This week sees the UEA Students Union officer elections 2018 take place at Norwich’s largest educational institution. The Norwich Radical contacted all candidates in the election for comment on why they’re running and what they stand for. This article and the others in the series 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 in the elections at uea.su/ueavotes until Tuesday March 6th.

The statements of those candidates for the position of Undergraduate Education officer that responded by the deadline are presented here, unedited, along with their manifestos. The manifestos of the candidates who did not respond are presented without comment. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Finn Northrop


As Undergrad Education officer, I will work to fight for FREE education, work towards a FAIR university and ensure that all students have access to EMPLOYMENT opportunities.

Free education means more than just no tuition fees – though we must continue to fight for that of course – it means no hidden course costs and giving students the proper support to manage their expenses.

Course cuts like the closure of the UEA Counselling program last year do real damage to the education of the uni community. I will continue to fight these cuts as I have done for 2 years as a part-time SU officer.

Some of UEA’s best careers resources and programs, like the Temporary Staff Register, are poorly promoted to students. I will work to make sure every student has the information they need to improve their employment prospects.

Vote Finn #1 – for Free Education, for a Fairer Uni, and for Tackling Employability.

Jenna Chapman


Hi there, my name is Jenna Chapman and I’m running for Undergrad education officer. I’m running because I want to make sure all students have a good quality education that caters to different learning styles and ensures every student enjoys their course.

Through my own experience studying Biochemistry and hearing that of others who study courses in different facilities, it is clear that there are huge inconsistencies between the quality of modules. I want to change this by making sure all lectures are recorded, learning outcomes are clear and you are able to read reviews for each module from previous students. This will in turn encourage lecturers to deliver the best teaching they can. I will also lobby the university for more study space and a free printing allowance to make sure students are given every chance possible to succeed.

If elected, I will work incredibly hard to represent students and listen to what you want from your university and most importantly fight for the change you need, so make sure you vote for me!


Jonathan Squire


We’ve all been there. We diligently collect our coursework, and there are two digits written hurriedly on the front. You flick through and find the coursework exactly as you submitted it, no comments or feedback at all. How are students supposed to improve if we don’t get meaningful, quality feedback on our work? For me personally, this has happened way too often and needs to change.

I’ve already started to consider some changes through chairing the new and influential education committee within the student union. By working with your course reps, and enhancing your individual feedback, we can make meaningful changes to your time at UEA.

let’s change uea. together.


Featured image credit: UEA SU

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