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union elections 2009

Your complete guide to the 2009 Union of UEA Students Elections 6, 9 & 10 MARCH

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The Dates Tuesday 3rd March Campaigning begins

Thursday 5th March Candidate’s Question Time 12 noon - 2pm, LCR

Friday 6th March Voting Day One 9am - 5.00pm, Edith Cavell Building

Monday 9th March Voting Day Two 9am - 9pm, Hive

Tuesday 10th March Voting Day Three 9am - 5.00pm, Hive Results announced around midnight Union House LCR and on www.ueastudent.com/vote


TAKE CONTROL

The Union Exec

Welcome to your chance to take control of your Union and use the power you have. This guide will help you work out how, when and where to use the power you have and make the change you want to see at UEA.

The Union is a democratic organisation that is run for students by students.

Each year, real UEA students are elected to lead the Union and listen to what you - their bosses - want them to do. The Union of UEA Students is one of the biggest and best students’ unions in the country, which makes it all the more important that you choose carefully who you want to lead the Union next year. Amongst the faces in this book are the people who will be speaking for you next year. They’ll also be overseeing the running of the Union bars, shops and entertainments, will be organising campaigns, allocating clubs and societies budgets and running all the Union’s student support services. Over the next few days make sure you take a few minutes to look through the candidates’ manifestoes in this guide and have a chat with any of the candidates who stops to talk to you during the campaign.

Its chief decision making body, Union Council, is made up of representatives from all schools at UEA, as well as the Union’s clubs and societies. Council makes Union policy, which is then implemented by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is made up of eleven officers - four full time, seven part time - who are elected by a cross-campus ballot of all students at UEA. The Exec are in charge of executing policy made by Council and are held accountable by Council. In short, Union Council tells the Exec what to do and sacks them if they don’t do it. This year no candidates have stood for one of the part time posts on the Exec - the International Officer. If you’d like to stand for one in a by-election in week 11, contact us on su.comms@ uea.ac.uk.

STUDENTS

UNION COUNCIL

EXEC


Equal opportunities Faculty convenors campaigns The Union is a collective voice for all students, and ensures that everyone is treated fairly and in a non-discriminatory way. There are some groups of students who face discrimination on campus or in wider society based on their ge nder, disability, race or ethnic origin or their sexuality. The Union recognises that these students deserve their own campaigns that they have control over and decide their own issues and ways to overcome the problems they face. New this year are four campaign convenors who will lead groups of students in the fight for equality. These campaign convenors will be elected only by students who self-define as being part of the particular group that the campaign deals with. Ballot papers for these elections will be available with the other ballot sheets.

Faculty Convenors are four students who are elected to represent all the students in a particular faculty, which itself is made up of groups of schools. Faculty Convenors co-ordinate groups of representatives in each school and ensure that the University is hearing students loud and clear! You will only be eligable to vote in one Faculty Convenor election.

NUS Conference NUS Conference is the highest decision-making body of the National Union of Students, of which the Union of UEA Students is a member. Every year the UEA Union sends eight delegates to Conference in Blackpool to help decide National Policy and elect the National Executive Committee - the officers who represent all students in the UK. NUS has a lot of power to change things on a national level.


How to vote

voting tactics

Voting will take place on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th between 9am and 5:30pm. The ballot boxes will be in Union House in the Hive cafe, which faces the Square and the Library on the main campus.

Voting in Union Elections is done according to the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system, full details of which can be found in the Elections minisite on www.ueastudent.com/vote.

All UEA Students are automatically members of the Union and can therefore vote in all Union elections simply by coming to Union House or the Edith Cavell Building with your campus card at the times specified. If you are not here on the voting days you can still vote! If you’re not going to be on campus on the voting days, email elections@uea.ac.uk for an electronic ballot paper. You will need to include your full name, registration number, school and year, and email from your “@uea. ac.uk” email address. Once you’ve made your choices, you will need to email the ballot paper back to us and, provided you haven’t already voted, you will have your vote added. The deadline to apply for electronic ballots is XXXXXXXXX and you must return them by XXXXXXXXXXX

STV allows you to vote preferentially in each election, so instead of marking your preferred candidate with an ‘X’ you rank the candidates 1,2,3,4 in your order of preference. Marking a rival candidate ‘2’ will not harm your first choice candidate’s chances as the only time the second preference vote is taken into account is when your first candidate can no longer win.


Question time

The Campaign

Every year all the candidates in all the elections come together in the LCR to make speeches, answer questions and try to persuade you to vote for them.

Aside from Question Time, your best chance to sus out the candidates and decide who you’re going to vote for comes during the campaigning period, when all the candidates will be dragging themselves round UEA trying to persuade as many students as possible to vote for them.

Question Time is sometimes known as ‘Hustings’. It’s a once-in-a-campaign chance to see all the candidates together, to cheer on those who you’ll be supporting and ask tough questions of the people who want to represent you next year. It’s free to get in and anyone who wants to ask a question can. It’s also one of the noisiest and most informative parts of the campaign, with all the candidates vying to get the best soundbite in.

Talking to candidates makes it easier for you to choose who to vote for and ensures that any complaints/ideas/ thoughts you have will be taken up by them if they get elected. Remember that the candidates will be spending up to 6 hours a day campaigning and they are likely to be very grateful for a cup of tea/pint of lager/piece of cake/sensuous massage on their way round. Treat them well ... they’ll be representing you next year.


academic officer

the job Represent the academic needs of all students Have overall responsibility for all academic casework Be responsible for academic representation throughout the University Co-ordinate the work of school representatives Co-ordinate the Union’s academic services Liaise with the Graduate Students Association and their academic representatives Co-ordinate the training of Union, School of Study and Union Council representatives Have overall responsibility for the NSLP training scheme and the development of opportunities for members to gain transferable skills Consult with and support the work of the Faculty Convenors. Meet with the Faculty Convenors at least once a month in University term-time, reporting the minutes of these minutes to Union Council.

the candidates RICHARD REYNOLDS (Fight Fees!) SAM ELIOTT DAVID SHEPPARD (Reelect Shep!) RON “Re-Open Nominations” (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections. If you think none of the candidates deserves your vote, you can vote RON to have the election re-run at a later date. Remember to vote preferentially 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. This cannot harm your first candidate’s chances.


comms officer

the job Be responsible for the organisation and publicity of Union elections, including those for the Union Council, general meetings and policy ballots Be responsible for the production of each issue of the weekly Union newsletter Have overall responsibility for internal and external Union communications including those with external and student run media Have overall responsibility for the administration of Union policy Have overall responsibility for ensuring compliance with the Union’s Constitution Co-ordinate the Executive and be responsible for producing the Executive Report for Union Council Be responsible for Union House publicity including notice boards Work to improve the relationship between the Union and its members with the local community Liaise with the National Union of Students

AND NUS CONFERENCE DELEGATE 2010

the candidates BECCY BOWNAS JIMMY DONCASTER NATASHA BARNES MATTHEW DAVISON ROB MORBIN RON “Re-Open Nominations” (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections. If you think none of the candidates deserves your vote, you can vote RON to have the election re-run at a later date. Remember to vote preferentially 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. This cannot harm your first candidate’s chances.


the job Liaise with the University over internal environmental matters Provide a link between relevant societies and the Executive Improve awareness of environmental issues and be responsible for relevant campaigns Work on improving internal recycling facilities

environment officer the candidates RACHEL LEUCK (“Use the Force!) JOE McCROHON LEEJIAH DORWARD RON “Re-Open Nominations” (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections. If you think none of the candidates deserves your vote, you can vote RON to have the election re-run at a later date. Remember to vote preferentially 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. This cannot harm your first candidate’s chances.


ETHICS officer

the job Liaise with the University over internal ethical matters Provide a link between relevant societies and the Executive

the candidates

Improve awareness of ethical issues and be responsible for relevant campaigns

SARAH WATERFIELD THOMAS JACKSON

Work on maintaining and enhancing the ethical status of the Union and the University.

RON “Re-Open Nominations” (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections. If you think none of the candidates deserves your vote, you can vote RON to have the election re-run at a later date. Remember to vote preferentially 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. This cannot harm your first candidate’s chances.


finance officer

the job Have overall responsibility for the administration of Union finances Be responsible for the overall allocation of the Union’s resources Be responsible for recommending the allocation of the resources available, on a fair and equable basis, between the Union’s clubs and societies Be responsible for ensuring that the Union operates within appropriate ethical and environmental standards Act as the representative of the Executive in its relationship with the Union Staff Work with NUS Services Limited to further the Union’s commercial interests Co-ordinate the development of the Union’s commercial and noncommercial services Have overall responsibility for the running of Union House Co-ordinate the training programme for officers of the Union’s clubs and societies and peer support groups Co-ordinate the provision of information to officers of clubs and societies in order to support them in their role.

the candidates PAUL WELLS CHRIS JOYCE OBID ALI MARTIN JOPP STEVE FANNER RON “Re-Open Nominations” (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections. If you think none of the candidates deserves your vote, you can vote RON to have the election re-run at a later date. Remember to vote preferentially 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. This cannot harm your first candidate’s chances.


the job Liaise with the University over matters affecting international students Provide a link between international students and the Executive Liaise with other organisations in the University or City of Norwich offering services to international students Improve awareness of issues affecting international students and be responsible for relevant campaigns

EQUAL OPPORTUNIES OFFICER the candidates UGO ONYKA EMAD ABO-HOUSSIN SITARA AMIN-TILLY RON “Re-Open Nominations” (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections. If you think none of the candidates deserves your vote, you can vote RON to have the election re-run at a later date. Remember to vote preferentially 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. This cannot harm your first candidate’s chances.


PUBLICITY OFFICER

the job Assist the Communications Officer with the publicity for elections, general meetings and policy ballots Provide guidance for clubs and societies to assist them to produce their own publicity Assist the Communications Officer with Union House publicity including notice boards

the candidates FELICITY ALLMAN (Felicity for Publicity) STUART TAYLOR ANDREW TAYLOR (Competent social, environmental and financial sustainability) RON “Re-Open Nominations” (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections. If you think none of the candidates deserves your vote, you can vote RON to have the election re-run at a later date. Remember to vote preferentially 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. This cannot harm your first candidate’s chances.


societies OFFICER

the job Provide a link between the Union’s societies and the Executive Liaise with the University on matters affecting the operation of societies Advise and assist Union members wishing to establish new societies Assist officers of societies to carry out their duties

the candidates JACK KIFFIN RON

Assist the Finance Officer with the training of society officers

“Re-Open Nominations” (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections.

Arrange and set up Soc. Mart and Soc. Mart 2

If you think none of the candidates deserves your vote, you can vote RON to have the election re-run at a later date. Remember to vote preferentially 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. This cannot harm your first candidate’s chances.


sports OFFICER

the job Provide a link between the Union’s sports clubs and the Executive Liaise with the University on matters affecting the operation of sports clubs Advise and assist Union members wishing to establish new clubs Assist officers of clubs to carry out their duties Assist the Finance Officer with the training of club officers Arrange and set up Sports Mart and Sports Mart 2

the candidates ANNA THOMLINSON RON “Re-Open Nominations” (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections. If you think none of the candidates deserves your vote, you can vote RON to have the election re-run at a later date. Remember to vote preferentially 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. This cannot harm your first candidate’s chances.


Welfare officer

the job Work with the University on all student welfare related matters Co-ordinate the Union’s welfare service Have overall responsibility for all non-academic casework Be responsible for all issues relating to student accommodation including University residences

the candidates ALEX DENNIS TOM SUTTON RON

Be responsible for all issues relating to student employment including Employability Be responsible for all issues relating to Equal Opportunities within the Union. Liaise with the Equal Opportunities Officer and the Campaign Convenors to ensure that all groups are represented in the Union. Co-ordinate Undergraduation and reception including international students arrival

“Re-Open Nominations” (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections. If you think none of the candidates deserves your vote, you can vote RON to have the election re-run at a later date. Remember to vote preferentially 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. This cannot harm your first candidate’s chances.


the job Represent the academic needs of the students in the relevant faculty Liaise with the student representatives from all the schools in the relevant faculty Provide a link between the school representatives and the Students’ Union Represent students on faculty level committees Liaise with the faculty staff on academic issues effecting students.

FACULTY CONVENORS the candidates HUM FACULTY NICK CHURCH RACHEL HANDFORTH RON

FACULTY of HEALth KAYTE McCANN RON “Re-Open Nominations” (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections. If you think none of the candidates deserves your vote, you can vote RON to have the election re-run at a later date. Remember to vote preferentially 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. This cannot harm your first candidate’s chances.


the job Represent the needs of the group of students in the relevant campaign.

Equal Opportunies Campaign CONVENORS the candidates

Liaise with the members of the relevant clubs, societies or peer support groups Represent students on the relevant Union or University Committees. With the assistance of the Equal Opportunities Officer, and the Welfare Officer, liaise with University and Union staff on relevant issues relating to their constituents. Meet with the Equal Opportunities Officer at least twice a semester to discuss relevant issues. Be responsible for campaigns relating to their constituents and convene regular meetings between themselves and their constituents.

LGBT cammpaign convenor LIZ BISCOE RON

women’s campaign convenor and nus womens conference delegate 2010

BERNADETTE SCHULZ RON


the job Attend the National Union of Students’ Annual Conference in April. Vote on behalf of UEA students to influence national policies for all students in the UK. Elect a new leadership of NUS.

We may elect 7 of the 11 candidates standing.

“Re-Open Nominations” (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections. If you think none of the candidates deserves your vote, you can vote RON to have the election re-run at a later date. Remember to vote preferentially 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. This cannot harm your first candidate’s chances.

nus delegation the candidates TOM SUTTON MARTIN JOPP THOMAS JACKSON MYLES SMITH DAVID SHEPPARD (Shep for NUS!) RICHARD REYNOLDS (Fight Fees!) ANDREW TAYLOR (Competent social, environmental and financial sustainability) RON


10 things to do before you vote Read all the candidates’ manifestoes Click on the elections minisite at www.ueastudent. com/vote Flirt outrageously with one candidate Cheer wildly at Candidate’s Question Time Make a candidate a cup of tea Tell a candidate that you’ve already voted just to get rid of them Stick up your special Rabbit Election wall chart Pursuade at least five other people to vote Go to the Hive to vote without your campus card and feel stupid Decide you’re going to stand in the elections next year


DON’T MISS THE CHANCE TO SEE AND HEAR ALL THE CANDIDATES AT THE

question times THURSDAY 5th MARCH LCR, 12 noon

www.ueastudent.com/vote



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