It’s election time at UoL. Five positions are available for full-time officers of the Students’ Union. The roles are President, Sports Officer, Wellbeing Officer, Education Officer and Activities Officer. Voting is open now until 4pm on Friday 23rd February.
Amy is the current President of the SU and she’s running again to be next year’s candidate. She has achieved so much this year already, from increasing seating in the SU and creating new study spaces to lobbying for better student accommodation and introducing a union open door policy, making students feel more connected and involved. Her pledges for next year if she gets re-elected include making the campus more inclusive through action against the gender pay gap, islamophobia and hate crime, and little extras such as allowing food and drink inside the library.
Amy is very passionate and committed to standing up for what she believes in. She has always been involved in activism, as a member of the Feminist Society, Labour Society and even leading a protest against Trump’s Muslim ban in the city centre. She is exactly who we need as our president and the voice of our university.
Check out her Facebook page to see more of what she has done.
I asked Amy a few questions about the elections and her role, here’s what she had to say:
Why do you want to run for President again?
I’ve spent a lot of time this year working on my last manifesto promises – from a £3.50 meal deal on campus, to working towards the launch of a brand new Students’ Union Support Service in August 2018, I’ve worked hard to deliver on my promises. That said, I’ve noticed three major problems with the Union that I’d like to remedy before I leave: engagement with the Union (many students don’t seem to know what the Union does), the low quality of student accommodation in Leicester, and inclusivity on campus. My manifesto also includes some small things that students have been frustrated with this year, including the loss of a VK drinks deal in the O2 and the food and drink ban in the David Wilson library. Other than that, I have always been really passionate about helping people and listening to their problems. This job gives me the opportunity to do all that as well as resolve the issues that I’m hearing about.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
That’s a really big question! In my personal life, it’s probably managing to support myself after University. In the Union, I’m proud to have always put students first. It’s easy to get carried away with University meetings and your own projects, but I genuinely believe these should be always second to students’ needs. Practically, that means cancelling meetings in order to comfort a student in distress, ensuring that the Union office is a welcoming space, and trying to eschew bureaucracy for student groups.
What change would you like to see around the University?
I would like students to be able to depend on their Union for support – from dealing with Islamophobia to writing a letter of complaint to a difficult landlord. I just want students to be able to walk into their Union and get the support they need. It sounds a bit obvious but I don’t think this is happening at the minute as many students don’t fully understand what the Union can do for them. I believe that the more we support students, the more they will talk positively of the Union and what it can deliver. I don’t think we need to overcomplicate it
Why is it important for students to vote?
Principally, it is really important to vote as many people have died in the pursuit of the right to vote.
It’s important for students to vote in these particular elections as the Executive Officers manage the Union – they oversee everything that the Union does, from the finances to the opening hours of the building. The President is the lead representative to the University and it’s their job to reflect on students’ interests – from mitigating circumstances policy guidelines, to the rent-setting of new student accommodation. Students must vote to protect their interests!
So remember, no matter who you’re voting for, now is the time to have a say in how your Students’ Union is run! Check out the manifestos for all the positions here and vote at: www.leicesterunion.com/vote