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Frank - Getting to Know You

Name: Frank Longdon

Job Role: Student Voice Facilitator


What did you do before UCSU? 

I’ve worked in a few Students’ Unions managing student representation and democracy. Before coming to Cumbria, I ran a Students’ Union in an FE College and won a couple of NUS Awards for my trouble.


Can you tell us a little about you? 

I’ve got two kids, an allotment, and a taste for cycling uphill.

I live for pan-European singing competitions, the grand tours, and international rugby union.


What do you do at UCSU?

I manage all student voice activity in the Students’ Union and University. I support, empower and train Student Academic Reps, members of The Panel, our full-time Sabbatical Officers, Student Reviewers, and any campaigning or political activity we undertake as a Students’ Union.

I spend a lot of my time negotiating opportunities for students to engage in decision-making within the University. I also support and empower student representatives to make the changes you want to see on your course, on your campus, and at a national level.

I also run our elections J


What do you love most about your job?

I enjoy making a real positive difference in students’ lives, studies, and skills. I also enjoy influencing the University to ensure they meaningfully engage students in decision-making, programme design, and development of campuses.

Above all, I love to see students stepping up, taking the lead, and achieve their goals.