14· ULU Elections
Ian Drummond, SOAS
Students across London need a strong and dynamic campaigning union to defend themselves against the savage cuts in education and across public services threatened under Labour and Conservatives.
It's obscene that students and those relying on social
services and working hardest are beingmade to pay for the bankers' greed.Higher education will suffer cuts of £449m because of the crisis. ULU must be at the heart of a London-wide movement which uses the strengths, talents and experience of all students in the city in the fight for adequate funding.
A real union ismore than gymmembership. ULU’s excellent facilities will be a hub of ac-
tivity, accessible to every student. Fromtwo years’ experience as SOAS Finance and Commu- nications sabbatical, I knowstudents feel part of the unionmostwhen it is active, effective and visible.
TheULUPresidentmust project student voices to the outside world and campaigns work.
We occupied our colleges when Israel invaded Gaza last year, killingmore than 1,300 people. Thousands protested against wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.We cannot let Islamophobia bol- ster the Nazi BNP.
Climate protests have made governments across the globe take notice.Miss University is
not returning to our campuses becausewe protested. I have been active in all these campaigns. London is expensive. SOAS Justice for Cleaners campaign delivered the London living
wage for SOAS staff and helped launch successful campaigns across London. I will continue to fight for a London LivingWage for all staff and students.
Viktoria Szmolar, QueenMary
Hello, my name is Viktoria Szmolar and I’m
running for Vice President. I am a 4th year French and Politics student at Queen Mary University and the current Volunteering Officer. I am also head of Provide Volunteering which is the biggest organisa- tionwithin our Students’Union (QMSU). I chairmy own committee of 16 students, I am the supervisor of
our two student-led projects: READ and SIFE and a Student Councillor. In 2007, I was the creator and the chief executive of Culture Clash, the firstQMfundraising talent show held atULU’s prestigious venue. I achieved all ofmy pledges as the Volunteering Officer within 5 months in office and, I also more than doubled the number of registered QM volunteers from600 to 1300 by January 2010.
My pledges: • Set up a brand new ULU Volunteering Organisation and an Award Scheme. • Lobby with the university to create a course unit transfer system to encourage students to increase their employability prospects through work experience. •Work closelywith theULUBoard ofTrustees tomake this organisation financially viable for years to come. • Provide more support for Sports and Societies Officers through training and net- working sessions. • Improve Student Safety, especially forwomen through free self-defence classes and streetwise sessions. • Campaign tomaintain the current cap on tuition fees. • Empower and encourage students to create their own projects. • Liaise with UL sabbaticals to campaign on issues relevant to STUDENTS.
Re-OpenNominations (RON)will appear on the candi- date list for every position in the ULU elections. If you don’t think that any of the candidates on offer are right for the position you can tick this box. If RON gets the most votes for any position, nominationswill open again new elections will be held for that position.
To read all candidates’ fullmanifestos go to
All 120,000 students in the University of London are eligible to vote for ULU’s President and Vice-President, London Student editor and Student Trustees.
Voting opens noon onWednesdayMarch 3rd and closes at noon onWednes-
dayMarch 10th. Voting is online, andmost studentswill be sent a voting password automatically to their college email. (If you don’t, contact email@example.com
Visitwww.ulu.co.uk/elections formore information and to vote.
SINGLE TRANSFERABLE VOTE
ULU elections are held using the single transferable voting system. Instead of just
choosingyour favourite candidate youcanrank anyor allof the candidates for aposition byorderofpreference. If,after thefirstpreferencevotesarecounted,noonecandidatehas reached an outrightmajority of voters, the other preferences expressed by those who voted for the least popular candidate are taken into account until awinner is found.
Ben Stileman, RVC
Hi I’mBen. I hail fromsunny Somerset, I am24 years old and
a 2009 graduate of the research based BSc Hons BioVeterinary Sciences degree at the Royal Veteri- nary College, a small and specialist college where I
have held the post of Students’ Union President for two non-consecutive years and the advisory role of Senior Vice President sandwiched between them.
I am a founder member of the Small and Specialist Colleges Committee/Working Group
(formed of the “Small and Specialist” constituents ofULUSenate). Part cross country runner, part footy boy, part rower, and full-time country bumkin in the City.
I amstanding for the post ofUniversity ofLondonUnionVice President.AsULUVP I in-
tend to Improve inter-collegiate communication and interaction beyond social and sporting activities. BoostULU’s stance as a central hub of the London studentmovement through en- couraging greater interaction between London’s campaigning student organisations.
Strengthen the Small and Specialist network through support, communication and stabil-
ity through promoting continuity. Formore details check outmymanifesto and Vote for Ben Stileman, ULU VP!
www.london-student.net ·1stMarch 2010
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