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Zone Conference 2016: Candidates for Further Education Zone Committee

Tuesday 25-10-2016 - 22:34

Nominations have now closed for Further Education Zone Committee. Elections will take place at Zone Conference on Wednesday 26 October at 10am.  

The deadline to challenge nominations is 9am on Tuesday 26 October. Challenges should be sent to governanceteam@nus.org.uk.
 

Further Education Zone Representative on the NEC

As members of the National Executive Council, the Further Education Zone Representative will have the role of representing and supporting the Zone and reviewing the work of the Vice-president of that zone.

(one position avaliable)
 

Emily Chapman

Leeds City College Students Union
Nominated by: Angelika Trenkova, Leeds City College Students Union

Education is the most powerful thing you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela 

It's my favourite quote, and our education is fast becoming a privilege not a right like it should be. I'm here to help save the sector that changed my life. I wouldn't be who I am today if I hadn't come into FE. 

I will ask the hard questions, do the hard tasks, work the hours that I need to make sure our FE manifesto is heard and achieved that what the quote above says stays true.

Sam Coath

NHC
Nominated by: Adem Underwood, South Downs College

I should be elected to the Zone Committee because I am above all a people person. I enjoy rising to challenges that lay before me, and learning from the successes and un-successes that I have experienced. I bring a fresh perspective to the committee and will endeavour to use my experiences gained in employment to receive feedback from my peers and put their concerns across in a concise way. 


I am approachable, friendly, bearded, tall, and have recently mastered the art of the emoji. When I'm not studying or performing student union duties at my college, I volunteer my time to the Scout organisation where I have been a leader for 6 years. My dedication to the causes I represent is resolute and I thank you for considering my application to join the committee, to represent your views to the best of my ability and to ensure the successes the NUS craves for its 7 million members.

Muzzamil Khan

Bradford College Students' Union

Nominated by: Mohammed Rehman, Bradford College

Hi, Muzzamil Khan and I'm the President at Bradford College Students' Union, representing 30,000 students. This last year I've seen FE getting completely destroyed, our staff getting sacked, our unions disappearing, all because the government wants to cut our lifeline. I'm someone who is always honest and upfront, I am willing to travel wherever whenever to help

FE students locally and help lead the national fight alongside Shakira. I'll be there for you always because I'm passionate about defending FE and making sure we don't drop off the agenda.

Lucy Mason

Havering College FHE SU
Nominated by: Adem Begu, Havering College of Further and Higher Education

Hi, I'm Lucy Mason and I'm currently in my second term as President of my Students' Union at Havering College. I'm an incredibly committed person who's extremely passionately about further education and am a firm believer that education transforms lives.

From helping reform GCSE maths and English in my institution to sitting on numerous committees to make sure my learners voices are heard, I've made sure managers are held accountable to students whilst still having a fantastic rapport with the senior leadership team. I've held college wide campaigns about the student experience and conducted learning walks all whilst being a full time student. 

I now want to take this opportunity to shape the NUS's work around further education to hold the government to account. Even though FE makes up more of the membership than HE, FE is always an after thought, and I would like to help aid a change in perspective. I have substantial knowledge of the FE sector as a governor which I would bring to the role.

I'd love the chance to help the FE zone make the change that is really needed- vote for Lucy for FE zone committee.

 

 

 

Re open nominations (RON)

 

 


 

 

 

Further Education Zone Committee

Zone committee members are responsible for ensuring the development of policy to guide the zone’s priorities for the year ahead, as well as analysing the work of the relevant elected officer (the Vice President), ensuring that the zone delivers on the areas of work that have been highlighted as priorities for the year ahead.

(eight positions avaliable)
 

Robert Alcock

Wakefield College Students' Union
Nominated by: Angelika Trenkova, Leeds City College


 

Emily Chapman

Leeds City College Students Union
Nominated by: Angelika Trenkova, Leeds City College Students Union

Education is the most powerful thing you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela 

It's my favourite quote, and our education is fast becoming a privilege not a right like it should be. I'm here to help save the sector that changed my life. I wouldn't be who I am today if I hadn't come into FE. 

I will ask the hard questions, do the hard tasks, work the hours that I need to make sure our FE manifesto is heard and achieved that what the quote above says stays true.

Sam Coath

NHC
Nominated by: Adem Underwood, South Downs College

I should be elected to the Zone Committee because I am above all a people person. I enjoy rising to challenges that lay before me, and learning from the successes and un-successes that I have experienced. I bring a fresh perspective to the committee and will endeavour to use my experiences gained in employment to receive feedback from my peers and put their concerns across in a concise way. 


I am approachable, friendly, bearded, tall, and have recently mastered the art of the emoji. When I'm not studying or performing student union duties at my college, I volunteer my time to the Scout organisation where I have been a leader for 6 years. My dedication to the causes I represent is resolute and I thank you for considering my application to join the committee, to represent your views to the best of my ability and to ensure the successes the NUS craves for its 7 million members.

Robin Ferguson

Derwen College
Nominated by: Daniel Baldwin-Lind, Wakefield College

I have already been on this committee for a year and have enjoyed working with lots of different people. 
I would like the chance to continue to work with other people for another year. 

Some of the work i have done on the committee has helped other people to understand some of the issues that people with learning difficulties and disabilities have.

There are lots more issues to discuss and I would like to be part of this. 

I believe that by having a place on the FE Zone Committee I would be able to represent learners with learning difficulties and disabilities from across the country.

Jessica Foster

Canterbury College
Nominated by: Emily Chapman, Leeds City College Students Union

Hiya I'm Jess Foster. President and Student Governor at Canterbury College SU. One of South East's largest colleges.

Today I'm running to be on the FE zones committee. I'm the first to admit I didn't do very well in my GCSE's and was scared I couldn't process further. FE gave me that life line, the passion and confidence that has me standing here today. FE gave me a chance to be something.

This year my union is leading on a big piece of work to ensure our students leave college ready for work - employability skills, soft skills, industry experience, public speaking. I'm doing this for my students during an incredibly challenging time - our College is experiencing course and staff cuts, change in management, and a merger. And maybe because it's challenging and because I know how important it is to be "life ready", I want to take this onto the national platform. Not only supporting my colleges students as they take on the rollercoaster of FE, but all students across the movement so that they get the best they can from their FE experience, the experience they deserve.

FE took a chance on me. It has allowed me to excel and flourish - and I recognise I am privileged to have had this experience. It's my turn to fight to give you what I have had; a lifeline in FE.

Georgia Gore

First4Skills
Nominated by: Robin Ferguson, Derwen College

My names Georgia and I work for a training provider called first4skills and I am currently studying towards my Level 3 NVQ in Customer Service. My current role entails me to recruit Apprentices in to work and also concentrate on the retention of Apprentices to ensure they are happy with their service. I want to be on this committee to ensure Apprentices have a collective voice within NUS and give more opportunity for Apprentices to raise awareness of the issues they face on a day to day basis.

Muzzamil Khan

Bradford College Students' Union

Nominated by: Mohammed Rehman, Bradford College

Hi, Muzzamil Khan and I'm the President at Bradford College Students' Union, representing 30,000 students. This last year I've seen FE getting completely destroyed, our staff getting sacked, our unions disappearing, all because the government wants to cut our lifeline. I'm someone who is always honest and upfront, I am willing to travel wherever whenever to help

FE students locally and help lead the national fight alongside Shakira. I'll be there for you always because I'm passionate about defending FE and making sure we don't drop off the agenda.

Lucy Mason

Havering College FHE SU
Nominated by: Adem Begu, Havering College of Further and Higher Education

Hi, I'm Lucy Mason and I'm currently in my second term as President of my Students' Union at Havering College. I'm an incredibly committed person who's extremely passionately about further education and am a firm believer that education transforms lives.

From helping reform GCSE maths and English in my institution to sitting on numerous committees to make sure my learners voices are heard, I've made sure managers are held accountable to students whilst still having a fantastic rapport with the senior leadership team. I've held college wide campaigns about the student experience and conducted learning walks all whilst being a full time student. 

I now want to take this opportunity to shape the NUS's work around further education to hold the government to account. Even though FE makes up more of the membership than HE, FE is always an after thought, and I would like to help aid a change in perspective. I have substantial knowledge of the FE sector as a governor which I would bring to the role.

I'd love the chance to help the FE zone make the change that is really needed- vote for Lucy for FE zone committee.

 

 

 

Abdi Saed

City of Liverpool College
Nominated by: Emily Chapman, Leeds City College

My name is Abdi Saed and I am the Students' Union President at the City of Liverpool College. I got accepted into the University of Liverpool to study business economics but decided to take a gap year and find employment. The opportunity to become the Students' Union President at my college presented itself and I thought that this would be a great platform for me to make a real difference; a real change I hoped could enhance the educational experience of every student at my college. In the short period of time I have been the president of my Union, I have had to overcome many obstacles and barriers; a vast majority of them revolving around finance which a lot of you are probably currently experiencing yourselves at your institutions. I have extensively advocated for and represented students that were mistreated by my college. I have also ensured that the students that were mistreated were apologised to and then treated accordingly. I feel that you should vote for me because I will always make decisions in the best interest of Students, I will always voice my concerns and most importantly, if elected, I will use my position as part of the committee to make a real difference that positively impacts all students. Thank you for your time and I hope I didn't bore you all to death.

Samuel Salkeld

Dudley College Students' Union
Nominated by: Emily Chapman, Leeds City College

I am passionate about seeing change for the students, for the better. I'm an FE student from Dudly college, and am new to the movement and if elected will work hard for YOU the students.

Jack Thomas Stoker

Newcastle College
Nominated by: Emily Chapman, Leeds City College

I've been involved in youth democracy for years, my launch into politics was with the youth parliament and representing oppressed voices. My current work outside of presidency is working on making the voices of protected communities and minorities heard by those decision making bodies. The north hasn't really got much representation in terms of NUS and I want that to change, I want a direct link to be made between NUS and some of the most affluent areas in our country and indeed our student voice.

Camille Taylor-Haley

Wakefield Colege Students' Union
Nominated by: Muzz Khan, Bradford College

I am passionate about FE being heard

Mohammed Ubaid Tokaria

Leicester College Student Union
Nominated by: Muzzamil Khan, Bradford College Students' Union

Hi everyone, My name is Mohammed and I am a BTEC Level 3 first year IT Student studying in Leicester College. I have been in UK from past 3 years now and I have been the member of Student Union for 2 years now. First as the Vice President and now I am the president of the union for this academic year.

I would like to stand for the FE Zone Committee as I believe that I am able to do something for my fellow learners. I do believe that being a part of this Committe will help me as well to know more about FE Students who are facing difficulties in there day to day life. Becoming a part of Zone Committee will allow me to raise my fellow learners voice and issues against the government who are taking us for granted and ignoring all of us. If we don't act now then we will have to face a huge amount of difficulties with our education.


As the government is cutting down the funds for Further Education which is becoming a massive problem for all of us.


So now it's time to vote for me and let us all together make a difference.

Re open nominations (RON)

 


 

 

Further Education reserved places on Union Development Zone Committee

Zone committee members are responsible for ensuring the development of policy to guide the zone’s priorities for the year ahead, as well as analysing the work of the relevant elected officer (the Vice President), ensuring that the zone delivers on the areas of work that have been highlighted as priorities for the year ahead

(two positions avaliable)
 

Camilo Taylor-Haley

Wakefield College Students Union
Nominated by: Emily Chapman, Leeds City College Students Union

I want to run for union development as I want to help Union set rive to be as big and succesful as possible, if a union can be autonomous they can stop worry about the interests of the institution and worry about keeping their student, at the heart of every desist on, every campaign

 

Daniel Wood

Dudley College
Nominated by: Emily Chapman, Leeds City College Students Union

My name is Dan Wood, and I have been president now for a few months, my passion, enthusiasm, and my will to do good, has lead me to come this far. However, I feel ready to do more and to provide my progressive visionary thoughts within the Zone Committee, to give students more opportunities, to develop students and to improve the student's lives. 

My vision is simple, it aims to set unions working at a more national level with other unions, I believe it doesn't have to just be about campaigning but giving students a greater social life, so I aim to help provide those opportunities for you, the students. 

I will ensure that the students are at the heart of every decision made, so they truly benefit students & unions alike. I will be working to make them the most accessible, where anyone, no matter what disability, no matter what race or religion can participate in, because that is what I am all about, bringing people together, locally & nationally, to provide a sense of greater cohesion between unions, and a greater sense of community. 

FE makes up 72% of NUS membership, yet we are time & time again falling off the agenda, we are, in sense, we are the poor relative of HE, not in our passion, enthusiasm, ideas & creativity or entrepreneurship, but simply in the fact we do not have enough recognition, or money!  

Unions that are so desperately in need of support need a stronger voice within the NUS as they are lacking the proper guidance to gain greater finances, to provide those extra curricular activities, and to have a stronger, effective, learner voice! I want to ensure those issues are listened to, are addressed, let me be your voice to address those issues! 

My passion for helping to develop the FE unions, will help demonstrate that we truly need the extra support, the extra guidance, to truly achieve a greater impact, as we should not be ignored, we are an important step in students lives, and we can help them to achieve that greatness.

If elected into the UD committee, I would work to strengthen the relationship between FE & HE neighbouring unions. After all if it wasn't for FE where would HE unions be?! 
Moving forward under the current government regime, we should be united in our efforts, sharing resources, money student opportunities and the LOVE! 

In the position on the UD committee, i will aim to support FE unions to to organise towards community volunteering frameworks which will give our members the opportunity to engage with their local unions, in hope it will engage the membership that feels left out, or maybe not even even engaged at all. FE has so much to give, and always gives time & time again. 

And that is why I deserve a place on the UD committee.

 

Re open nominations (RON)

 

 

 

 

Further Education reserved places on Welfare Zone Committee

Zone committee members are responsible for ensuring the development of policy to guide the zone’s priorities for the year ahead, as well as analysing the work of the relevant elected officer (the Vice President), ensuring that the zone delivers on the areas of work that have been highlighted as priorities for the year ahead.

(two positions avaliable)
 

Robert Alcock

Dudley College Students' Union
Nominated By: Daniel Wood, Dudley College

I think I should be elected to the Welfare Zone and NEC because I believe that voices from FE are disproportionately represented throughout government and I believe that the welfare for FE needs drastic improvement whether it's help with stress (exams), substance and alcohol misuse, home problems, people in care and care leavers.

Bethany Kitchener

Liecester College
Nominated By: Daniel Wood, Dudley College

I have been at Leicester College for four years now, and with each new year I have felt more confident tp take on new challenges. From class rep to super rep to student union rep, and now hopefully Zone committee rep for welfare. 

This is mainly down to the great staff at college who have not only taught me the subject but also belief in myself and given me support when things outside of college have gotten tough outside of college. When I say staff I don't just mean the tutors but also the welfare staff, the financial, careers, and counseling services that the college provides.

I suffer from S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which means that during the winter months my mood and energy levels can drop dramatically, to where in the past I have been unable to get out of bed in the mornings. When I started college I never thought it would go beyond getting a few qualifications that would get me a job to provide for my family. 

The financial services showed me that I could afford to carry on to a level 3 course and even further to university if I wanted to. That I could afford to study for a career and not just a job.

The careers advisors helped me find what I loved to do and what I was passionate about and are currently helping me to apply to university.

The Counselling service has continuously been there for me, helping me cope, giving me strategies to deal with my illness and reminding me that I am a strong, capable woman who can achieve my goals.

The Government wants to take away these services in FE colleges and this really scares me. If these services are taken away students like myself would not be able to continue on their courses. In fact without these services I would not have lasted past my first year let alone four. 

I believe that these services are vital in our FE colleges and I want to fight to keep them not just for me but also for my kids, for all our kids. My Son also suffers with mental health issues and if the welfare services are cut I fear that when he goes to college next september, he will not reach his full potential.

This is why I feel so strongly about this issue and why I want to stand as your Welfare Representative.

 

Re open nominations (RON)

 

 

 

 

Further Education reserved places on Society and Citizenship Zone Committee

Zone committee members are responsible for ensuring the development of policy to guide the zone’s priorities for the year ahead, as well as analysing the work of the relevant elected officer (the Vice President), ensuring that the zone delivers on the areas of work that have been highlighted as priorities for the year ahead.

(two positions avaliable)
 

Camilo Taylor-Haley

Wakefield College Students Union
Nominated by: Emily Chapman, Leeds City College Students Union

I am passionate

Re open nominations (RON)

 

 

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