Author: Alice Sholl

LGoS campaign to save Disabled Students’ Allowance

The Liverpool Guild of Students invited a panel of Councillors, MPs and representatives of the student community to discuss cuts to the Disabled Student’s Allowance on Friday 6 June. As part of their campaign to save the Disabled Students’ Allowance, LGoS have been collecting the stories of disabled students and listening to how the DSA has affected their time at university. Presented to the panel, the members were moved by the students’ stories and have taken photos with the pledge ‘I won’t support cuts to the Disabled Students’ Allowance’, along with the campaign cards: Panel members included Maria Eagle MP, Louise Ellman MP, Councillor Nick Small, and Martin Dobson Parliamentary Candidate Riverside. There were also representatives from the NUS NEC, LiverpoolSU and Liverpool Hope Student Union. The Guild has also asked the MPs to sign the Early Day Motion established by David Blunkett, proposing it is debated in the House of Commons. This was part of a larger campaign arranged by the NUS which included a national constituency-based lobby of MPs on Friday 6 June. Universities across the country took part, from the University of Sheffield to UCL. Other big Liverpool figures such as Mayor Joe Anderson have also signed the pledge and posted the photos on twitter under the hash tag #DontCutMeOut: I will not be supporting cuts to Disabled Students Allowance. #DontCutMeOut — Joe Anderson (@joeforliverpool) June 2,...

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Ending street harassment: an interview with Reclaim the Night’s Rachael O’Byrne

(Trigger warning: Please note that this article discusses rape culture and street harassment) Reclaim the Night, a march that campaigns for an end to violence against women, is returning to the streets of Liverpool this Friday 28 March 2014. This year’s march focuses on street harassment, after a series of studies and reports have found that a large proportion of women are subjected to unwanted leering, whistling, groping and molesting in public. Last year over one hundred people joined the march in Liverpool’s city centre. Rachael O’Byrne is chair of this year’s campaign, and LSMedia caught up with her the day before the campaign. How did Reclaim the Night begin in Liverpool? Reclaim the Night happens across the UK in many towns and cities, and a group of women’s activists decided to hold one in Liverpool  in May last year – there hadn’t been one in the last 20 years. Now we’re doing a second one, and we hope this will continue to be an annual event. What is the aim of Reclaim the Night? It’s saying to women, you don’t have to accept street harassment – it is not acceptable. And also saying to men, this is not acceptable, it’s not fun, it’s not banter, it’s actually not a compliment. I think it’s hard when you are just that one individual, and you can often feel in isolation, saying...

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Harry Anderson elected LGoS President as SO results are revealed

2660 vote for Student Officer candidates Elected candidates “overwhelmed” The unpredictable results of this year’s Guild Elections were announced last night at the Liverpool Hope Creative Campus. Harry Anderson was revealed to be this year’s LGoS President, alongside James Coe, Emma Sims and Alex Ferguson. Nine candidates ran for the Student Representative Officer positions this year, with 2660 votes taken for these positions. 14% of the electorate. The Student Trustee positions were taken by Harriet Hey, Emma Hart and Jonathan White, with 1523 votes made. The LGoS Delegates elected to attend the National Union of Students Annual Conference in April are Matthew Smyth, Margaret Henderson, Nissim Massarano, Ste Smith and Tania Smith. Post-result emotions We caught up with the new Student Representative Officer team amidst the chaos. Harry Anderson was almost too overwhelmed to speak, as he said himself: “Literally overwhelmed, I can’t think of what to say.” James Coe was “Absolutely over the moon, can’t believe I’ve got the opportunity to represent the students, and Harry will be a great president.” Emma Sims said “Mind blown, I’ve never actually felt like that!” Alex Ferguson wrapped up his feelings with some speedy improv: “Guild or not to guild? Guild.” If you would like to retrace LSMedia’s live blog of the results last night, visit our Guild Elections 2014 page....

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Guild Elections: votes more than double in 24 hours

Votes triple in 36 hours Candidates ready for “final push” Morale is high among candidates today as the number of votes have more than tripled since yesterday morning. At the beginning of day three there were concerns over the small number of turnouts in comparison to previous years. Around 500 votes had been taken in by the beginning of the third day, while in 2013 there were over a thousand in the first twelve hours. Since the troublesome online voting system has been rectified, votes have shot up and continue to rise despite the gloomy weather, reaching over 1000 this morning and recently over 1600. Votes are only expected to increase more sharply, as in previous years a large proportion of votes are taken in the last two days: over 40% of them last year. On the campaign trail LSMedia caught up with a few candidates campaigning today: James Coe said that “The weather has made campaigning difficult, but the change in voting has not only seen an increase in turnout but a renewed sense of enthusiasm from the candidates, which I believe has rubbed off on the students.” Kate Holmes agreed that the weather made the day tougher: “I feel like spirits are dampened slightly by the rain but the new voting system should mean there’s a massive final push tomorrow!” The damp may have made it tougher, but...

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Guild Election day three underway

Online voting system now simplified Postgraduates make up 70% of voting body It is almost half way through the voting period, and over 500 people have voted for University of Liverpool Student Officers. This means that only 2.1% of all potential voters have submitted their choices. This is a sharp drop in contrast to last year, in which over 1,000 UoL had voted within the first twelve hours. Technical problems have caused some people to struggle to vote, due to confusion over the Liverpool Guild of Students website voting system. Around 7500 students are already registered, so only 7% among these have finished the voting process. The system has now been simplified, and there are details below. Candidates are continuing to seek out votes in and around campus, including student halls, and are doing lecture shout outs. Today is at their advantage as they are armed with packed lunches and the sunny weather. Postgraduate students have been the keenest voters, making up 70% of the voting body, while undergraduates only make up 15.6% so far. Turnouts are greatest among humanities and social science students. John Moores University Student Union announced that they reached over 950 votes at 10am, and the Liverpool Hope SU 715. New simpler voting system Many potential voters have come across problems registering to become an eligible voter, often in relation to which email account to...

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