THE PANEL ELECTIONS 2017

 

RESULTS

 

402 students cast their vote!

Thank you everyone for having their say and helping to choose The Panel 2017/18.

 

Please see details of all winners below.

 

 

 

MEET THE

PANEL 2017/18

Winners

About The Role

The Chair is the person who ensures that The Panel will meet and that the meetings will be fair and effective.

Although the Chair is a full member of The Panel, he/she will not be able to vote on decisions taken unless this is required to end a stalemate. This also applies to the Deputy Chair, if he/she is running the meeting.

The Chair will:

  • Make sure that everything is ready for the meeting and that all those attending have the relevant information.
  • Manage the meeting through all its stages and monitor and maintain its effectiveness.
  • Monitor the actions of the UCSU Officers.

 

 

This year, we're going to elect two people as Chair. The first placed candidate will have responsiblity for chairing and running meetings. The second placed candidate will have responsibility for speaking on behalf of absent representatives and making sure the meetings are fair and well behaved.

 

 

First Placed Candidate

 

Sharmin Yesmin

Hi, I am Sharmin and I am standing to be your Co-Chair for this academic year. I am from London and I am in my final year of degree in Education Studies. 

I strongly believe that studying is important and that is why we are here at University. I also believe that it is really important that we have someone who is dedicated to representing students opinions and making their voices heard. I
will do this by making sure those attending the meetings have the relevant information and monitoring the actions of the UCSU officers. I will also be
managing and maintaining the effectiveness of the meetings. This will give me an opportunity to meet people from different campuses at the University of Cumbria. More importantly, it is an effective way to make student's learning and University experience great. I strongly believe that I should be elected to make your opinions heard at every level. We need to work together to make this University outstanding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Placed Candidate

 

Calvin Rodgerson

Having been a member of the panel before I know what is neccessary to ensure the smooth running of meetings; and to use everybodies voice to inform decision. Upon election I will hope to look into free parking permits for students, more student facilities and more one-to-one sessions for homesick students.

When casting your vote you needn't look further than my record last year to realise I'm on your side! So go ahead, vote for me!

     

About The Role

Students can only run as a Campus Representative for the campus at which they study.

Campus Student Reps will:

  • Present the views of their campus.
  • Safeguard the interests of the students on their campus by considering the effects of the new ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Run simple fun competitions, or monthly coffee mornings with lots of cake!
  • Hold a termly social event.
  • Organise a sporting event against students in another campus.

 

Winning Candidate

 

Sam Abram

If elected i will continue to represent the best interests of all Ambleside students and also continue work on getting a student bar, cheaper public transport and a gym.

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as a Campus Representative for the campus at which they study.

Campus Student Reps will:

  • Present the views of their campus.
  • Safeguard the interests of the students on their campus by considering the effects of the new ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Run simple fun competitions, or monthly coffee mornings with lots of cake!
  • Hold a termly social event.
  • Organise a sporting event against students in another campus.

 

Winning Candidate

 

Matthew Wisener

I’m the tall bearded Irish guy you probably saw at one point or another over Welcome Week… I am currently a student trustee on the union trustee board, an academic rep, and the Chair of the RAG (Raising and giving) society for the two Carlisle campuses. I was the Fusehill Street campus rep last year and really enjoyed my role (hence why I’m running again). Last year, I managed to get more water fountains on the campuses as well as acting on student retention on SERC (Student Experience Retention Committee). This year, I want to use the role to put on more social events on campus and try my best to link with the other campus reps to have more cross-campus events. I will also aim to work with the current community partnership officer in order to represent your voice in terms of what you want to see happening on your campus!

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as a Campus Representative for the campus at which they study.

Campus Student Reps will:

  • Present the views of their campus.
  • Safeguard the interests of the students on their campus by considering the effects of the new ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Run simple fun competitions, or monthly coffee mornings with lots of cake!
  • Hold a termly social event.
  • Organise a sporting event against students in another campus.

 

Winning Candidate

 

Amy Kenworthy

As a 3rd year Education Studies student, I have lived in Lancaster for 3 years and have witnessed the university make big changes but now I want to ensure the changes are suitable to students and what they want. Having had previous experience with senior members of staff, this has given me the skills and confidence to represent Lancaster campus students throughout all avenues within University.

What I would like to achieve for you:

- the student voice of Lancaster!!

- joined social events

- cross campus partnerships

- more events at Lancaster

- cross campus charity events

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as a Campus Representative for the campus at which they study.

Campus Student Reps will:

  • Present the views of their campus.
  • Safeguard the interests of the students on their campus by considering the effects of the new ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Run simple fun competitions, or monthly coffee mornings with lots of cake!
  • Hold a termly social event.
  • Organise a sporting event against students in another campus.

 

Winning Candidate

 

Rachel Orwell

I would love to continue the role of London Rep for my second year of this amazing Univeristy! My first year as rep was such an amazing experience - meeting new people and travelling to all the different campuses is something I’ve grown to be very passionate about. I like to think that I had a role in key decisions that were made at our campus. Some of the main issues we solved were parking, lockers and the food available at the canteen. I am very approachable and would love to submit people’s ideas forward as I represent our campus. Some changes I would like to see happen this year would be for the garden space to be used more so all students have a chance to socialise at different events, the aesthetics of the university to make the rooms and hallways more colourful and welcoming, and to ensure that everyone at the university feels welcome, well-prepared and organised, which includes ensuring the timetable is correct this year. Please vote for me!

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run asthe Black and Ethnic Minorities Student Rep if they identify as black or another ethnic minority.

The Black and Ethnic Minorities Student Rep will:

  • Present the views of Black and Ethnic Minorities students.
  • Safeguard the interests of Black and Ethnic Minorities students on their campus by considering the effects of the new ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Create themed evening. Language clubs, film nights or other activities to help raise awareness of different cultures.
  • Collaborate with local groups and joining local events.
  • Plan their own Carnivals or cultural events.

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Deqa Abdi

A vote for Deqa is a vote for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.

Campus: Carlisle 

I am a final year radiography student who has previously been active in black and ethnic minority events. I have an interest in campaigning, and now feel in a good position to help improve the university experiences of other students. My main aims are to:

• Increase cultural awareness of ethnic minorities
• Promote a zero-tolerance policy for racism and discrimination
• Give ethnic minority students a voice to raise their particular concerns and 
needs
• Collaborate with other SU societies to work towards a better campus

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as the Disabled Students Rep if they identify as disabled.

The Disabled Students’ Rep will…

  • Present the views of disabled students.
  • Safeguard the interests of the students on their campus by considering the effects of the new ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Create a group for disabled students in which students can share ideas and activities.
  • Collaborate with local groups, national organisations or NUS Disabled Students Campaign.
  • Run their own sporting events/activities/Invite guest speakers and hold debates to raise awareness of disabled issues.

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Samuel Crothers

My Name is Sam Crothers, I am from Belfast and I am currently studying for my Youth and Community work Degree. I am 26 years of age and I am a Wheelchair user since the age of 20. I have created and delivered disability awareness sessions to young people in Belfast for the last 5 years and is a passion of mine to create awareness around all disabilities. I worked within the Inclusion team in Belfast and Disability Inclusion was my role. I have a vast amount of experience within Disability Awareness and that is why I think I would fit this role.

I am running for Disabled students Rep because I want to represent all disabled student within the University of Cumbria. I am friendly and approachable. 

I would like to create more awareness of Hidden Disabilities and create an awareness campaign around this.
I would like to setup a Disabled Forum that creates a space for students and staff to come and share ideas to take forward to the panel.
I would like to have a disability awareness day on campus. 
I would like to run a disability sports day to let students see and try different sports out.
I would like to work on promoting awareness on Mental Health and create workshops around Mental Health.

Most importantly I want to Listen and Represent YOU!

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as the International Student Rep if they are registered as an international student with the University.

The International Students’ Rep will:

  • Present the views of International students.
  • Safeguard the interests of International students on their campus by considering the effects of the new ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Plan activities such as cookery classes and language clubs to help raise awareness of different cultures and different countries.
  • Create a group to share experiences and feelings.
  • Create a get together for all International students across the campuses.

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Robin Gergolla

I am very interested in different languages and cultures, which is why I chose to study in a different country in the first place. I would like to create more opportunities for international students to get together and exchange experiences and advice on living in England and to learn Note about each other's cultures.

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as the LGBTQ Rep if they identify as LGBTQ.

The LGBTQ Students’ Rep will:

  • Present the views of LGBTQ students.
  • Safeguard the interests of LGBTQ students on their campus by considering the effects of the new ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Create a group of LGBTQ students in which students can safely share feelings, ideas and activities.
  • Collaborate with local groups, national organisations, or NUS LGBTQ Campaign.
  • Take part in events such as Pride .
  • Invite guest speakers and hold debates to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues.

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Riley Reed

I’m a 3rd year English student. I am queer, nonbinary, and transfeminine, and my preferred pronouns are she/her or they/them. 
I will ensure that every LGBTQ student feels safe, supported, and represented.

I AM: 

- Queer and trans-identifying; I can relate to both LGBQ and transgender students
- An experienced LGBTQ activist; I’ve campaigned for Stonewall and Action For Trans Health and been an active member of LGBTQ communities in London and Lancaster
- Chairperson of the English Society and have previously served as course rep for English students

I WILL: 

- Aim to increase LGBTQ sexual health awareness across all campuses 
- Call for more support for gender-nonconforming students; I will advocate for gender-neutral toilet facilities where possible and for an accessible way for students to change their given name, title, and pronouns on their student profile
- Encourage the organising of LGBTQ student groups on and across campuses

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as the Men Students Rep if they identify as a man.

The Men’s Rep will:

  • Present the views of men.
  • Safeguard the interests of the students on their campus by considering the effects of the new ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Create a safe space for men to share their thoughts and concerns.
  • Raise awareness of Health & Wellbeing issues affecting men.
  • Celebrate International Men’s Day.
  • Bring male students together across campuses.

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Thomas Turner

Hi! My name is Tommy. I'm a friendly, outgoing student. I'm sociable and very enthusiastic. I'm a very understanding person and I'm always willing to help others in any way possible.

One area I feel men need help right now is mental health. It is a very important topic to me as I suffer myself and there has never been enough awareness. Men in general feel like they have to keep their emotions to themselves and I want to help change this stereotype. My goal if I am elected is to help provide more information on men's mental health and create a safe space to talk about your feelings and possibly even get professional help for you if that's what you need.

If you believe that men's mental health is an area that still needs more attention then please vote for me, and I will do everything I can to help make the University of Cumbria a safe and inclusive space for everyone.

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as the Returning to Education Student Rep if they have had a spell out of education.

The Returning to Education Students’ Rep will:

  • Present the views of Returning to Education students.
  • Safeguard the interests of Returning to Education students on their campus by considering the effects of the new ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Create a group to share experiences and find out what the key needs of this varied group are.
  • Plan social activities that can help the group come together.
  • Organise opportunities to come together for support in specific areas of difficulty.

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Debra Holt

As a student that has returned to education myself, I can have a good understanding of the opinions and views that other returning students may face at University. If I am voted into this role, I hope to encourage the following opportunities.

I would like to encourage more enrichment activities for those students returning to education, which would increase the social aspect of your experience.

To increase specific support opportunities for return to education students, such as financial, academic and University/ work/ life balance.

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as the Women Students Rep if they identify as a woman.

The Women’s Rep will:

  • Presenting the views of women.
  • Safeguarding the interests of the students on their campus by considering the effects of the new ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Organise a group for women involving lots of different activities each month.
  • Collaborate with local women’s groups, national women’s organisations or NUS Women’s Campaign.
  • Celebrate International Women’s Day.
  • Invite guest speakers and hold debates to raise awareness of women issues.

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Megan Oldale

I believe I will be a good representative for women across all campuses and be the person to promote change. I am aware of the challenges that are faced by women at university and the pressure of assignments and being somewhere new. I want every woman to feel like they have someone to support them to fight for what they believe.

What I want to achieve:

  • I think it is important for every woman to be able to defend themselves. Therefore, I want to provide the opportunity for self-defence classes.
  • Provide more opportunities for women to play sport across all campuses
  • Organise a charity event that supports women such as: Race for life
     

 

About The Role

Students can only run for this position if they have an interest in environmental matters.

The Environmental Representative will:

  • Consider the ethical and environmental implications of ideas.
  • Suggest practical ways in which UCSU could be more environmentally friendly.

 

 

They can also:

  • Raise awareness of local and national environmental issues.
  • Encourage students to consider ways to get involved in related groups.

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Charlotte Wheele

I am Charlotte Wheele on animal conservation and it would like to run for environmental officer.

I am a fun and bubbly individual who is determined to get students voices heard from Ambleside. I really enjoy the outdoors, especially the conservation aspect of things! I want to make a difference I which the university has to the local environment, as we live in a National Park.

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run for this position if they are a member of a club or society.

The Student Societies Rep will:

  • Present the views of the members of the different groups at Uni.
  • Safeguard the interests the members of different groups by considering the effects of the ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Speak out on behalf of all club and society members at Uni,
  • Link up with the different groups.
  • Raise awareness amongst other students on the benefits of different activities.
  • Run events across different campuses and between different Universities.

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Olivia Frame

I have been in a society since my first week at the university, and seriously you can not rate the societies enough; the friends you make, the people you meet, the skills you pick up, the things you learn - the list in endless. 

I have also been part of starting a society at the university of Cumbria which was and is amazing.

If I were elected I would ensure that everyone was heard, and try my best to make everything and anything happen. One of the ideas that I had had was to try and unite all of the societies for a social, possibly a film night or something similar. this would be something I would love to see happen before I leave university. Also possibly being able to travel around to see what other societies are like across the different university of cumbria campuses; i think this will benefit everybody as it will generate new ideas for all of the societies involved. 

Thank You 
:)

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run for this position if they are a member of a sports group.

The Sports Group Rep will:

  • Present the views of the members of the different BUCS and non-BUCS groups in Uni.
  • Safeguard the interests the members of sport groups by considering the effects of the ideas presented, on their group.

 

 

They can also:

  • Speak on behalf of all Sport Group members at Uni.
  • Link up with the different sports groups.
  • Raise awareness amongst other students on the benefits of sports.
  • Offer taster sessions across groups and to other students.

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Abigail Grimshaw

My name is Abigail and I am currently in my final year of Primary Education with QTS. I am the Captain and Coach of the Cheerleading Society, located at our Lancaster Campus.
I feel I am well suited for this role to represent all Sports Groups as I have lots of experience in building relationships within and between teams. I currently coach two Cheerleading squads at the university and will be taking these squads to National Competitions in March and May. I have also been a team leader during Welcome Week. This allowed me to be actively involved in university life and to help guide new students in university life.
I would like to be Sports Group Rep and speak on behalf of all the Sports Groups at the University. I wish to voice out the opinions and needs of each team. I would also look into helping Sports Groups merge together for charitable events, taster sessions and overall to get teams working together. I wish to support all teams who wish to raise awareness of their sport and the benefits of being a member of their team. I feel that I would suit this role as I have the qualities to listen, understand, speak out and take action when necessary, in order to benefit Sports Groups and improve their university experience. 

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as a Departmental Rep if they have previously been a Student Academic Rep.

This is a good position for somebody with a passion for education who would like to broaden their understanding of how University works.

Departmental Reps will:

  • Attend The Panel meetings to represent the views and safeguard the interests of students, 
  • Attend Departmental Leadership meetings, 
  • Lead a team of Student Academic Reps within their Department, 
  • Ensure all students are represented fairly and effectively.

 

 

They can also:

  • Create monthly meetings and social events for Student Academic Reps and help promote the National Student Survey

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Natasha Bezuszko

My name is Tash and I currently am a third year student studying Law. If elected I want to make students voices heard, tackling any problems that student may feel that could be improved within their courses or in general within the university.

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as a Departmental Rep if they have previously been a Student Academic Rep.

This is a good position for somebody with a passion for education who would like to broaden their understanding of how University works.

Departmental Reps will:

  • Attend The Panel meetings to represent the views and safeguard the interests of students, 
  • Attend Departmental Leadership meetings, 
  • Lead a team of Student Academic Reps within their Department, 
  • Ensure all students are represented fairly and effectively.

 

 

They can also:

  • Create monthly meetings and social events for Student Academic Reps and help promote the National Student Survey

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Hannah Allen

My name is Hannah Allen. I am from Oswaldtwistle and I am currently in my second year studying Primary Education with Inclusion/SEND (with QTS). I am 20 years old and I have had a passion for education since I was in primary school. I have worked with children from all different backgrounds and have gained valuable learning experiences throughout my placements. I have participated in extra-curricular activities and clubs and supported children’s learning and development.

I think I would be an exceptional candidate for the role of the Institution of Education representative because I want to provide education students with the opportunities to develop and for their opinions to be heard and considered.

I would like to develop a range of learning opportunities for education students which allows courses to integrate. This enables students to communicate and share ideas as well as developing friendships and knowledge of different courses.

I would like to create a platform that allows students to share ideas and these ideas can then be brought forward to the Students Union. Using a platform would allow for ideas to be shared and for people to agree or disagree with ideas.

I would like to promote experiential opportunities within the university to develop the knowledge and understanding of our practice within all aspects of education. I would like to develop the chances that education students receive and will support students throughout new opportunities that arise.

I would always be on hand for any issues that arise within our department and will endeavour to overcome these issues through working with students and providing students with reassurance and support.

I want to support our department and students and put you first!

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as a Departmental Rep if they have previously been a Student Academic Rep.

This is a good position for somebody with a passion for education who would like to broaden their understanding of how University works.

Departmental Reps will:

  • Attend The Panel meetings to represent the views and safeguard the interests of students, 
  • Attend Departmental Leadership meetings, 
  • Lead a team of Student Academic Reps within their Department, 
  • Ensure all students are represented fairly and effectively.

 

 

They can also:

  • Create monthly meetings and social events for Student Academic Reps and help promote the National Student Survey

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Sophie Newcomb

This is my second year of being a student at the University of Cumbria. In this time I have transferred courses within my department which means that I have experiences of two different courses and what it is like to be involved in them. This is why I feel like I would be suited to this role.

In my time so far at Cumbria I have got involved with other students through joining a society and becoming a team leader. I did this so that I could continue to help students the way I had been helped the year before whilst working with a variety of staff and students at the uni.

I would like to raise awareness of any feedback that the students have within the department so that they can benefit more from their chosen course. University and the Students Union has a lot to offer and I believe students should be able to easily access support to improve their own experiences too.

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as a Departmental Rep if they have previously been a Student Academic Rep.

This is a good position for somebody with a passion for education who would like to broaden their understanding of how University works.

Departmental Reps will:

  • Attend The Panel meetings to represent the views and safeguard the interests of students, 
  • Attend Departmental Leadership meetings, 
  • Lead a team of Student Academic Reps within their Department, 
  • Ensure all students are represented fairly and effectively.

 

 

They can also:

  • Create monthly meetings and social events for Student Academic Reps and help promote the National Student Survey

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Deborah Farrington

I would like to make things better across the board for students , I listen to what my cohort want and I will do my best to make that happen. I’ve already been here a year so I’ve got a good idea of who to speak to about what and I am not shy about asking for things or challenging things that need to be changed. One thing I am passionate about is better facilities for those that don’t live on campus, pushing for a microwave and hopefully (fingers crossed) a common room type area where we can cook / heat our own food and make a brew , and more options for those with dietary requirements and preferences .

     

 

About The Role

Students can only run as a Departmental Rep if they have previously been a Student Academic Rep.

This is a good position for somebody with a passion for education who would like to broaden their understanding of how University works.

Departmental Reps will:

  • Attend The Panel meetings to represent the views and safeguard the interests of students, 
  • Attend Departmental Leadership meetings, 
  • Lead a team of Student Academic Reps within their Department, 
  • Ensure all students are represented fairly and effectively.

 

 

They can also:

  • Create monthly meetings and social events for Student Academic Reps and help promote the National Student Survey

 

 

Winning Candidate

 

Kathryn Board

  • Vote for me, to be your representative for the department of natural resources and outdoor studies. If elected I aim to represent the students voice at regular meetings by the panel and on campus and liaise between the academic facility.

 

  • I have a strong connection to the department as I am currently studying full time in me forth year at the Ambleside campus in a Ma outdoor experiential learning. I graduated summer of 2017 in Bsc Outdoor Studies.

 

  • I am a devoted student to Ambleside shown by being an elected academic representative for four years, I have been a student ambassador for three years, as well as a Pass mentor and a key organiser for last year social calendar in Ambleside.

 

  • I feel the individuality of Ambleside campus community is unique and in my opinion the more that can be done to promote this will be benefit this departments in future times.

     

 

About The Role

Each year we elect two students to attend the National Union of Students National Conference in April.

Our two delegates will vote and speak on behalf of all UCSU members.

Find out more about NUS Conference at: https://conference.nusconnect.org.uk/

 

 

Winning Candidates

 

Lydia Frumosu

I hope to represent the view of all the students at Cumbria. Having a critical of the NUS, I hope to use to opportunity to give a fair voice on behalf of Cumbria students and push for any of our concerns. I am an active member of the university, hard working and social.

     
 

Megan Oldale

I want to be the NUS delegate to be the voice of students on a much bigger scale, taking ideas forward to the NUS conference. I am interested to see what is happening in terms of student movement and then feeding back the new ideas to students and gathering opinions.