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VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February VOTING CLOSES:   3.00pm, Friday 24th February Vote for your Full-Time Officers, Part-Time Officers, Student Trustees and School Reps online at rusu.co.uk/elections.


WELCOME

THIS INFORMATION PROVIDES YOU WITH THE INFO YOU NEED TO VOTE IN THE RUSU ELECTIONS 2017; INCLUDING: • • • • • •

Overview of the voting system Guide on how to vote online Short role description for each role List of the candidates running for each role Candidates’ photos and summary of their aims/ideas (if provided) How to get help if you experience problems voting online

WHY DO WE ASK YOUT TO VOTE RUSU is student led. We want you, our members, to use your vote and decide who you want to see lead your Students’ Union in 2017/18. Last year, 33,972 online votes were cast throughout the year. You, our members, elected 1,709 students to represent your interests on campus, in the local community and on a national level.

There are 32 positions included in this election. It includes 5 full-time, paid roles and 27 parttime, voluntary roles. These elections decide who will join our Trustee Board and set the future direction of your Students’ Union. Many students are running in these elections, including postgraduate and undergraduate, home and international. They plan to use their time to represent you and campaign on issues that matter to you.

PROBLEMS VOTING If you are experiencing difficulties voting online, please contact elections@rusu.co.uk Include: Your full name 8 digit student number Email address

Phone number Details of your problem

VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February VOTING CLOSES:   3.00pm, Friday 24th February

Please take just a few minutes to get involved and vote online. IN 2017 MAKE SURE YOU GET A SAY DON’T LET OTHERS DECIDE FOR YOU!


CONTENTS FULL-TIME OFFICERS (FTO) PRESIDENT EDUCATION OFFICER WELFARE OFFICER DIVERSITY OFFICER ACTIVITIES OFFICER

5 8 10 12 14

PART-TIME OFFICERS (PTO) BME STUDENTS’ OFFICER DISABLED STUDENTS’ OFFICER ENVIRONMENT & ETHICS OFFICER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ OFFICER LGBT+ STUDENTS’ OFFICER LONDON ROAD STUDENTS’ OFFICER MATURE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS’ OFFICER WOMENS OFFICER POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS’ OFFICER

16 16 17 18 18 19 19 20 23

STUDENT TRUSTEE STUDENT TRUSTEE

24

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL REPS AGRICULTURE, POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT

28

ARCHAEOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

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ARTS AND COMMUNICATION DESIGN

30

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

31

BUILT ENVIRONMENT

32

CHEMISTRY, FOOD AND PHARMACY

33

INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION

35

HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL

35

HUMANITIES

38

LAW

40

LITERATURE AND LANGUAGES

41 

MATHEMATICAL, PHYSICAL & COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES

42

POLITICS, ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS PSYCHOLOGY AND CLINICAL LANGUAGE SCIENCES

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VOTING HOW TO VOTE THE VOTING SYSTEM At RUSU we operate a single transferable vote (STV) system of voting. Under STV candidates don’t need a majority of votes to be elected, just a known ‘quota’, or share of the votes, determined by the number of people who cast a vote and the number of positions to be filled. Voters rank the candidates in order of preference.

If no single candidate reaches quota after the first preference votes are counted, the least popular candidate is eliminated and their votes are transferred proportionally to the candidates, according to your specified preferences. This is repeated until one candidate exceeds quota.

HOW TO VOTE 1)  Go to rusu.co.uk/elections on any PC, Mobile or Tablet. Log-in using your University username and password. 2 Click “Vote Now” to begin voting. 1) You will then see a list of the positions that you are and are not able to vote for. To vote for some of the roles in this election you need to self- define. You can do this by clicking on the link to your elections profile.

5 ) Number each candidate in order of preference (1 being your first preference.) 6) Click vote and you will be able to review the order of preferences that you have selected. If you are happy with your selections click the “Cast Vote” button.

7) Keep voting - You will see the ballot papers for each role that you are eligible to vote for in turn.

4) Click “Start Voting” to see the first ballot paper. The position you are voting for will be displayed at the top, e.g. Welfare Officer. If a candidate has uploaded a manifesto you will be able to view this by clicking “Read Manifesto” next to their name.

LEARN MORE Learn more about the Voting System at: youtube.com/watch?v=2adUzBbS7X8

4 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


PRESIDENT

8 CANDIDATES

The President is responsible for ensuring all decisions reached by RUSU have adhered to the processes laid out in the Constitution and Bye-Laws. They are also responsible for leading on external affairs, RUSU’s marketing and commercial strategies and democratic

ADAM JOHN • Hold referendums on NUS affiliation and the University Challenge boycott. • Restore freedom of speech on campus by campaigning against ‘safe spaces’. • Return power to students by making the Union more electable and accountable as well as making it easier to set up societies.

functions, such as, Change It, Student Voice and Elections. Along with the rest of the Officer Team, they maintain a working relationship with the University of Reading’s Executive Board.

MICHAEL GEORGIEV • Increase Mental Health Services across University. Students should be supported as much as possible during this crucial stage in their life. • Saturday Union closes at 3am. Work hard, party hard. • More bike racks and shelters. Tackling a large existing problem and encouraging a green and healthy mode of transport.

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TRISTAN SPENCER • Unity: Include all political voices, integrate international and postgraduate students, champion liberation and introduce “Students of Reading” campaign. • Engagement: Introduce a RUSU app, direct student opinion polls and improve democratic processes. • Support and Recreation: Introduce termly student festival, relaxation zones on campus and termly puppy days.

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NAUFIL VAQUAS • Hold a Referendum on our NUS membership • Better Societies • Money spent more wisely and more deals with local brands

SED JOSHI • Improve the commercial areas of the Union and keep RUSU relevant • Make the Officer team work better for students • Ensure student safety on nights out

JASON DABYDOYAL • Rebuild our app. By updating it merge our current services as well as introduce new ones. • Refresh our campus. By introducing charging stations for mobiles and repair stations for bicycles. • Rethink our Union. By implementing office hours for Officers and a policy progress tracker.

6 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


8 CANDIDATES

ALEX WATSON • Student wellbeing- Funds for students to do activities and societies who can’t afford it. • Ease of contact- Departments to publish a timetable with lecturer’s office hours so students know when lecturers are free. • Better representationMaintain and fine tune policies already in place.

JULIANA SUESS • Freedom of speech + Improved Democratic Process: Intellectual debates & speakers every month + giving you the choice • Accommodation : No more students in hotels! + More study space – Ensure affordable & sufficient halls • Know your stuff! Careers advisors for each department with more specialised advice

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The Education Officer will work closely with the Academic Representation Team, to develop and support Course and School Representation.

Representatives. They also lead on academic campaigns and events, such as the RUSU Teaching & Learning Showcase and Excellence Awards.

They aim to improve students’ academic experience and work to maintain strong working relationship with relevant University staff and Academic

Along with the rest of the Officer Team, they maintain a working relationship with the University of Reading’s Executive Board.

ED WHITE • 15-day turnaround: Implement policy where for each day work isn’t returned within the 15-day deadline, we get a day extension on other work. • Fast-track: Create a simple way to request resources which aren’t in the library and get access within 1 week. • ECF’s: Fully-implement the unconditional ECF extension without evidence.

WILLIAM COLE • Constantly ensure adequately sized, high-quality study space close to the library until 2020. • Cut known/hidden course costs, through subsidy or removal of requirement, ALL essays submitted online • Diversify curriculums by engaging staff in inclusion programs, have all-encompassing reading lists, using mixed assessment criteria - Beat the BAME attainment gap!

8 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

SARAH O’BRIAN • Accessible education for all, courses should work for everyone so that you can achieve your best, there must be diversity in content, assessment and teaching style. • Support services are changing, and students need input on what they want most. • More clarity for course reps and course work.

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


5 CANDIDATES

TOM FELL • Get online copies of core textbooks allowing everyone to access them anytime, anywhere.

NATASHA PETROU • Fight for fairer tuition fees and scholarships for those who come from low-income backgrounds

• Increased study space around campus especially whilst the library is being refurbished.

• Improve feedback by introducing mid-modular feedback and proposing an alternative to the NSS

• Work to prevent any further increases in fees for students, especially in the wake of Brexit.

• Ensure extra study space across both campuses

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The Welfare Officer is responsible for the development and management of JCRs and welfare initiatives. They also lead on welfare campaigns and events, such as RUSU Says Relax and Housing Week. They also liaise with the RUSU Advice Service; supporting and helping to

promote their services and to address welfare issues that affect students. Along with the rest of the Officer Team, they maintain a working relationship with the University of Reading’s Executive Board.

SHANNON BUTLER • Health and Wellbeing: Extend RUSU says Relax, Drug Harm Reduction Initiative and Mental Health First Aid sessions.

CALUM ROSCOE • Sexual Heath Improvements: RUSU-based clinics for sexual health screening and free pregnancy tests

• Community: Tackle housing issues through holding a Housing Fair and setting up a Housing Accreditation Scheme.

• Housing: Security through RUSU Housing Accreditation

• Accessibility: Promote existing support through an interactive Welfare App and weekly Welfare Open Hours.

• Wellbeing: More accessible counselling with no formal registration. Educational days surrounding eating correctly and understanding the danger of all drugs.

10 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

COURTNEY SAVAGE • ECF’s: Change the ECF procedure to help those with long term health issues. • Mental Health: Introduce a clear cut budget for mental health and create a forum which allows students to get more involved. • Wellbeing: Further develop RUSU says Relax activities to help combat student stress.

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


6 CANDIDATES

KIM KOPEC • Accessibility: Online booking for counselling services, Online ECF, University to pay for learning disability tests • Knowledge: Info talks for Halls and Freshers, Open Debates (Safe spaces) • Visibility: Increase visibility for Counselling and student services, Mental Health Day during Exams and deadline week

HRISTINA MIHAYLOVA • Wellbeing: De-stress and ‘break the stigma’ campaigns during all terms.

ROSE LENNON • Establish a 24/7 online, confidential student support system

• Accommodation: greater involvement of RUSU in ensuring better housing quality for students.

• Establishing educational and safety measure to protect all in a way that approaches drug and alcohol abuse without stigma

• Inclusivity: by working with JCR, societies and sports to ensure different groups of students get involved.

• Provide a wider range of healthy food options across campus by listening to student recommendations.

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The Diversity Officer is responsible for the development of inclusion and diversity projects, as well as taking the lead on liberation campaigns.

3 CANDIDATES

Along with the rest of the Officer Team, they maintain a working relationship with the University of Reading’s Executive Board.

They will also support RUSU’s Part-time Officers; helping to promote and oversee the campaigns and events they run.

SOLON HADJIALEXANDROU

• I am a highly motivated, conscientious, hardworking person full of energy, enthusiasm and inventiveness. • I undertake any task given to me with the best of my abilities. • I have the ability to think critically and make sound decisions in various situations.

LEEN ALNAJJAB • Take away the stigma surrounding International Students (‘Just A Student’ campaign) • Improve the cohesion between full-time and part-time officers • Reducing drop-out rates of LGBT and BAME students and making campus more inclusive for all

12 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

NIKKI RAY • Safer Union: Ensuring that there is way in which students can report incidences of discrimination. • Campaigns: Support national campaigns, such as working with charities that try to break the taboo around male mental health. • Increased opportunities: Offer students the opportunities that they need, including overseas resits for international students.

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


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ACTIVITIES OFFICER

The Activities Officer is responsible for the management and development of Student Media, RAG (Raising and Giving), all RUSU Sports Clubs, Societies and Volunteering initiatives. They are responsible for organising and chairing Activity Group Meetings for all

CHARLOTTE O’LEARY • Emphasise and celebrate student achievements through new, bigger and more exciting events such as Awards Balls • Increase extra-curricular student participation using termly taster sessions and promotional videos • Create a panel with representatives from all forms of Student Media and the Union to increase involvement, circulation and access

Sports Clubs and Societies. They also lead on related events, such as, Welcome Fayres, Give It a Go and RUSU Awards. Along with the rest of the Officer Team, they maintain a working relationship with the University of Reading’s Executive Board.

ULAN TLEMISSOV • Support those who feel isolated such as mature or international students • Re-evaluate the role of the student rep to make it more dependable and responsible. • Creation of a defined safe and enabling space for all members

14 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

RYAN WALKER-EDWARDS

• End the hostility among different year groups • Promote the talent we have in radio broadcasting, Spark and RU: ON TV to celebrate our societies’ hard work. • Create a safe space where we can talk about mental health, women’s and LGBTQ inequality for RAG by organising inclusive activities in our union

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


6 CANDIDATES

HELEN BONNEY • More storage space for societies • Greater integration between Junction 11, The Spark and RU:ON • More postgraduate and mature student involvement in societies

CALLUM CLEARY-RAPHAEL

My aims as Activities Officer: • Assure every aspect of planning for societies is efficient and as smooth as possible. • Utilise social living spaces to their full potential. Great facilities on campus are going to waste. • Heavily implement RAG into student life with more campus-wide events.

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LUKE BROWN • Increased taster sessions and an enhanced refresher week programme to encourage more students to become active. • Enhancing campus community by building on ‘Reading’ brand through supporting sports teams/ societies. • Integrating societies with RAG and student media

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BME STUDENTS’ OFFICER / DISABLED STUDENTS’ OFFICER

BME STUDENTS’ OFFICER

DISABLED STUDENTS’ OFFICER

1 CANDIDATE

1 CANDIDATE

The Black and Minority Ethnic Students’ (BME) Part-Time Officer (PTO) works to defend and extend the rights of BME students within the Union and the University.

The Disabled Students’ Part-Time Officer (PTO) works to defend and extend the rights of disabled students within the Union and the University.

They campaign for the equality of all Black and Minority Ethnic students.

They campaign for the equality of all disabled students; including those with a hidden disability, such as a mental health issue.

They are also elected to attend the NUS Annual Black Students’ Conference due to take place in 2018.

DOYIN OGUNMILUA • Unite BME students as well as seek rights and equality provisions which will benefit them. • Educate non-BME students about the culture and social perspective of those in the BME community to provide greater knowledge and understanding.

They are also elected to attend the NUS Annual Disabled Students’ Conference due to take place in 2018.

GABRIELLA LOWE • Create support groups for disabled people • Increase awareness and understanding of disabilities • Ensure that people with disabilities have adequate support available to them

• Liase / volunteer with ethnic minority rights focused organisations, enhancing my knowledge of BME progress.

16 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


ENVIRONMENT & ETHICS OFFICER

ENVIRONMENT & ETHICS OFFICER 2 CANDIDATES The Environment and Ethics Part-Time Officer (PTO) exists to lead campaigning and awareness raising activities and events in relation to environmental and ethical issues on campus and beyond. They sit on the University’s Environment and Sustainability Committee. They also work with the University on the planning and delivery of Green Week.

ALSAMNI KHIDER • Raise awareness inside the university • Set programs for student to engage such as lectures and discussions of new topics (ethical and environmental) • Raise awareness outside the university interacting more with society. Visiting schools raising awareness about environmental issues. Joining charities and organizations that improves ethical issues such as free trade

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KYLE SMITH • Experienced in student representation as already course rep for Zoology • Close liaison with environment and ethics expert will allow me to set up events and speakers on campus • Already have designed initiatives to hold competitions and set up new habitats for campus wildlife

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ OFFICER | LGBT+ STUDENTS’ OFFICER

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ OFFICER 1 CANDIDATE

1 CANDIDATE

LGBT+ STUDENTS’ OFFICER

The International Students’ Part-Time Officer (PTO) works to defend and extend the rights of international (including EU) students within the Union and the University.

The LGBT+ Students’ Part-Time Officer (PTO) works to defend and extend the rights of LGBT+ students within the Union and the University.

They lead on campaigns which impact international students with the aim to create positive change for those students. They also take a lead on the planning and delivery of One World Week.

They campaign for the equality of all LGBT+ students. They are also elected to take an ‘open’ place at the NUS Annual LGBT+ Students’ Conference due to take place in 2018.

They are also elected to attend the NUS Annual International Students’ Conference due to take place in 2018.

KARIM HELBAWI • Promoting inclusiveness and integrating new ways to make your voice heard through forms of social media. • Creating opportunities for international students to network in preparation for life after University by creating networking events and guest lectures.

BECCA SMEDLEY • Loud and Proud voice to put across our concerns • A welcoming and inclusive environment for all • Represent you in RUSU

• Encouraging cultural awareness by closely working with international societies and other events.

18 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


LONDON ROAD STUDENTS’ OFFICER | UNDERGRADUATE MATURE STUDENTS’ OFFICER

LONDON ROAD STUDENTS’ OFFICER 1 CANDIDATE

UNDERGRADUATE MATURE STUDENTS’ OFFICER

The London Road Students’ Part-Time Officer (PTO) works to represent the views and interests of London Road students within the Union and the University.

1 CANDIDATE

They lead on campaigns which impact London Road students with the aim to create positive change for those students. They act as a key point of contact for London Road students within the Union and work to ensure Union events are inclusive for all London Road students.

SHANIE NOAKES • Better communication for London Road students, to ensure they no longer feel left out.

The Undergraduate Mature Students’ Part-Time Officer (PTO) works to represent the views and interests of undergraduate mature students within the Union and the University. They lead on campaigns which impact undergraduate mature students with the aim to create positive change for those students. They are also elected to attend NUS Annual Mature and Part-time Students’ Conference due to take place in 2018.

TAWANDA MUTANGA

• More collaboration to bring London Road the attention and spark it deserves. • Maintaining the calm, peaceful atmosphere the campus holds so well and working with students to improve this further. VOTE ONLINE AT RUSU.CO.UK/ELECTIONS

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WOMENS’ OFFICER

WOMENS’ OFFICER 7 CANDIDATES The Women’s Part-Time Officer (PTO) works to defend and extend the rights of women within the Union and the University. They campaign for the equality of all women. They are also elected to take an ‘open’ place at the NUS Annual Women’s Conference due to take place in 2018.

PRABBIE CHADHA

MOLLI CLEAVER

• Safety Alcohol awareness, zero tolerance on sexual harassment, health advice, importance of consent. • Inclusivity Removal of a ‘lad culture’, increase inclusion of LGBTQ and BAME women, gender equality promotion, increase inclusion of women in sport. • Empowerment International Women’s week, inspirational women give inspirational talks, free classes and workshops.

20 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


GEORGIE HANSON • Policy: congregation point outside union for women who feel in danger walking home alone. Gals can find pals to walk with.

MARY CATHERINE MCGUIRE

• Drop in sessions to gain a wider understanding of what women want to see change at the university. Your voice matters.

• Focus on breaking down stereotypes and bias in departments

• Women’s issues promoted through various campaigns and events.

• Make the Union and surrounding University safer by implementing new strategies for anyone in a bad or unsafe situation

• Encourage and empower more women to seek leadership opportunities during their degrees

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ASHLEIGH EMBLING • Advocate women’s rights and equality amongst all students within RUSU and on campus • Work with students and societies to support charities working with women and campaigning for women’s rights. • Positive change; following on from the end of Tampon Tax a campaign for free sanitary products in RUSU facilities.

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WOMENS’S OFFICER – CONTINUED

SHIRA YAKOBOVICH • Ensuring all women’s physical/emotional safety by increasing student feedback and supporting communication both via social media and in person. • Setting up more inclusive activities for all women would encourage social integration.

FRANCESCA BLOCKS-KING I would like to be a women’s officer to help defend and improve women’s rights everywhere including within university life. I feel very passionately in helping the equality within the genders and helping create a safe environment in which we can improve women’s rights and equality.

• Promoting RUSU to become more welcoming will not only enhance women’s experiences but also the standard of RUSU support.

22 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS’ OFFICER

POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS’ OFFICER 1 CANDIDATE The Postgraduate Research Students’ Part-Time Officer (PTO) works to represent the views and interests of postgraduate research students within the Union and the University. They lead on campaigns which impact postgraduate research students with the aim to create positive change for those students. They sit on the University Board for Research and Innovation and the Committee on Postgraduate Research Studies. They are also elected to attend NUS Annual Postgraduate Students’ Conference due to take place in 2018.

NILOOFAR BORGHEI RAZAVI • Running relevant events/ campaigns according to postgraduate researchers’ demand/need • Being their voice in national conferences and informing them about the important points raised • Running an interactive forum in which researcher can speak out and can complain and make sure that their voice is heard

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5 CANDIDATES

STUDENT TRUSTEE 5 CANDIDATES Student Trustees ensure Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) is well governed, well managed and achieves its aims and objectives in accordance with its Vision, Mission, and Values. Trustees have responsibility for directing the affairs of RUSU with regard to the student perspective and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the students, for which it has been set up.

MOLLI CLEAVER

• I will ensure that RUSU will maintain and develop your positive university experience. • You will be accurately represented. You will all be heard. You will all be listened to. • I will make sure that RUSU is managing and achieving its aims and objectives.

24 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

JACK GILLUM • Keep Snakebites at £2 and invest in the union by funding services to the correct level. • Improve Representation and Governance. Making sure the decision-making processes involve the most students • Stick to our beliefs. Make sure that the union sticks to its core value of doing what is best for all

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


ELIOT SMITH • Communicating with you: Open channels to students, ensuring your views are heard at the top of RUSU. • Holding RUSU accountable to you: Holding RUSU and its officers accountable and making sure that they are working for all students. • Being personally reasonable for you: Working to make RUSU a well-governed organisation.

HOLLY COTTINGHAM • Ensuring that RUSU are on track to meeting their strategic aims, taking student opinion into account. • Stretching the budget further to help fund more student activities, sports and societies. • Being a critical friend to RUSU, ensuring student views are listened to at Trustee board.

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SERHAN WADE • Expertise: Experience at the university and beyond proves my capability to ensure RUSU listens to you. • Accountability: Safeguarding accountability, I promise to attend all optional committees at RUSU and by producing monthly achievement reports. • Democracy: Wherever possible, encourage RUSU to ask for your opinions directly via referenda.

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ADVERT

26 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


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AGRICULTURE, POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT

Undergraduate School Reps represent the student voice on academic matters within each school. They sit on the School Board for Teaching and Learning.

AGRICULTURE, POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT 1 CANDIDATE

They lead and support a team of Undergraduate Course Reps within each school. Together, they work to ensure student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every school. They also act as a key contact with the Union and liaise regularly with the RUSU Education Officer and the Academic Representation Team.

ADRIENNE BOWES-TAYLOR

• Different values, concearns and opinions are all listened to, respectfully • Effectively work with students and the School • Needs are not only met but exceeded

28 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


ARCHAEOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

ARCHAEOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 3 CANDIDATES

MATTHEW BLACKIE • Ensure every course has regular contact with their academic rep.

JONATHAN WHEELER

• Offer support for academic reps throughout the year. • Extend opportunities for student feedback on issues such as assessment, feedback, deadlines, workload etc.

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JAMES DAY • Coursework/assessment feedback, help, and cross-references will be improved. • Monthly electronic surveys for departmental feedback will be administered, as already successfully done elsewhere. • A dedicated means of contacting me, along with any affecting information, will be provided to you.

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ARTS AND COMMUNICATION DESIGN

ARTS AND COMMUNICATION DESIGN 4 CANDIDATES

JENNIFER GREEN • More access to the school’s resources • Improve communication between staff and students • Better community spirit between the departments

ALEX DAVIS • I aim to improve communication between departments in the school, and between year groups. • I will try to maximise exhibition attendance and provide more opportunities for external exhibitions. • I will communicate as much as possible with students in order to focus on issues important to you and see action on those issues.

30 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

THEODOSIS DEMETRIOU • Make hidden course costs more transparent • Give all students access to the necessary equipment to offer everyone in the school a chance to improve their respective skills • Improve communications between the University and Art & Communication Design students

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 4 CANDIDATES

CHARLOTTE ABRAHAM • I believe that I am able to support and make the changes that the students ask for.

JESSICA GOODCHILD

• I feel enthusiastic to ensure the students voices are heard about thoughts, feelings and concerns. • I feel passionate about making sure the students get the most of their course.

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IOANNA TSEA • Support/Liaise with academic reps from the Biosciences and ensure harmonious communication as a team. • Request module evaluation form from academic staff and discuss changes to increase student satisfaction • Promote more Biosciences fairs that also offer opportunities for summer and industrial placements.

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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES | BUILT ENVIRONMENT

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES continued

BUILT ENVIRONMENT

4 CANDIDATES

2 CANDIDATES

SASHA SAWANT • Relevant sessions in preparation for upcoming exams • Increased interaction between students and staff throughout the year • Highlight career-orientated support and provide targetted sessions

KYLE SMITH • Experienced in student representation via acting as current course rep for year two Zoology

MATT SAUNDERS • Projects second years, increase the worth of the module from 20 to 30 credits

• Already started implementing positive changes for biological sciences students

• Minimise the jump from first to second year

• Wide reach across biological sciences and a strong rapport with other students and staff

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• Maintain a good relationship with companies from the construction industry

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


CHEMISTRY, FOOD AND PHARMACY

CHEMISTRY, FOOD AND PHARMACY 5 CANDIDATES

BETHAN GIBSON • Good standards of teaching and learning are important, as this course is the basis of our future careers. • Through my course rep experience I am confident in feeding back your views to staff. • I will always listen to your opinions, as it’s your feedback that makes improvements.

NABILAH RAHMAN • I’m Nabilah, and I am currently in my 2nd year of Pharmacy. • As a student of this faculty, I have thought of some ways which can help many of us reach our potential. • I have a few ideas of my own, but am open to suggestions from anyone.

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GAIA DE ANGELIS • Together we can make great changes to our school, this year was just the beginnig! • We need more feedback on our work and the methods for marking it has to be clear! • Lectures will be recorded, lab praticals will run smoothly and you’ll have a great time!

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CHEMISTRY, FOOD AND PHARMACY

CHEMISTRY, FOOD AND PHARMACY continued 5 CANDIDATES

ZOE JAMES • Wider range of opportunities e.g. summer programmes

AISHA ISMAILJEE

• More informative of deadline dates and earlier access to blackboard resources • Up-to date laboratory equipment

34 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

DANICA LOBO • To help my fellow students in the department and make a good CHANGE. • To be interactive with my course reps and get all their issues reached to the right people of higher authority. • To be a good leader and do my best if given this role.

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION | HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL

INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION

HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL 7 CANDIDATES

1 CANDIDATE

LILLIE-MAE FIRMIN • To make sure everybody’s voice is heard • Bridge the gap between the campus’ • Facilitate a positive working environment for all students and staff

NIKHIL DAAS • Create integration between different year groups to share experiences of internships, study abroad, postgrad studies and placements. • Increase number of study rooms for students due to overcrowding in the library and arc. • Ensure the Business School gives students more say in how our fees are spent.

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THOMAS LEE • Provide each Business School student with a free printing allowance. • Eliminate timetable clashes and ensure more lectures are held in the business school, rather than scattered around campus. • Launch a review into poor audio and lecture equipment. Quality education is and should be expected!

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HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL

HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL continued 7 CANDIDATES

NEAL ABDOOL • Current President of University of Reading Entrepreneurship Society, so already have my name out there in the Business School • Approachable individual, with the drive to help people and represent a body of people • Not afraid to say what I think, and never leave a job half done.

ROGER DE LABAUVE D’ARIFAT • Open-minded and easy to talk to.

BRYONY MARTIN

• Able to harness student opinions and well-being concerns to create a better learning environment. • Would be really grateful to be able to add positive value to the prestigious Henley Business School.

36 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


KATIE SMALLMAN

ISH GOEL • Provide student satisfaction on different courses in the Henley Business School • Enhance communication through events throughout all year groups and courses • Address people’s concerns individually or as a team and provide them with support

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HUMANITIES

HUMANITIES 6 CANDIDATES

BEN WILDE • Positive student led changes to improve the course along the lines of student feedback. • Greater promotion of careers opportunities to students early and often to allow them to get the most out of the department. • Improvements to online resources and Blackboard specifically to make finding information easier.

LAUREN TAVERNER RHIANNON SNOOK • I am motivated to bring about the changes that students want within the School of Humanities, as making sure my fellow students are happy is already very important to me within my role as Course Rep • I am keen to meet more students and staff within the School of Humanities, and to strengthen the link between them

• Ensuring standard feedback time is upheld across the board. • Improving communications between students and course reps. • Making students feel comfortable and not penalised for having concerns and points of improvement for the school.

• I believe my previous experience as a Course Rep will aid the role, if elected.

38 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


MEGAN PEEAR I want to ensure that whether you are a single or joint honours student that your ideas about the department and how it can best work for you are heard. Working with course reps and staff making sure to limit any issues that you may face and to find a solution if you are faced with one.

NICK JENKINS • Make sure modules run as smoothly and efficiently as possible

SHIRA YAKOBOVICH

• Investigate ways to improve student engagement with course content to improve the quality of learning offered to students • Broaden the methods of assessment that are available in order to appeal to a broader range of students

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LAW

LAW 5 CANDIDATES

MIA WICK • I have missed being included in a body of representatives that can advocate the voice of its’ peers since being Head Girl • I feel I can really initiate change • I have the correct temperament for this role and an aptitude for meeting and getting along with people

HARRY STEWART • Provide support to all students in a friendly and approachable manner

REBECCA WALKER • I will ensure that I take on board every suggestion given to me.

• Work with students and staff to create positive changes in the Law School

• I will endeavor to be involved with events in the law school so that students can use me as a liaison.

• Increase student awareness of what is happening on a wider scale across the Law School

40 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

• I will always be available to contact.

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


LITERATURE AND LANGUAGES

LITERATURE & LANGUAGES 2 CANDIDATES

ALISHA GAUCHAN I endeavour to;

• Become an active, helpful and enthusiastic representative on behalf of all the Law students to further enhance our academic experience. • Promote incentives for student feedbacks whilst effectively representing them to the relevant committee.

BETH PARKER • Share in the success of our university education together • Voice worries that we as an undergraduate class have, and • Find solutions to problems that a lot of people are too anxious to voice.

MOLLI CLEAVER • I will represent each and every voice of our school. • A more positive experience and a broader range of opportunities we can access will provide stronger career options for the rest of our lives. • These are our degrees; we need to be listened to.

• Ensure that our Law School remains united and spreading only positive vibes.

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LITERATURE & LANGUAGES

LITERATURE & LANGUAGES

MATHEMATICAL, PHYSICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES

2 CANDIDATES

5 CANDIDATES

MILLIE FARQUHAR

ANDREJUS KOSTAREVAS • Make sure student feedback is heard. Ensure issues are discussed and student feedback is heard by the school • Increase cooperation between Course Reps. Establish an environment for Course Reps within the school to collaborate in • Promote modern teaching techniques. Better integrate teaching methods, e.g. MOOCs, into courses within the school

42 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

EFFY HOPKINS • Increase first year involvement. Develop the promotion of societies, clubs and events. • Promote the various areas of mathematics. Encourage students to find the area of maths they wish to go into. • Improve student communication. Older students should be encouraged to interact and help younger years.

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


MATHEMATICAL, PHYSICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES

MATHEMATICAL, PHYSICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES

GABRIEL NIKOLOV • Holding structured informative meetings, with focus on identifying key issues • Promoting the work of course reps to show students the effort they’ve put in improving their course

BENJAMIN HOWE • Better access to learning through technology • Fair representation of the four departments within our school • Greater awareness among students of course reps and how they can help

NANZANXUAN CHEN • Be the important connection between students and school. • Help students to improve their acdamic grades. • Make friends!

• Being available at all times to course reps and students, with the idea of speeding up communication

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POLITICS, ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

POLITICS, ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 4 CANDIDATES

ZOE BRADDICK • To represent the views of the entire school fairly, without bias or exclusion. • To encourage ideas and views that will change the school for the better, with all students in mind. • To take student feedback to the appropriate levels, allowing greater understanding between the staff and students.

KARIM HELBAWI • Finding an effective way for all students to communicate their concerns to academic staff and RUSU. • Pushing for a balance workload to help you manage your time at university by improving transparency. • Ensuring that you are getting the most out of your degree.

44 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

DIMTRA LOUKA • Mainly my aim is to improve your academic experience! • Get more prompt feedback on your assignments and tests. • Organise study groups for different abilities to tackle any weaknesses as well as discuss assignments to encourage better grades. • Promote and advocate different trips related to particular courses

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


PSYCHOLOGY AND CLINICAL LANGUAGE SCIENCE S

PSYCHOLOGY AND CLINICAL LANGUAGE SCIENCES 4 CANDIDATES

UGONMA ONYENKPA • Increase social activities. Offering more extracurricular events shaped around the particular course

HARRISON WARD

• Promote international involvement, Making the international sector more involved with the RUSU • Enhance communication and boost student expression, while serving as the voice of the students, and working alongside course reps

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DJIHANE BRETECHE • Making things simpler by enhancing communication between the faculty and students • Making grades more achievable by increasing resources available on Blackboard e.g. podcasts and screencasts of lectures • Making things fair by ensuring that every student receives the support and resources they require to truly succeed 

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PSYCHOLOGY AND CLINICAL LANGUAGE SCIENCES

PSYCHOLOGY AND CLINICAL LANGUAGE SCIENCES continued 4 CANDIDATES

JENNIE DAY • Better communication between students and course reps

AMY MEADMORE • Making every lecture consistent, interesting and imaginative.

• More requests for feedback from students, which will help to improve the course next year

• Ensuring the wellbeing of students. A student’s health and trust in the Uni is as important as their academic success. • Making all feedback quick and insightful

46 | VOTING OPENS: 10.00am, Monday 20th February

VOTING CLOSES:  3.00pm, Friday 24th February


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