NUS DELEGATE CANDIDATES

GEORGE BRABHAM

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ABOUT ME:

Hello, My name is George. I study Creative Media Production and Technology in UCA Rochester. Before I moved to Rochester I was in 6th form for 2 years, during which I was on the Junior Leadership Team where I helped plan and host charity and fund raising events for the school. Outside of school I was in the Kent Army Cadet Force for 5 years where most of my skills were acquired, I was the senior male cadet of south Kent before I had to leave due to age, I taught lessons twice a week and occasionally went away for weekends where I would be responsible for training and organizing younger cadets. Thanks to my experiences at Cadets I have the confidence to speak in front of a large audience, I have experience in problem solving, organization and teamwork.

I am extremely passionate about the university experience from a social point of view, It’s something I always looked forward to going to university for and I plan on making the student environment and experience something each student will remember.

IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU CREATE MORE OF A COMMUNITY?

Whilst I was in 6th form I was on the Junior Leadership Team and my specific role was to plan and host charity and fund raising events which worked significantly and I believe that by making regular events which are fun would raise moral within the university community and expand the number of students that socialize rather than sitting alone. Speaking as a student that moved away from home I fully understand what it’s like not to know anyone, I feel like having regular events or even just making the university environment more sociable would allow students to interact and make more friends. Even small things like playing music during lunchtime would significantly improve the atmosphere among students, which I feel would be greatly noticed and appreciated by them.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS?

When I first came to the university I noticed a lack of clubs and societies which I felt would have been a vital part in a students university experience. I had an idea to start a music society where students could just come with their instruments and play with friends, make new friends and potentially create ensembles with each other which would be an amazing opportunity especially from a creative perspective. Other than just this society I would like to increase the overall clubs and societies within UCA to greater the chance of students socializing, making friends and ultimately creating links between students that otherwise would not exist. In short, creating an environment which gives students the best possible chance of a positive experience during university is my first and foremost intention to achieve.

HOW WOULD YOU INSPIRE STUDENTS TO HAVE A VOICE?

I’m fairly certain every student has something critical to say about their experience at university, but they won’t always be willing to share it, creating a positive connection with students will build an environment where students will feel comfortable in giving both positive and negative feedback in order to better the university experience for everyone. This can be achieved by student council members being responsible enough to be acknowledged by adults, but commonsensical enough to be approached by students. Creating events hosted by student council members would make these students well known within the community and therefore approachable by students with suggestions or problems. Having confident, competent and passionate student council members will inspire students to stand up for what they believe should be done and potentially take on these roles for themselves in the future.

 

JOEL GOLDMAN

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ABOUT ME:

Hi, my name is Joel Goldman and I am currently the Campus Officer for Farnham. I am running for the position of NUS Delegate because I believe I have the experience and passion to represent UCA students at National Conference.

IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU CREATE MORE OF A COMMUNITY?

As an active member of the student’s union I already have strong connections to students and a good understanding of the student body and the needs of the student community. If elected to the position of NUS Delegate I would utilise my knowledge to fight and make sure that the voice of the UCA student community is heard nationally.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS?

It’s never been tougher to be a student, as we face increasing study costs, accommodation fees that have doubled in a decade, massive travel and living costs, and a lack of employment and academic opportunities after our degrees. But I am a firm believer we can make a change and I would like to be the one to instigate that change. If elected as NUS Delegate I would us my wide range of knowledge in student politics, and would take seriously the opportunity to influence decisions on a national scale and create better opportunities for UCA students.

HOW WOULD YOU INSPIRE STUDENTS TO HAVE A VOICE?

I believe the voice of the students is essential in everything we do and should be taken seriously by not just NUS, but the national government and wider society. I have the knowledge, experience, and passion to represent you, the students on issues such as the the cost of student life, gender and race equality, and getting more students involved in politics and activism.

 

WIDAD ‘DODI’ KAZMA

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ABOUT ME:

I am UCA Epsom’s Campus Officer for the Students’ Union and a BA (Hons) Fashion graduate.

IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU CREATE MORE OF A COMMUNITY?

Having been part of UCA Students’ Union for the past 4 to 5 years, I’ve been very involved with the university’s and the unioin’s activities both, when I was a full time student and now as Epsom’s full time Campus Officer.

I’m still very passionate and keen to build on my previous work at the union to create a stronger student community. The union is now at an exciting place, with great potential!

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS?

As an NUS delegate, I want to raise UCA students voice more nationally. I believe UCA students should have a better representation opportunity amongst other unions across the country.

HOW WOULD YOU INSPIRE STUDENTS TO HAVE A VOICE?

Having been part of the Student Council for 3 years as a student, and 2 years as a Student Trustee and now as the full time Campus Officer, I have been inspired by the student voice myself and want to take that to the next level and through NUS to inspire more students to have a voice, now and in the future.

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