to support student welfare on a daily basis and uphold their rights to a safe, inclusive campus.
Other candidates: Jenna Chapman