Donald Turner is a politics student whose campaign mascot is a life-size cardboard cut-out of Donald Trump. His main policies include ensuring students have adequate access to counselling, creating open surgeries with the Guild Officers to increase accountability and reforming Guild Summit to ensure students have their voices heard. “Fed up with NUS, [or] a Guild policy you don’t like? A vote for me is an opportunity for change.”
How would you change the Guild if you were elected as a Student Officer?
I think I’d like to focus a bit more on kind of… practical issues. I think a lot of other candidates are focusing on overarching themes – which is good, and I’d like to focus on some of those as well, like mental health, I’d continue to develop that – but I’d also like to look at practical measures, such as reducing the cost of some of the Guild food options. I’d like to explore that more.
What is your favourite Guild campaign/ thing about the Guild?
It would have to be the Guild burrito! Who doesn’t like the Guild burrito?
What is your least favourite Guild campaign?
Ah, you’re just asking to make me enemies. Probably the price of said burritos.
What have your experiences been like at university?
I’m in my third year now, so I like to think I’ve got a more comprehensive experience. I think it’s been generally positive – it definitely helps picking the right degree subject, something you’re actually really interested in. Apart from that, societies and everything – trying to get involved in that as much as possible.
What’s more important, facts or feelings?
I’m definitely more of a facts person. If anyone’s into sci-fi, I would compare myself more to a Vulcan. More kind of logic and facts – that’s what you have to base your decisions off.
Sum up your campaign in three words.
Welfare, great and practical.
Thanks Donald, it’s been a pleasure.