student.union@newcastle.ac.uk

BAME Officer
Sohum Pandya

bame.union@newcastle.ac.uk

 

About Me

Hi, I am Sohum a 4th year dental student and the new BAME officer at NUSU. Last year I carried out Newcastle's first-ever campaign, breaking down misconceptions and prejudices and raising awareness of Hindu, Sikh, and brown ethnic minorities as president of HAS society.

I realised that there was a huge under-representation of other minorities within the SU and university. Although, this campaign was a huge success I definitely think more still needs to be done in tackling racial issues and enhancing multi-cultural education amongst students.

My Aims

In this role, I will endeavor to enhance cultural awareness via food stalls, celebratory and educational campaigns, and events throughout the year. I will also be creating platforms and events to celebrate the differences that make all our students unique, as there is unity in diversity, including a multicultural talent show showcasing an array of talents within BAME communities. I will also be continuing to expand the racial forum to give more BAME students a platform to voice their experiences and concerns whilst being able to promote their events and societies aiming to build a more cohesive network of students.




Chair of Council
Christopher Winter

chair.union@newcastle.ac.uk

 

About Me

I am a third-year Electrical and Electronic engineering student studying here at Newcastle University.

I ran for this role because I have thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the council last year as the Liberation officer for students with a faith or belief and I wanted to really help to make a difference this year by improving the Student Council's accountability and clarity with students.

My Aims

During my tenure as Chairman of the student council, I am keen to improve the respectability of the council amongst the student body by improving our transparency.

To do this, I have proposed the voting records of permanent members of the council. I would also like to see the student council promoted more to the students in general during the fresher’s fair and via email.




Commuting Students Officer
"Metro Kieran"

commuting.union@newcastle.ac.uk

 

About Me

Having started university in 2013 I know the Metro, 9am Metros, 11am Metros 11pm Metros, I have metroed with the best of them. That is why I am the perfect person to be Metro Kieran.

I am the person Newcastle University deserves, but doesn't need right now as no one is commuting.

My Aims

My main aims for this year are to push to introduce a new fleet of metro trains.




Disability Officer
Katie-Jane Bennetto

do.union@newcastle.ac.uk

 

About Me

My aims are to hopefully be able to hold an event to raise both awareness and body positivity to really capture the true beauty and ability of members of my community. I understand the pandemic may hinder things but I'd love to do something sporting in honor of the upcoming 2021 Paralympics. In addition to these, I'd like to work closely with the president of Disability and Neurodiversity Society to create more literature educating people on the truth about living with different conditions.

My Aims

My aims are to hopefully be able to hold an event to raise both awareness and body positivity to really capture the true beauty and ability of members of my community. I understand the pandemic may hinder things but I'd love to do something sporting in honor of the upcoming 2021 Paralympics. In addition to these, I'd like to work closely with the president of the Disability and Neurodiversity Society to create more literature educating people on the truth about living with different conditions.




International Officers
Hussnain Shahid & Ali Zuhad

international.union@newcastle.ac.uk

 

About Me

We are NUSU International Students Officer for the year 2020-2021. We are currently enrolled in Bachelors degrees & originate from Lahore, Pakistan. We were involved in various NUSU societies and events during 2019-2020. We understand International student concerns and complications during and post-pandemic.

We will work at our best to be an effective mediator between International students and University administration. We will be lobbying for protection of the rights of the International student body on campus.

My Aims

  1. Represent International Student’s voice.
  2. Ensuring adequate comfort is provided to all International students.
  3. Eliminate racism from societies.
  4. Understand and work out pandemic related problems faced by International Students.
  5. Promote equality & diversity on campus through awareness events as well as campaigns.
  6. Ensure that the interests of international students are adequately represented.
  7. Work with NUSU & Admin to speed up the process of issuance of CAS Letters to Internationals.
  8. Improve the level of transparency between International Students & the Students Union.

     




LGBT+ Officer
Ben Campbell

lgbt.union@newcastle.ac.uk

 

About Me

Hi, my name's Ben Campbell and I am a Third-year Biomedical Sciences Student. This is my 4th year at Newcastle University and in my time here I have loved engaging with the LGBTQ+ community.

For the last 2 years, I have sat on the LGBTQ+ Society Exec, which has been so rewarding and helped prepare me for this role. I am so excited to further represent LGBT+ students in the university and work towards a more inclusive campus.

My Aims

My aims for this year are to:

  1. Host an LGBT+ Forum each term to hear from students as to what they want from their Students Union.
  2. Push for more Gender Neutral Bathrooms and their inclusion in future buildings and renovations.
  3. Host Trans Awareness Week and LGBT+ Awareness Week, with a heavier focus on online campaigning and action.
  4. Increase the quantity and accessibility of LGBT+ specific resources and services on campus.
  5. Create and Host an LGBT+ podcast/radio show, talking about LGBT+ history, present day experiences, and topical conversations.




Marginalised Genders Officer
Jennifer Mills

gender.union@newcastle.ac.uk

 

About Me

Gender identity is something that impacts us all and my journey has inspired me to help others who have faced difficulties because of it.

I'm going into my third year of English Literature with an aim of going into teaching and eventually have my own family. I'm actively engaged in politics and trying to make the world fairer for the next generation.

My Aims

In my capacity as MGO, I will seek to raise tolerance on campus for different gender identities. Areas of gender-related issues I'm passionate about include improving mental health for grooming victims, raising awareness for strategies for marginalised genders to keep safe, targeting the prescriptive and damaging attitudes towards gender that many people still have, and increase access to opportunities for marginalised genders.




Student Parents, Guardians and Carers Officer
Harriet Stanway-Gordon

pgc.union@newcastle.ac.uk

 

About Me

I am a PhD student in Medicinal Chemistry, as well as being the mother of a 6-year-old. I had my daughter during my undergraduate degree, and since then have gone on to study a Masters, and now a PhD, alongside being a parent.

As such, I feel that I have an understanding and appreciation of the issues that parents and carers can face at all stages of their academic career, and I wanted to help support others who are in a similar situation.

My Aims

My main aims this year are to: establish an affordable source of childcare for students outside of term-time; hold regular focus groups with current student parents and carers to identify areas where they feel extra support or assistance is required, and work alongside the university to incorporate more child-friendly work-spaces on campus. That being said, this academic year could look very different from those we have known before. And, so additionally, I would really like to create a community of support for people who fall under the umbrella of my role (as I know how tough it can get sometimes!)




Students with Faith or Belief Officer
William Hayes

faithandbelief.union@newcastle.ac.uk

 

About Me

I am a High Church Anglican Christian, drawing heavily on the practices of Laudianism and the Oxford Movement. I'm reading Politics, with a specific interest in political philosophy and 10th-19th century political history.

I've taken an interest in student politics and the Union since I joined the University last September, and through my friendship with last year's Faith and Belief Officer, I learned more about the role and realised that I would like, and be well suited to running for it this year.

My Aims

I aim to create and strengthen a harmonious, meditative, and contemplative campus environment for students of faith. I also will try to combat religious prejudices, particularly antisemitism, that has sadly become more common in recent years. I will arrange meetings with those from various faiths from across campus and gather their consensus on the improvements that could be made to better the experience of religious students at Newcastle University. I will promote and campaign for more opportunities and experiences for different religious groups on campus and make sure that resources are made more accessible to them.