Liverpool Student Media got a chance to sit down with some of the candidates running for Guild president and ask them a couple of questions.
What subject are you studying?
I graduated last year, I studied English
Where are you from?
Were you a member of any societies?
I was member of LUDS (Liverpool University Drama Society) and I help to set up the Mental Health Society
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy acting and exercise wise – cycling
What do you love most about Liverpool?
The city is such a concentrated place, everything is so nearby, the town, Albert Docks, it’s very compact – but in a good way!
Give us one little known fact about you…
I shave my legs for cycling!
What made you decide to stand for election?
I originally ran inspired by friends of mine who had had anxiety and depression during the year, but the counselling services offered by the University were slow. So this year, as Vice-President I have built up a volunteer base through the Mental Health Society to create a peer support group running on the confidential, non-advisory and non-judgemental principles of charity Nightline, a phone-in service to students facing personal issues. I am re-running this year to see this through as there is going to be a soft launch in September 2015 and by the end of October/November time I want it fully set up.
Outline the key points of your manifesto…
Continue my work on Nightline and improve welfare in the Guild through student-led activities
Improve employability of graduates through providing experience now
Set up a tenant’s union to protect students against dodgy landlords, increase representation and improve communication to students
Sum up your campaign in 5 words or less…
Student-led projects, benefiting students