At the Students' Union, Liberation Reps are there to ensure that every year, we're hearing the experiences of different sections of our student community and make sure that everyone is represented here at Surrey. Whether you're a non-UK student, LGBT+ student, disabled student, or person of colour, each of our new reps will represent you at our new 'liberation committee' and run meetings at least once a term where you can share your views and help shape how we support you throughout the year.

This October, we're kicking off by electing our new team of Liberation Reps, who represent different sections of the Surrey community - whether that's women, LGBT, Trans/Non-binary, Asian, Black, Arab, non-UK, or disabled students.




Whatever way you get involved, this is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference!

For more info, check out the Liberation Rep Role Description: Liberation Committee Role Description 2019.pdf

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Liberation Reps 2018/19:

This year's Liberation Committee is formed of:

Gemma Paine

Students' Union President

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As this year's Union President, I have the pleasure of working with our Liberation Reps to help make sure the Union and our activities are acessible and inclusive for all. I'll be working with the team to improve the support and training for our Reps, as well as doing more year-round to celebrate diversity alongside showcase months.

Asini Liyanage

Asian Students' Representative
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I’m a second year student studying Biochemistry. As the Asian representative, I understand how Asian individuals are currently underrepresented at our uni and i’m hoping to help change that by creating a group where individuals from all the different parts of Asia can meet link minded individuals and have a platform to vocalise their opinions and concerns. 

Diana Dakik

Arab Students' Representative
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I’m a first year PhD student that completed my undergraduate degree at Surrey. My main aim is to engage the Arab community at Surrey with the Students Union; creating better links between the two with the goal of creating a more supportive environment for the community. The Arab community at Surrey brings with it a diverse and remarkable culture and lifestyle which I hope will be shared as the relationships between the community, the Union and the students strengthen. 


Ziaskia Cain

Black Students' Representative
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My main aim as black student representative is to serve as a voice for all black students and to establish a sense of identity, community and pride. I am to establish a sense of pride by removing the current disconnect many black students feel between them and the Students’ Union. I will do this by ensuring my contact information is accessible potentially through Students Unions Newsletter and relevant social media platforms to ensure my role can be utilised by all.


Diana Ogonyo

Non-UK Students' Representative
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I'm a second year student studying biological sciences. As not only a student, but also a course rep I fundamentally believe that we as a union should represent any and all students within the student body. In my role as non-UK rep I will strive to achieve this by working closely with students, other reps and the union.

Solomon Melides

LGBT+ Students' Representative
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I’m Solomon, I am the LGBT+ Representative for the University of Surrey Students’ Union. I’m here to ensure that the both the University and the Students’ Union are responsive to the needs of the LGBT+ community. My aims for the year within this role include access to funds for estranged students, better information for years abroad regarding LGBT+ rights and LGBT+ inclusion in sports. I work closely with the LGBT+ society too. If you have any questions or need help and support please feel free to contact me.

Monique Botha

Disabled Students' Representative

Nikolai Little

Trans and Non-Binary Students' Representative
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I'm a third year English with Creative Writing student. As Trans and Non-Binary representative, my main aim is to ease access to higher education for transgender students, and improve the environment for them. I will serve as a voice for trans and non-binary students and create new connections between students and the SU. Message me if you have any concerns, wish to find any information, or just want to sit down for a chat. Whilst I am the rep for trans and non-binary students, I am also president of the LGBT+ Society and so am here for all. 

Alero Adisa

Women's Representative
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I'm a first year International Business Management at Surrey. I aim to encourage, promote and incorporate activities surrounding women across the university through liaising with the Student Union and on the Liberation Committee. We as women across the university come in many shapes, sizes and colours who all deserve a part to play in shaping our experiences now and for the future. I aim to be as accessible as possible therefore please feel free to contact me.

If you'd like to know more, just get in touch with Gemma at

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