Hi, I’m Asif Khan, a final year Business management undergraduate. I believe I am the ideal candidate to be your next Student Union President. I have come across small and big changes that could make Student Life easier.
In the past 4 years, I’ve gained crucial work experience during my placement in Nando’s Head Office managing projects and as a Campus Brand Rep for Nando’s working with the SU & societies to organise various events. I am also currently a Peer Mentor in the Business school and have volunteered for the various SU charities.
My manifesto revolves around making our Student Life – Fun, Interactive & Effective. With ideas like; Having our Student Cards on our Phone, Printing Credit Transfer, More Chilling & Work spaces, Free Private Transport Service – dropping off students, having Microwaves, Free porridge before 10am, On campus swimming pool for recreational purposes, Movie Screenings in SU– classics and new movies, Free Hobbies’ Classes on - photography, cooking, languages, painting, public, yoga & more, Free group fitness boot camps, Revising the weekly timetable for more days off, Stress and time management classes and advice, Making Opportunities for Students Self-Development, and more which you can read on my Manifesto available on the SU website.
Hello everyone! I’m Chris, a Third year Classical Studies Student, and I want to be your next President of the Students’ Union. I believe that through my experience as Racial Equality Officer, President of the Classics Society, and as Film Editor of the Courier, I am the ideal person to lead your Students Union. In my role, I would focus on key issues effecting students, including:
Mental Health: Your mental health is important at home, not just on campus. Besides other Mental Health initiatives, I will make it easier for you to keep pets at Uni so that you can go home to your favourite friend.
Affordability: Student life can be expensive, with student spending being a vital part of the Newcastle economy. That is why I will work to get you discounts not just at food-outlets, but at places such as Wilko’s and Ikea, as well as fashion stores within Newcastle.
Representation: As your first BAME President in NUSU history, I will work to increase equal representation in the Union so that every student feels their interests and their worries are sufficiently addressed.
Your Union deserves better leadership, better policy and better representation. Vote for Wilko!
Hi, I’m Jack, a third year Law student. During my time at Newcastle University I have been lucky enough to engage in a wide variety of the opportunities on offer. I have been President and Captain of the Men’s Lacrosse Club, sat on the Athletic Union executive committee and the student council. These have given me a crucial insight into a diverse range of student issues. Outside university I have engaged with community projects, charities and sports teams, including volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau. Throughout I have worked hard to improve the student experience and will continue to do so, this is why I believe that I am the ideal candidate for President. I believe my policies are attainable and would benefit students including:
Improving the management of mental health when transitioning between home and university healthcare services
Continuing the push for free sanitary products on campus
Reduce the financial burden on students buying textbooks
Providing more seating in the Robinson Library
Work with local businesses to improve opportunities for students to gain experience and jobs
Reduce the cost of playing sport at university
I believe I can make these policies reality through hard work, and a tireless attitude.
A MANIFESTO FOR A GREATER UNION: Vote Jamie #1 for President:
Students fund this university. Our union NUSU should demand more of this money and choose how it is spent on our own services and programs.
Reform and revitalise student democracy.
Negotiate with local providers to deliver cheaper transport.
Fight to keep down cost of student accommodation - protect student income.
Name, shame, and pressure exploitative landlords so you don't get ripped off.
Expand NUSU's food bank.
Students, staff, and teachers need each other, so let's work together.
Engage with local charities and community groups.
More unique artists and speakers at NUSU.
WHY YOU CAN TRUST ME:
I bring experience, compassion, and perspective.
I’m the current Scrutiny Officer for NUSU.
Writer and editor Courier and Politics Network.
Activist on campus
Committed humanitarian undertaking research for Your Voice Counts, the disability advocacy charity and Changing Lives, helping people with complex needs.
I care about your welfare and want a Union that will always be on your side.
Remember, it’s our University. Let’s fight for an empowered and brighter future for students, our teachers, and our community. Together, we are strong.
I would love to make this reality – if you will be with me.
All the best, Jamie Cameron
Hi, I am the Jason Carr. I’ve been here for the past four years as both an undergraduate and a postgraduate student. I’ve had a variety of committee roles across several societies. Is this important? Not particularly, it’s the policies that matter, not a sense of personal entitlement. If elected, I plan to:
1. Bring real representation to the students of Newcastle University. For too long I believe NUSU has been a clique representing only their own interests. I will crush these mere mortals in my inexorable rise to power. Together we can achieve a union by all students, for all students.
2. Re-allocate funding to the areas most students care about. The vanity projects of past SU teams will be reassessed and streamlined, with the excess funds being diverted into more popular schemes such as subsidised drinks at Luther’s.
3. Restore the beauty of our campus. The sculptures of rusty blocks and a headless ballerina are near-universally despised, I will aim to see them removed and the beauty of our great campus restored.
4. Link our union with other mighty institutions. I will seek partnerships with large companies such as Google and Amazon to fund better equipment and services at a lower cost..
Honour. Integrity. A cute smile. What do these qualities all have in common? Future NUSU President John Dilworth possesses them all.
A wise man once said, “Hi, I'm John Dilworth.”
What will I bring to the role of President? To quote someone who knows a thing or two about being President, I am a very stable genius. All yolks egg-side, I will grab this job with both hands, give it my all, and shoot for the stars.
Quid pint Fridays. Need I say any more? I better. I've not hit the word count yet.
Can we build a wall between Newcastle and Northumbria and make Northumbria pay for it? I will at the very least investigate this idea.
Fondle-free Wednesdays for STD awareness.
Luther's was called Men's for many years. I say it's time we rename it Women's!
If elected I will get a face tattoo that says President.
I will encourage greater transparency throughout the work marking process. Many students I've talked with feel that the feedback they receive from tutors isn't constructive enough so I'd like to open a university-wide dialogue that I believe would benefit everyone.
Gamers may become a protected minority group. Rise up!
Hi, I’m Katie, a third year history undergraduate. Having been Social Sec, then President of History Society and a former MUSSOC Voices member, I hope to be your next SU President. I believe my organisational, leadership and personable skills are vital for any SU President. However, my strong desire to improve our uni life here at Newcastle by making it an easier, safer and more affordable environment, is why you should make me your next President. May key aims:
If elected, I will aim to:
To make sure Students are aware of their rights - strike action, landlords, the police, implement re-marking system.
A stronger focus on student wellbeing - reading week, mental health assistance, unlimited print credits, re-vitalised communal areas, society-wide welfare officers.
Make sure campus is a safe environment for everyone, particularly women - sexual assault clinic, relevant safety measures, sexual-health test kits.
Build a better relationship between the SU and INTO, for our international students- collaborative events, student storage space.
To make students aware of all the SU is doing for them, as I don’t feel we always are.
Most importantly, I promise to always work with students’ interests at heart and to advocate on their behalf, it's their uni experience after all.
Hey! I’m Alistair, a third-year economics student, and I want to see all societies flourish as your next activities officer.
I’ve been closely involved with the university outside of my course since first year and my enthusiasm for the opportunities available as a student has failed to waiver. In my time I’ve been a member in many societies, written for The Courier, played in the Squash team, and volunteered as Supervisor in Freshers and RAG crew. In addition, I’ve held committee roles as welfare officer for the Squash Club and as treasurer for the 20 Minute Society. I understand the importance of having support from the Union when you’re trying to achieve more with your society and so this would be a key element of my campaign. Starting off with a straightforward way to get sign ups at the Freshers’ fair, and overcoming the debilitating challenges presented with GDPR regulations. Looking to support new members of committee and strive to be more efficient with existing tools at hand.
---> Better guidance for committee roles,
including ---> welfare training to all committee
and ---> simplify fhow activities are ran through improved tools.
Hi, I’m Eleanor Killner and I’m running for Activities Officer. As secretary of the History Society this year I know the ins and outs of how a society works. I want to make it easier for you guys to take full advantage of what the NUSU has to offer.
Mix it up.
I want to create an online network to make collaboration between societies more accessible. I will make life easier for committee members as well as creating unique occasions for students to get to know more people in mixed environments.
Go on, Volunteer
Did you know that Go Volunteer works with over 150 charities? I didn’t for far too long and through better society participation I believe more students can give back while doing what they love.
For some people, a society is more than a hobby, it could be their future. I work as a NU Alumni Advancement Ambassador and Photographer and I want to help societies create a stronger link with the outside world, to help you guys post uni.
If you want someone who will make life easier for you, enjoys creating new opportunities and won’t waste your time, then vote for me!
Hello, my name is Haaris and I feel I am the best candidate for Activities Officer 2019/20.
Vote for an experienced officer. Vote #Haaris4NUSUActivities
Hi! My name is Jordan Carroll, I’m a third-year linguistics student and I’m standing for the position of Activities Officer 19/20. For me, societies are a massive part of my university experience and I want to be able to help give that opportunity to other people! Currently, I’m a social sec for the 20-minute society (which has been such an incredible experience). I’m also a member of 3 other societies, including RAG, for which I was a RAG week supervisor. I feel like the experiences I have from being a part of these societies have really given me the skills that I believe make a good activities officer - our SU is already doing so good but with me as Activities Officer we can do so much more! I would like to propose the change via these 6 simple steps:
Hi I’m Meg, a final year student, and I want to be your next Activities Officer!
I’ve worked in NUSU as a Course Rep, Community Rep, an Organiser for Student Volunteering Week and as a Student Council member since coming to Newcastle in 2016. As a Secretary and Education Secretary for a society previously, I understand the effort that many students put into our societies and I aim to make this run smoothly- providing clearer communication between groups, supportive regulations and addressing barriers to participation.
The Activities Officer oversees employability as well as the social life of the Union. I will ensure that what the SU puts out will be both fun and functional. Newcastle students are the best (we know this) but in a crowd of 1.76 million students nationally, I’ll work hard to give you chances to develop yourself as a person, whilst also providing a great student experience.
Newcastle has been voted the most sociable place to study in the UK. This is true, but we can go even further. I will keep the calendar busy and make sure there’s something for everyone: whether you’re an undergrad, postgrad, home or international student.
Ice Hockey Club President 17-18 & 18-19, Treasurer 16-17, Captain 16-19
AU Executive committee 18-19
What makes me stand out:
I'm a Stage 2 Economics Student, Course Rep and Treasurer of the Archery Club. In addition, I hold a sit in the AU Exec Committee which works closely with the current AU Officer for the benefits of all Clubs. Lastly, I'm an active member of the European Youth Parliament for the past 5 years now which resulted in further enhancing my leadership and communication qualities.
My name is Ally Wilson, a 3rd year English Literature student and I’m in my third year of involvement in The Courier. I am passionate about student media at Newcastle University and would love the chance to generate new and exciting ways for it to develop as Editor of The Courier 2019!
Getting You the Most From Your Student Media
Hello, I’m Grace Dean and I really want to be your next Editor of the Courier.
I have been involved with the Courier for approaching three years, including winning the 2018 Courier Journalist of the Year award, and am a current Courier News Sub-Editor. I have both the skills and the experience needed to lead a team of sub-editors, encourage participation in student journalism and act as a Trustee of the Students Union.
Here’s how I would help you get the most from your student media:
Alright. I’m Harry, Sport Editor of the Courier and Station Manager at Newcastle Student Radio. I want to make the most of the The Courier, NSR and NUTV’s potential to give a bigger voice to societies, sports clubs and every single student.
I want to use student media to challenge the decisions made by the university and ensure the paper genuinely represents you.
By voting Parsons you’ll:
Under my leadership, NSR has hosted events, covered matches and diversified our membership including more voices and greater student representation.
Give Harry a go to give a voice to every single student.
Hello! I’m Scarlett Rowland, a third year Classics student, have been editing the Arts section of the Courier for the past two years and also have a radio show. During my time involved with student media, I have gained an understanding of the needs of both the audiences and creators of NSR, the Courier, and NUTV.
Voting Scarlett means an improvement in:
Hey, I’m Sid and I’m a third year Politics undergraduate. I believe my three years of Courier experience, fresh policies and enthusiasm for the paper make me the ideal candidate for editor of The Courier. I will make The Courier attractive to everyone, whether that be something light-hearted like the Agony Aunt or something more significant like in-depth news features. I want every student to pick up a paper that is proactive, bold and relevant to everyone, but crucially, my policies have the depth and personality to make The Courier the greatest paper it can be. These include:
A vote for Sid will be a vote for fresh new content and exciting changes, while adding depth to the paper and promoting the student cause. Vote Sidney Pinsent for Editor of The Courier.
My name is Xin Li, from China. I am a postgraduate student studying International Multimedia Journalism. When I came to Newcastle University, I was attracted by the media branches of NUSU and took part in NUTV and NSR immediately, and I started to write for the Courier. In my undergraduate year in China, I had done some internships in TV station, newspaper, and I also have my own blog and channel. I believe I have great passion and experience on media and help students to give their voice through journalism. I wrote a feature article of Bonfire theme for the Courier before, in which I introduced one of the famous fire shows in China. If you vote for me to be the editor, I will encourage and provide more opportunities for students from different countries to introduce their hometowns and connect their culture with the local culture to make the newspaper more international and interesting. Besides, I also joined the fashion society and I wish to invite the members of different societies to write more about their activities and attract students to find their favourite one. The webpage and online articles will be promoted in a more abundant way. So please vote for me, vote for your sincere friend!
I’m Mel and your ideal candidate for Education Officer! You might have already seen me working at Luther’s or in lectures doing Academic Rep work. My experience and enthusiasm will help me represent your views while I strive to implement the following:
Hi, I'm Pablo Charro de la Fuente, a third year Marketing Student, and I believe I am the most ideal candidate to be your next Education Officer. In this role I want to focus on affordability and employability, giving at the same time a great importance to mental health and wellbeing. Some of the points I aim to achieve are:
I want to implement a new buddy system for postgraduate students, where students are placed into small groups based on shared interests and field of study. This intends to make it easier for students new to the university to attend NUSU events.
I will press the university to allow for more flexible payment options for postgraduate students when it comes to tuition fees to ease pressures on rent costs. Often, students have to pay 6 months of rent from the first loan instalment - spreading the cost more will make managing money easier.
I’ll work to make sure there are more communal and study spaces targeted at postgraduate students to help foster a sense of community.
I’ll lobby the university to subscribe to digital services such as SilverCloud, which offers a range of therapy programmes tailored to individuals to help students deal with stress, anxiety, depression and more. Many universities already offer this and we should follow suit.
I’ll work to create a postgraduate executive body to plan and implement campaigns that benefit the postgraduate student experience, along with ring-fenced seats for postgraduates at Student Council.
I’m Karina Sorrels, a Master’s of British History student, and I’m campaigning to be your Postgraduate Officer. I believe that I’m the best candidate there is to not only represent your views on the postgraduate experience but also strive to implement the following to aid your experience and the future.
I am Mikesh Lukka and I am running for Postgraduate Officer because I will bring vibrancy and energy to the role. I am hard working, organised and personable, due to this I think I am more than qualified for this role. I am currently a Postgraduate student, so I know what deficiencies there are within the university when it comes to Postgraduates.
My main aims will be to make the university experience more enjoyable for Postgraduates through holding numerous activities and events focused specifically for Postgraduates which will vary to incorporate different cultures. For example, holding socials such as rock-climbing, social nights out or celebrating the Chinese New Year. In addition, I would help students who have come from different universities integrate better with everyone at the university and the city in general. I would also aim to make sure that there is a larger space for Postgraduates to work in in the library as the space is very limited for Postgraduates.
If you do vote for me, I will ensure that I will take on this responsibility with great enthusiasm and pride thus delivering a great experience that will meet expectations for Postgraduates who are starting or continuing next year.
My name is Alana Barnett and I am running to be your next Welfare & Equality Officer.
My first policy is to introduce a mindfulness training scheme for students and staff because I feel it is important to continue targeting mental illness on campus. Whether or not someone has been diagnosed with a condition, mindfulness can benefit everyone’s mental wellbeing. Also, it will provide a mutually beneficial scheme for students because those administering the sessions will also be able to gain new skills and knowledge for themselves. I strongly believe that this scheme will be a great addition for students.
Secondly, I would like to introduce a memorial to commemorate those who have lost their lives whilst studying here at Newcastle. I think it would be a lovely annual tradition to celebrate their lives and to ensure that they are never forgotten.
Lastly, I am very passionate about giving students space and time to talk about any concerns they may have relating to all aspects of university life. I would therefore like to introduce individual drop-in sessions which would allow students to book a one to one time slot and have the opportunity to discuss anything they’d like with me.
I’m Charlotte Boulton, third year Media student and current Marginalised Genders Officer. I have the passion, expertise and dedication needed from your Welfare & Equality Officer, and so many ideas for the role!
My manifesto points focus on mental health, sexual violence, equality and campaigning. I will work to introduce welfare training for all personal tutors and start Freshers Week welfare drop-ins to improve mental health support from the very start of term. I will create sexual consent informational leaflets for Freshers Packs and plan to implement Pincident to record hate crime and harassment incidents in Newcastle.
For PEC forms, I want to ensure bereavement evidence requirements are sensitive to all students. I would also explore possibilities for students on sports teams to use PEC forms during important fixtures. I will continue important campaigns like S.H.A.G. Week and ensure they are inclusive by including LGB and trans sexual health information and resources – and expand free STI checks, condoms and menstrual products into accommodation! I would like to provide a smaller scale SOS campaign during midterm assessments and improve affordable varied food on campus.
I have plenty more ideas to improve our mental health provisions, safety and feelings of inclusion. So Vote Charlotte #1!
Hi! I’m Sara Elkhawad, a 3rd year English Literature student. Through my involvement in the university’s Afro-Caribbean Society committee and volunteering for the Student Advice Centre, I have become increasingly determined to make campus an integrated, non-discriminatory, safe space that every student can gain a positive experience from. If elected I will aim to: