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Zone Conference 2016: candidates for Soc & Cit Zone Committee

Wednesday 26-10-2016 - 21:59

Nominations have now closed for Society and Citizenship Zone Committee. Elections will take place at Zone Conference at 11.15am on the Thursday 27 October.  

The deadline to challenge nominations is 9am on Thursday 27 October. Challenges should be sent to governanceteam@nus.org.uk.
 

Society and Citizenship Zone Representative on the NEC

As a member of the National Executive Council, the Welfare 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)
 

Tara Alade

Beds SU

Nominated by: Funmi Olaosebikan

My name's Tara Alade and I'm running to be a Society and Citizenship Zone Committee Member. As President of Beds SU I represent students studying at what is labelled a Widening Participation University. In reality, this just means, like all other Elected Officers, I represent a diverse membership. But a large proportion of our students have found their way to Education that were not traditionally considered to go to University. This means national issues such as Brexit, political apathy, equal rights and diverse representation are big concerns for our membership and for me personally.
 
If I'm elected I will represent the voice of the underrepresented and students whose lives as well as education are affected daily by the inequality imposed and supported by the UK Government.
 
Work to build networks throughout NUS to unite students who may feel disempowered by the fact that they believe they are not the ‘traditional' student.
 
Promote and encourage education on key national and global issues that will affect the future of our students, such as Brexit and Global Warming. Issues that are having an immediate effect on all students but particularly our international students, who may feel unwelcome and threatened post-Brexit, whose homes may already be dealing with the effects of climate change and are struggling harder, more than any student should have to, to have they voice heard. 
 
I will actively support the NUS in showing 16+ students that, despite the fears and concerns, we should still snap out of political apathy and make our voices heard and get our votes counted. I strongly believe in the right to vote at the age of 16 and will campaign for this right. 

As a Committee Member I'll strive to constructively analyse the work of elected officers and help to hold Zones to account for the work it promises to deliver. 
 
I believe the issues I'm already tackling in my current role, need a united community with NUS to change the future of students across the country, whoever they are, wherever they're from and by whatever means they were able to get an education and empower their future.

Eva Crossan Jory

Goldsmiths SU

Nominated by: Jamie Cross, Bristol SU

Hi I'm Eva I'm campaigns and activities officer and I want to run for soc&cit NEC. My role means that I work on developing community on campus through both campaigns and sports and societies.  I understand how difficult it can be to build communities but  my time as a student and officer on a small campus has shown me how important community is. In the post brexit climate community has become even more essential and students unions must lead the way to help develop communities on campus where students feel safe and not targeted by the prevent agenda. Our students union is in the process of trying to set up a hate crime reporting centre but I want to make sure that the reports given to this centre don't go unanswered. I'm running because I believe that we need a strong Soc&Cit campaign to meet the needs of our students who are experiencIng heightened rates of hate crime both on and off campus.

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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.

(six positions avaliable)
 

Ayo Akinrele

Liverpool Hope Students' Union

Nominated by: Daisy Tu Toit, Union of Kingston Students

Hi, I'm Ayo, VP Welfare & Community at Liverpool Hope Students' Union.

I'm running to be elected to Society & Citizenship Committee, so that I can contribute to the work of a Zone that I have a vested interest in. As well as holding the VP to account and bringing mine and my student's perspectives to the table, I want to push for progressive redefining of the terms 'society' and 'citizenship'.

The concept of the second or even third class citizens represents an issue of inequality, right at the heart of society, that can no longer go unchallenged.
Nobody chooses their birthplace, so why should we treat people differently based on nationality. Here's a reality check - WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS!

Issues like sustainability, are all to often approached without due regard that the Global South is the most affected by our consumption here. So Black lives need to matter not just in the criminal justice system, but in how we treat our shared environment on this earth too.

I'm a doing type of person, so my activism involves engaging and seeking reform - even in the police force for which I am an active volunteer. Just like SUs within NUS, I believe change from within is the way to win.

This zone can use it's unexplored potential to truly take on the most pressing issues of today, and ensure that our communities and services are welcoming to everyone of all backgrounds. I want to be a part of that, but I need your help - Vote Ayo #1 for Society & Citizenship.
 

Tara Alade

Beds SU

Nominated by: Funmi Olaosebikan

My name's Tara Alade and I'm running to be a Society and Citizenship Zone Committee Member. As President of Beds SU I represent students studying at what is labelled a Widening Participation University. In reality, this just means, like all other Elected Officers, I represent a diverse membership. But a large proportion of our students have found their way to Education that were not traditionally considered to go to University. This means national issues such as Brexit, political apathy, equal rights and diverse representation are big concerns for our membership and for me personally.
 
If I'm elected I will represent the voice of the underrepresented and students whose lives as well as education are affected daily by the inequality imposed and supported by the UK Government.
 
Work to build networks throughout NUS to unite students who may feel disempowered by the fact that they believe they are not the ‘traditional' student.
 
Promote and encourage education on key national and global issues that will affect the future of our students, such as Brexit and Global Warming. Issues that are having an immediate effect on all students but particularly our international students, who may feel unwelcome and threatened post-Brexit, whose homes may already be dealing with the effects of climate change and are struggling harder, more than any student should have to, to have they voice heard. 
 
I will actively support the NUS in showing 16+ students that, despite the fears and concerns, we should still snap out of political apathy and make our voices heard and get our votes counted. I strongly believe in the right to vote at the age of 16 and will campaign for this right. 

As a Committee Member I'll strive to constructively analyse the work of elected officers and help to hold Zones to account for the work it promises to deliver. 
 
I believe the issues I'm already tackling in my current role, need a united community with NUS to change the future of students across the country, whoever they are, wherever they're from and by whatever means they were able to get an education and empower their future.

Daniel Asaya

(SUBU) Students' Union at Bournemouth University

Nominated by: Ben Conway,University of Portstmouth


Hi there, I'm Daniel President of the Students Union at Bournemouth University and I'm standing to be a member of the committee for society and citizenship zone

I strongly believe I will make an outstanding  committee member because not only have I gained invaluable insight into the Society and Citizenship zone to understand how it works, and how I could help take it forward, but I have also had an all-rounded experience here at the NUS and trust that I can help the zone grow further. 

As the first Postgraduate International Student to be President of the students union, as well as former Faith Officer, I've come to understand the diverse range of students that we as a movement represent as well as the big and small issues that our students face.  

As President, I've worked hard to ensure everyone has a place in SUBU irrespective of who they are, how they look or where they come from. 
From working with Jewish and Muslim students to make sure antisemitism and Islamophobia has no place on campus to working with the LGBT, disabled, international and BME students to fight against all forms of discrimination or hate crime to ensure every student feels safe. 

I've campaigned for getting students interested in politics in order to have a say in what affects them and even led a bus filled with students to campaign against cuts to the NHS bursary(I'm the first ever president to have done that) and would be doing the same for #nov19. 
I helped setup  the Student Action for Refugees group on campus and I voted for my University to take their money out of fossil fuel companies into ethical sources. 

All this hard work has paid off as there's been a huge progress in students participation especially from the hard to reach groups. With this success locally, I would love to take it nationally and ensure a pleasant student experience through out all areas of the Soccit zone and the NUS in general.

If elected, I will work with everyone to make sure the zone has a policy to guide its priorities  for the year ahead.

Analyse and support the current VP Soc&Cit to do his job effectively as well as hold him into account to make sure he does what he's promised.

Ensure that all areas of work that have been highlighted as priorities for the year ahead are delivered by the zone.

For an effective, organised and successful  zone please vote Daniel Asaya #1 for SocCit Committee.

Davide Bertelli

University of Plymouth Students' Union

Nominated by: Lowri Jones, University of Plymouth Students' Union


My name is Davide Bertelli and I am Vice-President International and Outreach at the University of Plymouth Students' Union. I submitted a motion to NUS 2016 National Conference and to the 2016 International Students Conference mandating Society and Citizenship and the International campaign to lobby the Government to extend the right to vote on EU matters and beyond to EU citizens residing in the UK. 

Empowerment and protection of those groups that are actively marginalised or subtly ignored by society is at the very heart of NUS's existence. International students, whether in FE or HE, are one of them. Now, more than ever before, there needs to be strong and vocal representation for international students in the Society and Citizenship committee to ensure that our full-time elected officer can lead on and facilitate our demands. I am standing for the Soc&Cit committee to be that person and I will focus on these priorities:

1)    Political engagement. The FTO's focus on political engagement has heavily targeted the extension of the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds. While I welcome this, I cannot but stress that non-UK citizens (and students) are being left out once again. Millions of people have decided to come to the UK to live their lives and many have lived here most of their lives but are still prevented from fully partaking in the political process of this country because they hold a foreign passport. In the current climate of intolerance, bigotry and xenophobia NUS need to prioritise the inclusion of international citizens in the British democratic structures. 

2)    Prevent. The Society and Citizenship committee cannot afford to not lead the NUS fight against the Prevent agenda. Increasingly we have hard evidence of how the Government's racist counter-terrorism strategy is divisive and ineffective: working with other NUS committees and students' unions, we have the duty and the opportunity to fight the policy and undermine the Government's agenda. 

3)    Fossil fuels divestment. It is vital that NUS leads the fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground. The vast majority of Universities receive funding from fossil fuel companies and invest into unethical businesses. NUS has the power to mobilise millions of students and to support those many unions that are campaigning to for their institutions to divest and reinvest in renewables and ethical enterprises and projects. NUS's sustainability agenda has to progress into showing clear guidance, strategic direction and unquestionable commitment to the cause. 

Vote for Davide Bertelli #1 Society and Citizenship committee.

Eva Crossan Jory

Goldsmiths SU

Nominated by: Jamie Cross, Bristol SU

Hi I'm Eva I'm campaigns and activities officer and I want to run for soc&cit NEC. My role means that I work on developing community on campus through both campaigns and sports and societies.  I understand how difficult it can be to build communities but  my time as a student and officer on a small campus has shown me how important community is. In the post brexit climate community has become even more essential and students unions must lead the way to help develop communities on campus where students feel safe and not targeted by the prevent agenda. Our students union is in the process of trying to set up a hate crime reporting centre but I want to make sure that the reports given to this centre don't go unanswered. I'm running because I believe that we need a strong Soc&Cit campaign to meet the needs of our students who are experiencIng heightened rates of hate crime both on and off campus.

Hussain El-Amin

The union, MMU

Nominated by: Sabrina Hussain, Huddersfield Students union

Hussain EL-Amin - Community Officer The Union, MMU 

As community officer of my students union, I have worked collaboratively with my institution, neighbouring students unions and local authorities to try and break the negative stereotype of students by developing a programmes encouraging them to get to know their neighbours and become active citizens in that area. Another key project for me is working with local authorities to revamp student safe zones in Manchester as we have one of the largest students communities in the UK totaling 100'000 students in the city. With devolution coming up, I will be working with students and students unions to make sure students concerns are on the agenda.

 

Natalie Jordan

Keele Students Union

Nominated by: Joe Cox, Middlesex University London

 

Sahadev Joshi

Reading University Students' Union
Nominated by: Kathryn Younger,Anglia Ruskin Students' Union

Sahadev Joshi, most people call me Sed, Diversity officer at Reading University Students' Union 
In my institution I've been championing the liberation and representation groups by fighting for lower international tuition fees, better hate crime reporting systems and gender equality on campus. I'm also campaigning against the PREVENT agenda. I want to bring my passion for making university an accessible and more diverse place for every student to the Society and Citizenship zone.

To use my old catch phrase: Use your head and vote for Sed!
 

Ilyas Nagdee

University of Manchester Students' Union

Nominated by: Tasnim Hassan,Lincoln Students' Union

I am running for Society and Citizenship Committee to ensure the focus of the campaign continue to be on discrimination and hate crime this year. At Manchester, i have worked to try and combat hate crime both within campus and the community. I have worked with students, community leaders and MP's to make Manchester remains a welcoming place.

Over the last year i have co-founded Preventing Prevent at Manchester working with lecturers and staff in the university to make sure they understand what Prevent is and how it is being implemented in universities. I have sat around the table with local and national prevent coordinators to relay the concerns students have with prevent in education.
 

Conor Savage

Bangor Students Union
Nominated by: Tamara Boakye, Bangor Students Union

Hello everyone!
I’m Conor Savage – the President of Undeb Bangor (Bangor Students’ Union) – the Welshest Students’ Union in the world! This is linked to one of my key motivations for running in this election – as I want to ensure that Wales (and Nations as a whole) are represented on the Society & Citizenship Zone Committee.
I’m a BSc Marine Biology graduate and MSc Marine Biology student (I want to ensure Postgraduate representation too!) – and was in fact the first Scientist to be elected President of Undeb Bangor! 
I am already heavily involved in NUS – in ways that are closely related to the Society & Citizenship Zone – and being on the Society & Citizenship Zone Committee seems like the next natural step to me. 
I am on the Board of Directors of Epona, the Fairtrade clothing company owned by NUS, which supplies Students’ Unions across the UK. I recently travelled to India with them, to visit each step of their Fairtrade manufacturing chain, which was an outlook-altering experience for me. This is linked to another one of my key motivations for running in this election – after seeing the incredibly positive effects of Fairtrade – I now have an intense desire to push for (and support) greater campaigning towards Students’ Unions going 100% Fairtrade, and sourcing their clothing through Epona – and Society and Citizenship Zone Committee seems like the right place to do this. 
I am on the Board of Directors of NUS Services, the commercial branch of NUS, which supplies (the majority of) Students’ Unions with the products that they sell. This has given me a wealth of knowledge in how the organisation works, and has allowed me to represent Epona within the organisation, and I now want to use this experience to promote Epona to the wider student body.
Thank you for reading!
Vote Conor Savage #1 for Society & Citizenship Zone Committee!

Amy Smith

Students' Union Name
Nominated by: Camille Taylor-Haley, Wakefield college students union

The Society and citizenship zone directly affects student in FE and more need to be done to support those in FE to make a positive impact in this area.

Dom Smithies

University of York Students' Union (YUSU)
Nominated by: Sandy Downs, University of Oxford Students' Union

Heya, I'm Dom Smithies, the Community & Well-being Officer at University of York Students' Union. I want to be elected to the Society & Citizenship Committee not only because it's hugely relevant to the community side of my role and what I want to achieve in my year as a Sabb, but also because the priorities of the zone align with issues and topics that I'm really passionate about.

While I was a student I studied Philosohy (which means I'm good at scrutinising & tactfully challenging) , was engaged in Union politics and representation through our college system, was a course rep every year of my degree, was a Nightline volunteer and was a part of the LGBTQ Network. I then ran to be a Sabb on a platform of supporting the Part-Time Officers in everything they want to do, in seeing through the recommendations of the Mental Ill-health Taskforce that was presented to our Universities Executive Board and on challenging the political culture on our campus by running a 'How To Be An Activist' Week with sessions, workshops and lectures on how to get involved in liberation activism, how to diversify & liberate education, how to engage in the Union policy process and how to campaign on issues on campus, in York and nationally.

The week before we came into office the results of the European Referendum came out and we were in shock and immediately concerned for what this would mean for our students, for education and for society as a whole. During the months since there's been the echo of 'Brexit means Brexit' and fruitless discussion while we've seen a rise in hate crime across the UK. The result legitimised bigoted views which led to Britain's most senior police officer noting the horrible spike in hate crime and Galop reporting an increase in hate crimes against LGBT people by 147% during July-September. Following the result we shifted our priorities for the year ahead with inclusivity & respect being the prime focus for the Union's agenda. Working to improve and develop our hate crime reporting process in conjunction with the University became an immediate project for me and working with the NUS to partake in work on supporting other SU's do similarly is something I'd be really engaged in.

Disengaged students in in Union, local and national politics is an issue facing many campuses. Young people are not being properly listened to in politics. They feel ignored and time and time again they have to watch as elder generations vote on issues that will impact them without the ability to have much say. I want to passionately engage in the NUS' work to improve engagement with civic life and to lower the voting age to 16 so that young people can have their voices heard on issues that are going to be affecting them. 

Vote Dom #1 for Society & Citizenship Zone Committee!
 

Dom Trendall

University of Sheffield Students' Union

Nominated by: Joe Cox, Middlesex Students'Union

Hi, I'm Dom and I'm President of Sheffield Students' Union. 

I think it's so important that we remember that students do not live in a vacuum. All of the major political questions that we face as a country impact students, and it is of paramount importance that our voice is heard, and is part of the national conversation. We should be prioritising work around issues such as climate justice, which something that students feel passionately about on our campuses. 

One of the issues that I'm most interested in is Widening Participation is Higher Education. students' unions in HE can only be as diverse and as innovative as their membership. This obviously pertains particularly to HE and admissions policy, but if we are to truly tackle the structural issues that there are, we must focus on government policy more hellistically. Ensuring marginalised groups are heard is central to this. The work being carried out in the Society and Citizenship Zone on issues such as voter registration is key in this regard. 

The disparity between the position we took as NUS on the EU referendum and outcome of the vote in places like Sheffield is concerning. As students' unions, we need to make sure we are engaging with our communities better. I think this is central to the work that the Society and Citizenship zone is doing, and I think this is really important. This is something that I have focused on as an officer. 

I am convinced that this is the approach that need to adopt Society and Citizenship zone. 

Vote Dom #1 for Society and Citizenship zone committee!
 


 

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