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vote in the 2020 Bristol SU elections

Voting is now closed in the March 2020 Election

Meet the Candidates

The Bristol SU Elections are YOUR opportunity to make the changes you'd like to see at the University of Bristol. If there are bits of being a student that you think could be better - be that the quality of your housing, improved wellbeing support, more decent places to eat on campus, or anything else make sure you have your say and use your vote! The Bristol SU Elections have one of the highest turnouts in the country and often come down to less than 20 votes - so your voice really matters.

Head over to bristolsu.org.uk/vote from 9am 10th of March until 9pm 12th of March to have your say in our elections and bristolsu.org.uk/vote-nus to vote in the NUS Referendum.

You can vote for multiple postitions including reps for your course and faculty, chairs of networks and, of course, the seven full time officers that lead your SU. Below we've highlighted all of the candidates for the full time roles, as well as what the role does, and what the candidate wants to achieve.

Union Affairs Officer

The Union Affairs Officer represents students in terms of how they interact with Bristol SU through democracy, communications and services, and leads on support for societies, volunteering and RAG (Raising and Giving). The Union Affairs Officer works to deliver all kinds of wins for the student body, but recent officers have done things like:

  • Opening the SU Living Room in Senate House
  • Adding places for students to heat food on campus
  • Creating a sponsorship catalogue for sports clubs and societies

Here are this year's candidates - make sure you vote for who you'd like to be your Bristol SU Union Affairs Officer from 9am 10 March until 9pm 12 March.

Re-Elect Julio #1

Here's what I want to do this year:

Launch UoB App in Sept 2020

Launch Phase 1 of Campus Heart (Food Court and Student Bar)

Introduce annual #BattleOfTheBands show / Bristol Got Talent Show for Clubs & Societies

Rory (Bristruths)

Here's what I want to do this year:

Engage voters who have never engaged with SU elections before

Highlight the innumerable areas the uni has let students down

Live, Laugh, Love


Undergraduate Education Officer

The Undergraduate Education Officer represents undergraduate students on learning and teaching experience and academic and welfare-related support matters. The Undergraduate Education Officer works to deliver all kinds of wins for the student body, but recent officers have done things like:

  • Block the implementation of Saturday exams
  • Secured flexible study spaces in Senate House
  • Advanced work to decolonise the curriculum

Here are this year's candidates - make sure you vote for who you'd like to be your Bristol SU Undergraduate Education Officer from 9am 10 March until 9pm 12 March.

David Ion

Here's what I want to do this year:

Erradicate Barriers to Education - Fight the Hostile Environment on campus

An Education for the Climate Emergency - Mobilise for the Climate Strikes

Fight the Mental Health Crisis - More support around assessments

Nadia (DS) Sajir

Here's what I want to do this year:

WELLBEING - Conduct a review of the personal tutor system. Ensure that there is consistent support in EVERY school for EVERY student

EMPLOYMENT - Reduce graduation anxiety through running workshops and hosting talks throughout the year, e.g. 'What to do if you don't get into a Grad scheme'

TAKE A BREAK - Weekly workshops that encourage students to take a break and learn a new skill outside of their course, I,e camera workshops

Cordelia Hughes

Here's what I want to do this year:

Teach the future: Integrate the climate and ecological crisis into our curriculum and form a climate people's assembly to work with the University

Student empowerment: address accessibility issues for disabled students and work for more diverse engagement in student affairs

Careers for a changing world: push for our University to invest attention into green and ethical careers

Ostin D'Silva

Here's what I want to do this year:

Overseeing the curriculum reviews

More support for academic societies

Ensuring departments set out emergency measures at the start of the year that can be used in the event of a strike


Postgraduate Education Officer

The Postgraduate Education Officer represents postgraduate students on learning and teaching experience and academic and welfare-related support matters. The Postgraduate Education Officer works to deliver all kinds of wins for the student body, but recent officers have done things like:

  • Research into the Postgraduate Research Student Experience
  • Supporting students through strikes
  • Organised a social rep system for postgraduates in halls

Here are this year's candidates - make sure you vote for who you'd like to be your Bristol SU Postgraduate Education Officer from 9am 10 March until 9pm 12 March.

Arsham Nejad Kourki

Here's what I want to do this year:

Improving PG Representation and Integration

Improving PG Professional, Academic, and Wellbeing Support 

International Student Support

Georgios Lagios

Here's what I want to do this year:

Lobby the university in increasing the support towards students from diverse backgrounds who are not familiar with the UK university system

Run and implement an events’ survey to help bring the postgraduate community together, socialize and feel at home soon after they arrive at UoB

Introduce a comprehensive guide and an open communication channel to support students and their representatives in solving issues with their courses throughout the year

Joshua Mudie

Here's what I want to do this year:

Postgraduate Welfare: Improve welfare through training for supervisors, tackling loneliness by improving accessibility, launching “Postgraduate Week”, and creating a feedback system for postgraduates who teach .

Postgraduate Network: I will negotiate permanent funding for the postgraduate network from Faculties, make it more influential within the University, and create postgraduate-specific networking events 

Postgraduate Representation: I will improve representation for students across the summer, and will make the rules and regulations easier for students to navigate and understand. 

Leah Martindale

Here's what I want to do this year:

Improve transparency, ease of access, and understanding surrounding post-graduate fees and finance

Encourage well-being services to become more post-graduate friendly and better signposted regarding accessibility

Work with other SU officers, networks, and societies to improve a feeling of university community amongst postgraduate students

Wei Lu

Here's what I want to do this year:

Well being first! Regularly communicate with students to help solve psychological problems

Got the fastest news of what happens in the uni! Help course rep set up course groups and send timely notifications! Chat in the groups! 

Knowing everything in library! Got the names of the most borrowed books every week, write the feelings after reading and look for soul mate!


Student Living Officer

The Student Living Officer represents students on accommodation, finance, and wellbeing issues, as well as on their interaction with the local community. The Student Living Officer works to deliver all kinds of wins for the student body, but recent officers have done things like:

  • Stopping the university from increasing undergraduate student numbers
  • Introducing Meat Free Mondays in halls
  • Feeding student feedback into the University’s Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy

Here are this year's candidates - make sure you vote for who you'd like to be your Bristol SU Student Living Officer from 9am 10 March until 9pm 12 March.

James Morgan

Here's what I want to do this year:

Improve wellbeing by encouraging students to ask "Are You OK?" and campaigning for more outdoor spaces and a greater allowance for pets in student accommodation

Create a tenant advisory service with the SU and law clinic to assist with private landlord issues 

More financial advice for students from middle-income households who are ineligible for full loans or bursaries and have no parental money tree 

Prina Sumaria

Here's what I want to do this year:

Improving students wellbeing through building stronger communities, promoting wellness activities throughout the year and holding the university accountable on their wellbeing strategy.

Tackling the environmental crisis through lobbying for free bus passes, a binding citizens assembly and reviewing the food policies of halls.

Tackling the housing crisis through lobbying the university to reduce rent and not take in more students than there are beds. 

Ruth Day

Here's what I want to do this year:

Wellbeing: Diverse and accessible counselling service and reformed Extenuating Circumstances policy 

Fair housing: Rent reduction strategy in halls and standing up to exploitative letting agencies 

A green University: Push the University to support the climate strikes and provide cheaper and more vegan options in Source Cafes 


Sport & Student Development Officer

The Sport & Student Development Officer represents students on sport, exercise and health issues, as well as on issues relating to students' personal development. The Sport & Student Development Officer works to deliver all kinds of wins for the student body, but recent officers have done things like:

  • Giving sports fixtures a higher profile on campus
  • Relaunching Intramural sport – which engages over 2000 students!
  • Helping sport at Bristol become more affordable

Here are this year's candidates - make sure you vote for who you'd like to be your Bristol SU Sport & Student Development Officer from 9am 10 March until 9pm 12 March.

Rory MacNair

Here's what I want to do this year:

Make sport an integral part of the Student Wellbeing Service by expanding the Healthy Minds Programme 

Revamp the Bristol Varsity series according to Student Leader feedback. 

Increase participation opportunities by growing initiatives like This Girl Can, Take Pride in Sport and an improved Activity Hardship Fund. 

Rushab #1

Here's what I want to do this year:

Improving Coombe Dingle Transport 

Extending Uni Gym Hours

Referees for all Intramural Teams 


Equality, Liberation & Access Officer

The Equality, Liberation & Access Officer represents students on equality, diversity and widening participation issues, and ensures that all students’ voices are represented within the SU and University. The Equality, Liberation & Access Officer works to deliver all kinds of wins for the student body, but recent officers have done things like:

  • Launching the Trans Allies on Campus campaign
  • Securing a graduation bursary for students
  • Research into the BME attainment gap

Here are this year's candidates - make sure you vote for who you'd like to be your Bristol SU Equality, Liberation & Access Officer from 9am 10 March until 9pm 12 March.

Catreya Mably

Here's what I want to do this year:

Proactive approach to accessibility 

Campaign to keep hate speech off campus 

Foster Collaboration in all I do - creating better policy, good working relationships and a greater sense of community 

Izzie Castle

Here's what I want to do this year:

Champion campaigns to change student attitudes to sexual violence and unhealthy relationships, generating awareness of the signs and creating an atmosphere of safety and support

Ensuring the university makes their expansion plans and sustainability goals disability inclusive by lobbying to put real student experience at the forefront of their consideration 

Give greater support to liberation identity groups and societies to fight to change attitudes and ensure their feelings of safety on campus 

Jason Palmer

Here's what I want to do this year:

Tackling hate crime and harassment through stronger policies, local partnerships and local support.

Make our courses and campus more inclusive through an Inclusive Education Strategy and better hate crime reporting tool.

Empower students and build inclusive communities through working with JCR's and supporting student groups more.

Omar #1 for ELA

Here's what I want to do this year:

Ensure ALL new buildings are fully disabled accessible, have gender neutral toilets and prayer spaces, and work to make this the case for existing buildings.

Lobby for more wellbeing/counselling staff with more diverse backgrounds and expertise. 

Careers fairs for International students. 

Sian Amekuedi

Here's what I want to do this year:

Liberation: Option of LGBT+ only flats in halls. Compulsory first year consent workshops. Create a working group to tackle hate speech and promote liberation solidarity.  

Wellbeing: Greater presence of wellbeing services in halls. Mentoring to be made availible for international students. Support for student sex workers. 

Accessibility: Work towards a more accessible Freshers Fair for disabled students. Greater sign posting of the accessibility of buildings, e.g. the presence of induction loops. 


International Students Officer

The International Students Officer represents international students on all aspects of the international student experience. The International Students Officer works to deliver all kinds of wins for the student body, but recent officers have done things like:

  • Helping launch the Global Lounge
  • Lobbying the government for international students to get a secure post-study visa
  • Supporting the Sanctuary Scholarship Legal Fund campaign

Here are this year's candidates - make sure you vote for who you'd like to be your Bristol SU International Students Officer from 9am 10 March until 9pm 12 March.

Roy #1

Here's what I want to do this year:

Trying to establish mental health services that cater specifically to the international student experience and the struggles that this group of students may face

Establishment of an academic writing centre, to help international students develop their language & writing skills

Creating a directory of employers in Bristol that are willing to employ international students who want to do part-time work during their studies

Ruby Castillo

Here's what I want to do this year:

I will lobby the university to reduce international student tuition and increase funding for international student scholarships

I will initiate a Tier 2 sponsorship scheme in Bristol and urge the university to create funding resources for Tier 4 costs

I will start a monthly International Student Mingle to improve communication among different ethnic groups and create a Latino Society to increase inclusivity and visibility