Hey Hey Guys!
Sorry for the delay in my post, It has been the Students’ Union Elections and I was unable to blog as it could have been seen as I was advertising my campaign via my blog which could be seen as unfair, so I decided to leave it for a couple of weeks. However now the results have been released I can tell you all about it.
For the past two weeks I have been campaigning for the position of Union Council Chair, and at 2.32am on Friday 19th it was released that 672 out of 769 voters voted for me to be their Students’ Union Chair, so as you can imagine, I was rather chuffed.
“So what’s the role of a Union Chair”, I hear you asking…well: The role of Union Chair is a crucial role that involves ensuring the correct procedures are followed to ensure the business of the Union Council is handled correctly. It will be my role to oversee the smooth running of every council meeting and listen to ALL students’ views.
Why did I want the position? I wanted to be the next Union Council Chair because I have been volunteering for the Students’ Union for two year in 2 separate roles, which therefore allows me to know, understand and appreciate the importance of the views of the student body. Having worked in the SU office and on various student events I am aware of the policies and procedures employed by the Union and how they operate. But, also I want to give something back on a professional level, the idea of being in-charge of a council of 14+ dedicated Students’ whom want to excel our Union really inspires me, hence why I wanted the role sooooo much 🙂
Why I wanted the student body of Edge Hill to vote for me….? I want the SU to be a union where students’ feel listened to and valued. I am approachable and eager to listen to the views of students, and as a Students’ Union isn’t a union without the voice of students, therefore I want to hear from them. Now elected I will ensure that the council hears all student views and that decisions that are made will be in the best interests of the student body. Student participation in all areas of the Union is key to making it work.
I will just add, I was also supporting a close friend of mine to get in as the next SU president, his campaign team and supporters were fantastic and a massive thank you to them is definitely needed! Unfortunately this was not meant to be and he was unsuccessful in gaining more votes than the opposition, but our spirits and heads were held high as we know we did our best.
Well done to all candidates in this year’s elections even if you didn’t make it into the position you were battling for. Congratulations to the following people who will be making up your Students’ Union team for 2010/2011:
President – Dean Currall
Vice President Academic and Welfare – Billy Jones
Vice President Activities and Participation – Pete O’Farrell
Vice President Communications and Campaigns – Colin Gibson
Union Council Chair – Jak Williamson
Disabled Students’ Officer – Carly Davidson
Entertainments Officer – James Chambers
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Reps – Miranda Mort / Amy Brooks
Faculty of Education Rep – Nicole Todd
Faculty of Health Reps – Chris Valentine / Simon Needham
International Students Officer – Jose Mendoza
LGBT Officer – Emma Stewart
Manchester Site Rep – Matthew Pitfield
Mature Students Officer – Sian Evans
Sports Officer – Gareth Dowling
NUS Conference Delegates – Pete O’Farrell / Gareth Dowling / Chris Valentine / Helen Turner
Student Governor – Gareth Dowling
Well that’s it for now, you can read all candidates manifestos by following the below link to the Edge Hill Students’ Union site.
P.s) My Manifesto 🙂