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Record year for SU elections

SU officers Monday 21 March 2016

The 2016/17 SU election saw a record voter turnout and a second term for officers Kira Cox, Ayo Akinrele, Pranay Shakya. The final turnout was 25% - the best out of all Liverpool universities and above the national average.  

SU Manager Caroline Bates said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to you each candidate, their campaign teams and to every student who voted in this year's sabbatical officer election. The more students who vote in the Student Officer elections, the more certain we can be that the officers have been elected in a democratic way”

After weeks of campaigning across both campuses, Kira Cox was voted in as President, Ayo Akinrele as Vice President (Welfare) and Pranay Raj Shakya as Vice President (Education). Here they tell us what they have learned and what they are planning for the year to come:  

Kira Cox – SU President

 What I’ve learned

“In the past year I've learnt that there is a lot more to being President of the SU than meets the eye! While I get to do all of the really fun stuff like organise and attend Welcome Week events, go to graduations and speak to all of our potential students at open and applicant days; I also have to do some really serious and important stuff, like be a member of university council, chair the Student Union trustee board and attend senate.

Looking forward

Over the next year I really want to focus on the impact being a part of your SU can have on your time at university. Whether this is through standing for a part time officer role, helping keep our website up to date or joining one of our 83 societies. A big focus of this will be on developing our sports teams further, with the new sports complex looking to be completed for the new academic year I'm really excited to see what our sports teams can do next season with use of the brand new facilities!

My job in three words

Tiring, Fun, Rewarding 

Ayo Akinrele - Vice President (Welfare)

What I’ve learned

It has been a great year so far.  I have learnt that students are what matter most and how important it is to make sure that everything we do benefits them. I truly believe that I am in a good position to finish the job I have started, making real positive change for students on our campuses.

Looking forward

As per my manifesto, I will be putting mental health at the top of my agenda. I’ll be exploring options for a stress room on campus, and promoting peer support groups, sexual health screening and healthy relationship advice. I’m also going to be look at bringing even more activities to the Creative Campus.

My job in three words

Welfare without stigma!

Pranay Raj Shakya – Vice President (Education)

What I've learned

I've learned that students want to engage with their SU, so an SU needs to be as visible as possible. It has been a good year for both engagement and visibility for LHSU. I have successfully introduced capacity building programmes like the Modern Foreign Language Peer Mentorship Programme and Leadership training.  In my role as Vice President Education it was important that as well as working on course improvement campaigns and committees, I looked at ways of opening up opportunities for deeper engagement and other ways that students can enhance their skills. I have also learned the importance of higher education sector and enhancement that shapes the student life, making students ready for future.

Looking Forward

I will give consistency to the work I have initiated this year as MFLP, Course Rep Networking workshops, feedback week and more. As mentioned in my manifesto I will make sure all students at Hope have support to make their academic life and experience at Hope valuable and worthy. They can always come and speak with me about any problems or confusion they might have with academic issues or if they want to develop their skills with more trainings/workshops.

My job in three words

Supporting Students Everyday

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