Results

Results

 

Our elections for this year are finished and your new officer team has been chosen, by you.

Below are the winners and their manifestos - if you'd like a detailed breakdown of the exact number of votes and rounds of voting, drop su.democracy@uos.ac.uk an email.

We still have some places to fill in our by-elections, with more info on these coming soon (and read more about the roles here).

 

 

 

YOUR OFFICER TEAM 2021-22

 

Alex Gooch - President education

 

 

BE A PAL, VOTE FOR AL!

About me:

  • I live in A Block Athena
  • Member of the Environmental Society
  • Member of the Games Society
  • Previously commuted to campus
  • And I am passionate about my mission to improve the student experience at UOS

 

What have I done so far?

  • 3 years as Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies (SENDS) Course Rep
  • 2 years as Chair of Student Council
  • 2 years as Student Trustee on the Board of the Student's Union 

As Trustee, I was part of the team that brought YOU the SU Shop and Social Space!

 

What will I do as President of Education?

  • Ready to Graduate Skills

An extra-curricular Brightspace module that provides resources and new lectures from the services team and guests on CV writing, interviews, job searching, taxes, mortgages, and more! All easily accessible in one place, using Brightspace that students are used to.

  • More Sustainable Campus

As part of creating a more environmental focus on campus, Meg Wright and I have focussed on different things to bring to UOS. My focus for this point would be to bring 2nd Hand Clothes Fairs to the university and Eco Refills to the SU Shop to sell whole foods without plastic packaging.

  • Mental Health Training for Personal Tutors

Personal Tutors are at the frontlines of our education and are often the first person we head to for any problems as they are an approachable person we already know. I will campaign to give ALL Personal Tutors the training they need to be able to support student’s mental health and wellbeing and be able to signpost to the appropriate support services if they cannot help. As part of this manifesto point, I will also ensure that students can keep the same personal tutor across their whole degree and not have them changed every year as some courses have. This will be crucial for enforced mental health as students will not have to bear declaring personal information multiple times.

 

If both Meg Wright and I are both elected, we will:

  • Create Course-wide networks

These will allow students to connect with peers across the year groups to gain research participants for dissertations or ask for support from the higher year groups. This will also include a budget to host social nights as this is something students have missed out on the past year.

 

Go watch mine and Meg's music video, other content and ask me any questions on my Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/alexforpresident ) and Instagram ( alex4pres.education )!

No issue is too small, now, or if I get elected, let me know! I want to help!

Thank YOU!

 

 

Meg Wright - President Activities and wellbeing

 

 

Meg's the Wright Vote

About me:

  • Psychology student- with a massive passion for well-being 
  • Suffolk Student Well-being Ambassador (SSWA)
  • Previous LGBTQ+ Officer and society committee member 
  • President of the Where’s your head at? society
  • Well-being Officer of the UOS Netball team 
  • Active well-being volunteer 

What will I do as President of Well-being and Activities?

  • Enhance Well-being Services

Well-being needs to be high on the agenda more than ever and I want to make sure that this is the University’s main priority. This is why I will Seek additional funding for student services for more counsellors and trained staff; therefore, reducing wait times and on call support for immediate help within a working week. 

Also make services more visible and easier to access, by creating a ‘Student Well-being’ button on the home page on My Suffolk/Brightspace, which takes you directly to all the support that is readily available to you, without the complications/faff!!

  • Create Green Space and Secure Bike Storage

I will campaign to revamp the courtyard that is next to the amazing new SU shop into a calm and refreshing sheltered green space. The recent developments of the Arts Building will allow to fill the space with lots of plants, flowers, a water feature and outdoor furniture so students can relax alone or chill with friends whilst reaping the benefits of fresh air and natural space. 

I will work with the sustainability team within the university to invest in secure and sheltered bike racks which are only accessible by pin code and with CCTV and on top of that push for a ‘borrow a bike’ scheme to be available to all students.

  • More Collaboration with Local Businesses

As part of building connections at the University I am eager to work with local businesses to create a better community spirit, for example working with businesses’ like Pennikkity Pots Ceramic Café and Avid Indoor Climbing. Benefiting both students with new events and discounts and helping to support the local businesses, whilst adding to the sustainable campus vison by reducing our carbon footprint. 

This will also create opportunities for students to find part-time work and work experience in the work fields they are interested in and be a part of the university culture change that is needed.

  • Sports Facilities

Again, as part of building connections at the University I will collaborate with a local sport facility so we are able to introduce a home for UOS sports, where our sports teams can train every week and proudly represent UOS in their matches at the same location, allowing students to feel part of a community. 

If both Alex Gooch and I get into office together we will:

  • Create course wide networks 

These will allow students to connect with peers across the year groups to gain research participants for dissertations or ask for support from the higher year groups. This will also include a budget to host socials as this is something students have really missed out on the past year.

Check out my socials

FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/megsthewrightvote.

Insta: meg4pres.uos

 

CATALINA- MARIA SIVRIU - Bury campus officer

 

Our voice needs to be heard!

My goal is to make sure that students have the opportunity to raise their problems and close the feedback loop

 

 

DANIEL BETTS - Business School officer

 

 

My name is Daniel; I am a second year Accounting and Financial Management student here at the UoS. My primary goal is to help ensure all students enjoy the University experience and have access to the support they need to achieve this.

As a part time student also balancing a full-time job, I understand the pressure faced by us all to succeed when time isn’t always on our side. I have found it difficult to get involved with many of the events set up for freshers’ week or organised during term time due to a conflicting schedule. One of my key aims will be to help evolve the current system into one that is more inclusive to those of us that want to get involved but aren’t always able to. I want to ensure there are more events during a variety of days and times to help everyone feel included.

In terms of my life experience, I have worked full time for the Civil Service for over four years now. I’ve worked with senior officials to pass bills through Parliament, worked on the ground in the community following the Grenfell fire in 2017 and currently I work as an Investigator for the Insolvency Service here in Ipswich. This experience has given me a wide range of exposure to all sorts of political and high-pressure scenarios which will allow me to confidently represent the Suffolk Business School. I served as the Business School Officer for 2020/21 and whilst Coronavirus restrictions meant I was not physically present, I continued to virtually attend Council, Rep meets, and the school’s Academic Committee to share the experiences raised by students and ensure they were represented. I am also a Student Trustee on the Board for the Student Union.

My goals include:

  • Representation – I aim to continue representing the Business School at the various functions throughout the year armed with feedback and concerns raised by students of the school. I currently meet with the Student Experience Ambassador and Deputy Dean on a regular basis to tackle the issues raised by students and hope to continue to do so.
  • The student experience – The UoS is a relatively new university, sadly sitting low on the university ranking tables. By improving the university experience and strengthening our voices we can make the UoS a more desirable place to study at. New students will be looking for the views of existing students before they make their choice so if we are not happy here, why would they feel they would be?
  • Inclusivity – Events such as freshers need to be easily accessible for all, including those with care and work commitments with limited time to those of us who need a little more encouragement to come out of our shell. Events need to be tailored for a variety of students, not just the select social few.

Thank you for considering me for the Suffolk Business School officer position.

 

CONNOR PARISH - health and sports sciences school officer

 

 

Prioritising All by Representing In Sports & Health

My name is Connor Parish, and I am standing for Health and Sports Sciences School Officer. I am a qualified first aider, health care assistant and radiography department assistant and am currently a first year Diagnostic Radiography student, with plans to change to Therapeutic in the summer. As well I am the current treaseurer of the LGBT+ Society.

Working within the Health Service is my passion and my life, and I would love to be a voice and representative for the students training to be our next healthcare professionals. I feel I would be suited to this role, as I am a good listener who is always willing to help and support others and am hoping to be a voice and force of improvement for everyone.  As Health and Sports Sciences School Officer, I want to make sure students are heard and understood, and that information and advice we are given is consistent, helpful and constructive to our future development. Especially during COVID, I really feel that we need the right representation between the universities and healthcare placement providers.

An idea I would like to bring to the table is making a university first aid unit/society through Saint John Ambulance. This unit would meet weekly for first aid training as well as complete first aid for local events when allowed.

 

Darragh Briscomb - lgbt+ officer

 

 

Developing Community

My name is Darragh Briscomb and I am running for LGBTQ+ Officer to improve the LGBTQ+ Student Experience both on and off campus. To do this, I am campaigning on the following points:

  • To connect with local businesses and organisations to create more opportunities for LGBTQ+ students to foster a community at the university.

  • To increase contact between the LGBTQ+ Society and students

  • To increase access to gender neutral toilets on campus

  • To bring the Trans Policy to fruition and to help students through the new procedures that this policy will offer students.

To find out more, visit my 1 page website: http://www.su.briscomb.com

 

DANIEL BETTS - mature students officer

 

 

My name is Daniel; I am a second year Accounting and Financial Management student here at the UoS. My primary goal is to help ensure all students enjoy the University experience and have access to the support they need to achieve this.

As a part time, mature student also balancing a full-time job, I understand the pressure faced by us all to succeed when time isn’t always on our side. I have found it difficult to get involved with many of the events set up for freshers’ week or organised during term time due to a conflicting schedule. One of my key aims will be to help evolve the current system into one that is more inclusive to those of us that want to get involved but aren’t always able to. I want to ensure there are more events during a variety of days and times to help everyone feel included.

In terms of my life experience, I have worked full time for the Civil Service for over four years now. I’ve worked with senior officials to pass bills through Parliament, worked on the ground in the community following the Grenfell fire in 2017 and currently I work as an Investigator for the Insolvency Service here in Ipswich. This experience has given me a wide range of exposure to all sorts of political and high-pressure scenarios which will allow me to confidently represent UoS’s mature student population. I currently serve as the Business School Officer for 2020/21 and whilst Coronavirus restrictions meant I was not physically present, I continued to virtually attend Council, Rep meets, and the school’s Academic Committee to share the experiences raised by students and ensure they were represented. I am also a Student Trustee on the Board for the Student Union.

My goals include:

  • Representation – Mature students often deal with various factors that can influence their experience. Similar to ensuring we enjoy the experience, I would represent the academic concerns and suggestions that mature students have so as to ensure we have just as much of an opportunity to succeed as our younger peers do. I would seek to build a relationship with the various School Deans to ensure feedback makes it way to those who can make a difference.
  • The mature student experience – Balancing study alongside our careers, families, and other time-consuming commitments means that mature students cannot always take full advantage of the activities and events arranged by the Student Union. There will never be a one size fits all fix for this, but more can be done to ensure mature students can share in the University experience. University should not solely revolve around just obtaining the degree we all want, but also ensuring we enjoy the journey.

Thank you for considering me for the Mature Student's Officer position.

 

CHRISTOPHER TREGEDEON-WEEDON - postgraduate officer

 

 

A better connected and more social Postgraduate School:

After the increased isolation and anxiety experienced in the last year, I want to make sure that we can connect with each other and enjoy our time studying. I aim to provide greater links between Master's and Doctor's students, as well as more social events for us to meet each other.

I will also continue to represent your interests at Student Council and in the various committees I have been a part of over the previous year.  

Thank you for your time,

Chris

 

Emily KILKENNY - social sciences and humanities school officer

 

Communication is key

I have worked closely with the SU for my degree so far and would love to continue to do so. But that stuff might not be so important to you.

As your candidate for School Officer I want to work closely with the President for Education in order to make sure communication throughout the university is improved and that our voices get heard. I would also love to work with the President for Wellfare and Activities, in being able to provide our school with extra curriculum courses that would work well for our propective careers.

I have already got a good relationship with the Dean and associate Dean, meaning that I am comfortable to bring up any issues course reps send/tell me. 

To end this manifesto, and thank you for reading it, I just want to say that I would love to be your school officer and would give it my all.

 

Axel Medcalf - students with caring responsibilities officer

 

 

If I am elected, I aim to:

  • continue working closely with the university to put stronger support in place for students with caring responsibilities
  • connect with other campuses and put more support in place with all UoS students
  • make staff at the university aware of difficult situations that students with caring responsibilities may face

 

AMBER ATKINSON - womens officer

 

 

Hello, 
   My name is Amber Atkinson. I have been the University of Suffolk's campus Women's Officer for two terms. I am running again so that I can continue the projects in motion when the pandemic began that are unfinished. I am very passionate about advocating for the needs of women both on and off campus and doing my part to improve the student experience. Recent actions include starting the Women's Society & its FB page and beginning conversations around public sexual harassment as well as running a joint survey with the SWCR Officer to establish needs of both women, and parents on and off campus. I hope to continue these things and finish off my previous year's goal of making more baby feeding friendly spaces on campus and signage to encourage parents who may have their children with them to use public social spaces so as not to feel excluded from their student experience. Most recently I have secured availability of free sanitary packs available for collection at student services which I am really proud of during these uncertain times where money is tight in all areas.