Voting for 2021/22 Student Officer Team took place between 19 - 23 March.
18 candidates put themselves forward to represent you in the role of a life time. With huge changes to your studies, our campus and your university experience, this year has highlighted the importance of the Student Officer role in making sure your voice is heard on campus and beyond. You are the driving force behind all of the Student Officers’ ideas, and the power is in your hands to vote for the change you want to see.
As everything in the Zoom era, this year our Elections went virtual; we said goodbye to chatting to candidates the cold and hello to virtual lecture shoutouts and social media takeovers.
The candidates manifestos and videos are below.
A huge congratulations to the winners;
Bertie Woodcosk (President), Imogen De Castro Gray, Jamilia Kwajah-Ellimah and Chloe Field
See more on the 2021/22 election results here
Hey! I’m Siva Narayana and I'm running for student officer. As the future president of University of Liverpool guild, I pledge my commitments in the following areas
Student Self Governance
Social distancing has pushed us into our dorm rooms, in front of our laptops and away from our own colosseum inspired lecture halls. I have a plan where we are our own government (that means we even get to vote for what dressing goes on our salads) and I am naming it ‘Student Self Governance’ to make it sound more convincing.
Our mental health concerns with the ever changing world around us need more attention and we will take care of each other. I will get professional help for anyone who remotely needs it.
With the help of societies, I will create a new space without any borders.
Apart from being a course rep, I have more in common with most of you reading this than you guys believe. And I can’t wait until everything goes back to normal again. I will be working to get things back on track by organizing more nights out in guild and once the lockdown is lifted, there’s going to be a new normal for us! It will be filled with fun while making sure everyone is safe!
My name is Maria, I’m currently a Masters in Management student and I am running to be part of your next Student Officer team for the University of Liverpool. Through my own personal experiences and ongoing involvement as Course Rep, I have come to understand the current needs and demands of students, but feel restricted in how much change I can actually implement; therefore, I am running for this position to make the improvements that YOU deserve. University should be a place to grow and flourish, so I aim to make your experience one to remember. I have five main areas I will work on if elected:
Have a look at my Instagram/Twitter @votemariaforSO for more detail on all of these points and much more!
Let your voice be heard on the 19th April! #VOTEMARIA
I’m Sav, a final year languages student with a love of music, gigs and art! I’m a committee member for both Modern Languages Society and Student Action For Refugees, and I want to be your student officer 2021-22 to help achieve the following:
So, if you want to see real, impactful change on campus then vote Sav for S.O!
As a socialist, a feminist and an LGBTQ+ ally I've always been passionate about advocating for and working toward a fairer, safer and more equal society for everyone. Now more than ever - in the waning days of a pandemic that shook the world - we have a choice: continue to accept the status quo, or make a real change for the better. Why settle for rebuilding from the pandemic when we can use this opportunity to make things better than they ever were? As Student Officer I pledge to:
I haven't lived in Liverpool for long, but I already feel like I'm home when I step off the train at Lime Street and I feel so welcomed by this beautiful city and amazing University. Together, we can make the University of Liverpool an even better place to study, research and work.
Hi everyone, I’m Greg.
For the last four years I have been a student at the University of Liverpool, during which I have seen the best and worst of university life. As a postgraduate student I have been a member of both the Management School and Politics Department, involved myself with societies, and remember how much I enjoyed university pre-COVID.
My university experiences have provided me the knowledge and understanding to identify key areas in which the Guild can affect positive change and improve student life.
If elected I will:
Thanks for checking out my manifesto. Find out more @gregforguildpresident on Instagram and Facebook, or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vote Greg for Guild President.
Discussion Panel for Housing Crisis - The housing discussion panel will promote conversations between the university, students, government, and private housing associations to bring greater protection and better housing for students. Get students involved in providing evidence of the negative impact poor housing can have on their welfare, so the relevant authorities will be compelled to act & find a feasible resolution.
Inclusivity & Diversity Panel – I want to promote inclusivity and diversity in the university and our community.
Highlight negative social norms and how we can challenge them:
Weekly Interactive Events - Giving you the opportunity to tell us what you want every month through a voting poll!
Student Wellbeing - Helping students cope with homesickness, lack of motivation and stress & anxiety from the pressure of studying.Employment – With the pandemic & the impact of Brexit awaiting us, the competition to get a job is fierce. Students need access to the right resources and support to conquer the job market and pursue their dream careers. I will bring students access to grad scheme tests, appoint workshops that will prep students for interviews and develop their confidence, and how to deal with disappointments & rise above them.
My name is Jamilia, and I want to be your next Guild President. My main aim is to put ‘uni life back on track’, after the detraction of our student experience from the pandemic. I want to ensure that we can bring joy back to student life though facilitating opportunities to meet other students, tackling inequalities faced by students and encouraging students to engage in a healthy and active lifestyle.
1. Improving accessibility to sports
Physical activity is one of the best ways to aid mental health and meet new people. I want to reduce gym membership prices for students and associated costs for Campus Sports, introduce a flexible monthly payment scheme and expand the range of campus sports available.
2. Improving accessibility to mental health support
I want to place support sessions guided by welfare professionals where students can freely share and build a support network of students. Additionally, I want to introduce a welfare check system, where concerns can be raised, and a timely check will refer people to help if they so require. I want to continue to promote our services and remove the stigma of support.
3. Supporting and encouraging diversity
We are a diverse student body therefore we should learn to accommodate and appreciate one another. That is why I want to introduce diversity training for staff and students. Additionally, I want to offer accredited open courses about Black, Asian and LGBT+ British History. Furthermore, I want to create more events such as balls and fairs to celebrate our diversity.
4. Prioritising Sustainability
We need to reduce our global impact. I am committed to reducing single use plastics around campus. This would also require supporting students to adopt a sustainable lifestyle by offering reusable items such as flasks.
Hi! I’m Josie Sawtell-Cousins. I’ve been active in politics since the Tories won power in 2010. Austerity made me angry, and that anger developed into a commitment to fighting for positive change. If elected as student officer I will work to achieve positive change through making the Guild more inclusive, engaged with the local community and representative of student voices
1)Establishing strong local connections
Liverpool has suffered disproportionality from a lack of Government resources in the Covid-19 outbreak compounded by the already shocking levels of regional inequality. If elected as student officer I will campaign for issues affecting both students and the wider community and unite with local organisations in challenging the Government and providing sufficient local resources to help those in need.
2) Tackling sexual harassment and assault
The recent UN women survey found that 97% of women aged 18-25 in UK face sexual harassment in public spaces. Change needs to happen from within the Guild to ensure campus is inclusive and safe. If elected, I will guarantee the Guild has a strong reporting procedure to ensure that women are heard and action is taken. I’ll also work with students and academics across the University to set up a digital educational platform to establish an inclusive community for learning, support and raising awareness of sexual harassment.
3) Widening access to higher education
Everyone deserves the opportunity to access higher education. Today, however, the most advantaged 20% of young people are seven times more likely to attend the most selective universities than the 40% most disadvantaged. If elected as student officer, I’ll build connections with local organisations to ensure that prospective students have equal opportunities in higher education. I’ll also aim to invest in student services and bursaries to ensure that students are financially supported by the University.
Some things about me!
Hello! I’m a working-class, English lad from Blackpool, studying my second year of Politics at Liverpool.
Promise 1 - Defend Freedom of Speech!
Promise 2 - Boost funding and staff for Mental Health Support!
Promise 3 - Continue the campaign for Rent Cuts and Tuition refunds!
Do you want to put students voice’s first?
To end the ‘cancel culture’ and create a more tolerant campus? Ensure mental wellbeing is enshrined in the Guild and University’s priorities? Want a student officer who will campaign to cut Rents and Tuition fees? Then vote for me on April 19th!
Covid-19 has hit many if not all students extremely hard in terms of mental wellbeing and financial hardship. If elected, i will put students, their community and their wellbeing above anything else to ensure that their Guild and University support them in the best possible ways. Mental and emotional health support systems should be massively bolstered within the University and Guild in order to provide a modern mental health support system which is why I want to see the introduction of the Liverpool Guild Mental Health Support Centre and an International Student Liaison Committee. As well as these commitments i believe introducing new roles called "Community Officers" will hugely benefit the work of the guild and the support it offers to students, the community and city, their roles will be to focus on the history, achievements and aspirations of different sections of society so that as a Guild we can further the representation of all communities both in and outside our University. These new roles will work alongside a new campaign, where University of Liverpool students will be offered various chances to work more closely with other educational institutions on an array of issues from climate change, racial equality, LGBTQ+ equality, women’s rights and many other issues that will allow the Guild and the University community to work closely with schools and other groups in Liverpool to better our city, lives and experiences. As a current Trustee of a young person’s charity and having ran my own LGBTQ+ organisation, i know the importance of support, especially in education, in times when governments and councils have forgotten about higher education students. It’s for this reason that i believe i could help make a difference to the experiences and lives of University of Liverpool students.
-Mitch and his campaign team
Over the past year, I’ve really enjoyed advocating for students in my role as Vice President. By working through the pandemic, I have gained knowledge and experience of how to continue supporting students in uncertain times. If re-elected, I would work on the following pledges, tailored to make genuine change to students’ lives.
Mental Health Support Mental Health is a passion of mine, and I pledge to continue working on improvements to wellbeing and support. I will lobby the University to allow for students to self-certify when applying for extenuating circumstances (ECs) for personal reasons - this has been a temporary improvement during Covid and I will work to keep this change. I will expand my current Mental Health Forums to occur monthly, focusing on topics like prioritising wellbeing and addressing isolation. Having listened to their concerns, I also pledge to support our Commuting students and their unique needs.
Return to Normality After the difficult year we’ve all had, I will focus on returning to normal student life by making more opportunities for students to meet. I will support Societies in getting back on their feet, focusing on a hybrid model of activities which accommodates all students’ preferences whilst returning to their normal social lives.
Ensure in person Graduation The Classes of 2020 (Summer & Winter) and 2021 still have no certainty or any details about their Graduation Ceremonies. I will push the University to ensure these ceremonies go ahead, and importantly are in person events.
Reform Module Selection Finally, I want to complete my work on reforming the Module Selection process. Through my work this past year, I have a commitment of moving to a fairer, better preference-based system and I want to complete this work.
Follow me on Instagram @voteforffion or check out my website at www.voteforffion.squarespace.com!
I am Muhammad Zumair and I would like to be your next Student officer. I was born in Pakistan and have grown up in Saudi Arabia. I am currently studying MSc in Finance and Investment Management. This is my fifth year in UoL making me an experienced candidate, knowing the whereabouts of University. I have been involved consistently with the Guild by volunteering as a course representative and a student mentor.
As a student officer it is my aim to improve teaching, education and resources at University of Liverpool, guaranteeing that all students get the best value for money out of their degrees.
My priorities are:
1. More career opportunities for international students
I will make sure that all students especially international students get more support around careers after university. International students struggle to find even an entry level job after graduation. In addition, I’ll ensure all international students feel more welcomed by holding events specifically for them, apart from the welcome week!
2 .Campaign for increased contact hours:
I do understand that students have been frustrated with online lecture delivering this year. I will campaign for lectures to be more than just studying everything yourself.
3. Act as a bridge between students and the University to enhance communication
I believe that all communication from Guild and the University, should be easily understandable, insightful, and relevant. I will work with the University and Guild to make messaging to all our students easier!
Hidden Course Costs – Scrap Graduation & Textbook Fees
Equality & Diversity – An Inclusive Campus
Tackle Sexual Assault, Harassment & Support Survivors
Improve and Rebrand Mental Health Services
COVID Support – Tuition, Rent, No-Detriment, Freshers
Imagine Imogen…imagine what else!
According to all known laws
there is no way a bee
should be able to fly.
Its wings are too small to get
its fat little body off the ground.
The bee, of course, flies anyway
because bees don't care
what humans think is impossible.
I wanna help turn this uni into ones bees will be proud of.
My name is Vasiliki Samuels, and I am a second year law student currently running for the position of Student Officer.
This academic year has been challenging for every student. It has made me question what standards I expect from the University as we begin to transition out of these restrictions. I want to take this opportunity to actively participate in improving and restoring the University experience by taking on board the concerns and wishes of students.
I am confident, compassionate and driven, and if elected, I would aim to:
Improve University communications
The transition to online learning has proven that the communication between the University and students has been poor. Students shouldn't be receiving their timetables days before the semester starts. Instead, I aim to create selected timetables, whereby students will select and formulate their schedules. I also aim to stop deadline overlaps and ensure exams are spread out more appropriately.
Support the mental health and physical wellbeing of students
My second aim will be to create peer support groups that work alongside local charities to support students' mental health and physical wellbeing. As things hopefully begin to revert to normality, I aim to create designated spacing in the University which will be accessible to all students, enabling them to connect and support each other.
Create a collaborative student community
Lastly, whether a society is raising money for charity or a student is running their own business and needs that extra support, I aim to launch a hall of fame that will encourage and promote students' entrepreneurial spirit. This will enable students and societies to reach a larger number of people. Thus, creating a collaborative community extending beyond the intimate student circles.
I would love the opportunity to be the next Guild President to restore the student experience promised.
I want the university to be a better and more inclusive space for all students. The EHRC’s found 24% of students from ethnic minority backgrounds said they experienced racial harassment at university. With the BLM protests this summer, the university needs to listen to the voices of students. Online equality and diversity training was provided for students this year but I would like to see this made compulsory, alongside the equality and diversity training currently mandatory for staff. In addition, I will make access to mental health services easier and more accessible.
I will also work to make the campus a safer space for women and non-binary people via sexual harassment prevention. The UN women UK survey found 97% of women aged 18-24 had experienced sexual harassment. Through local organisations and the university, I will promote awareness of the issue and improve the process for reporting sexual misconduct on campus. While also working alongside the university to better support the survivors of sexual violence.
I want to improve the universities sustainability goals beyond their commitment to divest from fossil fuels. The climate crisis is an intersectional issue affecting those at the bottom of society disproportionately. I will lobby for the university to push forward its target to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, alongside working with local action groups to make changes, looking at ways we can reduce waste and increase biodiversity on campus.
Finally, I want to push the university to give students compensation for the disrupted teaching this year. The university hasn’t been transparent in its decision-making, and we have not been given the university experienced we were promised in September. I am going to push for financial compensation for students and ask that the university be more transparent in their decision making in the future.
I am re-running for Guild Student Officer as I want to continue standing up for students, holding the University to account and carry on the work I have currently been doing. If re-elected I pledge to…
MY HAIRLINE MAY BE GOING BACK, BUT MY POLICIES WILL MOVE US FORWARD.
For more information, please follow my Instagram @VoteWoodcock
The search for the 2022/23 Officer Team will begin at the start of 2022, if you would like more information on the role please email Guildweb@liverpool.ac.uk