This year's target for candidates: 50
This year's actual number of
... But we will be running a by-election
for the Events & Trading Officer position
This year's target for voting turnout: 25% (3757
This year's actual voting turnout:
31% (4790 votes!)
It was great to see so many people run in this year's
elections and all but 2 part-time positions be contested (and some heavily
too!). This clearly shows that these students have engaged with their Students'
Union, so much so that they felt empowered to stand to make a real difference
in this University for themselves and other students in the future.
Although only 15 students could be elected out of the
47 running for these positions, the ideas that were brought forward need not be
pushed aside. The manifestos that were submitted express what these students
were standing for, and are each full of challenges and ideas on how to improve
how things are currently done both within the University and the Union.
Last night, the Vice-Presidents and I got together to
really delve into these manifestos; pulling what we believe to be some of the
best points from them, and coming up with a realistic action plan. Some things
we will be able to achieve before our term of office ends in July, and others
we can get a start on, or lay the foundations ready for next year's sabbatical
Watch this space for an update on what specifics we
are working on!