Author: Kelly Barnett

All-male Guild Election: an incomplete summary of events

On Friday, 10th March, the Guild held its annual elections for representative officers. A tense atmosphere in the Mountford Hall saw Sean Turner re-elected as President. Ananda Mohan and Oba Akinwale swapped places, with Ananda becoming Deputy President, but all returning Student Officers remained in office. Rory Hughes was elected as newcomer, promising to print The Sphinx, reduce bus fares and cut the cost of gym membership. A results came in, newly-elected Rory Hughes said: “It feels a but unreal, to be honest with you… I think it’s a Labour Society win. I mean we worked really hard on campus to...

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Voter Turnout Records Broken in Guild Elections 2017

Voter turnout has surpassed 5,000 for the first time in the history of the Liverpool Guild of Students. What’s more, as of 13:10 today, the total vote count surpassed 6,000 – showing a tremendous increase on last year’s Guild election. The total number continues to climb as we approach 2 o’clock. Sources say the gap between the candidates in first and second place has been extremely low for the past 24 hours – closing to zero three times. This indicates that the candidates in line for President and Deputy President are switching as votes continue to pour in. The identity of...

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Student Officer candidate interviews: Dimitra Psychari

Dimitra is a final year Law student. She was born in a British base in Cyprus and is Vice President of the Hellenic and Cypriot Society, as well as Secretary of Liverpool Model United Nations Society. Her policies relate to making mental health care more approachable, improving attitudes to diversity and student support. She also want to better utilise guild spaces for events, and help all societies’ needs be heard.   How would you change the Guild, if elected? The reason I am running for student officer is exactly because I have a vision to improve the Guild in many...

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Student Officer election interviews: Rory Hughes

Rory Hughes is a third year History student and current Chair of Liverpool Labour Students. He wants to lead a “democratic and campaigning Student Union,” and to make gym membership and bus travel more affordable. He also wants to properly resource an independent, printed version of The Sphinx, since we are currently “stuck online and under-used”. His campaign video points out that Liverpool is one of the only Russell Group universities without a campus newspaper, and Rory thinks “we deserve one”. How would you change the Guild if you were elected as a Student Officer? My manifesto talks about a couple of things...

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Student Officer election interviews: Rhiannon Farrell

Rhiannon, also known as “Raz” is a “dog-loving, winged-eyeliner-wearing extrovert” and she’s running to be your next Student Officer. Her manifesto focuses on rolling out more practical approaches to tackling poor mental health among students, making mentoring programmes and Mental Health First Aid training available to all staff and students. Rhiannon’s other policies include creating a Guild App and nurturing first-years who do not live in university accommodation. How would you change the Guild if you were elected? I think we need to be moving on to be more practical and to get more services available for students. I mean, there’s...

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