Brookes Union 2021/2022 Election Candidates

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Union President

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Niamh Walter

Niamh Walter


I’m Niamh current VP Activities & Employability and I am re-running this year, for president. There are still lots of things I want to improve at Brookes so vote for me to see change. I Promise to; 

 

  1. Continue fighting for the compensation students need for COVID. 

 

  1. Hold the university accountable during the transition back to normal learning; ensuring it is smooth and students are not negatively impacted. 

 

  1. Continue the ongoing Exceptional Circumstances review to make it fairer for students, let's keep the pressure on to make it right!

 

  1. Hold the university to account for their communications and make them more transparent and understandable - get rid of the many words! 

 

  1. Increase the number of opportunities for students to give feedback to the SU and the university. 

 

  1. Undertake a review of our catering options looking to make them cheaper and more accessible.

 

  1. Utilise all the resources possible including fellow officers to ensure that Brookes continues to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and continues to support all students and staff.

 

  1. Ensure the university has a happy healthy and secure environment on every campus, improve on this where necessary and ensure students feel safe. 

 

  1. Make Sport at Brookes fairer, more open and accessible to all. Everyone should be able to participate without barriers.

 

  1. Ensure the university takes a proactive approach in further supporting students on different campuses and creating a uniform experience. 

 

  1. Continue creating a platform and advocating for underrepresented students, ensuring their voices are heard. 

 

 

 

Shams Ilyas

Shams Ilyas


What would I do if I am the president? Hmmm interesting... Let me keep this short, simple and sweet. My name is Shams Ilyas and I am a 2nd year Accounting and finance student.

Firstly, many of us have ideas, but we don’t always tend to fulfil them, and I am going to be realistic here for mine. Its corona-virus time and its really peak out here as we all know. I know how much y'all miss going to the O2 on Wednesdays, I haven’t been there before, but I know what it's like. Coming back to realistic, my aim is to improve the campus life for students. Maybe start running social or sports clubs within the campuses will help the students interact with each other. Maybe build a half outdoor basketball court as we got vacant space in Harcourt and Wheatley campus.

Secondly, I would like to have as many possible smoking shelters around campuses. We all are really cheeky as we love to get fresh air through inhaling nicotine (hahaha) but wouldn’t it be great if we had more of the heated smoking shelters around campuses as no one really likes it in the cold.

Thirdly, maybe a year from now, if things get back to normal, hopefully it does, we the Oxford Brookes students can try and get our hands on the Guinness world record for the largest mosaic formation. I currently hold it with my school from back home but I would love Oxford Brookes and its students to hold that record. you can check out the video in the link following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwAGK8_EN5U.

Lastly, if you haven’t noticed, all my ideas start with a “maybe” because everything is not going according to the plan as it is “corona time”. I will promise that I’ll work hard on my ideas to fulfil them but again let’s just hope for the best.

Please, do vote for me!

Thank you!

Tannah Collier

Tannah Collier


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

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

Building Back 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. 

  • Investigating the concerns with access to wellbeing services and mental health support, and pushing to optimise these services 

  • Pushing for mental health first-aid training for all student-facing staff so that they are equipped to respond to students in crisis. 
     

Building Back 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 better social mobility initiatives, such as improved access to financial aid and scholarships for students from less privileged backgrounds

  • 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 any kind of violence, as well as better access to specialised support for victims. 

  • Promote more alcohol-free events for students who don't drink (or just fancy a break from the booze!) but still want to enjoy a social life.
     

Building Back 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 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. 
 

If my manifesto speaks to you, please head to https://www.brookesunion.org.uk/elections and vote for Tannah! 
 

#BetterFairerGreener

#BrookesDoBetter

Please get in touch! Follow me on Insta @tannah4presidentobu or email me anytime on 19140976@brookes.ac.uk


 

VP: Student Voice

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Joel Spires

Joel Spires


VP STUDENT VOICE
JOEL SPIRES

WHO AM I?

Hi, my name is Joel Spires, I'm in my final year studying International Relations & Politics and would be delighted to represent you as a forceful, loud, and passionate VP Student Voice.

I want to represent ALL students, this is especially important during the unprecedented situation created by COVID-19.

WHY I THINK I CAN REPRESENT YOU

I'm already a STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE and want to continue to use my experience representing student issues from my 3 years at Brookes, to give students a respected voice at every level of the University. 

I'm also the elected FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE of HSS (Humanities and Social Sciences), I have built a reputation for speaking up for students' needs, convincing lecturers and senior staff to make student experiences the most fulfilling they can be, and resolving issues students have had with their academic courses. I believe this makes me an ideal candidate for VP Student Voice AND I'm pleased to say that the current VP does too.

"a Faculty Rep is the logical next VP for Student Voice because of the experience and familiarity with the Student Union they already have, allowing them to get straight to work, implementing their pledges."
Maxwell Quinn Stewart
Vice President Student Voice at Oxford Brookes Students' Union

I PLEDGE TO...

  • Hold the University to account for its decisions and policies
  • Improve the student experience by fully utilising the growing network of student representatives
  • Expand student representative training and build a more helpful Student Rep. community, allowing for more student feedback and faster more effective response to issues students have with their courses
  • Lobby for a Student-led recovery of Brookes after lockdowns to ensure that the university retains helpful policies like the 5-Day Grace Period and Lecture Capture.
  • When safe to do so ensure our campuses are accessible to everybody
  • Celebrate 100 years of Brookes' Student Union with memorable events! 
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Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones


Who Am I?
Hello There! I’m Ryan Jones, a Computer Science student up at Wheatley, who has a love for teaching and helping others. I’m running for Student Voice because I believe I have what it takes to continue the good work that has been done in the recent few years, whilst also seeking to improve it in my own way.

What have I Done?
I have been at Brookes since 2016, led societies and been a student/academic rep since 2018, and this year became a part of the freshly made group known as Faculty Reps. So it’s safe to say I’ve learned how to make myself extraordinarily busy during my time at university. But aside from that, I’ve spent a long time with a variety of students from different walks of life and degrees, learning – and, in some proud cases – solving their problems and issues that they’ve encountered.

Why Do I Want To Do This?

Nothing has brought me greater joy than when I have been able to help a fellow student. The relaxed look of relief they give after a stressful time of worrying makes my heart glow with pride.  But I know I can do more, I know I can do better – Hence why if I successfully get this position, I will stop at nothing to solve more problems that students have struggled with then I ever have before, or stop them from occurring entirely wherever possible.

That my goal, that is my promise.

Aside from that, but linked to it was well, here are a select few things I wish to achieve:

What Do I Want To Do?

  • Increase The Quality Of Two-Way Communication – Communication, both to and from the union, is vitally important. However, it means nothing if it is not communicated effectively. So, I pledge to investigate how the union communicates the good work it does, or attempts to do, and aim to improve it. But also investigate how it has communicated to students directly to see if processes there could be improved along the lines of my next main point as well.
  • Teach The University Empathy – In my time as a Student rep and Faculty rep, I have heard many complaints from students that could be boiled down to “I just don’t think the university cares about me/X issue”, and reading some of the emails they put out, I can’t help but agree. The university, or specifically their communications team, need a vital lesson in how to communicate their message without alienating their student body – I aim to resolve this issue, whether they think it’s an issue or not, because it is frankly unacceptable.

Continue The Good Work That Has Come Before – Maxwell Stewart, who has been in the Student Voice position for 2 years, has done fantastic work in this position that I hope to see continued and emboldened. Yet I also know they have plans and ideals that they wish to be carried on, in hopes that the next person in this position will pick up the torch and continue with the groundwork he has set up. I would love to see some of his work, such as the Faculty Rep system, flourish and continue on after his departure, as I truly believe they are nothing but a cause for good for the student body.

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Sarah Tammadge-Wall

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.


 

VP: Student Wellbeing

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Hugo Stewart

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 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.

More than anything I want to use this year (21/22) to make sure our health and wellbeing is Prioritized so that we have the best chance of succeeding in this unknown year ahead.

 

Things I Want to do in Office:

Improve and Expand on Brookes’ 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 and Champion 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.

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Katie Starns

Katie Starns


I’m Katie, I am the current VP Wellbeing and I am re-running this year as I still have lots I want to improve. If elected I promise to; 

  1. Ensure the transition back to normal learning is as smooth as possible and that students are not negatively impacted. Ensuring support for student wellbeing throughout.

  2. Work on empowering students to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Are we sure our campus is fully safe? I want to make sure that the university is doing everything in its power to safeguard all of its students. 

  3. Work with LGBTQ+ network, society and officer to create inclusive pledges for both sports and societies. Making sure they are a safe space for all students.

  4. Hold the university accountable for their Mental Health Strategy, making positive improvements and changes to support EVERY student. 

  5. Continue to improve the Wellbeing service at Brookes, so that there is support for EVERY student in EVERY situation. 

  6. Work closely with the SU student networks to help advocate for underrepresented groups of students and their needs. 

  7. Work with Thames Valley Police and Brookes Security to help improve security for students living in both private rented accomodation and university owned.

  8. Host a series of Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing events on all campuses when safe to do so to continue to raise awareness and encourage more students to speak out.

  9. Review Academic Advisers and ensure they are all trained in Mental Health and Wellbeing support. 

  10. Combat the student feeling of loneliness at university by improving social areas for students on and around campuses.

Rudrani Sharma

Rudrani Sharma


Hey Guys!

I am Rudrani ( call me Ru ) from India. This is my first year as a postgraduate student doing Masters in Marketing. My goal here is to be accessible ; yes everyone says that but I know what it feels to be away from home. We all come from different backgrounds and look for someone / some place that feels like home and I want to insure that evey single student feels that way when they come to Brookes!

We want to become a family of our own and no matter what the situation , I want me and my team to be there ; available at all times. I am here to be the voice that you expect me to be , for you and with you. Everyone is welcome , and everyone is included. I want to hear and help,  however that might be.

Feel free to email me at 19038938@brookes.ac.uk 

The roles I am standing for is VP: Wellbeing 

Slogan: What do we do? Talk to Ru! ( yes please sing it :D )

Hope you Vote for me!


 

VP: Student Activities and Employability

Aminul Islam

Aminul Islam


Aminul Islam for VP Activities and Employability

(Build Brookes Better, Yes We Can)

Hello All! Aminul Islam is running for the position of VP Activities and Employability who is an MSc student in Advanced Computer Science as well as an IT professional. He is a certified career coach, science teacher, writer, and gold awarded social worker. He believes that societies are for all and must be independent of caste, color, class, country, language, and origin. It flourishes student’s quality besides of giving some wonderful opportunities in academic life to bloom their inherent possibilities to boost a career in front.

My Experience

I have been working as a volunteer and as a leader in many organizations including Rotary International, Lions Club International, MUN, DoFE, and British Council where I have achieved the inter-personal skills to stand up as your representative. I have also worked as a teacher in high school, as an IT professional in a bank, and as a partner of a start-up. I have also written some books. I can affirm that all of those achievements will be put to ensure your demand fulfilled through performing, lobbying, and debating.

I have

  • campaigned to sign the petition for a tuition fee reduction
  • promoted to receive over 6,00,000 signs online collectively
  • assisted to get 300 GBP refund on accommodation fee
  • contacted all current officer to activate all societies under new normal
  • contributed to raise funds in Movember 2020
  • worked as a graduate ambassador for Brookes & as a mentor at Brookes global buddy program
  • emailed local MPs to take care of students during the pandemic of Covid'19
  • participated in general meetings of union and discussed issues regularly
  • fought to assist in individual problems of many of us

I will

  • work with all officers to ensure partial refund on fees of tuition, sports, and accommodation
  • activate all existing societies and ensure more engagement
  • form a new executive committee for inactive clubs and societies
  • ease the process to open new societies and seek more funds for each society
  • organize more vibrant events to engage all students of all stages
  • create bridges amongst employer and students for smoothening career
  • drive for more placement and internship opportunities for all courses
  • ensure career coaching prior to seeking jobs for students of final year and PG
  • take extra care for students of Ph.D., PG, and short courses to include in activities
  • campaign for free ( or at minimum cost ) bus pass for all Brookes student
  • set up water filter for drinking water on every floor of our halls, libraries, and academic buildings
  • consult with Canton officers in the library to ensure social distancing and health safety decently
  • install micro-ovens in all academic buildings as free of cost during lecture days for healthy foods
  • ensure gym in all campuses and reduce annual charges for sports center for all regular students
  • organize an open discussion on feedback and accountability quarterly
  • be available over phone/SMS/email/social media during working hours and respond shortly.

More: https://www.instagram.com/amin_rana/

I believe in ‘Yes’! We can build Brookes better together regardless of ethnicity. Thanks for your support and vote. I will listen to you, fight with authority and achieve your desire.

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Eric CARRON

Eric CARRON


Who am I?

  • A first year PhD student in Biology and a believer of change.

  • A well trained vice president of two french associations (events and tutoring).

  • A sociable man full of positivism, ready to hear you and to make things come true.

  • A full support/ coach that aims to push you farther than your limits.

  • A 3 years’ club MED host full of imagination.

Experiences:

I have already run events, campaigns, projects with people from all ages and backgrounds. I got sponsors to fund outdoor and indoor activities, food vouchers and group events. Therefore, I have the understanding and the willpower to improve our Uni the way we want to.

Main pledges:

1) Providing career advice and support services

2) Developing tutoring with a close relationship professor-tutors-students

3) Developing student exchanges programs

Projects:

4) ‘‘Manage your future’’ sessions + Q&A

5) ‘’Start networking now’’ and ‘’Communication skills’’ help

6) Activity and employment forums: ‘’Speed jobbing’’

Challenges:

7) Trying to create paid activities to help you fulfill your CV (and your pocket).

8) Trying to reduce summer schools impacts on accommodations and activities

I am here for ALL OF YOU !

My main goal is to take into account most of what you say and turn it into something feasible, realistic and concrete. I will do my best to be accessible on site (let’s talk I don’t bite), by email and I will drop a post box where you can share your ideas, doubts and the main issues you are facing.

Priorities on the most relevant and problematic tasks for sure.

Vote Eric CARRON for VP Activities and Employability on https://www.brookesunion.org.uk/elections From march 1st to march 4th

Cheers

Mitchel Hemmings

Mitchel Hemmings


Hi! I'm Mitch Hemmings, an MSC Data Analytics student currently running for the Student Activities and Employability VP role. Every single one of us has had our lives turned upside down this year, and so the election for Student Activities and Employability has never been more important for you

My priorities and promises to you are:

  1. Lobbying for further financial and employment support from OBU, UK government and the Union. We're going into one of the most competitive labour markets ever, when the majority of us are already struggling to finance ourselves already! Other universities have had funds set aside for students to help pay to travel to and from interviews and buy interview-appropriate clothing for years. Why can't OBU do the same? My goals are to:
    1. Open specific means-tested funding for students and alumni to help pay for travel and clothing to and from interviews;
    2. Unlock separate funding and support for any students that need to self-isolate and quarantine, or move because of coronavirus-related problems;
    3. Provide high-quality extracurricular employment lectures and seminars;
    4. Of course help organise the student body for a campaign to lobby OBU, UK government for further concessions on tenancy agreements, student fees, and potentially rebates/interest freezing on loans.
  2. Beefing up the tools and funding available to societies, and helping them bring in-person society and union events back safely. Societies are currently severely restricted on funding and what they're able to do. Societies need extra funding to be able to bounce back after lockdown, but there's minimal income for societies as there's no good reason to sign up for most with no events ongoing. My goals are to:
    1. Negotiate further funding and a reduction in joining fees for societies, to provide a double-helping for both students and societies;
    2. Provide better marketing and student outreach tools for societies, such as featuring societies in newspapers and newsletters, advertisements, and provide training and guidance on how to make online events more successful;
    3. Push and co-ordinate post-lockdown events with the support of the coronavirus facilities team and campus monitors. Health and safety is of utmost importance, but we need to get events back on track to make sure mental health and social lives don't crumble, leaving students isolated. 
    4. Reducing red tape to make starting new societies or taking over inactive societies easier. Some societies have been stuck for multiple years as completely inactive. Currently the document to inform students on benefits and regulations isn't even available on the Student Union website, how are students supposed to build successful, year-on-year societies if they can't even find out the rules?

Who I am, what I've done, what I love

I recently joined OBU after graduating from De Montfort University in 2017 and working as a data analyst for a couple of years. I've led complicated projects with thousands of stakeholders to relative success, I've organised online and in person events for the Masters community plenty of times in the past three months, and I'm currently managing online communities for all the ECM postgraduates. I was a student rep back in De Montfort University, as I stepped in to let a fellow student rep leave as he'd become inactive. Working with (labour) unions and representing individuals has been something I've been doing since working in supermarkets in 2012, and so I'm really looking forward to getting back into getting things done for everyone's benefit! I've always been someone that enjoys going above and beyond, and standing up for the little guy, so being considered for this role will be great. I'm an organiser at heart and used to managing projects from start to finish (with various degrees of success!).

On a personal note, I'm massively in to weight lifting, social events, music and my boxer dog, Bert. I'm a member of the Botanical, History, Tea and Chess societies and you can normally find me in Headington's Cafe Nero spending too much money on tea and biscuits. 

 

Join the OBU ECM Postgrad group here (it's fine if you're an undergrad or non-ECM, we're inclusive!)

 

Best of luck to all candidates,

 

 

Mitch Hemmings

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Saskia Clubb

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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Thomas Wisniewski

Thomas Wisniewski


I am an International Business and Marketing Management Masters student and current Sports Officer for Brookes Union 

My pledge is to...

Inclusivity and Wellbeing

  • Introduce weekly activities focused on culture and expression
  • Actively make careers fairs more inclusive and wide-ranged for all backgrounds
  • Form better links and access to the University’s career service
  • Work on a performing area within the University for artists

Sports Clubs and Societies

  • Sustain an LGBT+ pledge for presidents of societies to sign yearly
  • Represent the concerns, views & indeed voices of societies, clubs and the employability of Students
  • Work on accreditation schemes for societies
  • Review Wednesday afternoon lecture considerations for sport

Charity

  • Actively promote and raise awareness for University charities efforts
  • Work with societies and sports clubs with relatable charity efforts and help build long-standing relationships
  • Maintain continuing support for existing charity efforts

Sustainability

  • Improvement of WiFi accessibility and speed within the University
  • Awareness and promotion of current, present and future societies at the university through social media
  • Review any Environmental improvements the University can make
  • Explore more Environmentally friendly events

 

Black Students' Officer

Iman Tadu

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

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

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David Lambert

David Lambert


Manifesto

Hello, my name is David Lambert, I’m a current second-year student studying International Business Management. I have a passion for environmental solutions, and I believe I have the skills and the will to be your next Environmental Officer.

My Experience

In terms of work experience, I currently am a full-time student, president of the Oxford Brookes Pole Fitness Society, as well as a student ambassador and barista at Costa, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and multitasking skills from this work that I believe can really benefit our Union.

Within my time working as barista one thing I would notice is an incredible amount of waste that gets thrown away and I’d try my best to save as much from going to waste by distributing among university students and more recently donating to food banks.

Within my university degree I have also learned the role that businesses have played in contributing to climate change and the roles they must adopt to help reduce the effects of climate change.

That is why I believe I have the ideas and solutions that can help Oxford Brookes become one of the most sustainable universities.

Why It Matters

The environment and climate change are the biggest challenges that our generation will ever face. Growing up in Jakarta, Indonesia we have seen the effects of rising sea levels in combination with the sinking of the land and the destruction that it brings.

Globally the interference of human activities is further increasing the risk of zoonotic viruses infecting humans such as COVID-19.

Because of existing parallels and intersectionality, already marginalized groups such as BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities are set to suffer even more with the effects of climate change.

My approach

I would approach the issue of sustainability within Oxford Brookes University using 3 different methods.

Knowledge

There is a saying that knowledge is power and with climate change we will need all the power we can get. So, I propose that that university educates students and staff on the importance of recycling correctly and what can be recycled within our county, reducing contamination withing our waste system that can lead to recyclable items ending up in landfills. Furthermore, I would like estimates on the carbon and water footprints to be placed on products sold at Oxford Brookes University allowing staff and students to make more informed decisions.

Business

Businesses make up a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions and overall effects on climate change so where we spend our money has never been more important. We already have an excellent business system which encourages the use of vintage shopping which saves on water consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as Fairtrade Fortnite which encourage the sale of Fairtrade goods. I would like to expand on this by giving access to other sustainable business practices such as cooperatives, Bcorps, 1% for the planet and more as well as let students know what tools they can use to find small or sustainable brands.

Politics

Finally, I would push Oxford Brookes Students to get more involved in climate policy and activism. Pushing the Union to make binding agreements towards sustainable plans and asking Oxford Brookes students to write to MP’s about overall climate policy within the UK.

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Julia Baczyk

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!

Marc Carauleanu

Marc Carauleanu


I have the incentive and energy to fight for the furthering of environmental policies. I’m also aware that the student body has been fighting for causes in previous years, myself being directly involved in organizng and participating in protests and activism in my home country and that’s why I consider myself a viable candidate to be a voice for student-led environmental activism.

These are some of the ideas and guidelines I plan to follow if elected, always taking into account new ideas and incentives from students:

  • Relying more on renewable energies to power the university as a whole

  • BU has a long way to go to achieve the environmental standards that the student body deserves.

  • Advocate for the increase of insulation in as many BU buildings to reduce heating costs and environmental effects

  • Have increasing contact with the environmental organizations and societies at BU to get their input

  • Reducing plastic waste while increasing recycling

  • Promote and advertise environmental policies and especially decolonize

    environmentalism protests and movements

  • Provide both financial and logistical support to any campaign promoting environmentalism

  • Promoting ethically and environmentally-friendly sourced food, especially plant-based food

        We should be the change that we want to see in the world!


 

Independent Chair

Becky Pollock

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

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.

Imran Akram

Imran Akram


My name is Imran Akram from Pakistan and currently in my first year of Msc advanced computer science.following are the things included in my manifesto.

  • Creating more guidance and convenience for international students’ finance.
  • Create awareness and more accessibility of international help services such as the Global/ International Office.
  • Pitching for more multilingual staff members in the Global/ International office. Campaigning for more recognition for national and religious holidays.
  • Creating more awareness of the University’s religious services and societies.
  • Creating more awareness for international societies.
  • Improving Religious centres’ accessibility.
  • Campaigning for flexible tuition fees payment including amounts, discounts, scholarships and deadlines.
  • Promoting the awareness of scholarships and scholarship qualifications and information. Creating more career support for international students.

Shubham Wankhede

Shubham Wankhede


1) Creating an online forum for international students to swap Tips and Ideas , coping strategies and organisational help.

2) To do campaigns on-campus or online to encourage professional collaboration between students from all disciplines after all we can't be students all our lives, so let's think business while we are here.

3) Striving to keep you up to date with all enquiries for international students, right from application till settling down in Oxford.

4) Campaign about current scenario and issues related to reducing tuition fees due to the recent pandemic and teaching structure and quality of education.

5) Campaign to Provide free University bus pass to all non-uni accomodation resident as well . 


 

LGBTQ+ Students' Officer

Arthur Roberts

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.

Phoebe Goller

Phoebe Goller


Hi everyone, 

My name is Phoebe, my pronouns are she/they and I am running for LGBTQ portfolio officer. 

In this role I want to focus on wellbeing and support resources for LGBTQ students, including counselling services that are specifically trained to help those within the community. With Covid affecting everyone an mental health and the general problems those in the LGBTQ community face, I want to make sure there are safe spaces provided to help. As well as this I want to implement gender-non conforming terminology and pronoun visibility across Brookes; people tend to be unaware of harmful heteronormative language unless they are made aware of it, wether it be a dress code or PowerPoint, their needs to be a wider expanse of representation then just cishetro being used as a default. As someone who identifies as nonbinary I’ve had to make people aware on numerous occasions that they are using gender binary terms that don’t apply to me, and even though it’s unintentional most of the time, I shouldn’t have to go though the repetitive process of making them aware of their mistake, I want to establish or reinforce current guidelines and education resources that should be in place to prevent this. Carrying on from that I intent to campaign for gender-neutral changing facilities and toilets in all sports facilities across Brookes, to be inclusive and safe for everyone's use. Furthermore Brookes should be aware of representing everyone, all the time, not just when it’s LGBTQ History Month or Pride, a general all year round expression of the LGBTQ community. This is especially true in societies and sports clubs, I want to help establish that these can be safe spaces for LGBTQ students to participate in freely. 

If you have any questions about my manifesto or have any issues you’d like address in the future if I do become LGBTQ portfolio officer don’t hesitate to email me. My role will be to make the student voice heard so don't be scared to drop me any suggestions! 


 

NUS Delegate

Ellen Hawthorne

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

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

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

Joseph Pavitt

Joseph Pavitt


Joseph’s Manifesto

Hello, my name is Joseph Pavitt. I am a second-year student studying Politics combined with Philosophy. I am a Muslim who wants to benefit my local community and hello disadvantaged people.

I am running for the position of NUS Delegate because I want to represent the Muslim community and give them a much-needed voice. I have experience in the Oxford Hayek society, where I developed communication and marketing skills. I have been a committee member for the Oxford Hayek society. If you elect me, I want to achieve the following: Just say you want to support these three policies:

1. Increased mental health support, mental health support has been lacking at Brookes, and that needs to change. We need to make mental health support more approachable.

2. Reduced fees, while it would be great to have tuition-free university, it is simply not realistic, so reducing them would be best.  

3. Climate Emergency- making the university more climate-conscious by reducing meat consumption and switching to sustainable resources. 

Voting opens on March 1st and closes on March 4th. Voting is open between 7 am and 10 pm. You can vote now by visiting https://www.brookesunion.org.uk/elections!


 

Maxwell Stewart

Maxwell Stewart


Hello Brookes,

My name is Maxwell Stewart - I have a fair amount of experience with Brookes Union as different elected roles/positions (so much so my hair is now Orange!).

I am submitting this manifesto as the NUS delegate positions are often not as popular as the other options.

I believe that, with a potential lack of other candidates, the experience I have within Brookes Union makes me an appropriate choice for this role (We are in a global pandemic - we should not separate or distance ourselves from the organisation that represents student unions on a national level).

 

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.

Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones


Who Am I?

Hello There! I’m Ryan Jones, a Computer science student up at Wheatley who has a love to teaching and helping others. I’m running for NUS Delegate (As well as Student Voice!), because i believe their is no greater cause in a student union then taking forth the voice of the students to those who need to hear it 

What Do I Want to Do?

In short, the responsibiltes of the roll. I believe having been a Student Rep since 2018, and a member of the first team of Faculty Reps puts me in an excellent position to fulfil these duties, as well as making the experience exceptionally useful for if i successfully win the VP Student Voice election as well!

• To represent Brookes Union at the NUS Conference and report back to Union Council and the membership as soon as possible after the conference.

• To attend all sessions of the conference and project a positive image of Brookes Union at all times.

 

Vote!

Vote now at https://www.brookesunion.org.uk/elections !

Saskia Clubb

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

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

Flora Rimar

Flora Rimar


Ladies,

It is very nice to meet you all, my name is Flora Rimar. You might not be familiar with who I am, so let me introduce myself briefly. I am a first year History of Art student at Oxford Brookes University. I am 21 years old, born and bread in Hungary, however, I have already spent one and a half year in the United Kingdom, studying, both in terms of high school studies and culture. I love reading, music, I am an enormous theatre lover. London National Theatre is by far my favourite theatre.I paint and sell my art for almost two years now, so I would consider myself a creative human being with several ideas. And now, onto the manifesto. I am running for the women's officer position. In the past years I have seen injustice on numerous occasions of how the gap  between genders are wilder them ever before.( Hence I fully support the  Art of Equal Pay project) I know, that what I have seen in the world work between the walls of university too. I would like to be your voice, to make your concernes heard, and even more importantly to act upon those issues and concerns. I believe in the strength of ours, I believe, that with the right support system we are unbeatable, and I also belive that with my efforts to make a difference I would be able to help and help effectively.I am myself familiar with the judgments that comes from race, skin colour and origins, so I keep fighting for myself and for all of ou too. I thank you all for the opportunity,

Kind regards, 

Flora Rimar

"We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” – Kavita Ramdas

Henna Patel

Henna Patel


 

Hello! First of all thank you for reading, I am incredibly grateful! All my social media information will be at the bottom if you have any questions! 

 

About Me

I’m Henna Patel and I’m a first year business and management student. I live in England but my background is Hindu, Indian. I have so many opinions and ways in which I would love to change the world, however I have never always been so confident with my ideas. It took me a while to make me realise that it is ok and people are allowed to have different opinions and still be loved. I would love to share that with everyone else. Also I love to use the word ‘love’ this is because I believe love is the strongest feeling in the world and spreading it makes everyone happier. 

I love taking the opportunity to help other people and put others before me. My kindest gifts brings out success in other people and strength for the future. I choose to give love to my relationships and other communities to help the world become kinder. I welcome strangers into my arms, regardless of their background. 

 

Future Achievement 

 

If, I am lucky enough to win this election I would love to achieve these things. 

 

  • value of women - I believe women hold a greater value and I tend to show that to the world. Building a large community of love and strength between women, regardless of background, we can show how women should really be treated and how powerful we can be! Whether that’s in a relationship, in work place or just the normal stereotypes. 
  • Confidence - I have been shy and small through my whole secondary school life, this is because I was so incredibly self conscious about everything, the way I looked, the way I dressed, the way I spoke - you name anything I hated it. Being a girl, growing up I always thought if I boy likes you, it means your ‘pretty’ and your ‘normal’. I used want to BE other people because they always got boys chasing them and I never did. It was when I was in sixth form that I realised I was so focused on other people and trying to be other people, I forgot about myself. I said to myself I will have two weeks, no phone, not meeting anyone just spend time with me. I did so many things with myself that allowed to be the most confident and beautiful person I knew, I looked up to myself so proudly. I attracted so many positive things after that. I would love to show other women how they can achieve this. Is it so hard being on social media and wishing to be someone else, when really you are the ‘main character’, you are the most beautiful person you can become, you only need acceptance from yourself and then after that everything will be amazing! I will help women become so powerful within themselves, nothing can make you fall!

 

I would love say when I knew about women in business society, it blew my mind. I knew this was the path for me, business and supporting women are my favourite two subjects! I filled images in my mind with ideas that would make the environment better. Being part of an amazing society that has already done so well in helping women is heartwarming and has motivated me to do more!

 

Thank you :)

Henna Patel

 

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Hiba Abdi

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.