Brookes Union 2021/2022 By-Election Results

The votes have been counted, here are the people who will be representing you for the next year! Thank you to everyone who voted! And thanks to everyone who ran as a candidate. 

 

Union President

Tannah Collier

Hello! I am Tannah, a law masters student, current environmental officer and I am running for President!

My campaign slogan is ‘better, fairer and greener’ for returning to post-pandemic ‘normality’. If that appeals to you then please read on and vote for me! 
 

Better
I know that this academic year has left students feeling distressed and anxious. I know that the future feels uncertain. I will address this by; 

  • Investigating where signposting and communication can be improved and made more student-friendly, especially for freshers who may be overwhelmed with information and unsure where to go for what they need. 
  • Advocating for and prioritising the needs of students if Brookes needs to make difficult financial decisions as a result of the pandemic. 
  • Ensuring that postgraduate students have the same access to support and resources as undergraduate students. 
  • Pushing for mental health first-aid training for all student-facing staff so that they are equipped to respond to students in crisis. 
  • Represent students’ needs and wants re virtual learning. 

Fairer
As someone who ‘ticks’ several diversity checkboxes, diversity and inclusivity are hugely important to me. Brookes falls below a decent standard when it comes to diversity and inclusion and this is something I want to address head-on. 

I will do this by:

  • Holding Brookes to account on its diversity pledges and commitments 
  • Pushing for more diversity at senior management and board level. The culture at the top of an organisation shapes everything and I don’t believe current management represents the diversity of Brookes students and their needs. 
  • Pro-actively promoting inclusivity in sport 
  • Pushing for a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment, bullying and assault withh effective reporting and implementation. 
  • Promote consent culture at Bookes by celebrating International Day of Consent
  • Work with liberation officers and student networks to achieve their goals. 
  • Continue to represent students on the matter of tuition fee refunds and graduation ceremonies. 
  • Celebrate Brookes PRIDE. 

Greener
As the current environmental officer, I am passionate about addressing climate change and engaging with students on sustainable practices. I will continue to do so as president by;

  • Ensuring that as Brookes returns to ‘normality’, that environmental initiatives aren’t forgotten or de-prioritised. The climate emergency hasn’t gone away during the pandemic. 
  • Working closely with the new environmental officer to ensure they can achieve their goals. 
  • Actively promote sustainability throughout the Union and student body

Why you should vote for me: 
 
I have lots of experience as a student! Brookes is the fourth university that I have studied at. I have been an undergrad, a postgrad, a full-time and a part-time student so you can be assured that whatever stage of studying you are at, I will be able to represent you and your needs. 
 

As a current part-time officer, I already have a great insight into how the SU is run, how the officer roles function and how we interact with Brookes as a whole. This means I can hit the ground running in achieving my manifesto goals. I have already represented students to members of VCG, Brookes staff and the union on environmental and sustainbility matters. 
 

I am an active contributor to the current officer team and have pro-actively represented students beyond environmental matters, especially in response to pandemic and lockdown circumstances. I have probably already advocated for you already without you realising it! 
 

As a law student, I genuinely love advocating and representing students. I enjoy working with policy and I value equality, fairness and justice. These are values that will propel me through my presidency. 
 

If you want Brookes to build back better, fairer and greener, vote for me and I will work hard to achieve this vision. 
 


 

VP: Student Wellbeing

Hugo Stewart

Who Am I? 

My name is Hugo Stewart (He, Him), I am a fourth-year SEN (Special Educational Needs) Education Studies student based out of Harcourt Hill. 

I have been at Brookes for 4 years and have lived across from the JHB for 3 of them. Attending Brookes and living so close to the university has afforded me so many opportunities that have made my University experience more than I could ever have hoped for. I am already a Level 6 early years (0-5 years) practitioner with a passion to try my best to help everyone reach their highest potential. I have always been enthusiastic to participate in and help take a leadership role in society functions in Pole-Fitness, Archery, and The Guild. Over the past year I have worked as Union student staff (to help the run Society events in the marquee), a Faculty Rep for Undergraduate HSS (Humanities and Social Sciences) Harcourt Hill, and Mature Students portfolio officer (even though I admit, I am only 24). I want to make sure that every student, undergrad, postgrad, or part-time, has access to all the support they need for any issues they might encounter - especially considering this past year. I want to proactively represent students’ rights and safety both on and off-campus and act as a pioneer for student interests. If elected as Vice President for Student Wellbeing I will put 110% towards being the best possible advocate for student health and wellbeing. 

My Priority: 

Student Health and Wellbeing. 

I am bored of seeing student health and wellbeing at the bottom of the email, I am bored of important questions being left unanswered until the last minute, and I am bored of students needing to constantly scramble to adjust to changes that we have no idea are coming. Not only does Brookes as a university have a duty of care towards their students but we are also paying customers. After losing the use of most of the university’s onsite facilities, and the fiasco that ‘online learning’ this year has proven to be, much of the value of studying here at Brookes has been lost and the support that has been put in place to address this has (Especially when you compare to other universities) not gone far enough! 

Thanks to my time working within the Union (Both as a Faculty Rep and the Mature Students’ Officer this year - and all the meetings that they entail), I have noticed a clear trend in the Universities decision-making. To me, it is clear that the Universities' senior decision-makers have been prioritizing Brookes’ institutional flexibility in favour of their students' health and wellbeing. Now don’t get me wrong, all of the meetings I have attended have been a wholly positive and productive experience, but it seems that University’s very higher-ups, as a rule, procrastinate and delay consequential decision making. Questions that, if answered, would allow students to have a much clearer picture of what on earth tomorrow or next week is going to look like. I am bored of student health and wellbeing at the bottom of the email, I am bored of important questions being left to the last minute to be answered, and I am bored of students having to constantly scramble to adjust to changes that we have had no idea are coming. It is simply not good enough, not good enough for us as paying customers and definitely not good enough for us as students. If elected I will do my best to make student health and wellbeing the Priority here at Brookes: The Priority in University Comms, The Priority in University decision making, and the continued Priority for Brookes Union. 


Things I Want To Do In Office: 

Work with Brookes’ to Continue to Improve and Expand on Mental Health Provision. 

- As we’ve seen throughout this past year, the existing student support provision here at Brookes could use some significant improvement in specific areas. If elected, I want to act as a bridge between key stakeholders at the university and our brilliant student networks and portfolio officers in regular wellbeing student feedback groups with the aim of producing real and tangible improvements. 

Highlight Existing Financial Hardship Provision here at Brookes.

- It is surprising how many students here at Brookes are unaware of some of the financial support available to them. I want to highlight and bring attention to the existing financial hardship provision here at Brookes. I think this is one of the most impactful support mechanisms the university has - I want to emphasize its existence as much as can and fight for it if I have to. 

Expand Wellbeing & Mental Health training in Societies and Sports Teams. 

- To a lot of people societies are the first port of call for meeting new people, stress relief, and socializing. No one should ever have to feel alone while surrounded by caring people. I want to make sure that every society has a trained wellbeing officer and launch a review into the training of the new officers and those already in place in our sports teams. 

Brookes Declassified Adult Survival Guide. 

- I plan to create the Brookes Declassified Adult Survival Guide where I aim to organize a series of events and more to give you the opportunity to learn all things you should have been taught in school but weren’t. How to change a tire? What the hell are taxes? and how to play Dungeons (Student Housing) and Landlords (Dragons) here in oxford. With it culminating in a digital (and eventually hands-on) survival guide to be passed on to new and returning students 

Universal Brookes Key. 

- At the moment many of us (Brookes students) are not able to use the Brookes busses (U1/U5) for free like the rest of us, even though the university promised to the student body in 2010 when the fees raised to £9000 – Many Post Grads (paying as much if not more than undergrads) are not eligible for a “Brookes Key” (the pink bus passes) and thus are forced to pay instead. I aim to lobby the university for fair and equitable bus travel. 

Get the Ball Rolling on a Brookes App. 

- I want to investigate condensing all the important day to day information and news at Brookes into an easily accessible one-stop solution for never missing out on any changes or the cool stuff Brookes does and has to offer. 

Help Brookes not be so Headington-Centric. 

- I want to push to make this year’s Student Union truly a Union for everyone. It’s all well and good running events (Covid allowing) but when they are all in Headington it leaves the rest of us feeling ignored.  I want to push the union to be more active and present on out other sites and campuses (Harcourt, Marson, Wheatly, & Swindon). 

A 100th Birthday Worth Remembering! 

- I want to help make Brookes Union’s 100th year Anniversary - planned for 2021/22 academic year - as successful and memorable as possible (I'm thinking Union Orange VKs). 


TLDR; I would love for you to vote for me as your VP Student Wellbeing, as it would enable give back to the Uni, the Union, and the Students that have made my last 4 years incredible.


Results of previous election

VP: Student Voice

Sarah Tammadge-Wall

Sarah Tammadge-Wall for STUDENT VOICE

About me;

I am a third-year Biological Anthropology student currently working on their dissertation about the impacts of COVID-19 on culture in China. I have been part of The Fortune Singers for two years and The Guild for around three years. I started at Brookes on a foundation course in Life Sciences which was taught in Abingdon where I live currently with my parents, cousin, and dogs.

I have been at Brookes for four years now and have had such a fantastic experience. I want to be part of a team working to make my fellow students’ experience as good as my own! As an anthropologist I have a great interest in people. I think it is so important that our voices are heard, especially in the face of this pandemic where students have been let down time and time again.

I am a general committee member of The Fortune Singers. This has taught me to work as part of a team and has also allowed me to realise a true interest in listening to people and making changes to accommodate them. 

I want students to feel heard, understood and for us to see change in the university experience for the better.

What I want to achieve;

Improve communication problems between the University and the students.

This last year has obviously been incredibly difficult and students have been left feeling lost and kept in the dark by the University and I would like to make sure that this does not happen again. I feel as though Brookes has always been a university that listens to students and adapts to their needs. I would like to work on this so that the university can gain this reputation back. Communication needs to be more detailed and needs to address students’ different situations in order for everyone to feel included and supported by their university.

Attention drawn to smaller more overlooked subjects.

Personally, coming from a course with six students in the whole year I feel as though smaller subjects do not get specialised support because they get lumped in with a larger cohort. I would love to put in place more communication between lecturers and students, and students to students from upper years. Perhaps a coffee morning for students from upper and lower years and their lecturers to meet and talk to each other. I feel very strongly about establishing networks between people so that they can communicate better.

Better support for students

I will ensure a continuation of the support for the student reps from the union. It is incredibly important for the union to be a bridge between the student reps and the University. I would love to open lines of communication and create an online platform for students to be able to give feedback about their problems in relation to academia or around campus so that they can be acted upon more efficiently.

Remote learning and grace period

Some students have found that remote learning and the grace period has been incredibly useful for them. I want to work to ensure that the university will not go back on the support they have provided during this time. I hope to ensure that lectures will continue to be recorded even after we have returned to face-to-face learning and that the university will continue the availability of the grace period for students who need it.

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VP: Student Activities and Employability

Saskia Clubb

Saskia Clubb for Vice President: Student Activities and Employability

Who am I?

I’m Saskia (they/them), a Social Anthropology student here at Brookes and I’m running for the position of Vice President: Student Activities & Employability. As a third year student, I’ve enjoyed three years of continuous involvement with the University and our Union. I remember what it's like to be a nervous fresher and am beginning to understand how it feels to be a nervous pre- graduate.

I am currently president of the Guild, our tabletop and roleplay society and one of our biggest non-sport societies. Being a part of a society has been the most valuable part of my university experience (except for studying of course) and I am committed to helping all of our societies run as smoothly as possible so that as many students as possible can have the enriching experience that I have.

As a final year student, I am also very aware of the issues of employability now affecting all of our students. Before COVID the idea of graduating and finding a job was scary enough, let alone now. You can rest assured that I am committed to helping all students by organising events, talks and career advice and, if elected, will do all I can to assist all Brookes students at this difficult time.

My Experience

·       President of The Guild, one of the biggest non-sport societies at Brookes. This means I know the benefits and the struggles of both running and being a member of a society here at Brookes.

·       Worked for an event organising company in my gap year and was involved in running debating events in schools and a weekend long political festival.

·       Academic rep and student ambassador for my subject, having worked events such as open days and attended subject meetings.

·       Heavily involved in scouting, including being Deputy District Commissioner for two years, a post that involves event organising, meeting attending and all things admin.

My Pledges:

 

Societies

  1. Rebuild societies post COVID

    • I’m aware that all societies have suffered because of the pandemic. Some are impossible to take online, some have hit financial difficulties to go online, most have seen a decrease in members and engagement online. I am dedicated to getting societies the support they need to rebuild, be this through training, membership drives or financial support. 

  2. Improve communication between societies and the Union

    • Anyone that's been a part of a society committee is aware how hard communicating with the union is. If elected I will ensure the emails are better managed, people get training on Slack, and ultimately aim to move communication to a more accessible forum. Additionally, I will drive to make this forum one that can be used for society committees to communicate with each other, making collaborative events a lot easier. 

  3. Introduce wellbeing officers and wellbeing training for ALL societies

    • The Union’s start to implement wellbeing officers in sports societies has been great, but the failure to deliver training and the neglect of non-sport societies isn't enough. If elected I would ensure officers trained in mental health issues, sexual trauma, LGBTQ+ issues and much more, are present in all societies.

  4. Reassess funding- especially in sports teams

    • After discussions with various sports teams, it's apparent to me that the funding for sport societies is wholly unfair, and some sports are being entirely neglected. I will work with Brookes Sports to aim to end this inequality and allow all sports to have the financial support they need. Additionally, I will work with Brookes Union to ensure that non-sports societies get a similarly reflective amount of money to work with to better their members’ experience. 

 

Activities

  1. Create Brookes Declassified Adult Survival Guide.

    • I plan to create the Brookes Declassified Adult Survival Guide where we aim to organize a series of events and more to give you the opportunity to learn all things you should have been taught in school but weren’t. How to change a tire? What the hell are taxes? Advice on dealing with renting as a student? With it culminating in a digital (and eventually hands-on) survival guide to be passed on to new and returning students.

  2. Bring back Brookes Union Explores

    • For those that don’t remember, Brookes Union Explores was a programme that used to bring activities to all students, that weren’t just focused around drinking and club night. Be it quizzes, movie nights or self defense lessons, I think there should be a range of activities that is inclusive to ALL students.

  3. Commit myself to Freshers and ReFreshers Fairs.

    • COVID changed a lot of our university experiences, and our student fairs were no different. This year they were forced online, onto a site, that in my opinion, wasn't easy to navigate or well-attending by Freshers. If we have to do it online again, I will aim to make this site easier to both find and use. However, I am hopeful that we will be back to our usual lives by September, meaning that a larger and better than ever Freshers fair will be needed to truly celebrate.

  4. Make our 100 year anniversary one to remember!

    • It’s Brookes Union’s 100 year anniversary in the next academic year. I want to help make it as successful and memorable as possible with fun events and celebrations.

 

Employability

  1. Work with Brookes Careers to bring workshops and speakers that students truly want

    • The Union has done a great job at getting speakers in for Zoom calls and such this year, should I be elected, I would passionately want to continue this. Once everything is back to normal, I aim to work WITH, rather than against Brookes Careers, to ensure that every student has confidence going into the working world.

  2. Work with societies, departments and the university body as a whole to improve our charity contributions

    • Brookes Union and Brookes University as  whole is well known for our charitable endeavours. From Movember to sponsored rows, we love giving back. I would ensure this continued and bring in schemes such as charity of the Semester that we all work together to support.


 

I truly believe that if elected I can help improve our Union for the benefit of every student. 

 

Any questions, comments or even for a chat you can email me at 18072881@brookes.ac.uk, check out my socials on https://linktr.ee/HugoAndSaskiaForVP  and ensure you vote between 1st- 4th March!

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Black Students' Officer

Iman Tadu

IMAN TADU FOR BLACK STUDENTS OFFICER

WHO AM I?

I second year law student who has been acting President of the Afro Caribbean Society 2020/21. In my role within the society my focus has been on finding ways to further enrich the experience of Black Students on campus and bring opportunities to engage with African/Caribbean culture. A fulfilling aspect of my role has been the opportunity to provide a platform for students to find a community.

WHAT I ASPIRE TO ACHIEVE IN OFFICE

Celebrating black excellence throughout the year and ensuring intersections within the black community feel welcomed and accepted is something that shouldn't be done to fulfil a quota but create lasting change within the culture of an environment. The development of cultural awareness within Brookes Union is something I feel particularly passionate about as enabling Black students to have the facilities to recognise the potential of their legacy is my main goal.

I want to help tackle the issue of the attainment gap and help provide ideas to create more avenues for students to excel. This would be through working closely with the Student employability services and black businesses to open up more opportunities.

I also want to work with the BAME staff network and lecturers to look for ways to create more visibility and create a more inclusive environment within the curriculum for BIPOC students.


 

Disabled Students' Officer

Samuel Bilson

My name is Sam Bilson, I’m running in the election to be re-elected for the position of Disabled students officer. In my last manifesto I laid out a rough idea for the kind of change I wanted to bring to Brookes in regards to the Disabled representation within the university’s environment, my commitment to being the voice of the Disabled community is unwavering and hasn’t changed, however due to the lockdown my commitments to many things have been taxed.   

It’s been a strange few weeks for us all. 

Being in and out of lockdown certainly hasn’t helped me with my studies, for context, I’m having to resit my modules for last semester, so my workload seems heavy, and I suppose it would be for anyone regardless of ability. Perhaps it’s my Autism, perhaps it’s my work ethic, but I can’t help but feel that I have to prove my worth at Brookes, not just as a Disabled person, but as a first year undergrad. The Uni environment has brought upon me freedoms that, coming from a small village in the middle of Buckinghamshire, I hadn’t really had before, and I was thrown into this environment having had little experience of Urban lifestyles, and having not engaged in anything academic due to COVID 19 for at least six months. 

Over the past few weeks I’ve been made aware of increasing numbers of students who think that it is acceptable to use the Sunflower lanyard, a resource mainly used by people within the disabled community to help others recognise hidden disabilities, to fake an exemption from wearing a face covering. This is appalling, and I believe that this is fundamentally a blight against disabled people within Brookes, because not only are lanyards being handed out free of charge, there’s an element of people within the university system not vetting who is and isn’t exempt. Trying to tackle this problem, in my role of disabled students officer has become my top priority. 

I am also open to any new issues or concerns any of the Disabled students within Brookes may have and I’d encourage them to join our Disabled students network, wherein we have a small but gradually growing group of like minded individuals who seek to raise concerns to the university board that affect disabled lives. 

It is my hope that I can be re-elected this year so I can continue with the work myself and others put towards this most vital endeavour.


 

Environmental Officer

Julia Baczyk

Hi, my name is Julia and I am running for the position of an Environmental Officer, because I am passionate and deeply care about this beautiful planet that is my home and I feel I am compelled to protect it and want to encourage others to appreciate, safeguard and live in balance with it.

I am a second year Geography student with a passion for sustainability, conservation, and ecology. I have previous experience as a volunteer with a Nature Reserve Team where I have worked on a number of environmental projects in my local area. Helping both the environment and the community has rewarded me with a genuine sense of mission and accomplishment and with my knowledge and experience I aspire to contribute into creating a greener and more sustainable future for all of us students and staff, as well as every living being on this planet!

I feel so happy every time I see people starting to develop good habits such as recycling, choosing to walk or cycle whenever possible or simply carrying their own water bottle or shopping bag. In my everyday life I try to inspire and create awareness in others by explaining to them how our everyday life choices and actions can impact the world around us. If you elect me, I will continue to do just that, only on a larger scale, using my position to reach out to everyone at Brookes and do my best to make our university a green one!

My main goals are to:

  1. Create a 'Don't Bin It, Bring It!' recycling point where students could bring any broken, old or unwanted electronics, as well as used batteries to cut down on tonnes of e-waste generated every year.
  2. Put informative posters up around the campus with short encouraging messages to effectively communicate simple acts we can all do to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle and reduce our carbon footprint.
  3. Clearer labelling of recycling bins with a list of items that go into each bin to beat the confusion of recycling
  4. Plant flowers for bees and pollinators for every season. Many people don’t realise how much we depend on bees for our food sources. At the same time, it would make our university more colourful!
  5. Create more opportunities for students to get involved with local volunteering organisations such as conservation, gardening, and recycling where they could gain knowledge and useful skills to use in everyday life.
  6. Partner up with a UK based (to reduce ecological footprint of shipping) sustainable and eco-friendly companies selling products such as glass water bottles, reusable packaging, non-toxic cleaning supplies, bamboo toothbrushes etc. in return for a discount for Brookes Students to use while shopping online (with future plans to make them available to purchase on campus).
  7. Create an emailing list to regularly update and provide students with facts and figures about Brookes University’s performance in terms of water and electricity usage and carbon emission reduction by our university.

The climate is changing and so we need to change! The future of life on Earth lies in our hands and I can assure you that I will do my best to make this change happen!

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Independent Chair

Becky Pollock

Hey there!

My name is Becky Pollock and I’m running for the position of Independent Chair for 2021/22.

 

Who am I?

A little information about me is that I am 20 years old, currently, a second-year studying Business and Management and I’m originally from Southampton. I am active in a number of societies, having been elected Social Secretary for The Guild this year and Vice-President of Whovian Society in my first year. I also enjoy climbing at Brookes Sport so if you’re ever there you may see me dangling off something.

Why should you vote for me?

I know I am very capable of fulfilling this role with my skills in communication, organisation and people management which I hope will allow for a progressive and enjoyable environment. My intention for this role is to inspire individuals to discuss topics they feel strongly about and give them the opportunity to voice them publicly. I believe it is essential to create a student body where voices can always be heard and I wish to do anything to help facilitate this.

 

So what now?

Well, l hope this manifesto has told you a little bit more about me and what I’d want to achieve in the role.

If you have any questions or queries please feel free to e-mail me at 19008668@brookes.ac.uk.

I hope to count on your vote and support!

 


 

International Students' Officer

Aleks Madzharova

My name is Aleks Madzharova and I'm a first year undergraduate student at Oxford brookes studying psychology. I have been very passionate about internationalism ever since I was a kid. I grew up in Sofia (the capital of Bulgaria) and moved to the UK when I was 9years old. I am bilingual in both English and Bulgarian and am currently taking a Spanish module in semester 2 to further my knowledge. I enjoy public speaking and expressing my views whilst still listening to the oppositions opinion - skills I acquired through debate club in year 12. I enjoy learning about my culture a lot leading me to attend a Bulgarian school once a week in England for the past 3 years (currently not attending as I am at university). I also enjoy learning about other countries culture as I was once a part of the internationalism concert that took place in my sixth form last year. I would love to represent the international community at oxford brookes as best as I can within the student union and within the wider community.


 

LGBTQ+ Students' Officer

Arthur Roberts

Arthur Roberts

For LGBTQ+ Officer

Hello! My name is Arthur, I am a bisexual trans man and a first year here at Brookes. I am running for LGBTQ+ Officer because I am dedicated to elevating our community's voices and making sure our needs are heard.

As an Oxford native with experience with local LGBTQ+ organisations, I am in a great position to strengthen our university's connections to the city's LGBTQ+ scene. I would love to be able to use the position as Portfolio Officer to get Brookes more involved with events like Oxford Pride, as well as to improve on LGBTQ+ issues within the uni.

My Manifesto:

If elected, these are my aims:

  1. I aim to set up more public university events based around LGBTQ+ issues. It’s so important to make information accessible to those both within and outside of our community.

  1. I plan to continue the work towards more gender-neutral facilities on campus. As a trans man, this issue is extremely important to me. I want to make sure everyone feels comfortable when accessing campus facilities.

  1. I want to get Brookes more involved with LGBTQ+ events in Oxford. I believe that cementing our university as a part of Oxford’s LGBTQ+ scene would greatly benefit both our students and our city.

  1. I aim to work with LGBTQ+ students to make Brookes an even safer space for us. If elected, I will help people to make their voices heard and work with students to bring their ideas and concerns to the committee.

  1. I plan to campaign for more diversity training at Brookes. I’ve been so impressed with the level of acceptance and support I’ve seen at Brookes so far, but I want to be able to hear from students about their experiences in order to improve on this even further.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my manifesto. I hope you will consider voting for me in the upcoming election. Voting is from March 1st to March 4th, so for more information and to cast your vote please visit https://www.brookesunion.org.uk/elections. If you have any questions about my campaign, please don’t hesitate to email me at 19071768@brookes.ac.uk.


 

NUS Delegates

Ellen Hawthorne

Hello Brookes,  

My name is Ellen Hawthorne and I am a second year masters student completing a degree in occupational therapy.

I am submitting this manifesto for the NUS delegate position, as I have acted as a delegate in my previous profession and even served as secretary on a previous council board. I feel that this experience makes me an appropriate choice for the role.

If elected I will: 

1. Represent Brookes Union at the NUS Conference and report back to Union Council and the membership as soon as possible after the conference.

2. Attend all sessions of the conference and project a positive image of Brookes Union at all times.

Hugo Stewart

My name is Hugo Stewart (He, Him), I am a fourth-year SEN (Special Educational Needs) Education Studies student based out of Harcourt Hill.

I have been at Brookes for 4 years and have lived across from the JHB for 3 of them. Attending Brookes and living so close to the university has afforded me so many opportunities that have made my University experience more than I could ever have hoped for.

I have always been enthusiastic to participate in and help take a leadership role in society functions in Pole-Fitness, Archery, and The Guild. Over the past year I have worked as Union student staff (to help the run Society events in the marquee), a Faculty Rep for Undergraduate HSS (Humanities and Social Sciences) Harcourt Hill, and Mature Students portfolio officer (even though I admit, I am only 24).

I am submitting myself as an option for NUS delegate as the position, while not as popular as the other roles, is just as important. Making sure that students, like any other working group of people, are able to effectively organize throughout the UK and continue to improve the lives of all students. Moreover, I believe that in a year of such unknowns we should not be separating or distancing ourselves from the organisation that represents student unions on a national level and thus I am a supporter of Brookes Union staying within the NUS.

 

If Elected, I Will:

1. Represent Brookes Union at the NUS Conference and report back to Union Council and the membership as soon as possible after the conference.

2. Attend all sessions of the conference and project a positive image of Brookes Union at all times.

 

Javed Hamza

Name 

Hamza Javed

The position you are running for

NUS Delegate

Tell students a bit about yourself

(what, you study, your experience, why you want to run)

Hi I am Hamza

I am currently studying Accounting and finance and I am in my second year. My experience with the university has been brilliant but there are some negative points including no safety net for struggling students, I want to run this campaign on behalf of students to represent them and be their voice.

Identify your key campaigning priorities

What are your priority areas to learn about at the conference?

 

  • The cost of studying for international and national students as the amount charged for zoom classes doesn’t look fair. For this reason, I will try to lobby for improvements as the union representative.

  • The activities inside and outside University more need to be done to prepare students for their upcoming work life and I will empathize with it on every available chance.

Tell students why you’re the person for the job and why they should vote for you

As I am a minority student who has been active in different societies and sports teams. Over my 2 years at Brookes, I had observed the university policies and with your vote, I will be able to not just present a positive image of the university but play my role in making our university a better experience for all.

Social media 

@hamzajaved080

Saskia Clubb

Saskia Clubb for NUS Delegate 

 

Who am I?

 

I’m Saskia, a Social Anthropology student here at Brookes and I’m running for a position as an NUS Delegate. As a third-year student, I’ve enjoyed three years of continuous involvement with the University and our Union and believe I can use this to represent our university and union to the NUS.

My Experience

    • President of The Guild, one of the biggest non-sport societies at Brookes. This means I know the benefits and the struggles of both running and being a member of a society here at Brookes.
    • Worked for an event organising company in my gap year and was involved in running debating events in schools and a weekend long political festival.
    • Academic rep and student ambassador for my subject, having worked events such as open days and attended subject meetings.
    • Heavily involved in scouting, including being Deputy District Commissioner for two year, a post that involves event organising, meeting attending and all things admin.

If elected I will:

    • Listen to what ALL students have to say.
    • Attend all meetings fully prepared and eager.
    • Be entirely transparent when feeding back to students after the meetings.


 

Sports Officer

Victoria Findlay

Tor Findlay for Sports Officer 2021 Manifesto 

I am a second year Events Management student, running for the position of Sports Officer. I have been a member of the Hockey Club for two years, which has given me great insight into sporting life at Brookes, and how to develop it. I am an open minded, friendly person who has an interest in a wide variety of sports. If elected, I am eager to listen to your views and will try to get the best possible outcome for us all.

If elected I pledge to: 

  • Actively reach out to all sports clubs and their members to take forward any issues or concerns to instigate change.

  • To support the wellbeing of all sports club members by introducing welfare officers within all clubs.

  • To source more funding to support our current coaching teams, to further develop all levels of sports at Brookes.

 

  • To further integration of sports clubs across Brookes, through the use of more combined social events.

I have lots of ideas and would be excited to speak to you all, if elected, on what you want to improve for your sporting opportunities. Thank you for taking the time to read my manifesto and please vote for me.

https://www.brookesunion.org.uk/elections


 

Women's Officer

Hiba Abdi

About me:

  • Hello! My name is Hiba. I am a first-year Biomedical Science student. I enjoy reading and I also enjoy participating in sports. I am very passionate about equality and ensuring that the voices of students are heard no matter how big or small the problem is. I believe that everyone should have the right to express their needs without feeling disregarded.

Experience:

My experience as a student rep has helped me in developing my team working and communication skills. More importantly, it helped me with my ability to listen to what students had to say as well as representing them in meetings to ensure that their needs are met. 

Why vote for me?

If you vote for me, I will make sure your voice does not go unheard and ensure that the university becomes a safe environment for you regardless of your identity.

My pledges:

  • To work with campaigns and celebrate the achievements of women on International Women's week.
  • To campaign against harassment and assault faced by women regardless, of race, age, sexual orientation, and disability whether in public or at the university.
  • Hold the university accountable and making sure that the voices of women don't go unheard especially during the time of the pandemic.
  • Attend all meetings punctually to ensure that the issues faced by women are handled properly.
  • To work with the VP wellbeing and raise mental health awareness amongst women and men, as well as ensuring the stigma surrounding mental health is broken.

Thank you.

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