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Being the Sports Officer this year and being heavily involved in the Union throughout my time at this University I have managed to gain a great insight into the way the union works, what it does and more importantly the areas that need improving. This year I have worked hard to ensure that the students’ voice is heard in all matters relating to sport and I would love the opportunity to take that further and ensure that the University listens to what you, the student population, need to make your time here at University the best it possibly can be.
1. Implore the University to treat Students as partners NOT customers in all that they do.
2. Provide a matching Union Service to all students on all campuses’ whilst ensuring that satellite campus’ retain their identity.
3. Change the meal card system to introduce roll over credit and a top up service for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
4. Ensuring ALL students feel safe, welcome and empowered upon their arrival each year and incorporating course based societies and ALL SRS’ thoroughly into the welcome program.
5. Increase and create more social learning spaces.
6. Retain the quality of the careers service but also working with the individual to create a bespoke career outcome that they want.
7. Enhance the student voice such as representation on university staff recruitment and transparency in all that the union does.
Setting-up a Speaker’s Corner (University Park & Sutton Bonington Campus)
The idea behind the speaker’s corner is to encourage and allow students to express and share their voices on the issues which affect them and our world today. Students can also use the corner to showcase their talents (i.e. singing, dancing, debating), and promote events. All activities will be video recorded and uploaded to the Student’s Union YouTube channel.
More investment in the University’s Student Crisis fund for International and home students
- Provide more financial assistance to students who are experiencing financial difficulties at some point during their degree.
- Continue to provide support through student services but also through the Student’s Union – Setting up a programme which enables SU representatives to work alongside and help students devise strategies on how they can generate more money at University.
Customizing the UoN App
- Improving the current user interface.
- Making the App more student orientated, allowing students to access their email, timetable, portal and moodle directly through the App.
- Enabling students to check and see what events/activities are going on during the week and by which societies. Students should also be able to use the App as a means of; checking for any job openings at the University, finding all useful contact information (i.e. Nightline, Cripps health centre), allowing students to advertise products (i.e old textbooks), etc.
Enhancing the student experience at the ‘touch of a button’ is the idea behind developing the App.
Late-night hopper buses during the exam periods
- Appealing to the University to allow hopper buses to run until 2-3am during the exam seasons to ensure that our students get home safe.
- Also, extending the bus route – Allow the late-night buses to pass through faraday road in order to account for students living off campus
Continuing the work that this/previous Student’s Unions have achieved
- Push to get all departments to approve video-recording in all lectures
- Encourage Women’s leadership in the University
- More multicultural events aimed at bringing international and home students together.
- Increase the number of temporary jobs available to students
- Encourage students to continue to form, organise and lead their own societies
I have watched with apathy as the separation between the lofty heights of the SU Executives and the student body has grown further and further. Dominated by notions of popularity and Machiavellian politics, the SU has been impotent for too long. I will connect the president to the person once again by making one promise:
By the end of my year as president you will know who I am and what I have done for you.
This will be achieved by:
• Publishing on a regular basis both the SU’s successes and failures via media outlets. I consider both vital.
• Clinics held within the student community so that individuals may meet me in person, and speak of the issues that matter the most to them. Time will always be available in my diary for the smallest problem in any person’s life.
• Minutes will be published in their entirety, efficiently and in an accessible form.
• The SU will become as transparent as possible; honest, open and intrinsic to the day-to-day life of every student.
• Publically speaking on contentious issues that arise during the course of my term. Students must know the SU’s stance and the reasons for it.
The SU is a powerful institution with huge potential to achieve great things. Its purpose and ability has been lost in favour of furthering the careers of the ambitious. It is a tool for empowering and inspiring the voiceless, and should be used as such. I will hand the SU back to the student.
I am not a product of the SU system, nor am I BNOC. I am a product of the student body; I am yours.
Improved Lecture Recordings
We all miss lectures, which is why I will aim to change the perception of lecturers with regards to the use of audio and/or video capture in taught sessions. Most teaching rooms have the capability to record lectures but this is rarely used due to the common misconception that it results in a sharp reduction in attendance. The aim is to turn this readily available technology into an additional educational support that will aid revision and learning and will aim to improve the grades of students.
New SU space in Lenton
I will look into purchasing a university-acquired space to serve as a “mini-Portland” for the benefit of students in Lenton. The proposed space could incorporate a university internet Wi-Fi café with UoN printing capabilities and possibly a branch of Mooch. So if your internet goes down or your printer breaks you can still crack on with your work. It can serve as a meeting point and social space and aim to improve links with the local community.
Picture the scene. First, you can’t find the building you’re meant to be in. Then, when you arrive late the internal maze takes several minutes to negotiate. A number of buildings on campus are notorious for this such as LASS, Coates and Trent. Is a single A4 map of the whole of a campus really sufficient? With today’s technology you should be able to navigate your way around campus using an interactive platform similar to Google Street View. Also I will provide clear maps of the floor plans to each building at every entrance.
Personal Activity Calendar
I want to develop an online, interactive calendar which automatically loads your timetabled lectures, seminars, tutorials and labs. It would be incorporated into Moodle. You can then add or delete events such as sports or society activities. As an added bonus your exam timetable appears without any effort from yourself! You can do as much or as little with it as you like, after all it is designed to be a personal calendar!
Weekly Rollover for Hall Meal Cards
One of the key issues with Catered Halls at present is that if you don’t spend your daily allowance of £5.10 on food, it gets wiped. I am calling for the ability so the money can rollover for the rest of that week. This would give students the freedom to spend their money as they want, so if you go out for a meal or grab a takeaway you have money to spend for the remainder of the week.
JCR President – Broadgate Park 2011-12
• Responsible for over 2000 students and a £100,000 budget.
• Managed a committee of students to deliver the best student experience possible
• Organised Formals and other smaller events
• Represented students at SU Council, Pres Comm and other meetings
Course Rep – School of Politics and IR 2011-Present
• Attended every LCF for three years, raising students’ concerns and getting answers
• Participated in other committees including the appointment of staff, promoting the NSS and changing modules
Chair of Elections Committee 2013
• Oversaw last year’s Elections which achieved over 10,500 votes
• Handled complaints and questions and ensured the elections were fair and smoothly run
• Returning Officer for the elections, meaning I read out the results!
Member of UK Youth Parliament 2011-12
• Represented over 30,000 young people on a national level
• Spoke in a televised debate in the House of Commons
• Met with MPs and other decision makers to put across young people’s opinions
Throughout my time at the University of Nottingham, the Student’s Union has been fundamental in every aspect of my experience, whether that be academic, sporting or any other activities. I’m running as a candidate for President and my policies are below:
Getting more for your money
• Increase in printer credits at start of each term
• Hidden course costs revealed at earliest stage possible
• Introduce a Sunday Jubilee hopper bus and heightened bus frequency on all routes during exam period
• SU’s spending becoming more transparent
Becoming more employable
• Increased promotion and assistance in helping students to find year long internships
Feel safer and more influential in your community
• Heightened CCTV in Lenton
• New schemes to make students feel safer within private housing
• Abolition of student parking permits in Lenton
Modernising your education
• Video recorded lectures
• ‘Chat room’ capabilities for tutors
Subsidised university gym membership
• Subsidised gym membership for those in University halls of residence, both on and off campus
Healthcare students having more flexible hours
• Healthcare student’s timetables to ensure that Wednesday afternoons are free for sports fixtures
Making the SU accessible with a ‘Lenton Hub’
• A ‘Lenton Hub’ in which students can access the university’s internet network, print off work using their credits, return library books and a point of information
• Officers to hold regular ‘drop-in sessions’
I would love the opportunity to represent the voice of 34,000 students to ensure that their experiences at university are fulfilled to their maximum potential by making sure the Student’s Union is providing every student with the opportunities and backing to support this. My experience of working on the WeekOne Exec and Seven Legged Committee this year has enabled me to gain valuable insight into the inner workings of the SU. After an incredible time here, I’d like to ensure that every student leaves feeling as if they have for the best out of Nottingham University and that the SU continues to maintain this standard.
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