Today (Sat 17th Feb) marks the beginning of the week-long election campaigns for our Union’s next Executive Officers! It may seem like a small affair, but these yearly elections can be extremely influential in shaping union policy on matters of sports, wellbeing, education & activities. Plus, the election of a President gives us, the students, a collective voice on a local and national scale. Whoever we vote for will influence the relationship between the university & union.
For the next week, candidates for each of the 5 positions (Activities, Education, Sports, Wellbeing and President) will be roaming around campus speaking to students about the elections in the hopes of gaining your vote. Already, I’ve seen banners around the Percy Gee Building and Facebook pages popping up. Each candidate will have their own views on how best the Union should move forward.
Certainly, the redevelopments of the Percy Gee Building and Freeman’s Common will have a profound impact on how the candidates think students will benefit most from these projects. Further, the ever-rising cost of university will be an even bigger issue for first year students. But, issues specific to each role will depend on each candidate. If you want to see which candidates you think will best represent your views, check out their manifestos on the union website.
I’ll admit, it’s a lot of reading. So, they’re also running debates throughout the week for each position, so you can ask any question then if you want to:
- Mon 19th Feb @ 6pm – Wellbeing Officer
- Mon 19th Feb @ 7.15pm – President
- Mon 19th Feb @ 8.30pm – Education Officer
- Tues 20th Feb @ 6pm – Sports Officer
- Tues 20th Feb @ 7.15pm – Activities Officer
Online Voting opens at 8am on Tuesday 20th February and closes at 4pm on Friday 23rd February. But if even logging onto a computer was too much effort, they’ll be ballot stations open across campus AND Oadby, so you can cast a quick vote and still make lunch or grab a pint at the Village Hub! The stations will be open at:
- David Wilson Library Foyer – Tues 20th – Fri 23rd from 11am – 3pm
- Queen’s Hall Foyer (Union Building) – Tues 20th – Fri 23rd from 11.30am – 2.30pm
- School of Medicine Atrium – Tues 20th – Fri 23rd Feb from 11.30am – 2.30pm
- Village Hub, Oadby Village – Tues 20th – Weds 21st Feb from 5.30pm – 7.30pm
- Nixon Court Common Room – Thurs 22nd Feb from 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Results will be called from 8pm on Friday 23rd in the Union Diner, where we’ll find out who will represent students in the new academic year!
As someone interested in politics, voting is so important to me as it really can make the difference. I understand if you think that in the grand scheme of things, an election at a students’ union in an average city in the UK is not life changing. But it can really shape your experiences at university, as union policy covers nearly everything that affects you as a student.
If you do not vote, how can you have an opinion on policies that you didn’t take a stand on?
(Side note: as someone who has shown great dedication to the union and the welfare of students, I’m supporting Meg Chance for Wellbeing Officer! Check out her Facebook page here!)