Our first ever all online Elections week has just concluded with campaigning, hustings and voting all taking place via social media and uosunion.org.
Nearly 700 students voted in two new Presidents and a student officer team to lead the Students’ Union from July 2021.
Diverse manifesto points were presented by the candidates, including collaborations with local businesses, better mental health support, a student bar, president open hours, student health initiatives and increased access to gender neutral toilets. All candidates shared a common passion for improving students’ lives whilst they were studying at the University of Suffolk and helping students prepare for the future. Each candidate that dedicated their time and effort to run in these elections should be proud of the impact they have made. We are certain they will all go on to achieve great things.
To thank our students for taking the time to research the candidates, engage online and vote, there were daily prizes up for grabs, including takeaway and shopping vouchers as well as branded SU merch. The University community celebrated with an online results night with celebration packages (prosecco, party poppers and games) sent to 55 lucky students to enjoy on the night.
We would like to congratulate the winners and thank all candidates who took part in this year’s elections. The results are below:
These are full-time positions to lead the Students’ Union on a day to day basis and act as the student voice in senior University meetings.
President of Education– Alex Gooch
“I want to thank my flatmates, my course, my friends both at the uni and outside, my family, my amazing girlfriend, the SU team, all the people that have been so supportive this week and of course MEG!!!! I’ve been so passionate about this role and lost sleep thinking about it for months and am determined to do my best for everyone at UOS!”
Congratulations to Alex Gooch for winning the role of President of Education, a truly deserved win after an impressive campaign. Alex’s dedication was evident throughout, with a range of online campaigning techniques, including a duet! The SU looks forward to working with Alex on his key manifesto points such as ready to graduate skills and mental health training for personal tutors.
President of Activities and Wellbeing – Meg Wright
“I’m so fortunate to have had such inspiring and supportive people throughout my Uni experience, which led me to want to run for the role of President! I’m extremely passionate about this role and cannot wait to represent the students here at UOS. I promise to give my all and will strive to enhance the student experience!”
Congratulations to Meg Wright for winning the role of President of Activities and Wellbeing, a truly deserved win after a remarkable campaign. The passion Meg showed for improving the University was evident throughout. Meg has significant experience as a Suffolk Student Wellbeing Ambassador and her manifesto points included a green space on campus idea and creating a home for UOS sports. We can’t wait to work with Meg to make these happen.
These Officers act as the representative of a liberation group, collecting their feedback, providing them with a voice and seeking change on their behalf.
LGBT+ Liberation Officer – Darragh Briscomb
Mature Students Liberation Officer – Daniel Betts
Students with Caring Responsibilities Liberation Officer – Axel Medcalf
Postgraduate Liberation Officer – Christopher Tregedeon-Weedon
Women’s Officer – Amber Atkinson
Business School Officer – Daniel Betts (Daniel won two roles but will only be able to take up one – he’ll decide which in the near future, and a by-election will be held for the role he doesn’t take up)
Health and Sports Sciences School Officer – Connor Parish
Social Sciences and Humanities Officer –Emily Kilkenny
Bury Campus Officer – Catalina-Maria Sivriu
Vacant are the following positions which will go on By-election at the beginning of academic year 2020/2021.
BAME Liberation Officer
Students with Disabilities Liberation Officer
East Coast College Campus Officer
Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology School Officer
For further information, please visit: www.uosunion.org