Candidates will answer a series of questions about what they can do for you
27th February 2018 in Uncategorised
Nomaan Ahmad believes that that societies should help to engage with others, he wants to help engagement of student media and the execs.
Rosa believes that finding common ground between student media and the exec team is vital.
The final panel of the evening is Activities and Development Officer. They’re asked if they would scrap or keep pangaea, and if they would decide to keep the long running student festival, how would they change it?
This is Felix signing off, keep reading for the Activities Panel!
What would you see as a successful year as Internarional Students Officer?
The University of Manchester currently has some of the highest international tuition fees in the country.
Felix back again with the International Student’s Officer Panel.
“We are easily influenced by what we see” states Arundhathi. She wants to bring more conversation on campus onto body positivity. By spreading positivity amongst ourselves through posters with bodies of WoC and diverse shapes Arundhathi believes this will help self-image for women on campus.
Reclaim the night has gone down in support figures.
On the women’s panel for the SU Hustings sits three possible candidates, Sara Heddi, the current Women’s officer, Arundhathi Sumam and Smital Kallurkar. The first question asked is how we can use campaigns such campaigns as metoo in the SU.
Audience question: What more can be done specifically to help the exec team to be more transparent?
What extra measures would you suggest to support students returning from a year abroad?
How do you intend to work with external bodies and companies to improve students’ health?
What would you do to help improve the condition of students’ mental wellbeing?
The candidates attending are: Deej Malik-Johnson who wants to prioritise student health student safety and student’s rights. Octavian Taranu-Toma wants to launch a program that he describes as “a mashup of sporticipate and a societies fair”. He wants this to help people re-take up activities that they dropped. His slogan is ‘A sounder mind, a sounder body’.
Nicole here, bringing you the Welfare panel!
That’s all for now! This is Felix signing off as we enter our short break, stay tuned for the Welfare panel amongst many others.
The Exec team has failed to deliver on promises to work with specific officers for each faith to represent more specific issues, would you seek to reintroduce this?
The current Diversities officer has introduced an LGBTQ+ club night at the SU, what would you do to further the SU’s actions to help the university’s LGBTQ+ community?
Research published in the Mancunion in October claimed that many religious students feel unsafe to practice their faiths on campus, how would you help this?
What are the possibilities for collaboration with other Exec Officers?
Only two candidates for this position: Sarah, a mature student and a parent, who believes her demographic is criminally underrepresented at the university, and Sara, who seeks to use her experience as BME Officer at the SU in this role.
Felix here, taking over the liveblog to cover the Liberations and Access Committee.
Betsie is outraged that the university is involved with fossil fuels but more so that the SU doesn’t call them out on this . She believes student knowledge of these issues needs to be raised so they can adequately pressure the university.
Molly agrees with BDS but also says the university invests in fossil fuels and believes that this needs to be stopped. She thinks the university isn’t socially responsible and believes that the SU needs to do more to call the university out on that
Huda, who started the BDS campaign, exposed the university’s investments and partnerships with the arms trade and with occupation in Palestine. She believes they have supported many human rights violations and thus cannot be considered socially responsible. She believes the university invests in murder.
Question: [from the current campaigns officer] the university claims to be a socially responsible organisation, do you think the uni lives up to this?
Shamima wants to focus on homelessness and work with Big Change also. They work on helping homeless people once they’re off the streets, an issue that she feels most people forget. She wants to help them find work and transform their lives. She wants to move past short term solutions and create something with more longevity
Rachel wants to focus on homelessness, she’s on the Love For The Streets committee and works with Big Change. She wants to collate all the student volunteering efforts through research and create an optional module at the university on the issue. She also wants to create greater collaboration between students and the local community
Molly wants to work with Citizens UK and thinks that local issues such as housing and crime are the most important for students. She wants to work with them and the local government
Huda has worked with refugee crisis groups in Greece. She wants to begin conversation classes for students to teach refugees English so the two communities can engage and interact. She also launched the boycott, divestment and sanction campaign and wants to extend awareness in the student community
Betsie has been working a lot on the refugee and asylum crisis, she works in liverool and merseyside, believes there is stigma against refugees and wants to get the university more involved with the communities to support them e.g. sporting events. Students – homelessness, increase information
Question: what are the key local community groups and campaigns that you would engage with and support if elected?
Rachel agrees with Molly and Huda and thinks the solution lies in wider student accreditation in order to tackle rogue landlords
Huda agrees with the focus on the rate my landlord scheme but also wants to create a way for students to directly flag these issues with the SU. She also wants to bring in student accredited homes and start a scheme to help students
Shamima wants to focus on one to one workshops. She wants to help students start early and find the right places to look. First years need to be included in order to avoid this happening to them in later years
Housing is one of Molly’s top priorities and she wants to reinvigorate the ‘rate my landlord’ scheme run by the university. Many accredited landlords are exploiting students and she thinks we need to reform schemes run by the SU. She also wants to tackle bill companies as she thinks bills are just as important as rent but the issue isn’t as well known. She believes that information isn’t easily accessible and many companies such as Split The Bills are openly exploiting students
Betsie thinks it’s key to listen to students and work within the local community but needs to do more research before being able to answer conclusively
Question: There is a growing campaign from Andy Burnham and relevant pressure groups that want to improve living standards and challenge absent landlords, how would you improve and/or support this?
Betsie likes the scheme but thinks its only 1 of many possible options. Many burglaries happen through open windows and she wants to raise awareness on issues like this. She also wants to improve street lighting, increase access to rape alarms and increase awareness among incoming students
Molly thinks the night owl scheme is good and thinks self defence classes are important but thinks Manchester’s safety issues are structural and that the root causes need deeper inspection. She wants to introduce surveys and bring the results of these to the local government so that they’re aware of when and where relevant changes need to be made
Shamima believes the SU lacks the ability to publicise the things they offer and intends to work on this. Students aren’t aware of the things on offer to them and she wants to make them aware.
Huda thinks the night owl scheme is a great idea but thinks more could be done, the union has a scheme for free rape alarms but it isn’t well known. She wants to promote this scheme and increase access to these alarms and better street lighting
Rachel thinks the night owl policy is a great idea and a good way to improve safety and self defence. She proposes an app to help students track violent crime in their area
Question: in response to the increase in violent crime in Fallowfield, Rusholme and further the current Community officer is proposing the night owl scheme. However, it has had a mixed response. Do you intend to continue the scheme? If not, how will you tackle safety?
Raine again! Campaigns, Community and Citizenship now, your candidates are
Question from the audience: A languages student asks the candidates what they will do to improve the languages departments.
On the subject of the postgraduate officer election earlier in the year that could not be put through, Ve Gonzalez Gomez feels that postgraduates should be welcomed more into the students’ union.
Ve Gonzalez Gomez is in support of striking staff.
Olivia Meisl feels that international students are being forgotten in the strike conversation. She says they are missing out on about 2K worth of lectures over these weeks, and that we should reach out to UUK for a more adequate response. She feels it is unfair that this dispute is being taken out on students.
What is your position on UCU strikes?
Candidates introduce themselves.
Raine signing off now!
Shubham Daruka met an employee from Stagecoach and First and was told that this is an issue they would have to resolve internally
Nicole here bringing you the Education officer panel!
Will Ranger would continue with Alex’s work, he’s concerned with student safety and believes students would be safer with access to both First and Stagecoach buses. He’s met and spoken to Andy Burnham and thinks there are a number of ways we could go about this
Paul Asiimwe asked students at oak house and found not all of them were enthusiastic, for instance they were wary of increased costs a combined bus pass would incur. He wants to see how much this would cost and then survey student opinion before pushing for it
Fatima Abid intends to continue Alex’s work and push for this combined bus pass as not all students live in fallowfield and thus not all students are being considered in this debate
Matt Langford thinks this is fine, if elected he would instead push for a subsidy for students on fallowfield halls and expand this to first years, in putting money down before they arrive at university students could already secure a bus pass
Tristan: the current Gen Sec has pushed for a shared bus pass between First and Stagecoach would you continue this?
Matt Langford: we’re acting on behalf of the students so students need to know what issues are being put forward on their behalf
Fatima Abid: we need more open communication, we need to maintain a good relationship but we also need to hold people accountable
Paul Asiimwe: I think it’s a very interdependent relationship
Will Ranger: I think we need to be more confrontational to affect change that really matters
First Panel is General Secretary
Each panel will be 10 minutes long, each candidate will be given 3 standard questions from the chair and then the opportunity to answers questions from the floor
Raine Beckford coming to you live from The official SU hustings 2018 and we’re about to start!