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The Dates TUESDAY 11 MAy Campaigning begins
FRIDAY 14 MAY Voting Day 0ne Look out for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the online voting system
SATURDAY 15 MAY Voting Day Two
SUNDAY 16 MAY Voting Day Three
M0NDAY 17 MAY Voting Day Four Laptops in the Hive/LCR from 9am - 5pm
Results announced around 5.30pm in the Blue Bar and then on www.ueastudent.com
Take Control Welcome to your chance to take control of your Union. 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. Each year, UEA students are elected to lead the Union and listen to what you 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 organising campaigns, allocating clubs and societies budgets, running all the Union’s student support services and overseeing the running of the Union’s bars, shops and entertainments. 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.
Faculty convenors 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 eligible to vote in one Faculty Convenor election.
The Student 0fficer Committee The Union is a democratic organisation that is run for students by students. 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 Student Officer Committee. The Student Officer Committee is made up of 17 officers: • • •
Four full time, voting officers elected by a cross-campus ballot of all students, Six part time, voting officers elected by a cross-campus ballot of all students, Seven part time, non-voting officers who are elected by students who self define as being part of the particular group that the officer represents.
The Student Officer Committee are in charge of executing policy made by Union Council and are held accountable by Council. In short, Union Council tells the Student Officer Committee what to do and sacks them if they don’t do it.
Non Voting 0fficers 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 gender, disability, race or ethnic origin, sexuality, age or nationality. 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 seven part time, nonvoting members of the Student Officer Committee who who will lead groups of students in the fight for equality and advise the Student Officer Committee on the issues that affect the students they represent. These officers will be elected only by students who self-define as being part of the particular group that the officer deals with.
How to vote Voting will take place from 9am Friday 14 May - 5pm Monday 17 May. All voting will be online this year you can vote from any computer! On Friday 14, you will be sent an email from email@example.com to your UEA email account with a link through to the online voting system. All you need to do is follow the instructions in the email to be able to vote. Laptops will be set up in the Hive, Union
House from 9am - 5pm on Monday 17 May. All UEA Students are automatically members of the Union and can therefore vote in all Union elections simply by clicking on the link in the email.
Voting Tactics Voting in the Union Elections is done according to the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system, full details of which can be found on www.ueastudent.com. 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 etc. 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.
The Campaign 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. 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 hours campaigning each day and they are likely to be very grateful for a cup of tea/pint of lager/piece of cake on their way round. Treat them well ... they’ll be representing you next year.
the job Liaise with the University over internal ethical matters Provide a link between relevant societies and the Student 0fficer Committee Improve awareness of ethical issues and be responsible for relevant campaigns Work on maintaining and enhancing the ethical status of the Union and the University.
ethical issues officer the candidates Craig Daniel Rye Danny Keillor R.O.N â€œRe-Open Nominationsâ€? (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 candidateâ€™s chances.
A third year History and Politics student, Iâ€™ve been a member of Union Council this year and been involved in Concrete for the past 2 years. I would like to improve our Unionâ€™s response to ethical issues.
That the Union should encourage the involvement of students in ethical campaigns. The democratic integrity of the Union must be maintained by better links to students through their Union councillors The fight on fees must be maintained
To support the implementation of the ethical labelling scheme. To work to ensure that ethical issues are integrated into any future Union investment. To investigate the possibility of a nonalcoholic area on campus in the evening. To improve the selection of ethical products available on campus To be an approachable Ethical Issues Officer To work with the Communications Officer to increase the interaction students have with their Union councillors To work with the Communications Officer to involve more students in ethical issues campaigns To utilise Facebook and Twitter to increase awareness of ethical issues
the job Fulfill all the duties as outlined on their manifesto, subject to Union policy and the strategic plan. Not undertake any duty that infringes upon or overlaps with the job descriptions of other officers of the Student 0fficer Committee. We many elect one of the candidates standing.
non-portfolio officer the candidates Tash Ross Tim Miller R.O.N “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.
Hi, I’m Tash. I’m a second year Politics student. I have been on Union Council for a year. I’ve been involved in Union campaigns such as Donation not Discrimination. I’d really like to make some positive change in the union and work to support union clubs and societies.
I'll make sure I’m a point of contact for sports clubs and societies, making sure that they aren't affected by the loss of the sports and societies officers. This means ensuring that societies understand the union’s resources they are entitled to, from grants for trips to photocopier codes. I'll also work to provide more specific training for societies as different societies have different needs.
Students who work need more support from our union. I want students to know their rights in the workplace. I will also to run a campaign in the city for a fair wage for students who work part time.
I'll work to find an effective way for students to sell and buy second hand Books. It’ll make buying books cheaper for students, and allow students with books they don’t need to make a bit of cash.
Norfolk County Council’s plans to switch off thousands of streetlights in Norwich could put student’s safety at risk. I will work to make sure streets with high populations of students aren’t switched off.
the job Represent the interests of ethnic minority students and be their voice on the issues they face as ethnic minority students at university.
ethnic minorities officer the candidates
Engage with the University and other relevant organisations to achieve improvements for ethnic minority students on the issues they face as ethnic minority students at university.
Convene and co-ordinate the Union's Ethnic Minorities Committee.
â€œRe-Open Nominationsâ€? (RON) is a candidate in all Union elections.
Liaise with the members of the relevant clubs, societies or peer support groups. Be the Union's delegate to the NUS Black Students Conference.
Samuel Kessington Okwuada R.O.N 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 candidateâ€™s chances.
ELECTION MANIFESTO I am currently studying for a MA in Development Studies in the School of International Development (DEV). Prior to this, I took an undergraduate course in Sociology. During my days as an undergraduate, I was actively involved with supporting the students’ union movement and providing useful guidance to the various students’ union leaders in my University. I was also involved with broader youth development programmes in my local church. All of these have prepared me to take on future leadership roles, in this case as ‘Ethnic Minorities Officer’ of the Union of UEA Students if elected, my priorities will include the following: represent the interests of ethnic minority students and be their voice at the university, devise ways of improving the issues ethnic minority students face on campus and coordinate ethnic minorities committees and promote activities that will enhance their studentship. I believe I possess the necessary skills and experience to succeed in this role. I am currently the President, Nigerian Students’ Association, UEA and the immediate past President of UEA Graduate Students’ Association. Thank You. Olasoji Fagbola
SAMUEL .K. OKWUADA  FOR ETHNIC MINORITIES OFFICER GOALS 他 Listen to voices of minority students on issues such as accommodation, transport and socializing problems and represent them. 他 Improve the problems faced as ethnic minority students by engaging with the University and relevant authorities. 他 Make sure decisions taking by the executive or council have ethnic minority students at heart. 他 Liaise with clubs and societies dealing with minority students to organize events and take decisions.
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ABOUT ME I am an INTO student planning on continuing at the university next semester. I am currently the INTO representative in council. Have a good knowledge in dealing with student issues as I was a member of the Model United Nations council for two years.
the job Represent the interests of mature students and be their voice on the issues they face as mature students at university. Engage with the University and other relevant organisations to achieve improvements for mature students on the issues they face as mature students at university. Convene and co-ordinate the Union's Mature Students Committee. Liaise with the members of the relevant clubs, societies or peer support groups. Be the Union's delegate to the NUS Mature Students Conference.
mature students' officer the candidates Olugbenga Fred Aniviye
R.O.N â€œRe-Open Nominationsâ€? (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 candidateâ€™s chances.
Mani festo: Hi, I’m Gbenga Fred Aniviye, MA student in International Development. I’m running for Mature Student Officer this year because I believe that UEA has a strong and thriving Mature student community, and I have the ability to make sure we get the representation we deserve. Life as a mature student has been a worthwhile and rewarding experience. Since being at the University, I have come across lot of issues which are faced by many matured students studying at the University which need urgent attention. In the past, we Mature student have been mainly ignored as a group I want to ensure that mature student are represented, not just within the Student Union, but also at University level – bringing forward the issues that matter to mature students! I believe that one of the main issues we face is the lack of integration of mature students into the University and the Students Union, and I want to bridge that gap. Since 2009, I’ve been the Union councillor representing postgraduate student at the union council, Secretary of Nigerian Student Association and a volunteer member of Global Voices. If elected, I pledge to: • Be enthusiastic about my role, and bring a real sense of meaning to the position, which will enable my successors to make the most out of the post – something that has been lacking in the past. • Ensure that you, the mature student Students I’ll be representing, are getting the most out of your time at UEA, and I’ll follow up any concerns promptly – benefitting you, when you need me most. Vote Olugbenga Aniviye for Mature Student Officer – Change for the better!
the job Represent the interests of students with disabilities and be their voice on the issues hey face as students with disabilities at university. Engage with the University and other relevant organisations to achieve improvements for students with disabilities on the issues they face as students with disabilities at university. Convene and co-ordinate the Union's Students with Disabilities Committee. Liaise with the members of the relevant clubs, societies or peer support groups. Be the Union's delegate to the NUS Disabled Students Conference.
students with disabilities officer the candidates Rebecca Vicary Sophie Bean R.O.N â€œRe-Open Nominationsâ€? (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 candidateâ€™s chances.
Rebecca Vicary  Because we deserve better! Hi, I’m Rebecca and I have multiple disabilities and learning difficulties but like you I want to be recognised/defined by my successes and achievements whilst at university and not because of my disabilities. As student with disabilities officer I will: Î Represent and support students with disabilities: including those with hidden disabilities, learning difficulties, temporary disabilities and those who chose not to formally declare their disability to the University. Î Have regular meetings to listen to the needs and concerns of disabled students and find ways to resolve issues that may arise. Î Introduce a mentor system for new students to help with the transition from school, college, time out or work to university. Î Aim to raise the profile of the sorts of disabilities and learning difficulties experienced by students at UEA through student led presentations and a disability awareness week. Î Represent the views of disabled students and put forward motions for positive changes at UEA for students – I’ve been a member of union council for 2 years so I’m aware of the proceedings. Î Regularly liaise with DOS, the accommodation office, the Students Union, the Equality and Diversity manager and outside bodies when necessary to support students and improve integration of students at UEA. Î Liaise with the new Sabbatical Team to work with the University to create a University mental health policy. Why me? I’m passionate about student rights, I have experience in a similar role as I set up and ran a peer support group primarily for students with a disability or learning difficulty and therefore already have contacts to help me achieve my aims. I have prior experience of working with DOS, the accommodation office, estates and security as I was a resident tutor for 2 years.
Rebecca Vicary  Because we deserve better!
Sophie Bean I am a 2nd year Medical, who is part of several societies at UEA including med soc, circus soc and Jamnesty. I have previously been a member of the UK youth parliament and represented disabled youths both locally nationally in a variety of roles. I think it is important that disabled students at UEA are fairly represented on the Union council, and that the person doing this should have an understanding of how each student has different needs. I also believe that some changes are needed in order for disabled students to have access to the same quality of university experience as the rest of the student body.
My aims as the Officer for students with disabilities: 1. Provide student lead support groups for individuals with dyslexia, mental health problems and physical disabilities. 2. Set up a buddy scheme for new students with disabilities. 3. Provide more accessible accommodation on campus, not just in the most expensive residences. 4. Have better lighting at night on the access ramps and stairs around campus. 5. Set up a facebook group for disabled students at UEA with the aim of improving the communication of students needs 6. Support the UEA Go Green Campaign and encourage lifts to only be used by individuals who need them. 7. Hold regular open forums with the DOS for students to bring problems to the universities attention 8. Arrange free sign language classes open to all students
HUM Faculty Convenor
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.
the candidates Hannah Dunlop
R.O.N “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.
You may only vote in this election if your school is in the Humanities Faculty
About Me: I am currently a first year UG student in English Literature. I am part of the Volleyball club and knitting society, in which I have just been appointed social secretary and for whom I also sit on Council.
What am I standing for? This is YOUR degree. What do YOU want from it? Are your thoughts being heard? Do you know who your rep is? I want to ensure that every student within the HUM faculty knows precisely where to go when s/he has a problem, query, suggestion or complaint. I intend to be irritating on YOUR behalf and insist that academics make sure that they keep teaching and the needs of their students at the top of their agenda at ALL times. We are the ones funding them after all! I also intend to further liaise with the faculty in order to continue to improve timetabling (both for term time and exams) â€“ we need them significantly sooner, even if they are only preliminary. I will continue the fight for better feedback â€“ six scrawled words on the coversheet is not enough! Did your tutor ensure you knew when you could go and see him/her? Was there enough feedback? Was it constructive?
Why you should vote for me on May 14th-17th: I am already an active member of the Union, and am proactive in building good working relationships with academics within the faculty. I feel strongly that YOUR degree and YOUR academics should work for YOU.