Manifestos

Activities

Black & Minority Ethnic (BME)

Community

Education

Equal Opportunities and Welfare

International Students

LGBT+

Mature Students

Postgraduate

President

Sports

Disabled Students'

Women's

Yolanda King

Change

Engagement with activities
• Virtual Welcome Fair for additional access
• Postgraduate Engage and IMS coordinator – for University Park, Jubilee and Sutton Bonington
• Support clubs and societies to actively recruit PG reps and encourage new membership throughout the year
Communication
• Focus on convenient communication avenues to keep students up to date and engaged
• Continue to develop the collation of an events calendar
Wellbeing, welfare and support
• Promote welfare schemes, the potential for activities and sport as a good outlet for social, physical and mental wellbeing.
• Improve pastoral support from Tutors – ensure all PGs have a single contact point for academic and non-academic advice
Practicalities of Student life
• Review estate agents and accommodation highlighting PG specific recommendations
• Campus bike repair shop
• Campus train ticket machines
Community & Accessibility
• Increase the variety and promotion of postgraduate exclusive events across campuses in addition to those offered to undergraduates whilst actively integrating new students
• Work with the Part Time SU officers (ie. LGBT and BME officers) to support and cater for our diverse community o

Experience

• Throughout my time at University I have been heavily engaged with the Students’ Union via sports club committees and the student leader elections themselves running on two previous occasions providing me with a great understanding on how the Student’s Union works.
• Women’s Team captain 2014-2017
• Sports Scholar 2014- 2017
• UoN Table Tennis Club President 2015-2016 – recently receiving Nottinghamshire Club of the Year award
• Treasurer – 2015-2016
• Voted University of Nottingham Sports Woman of the Year 2015 for my contributions, involvement and performance in sport.
• Volunteered at various SU events ie. welcome fair; refreshers fair; sports taster events
• Geography graduate, Criminology Postgraduate – has given me the experience of starting again in a new school with new peers and tutors, and having to get to grips with the new school system.
• First-hand experience of the lack of integration amongst smaller MA courses highlighting the feelings of isolation amongst PGs

Other

• The Students’ Union has positively impacted my 4yrs at Nottingham and offered me invaluable experience but I realise these opportunities are currently not accessible to all.
• I am passionate about changing this, so I am running my 3rd campaign seeking to improve the student experience.
• Table tennis player and sports scholar
• Ranked 8th in England senior women’s ranking
• 2012 Olympic torch bearer
• Represented the University of Nottingham at the European University Games in Zagreb 2016
• Played semi-pro table tennis a team in Sweden
• Won my first national title in table tennis aged 11
• Like to think I’m a bit of a musician – play Saxophone and violin

Sam Emmett

Change

I would aim:
To champion a Union where all voices are given equal and fair representation;
To provide more scope for student-led charity projects to work on campus, in a tasteful and ethical manner. To do this I would seek to form a regular panel of representatives of ALL UoN Charity and Fundraising societies, to learn how to greater cater for their needs, and further develop ways to embrace modern attitudes in their endeavours.
To engage with student groups on a fundamental level; To produce a Union that not only acts as a regulatory body for students, but one which cares, providing greater engagement with students at the ground level.
To propose a new points model for Faith Societies, and other such societies who do not work with a model where expansion in membership is the main objective;
To produce an inter-hall Cup, based around both intellectual and sporting activities, to promote a healthy competitive atmosphere on campus, and restore a sense of “hall pride”;
To provide what I say I can provide. THIS IS IMPORTANT. My claims on my manifesto may seem weak compared to others, but I have focused on what I believe are ACHIEVABLE objectives, to further build trust.

Experience

Experiences I have gained:
Treasurer of the University’s Catholic Society for the academic year 2016-17. This has led to liaising with the SU on many instances, and a greater understanding of the current SU dynamic.
Captain, Rugby League 3rd Team, enabling me to grow in confidence and develop leadership skills;
As an Architecture student, I have learnt to be both responsible and organised with how I allocate my time. This has prepared me to undertake in a role such as President, which constitutes a careful balance between administration and public engagement. It has also provided many opportunities to work on projects; to be confident of making my voice heard and working within a team environment.
Being a current student. This point is often missed. As a current student, I can understand the needs and attitudes of the students who have been in halls; of those who are trying to work with the SU to produce a better experience. This may not set me apart from other candidates, but it is also pivotal to why I will be able to be a successful representative of this student body.

Other

I have grown to care for this University through my time here, and to run for President would be an opportunity to pay that kindness back. I would strive to achieve a Union that is, in mentality, cohesive with that of the students. My office would be focused around returning to a Union that is strong, fair, and more importantly offering fair representation to each and EVERY student of this University. I would hope to break any disenchantment current students feel with the system, and instead champion a Union that is working for the benefit and protection of those for whom it was founded. Students. And if you are not sold on how much I will fight for what I care about? I don’t eat lamb meat because I find lambs cute.
Within this university, there are thousands of students. Some do not understand what the SU even is, or in some cases, they feel it inconsequential to their university experience. I would like to be a People’s president. One who fights for the individual, not for a statistic. A Union is the point of joining between many entities. I am running for this position so I can create that environment, so that we can all carry on just worrying about getting that 2:1. Thank you.

Manuel Besares

Change

To recognise your wellbeing: Will be my priority to promote and ensure the holistic wellbeing of our fellow graduate students. To advocate for Mental Health issues in PG Students and increase the awareness among us, since we are a susceptible population to this.
To recognise your voice: To improve the academic representation of PG students to the SU, the PG Sounding Board and to every Faculty.
To recognise your work: To continue the advocacy for the improvement of the working conditions for PGR students who Teach and Study.
To recognise your financial needs: Work along the member of the SU to make it the UoN incredible attractive to potential sponsors, since we want they invest in Scholarships and funding here: The #1 University for Graduate Employment in 2017!
To recognise that you are international: For 46% of the Graduate students, English is not our native language. We need to address (and solve) our specific academic needs related to this!
To recognise you are social: To design and implement Social activities suited to PG students. I know that you want more options, fitted to our demanding schedules and needs, to increase your networking with other colleagues

Experience

#VoiceForYou: I’m your current PGT Rep of The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, at the Postgraduate Sounding Board of The University of Nottingham, and I also have been Course Rep. I’ve been taking part in every meeting, always presenting the problems that need to be solved for improving the academic experience of our fellow PG students.
#KnowledgeWithAPurpose: From 2012-2014, I was President and Volunteer of BIDESIDA, a Student Federation of the UANL, in Mexico, dedicated to the HIV and Aids awareness among the youth. Before coming to the UoN, I was Adviser at the Coordination of Social Responsibility & Volunteering of the School of Biological Sciences of the UANL until 2016. I received the “Award to the Best Volunteer of the UANL 2014”, in November 2014.
#WeAreInternational: Currently, I’m a Chevening-SEP Scholar, by UK and Mexico Governments. I was Member of the Youth Council of the US Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico; and I represented my country at the “Global Youth Forum 2015” of Steelcase and WMCAT, at Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Other

I want to be your Postgraduate Officer because I love to use the power of my voice to create changes in my environment through a constructive, inspiring, and transformational leadership.
Currently, I’m a full-time, MPH Public Health (International Health) student, at the School of Medicine. My favourite topics? Infectious Diseases, Health Diplomacy and International Development.
My colleagues define me as: “A young enthusiastic, committed to the wellbeing of my community”. But I define myself as a hardworking, determined and #ConfidentlySmart human being. Let me prove it at the office! =)
My aspiration (and biggest professional dream) is to transform the Public Health System in my country. My current goal: Being your Postgraduate Officer for the 2017/2018 season.
I’m deeply committed to ensuring the equal opportunities for everyone. I want to work for every PG student, not regarding about the gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or any other factor.
I want to hear you, I want to improve your academic experience at PGT and PGR courses! You are not alone, I will work for you!

Ellie Mitchell

Change

Student Experience
• Restrict how far in advance clubs such as Ocean and Crisis can sell tickets.
• Develop a housemate finding app based on similar interests and hobbies, which can also be used to fill house spaces during semesters abroad.
• Establish kosher food options in at least 1 or 2 catered halls and expand the selection of halal and vegan options already available.
• Mooch by the lake – seasonal pop up café/bar in the summer to make the most of our amazing campus.
Transport
• Introduce a pay as you go NCT bus pass linked to your student card, e.g. load £10 for 10 journeys.
• More night buses in exam season.
• Negotiate with NCT to bring the N34 back down from £3 to £1.
Environmental and Social Justice
• Push the university to pay ALL staff (e.g. cleaning and catering staff) the living wage.
• Lobby the university to provide 10 full scholarships for refugee students.
• Expand the Enactus Ucycle bike rental scheme, developing it into a citywide initiative with bike stations on campus, in town, Lenton etc.
Continuity
• Publicise and create greater incentives for the Global Buddies scheme, which pairs up international students with home students to help them settle in at Nottingham.

Experience

• Currently a third year English student
• Previous child star of unsuccessful reality TV show ‘Leave us kids alone’
• Came 2nd in the Nottingham Tab’s best dressed: exam season edition 2016, wearing a strong flip flops and dungarees combo
• Publicity officer for Amnesty International society, where I worked on campaigns to do with the refugee crisis, North Korea and women’s rights, among many others
• Work in the community: active member of STAR (Student Action for Refugees) and Nottingham Soup Run (a society which hands out regular meals to the homeless), as well as a previous Literacy Support mentor, a role which involves going into schools in the community with low literacy rates and helping children learn to read

Other

• I’m Ellie Mitchell and I want to be your next community officer!!!
• I’ve formed this manifesto after weeks of talking to various societies, sports teams, friends of friends and nice people in the Crisis queue… to make sure I’m representing as many different types of students across the uni as possible (including you)
• I’d like to be a friendly point of contact and a familiar face around campus. My aim is to leave Nottingham uni with it being a safer, more inclusive and all-round more fun place than when I arrived here as a scared fresher
• As students we make up one of the most politically active parts of society and I want it to stay that way… community includes the whole of Nottingham, not just our fellow students. That’s why points such as refugee scholarships and the living wage make up a significant part of my manifesto
• Vote for me if you want to see some actual change – let’s GET MITCH OR DIE TRYIN!

• FAVOURITE SONG: 3 Lions (Football’s coming home)
• CELEBRITY ICON: Gemma Collins
• FUN FACT: Once I got so lost and dehydrated walking in a desert that I picked up a rock and tried to call my Mum with it

Naomi Batley

Change

Welfare in:
…HALLS:
Improve the training given to welfare reps to provide greater support to students.
Improve welfare based training for Residential Tutors.
Encourage inclusive events by establishing a STARS points system.
…SOCIETIES:
Incorporate welfare into Bronze training for all societies.
Encourage a welfare position in all societies; especially in course-based societies.
…WELCOME WEEK:
Appoint a welfare mentor in each hall to support and log welfare issues on an online platform..
Ensure that the rota for welcome week includes sufficient breaks between shifts and include reserve mentors to support.
…STUDENTS UNION:
Put emphasis on a Wellness week, Well-fairs and Wellbeing Wednesdays; events to support positive mental health.
Dedicate a section of the SU website for welfare including a welfare forum for student accessibility.
Re-establish the role of the mental health advisors to provide greater support to students.
Provide support to campaigns and events across all liberation networks and all campuses.
…COURSES:
Provide welfare resources and training to personal tutors so that they can better support students.
Support peer mentors across all courses.

Experience

Paid Roles:
• Interviewer for the Times Final Year Student Survey (2017);
• Try it Ambassador, University of Nottingham (2016-17);
• Open Days Student Ambassador, University Of Nottingham (2015-16/2016-17);
• House Manager at Paradise Green, Edinburgh Fringe (2016);
• Senior Mentor, NCS (2016);
• Elections Assistant, University of Nottingham (2016);
• Checkouts and Counters Assistant, Sainsbury’s (2014-15);
• Assistant, Kumon (2012-2013).

Committee Roles:
• Nightline Publicity and Fundraising Volunteer Officer (2016-17)
• Volunteering and Training Manager for volunteering project ‘Supporting Young Minds’ (2015-16);
• Treasurer for Musicality (2015-16);
• Welfare Executive for Hall Committees (2015-16);
• Welfare Representative for Broadgate Park (2014-15);

Other Volunteering:
• Scrutiny Panel Member (2016-17)
• Student Trainer (2016-17)
• Producer of ‘Fame the Musical’ for Musicality (2016-17);
• Course Representative for Psychology (2015-16);

Other

If granted the role, I pledge to ensure that welfare is the biggest priority in all aspects of the student experience. Thank you for taking the time to read my manifesto, I wish the best of luck to anyone running for a position in the elections!

Laura Bealin-Kelly

Change

Support
• Prior to arrival, every new student will receive a Welcome pack explaining the welfare support available throughout their degree.
• Introduce a “Support” tab on the SU website.
• Ensure all course society Welfare Reps and sports club Presidents receive welfare training.
• Provide Bystander Intervention training to student leaders.
• Improve access to support groups on Sutton Bonington by implementing a Student Minds peer-support group.
• Introduce an elected Postgrad Welfare Rep to campaign for postgrad specific welfare issues.
• Address welfare issues faced by all students on placement.

Access
• Lobby the University to ensure that all new and redeveloped buildings are accessible for students with physical disabilities.
• Review and implement an International Rep position on all Hall Committees.
• Make all SU social media accessible, with image descriptions and video subtitles.

Awareness
• Launch a campaign to publicise information about welfare services in toilet blocks across all campuses.
• Re-launch an inclusive “Let’s be Clear on Consent” campaign.
• Ensure the Welfare Network runs collaborative events to maximise awareness of mental health.

Experience

I did my undergrad in Law at Nottingham, and I’m now a postgrad studying for a Masters. Here are some of the amazing experiences I’ve had through the SU:

Nightline Coordinator 2016+
• Head of the largest Nightline service nationally, managing a 17-strong Executive Committee and 200+ volunteers
• Member of the Welfare Network
• Trainer of student committees
• 1250+ hours volunteered on phone lines and on call for Nightline since 2014
• Speaker at Raising Awareness of Mental Health in Higher Education Conference
• Presented to the Chancellor of the University to improve welfare provision

Welcome Lead Mentor Coordinator 2016
• Wrote and delivered a 3-day training programme to 180 Mentors
• Created an online training module
• Delivered Bystander Intervention training to Karnival

Nightline Publicity Officer 2014-16
• Created and ran successful awareness campaigns
• Collaborated with societies to produce 2500+ exam packs

Union Council and Scrutiny Panel Facilitator 2015+
• Chair SU democratic meetings

MA International Social Policy Course Rep 2016+
Welcome Mentor, Lincoln Hall 2015
Head of Streetlaw, Pro Bono Society Committee 2014-2015
Grant Allocation Panel 2015
Postgrad Exec 2016

Other

I got involved with welfare at University when I applied to be a Nightline listening volunteer in my first year. I wanted to get involved with a volunteer organisation, and helping other students was a great way to do this. Nightline soon became incredibly important to me, as I realised just how crucial welfare services are. My work on both the Welcome Committee and as Nightline Coordinator has illustrated how much work is still to be done on improving access to welfare services, and increasing the inclusivity of the SU.

The SU has provided me with so many fantastic experiences, and I want to ensure that those opportunities are accessible to all students.

#BeOKwithLBK

Facts about LBK:
• LBK are my initials
• I have two cats called Hugo and Alice
• I had an Irish accent until the age of 4
• I once rescued a magpie. He was a temporary housemate

These are a few of my favourite things:
• Welfare!
• Really strong coffee
• Yoga clothes
• Yoga mats
• Yoga
• Taking Patch, the Nightline bear, to Ocean (and staying ‘till the end)

Pet Hates:
• Mushrooms
• The sound of people eating
• Mugs without tea or coffee in them

Moonisah Iqbal

Change

Housing/Accommodation
• Continue creating a Rate-Your-Landlord online platform & lobbying Nottingham Council to publish a blacklist of dodgy landlords.
• Improve the variety, cost and quality of food across campuses including specific dietary requirements. More reserved food options for sport students.
• Lobby the university to create a guarantor system for students.
Transport
• Lobby the university to research into the hopper bus timetable to improve services, especially for off-campus halls and satellite campuses.
• Campaign to improve the Skylink bus for SB-based students.
Welfare/Campaigns
• Increasing bike storage, security cameras & lighting on campuses.
• Work with the Police Commissioner, SU-associated clubs & Nottingham Citizens to tackle hate-crime, sexual harassment & improve bouncer welfare training.
• Provide support for PTOs, networks and hall committees.
• Create online welcome packs for freshers’, increasing accessibility for international students.
• Place more microwaves & water fountains around campuses.
• Continue lobbying the university for refugee scholarships and to pay the living wage.
• Launch recycling & food waste campaigns in halls via ESJ reps.

Experience

• Current UoN Students’ Union BME officer (job share) and co-head of the BME Network – democratically elected in to represent all ethnic minority students here at UoN. I have vast amounts of experience working within the SU and university including sitting in on the university race and equality working group to help tackle the BME attainment gap.
• National Union of Students National conference delegate 2015/16 and 2016/17 – elected in twice to represent 33,000 UoN students on a national level.
• UoN delegate for NUS BSC summer conference 2015/16
• Represented the UoN UK campus at the International Student Summit 2015 in Malaysia.
• Active member of the Living Wage campaign for the past 2 years.
• Led the successful YES to NUS campaign here at UoN Students’ Union.
• Actively involved in a variety of different societies and campaigns over the past 4 years including UoN Fems, Amnesty International and Geogsoc.
• Actively engaged with campaigns within the wider community including Stand up to Racism, which led me to deliver a speech at the Nottingham Anti-trump rally earlier this semester.
• Have submitted and currently submitting motions through our SU council.

Other

• These former Officers are endorsing me, they’ve done the job, they know the ropes and they want me in! :
• Angharad Smith – SU President – 2015/16
• Dan Rattigan – Education Officer – 2015/16
• Tom Parker – Environmental and social justice Officer – 2015/16
• Beth Serby – Women’s Officer – 2014/15
• Pheebs Lau – LGBT Officer – 2014/15

• I’m currently a fourth year geography master’s student and I’m extremely passionate about our Students’ Union! I’ve got experience and brilliant ideas to help improve your student experience on and off campus.
• From hall food centred around different forms of potato to dodgy landlords, I believe there is a lot more the SU can do to address community issues and make sure YOUR voices are heard.
• Please follow this link to see my full manifesto and campaigns page: www.facebook.com/Mooni4Community
• Remember to #jointhecomoonity and vote Moonisah for Community Officer!

Anthony Alduino

Change

1 Improving clarity on national policies that will affect postgraduate students.
• Immigration policies such as Brexit, student visa caps, possible travel bans and their effect on a global graduate student body, their research, academic and mental well-being.
• Ensuring support for displaced peoples and refugees.
• Making sure there is culturally competent resources at hand for students who are still mastering English.

2 Improved engagement and participation across all campuses.
• Hosting informal and casual micro-events across campuses including Sutton-Bonington and Jubilee, that encourage a greater sense of community.
Improving and expanding programmes already in place, such as welcome programmes, informational programmes (For example: placement and career), sporting and social events.
• Partnering with societies and clubs in place to promote specific postgraduate

3 Enhancing Student Union and graduate student relationships
• Promoting a visible and approachable Student Union that is willing to listen and act on your behalf.
• Continuing to support and cooperate with PG Events Committees.
• Increasing avenues for feedback and evaluation from postgraduate students.

Experience

Student Life Experience
• Resident Assistant Towson University
• Committee Member Towson University Engagement Committee

Professional Experience
• Interned for the Maryland State Assembly
• Health Outreach for The Maryland State Physician Assembly

Academic Achievements
• Graduated with Honours from Towson University with a degree in Political Science/Public Policy
• Studying International Social Policy at University of Nottingham

Volunteerism and Activism
• Volunteer for The Sixth Branch urban farming campaign in Baltimore, Maryland.
• Volunteer for Gene Ransom County Commissioner
• Campaign Manager, Treasurer for Frank Alduino for School Board

Other

• I want to run because my unique experience working within student affairs and my background in social policy and affairs would allow me to truly best represent postgraduates in the Student Union.
• My academic passion is healthcare disparities meaning I want to study and hopefully work on improving healthcare for marginalised groups.
• I am a huge NBA fan and will often stay up way too late to watch meaningless games.
In my spare time I play Futsal and you can semi-regularly hear me spinning music on Saturdays for URN.

Cameron Prentice

Change

Your Students’ Union
• SU Officers to release monthly videos highlighting their successes, to increase transparency and accountability
• Integration of International Welcome Week into the Welcome programme
• Regular Student Advice Centre workshops on key issues
• Expand ‘Spotlight on Societies’ blog to publicise achievements and events
• Continued development and expansion of SU Global Buddies programme
• Provide support to the associations and newly established liberation networks
• Larger SU presence on all campuses including expanding SU space on Jubilee
Events
• Implement an online room booking system
• Streamline bus booking into event form
• Create an online events calendar with the input of students
Welfare
• Lobby the University to increase spending on the counselling service
• Greater variety of food options to cater for different faiths and food intolerances across campuses
• Make SU promotional material more accessible for students with disabilities
• Increase gender-neutral toilets across campuses
Education
• Lobby the University to provide greater mental health training to the Welfare Officers in each school
• Continue the campaign for University-wide lecture capture

Experience

I am in my final year of my History degree. I have had considerable active engagement with the Students’ Union over the past three years; this includes:
Former Welcome Week Coordinator
• Contributed to one of the most successful fresher’s weeks the SU has provided
• Coordinated a highly dedicated and passionate group of students wanting to make a difference to the student experience
• Helped to deliver a comprehensive training programme to the team of over 180 mentors
Former JCR Exec Presidents Committee Chair
• Chairing meetings
• SU policy making/writing
• Contributed to the implementation of the JCR International Rep
Former Nightingale Hall JCR President
• Representing views of students to hall management
• Event management
Former Welcome Week Mentor
• Empowered new students to settle into University life, engage with their peers and the SU
Current UoN Sport Korfball First Team Captain
• Key player in the promotion of one of the University’s lesser-known sports
• This will be my third and final time of representing the University in the national BUCS competition
Former UoN Sport Korfball Fixtures Secretary
Former member of the England Korfball Squad for four years

Other

Profile
• Favorite Colour: Yellow
• Height: 6ft 5 inches (and a half)
• Eye Colour: Blue

Why I want to run
• #YesWeCam
• I’ve been active in the SU since my first year and love the opportunities it presents to all its students – from sports, to volunteering
• I’m extremely passionate about the SU and how it represents its students to the University and on a national level
• I’m keen to engage with and empower as many students groups as possible
• I want to see the student voice heard in all that the SU does, to make sure the opinions of as many students are heard in the continued renovation of Portland building and the rebranding

Chris Smith

Change

• Inviting LGBT+ students that are hesitant to join the Network by eliminating misconceptions they might harbour, via direct communication and a diverse array of events.
• Hosting workshops that feature knowledgeable LGBT+ voices in order to educate the general University population – as well as members of the Network itself – about specific, often overlooked issues within the community (e.g. asexuality, trans+ intersections, problems faced by LGBT+ PoC)
• Hosting public Network meetings that are open to every student, helping us to foster communication and to hear every voice head on, rather than from behind a computer screen. Our Network is a place for progression, safety, solidarity and democracy, and this addition will help us remain as such.
• Continuing to campaign towards the integration of gender neutral toilets withing all the campuses.
• Continuing to provide fantastic socials, such as Pride Ocean and safe space cafés, that cater to students who are confident in their identity, those who may be questioning their sexuality or gender, as well as those who simply wish to learn more about what being LGBT+ means and why LGBT+ issues are so important.

Experience

1. Welfare Officer on the LGBT+ Network committee (2016/2017) –
• Crucial experience in event organising, providing support to students (both at events and on a one-to-one basis), inter-committee communication, communication with outside parties in regards to the network, running stalls, and fundraising.
• A close knowledge of the Network’s existing campaigns, as well as an insider perspective of what could be done to improve it.
2. Social Media Rep for Out in Education (2016/2017) –
• Knowledge on how to engage a wider audience on LGBT+ related topics across multiple social media platforms.
3. Attendance of many Network events run over the past two years (as a network member and as a committee member) – Experience in problem solving at events and successful event management.
4. Appearance in Impact Magazine and on URN – Experience in confidently talking about the Networks’ aims.
5. Appearance as speaker on Intersections panel – Ability to help foster discussion on LGBT+ themes and engagement with the wider Nottingham LGBT+ community.
6. Established contacts in different LGBT intersections with the community (QT Notts, QTIPoC, Outburst, NTU Pride Society)

Other

I’m Chris, and I am a gay man that uses he/him pronouns. Over the two years I have been at UoN, the LGBT+ Network has made me far more confident, outspoken, proud and aware of the community as a whole – including the amazing steps we have taken toward LGBT+ equality at university, and the problems we still have to overcome.

As Officer, I will be sure to act less as a commanding voice, and more as a friend, fostering beneficial communication between the committee, the Nottingham LGBT+ community, the SU, and (most importantly) the Network members – to create a supportive, inclusive and inspiring community. Whilst we cannot change the world, we can absolutely help those in our reach who are struggling due to their gender or sexual orientation have a more positive experience at university and within Nottingham as a whole.

This is a huge job, and I absolutely do not take the prospect of being Officer lightly. I can only say that I will try my best and help do as much as I can to improve the experiences of this wonderful community. If you have any queries about my manifesto – or just want to chat – please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your consideration!

Alice Armstrong and Eden Smith

Change

Grow
• Develop the new committee and its roles. We want to ensure that the first full year of the Network’s committee has a stable structure to facilitate the growth of the Students with Disabilities Network (SwDN).
• Broaden outreach during Welcome Week and increase visibility during Disability History Month (22nd November – 22nd December) by conducting a series of events to raise awareness of the SwDN.
Support
• Access to regular events forms the core of the peer support aspect of our Network.
• We will hold a fortnightly event that provides a quiet, safe, supportive space for students with disabilities to meet and relax.
• In alternating weeks, we will run a range of on- and off-campus trips.
Change
• There are still major living and working accessibility issues for students with disabilities and we believe the SwDN can take a more active campaigning role to address them.
• We want to send delegates to the NUS Disabled Students Conference.
• We particularly want to work with students and officers to focus on:
  ∘ Opposing cuts to the DSA
  ∘ Access to housing for disabled students, both on campus and off, including a systematic review to identify and act on areas to improve.

Experience

• We are both active members of the Network and have been able to see it grow and develop. Eden has been a member of the SwDN for over a year and Alice for 6 years.
• We have been involved in outreach and awareness campaigns focused on a range of groups around Nottingham including youth and educational outreach.
• Alice has extensive experience being involved in a wide variety of community-based outreach, organising, and campaigning projects, with a focus on liberation group activism.
• Eden has experience in a range of committee and representative roles, within the Learning Community Forum and the Medieval Combat Society.
• We think it is the diversity of our experiences in various structures, clubs, organisations, and networks that provides us with the skills and abilities to engage a broader base of the disabled student community at UoN than is currently active. We have come through different routes of engagement with the Union but have common goals for what the Network can achieve and be, given the right support and leadership.

Other

• Alice is a Politics and American Studies student with multiple disabilities, including a long-term health condition, with wide-ranging experience of various University and adjacent disability services.
• Eden is an autistic chemistry student, who has a variety of health conditions. Since Eden started volunteering with the Riding for the Disabled Association at 16, she has directly felt the benefit provided by being part of a community with such a broad range of disabilities and experiences.
• We have both felt the benefit of the growth of the Network, particularly this year, and feel that it is a valuable and necessary support structure and network for students with disabilities. We want to expand the Network to extend this support to as many students with disabilities as possible.
• In addition to accessing the unique and essential elements of community support and solidarity you can find within the disabled community, we want to empower and advocate for students with disabilities, to work together on a shared platform as a Network to affect change at the University and more widely.
• That is why our objectives for the Network are expressed as “Grow. Support. Change.”

Adele Purdy

Change

• Mature students have a far higher drop-out rate than those students who come to university at age 18/19. I would like to investigate and understand the reasons behind this and, where possible, make improvements to university provided support in order to address these problems.
• I want to implement a programme of events at Freshers’ Week specifically aimed at mature students, with emphasis on the diversity of this student group – for example, family friendly events. This would be a valuable opportunity to meet and connect with other mature students at the start of the academic year.
• I would like to campaign for a common room or similar space on campus specifically for mature students’ use. Having spoken to other mature students, it seems to be a common issue that they can feel isolated amongst younger students, and a space where they could meet regularly with other mature students would be a real benefit to them.

Experience

• I am the current Mature Students’ Officer, having been elected to the post in December. I am currently working with other officers and the Widening Participation team on a number of issues relating to mature students, and I would love to be given the opportunity to continue with this in the next academic year.
• I am confident and able to communicate effectively with students, providing support and guidance where appropriate, and directing students to alternative areas of support where necessary. I am friendly and approachable, and able to listen to students’ issues and concerns and take these forward to the appropriate forum.
• I have previously worked as an ambassador at the Kickstart event for mature students.
• I have been administrator of the mature students’ Facebook group for the past 9 months, organising events and ensuring that information pertinent to mature students is promoted within the group.

Other

• I am 35 years old, and currently in my second year at the University of Nottingham; last year I completed the Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Programme, and I am now studying BEng Architectural Environment Engineering.
• I want to run for the position of Mature Students’ Officer as I want to make sure that interests of mature students on campus are strongly represented within the Students Union. As a mature student I have found university life to be hard work, great fun, extremely rewarding, incredibly frustrating, a little bit traumatic at times, and pretty much everything else in between. It’s definitely a cliche to say that it’s like a rollercoaster, but it’s fairly accurate! I understand that for mature students, coming to university can be incredibly daunting, but I truly believe that mature students should have as positive and fulfilling a time at university as all other students, and I want to do whatever I can to make this happen.

Sami Hawari

Change

Student Life:
• Introduce meal options that satisfy all dietary needs.
• Halal and kosher food in Mooch.
• More flexible hall meal times.
• Increase the size of faith and prayer rooms.
• Support the living wage campaign.
Housing:
• Create a website to provide information about housing affairs.
• Introduce a housing review scheme.
• Impose mandatory housing standards and disclosure.
• Organise housing talks for societies and halls.
• Involve JCR committees in housing programmes.
Transport:
• Negotiate better deals with NCT and NET.
• Combat the rising prices of parking permits.
Welfare:
• Priority benches and parking slots for students with disabilities.
• Increase the number of relaxation areas on campus.
• More inclusive ‘Freshers Week’.
Communication; Recreation:
• Greater support and representation of societies and student groups.
• Larger office space to include full and part time SU officers.
• Increase the variety of activities.
• Establish a game lab (e.g. video games).
Safety:
• Enhance the lighting around campus.
• Work closely with student-run organisations to maximise awareness and involvement.
• Liaise with the Nottinghamshire Police to combat hate crimes and offences.

Experience

Lead Mentor, Welcome Programme (2016/2017)
General Secretary, International Students’ Network (2016/2017)
Welfare Officer, Law Society (2016/2017)
International Course Representative, Education Network (2016/2017)
General Secretary, Arab Society (2016/2017)
Volunteer, Nottingham Night Owls (2016/2017)

Other

Through my involvement in various areas, I realised that there is a place for everyone here in Nottingham. Therefore, my vision is to ensure our wider student community continues to remain a safe, inclusive and cohesive environment for all our students.

Adam Pratchett

Change

Expand Welfare in Sport
• Mental Health training for all Captains and Coaches
• Lobby to increase investment in Mental Health Services
• Work with the Welfare in Sport Committee to expand club inclusive sessions, welfare night in events and rebrand free passes
• Continue to support BUCS Take a Stand and CBTRC
Increase Participation at all levels of Sport
• IMS- Summer IMS Sports Day and continue to support society sport
• Engage- Retention strategies such as pay for 4 get one session free
• Sports Guide given to PostGrads and International Students upon registration
Increase Support for Committees
• Online, regularly updated Committee Handbooks
• Improve sponsorship training
Increase Feedback Opportunities for Students
• Expand focus groups with clubs, SB, Engage, IMS, Disability Sport, Gym users
Improve Media coverage at all levels of sport
• Increase awareness of sport through video releases
• Sports Media Group- linking student media groups with committees
• UoN Sport Spotlight Blog
Increase Academic Flexibility
• Lobby for lecture capture
• Move course meetings away from Wednesday
• Increased support for scholarship students

Experience

• Vice Chair, Welfare in Sport Campaign (Dec 2016 onwards)
• Member of the Committee since June 2016
• The campaign aims to raise awareness of mental health in sport and also helps our sports clubs become more inclusive
• President Men’s Basketball Club (March 2016 onwards)
• Responsible for one of the largest clubs at UoN including an IMS, Engage and Inclusive Programme
• Vice President Men’s Basketball (Oct 2015-March 2016)
• Helped to double attendance at our Varsity game to 4000 students at the Motorpoint Arena
• Year Abroad- National University of Singapore (July 2014-June 2015)
• IMS Basketball Referee (Oct 2013-May 2014)
• 1st Year Course Rep Politics and International Relations Department (Oct 2013-May 2014)

Other

• I am currently a 4th year MSci International Relations student and have been heavily involved with sport at all levels during my degree
• I’ve put a huge amount of time and effort into developing sport at UoN, from the Basketball club and the Welfare in Sport Campaign, to IMS provision, and I now want to take things to the next level
• My main objective is to increase participation in sport and to maintain UoN as a leader in the UK for tackling mental health in sport
• If elected, I want to be as accessible and approachable as possible and utilise focus groups to regularly receive feedback from students
• If you see either myself or any of my campaign team on campus, please come and talk to us, as we want to hear your thoughts about how to make sport at UoN the best it can be
• Thank you for taking the time to read my manifesto

Cassie O’Boyle

Change

• Engagement: To increase visibility of the Education Network on the Student Union Website. To celebrate the hard-work of those involved, through an annual Education Network Awards and emphasise the career skills gained through engagement
• Accessibility: To the Student Union for both UG and PG students across ALL campuses using an online forum. Plus regular visits to SB, Jubilee, QMC, Derby and City as Education Officer
• Transparency: To create a section of the SU webpage where there will be public access to information regarding University policy, discussions and decisions which affect ALL members of the university
• Welfare: To reform the policy on Extenuating Circumstances ensuring the safeguarding of all of our students
• Consistency: To ensure ALL students have access to Lecture Capture as a revision tool and to aid groups including but not limited to; non-native English speakers, disabled students, those in religious observance and those that play sport. Plus, consistent assessment/exam feedback and Moodle provisions for ALL
• Support: To provide increased career and teaching resources for those studying an Integrated Masters. Tackling inequality created by their fees

Experience

• Faculty of Arts Rep: I currently represent the faculty of arts. Working closely with members of the education network to represent the student body. Focusing on student services and lecture capture. I also hold a position on Senate, the academic decision making body at the university. Sitting on Senate has meant that I have been able to shift focus of university policy to the students which are at the heart of decision-making. I have also organised for a drinks reception for our education network, showing appreciation to our Course/Education reps
• ACS Education Rep: I manage course reps and engage with student feedback, to help work on study abroad support in the department, lecture capture and increased library resources for students
• ACS Course Rep: My 2nd year at university showed the importance of the student voice. As with previous years our feedback and staff engagement enabled the restructuring of second year compulsory modules in the department which has received much higher student satisfaction
• Events Team Leader: Leading the Student Union events team has given me insight into how all branches of the university work together to achieve one community

Other

While at university I have seen the impact the SU has had on thousands of students; including myself, from welcome week to this student leader campaign. During my time in the union I have been given a vast range of opportunities to engage with the student community around me. I have been able to continue my professional development alongside my degree – these are experiences that have been invaluable to me and in my role as Education Officer I want to ensure every individual, from every background, culture and society has the same chances that I did. Voting for Cassie for Education is voting for engagement, accessibility, transparency, consistency, welfare and support. Vote for Cassie because Cassie Can make the difference to your education.

Alan Holey

Change

My Five Super Aims

1) SU for you
• Your voice: improved student feedback for SU and societies
• Recognise: acknowledge student superheroes
• Transparency: new university ‘development’ page on SU website
• Connect: SU officers to take part in student run activities more regularly

2) Student services
• Explanation: increase awareness of services available and ensure future direction is effectively communicated to students
• Welfare: increase staff training and support to our invaluable welfare services

3) Inclusivity
• Accountability: new official SU officer progress reports
• Societies and Sports: easier access to non-members via ‘try it’ and implement drastic improvements to refreshers fair
• Interactive: calendar that ensures students are aware of activities and events
• Culture: regular cultural events to embrace all students

4) International
• Involved: ensuring integration between international and UK students
• Welcome: combine welcome and international week

5) Legacy
• Global Buddies Scheme: international students paired with UK students
• Celebrating: continuing the Nottingham Influential Students’ Magazine and Hall of Fame highlighting inspirational students

Experience

• President of Florence Boot Hall 2014 – 2015
• Vice-President of Geography Society 2016 – Present
• Welcome Week Mentor for Florence Boot Hall 2015 – 2016
• Social Secretary of Geography Society 2015 – 2016
• Peer Mentor in School of Geography 2015 – Present
• University Chamber Choir 2015 – 2016
• University Choir 2015 – 2016

Other

• I am running to be your SU president because I am passionate about improving the University experience for as many students as possible, both on mass and for minorities to create an inclusive experience for all. I believe I am an outgoing, energetic and approachable individual (say hello!). These traits will help me in the role as your representative if I am to be your next SU president.

Fun facts about me:
• I am an International Student
• Born and raised in Hong Kong
• Half English and half Filipino
• Singer and guitarist
• Enthusiastic dancer
• Always smiling
• Ocean devOcean (see you on the dance floor)
• Crisis King of Disco 2014 – Always and forever (Search ‘Alan Holey Tab’ on Google to find out more!)

Sooty

Change

• The university should urgently eliminate its nuclear arsenal, in order to spend money on other deterrents.
• All Hopper bus stops should be demolished, ensuring students arrive at classes on time.
• Build an Alien Landing Pad on top of the Sir Clive Granger Building, to encourage diversity and inclusivity.
• No more 9AM lectures – These lectures should be immediately rescheduled to 8AM.
• The university should prioritise and improve its mental health services.
• The university schedule should be changed to allow for student hibernation.
• The lake should be drained to allow for more classrooms and soceity-bookable spaces.

Experience

• I played the leading role on the popular children’s TV entertainment and learning show Sooty and Sweep.
• I also maintain an active Twitter presence. Follow me at @UoNSooty.
• I am a trustworthy confidant, only being able to communicate via whisper.

Other

• Izzy Whizzy, Let’s Get Busy!

Sweep

Change

• The university should drastically expand its nuclear arsenal, to keep it competitive with other universities.
• Students should be able to apply for the Hopper bus to stop at their house, to increase student participation.
• The university should demolish the Sir Clive Granger building to reveal the Alien Landing Site we all know is there.
• No more 9AM lectures – These lectures should be rescheduled to 9PM.
• The university should prioritise and improve its mental health services.
• University schedule should be changed so that lectures happen at night, to end discrimination against the nocturnal.
• The university should be flooded using the lake, to provide more area for wildlife habitats.

Experience

• I played the leading role on the popular children’s TV entertainment and learning show Sweep and Sooty.
• I also maintain an active Twitter presence. Follow me at @UoNSweep.
• I speak only in squeaks, baffling my enemies.

Other

• I’m going to Sweep the campus!

Joshua Chan

Change

1. Community
• Lecture-free Welcome Week after January exam
• Stronger alumni network with current students
• Social network to find housemates
• More social events for students off-campus
• City tours/ café sessions for freshers
• Online societies for distance learners

2. Support
• Academic support for students before & after study abroad
• Greater support for medic students for placement year
• Standardize personal tutoring
• More SU support for counselling & nightline
• Career Services: Better support for international students

3. Approachability
• Transparency on SU spending
• President Question Time
• One integrated app for SU information
• SU promotions on WeChat & Weibo
• Speed up SU budget process for societies

4. Wellbeing & Facilities
• Hopper bus: stop at QMC, stop at Kegworth for SB, Derby line more consistent, double decker in busy hours
• Flexible gym membership payment
• Derby facilities, eg. gym
• Water fountains, disabled accessible facilities, library lockers & headphone hire

5. Celebrate your Success!
• Course reps/ hall/ society committee count NAA credits
• Increase number of less competitive sports
• Celebrate winners of inter-hall sports competitions

Experience

Vote for Change, Vote for Chan!
#Your home away from home

I am Joshua Chan. Over the past three years I have been actively involved in the student community. Being the President of the Student Union would take my leadership role to a higher level. I am hoping to contribute more to Nottingham and to the Student Union. Vote for Change, Vote for Chan!

• Current Education Rep of Economics (representing 900+ economics students in the Learning Community Forum)
• Current society silver sessions STARS Trainer (Student Training And Reward Scheme), I give out training sessions to society committee members
• Current Social Secretary of Wing Chun Society
• Member of the Academic Appeal and Misconduct Committee 15-16
• Course Rep for 14-15, 15-16
• Enactus Nottingham, 14-15

#Can’t have CHANGE without CHAN

Other

#Your home away from home

My dream is to make everybody feel the sense of community in Nottingham. Whether you come from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, China or Malaysia, I want you to feel that Nottingham is your second home away from your home. That is why I want to organize a lecture free welcome week after the January exam, so that exchange students or students who missed their Freshers Fair in September will still have a chance to join the societies they want.

Student community should not be exclusive to undergraduates but it should extend to graduated students, medics and distance learners as well. That is why I want to build a stronger alumni network with current students, I want more social activities for medic students and students off-campus, and I want to have online society activities for distance learners as well.

Nottingham is not a great place to be unless we build a stronger community together. I want every student to feel the support they deserve and I want their success to be celebrated. Together we can build a stronger community. Vote for Change, Vote for Chan! #Can’t have CHANGE without CHAN

Martin Nguyen

Change

Aims
• Organise SU-ran events during January’s Refreshers to re-engage students and get them more involved with the union
• Create for a personal society/sport event calender app, unique to each student based on their society memberships and student groups
• Improve SU website to give societies a better platform to promote/sell/give information
• Improve SU event frequency on Jubilee/SB campus
• Implement international ‘how-to’ guide in mother language to make settling into the UK easier
• Create JCR Ball to reward JCR’s for their work
• Make Welcome Mentors more visible throughout the year

Society Engagement
• Redesign Refreshers week by improving exposure and marketing to increase society enrolment in January.
• Improve support for societies and SRS’s of all size, allowing smaller societies to develop
• Create a centralised Societies publicity wall so students can keep up to date with society events

Committees
• Focus committee training to specific roles
• Create more incentives to achieve Silver/Gold Society Status
• Integrate WeChat Training into committee training programmes to improve international inclusivity
• Create JCR and committee forums improve communication

Experience

Florence Boot Activities Rep 2014/15
• Gained insight into how student groups are run and funded
• Supported the views and opinions of students to bring them what they wanted
• Organised a diverse range of events for students
• Liaised with other committees to create joint events

Lead Welcome Mentor 2015/16
• Lead a team of mentors to provide welfare and information for new students

Night Time Co-ordinator of Welcome Committee 2016/17
• Managed a budget of over £60,000 to organise events for students from collected insight
• Managed a team of 180+ Welcome mentors to provide welfare and support for all students
• Organised and co-ordinated 4/5 inclusive events per night during welcome week
• Gained knowledge of the structure and roles within the Union

Event project manager at a Student Events Company
• Creating and promoting weekly student events
• Leading a team of 40+ to provide new, engaging ideas for events
• Planned and delivered bar crawls catering for 2000+ students
• Liaising with societies to organise Socials for a range of diverse student groups

Event management Internship at award winning events company
• Planned, implemented and supported large, national events

Other

• For the majority of my university career, I have wanted to have an impact in shaping the union and bettering it for all students. I understand how important it is to find your place within university.
• Societies, SRS’s and Hall groups, in my opinion are fundamental in creating a positive university Career.
• I have always been keen on improving the student experience. This is transparent from being a part of a JCR and being in the Welcome committee.
• University insight has shown that 31% of students have an untapped interest to join a society. This to me is a shocking statistic and one I know, if elected, I could improve upon.
• From my international upbringing, I really empathise with the need to support and facilitate all student groups irrespective of background.
• I want to make sure that all student groups feel represented, valued, and feel like they have a voice, regardless of how big or small they are. I vow that if elected, I will fight for all student groups and give them all the support they need to develop and improve.
• Let’s be friends, Let’s make change.

Francis Dwan

Change

Make the campaign week shorter. Reducing SU elections to just 5 days making it less irritating and decreasing its impact on people’s work.

Introduce an International Officer to Welcome Week Exec to ensure International students better transition to University Life.
Implement post-graduate and mature student socials on campus giving older students a more enjoyable university experience.

Increase use of Echo recording, aiming for all lectures to be recorded.
Increase the accountability of Nightclub Bouncers, their behaviour particularly towards Women is unacceptable. I will do this by guaranteeing that all reports of sexual and physical assault will be taken seriously by an SU phone-line.

Stopping mandatory labs from happening on a Wednesday allowing every student the opportunity to play sport.
Use SU authority to negotiate fair terms with estate agents – (shorter 48 week contracts for example) and setting up contactless payments on NCT buses.

Give SB Guild more autonomy.
Help low income students afford course materials and reintroducing a tier system for sports memberships paid for by ending unnecessary spending – large chess set.
Laptop lockers in Hallward.

Experience

In first year I was the Welfare rep for Derby Hall
Alongside being a Campus Ambassador for the Nottingham Economics & Finance Society (NEFS).

In Second year I was a Week One Mentor, in which at one point I had to ride with a fresher in an ambulance after being instructed on the phone to pick vomit from his mouth. So I am ready for anything!
I also was a ‘Prize winner’ in the PWC Crowdsourcing Challenge: ‘Trust in Business’.

Throughout University I have been a BUCS Sports player and in third year I was elected as the Rugby Union Club’s Tour Sec
I also became a Nottingham Brand Ambassador for Headstart App. An app which makes finding and applying to graduate jobs easier.

Other

I have a highly approachable personality which I consider to be fundamental to a role which involves representing and consulting with students. SU President combines many of my passions and I have considered running since first year. I relish the opportunity to help people, negotiate on behalf of students, meet with lots of people and to make your lives better.

Declan Greaves

Change

• Engagement in the Education Network (EN)
  ∘ Regular updates to all students on work of EN
  ∘ Introduce drop-in sessions with Course, Education and Faculty Reps
  ∘ Improve handover between years, as Course Reps are only given basic training
• Mentoring and mental health support
  ∘ Ensure all schools have an effective mentoring system
  ∘ Increase tutor/lecturer knowledge of mental health and support systems
• Study abroad
  ∘ Improve support for students during all aspects of their year abroad
  ∘ Ensure all schools have designated study abroad coordinators who serve as regular contacts for students
• Study facilities
  ∘ Campaign for improved library facilities, building off of success of George Green development
  ∘ Bookable centrally timetabled rooms
  ∘ More small group/individual study areas on all campuses
• Efficiency of Student Service Centres
  ∘ Improve communication between SSCs and individual schools
  ∘ Improve access to subject-specific knowledge
• Electronic learning
  ∘ Increase staff training on Moodle, ensuring all modules meet a minimum standard
  ∘ Improve module visibility to students outside their home school(s)
  ∘ Continue work on lecture capture for all schools, in the best manner

Experience

• Physics with Astronomy Course Rep, 2015-2017
• Secretary/President/Treasurer for UoN Tenpin Bowling, 2014-2015/2015-2016/2016-2017
• Inflativerse (part of the Physics department’s Outreach programme) Member/Team Leader, 2013-2014/2014-2017
• UoNSU STARS Trainer (delivering silver and gold training workshops to societies), 2014-2015

Other

• I’ve been a student here for 4 years, and met a wide variety of students through my many different experiences.
• I’ve worked as a Course Rep for two years, and really noticed the positive effects the EN has had on my department, and want to ensure that it continues to greatly benefit all schools, not just my home one.
• During my time as a Course Rep, I’ve worked closely with my school’s Education Rep, and been able to take on responsibilities extending beyond that of representing my course; for example, I was one of a small number of Course Reps that actively participated in open meetings on Project Transform, voicing concerns from students across my school and faculty.
• I like helping people, and making sure they reach their potential. I’m a logical thinker, and care more about getting the best possible solution than a quick, easy fix, that’s bound to have issues later!
• One of my favourite activities is public outreach; it’s really fun, and hugely rewarding. I’d personally like to see more opportunities for students to get involved!
• I appreciate constructive feedback – if people don’t speak up then their voices aren’t heard, and so issues they have may never be addressed.

Helen and Rebecca

Change

Smoother education process:
Liaise with support services and Project Transform providers to pick up where DSA cuts have affected students
Continue working with the Lecture Capture Campaign and the Accessibility Campaign
Promotion of disability-friendly career opportunities

Social:
Termly guide of proposed events, given out at the start of each term, to give longer notification of when and where events are happening
Continuation of regular therapy dogs sessions
Work with Welcome Week providers for a more accessible and inclusive programme

Sports:
Continued proactive relationship with inclusive sport providers
Improving accessibility and inclusivity in all areas of sport including Varsity, BUCS, IMS, Engage and HealthyU

Support:
Clarify the current support resources and simplify accessing these resources through the production of a resource pack
Dedicated weekly time slot for drop in sessions for anything you want to discuss
Work with the accommodation office to improve accessibility and practical knowledge for landlords and housemates of disabled students
Implement a disability awareness day in collaboration with the Welfare Network; including how to support disabled friends

Experience

Helen:
• Previously joint Disabled Students’ Officer 2016-2017
• Contacts with Therapy Dogs Nationwide
• Volunteered with Canine Partners supporting people meeting their new dogs
• Worked on Add-cademy to improve mathematical skills for those going onto study a maths based university course or those required to do maths on a non-maths based course
• Worked on the Accessibility and Ableism report leading to the Accessibility Ethos Campaign

Rebecca:
• 2 years working with the SU thought forum
• 2 years on a society committee (VP); planning large scale events and trips away
• 3 years working on a youth council for a childrens’ hospital improving hospital experiences for teenagers and young adults
• Volunteered and fundraised for a charity working with children with additional needs
• Experience with media and creative design such as videos, posters and interviews
• Experience with managing the SU website for events and information

Together:
• Members of the Network for 3 years
• Both have First Aid and Health and Safety qualifications
• Worked on improving the accessibility of libraries

Other

• We both are passionate about improving student experience, not only for disabled students but for all students. We believe we can work effectively and efficiently together for the benefit of all students who identify as disabled.
• We would like to increase awareness of the Support Networks through publicity such as promotional videos.
• We have experience of living and studying with long term health conditions and mental health conditions. We know that no two disabled students are the same, however, we feel that we can help as many people as possible through our experiences.
• We know we cannot do this alone and we would like to involve more students in the DSN through implementing a committee, as per the constitution.
• Interesting facts: Rebecca loves the colour purple and has a minor obsession with dinosaurs, giraffes and minions. Helen loves adopting animals, the list now includes a bird, a dog and a cat.

Priyanka Vij

Change

• My utmost priority lies in enhancing community relations and build stronger ties of under represented students of UON
• Work with relevant SU departments to represent the views of students to external bodies such as the local council
• Work with the Careers and Employability center to increase the opportunity for both EU and non EU students to secure more work
• Work on the international students rent guarantor scheme, so that students don’t have to pay rent upfront if they don’t have a UK base guarantor
• Increase the number of bike racks, campus map signs drinking fountains and microwaves in places such as Hallward
• Increase the importance of NCC/CP making it more desirable to students, as rather than sorting issues out themselves, giving them information about their rights
• Taking the “rate your landlord” system and publishing the survey everywhere when students are looking for new accommodation, evaluating all housing and defining the pros and cons while giving out this information to students.
• More safety on night outs, protect students against hate crime, discrimination against international students and sexual harassment and provide guidance on every situation

Experience

• I was elected for Activities Rep of Newark Hall, Jubilee Campus and my job entailed planning, arranging & coordinating every event or activity taking place in the hall of 600 students. To plan and promote sell out events keeping in mind of what every student would want to be a part of. Winning the election and being able to handle all the responsibilities has given me the confidence in my abilities to take up roles that compliment my skill set. Living with international students under one roof, gave me a better understanding of working in diverse environments. I managed to create effective communication with almost every student in my hall

• I was the Welcome Mentor for international and fresher’s week. This role was not easy for me but one attribute I have gained from this experience is hard work. Running on tight schedules, improved my time management skills. We decided on plans as to how we could give every new student in Nottingham the best experience. This experience was truly one of the hardest and challenging ones where I learnt best how to work as a team and manage students and their safety at all times

Other

• These 3 years have made me realise how much potential this beautiful university has and if I could do a little bit to make a change, if given I would exploit the opportunity to the fullest
• Always been a super friendly, enthusiastic and a happy person, you would never catch me in a dull moment. Ever.
• Working with the University that I admire the most would be one of the best experiences of my life and together me and the 34,054 students at this university could develop it into it’s best version

Hemanth & Loren

Change

• INCLUSIVITY: Increase the bond between internationals with British students by valuing both identities on equal grounds
• CULTURAL AWARENESS: Promotion of cultural awareness through university-wide socials, events, language exchanges, and food festivals
• INTERNATIONAL STUDENT NETWORK: Lead this network to increase its presence on campus, and offer two separate International Balls to accommodate Erasmus students
• COMMUNICATION: Ensure university information is accessible to students of all nationalities, promote university media across varying social media platforms (including Weibo, WeChat, and Renren), and offer multilingual subtitles on lecture slides and recordings
• OPPORTUNITIES: Protect the rights of internationals regarding their work eligibility and scholarship applicability in the UK, and lobby the University to limit additional international fees
• GLOBAL LOUNGE: A social and friendly space for internationals and home students to dine on familiar or foreign foods (including Halal and Kosher), build a sense of community by collaborating with Global Buddies, university societies, sports teams, staff, and local businesses

Experience

Hemanth
• 2nd year Economics
• Asian background
• United Nations work experience
• Fluent in 5 languages and currently learning Spanish and Russian
• Current UoN Positions: Southwell Hall President, Treasurer for Skydiving Club, Public Relations Officer for Model UN, Student IT Support, Welcome Mentor, Peer Mentor, NUS Student Switch Off Ambassador
Loren
• 1st year International Media and Communication Studies
• Filipino blood. American upbringing.
• Frequent traveler and Rock City promoter
• Fluent in 2 languages and currently learning Mandarin
• Current UoN Positions: Course Rep, Events Team Officer, International Student Caller, NUS Student Switch Off Ambassador, Academic Appeal and Misconduct Panel, Global Buddy, UCAS Visit Day Helper, Student Vlogger

Other

• Why We Want to Run: Following the impacts of Brexit and Trump, we feel the need to fulfill our civil responsibilities by reducing the insecurities of international students at The University of Nottingham. We attend this university because it meets many of our expectations, but we intend to run for this position so the university may exceed our expectations. Our goal of inclusivity purposefully integrates internationals/EU students, supports them, and encourages them to enter “a whole new world”.
• Fun Fact: Hemanth is an enthusiastic skydiver. Loren is obsessed with coconut water.
• Bonus Fun Fact: Loren met Hemanth during Freshers’ Week when asking how to log in to the uni wifi.

Tom Stanley

Change

• Address the university’s Extenuating Circumstances system (ECFs). Aiming to bring change to what can seem a very impersonal & outdated system.
• Work with new student services centres to bring about a more personal approach (case-by-case) to more complex difficulties that students experience.
• Educate staff on giving advice about extenuating circumstances (especially personal tutors).
• Ensure extenuating circumstances are dealt with consistently & with empathy (especially when supporting evidence is creating difficulty).
• Confront the stigma attached to Counselling and improve access to the Counselling across the university.
• Campaign to get students to talk about and represent the counselling service as a stigma free support for the service (raising awareness).
• Reduce waiting times.
• Continue with the amazing welfare network & improve student awareness of these opportunities.
• Increase university staff awareness & education of the signs of mental health issues to assist students who present with difficulty.
• Help support international/EU students at a time of uncertainty & work to support their future places.
• Create a platform for the Welfare in Sport campaign

Experience

• I’m social sec of the Summer School Society, bringing together the participants and ambassadors involved in the widening participation programmes that work with younger students and access to university.
• I am a previous summer school ambassador; supporting the running of the Nottingham Potential and Sutton Trust Summer School Programmes at UoN.
• I previously mentored college/sixth form students from the summer school programme: supporting their studies, home life and applications to university through the widening participation programme.
• I have previously worked part-time as a disability (autism) carer.
• I am training to become a fitness instructor which has allowed me the ability to communicate assertively and effectively.
• My previous jobs as a letting agent and bar staff has allowed me to work with a diverse variety of people. I would consider myself a ‘people person’ and consider helping people one of my main aims.

Other

• I am running for Welfare and Equal Opportunities officer to tackle the issues that I have experienced at university to support future students without the difficulty I (or my friends) experienced trying to find help.
• I want to continue the amazing work of the current welfare projects to give students the best access to support and to break the stigma attached to these amazing services.
• I want everyone’s university experience to be amazing; beyond our degrees, university life is what makes our experience so special – a safe, supportive and inclusive environment will only benefit that.
• In a time of uncertainty and discrimination world-wide, it is important that we maintain our university as a place of equal opportunity; a culturally consolidated community; a place of freedom of expression, religion and sex. It is important that we support our current and future students rights to access to higher education, regardless of ability, race, culture, gender, origins, background …

Paige Roden

Change

CATER to Postgraduates
• Welcome Week to have more PG events and easier access to info/tickets
• Utilise the Postgraduate Sounding Board to gather more feedback from course reps
• Provide a diverse range of events throughout the year: day trips/formals/culture-based/meet and greets etc
• Suggestion boxes in Grad Centres for how the SU can help/improve

ENGAGE with Postgraduates
• PG specific sport/society Try It sessions
• Reward sports clubs/societies that show active attempts to engage with postgraduates more
• Visit satellite campuses regularly and meet with relevant groups (SB Guild, UNAD)
• Continue the current work to offer a Postgraduate Sports Week

SUPPORT for Postgraduates
• Collaborate with welfare groups to increase awareness of services available
• Engage with courses that have intercalated masters to make sure they feel supported in their PG level year of study
• Work with the Student Advice Centre to make extenuating circumstances and visa extensions an easier process
• Investigate the current rights of those who study and teach and lobby for improvement
• Introduce PG specific career fairs/workshops to support postgraduates looking for work in/outside of Nottingham

Experience

POSTGRADUATE Responsibilities/Experiences
• Winter Ball 2016 Committee
• Link 17 Committee
• Postgraduate Lead Mentor for Welcome Week 2016
• Changed courses from PGCE to MA English
• PGCE Course Rep (Prior to changing courses)

OTHER Responsibilities/Experiences
• St Peter’s Court Week One Representative 2014
• Karnival Representative 2015
• Welcome Week Mentor 2015
• LGBT+ Network Social Secretary 15/16
• Nightline Publicity Volunteer since 2016
• UoN Feminists Internal Campaigns Manager 16/17
• LGBT+ Network Welfare Officer 16/17
• Student Volunteer Centre Leader’s Outreach & Liaison Officer 16/17
• Women’s Network LGBT+ Committee Member 16/17
• Founder/President of Heart Soc 16/17

• These opportunities have given me insights intohow to cater to postgraduate specific needs/wants, whilst at the same time working with the SU more widely and having a positive impact on the student community overall
• I have also gained a variety of skills, from leading a team to working collaboratively, from budgeting finances to organising and running events, all of which would be crucial for the role of Postgraduate Officer

Other

I’m running for Postgraduate Officer because…
• I want to make sure postgraduate students feel as welcomed and supported as undergraduates
• I want to make postgraduate wellbeing a main priority for the Officer team
• I have been heavily involved in SU activities and see many areas for improvement/change
• I have had a unique experience changing courses and pursuing an online Masters which has provided myself with a lot of ideas
• I have listened to many Postgraduates and looked at feedback to consider what postgraduates actually want from their Officer
• I feel that my goals are either achievable within my year as Officer or are aims I can definitely get started to then be continued

#Paige4PostgradOfficer #TheWiseChoice

Ruby Harrison

Change

• I am dedicated to working with the Disabled Students’ Network, the LGBT Network, the Postgraduate Student Network and the Black and Minority Ethnic Student Network to promote intersectionality within the Women’s* Network and throughout the university
• I would work with the LGBT Network and UoN Feminists to increase awareness of trans issues at university and to ensure that the Women’s* Network is fully inclusive
  ∘ For example, I hope to invite a trans activist to speak at the university to educate and inspire students who may not be fully aware of these issues
• Expand the social media presence of the Women’s Network to engage more with students and encourage discussion
• I will ensure that the Artemis zine continues to give all students an opportunity to be creative and voice their thoughts on important issues
• Make better links with a wide range of societies in order to provide a wider range of events and improve engagement, particularly with societies that have a women’s branch

Experience

• I have been passionate about feminism and women’s* issues for a long time and have been a member of UoN Feminists and the Women’s* Network since my first year of university
• Since the beginning of this academic year, I have been the Events Coordinator for the Women’s* Network and have organised events including:
  ∘ A Women in Law talk with speakers from two Nottingham law firms
  ∘ Two Women in Science talks with prominent physics professors from Edinburgh and Cambridge
  ∘ A Women in the Arts talk with speakers from Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, and UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature
  ∘ A film screening of The Help for Black History Month
• This has given me valuable experience of working with others in a committee which I would put to good use as the leader of the Women’s* Network
• It has also given me an insight into the way the Students’ Union works which I feel would help me to be a good Union Officer

Other

• I am a third year medical student, avid feminist and cat lover
• I like to think that I am a friendly and approachable person who will always be willing to listen to ideas and concerns from others
• I have had a brilliant time working with the Women’s* Network this year and I think I am suited to this role because I am passionate about continuing this work and improving the student experience for all women* at the university

Joe McGeehan

Change

• Utilize media groups in the SU (URN, NSTV and Impact) to enhance the ‘Spotlight on Societies’ initiative. Using these platforms would allow more people to be reached, adding to the already huge success of the blog on society membership.
• Encourage society collaboration further by creating meetings between similar societies committees. For example, meetings between Musicality, A Cappella and other performance societies. This would allow them to work together more closely, ensuring there are no clashes between performance events, creating joint socials and performances and building friendships.
• I would work closely with executive committees of societies to understand their individual needs and help them develop.
• provide online training programmes for committee members, with initial information and then test to ensure they understand what they have learnt.
• Add an online room booking service to make it easier for societies to plan and book events.
• Improve society storage spaces with clearly allocated areas for each society.
• Aid societies in finding external sponsorship by meeting with local business’ and groups.

Experience

• I have been part of the Executive Committee of Musicality this year (2016/17), holding the position of Social Secretary. Through this I have developed an understanding of the SU and also got to know a lot of other societies by organising joint socials and events. This role has also allowed me to develop my organisation and communication skills, two very important qualities for this role.
• I have been involved in many societies and sports during my time in university, in a variety of different disciplines. This includes Trampolining, BiochemSoc and NSTV. This has allowed me to develop strong friendships and try a variety of new things.
• I was formerly a Sales Consultant at Next and was also a Team Leader. This helped development my leadership skills, punctuality and reliability.

Other

I would love to be part of the SU team; I consider myself a fun, passionate person and able to get jobs done. University is not just about obtaining a degree in a chosen discipline, it is about developing social skills and improving yourself as a person. Societies play a vital role in this. Societies provide friendly platforms in which to develop skills and bring a diverse group of like-minded people together. Student-run groups allow development of Leadership skills, empowering students as they learn how to lead large groups and work as a team.

Florence & Adreanna

Change

• Strengthen the BME network by building solid relationships with all BME societies and reinstating a democratically elected BME Network committee.
• Host custom events that appeal to students at all stages of their university experience – from cookouts to current affairs chats over brunch!
• Collaborate with organisations that focus on increasing BME presence in the workplace and host career events catered to you.
• Improve student engagement with Black History Month by increasing the number of student-tailored events and enhancing campus outreach.
• Create an anonymous forum where students can communicate ideas and bring any personal and/or sensitive issues to our attention
• Continue to support and advocate for the anti-PREVENT campaign.
• Work towards achieving the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award with the university’s steering group.
• Improve the university’s BME presence at internal and external events by attending as representatives.
• Address the BME attainment gap by increasing awareness of the “Why is my curriculum white” campaign through encouraging active discussion and introspective thought at tailored events.

Experience

• Having acted as chair on a committee for BME students from 2012-2015, we are positive in our ability to enhance your student experience at Nottingham
• We actively champion social justice issues by attending and organising protests and consistently increasing our awareness and knowledge through literature, live talks and academic discussion.
• We engage with local BME groups in Nottingham and we intend to continuously strengthen those relationships through collaborative Student Union events
• With our professional event planning experience, we are well equipped to put together innovative and creative BME tailored events.

Other

• We are second year Biology students with a passion for social justice.
• We believe that this role is incredibly important and deserves our full time and attention. Our decision to run on a joint ticket will allow us to prioritise this position and continuously deliver to the highest possible standard.
• Some of our other interests include videography, blogging, binge-watching Netflix, and exploring obscure places in Nottingham.

Rahul Jaju

Change

During my term as the Student’s Union President, I would like to make the following changes:
• Making social spaces more inclusive and unified by increasing interaction between students from different countries, religions and backgrounds.
• A more efficient problem-solving platform, thereby helping societies in reaching their goals quicker.
• Larger budgets for sanctioned clubs by improving coordination with respective SU Officers.
• Organizing personal “meeting times” on a fortnightly basis with different societies based in all campuses.
• Encouraging societies to conduct forums with notable alumni and guest speakers, leading to healthy outcomes for the University as well as the societies and its members.
• Working to defeat discrimination and stigma attached to physical disabilities, racial bias and mental health.
• Developing community spirit within our University and working towards fundraising events and SU events, whilst keeping in touch with Nottingham City Council and their concerns as well.
• Lastly, I will endeavor to listen to the opinions of all students and learn about things they would like to be changed.

Experience

• Currently, I’m the President for the Indian Society. Over the past six months, I have gained extensive knowledge about functioning of a society, organization of social events and functioning of the Student’s Union.
• Managing a large society is definitely challenging. It has helped me understand my weaknesses of restlessness and turn it into a current strength of patience.
• Also, my time as the President has taught me how to account for the members’ problems and solve them by active communication with the members.
• In Year 2, I was the General Secretary for the Indian Society, a role that gave me an insight into time-management, conducting group meetings and putting best efforts for achieving effective results.
• Lastly, my first leadership role at University was of the Vice President in Newark Hall, Jubilee Campus. This role helped me better understand the existing differences between home and international students living under the same roof. By holding regular meet and greets, I successfully managed to increase healthy communication between the residents of the hall leading to better and friendlier relationships amongst all.

Other

• I see myself as an easy-going, hardworking individual with clear ideas and goals.
• I feel extremely comfortable in new environments and love to meet new people.
• You will always see me smile, even at the last hour before the examination when I’m rushing through my notes and texts.
• I believe I can advance the causes in which me and my peers (i.e. University students) believe in.