Thanks to every candidate who ran this year, we had some really strong campaigns. Thanks also to everyone who came out and voted - the more people get involved with the union, the stronger we are together, and the more we can do to represent students at Brookes.
Daisy Hopkins for Brookes Union President: manifesto 2020
I am Daisy Hopkins, your current Vice President Student Welbeing! I am running to be your next Brookes Union President.
I am currently an Officer. This means I have already got first hand experience in the role, I have had a year to understand what it takes to be in a student facing role and understand clearly what it means to Brookes Union Trustee and board member.
Ultimately I will fight the fight and stand up for ALL students. I will continue to listen to you!
I want you to feel proud of YOUR university and your Students Union. You need to feel that you are valued as an individual, not just a number.
Vote Daisy Hopkins for Brookes Union President.
Vote Niamh for Change . . .
I’m Niamh (pronounced neeve) a final year events management student. This year I have been RAG president for Brookes Union and raised over £15,000 for charities such as; Movember, Homeless Oxfordshire and Mind. In this role, I promise to;
Promote the Union to all societies and sports teams
To include sports teams in representations to the University and to set up a group to represent sports team interests.
To continue to allow sports teams to book Union spaces
To make sure that the union is always supporting Raising and Giving and promote raising money for charity every year.
To ensure Brookes Union is always providing opportunities for students and enhancing students’ employability by hosting and promoting informational talks for industry professionals on campus for all students
Introduce more sustainable events in the Union and policies relating to sustainability
To make sure that the union always thinks of the environmental impact of events and to mitigate impact in whatever we do
To continue to promote non drinking events that can include everyone in events on campus
Put forgotten campuses back on the map and provide event opportunities for all.
To ensure the university provides a diverse range of activities for all students from all backgrounds.
Hi, my name is Katie and I'm a third-year events management student.
In this role, I promise to;
1. Ensure there is support provided for students regarding mental health and wellbeing.
2. Continue to ensure the university has a happy, healthy and secure environment on every campus and improve upon this where necessary.
3. Support students so that they do not have to face unreasonable decisions alone.
4. Ensure all young men have the support and access they need with regards to mental health.
5. Ensure sports teams receive the support and advice they need with regards to all welfare issues and continue to include the sports teams in representation to the university.
6. Enhance and develop the welfare officer scheme that is already in place.
7. Address the perceived problem of lack of diversity and inclusion among students at Brookes.
8. Continue to improve security in and around campus so that students feel safe at all times when at university.
9. Promote the network opportunities available to all students from all backgrounds that are available at university.
10. Continue to seek to eradicate students feeling loneliness and isolation when at university by hosting a range of events on and off campus.
Re-elect Maxwell for VP Student Voice
Who Am I?
My name is Maxwell Stewart, and when I was a student I studied International Relations and Politics. In lectures I could have been described as the chap that sat at the front, and asks all the questions; you know, “that guy”, that really annoying guy. But before I came to Brookes, I was the kind of student that pissed about and generally didn’t give a sh*t. But now I do. Now I really do give a sh*t! I give such a sh*t in fact that if you cut me I would bleed orange - UNION ORANGE! For the past year I have represented you as VP Student Voice at Brookes Union (please re-elect me)
I have a love for Brookes that has only grown stronger since assuming office in July 2019. This past year in post has given me an extensive understanding of the university; what’s possible, how things are achieved, and what’s not worth wasting your time on.
What Is My Experience?
I am the undeniably the candidate with the most experience, knowledge, and understanding to best represent you as VP Student Voice:
All in all I have been very busy, but despite this (and a lot I haven’t mentioned) I know I can do more.
I humbly ask for your #1 vote, so I can continue my hard work towards improving life here at Brookes.
My 11 Pledges:
Hello! My name is Sean Keeley, I am running to be reflected as Independent Chair.
The independent chair's responsibility is to ensure that sabbatical officers are held to account and are encouraged to represent students in their work. This role is vital to make sure Brookes Union can represent students effectively.
I promise to hold the sabbatical officers to account through regular one-to-one meetings
I promise to ensure that all demographics of Oxford Brookes are welcomed and given opportunities to give feedback and contributions to student representatives
I promise to keep housing on Brookes Union’s campaigns to ensure landlords are held to account and students are aware of their rights
I have previously been a Sabbatical officer at Brookes Union, I worked hard to ensure students facing housing issues got the representation and help they needed.
I am seeking re-election!! I really want to stay so I can really cement the role of Independent chair in the day-to-day activities to make sure that all officers know they must be accountable.
Hi, I am Celine, and I’m currently your LGBTQ+ student’s officer. I’m running to be a NUS delegate. I think it’s so important that NUS listen to Brookes Students and our issues.
Being elected as LGBTQ+ student’s officer twice in a row has given me the chance to be part of and learn from the LGBTQ+ community at Brookes, and to make positive changes such as increasing the number of events for LGBTQ+ students on campus. I have also produced the #IAmMe video campaign and organised a whole host of events for LGBTQ+ History Month.
Despite this, I still think there are major issues facing students that we need to understand and deal with. Being involved with the University and Brookes Union has given me a good understanding of how we can best represent the views of all students. As a student officer, I have developed a vision on what issues really matter to students, and in particular, the issues which affect BAME students/students of colour.
If you vote for me as NUS delegate, I will ensure that the voices of all students are represented, particularly LGBTQ+ and BAME students. I will ensure that NUS takes seriously the issues that matter to these students, and will vote in a way which creates an education system which fairer, more transparent, and puts liberation at its heart.
Daisy Hopkins for NUS Deligate 2020.
I am Daisy Hopkins, your current Vice President Student Welbeing.
I am currently an Officer so I have already had a year to gain first hand experiance of what it means to be in a student facing role. I have an understanding, of who and what, the National Union of Students are and have been to NUS events in the past, so I know the structure of how things work. Students attending National Conference also elect the leadership of NUS UK, who are then in office for two years - these indivuals are responsible for taking forward the polices set by the conference. It is important Oxford Brookes NUS Deligate has a good understaning of what the role is, in order to ensure their students voices are heard.
If elected to be your NUS Deliate for the 2020 conference I will:
Vote Daisy Hopkins for NUS Deligate 2020.
Gurronak Singh Sahni
I am currently a second-year student studying Cyber Security and I am nominating myself for the role of NUS Delegate. I have previously worked on open days as a Student Ambassador which means I have experience representing the University and would also love to represent OBU at a national level and get our voices heard.
WHY VOTE FOR ME?
I strongly believe in a union that represents your views and where students understand the decisions that are made, in my opinion, everything your union does should be relevant and transparent. Also, I believe everyone should have their say in the decision-making process.
Inclusion & Equality- Everyone needs to feel safe and represented, why not give them an extra helping hand?
Even more Democracy- You, the students tell us what you want; we'll tell you what we can do and what's going on!
Link to the voting site-https://www.brookesunion.org.uk/your-voice/elections/how-to-vote
Hi, I’m Peter Strauss an I’m running to be one of our NUS Delegates. I’m a second-year computer science student.
I want to be on of Brooke’s NUS delegates because I strongly believe that we, as students, can make a huge difference to the Brookes campuses. As President of the Jewish Society I have seen some of the discrimination towards Jewish students and other minority groups that happens here at Brookes and I pledge to tackle all forms of racism and discrimination that exist on our campus. Hate crime cannot be tolerated and must be pushed off our campus. Sitting on the Brookes Multifaith Board I have direct input in how we tackle hate crime and will, to the best of my ability, make sure all students feel safe and work to improve our report and support service. Ensuring the follow up support and mental health services are properly run. While Brookes has been making amazing strides to tackle the climate emergency there is still so much more that can be done. We still serve single use plastic at many campus outlets and we have all seen the double bins that actually only have one bag in. As your NUS delegate I would push the union to declare a climate emergency and reduce the usage of single use plastic across all three campuses. As someone who studies on the Wheatley campus, I have seen how neglected our sites away from Headington have become and I will ensure that student voices on Harcourt, Swindon, Marston and Wheatley are listened to and ensure these parts of our campus are not neglected. As a Queer student at Brookes I will continue to fight for the rights of all LGBTQ+ students on campus and make sure in this increasingly hostile environment all students are protected. Finally, while rent in Oxford continues to soar and the cost of living continues to increase, I will campaign to make sure student living becomes more affordable in Oxford and campaign to have our maintenance grants increased. For all these reasons and more I would love your vote. If you have any questions, please message me (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Put Peter #1 for Brookes NUS Delegate