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.