Samuel Bourne

Image: YUSU

Image: YUSU

Fourth Year
Halifax
Master’s in Physics with Astrophysics

What made you decide to run for YUSU President?
Because I have the right skills and experience to make positive changes for students as the President, and ideas that I need to be implement

Sum up your main policies.
– Clarify what YUSU can do, and make it easier for students to use for their ventures
– Make practical improvements to students’ experiences by listening to, and solving, people’s issues
– Halt the rising prices of on-campus facilities, particularly food and sports
– Ensure big events are run all year round through both YUSU and the Colleges

Describe yourself in three words?
Motivated, experienced, sociable

What makes you different to the other candidates?
I have an extra year of experience at York, and have experience in chairing multiple committees, plus I have worked in most aspects of the University. I know how hard it is to be doing a Master’s and will aim to soothe issues around that. I’m going to bring the Union’s focus back to the students which it is supposed to represent.

What experience do you have that will be good for the role?
– I’ve sat on ten YUSU committees during my time here. They encompass sports, societies and committees [within] YUSU.
– I’ve chaired the Physics Society for two years, increasing participation, number of events, campus presence and national influence significantly.
– I’m a College Tutor, so I’ve had training and experience in how to support individual students in setting up their own events and groups.
– My role as Games and Activities Chair on Societies Committee has already had me asking societies about problems they face, and solutions are already coming about.

What will you do differently to Sam Maguire, the current YUSU President?
YUSU has had its ‘manager’ now; Maguire came in to establish direction and a strategic plan for the Union. We have that now and so I will perform the role of a director, sorting out all of the problems that are faced by individuals and groups.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I have a terrible obsession with the Dance Machine in JJ’s Common Room…

What do you think of the other candidates?
They seem nice enough. I’m sure the rivalries will manifest during campaigns proper though!

What do you think the biggest challenge you’ll face during elections will be?
Remembering to sleep! It’s going to be a busy time.

What’s your campaign strategy?
Wow, that would be telling, wouldn’t it? Well, I intend to prove to the majority of voters that I’m the best candidate, and that means getting my policies and experience across to as many people as possible.

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