Author: Albert Toth

Guild Secures 15% Off Student Bus Pass

After negotiations with Arriva Liverpool, newly elected Guild President Rory Hughes has delivered on his campaign promise to negotiate cheaper bus passes for students. Starting this September, the Arriva academic year bus pass will be £325, down from the £380 it has been in previous years – a 15% reduction! In a blog post on the Guild website, Rory thanked the ‘Metro Mayor’s office and, in particular, Councillor Liam Robinson and Merseytravel’ for their help in the negations. While this is good news for students in Liverpool, it is still considerably higher than a lot of student bus passes...

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2018 Guild Election Results

In last weeks election, 5655 of you (around 21.1% of the student body) cast your votes in the Student Officer election. This is down from last year where 6424 votes were cast (26.88% of the student body). The lower turnout this year may, in part, be a result of the ongoing UCU strikes, meaning less students will have been on campus during campaign week. Rory Hughes, the only incumbent candidate, will become the new Guild President with 1059.8 votes overall. Last year he was one of the two Vice-Presidents, but has now moved to the top spot. Joining him as...

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Student Officer Candidate Interviews: Jonathon Foster

Meet SO Candidate Jonathon Foster, a final year Business Management with Law student. “Being a Student Officer is a fantastic opportunity to improve the University, and student experience, for all students during their time in Liverpool. There are some big issues that need fixing at the moment, such as the timetabling system, VITAL and Liverpool-Life. The main reason, therefore, that inspired me to run for SO this year is simply to improve the University for everyone. I’ve started this work through my role as Senate Rep and would love the opportunity to carry this work further as a Student Officer” Watch Jonathon’s...

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Student Officer Candidate Interviews: Rory Hughes

Meet SO candidate Rory Hughes, current Guild Vice-President. ‘I graduated from my undergraduate History degree in July 2017 after being elected Guild Officer. I’ve been working as your Guild Vice-President full-time since then.’ ‘It has been a joy and a privilege being your elected Vice-President for the last 8 months. In post, I have been constantly fighting for real, radical change for Liverpool students. Whether that be successfully taking on Arriva’s extortionate student prices and poor service (watch this space for the new 699) or fighting against tuition fee rises and bursary cuts. I’m asking you to Re-Choose Hughes #1...

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Liverpool Lecturer Strikes Begin

Protests by the University and College Union (UCU) around the University of Liverpool campus began on the 22nd February against Universities UK’s (UUK) proposed changes to lecturer’s pensions from a defined benefits to a defined contribution scheme. Among the picketers were lecturers who are part of the UCU, other university staff, students, and supporters including friends and family of the lecturers. According to the sign-in records kept by the UCU, over 200 people came to picket, and students have reported similar numbers turning out on the second day of striking. Protesters arrived as early as 6am, with many staying...

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