What made you decide to run for Welfare and Community Officer?
I’ve run because I want to leave a positive mark on welfare and community at the University. I really enjoyed the role I had in Goodricke and I want improve and support the student experience at York. I feel as though I have a lot to give and I want to implement everything in my manifesto and more!
Sum up your main policies.
I want to ‘Level Up Welfare’ by focusing on student safety, student support and student health!
– Student Safety: I will provide a sick bus taxi scheme for student club nights with Nightsafe and central, accessible facilities for Nightline.
– Student Support: I will make a YUSU certified part-time job database so students know who best to turn to for work and that they comply with YUSU standards. I’ll be visiting and working with college JCRCs constantly as I believe that with direct communication I can help their welfare campaigns with proper promotion and funding. I’m also really excited to provide listening and sign positing training for sports captains, heads of societies and liberation networks!
– Student Health: I will create an overarching campaign for student mental and physical health, supporting Open Door Team with the amazing student led mental health awareness societies, free healthy food stands, pay as you gym memberships in exam season and student recipe books with recommendations from students.
Describe yourself in three words.
Sociable, driven, supportive.
What makes you different to the other candidates?
I’m different from the other candidates in one major way and that is experience and dedication. I have been both Vice-Chair Welfare at Goodricke College and a History Department Course Rep for three years. As a result of this, I have a greater knowledge of how colleges work, how student facilities such as Nightline and Nightsafe operate and I have consistently been involved with emending and improving university legislation.
I have organized a Freshers’ Week, the STYC system and pioneered the alternative STYC system. Students should vote for me because I want to bring what I’ve learnt and help make the role of Welfare and Community something that goes beyond anything that it has ever been in the past!
What experience do you have that will be good for the role?
As I mentioned above, I’ve been Vice-Chair for Welfare at Goodricke and a History Department Course Rep. On top of that I have previously worked in YUSU bars and the Student Internship Bureau. These experiences will help me massively as I have organised large-scale events and coordinated with liberation networks and colleges. I’ve always been closely involved with what goes on in YUSU, so I feel that my experiences have provided me with a really well rounded view of the University!
What will you do differently to Jemima Busby, the current Welfare and Community Officer?
One major area that I wish to do differently is truly treat this job as a 24/7, seven days a week role. I have volunteered my time last year in my college, be it 11pm on a Saturday or first thing on a Monday! I basically see it as absolutely essential to be able to always help those that are working in college or liberation networks whenever they need me to be there.
I also feel that I would need to be more proactive with colleges and wider university campaigns, getting more involved with them early on by personally visiting people and understanding their campaigns. In a way it’s the little things like messaging people who are organizing Freshers’ Week to see if I can help them over summer [which] show people that the role of welfare is proactive, and not reactive.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I have a tendency to go a bit over the top with history stuff. For example, I’ve gained free entry into Kuda after convincing the bouncer that Henry VIII is actually a “kind of an ok guy if you got to know him”.
What do you think of the other candidates?
As unsurprising as this sounds, I believe the other candidates are awesome! They are both lovely people and I think they would do a great job, which makes the campaigning all the more fun. I’d be happy to have any of us in the position!
What do you think the biggest challenge you’ll face during elections will be?
I’m thinking that doing lecture tours, talking to people around campus and nights out in town will really tire me out! So getting up early each day to keep doing all that work for days on end is going to be interesting!
What’s your campaign strategy?
To be out every day chatting to the community and getting my enthusiasm and dedication for the role across! I have to show that I’m in this to make positive change from the word go. You only deserve to win if you demonstrate how much it means to you!