Spring Elections Manifestos 2021

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CANDIDATE

MANIFESTOS

MAKE

YOUR CHOICE

SPRING ELECTIONS

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Elections

explained

Your Students’ Union holds elections in order

to allow you to choose your student leaders

for the next academic year. There are seven

full-time Sabbatical Trustees who will work

on a full-time basis, taking a break from their

studies or immediately after graduation, and

ten part-time Campaign Officers who will

work on a voluntary basis alongside their

ongoing studies. They are your voice and act

as your representatives in the SU, University,

and wider community, fighting for you on an

institutional, local and national level.

Candidates produce manifestos that contain

the ideas and principles of their campaigns.

When you’re reading these, ask yourself

if they display the priorities as well as the

key creative and communication skills that

you would like to see in someone who is

representing you and your needs.

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Elections

explained

WHAT POSITIONS ARE

AVAILABLE?

We will be electing students for the following

positions:

Full-Time sabbatical trustees:

(Seven different positions available). These

positions are taken up from June 21st until

June the following year. These positions

are full-time jobs so students have to take

a year out during their time in office, unless

they are graduating the same year.

Part-Time campaign Officers:

(Ten different positions available). These

positions are taken up at the beginning

of July for the duration of the following

academic year (2021/2022) and are carried

out alongside their studies.

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Why Vote?

Simply put: As a student or postgraduate

researcher at Cardiff University you will be

affected by the decisions made by those

elected. By voting, you have the opportunity

to vote for the things that you want developed

and improved in both the University and the

Students’ Union.

Every single student at Cardiff University

is entitled and encouraged to vote in the

Students’ Union elections. It doesn’t

matter if you are a home or international

student, full-time or part-time student, an

undergraduate, postgraduate taught student

or a postgraduate researcher.

As George Jean Nathan famously said:

‘Bad officials are elected by good citizens

who do not vote’.

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Students’ Union

President

The Students’ Union President leads the

Sabbatical Trustee team and the SU as a

whole. They act as the key link to the University

Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellors, Council,

and Senate, as well as the NUS and other key

stakeholders.

The role of the President includes acting as the

chair of the Board of Directors and Trustees,

along with being responsible for the financial

position and performance of the Students’

Union. This is a full-time, paid role.

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SU PRESIDENT

Hannah Doe

I’m Hannah, your current VP Education. This year I have already achieved over 20

objectives, including the Safety Net policy, rent rebates, COVID-19 complaints

procedure, LinkedIn learning for all, academic feedback system, option to safely return

home for Christmas, bookable library slots and a postal book service. I want to continue

representing you as your SU President. What is important to you is important to me.

Here is my HANNIFESTO:

Instagram:

@go_for_doe

1. WELLBEING

Facebook:

Night-time WALKING SCHEME

Hannah Doe

Free STI and DRUG testing kits

Reduce COUNSELLING waiting times

Reporting portal for RACISM and SEXUAL HARASSMENT

MENTAL HEALTH and EQUALITY training for students and staff

2. EDUCATION

Reduce ATTAINMENT GAP

PGR CONTRACTS and STUDY SPACES

More INCLUSIVE and DIVERSE curriculum

PLACEMENT and JOINT HONOURS support

Involve STUDENTS in all course DECISIONS

Better SAFETY NET and EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES policies

3. STUDENT EXPERIENCE

SU GARDEN with mini golf

Introduce SU INTERNSHIP programme

Review University ACCOMMODATION

Lobby government for FEE REFUNDS

Hold HOUSING AGENCIES to account

Enhance WELSH LANGUAGE and CULTURE

In-person GRADUATION and end of LOCKDOWN CELEBRATIONS

Improve integration of INTERNATIONAL and POSTGRADUATE students

Improve Society and Sports FACILITIES and ENGAGEMENT opportunities

4. SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainable FOOD and WASTE policy

Invest in SUSTAINABLE ENERGY and encourage LOCAL sourcing

Introduce a student GREEN Team and set Carbon Net Zero TARGETS


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Vice President

Education

The VP Education represents all of you on

academic issues to the University. They will

lobby and negotiate with the University to

encourage them to enact your feedback as

well as liaising with the Information Services,

including libraries.

The VP Education is the Chair of the College

Forums and is responsible for

overseeing and promoting the

Student Academic Rep system.

This is a full-time, paid role.

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VICE PRESIDENT EDUCATION

#GoWithTheFlores

IG: @AngieForVPEdu ||

Facebook & LinkedIn: Angie Flores Acuña

Angie Flores Acuña

SHWMAE | HOLA | CIAO | HELLO

NUS Wales Delegate // Education Executive Committee Member //

Advice & Welfare Executive Committee Member // Secretary for ENGIN Soc //

President for Eat Well // Student Senator // Scrutiny Committee Member //

Student Champion // Lead Mentor Consultant // Former SSP Chair (ENGIN) //

Former Student Voice Assistant (Physical Sciences and Engineering College)

TRANSPARENCY

1. Accountability of the University

Executive Board

2. Tuition fees transparency

3. Closing the feedback loop

between Cardiff University,

Students' Union and students

EDUCATION

1. A week off after examination

period

2. Workload regulatory policy

3. Peer-review policy for group

projects in every school

4. Personal assessment feedback

5. Module reviews available to

students when choosing optional

modules

6. Compulsory SSP during week 3 of

each term

7. Safe access to school specific

facilities

8. More placement opportunities

and support for all placement

students

9. Microsoft Office training

SUPPORT

1. COVID tests for all students that

come to Cardiff or go back home

2. Ease complaints and refunds

procedure

3. Better accessibility to counsellors

and NHS appointments

4. Peer-support group counselling

5. Support network for new

students

6. Work with Campaign Officers

towards a fairer representation of

the student community

COURSE-BASED SOCIETIES

1. Skills-sharing and networking

events across schools

2. Support guidelines for Schools to

easily communicate with

committees

3. Collaboration with Student Reps

and Student Mentoring scheme


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VICE PRESIDENT

EDUCATION

Gina Dunn

VOTE GINA TO #GetItDunn / / School of Music Ambassador / /

Vice President of CU A Cappella Society / / Co-Director of The

DeciBelles

1. CONSTITUTIONALISED DISRUPTION PLAN:

- Automatic safety net policy.

- Compensation (if appropriate).

- SUPPORT with online learning.

2. IMPROVED EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

- Receive EXTRA CREDIT in place of formative tasks.

- Greater FLEXIBILITY for BA students.

- Recording of ALL lectures.

- INCREASE the length of library slots.

- ANNUAL RE-EVALUATION of modules by lecturers.

3. IMPROVED FEEDBACK:

- COMPULSORY evaluation against the rubric.

- Access to PAST PAPERS with mark schemes.

- Introduce MINIMUM FEEDBACK REQUIREMENTS.

4. ENCOURAGE SCHOOLS TO BE CONSIDERATE OF DIFFERENT

TYPES OF LEARNING:

- Using a COMBINATION of assessment types where possible.

- CHOICE of assignment formats e.g. video essays/presentations.

5. PRINTING ALLOWANCE:

- To REDUCE screen time.

- Providing for courses that REQUIRE PRINTED MATERIALS.

6. SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS THROUGH STRIKES:

- Work with the university to DIMINISH the need for strikes.


VICE PRESIDENT EDUCATION

Julian Green

Vote Julian Green for VP Education to give CHANGE the GREEN Light.

I am currently a final-year history student. Despite being proud to study

at this university, I am aware that change is needed. Over the past 3

years, as a student and as an ambassador, I have reflected on where

there should be a change in our education at Cardiff University.

I will implement CHANGE in the following areas:

Challenge tuition fees – Remote learning has been below the

expectations of a £9000 fee. I will lobby for a reimbursement of this

year’s fees.

Hear the student voice – The student voice in Cathays and Heath can

be often overlooked. My work will be influenced by the needs and

opinions of students. I plan to increase engagement with the student

voice, through greater involvement with Reps and Execs.

Add a reading week for all subjects – Every student deserves dedicated

time to focus on their research and deadlines.

New welfare support – Access to welfare support at Cardiff University

can be difficult. I plan to introduce wellbeing councillors into academic

schools, which will give students direct access to the support that they

need.

Greater access to education – Everyone should have fair access to

higher education. I aim to improve recruitment from minority, disability,

and lower-income backgrounds. Additionally, I will support refugee

scholarships.

Environment-friendly campus – I will lobby to introduce renewable

energy, including adding solar panels to existing buildings, as well as

introducing new points to recycle batteries and crisp packets.


VP EDUCATION

CHARLIE

MALLINSON

Shwmae! I’m Charlie, a third-year Law

student, and I am running to be YOUR VP

Education!

I have spent two years as a Student Rep, Chair

and Senator making YOUR voice heard.

So far for the law school, I have ensured that:

• staff explained what a safety net actually

means for US

• lecturers are adapting to fit law students’

needs

• assessment feedback issues were actioned

Now let’s take it to the next level.

Welcome to my MALLINfesto (yes…I know that was cheesy).

TEACHING

Lobby for Education Quality Review due to COVID

SAFETY NET applied to ALL

Support for students who have NOT experienced a ‘normal’ university exam

Christmas vacation academic support for January summatives

No weekend OR consecutive day exams

Fix feedback issues re delays, quality and quantity

Reading weeks for ALL - consistent and guaranteed

POLICY

In person Graduations

Personal Tutor MENTAL HEALTH training

Long Term Coronavirus Education Plan – developed WITH students FOR students

Welsh Government COVID Funding – transparent and measurable action

Welsh Government Coronavirus Regulations – lobby for FAIR student rules

Refund and Complaint Procedures – KEEP the issue on the agenda

Strikes – ensure EDUCATION remains paramount

Environmental SUSTAINABILITY across schools

Working in the financial and legal industries, and as a Student Senator means I have the

necessary skills, knowledge, and determination to be the best representation for YOUR

education.

We can ensure Cardiff University ACTs!

ACTIONS our concerns

COMMUNICATES effectively, transparently and swiftly

TUNES in to our needs

It’s not a me, it’s a WE! #ChooseCharlie


James Wallice

VICE PRESIDENT

EDUCATION

#Wallice4Education • #WheresWallice

The university’s treatment of students is broken, and urgently needs fixing. We need

proactive leadership, and someone willing to stand up for YOUR EDUCATION.

I’m James Wallice, a final year International Relations & Politics undergraduate and

student campaigner. I have a three point plan to take on Cardiff University’s

complacent leadership.

1. FIGHTING FOR YOUR EDUCATION

- SAFEGUARD THE SAFETY NET POLICY to ensure fair outcomes FOR

STUDENTS AT ALL LEVELS.

- Introduce a UNIVERSITY-WIDE READING WEEK in semester one.

- Ensure ALL lecture recordings are published, and IN AN ACCESSIBLE

FORMAT.

- Introduce A TRANSPARENT COMPLAINTS PROCESS, to ensure university

leadership are held ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR EDUCATION.

- IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK by automatically

releasing ALL exam scripts.

- End disruption by PREVENTING I.T. MAINTENANCE DURING EXAM SEASON.

2. HEALTHY CAMPUS

- MENTAL HEALTH 100: a pledge to train 100 MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDERS.

- Extend GYM OPENING HOURS and introduce flexible GYM MEMBERSHIP

OPTIONS.

- Provide FREE STI TESTING KITS and promote SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES.

3. EDUCATION FOR LIFE

- The option to partake in a UNIVERSITY-WIDE CAREERS WEEK in semester

two

- Collaborate with BME Officer to ADDRESS THE UNEQUAL BARRIERS TO

CAREER AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FACED BY BME STUDENTS.

- Work with VP Heath to REMOVE THE PHYSICAL AND FINANCIAL HURDLES

TO HEALTHCARE PLACEMENTS.

Throughout the pandemic, students have been forgotten, ignored and neglected. It’s

time we held our £255,000-a-year Vice Chancellor to account for his inaction.

I will be the person to take on the university bosses, and lead the fight for YOUR

EDUCATION.


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Vice President

Heath Park

Campus

The VP Heath Park Campus works to improve

the healthcare and medical student experience

and the services at the Heath Park site.

They are responsible for ensuring the growth

of the Union’s offering at the Heath and also

represent interests of healthcare and medical

students at all levels of the

University and SU. This is a

full-time, paid role.

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VICE PRESIDENT

HEATH PARK

CAMPUS

Sebastian

Ripley

Shwmae, I am Sebastian Ripley. You will most likely recognise me as your

current VP Heath Park Campus, if not, you’re in luck - you have the chance to

get to know me and what I stand for once again. That’s right…. I’m back.

Although options may be limited, I am again asking for your vote in this year’s

election. I have worked hard during a turbulent year to represent you, Heath

Park Students, as well as the wider student body, championing your ideas,

making sure every single one of you is heard. If I am elected, I will endeavour

to:

1. Continue work on building a community of students at the HPC.

2. Keep HPC issues at the forefront of University conversations. Ensuring the

transition back to normality is seamless, addressing Libraries, teaching

sessions and assessment policy.

3. Support the elected Campaign Officers and Student Led Services to engage

with HPC students on a larger level.

4. Kickstart an annual HPC campaign that is specific and practical.

5. Continue to work with University staff to address the financial burden of

Clinical Placements.

6. Improve signage at the HPC to give 1 st and 2 nd year students the best

chance of actually finding the right building.

7. Look at providing a debriefing service for students who have had

challenging days whilst on clinical placement.

8. Work with you, to ensure that the reopening of venues is unforgettable.


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Vice President

Postgraduate

Students

The VP Postgraduate Students will work

closely with the Student Voice team and fellow

Sabbatical Trustees on issues and policies that

affect both Postgraduate Researchers (PGR)

and Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Students.

They communicate School and College level

feedback from postgraduate students at

University committees to lobby for change.

They also work with the Student Voice team

and VP Education to facilitate the Academic

Representation System for postgraduates,

providing support for the Reps to enable

them to carry out their role. They

are the principle contact for

postgraduates in the Students’

Union, working closely with and

supporting the Postgraduate

Students’ Association. This

is a full-time, paid role.

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VICE PRESIDENT

POSTGRADUATE

STUDENTS

Amogh

George

Hello, I am Amogh George and am running to serve you as your Vice President for

Postgraduate Students. In the recent past I have worked with NGOs in India to alleviate

poverty and also as a frontline worker in the first half of 2020. My successful experiences

with managing benefactors, bureaucrats, government officials, authorities, and funds and

resources make me the ideal candidate for this role.

I am a student of MA International Journalism at the university which requires me to stay

abreast to the policies and politics of the country. So as an updated, woke, liberal and

determined candidate all my proposed plans will directly benefit the students and the

stakeholders of the university.

If elected, I’ll be systematically working towards:

• Improving mental, career, personal and social well-being of the students.

• Increasing offline contact hours.

• Increasing scholarships, funds, and grants to PG students.

• Increasing internship and graduate schemes.

• Setting up monthly meetings with student reps to address grievances of each course to

find quick solutions.

• Helping undergraduates with transition.

• Creating a portal to increase contact between alumni and current students.

• Creating a portal to lodge complaints that require immediate attention, action and

solution.

• Hosting regular open-to-all-students zoom calls to learn about and solve immediate

challenges.

• Lobbying for improvement in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

• Updating CUSU blogs with all recent developments.

Those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely (Roosevelt). Vote for Amogh

George as your first preference from 8 th to 12 th March 2021 and make a difference.


VICE PRESIDENT

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

Tilly Houldsworth

About me:

I’m Tilly, a PGT student in GEOPL. I have been in the Ladies Hockey Club while

studying at Cardiff for the last 4 years and you also may have seen me working

in the Taf for the last 2 years. As CULHC Wellbeing Officer, I am committed to

supporting students. I want to represent the Postgraduate community; voicing

your concerns and providing results. PGT and PGR students face unique

challenges in their university experiences which set them apart from both

undergraduates and each other, and I want to represent and support you all.

My aims:

Academic:

o Minimise the repercussions of potential strikes for Postgraduate students.

o Resolve issues by communicating with Deans and Course reps swiftly.

o Ensure transparency through Postgraduate newsletters and regular SU

website updates.

o Provide more dedicated Postgraduate study areas.

o Support PGR students whose research has been interrupted by COVID.

Wellbeing, finance and extracurricular:

o Introduce a mentor scheme where prospective PG students can receive

advice on the application process and Postgraduate University Life.

o Ensure inclusivity of PGs within Sports and Societies.

o Lobby for more discounted postgraduate courses for Cardiff alumni.

o Uphold Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity.

o Improve access to tailored wellbeing, financial and academic support and

advice for postgraduates.

o Develop community through Postgraduate socials.

o Push for the university to support PGR who teach and provide formal

contracted hours.

o Lobby UKRI for funded extensions for PGR students who have been

disrupted due to COVID


Orla Tarn

for

Vice President

Postgraduate

Students

I was your Vice President Societies and now a Maths Masters’ Student. I have already

worked to better YOUR Student Experience, and WE achieved so much together, including

Refreshers, accessibility of funding, and improved wellbeing provisions in student groups.

Having now lived life as a Postgraduate, I know there is SO MUCH to be done to improve

the PG Experience here at Cardiff and am full of ideas of how it can be better!

I have the SKILLS and EXPERIENCE to get to work from day one, putting YOUR best

interests at the forefront of everything I do.

If elected, I will work to ensure OUR University experience is:

ACCESSIBLE:

• Champion the RIGHTS of PGRs paid to teach within the University

• Specific WELLBEING DROP-INS for PG students, and INCREASED SUPPORT for remote

learners

• Lobby for the replacement of designated STUDY SPACES

• Sustained WELLBEING SUPPORT such as THERAPY ANIMALS and AWARENESS

CAMPAIGNS

• Specific HOUSE-HUNTING events, supporting you even before your course begins

ENJOYABLE:

• Create MORE TRAINING opportunities for students, including MENTAL HEALTH FIRST

AID

• Work towards WINTER GRADUATION ceremonies

• Improve representation and communication with a POSTGRADUATE UNION within the

Union

• Champion POSTGRADUATE SOCIETIES and SPORTS

• Host an end-of-year PG BALL to celebrate your ACHIEVEMENTS

AFFORDABLE:

• Fair REFUND POLICY for teaching lost due to COVID and INDUSTRIAL ACTION

• Lobby for DISCOUNTS for RETURNING STUDENTS across all PG programmes

• Work towards better HOUSING OPTIONS over summer months

• Lobby Welsh Government for FREE MEDICAL EVIDENCE

• Tackle HIDDEN COURSE COSTS and equipment lists

#OrlOrNothing


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VICE PRESIDENT

POSTGRADUATE

JANET WILLIAMS

VOTE JANet #1 for VP Postgrad

Hi there! I am Jan the Wise & I am here for YOU!

Over the last three and a half years of being a part-time LLM student, I participated in

Student Politics across Cardiff, Wales and UK. I held numerous student roles at the

University, SU and NUS. For example, I was mature student officer, senator, scrutiny chair,

housing action president, chair student/staff postgrad panel, member of postgraduate,

NUS Wales, UK, Women’s rep and for part-time students.

I created FIRST EVER Carers and Parents’ association, helped ABOLISH Welsh agency fees,

ran CARERS week at heath and Cathays, passed motions locally, nationally and hosted an

Xpress radio show!

TRUST ME, I have been there and I have seen it all! IMAGINE what I can do to continue

TRANSFORMING this campus for YOU!

Vote me in, I will create the following:

COMMUNITY:

• BETTER connected community for ALL postgrad through Consistent Online & Offline

Events!

•DEDICATED DROP-IN sessions for PG ONLINE & OFFLINE

SUPPORT:

. INTERNSHIPS for ALL PG

• COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT for INTERNATIONAL & EU PG

•EASIER ACCESS to Scholarships, bursaries, hardship funds

•IMPROVED supervision system including personal tutoring system for PGRS

•More CONSISTENCY for PGTs across disciplines

•Covid-19 specific Support

RIGHTS:

•MORE & EASY to access PG AREAS across the campus

•Granting EMPLOYMENT status to PGRs who teach

Check out my FB & Instagram @JanTheWise

VOTE #1 #JanTheWise #ThereForYOU #YesWeJan


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The following

candidates are

also standing for

the position of

VP Postgraduate

Students, but have

not provided a

manifesto.

Charley Sullivan

Patricia Evanis Kahinju Kaijuka

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Vice President

Societies and

Volunteering

The VP Societies and Volunteering champions

societies, campaigns and student-led

activities within the Union, University, and

local community. They are responsible for

allocating budgets to our societies and it is

their role to represent the views of our diverse

membership of over 200 affiliated groups and

8,000 members.

They help to ensure the SU continues to

develop its support for societies and ensure

that students as members and leaders have

access to high quality

opportunities. This is a

full-time, paid role.

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I’m Zac Edge and

I’m running to be

your next

VP Societies and

Volunteering.

Getting involved with

Activities has completely

changed my University

experience and given me so

much joy.

I want to ensure that

experience is shared by as

many students as possible.

I’m dedicated to

strengthening Society and

Volunteering interaction

virtually whilst continuing to

look forward and ensure we

all bounce back together.

01. Engagement - Support Society Committees by introducing new platforms for

them to showcase their societies. I’d also work with VP Postgraduate and VP Heath

to build guidelines for Societies to better engage PG and Heath students.

02. Rewards – look into options for achieving tier awards such as: first access to

stalls, free entry to club nights, gold tier card scheme for committee members

which could entitle you to certain perks/discounts in the SU.

03. Development – Implement an Interactive tier structure on the website so

students can see exactly how a society achieved its award and highlight how active

they are.

04. Collaboration - Have a sign-up system on the website to organise and

encourage collaboration between societies, volunteering projects, SLS and sports

clubs.

05. Support - Provide more opportunities for campaign officers to liaise with me

on how societies can be more inclusive and highlight concerns. As well as extra

support for newly affiliated societies such as more drop ins and

guidance documents.

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Find out more at: bit.ly/ZacStreetBoysVP


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VICE PRESIDENT SOCIETIES

AND VOLUNTEERING

CHRIS GRIEVE

Having spent the last year on the Ice Skating and Bioscience committees, I

know as well as anyone how rewarding but also how challenging running a

student-led group is. Even more so with the year we’ve just had; but the next

year presents an incredible opportunity for our existing societies and studentled

groups to bounce-back and for innovative new societies to flourish!

If I get elected, I’ll be pushing for changes to make this happen:

-Making the provision of space for society activities a top priority so groups can

get back on their feet as fast as possible.

-Improvements to the student portal, so groups have less “behind-the-scenes”

work to do and can just get stuck into what they really love doing!

-Faster turnarounds on the guest speaker and other policies, so groups have

an easier time recruiting external speakers and can be more flexible with the

events they want to run.

But this is just the start. My manifesto will be dynamic. I’ll be regularly checking

in with societies and volunteering groups throughout my time in office, making

sure that the changes you want to see are heard and fought for. Together we

can make 2021/22 a fantastic year for both committees and members.

If you believe - Vote Grieve!


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Vice President

Sports & Athletic

Union President

The VP Sports and AU President champions

sport within the Union, University, and local

community. It’s their role to represent

students who play both competitive and

participation sports to both the University

and the Union. They are also the key liaison

Sabbatical Trustee with the University Sports

Department, as well as working with the

student-led sports clubs to assist them in their

development.

Essentially, the VP Sports is here to promote

health and fitness and to inspire

more students to play sport

at Cardiff University. This is

a full-time, paid role.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


@tom4vpsports #thechosentom

Tom for VP

Sports/AU

President

I’m Tom, and I am a fourth year Physics

student. I have been a member of the

American Football team for my whole

time at Cardiff Uni and was Club

Secretary for a year. Sport is an integral

part of the Cardiff student community

and being a part of a sports team has

had a huge positive impact on my

University experience. By running for VP

Sport I aim to make sports available and

accessible for every student in Cardiff.

My Aims:

A smooth return to post COVID sports

Lobby the uni for facility funding

Understand and support each

individual club

Reduce gym membership for AU

members and introduce monthly

payment

Increase awareness of physical/mental

benefits of sport

Ensure sports are inclusive and

accessible for everyone

Push back free entry time for SU

Wednesdays

Bring in a scheme that links practising

student physios to sports clubs

You know what to do

- vote Tom for AU!

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Vice President

Welfare and

Campaigns

The VP Welfare & Campaigns represents

your welfare needs to the University and

strengthens links with key welfare service

providers in the local community.

The VP Welfare & Campaigns works to

improve support services in both the SU and

University and will campaign on any welfare

issues facing our student population. They

work closed with the Campaign Officers to

support them in campaigning

and promoting the issues

students care about. This is a

full-time, paid role.

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VICE PRESIDENT

WELFARE AND

CAMPAIGNS

IONA

FRENGUELLI

Siwmae! I’m Iona Frenguelli, and I’m running for VP Welfare and Campaigns to create a

more inclusive, transparent, empathetic student union.

I’m passionate about equality and an avid listener of student voices. I engage with these

issues via my sexual health podcast (Wow, What’s That?), being the former President of

SHAG before being promoted to co-ordinate the SLS groups within the Union, member of a

BAME book group, volunteering with equality-driven charities, and sitting on the Equality

Diversity and Inclusion Committee for my department.

After a very chaotic 2020, we need positive and constructive policies that will benefit ALL

students throughout 2021.

If elected, my top priorities would be:







Foster COVID safe engagements and seek to improve mental health facilities throughout

2021.

Anti-racist committees in every department to push for racial equality, and work to decolonialise

curriculums.

Work with the Student Led Service, STASH, for truthful drugs awareness education and

continue lobbying for accessible, free drug testing kits. I want to create a Drugs Amnesty

where people can anonymously receive harm reduction support for drug-related issues.

Continue work to improve sex education and awareness across campus.

Increased accessibility to all university buildings (for dis/abled students)

Instigate tougher measures improving sustainability of Union – water-saving toilets,

and animal products to be sustainably sourced.

Vote Iona Frenguelli for VP Welfare! Reach me at @WOWIona4Welfare_ Instagram

WOW IONA – What Our union Wants, Iona


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VICE PRESIDENT WELFARE AND

CAMPAIGNS

SHRESHTH GOEL

Hey! I’m Shreshth Goel (Call me S) and I’m running for VP Welfare &

Campaigns. You might remember me as the guy going around Cardiff in a

sanitary pad costume last month. Well, I wish to do more now.

1. Fortnightly Accountability QnA sessions open to every student to

ensure transparency.

2. Regular visits from Therapy Animals on campus.

3. Campaign to remove the stigma surrounding Mental Health Issues.

4. Campaign to provide out of hour Support to students.

5. Free Mental and Physical First Aid training made available to all

students.

6. Work alongside Campaign Officers and continue to vocalize the voices

of all students (especially BAME, LGBTQ+, mature students, and students

with disabilities.)

7. Lead campaigns such as Green Week, Sexual Awareness, Menstrual

Dignity, Pride Week, and many more.

8. Increase Night-Time support for students

9. Accessible Drug testing

10. Create an online forum for reviewing student accommodation and

landlords

11. Increase gender-neutral toilets across campus

12. Create a secure and anonymous forum to report suspicious behaviour.

Why #VoteforS?

Advice and Welfare Executive Committee member

Safe Periods for you campaign

Mental Health First Aid Training

International student + Part of an Ethnic Minority group + Advocate for

LGBTQ+ and women's rights

Previous candidate for Mental Health Officer

Please follow my Instagram @goforgoel_vp for campaign updates and

remember ’GO FOR GOEL’ because 'SHANGE STARTS WITH S' (get it?)


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CAMPAIGNS

Shahbaaz Shahnawaz

Hey!

I'm #AllAboutThatBaaz, and I'M all about:

• Implementing mental health spaces for overwhelmed students

• A more accessible complaints procedure to help students dealing

with mental health issues, as well as students who have experienced

sexual assault, and identity-based hate crimes/microaggressions.

• Ensuring the employment of staff that understand minority students'

issues from a personal perspective, and Mandatory workshops and

training for members of staff on gender, sexual orientation, mental

health, and discrimination.

• Providing accessible renting information for students so they aren't

targeted by predatory landlords and letting agencies

• Putting pressure on the letting agent in the SU to drop their contract

with Glide.

• Pushing for a re-evaluation of the university accommodation

contracts, especially recently with security and residences staff

taking advantage and fining students over the smallest things

• Better support for students who have experienced spiking and

sexual assault.

• Offering support to students who do sex work.

• Widespread sexual health education

• Fighting slut-shaming culture and the stigma around STI’s.

• Pushing the university system to give priority to chosen and

preferred names over legal ones.

• Consistent access to facilities including lifts, ramps, and disabled

toilets.

• More gender-neutral bathrooms.

• An easy and accessible system to allow students to get transport at

a reduced/more readily available rate at club nights / late after the

ASSL to prevent the rising cases of people being followed.

• Providing a guarantor service for struggling students.

• Allowing students to get post redirected to the SU in incidents of

temporary homelessness

To find out more check out: https://linktr.ee/AllAboutThatBaaz


VICE PRESIDENT

WELFARE AND

CAMPAIGNS

Charlotte Towlson

#WholesomeTowlson #VoteCT4VP

Hello! I am delighted to run for VP Welfare and Campaigns for the next

academic year.

Let me get straight to the point… If elected, I would like to make these

changes:

• PROVIDE an understanding of sexual harassment and PROVIDE a safe

and accessible system for reporting incidents.

• IMPLEMENT welfare reps to each course to provide guidance and support.

• INCREASE awareness of Counselling & Wellbeing Services and reduce

the waiting times.

• CREATE a support network for those who have been emotionally impacted

by COVID. For example: employment, anxieties or bereavement.

• ESTABLISH group therapy sessions for healthcare students to open up

about experiences that may have affected them on placement.

• SET UP a fact-based fair for housing agencies to inform students of

accommodation options best suited for them.

• CONTINUOUSLY engage with First Year Students and implement change

to support their WELL-BEING.

• LAUNCH campaigns to celebrate different social and ethnic diversities and

promote INCLUSION.


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Black and Ethnic

Minorities Officer

The Black and Ethnic Minorities Officer works

to represent the interests of black students

and students of ethnic minority backgrounds

(BEM) and to campaign on any relevant issues.

This is a part-time volunteer Campaign Officer

role taken up by a student alongside their

studies.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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Black and Ethnic Minorities

Officer

Ashly Alava Garcia

Shwmae, Hello and Hola!

Student Senator and former Scrutiny Committee Member - Welfare and Wellbeing exec

member - Former Student Mentor, Rep and SSP Secretary for ENGIN - PSE Student Rep of

the Year 2019/20 - Former Student Voice Assistant

As a minority, I have not always felt represented or heard. Black and Minority Ethnic

students will experience unique challenges and barriers at university, this is how I want to

tackle them:

– RACE & EQUALITY REPORT –

Highlight areas of improvement, give recommendations, and show good practice

Identify barriers for students to access wellbeing and academic support

Implement initiatives to close the attainment gap

– TAILORED SUPPORT FOR BME STUDENTS –

Streamline the complaints procedure and facilitate a safe space for victims

BME counsellors available on request

Race & Equality training for tutors and lecturers

BME resources booklet

– BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACROSS CAMPUS –

BHM to all university buildings

Active university participation during BHM

– CULTURAL HISTORY SHOWCASE –

Educate students on different cultures and how to acknowledge them

Forums to discuss global issues affecting students from all ethnic backgrounds

– DECOLONISATION OF THE CURRICULUM –

Work with the university to enable this task across campus

Tools for academics to enable conversations about

BME representation and staff hiring policies review

Aim for zero tolerance against racism and discrimination #AimWithA

#RepresentationMatters

Instagram:@AshlyforBME

Facebook/LinkedIn: Ashly Alava Garcia


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Ethical and

Environmental

Officer

The Ethical and Environmental Officer works to

represent students’ ethical and environmental

interests and campaigns on any relevant

issues. This is a part-time volunteer Campaign

Officer role taken up by a student alongside

their studies.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


It’s time to make a difference...

VOTE!

ETHICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL

OFFICER

PUNYAJA JANI

Hello friends! My name is Punyaja and I am studying MSc

Physiotherapy at Cardiff Uni! I'm from Pune city in India. It's a

delight to be a part of such a prestigious university like

Cardiff University. In the current scenario, Ethics and

Environment, in general, have been global highlights amidst

the pandemic and there has been an evident and accelerating

climate change that we are witnessing. These areas are

something that I closely follow and also do my best towards

living and motivating sustainable living. I have been a part of

multiple campaigns and drives in India focused on

cleanliness, hygiene and general awareness. As an Ethical

and Environmental Officer, my main motto is to promote -

“ETHICAL LIVING FOR A SUSTAINABLE

ENVIRONMENT”

In my time at the university, areas I'd like to focus on are -

- Encourage appropriate discarding of masks and gloves

- Promote hand, respiratory and cough hygiene

- Maintain clean surrounding in the university campus

- Promote understanding of carbon footprints on the

environment

- Introducing and understanding Recycling

I believe in leading by example and also understand the

responsibilities that come with leadership. I am looking

forward to this new experience. Thanks!


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The following

candidates are also

standing for the

position of Ethical

and Environmental

Officer, but have

not provided a

manifesto.

Fern Dempsey

Vvanshika Anand

Mingbo Zhang

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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International

Students’ Officer

The International Students’ Officer works to

represent international students’ interests at

SU and University level and to campaign on any

relevant issues. This is a part-time volunteer

Campaign Officer role taken up by a student

alongside their studies.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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INTERNATIONAL

STUDENTS’

OFFICER

Aditya

Agrawal

Hi, I am Aditya, and I would like to be the International Students Officer.

Being an international student studying in Cardiff has provided me with

ample opportunities to understand the needs and aspirations of

international students. Several issues are faced by our cohort from

financing our studies to settling in a completely different environment, and

I have realized that most of such issues are not currently addressed but

they can be resolved through effective communication and a strong

campaign. If elected, I plan to:

Raise awareness and promote international students to join student

committees and societies, increase their access to local communities by

informing them about events and workshops available. Launch and manage

a campaign to increase the visibility of international students in the

University’s sports and co-curricular activities. Provide a platform where

international students could share any issues or problems they are facing in

any aspect of their stay at Cardiff and their studies at the University.

Create Zoom sessions for an easy transition for incoming international

students, briefing them on registering with a GP, opening and using bank

accounts, applying for part-time jobs, and using the public transport

system. Promote social interactions and networking amongst international

students to enhance their experience of studying at Cardiff University. I

would also help students facing mental health issues (developed during this

lockdown) and connect them to the Student Support and Wellbeing

department of our university.


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INTERNATIONAL

STUDENTS’

OFFICER

Aurora

Birkeland

Hello, my name is Rory and I am from Norway.

I have gained experience in my positions as academic representative and

member of the EDI (Equality, Diversity, Inclusion) committee within the

university. Previously I have launched an internationalisation campaign aiming

to improve cross-cultural understanding in a culturally diverse student body to

integrate international students into the local school system at my college.

My campaign points:

Create a smooth transition for current and new EU students post-Brexit

In this unprecedent situation EU students currently find themselves in, I want to

create support for current students applying for the settlement scheme and

help new students who need visas and guidance on financial support.

Support international students undertaking remote study

I want to advocate for more support for international students abroad,

especially those in inconvenient time zones. E.g. I wish for exams to be 24

hours so those students can undertake assessments at convenient times.

Promote the integration of international students into the local

community

I want to create and promote resources to help students feel comfortable using

English, motivate cross-cultural friendships in the student body, and encourage

students to undertake volunteer work in the community.

You can reach me at birkelandaa@cardiff.ac.uk.

Please remember to vote for me.


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International Students’ Officer

Chloé Chan

As one of the international students in Cardiff University, I

understand the challenges that international students face

when settling into a new environment, stepping into

another important milestone in life, and this is the reason I

am putting myself forward for this role.

In my first year at the university, I have seen first-hand the

devastating effects of lack events and activities to help

international students settle into life in Cardiff and the UK.

As being an international student, I personally dealt with a

number of different hurdles. I was lucky enough to have a

very good personal tutor, giving me exceptional advice and

guidance on the way, but I know this is not the case for all

international students. Along with the pandemic, I've

experienced a struggling year, with not many people I can

turn into face to face. As everything is online, it felt so

unreal and distanced, making studying abroad even harder.

I would also want to take one step further in contributing to

the university and have a voice to change, make things

better. As being one of the student representatives in

ENCAP, I would love to take the skills I’ve learned there to

another level, reaching out to more international students in

the university and help Cardiff University as a whole.

With these experiences, I am passionate in helping

international students knocking down these barriers and

adapt more comfortably, confidently. I hope to ensure all

international students have constant support and direction.


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Aranyaa Gupta

I'm Aranyaa and i'd like to be the next international

students officer. As a first year international

undergraduate at cardiff, I've noticed and personally

experienced that settling in as an international

student isn't always easy. I believe a lot more can be

done to improve the support available for students

who live thousands of miles away from home. No one

should feel isolated just because you haven't grown

up here doesn't mean you don't belong. I will create a

standardized system for holding international freshers

event prior to freshers week. This will allow

international freshers to get to know each other first,

adjust to the new culture, and form an international

community. I will also create a mentoring system for

international students where older students can

advise freshers for setting up bank accounts, phone

contacts and adjusting to british culture. I will ensure

all international reps are welfare trained so that they

can be the first port of call for international students

or at least one peer supporter is an international

student.


International Officer

Ayana Sakai

Yes, and No.

These were the only English words I knew when I left my home country.

I understand how daunting it is to leave your home country for the first

time, especially during this pandemic.

Ayana (she/her) will be the bridge between YOU and the university.

Together, we can get through this pandemic and make the best out of our

university experience, making a change for equality and getting a valuable

experience from it.

From the recent feedbacks I received, these are some of the points I would

like to raise:

Ø More bursaries and scholarships available to International and EU

students

Ø Better communication to and from the university

Ø A smooth transition into university and make sure everyone can

socialise, whether remotely or face-to-face

Ø A network to be able to communicate confidentially to university

support 24 hours (no need to worry about time difference!)

Ø More support available to the MLang students on their year abroad

Ø Raising more awareness and partnering up with the Student Led

Services (SLSs) – such as buddy scheme, 59% of the students who

applied for a buddy were international students

Why vote Ayana Sakai?

• An international student herself, and has gone through phases of

needing support, but too scared to ask for it. She’s got your back!

• Advice and Welfare Executive at Student Union for the past 2 years –

knows where to get the right support

• Friendly Student Mentor

• Approachable Accredited Mental Health First Aider

Full manifesto can be found here: https://www.ayanasakai.com/


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The following

candidates are

also standing

for the position

of International

Students’ Officer,

but have not

provided a

manifesto.

Ziyi Cao

Arthur Ddamulira

Ling Gong

Tanishka Trivedi

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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LGBTQ+ Officer

(Open)

The LGBTQ+ Officer (Open) role represents

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Plus

students’ interests and campaigns on any

relevant issues. This is a part-time volunteer

Campaign Officer role taken up by a student

alongside their studies.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


LGBTQ+ Officer

Open

Lola Brin

Hello there! My name is Lola (she/they), I'm running to

become LGBTQ+ Officer next year and here is quick look at

some of my policies!

- Requiring a more thorough change on university records

when students change their name.

- Setting up an easier and more accessible discrimination

report system, especially regarding housing and school.

- Mandatory staff training. Every single member of

university and SU staff will run into contact with LGBTQ+

students at some point, and those students need to know

that they're safe and in as much of a welcoming

environment as any other students.

- Widen the range of year round key dates in LGBTQ+

history that we celebrate, as well as adding focus on

Welsh specific and international LGBTQ+ history.

- Various Mental health and physical health campaigns

throughout the year, hopefully some of which can be shared

initiatives with other officers.


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LGBTQ+ Officer

(Trans)

The LGBTQ+ Officer (Trans) role represents

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Plus

students’ interests and to campaign on any

relevant issues. This is a part-time volunteer

Campaign Officer role taken up by a student

alongside their studies.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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Mental Health

Officer

The Mental Health Officer works to represent

the interests of students experiencing a mental

health condition at SU and University level

and campaigns on any relevant issues. This is

a part-time volunteer Campaign Officer role

taken up by a student alongside their studies.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


Mental Health Officer

Rebecca Deverell

Hi!

My name is Rebecca Deverell and I am a second year law

student who is running to be your next Mental Health Officer!

This year has been tough on many of us to say the least and

the declining mental health of students is seen across

campus. If elected, I would help to provide more accessible

mental health support across the University.

I want to increase awareness of all the support services the

University offers to first years so that as soon as they step foot

on campus, they know where to go for support and what

options are available for them

I would help to advertise these support services to all other

years so they can become accustomed to these services if

they had not been aware of them

Target loneliness in isolated students throughout the academic

year

Operate weekly drop ins open to all students as a chance to

ask questions and chat to other students

Campaign to have every student mentor mental health first aid

trained so they can help support their mentees

Increase support for those struggling to get along with

flatmates/housemates

Help the University recognise student’s mental health as a top

priority when implementing Coronavirus measures on campus

Being President of the Buddy Scheme this year has shown me

how invaluable it is when just one person reaches out. Vote for

me and we can make it easier for everyone to reach out.


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Mature Students’

Officer

The Mature Students’ Officer role is to

represent mature students’ interests and to

campaign on any relevant issues. This is a parttime

volunteer Campaign Officer role taken up

by a student alongside their studies.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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VICE PRESIDENT SPORTS AND

ATHLETIC UNION PRESIDENT

Daniel Philitoga

I stand for the role of Mature Students Officer firstly

because I can relate to circumstances and situations

that mature students may face in University Life. I

have gone through and experienced various

climaxes, battles and challenges to know what it feels

like to search for meaning in life. Entering university

or studying at a mature age can be challenging at

times especially for someone who may have left

education after a while. Getting used to time

schedules and various lectures and creating the

mental capacity to absorb and maintain various

lesson can be strenuous at times. I know the

pressure that some students may face like working

while undergoing studies to cater for personal needs

and well being. I understand the learning barriers that

certain students may face in terms of age, resources,

finances and health or well-being related matters that

could affect a student's full potential to succeed at

University. Being a person of colour makes it easier

to relate to students from different cultural and ethnic

backgrounds. I am also multilingual and able to

communicate and share ideas and values easily. I am

confident in my ability for the role of Mature Students

Officer knowing that this responsibility will support

mature students academically and provide all the

necessary assistance to ensure my fellow students

an enjoyable and fulfilling time at university.


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Vee Somasundaram

Shwmae! Hello!

My name is Vithursana (most people call me Vee) and I am running for

the position of Mature Students Officer. As a mature student, I have

first-hand experience of what it means to be a mature student at

university and know exactly what the struggles are. Due to this, I

would like to make clear changes and support the student experience

of my mature students’ peers.

During the last two years I had the chance to be a Student Mentor

and, posteriorly, a Mentor Consultant; thanks to this, I had the

opportunity to establish real connections with other mature students,

know about their experiences and what improvements are necessary

to improve our student experience. I believe that this makes me the

perfect candidate for this role!

If elected I would aim to:

- Hold numerous amount of events aimed at bringing students

together to bridge the gap between student groups and to

increase outreach. - Collaborate with the Societies and Clubs to

ensure the social activity is provided to ALL groups of students

- Work on the Mature Students’ Association and keep it updated

with funding/sponsorship opportunities

- Hold weekly/fortnightly drop-in session to provide support and

a safe place to share current situations and feelings I believe these

aims will make a huge difference to mature student’s university

experiences as they will provide an enjoyable and safe

environment to meet new people and make new friends as well as

having more opportunities to access help and support.


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The following

candidates are

also standing for

the position of

Mature Students’

Officer, but have

not provided a

manifesto.

Ben Lund

Fareena Kanwar

Lilian Ginns

Tayyeb Rafique

Zadie Vaca

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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Students with

Disabilities’ Officer

The Students with Disabilities’ Officer works

to represent the interests of students with

disabilities at SU and University level and

campaigns on any relevant issues. This is a

part-time volunteer Campaign Officer role

taken up by a student alongside their studies.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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STUDENTS’ WITH

DISABILITIES

OFFICER

Megan Dee

Hi!

I’m Megan and I am running to be your Students’ with Disabilities Officer for

another year! For the past year I have been representing disabled students

at Cardiff, but current events have derailed a lot of what I wanted to

accomplish, and I have so much more I want to do!

What have I done?

• Ran a #GoRedForDyselxia Campaign to raise awareness of the impact

of dyslexia

• Lobbied the University to improve accessibility information on campus

• Worked with Student Support and the Disability and Dyslexia service to

address the feedback and concerns of students with disabilities in the

Student Written Submission

• Laid the groundwork for a campaign for recruitment for the Students’

with Disabilities Association and visibility of students with disabilities at

Cardiff

What do I want to do?

• Establish the Students’ with Disabilities Association and build a network

for all disabled students at Cardiff

• Lobby for more adaptable online learning opportunities post-COVID

• Secure a higher standard of accessibility information across campus

• Work with the Staff Disability Network to enhance staff training to raise

awareness of students with disabilities, including ASD, SpLD and

hidden disabilities

• Raise understanding of the price of dyslexia and SpLD testing, and

increase access to University funding to cover these costs.

Thank you for reading, and I would love to count on your vote!

Find me on Facebook - @DeeForDisabilities

#DeeForDisabilities


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Welsh Language

Officer

The Welsh Language Officer is responsible for

representing the interests of Welsh speaking

students within the structures of the Union

and where appropriate, the University. This is

a part-time volunteer Campaign Officer role

taken up by a student alongside their studies.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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SWYDDOG Y GYMRAEG

Annell Dyfri

Fel myfyrwraig sydd wedi manteisio ar bob cyfle i gymdeithasu ac astudio drwy gyfrwng

y Gymraeg ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd, fy mwriad yw ehangu a datblygu defnydd o’r

Gymraeg ledled y brifysgol. Byddaf yn gweithio’n ddiflino i sicrhau bod pob myfyriwr

boed yn ddysgwr neu’n rhugl yn y Gymraeg yn cael yr un profiad ag unrhyw fyfyriwr

arall wrth sicrhau eu bod yn ymwybodol o’r holl fanteision sydd ar gael wrth astudio a

byw yn Gymraeg yn y Brifddinas.

Byddaf yn

- Marchnata’r Gymraeg ar bob lefel yn y Brifysgol, o’r cyrsiau gradd i’r bywyd

cymdeithasol wrth gyd-weithio’n glos gyda’r Undeb

- Sicrhau bod y myfyrwyr yn ymwybodol o’u hawliau cyfrwng Cymraeg o fewn y

Brifysgol Cyd-weithio gyda chymdeithasau megis y Gymdeithas Gymraeg i geisio adfer

Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Caerdydd fel bod cyswllt clos rhwng Undeb y Myfyrwyr a’r

gymdeithas

- Sicrhau bod y Gymraeg i’w gweld yn weledol o amgylch y brifysgol Cyd-weithio gyda’r

Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol i hybu’r ddarpariaeth addysgu cyfrwng Cymraeg

- Sicrhau bod llais myfyrwyr Cymraeg y brifysgol yn cael sylw

- Ymgyrchu i sicrhau penodi swyddog Cymraeg llawn amser gyda’r undeb yn y

dyfodol

Gobeithio’n fawr y caf eich cefnogaeth

As a student who has taken every opportunity to socialize and study through the medium of Welsh

at Cardiff University, my intention is to expand and develop the use of Welsh throughout the

university. I will work tirelessly to ensure that all students, whether they are learners or fluent

Welsh speakers, have the same experience as any other student whilst ensuring that they are aware

of all the benefits available from studying and living throuh the medium of Welsh in the Capital.

I will

- Market the Welsh language at all levels of the University, from degree courses to social life while

working closely with the Union

- Ensure that students are aware of their Welsh-medium rights within the University. Collaborate

with societies such as the Welsh Society to try to restore Cardiff's Welsh Students’ Union so that

there is a close link between the Students' Union and the society

- Make Welsh visible around the university. Collaborate with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to

promote Welsh-medium teaching provision

- Ensure that the voice of the university's Welsh speaking students is heard

- Campaign to secure the appointment of a full time Welsh language officer with the union in the

future

I very much hope you have your support


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Women’s Officer

The Women’s Officer works to represent

the interests of our women students and

campaigns on any relevant issues. This is a

part-time volunteer Campaign Officer role

taken up by a student alongside their studies.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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Women’s

Officer

Bryony Danks

Inform. Inspire. Empower.

As Women’s Officer, I want to ensure that all women feel informed, inspired,

and empowered whilst at Cardiff University and beyond. As a Politics and

International Relations student, with both public speaking and committee

experience, I feel I possess the skills needed to be your Women’s Officer.

My initiatives as your Women's Officer are -

· All Ears – creating a safe space to bring men into the

conversation. Encouraging those unspoken conversations. How pricy is a

period? What is sexual assault and how can I play a role in preventing it?

What impact does the contraceptive pill have on people who take it?

· Where do Women Belong? - Wherever they want. I will

arrange events where you will get the chance to listen successful women

in a wide range of industries. Inspiring you to follow your career goals.

· Run/walk Buddy Scheme – I want to create a network of

women who wish to run, jog, or walk but do not necessarily feel safe on

their own or when it gets dark. A make Cardiff a place where everyone

feels safe to exercise.

· Alexa, play “Independent Women” – A campaign which aims

to give tips on how to be a strong and independent woman. Providing CV

and interview advice. Advice on holding your own and allowing your

voice to be heard.

As Women’s Officer, I want to create an inclusive place. A place where you

feel informed, inspired, and empowered, whilst at University and beyond.


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The following

candidate is

also standing

for the position

of Women’s

Officer, but has

not provided a

manifesto.

Charlotte Atton

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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Scrutiny

Committee

Member

Scrutiny Committee members are responsible

for holding the Elected Officers accountable

to their commitments, monitoring any ongoing

projects and ensuring the officers are at

all times striving to improve the student

experience and lead Cardiff University

Students’ Union in the right direction.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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ZACCHAEUS HAYWARD

I am standing for Scrutiny Committee for one simple

reason: to improve accountability.

I want to ensure that the Student’s Union’s officers are

performing their roles to the high standards that we expect

of them, and that they are making it clear what they’re

doing. As a Scrutiny Committee member, I will work with

SU Officers on the finer points of their projects, to

guarantee that their work is the best it can be and that it will

improve student life or hold the University accountable for

their actions, depending on the work in question.

The work itself is only one aspect of an SU Officer’s role. I

want to ensure that any project worth talking about comes

with a detailed communications plan. The work our SU

does is great, without question, but students need to hear

about what we have voted for going from words to action.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, as a member of

Scrutiny Committee I would push the issue that many

students, especially this year, feel a disconnect from the

SU. Covid-19 has created a need for different kinds of

communication to guarantee everyone can engage with the

SU's work, and electing me will help to bring this about.


Scrutiny Committee

Jazz Walsh

As a potential Scrutiny committee member there are many areas I

would like to pay particular attention to. These namely being:

• Responsibility

• Visibility

• Accessibility

Expanding on these further, I would like to ensure that the

current work being carried out by the Student Union elected

officers and the work of officials is visible, clear and

understandable to all students. I would also like to push officers to

provide more easily accessible, year-round platforms for all

students of the university to submit feedback on the work of the

student union and each policy - ensuring that students have an

opportunity to communicate their thoughts more

regularly, beyond just Speak Week. Finally, I want to make sure

that officers are held accountable on the impact of policy, and that

their policies then hold the University to account at large.

As a First Year student I am fully aware of the challenges the

Coronavirus has brought to our education. I would like to ensure

that all students make the most out of their university education

during these difficult circumstances. In doing so I recognise the

importance of the Student Union’s role to provide a platform for

students' views, and by electing myself, you maximise the effect

that your SU can have, by making sure your views are at the centre

of all decision making.


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NUS National

Delegates

NUS delegates represent the views of

Cardiff University Students at NUS National

Conference, the annual policy making body

of the National Union of Students. Cardiff

University Students’ Union is currently a

member on the NUS and therefore entitled to

send nine delegates to attend

the conference

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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Hannah Doe

Shwmae Hannah ydw i, eich Is-lywydd Addysg cyfredol.

Eleni rydw i wedi cael Polisi Rhwyd Diogelwch, Ad-daliadau

Rhent a Chwynion COVID i chi. Rydw i wedi mwynhau eich

cynrychioli chi eleni ac fe garem i fod yno i chi yng

nghynhadledd NUS eleni.

Mae beth sy’n bwysig i chi yn bwysig i mi.

Instagram:

@go_for_doe

Faceook:

Hannah Doe

Shwmae I'm Hannah, your current Vice President

Education.

This year I have got you a Safety Net Policy, Rent

Rebates and COVID Complaints. I have enjoyed

representing you this year and I would love to be

there for you at this years NUS conference.

What is important to you is important to me.


NUS NATIONAL

DELEGATE

Precious

Ebere

I am a postgraduate student studying Social and Public Policy at Cardiff University

(CU), and a member of the executive postgraduate student team at the Student

Union. As an NUS National Delegate, I see my engagement as an opportunity to

stimulate strategic policies that represents the voices of Cardiff University

students, covering varieties of our audiences in school, whilst promoting deeper

engagement and inclusion for all students in the University.

All through my career journey as a leader, coupled with my personal objective of

giving back to the system that shaped my understanding of policy, I have seen

how policies play crucial roles in shaping the future of thousands of student,

families and organization, whilst aiding informed decisions for implementations at

various levels. This alone influenced my self-nomination.

The opportunity to serve as a delegate at the NUS UK Conference will provide me

with the unrivalled cultural diversity working with various stakeholders and

proactive team members, and the chance to develop globally relevant knowledge,

and building professional collaborations for the future. I am bringing on board my

5-years’ experience in various skills-set in leadership, strategic-planning, newmedia,

data analysis and advocacy.

Finally, if selected, I will promote the use of behavioral insights to contribute to

design, enhance and reassess policies and services that would be in the best

interest of CU student, with the aim of achieving better outcomes as it aligns with

the priority areas of Cardiff University students which further amplifies the NUS

overarching goal of promoting, defending and extending student rights amongst

over seven million students across the UK.


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NUS NATIONAL DELEGATE

ZACCHAEUS HAYWARD

NUS Conference gives us an opportunity to shape the

policy of the largest student advocacy organisation in the

country. As a delegate, I would want to seize that

opportunity, and push the views of Cardiff students into

the national conversation every chance I get.

While there are other serious points to be considered,

owing to the nature of this year, I want to focus mainly on

mental health and mental health support in universities,

as well as our clear concerns about tuition fees. The

pandemic has fundamentally changed what being a

student looks like in 2021, and I want to work with

delegates going through the same thing across the UK to

make sure NUS policy reflects that.

This raises another point: collaboration. While the

conference might look a bit different this year, I think there

is an opportunity to talk constructively with students from

other Universities and learn from their experiences, as

well as beginning to understand shared ones. If they've

run a successful campaign on something we're struggling

with, I'll try to learn from it and bring that back to our SU

to strengthen the work they do on our behalf. There's so

much we can learn from each other, and as a delegate I'd

make sure that our delegation at least asks the right

questions.


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NUS DELEGATE

Reshika Suraj

There is a great opportunity for us to make university a better experience-

I believe that this university can and needs to do better- for all its students

and the wider world it is connected to.

Why me?

Having been involved in public speaking division, as a current volunteer

and a student mentor in CU, I would like to use the experience to support

other delegates and ensure that we can represent students in the most

functional and effectual way as achievable. My policies:

ACCESSIBLE

• Vote in favour of motions that positively elevate students experience in

the university

• encourage NUS to interfere with any post Brexit action that negatively

impacts EU students, to keep Cardiff as approachable and accessible for

prospective EU students

• Support for estranged students and care leavers by encouraging NUS to

closely work with organisations such as Stand Alone

WELFARE

• support other delegates to write motions, make amendments, speak on

motions at conference.

• Vote in favour of motions that support rent strikes. Collude

with abolishment of rent campaigns for universities and cap any further

increase in annual rent expansion for new tenants

• make NUS improve mental health provisions

TOGETHER

• Make NUS work closely with student survey results on academic

struggles student face and act on them.


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The following

candidates are

also standing

for the position

of NUS National

Delegate, but have

not provided a

manifesto.

Raymond Ariho

Fern Dempsey

Bruce Hunt

Janet Williams

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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Student Senator

Student Senators represent and act as the

voice of Cardiff University students. Student

Senators are responsible for creating and

reviewing Union policies. Student Senate has

the power to make policy which ensures the

Union works in a way which reflects the values

and ideals of the Student Body.

cardiffstudents.com/elections


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The following

candidate is

standing for

the position

of Student

Senator, but has

not provided a

manifesto.

William Lloyd

cardiffstudents.com/elections

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