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Stanford - Union Affairs Officer

Talk to me about:

Democracy, and how we make decisions as students

Student activities: societies, student media, volunteering & RAG

Student events and campaigns

Hi, I’m Stanford and this year I will be your Union Affairs Officer. My role is all about student groups and the extracurricular – representing societies, democratic networks and student campaigners!

I joined the University of Bristol in 2013 as a Politics and IR student, where my first-year hall was Waverley House. I’ve lived for societies the whole time I’ve been here, and I’m a proud alumnus of a ludicrous array of student groups, from Massage to a Cappella!

Now I work full-time representing those groups, and I couldn’t be prouder of all they continue to achieve. The standard of extracurricular activities here at Bristol is absolutely off the charts, and I think it’s one of the best things about being a student here! I passionately believe that through Bristol SU there’s an opportunity for everyone to find a home outside of their degree – whether that’s discovering a new hobby or forming a new network of lifelong friends.

I’m working towards that vision in the world’s best city, and want to support and enable student groups wherever I can. If you’ve got any exciting ideas or irritating obstacles ahead get in touch over email or Facebook and let’s start a conversation! 


Here's what I want to do for you:

1. Improve communication between students and the SU

Develop honest, proactive, 2-way feedback channels so that students and the SU can work together.

2. Make sure students can access the mental health support they need

and ensure that this is a fundamental point of priority for the SU and the University.

3. Tackle the space crisis facing our student groups

Working to make sure that if a group needs a room for events or activities they can get one.

4. Help student groups to get stuff done and widen their membership

Championing student groups and doing everything I can to help them achieve their dreams!


+ Policy


Keep Bristol Venues Open - 5/06/2017


Canteen for lunch breaks - 21/03/2017


More Student Voices: Integrate voter registration with enrolment - 26/01/2017


  • Have made contact with Lynn and Jen Morgan to start a conversation about the feasibility of implementing the 'Sheffield model'.
  • Working with Bite the Ballot to compile evidence supporting the model.

Remove Group Grants membership fee requirement - 06/06/2016


Safe Space Policy Reform - 06/06/2016


  • Safe Space Policy will be removed from the website and not used as soon as 'Anti-discrimination and harrasement statement' has been approved by student council. It is currently being drafted. 
  • Revised Code of Conduct will be published on the website, which now includes the sentances from the 'Safe Space Policy', and the explination in action 4.
  • Reviewing the webpages on the website that will support this motion to include all clear statements mandated by the policy. (Actions 5a,5b)

Re-affirming Commitment to Constructive and Safe Debate on Israel Palestine - 15/03/2016


Union to Support Britain remaining in the EU - 18/02/2016


  • The Students' Union has promoted students registering to vote in order to be able to vote in the referendum on the 23rd June. The SU has promoted why a Remain vote is in the best interests of students via blogs and on social media. We are in discussions with student groups how we can support pro-EU groups in the campaigning that they do

Divesting from Israel’s Illegal Occupation of the West Bank - 18/02/2016


Support the campaign against immigration detention and the #SurroundYarlsWood protest - 18/02/2016


  • Referred to Bristol SU Trustee Board and overturned at Trustee Board due to the contents of the motion being considered an ultra vires and outside of our aims as a charity.

Move Bristol SU to Campus! - 18/02/2016


  • Bristol SU have spoken to the Vice-Chancellor about the need for space on the university precinct. Officers from Bristol SU sit on the University committee which is looking at the re-development of Tyndall Avenue and continue to raise this issue in all meetings both operationally and strategically. A committment to SU prescence on campus has been committed to in the university strategy. A paper from the SU will be developed in the upcoming months
  • Jamie has met with the Tyndall Place Programme Board manager and are working together to ensure that the consultation with staff and students is focussed appropriately.

Increase the Availability of University Resources to Student Groups - 28/01/2016


End Blacklisting at UoB - 29/10/2015


  • Estates and Procurement looking into their future contracts but have said it is not something that they would that the University would want to support or condone

Support a Strike Ballot - 29/10/2015


  • Have informed NUS saying that Bristol SU supports a ballot on strike action

UBU should provide a public access automatic external defibrillator (aed) in the richmond building  - 10/03/2015


  • Investigation into feasibility is underway. In prinicpal approval has been given by UoB. Seeking advice from SW Ambulance Service. Funding will need to be sought before it can go ahead.

UBU should strive towards fairer pay  - 10/03/2015


Change the name of 'the richmond building' to 'the university of bristol students' union building' - 10/03/2015


  • Referendum held and not enough students voted to meet quoracy

Renewed: Ban slates in UBU elections - 29/01/2015


Detail the definition of ‘woman’ in the UBU byelaws - 29/01/2015


  • Change has been reflected in the byelaws

Supporting the Free Education Demo - 30/10/2014


  • 05/03/15 - A coachload of students were taken to London on the 19th November 2014 to go on the demonstration.