Election Crowd

LSESU Michaelmas Term Elections 2016

 

 

Michaelmas Election 2016 Winners

 

 

 

General Course President

 

Zack Flagel

Slogan:

The Best Year of Our Lives

 

As President of the General Course, I hope to:

 
  • > Serve as the uniting force for the GC student body.
  • > Organize regular social events, similar to the GC Boat Cruise, with the intention of providing a relaxing break from class where GC students can meet and interact.
  • > Plan the first GC trip to a different country, such as Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day. For this trip, I plan to gain a group discount at a hostel and am seeking to plan a pub crawl and/or tour of the Guinness Factory.
  • > Represent the GC student body by identifying concerns of GC students and addressing them through action.
 

Whether this is your first or fiftieth time in London, for all of us, it’s our first (and for most, only) time here at the LSE. You Only General Course Once. Let’s seize this opportunity together and have the year of our lives!

 

Endorsements

Jewish Society
 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

 

 

GTA Representative

Eduardo Ibarra-Olivo

 

Slogan:

For fairer conditions, its better together

 

Manifesto:

I am Eduardo and I have been part of the LSE community from 2013. Ever since, I’ve held different positions within the University and I’m currently 2nd-year PhD and GTA.

Our role is key to academic life. Unfortunately, GTAs have been systematically undervalued and underrepresented. This year, we can directly take our issues to the Academic Board. I will work around 3 main concerns:

Fair remuneration

  • > Discrepancies between hours worked and paid (Survey 2016)
  • > Realistic pay for preparation time
 

Working conditions

  • > Equal conditions across departments
  • > Class size
  • > Load of formative assessment marking
 

Studentships

  • > Equalisation of workloads across departments
  • > Joint effort and coordination with SU officers and UCU
 

I will endeavour with energy and commitment to improve our academic experience!

 

Better GTA working conditions equals better performance, both as research students and teachers.

 

The time is now, let’s represent ourselves!

 

 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

 

 

 

Mature & Part-time Students' Officer

Mature & Part-time Students' Officer

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Helen Duffy

 

Slogan:

Age only matters if you're cheese!

 

Manifesto:

VOTE DUFFY.

The Mature and Part Time Student doesn’t always have the time to fight for the services they need. As a Mature, and ex-part time student I understand these problems and have the time and energy to deliver these things on your behalf:

  • > Encourage MPT student social integration - liaising with societies to raise awareness of MPT student needs.
  • > Hold MPT student socials (last year there was only one) throughout the year in order to establish a social community that includes all members of the MPT student body.
  • > Introduce a new MPT Student Welcome Week Talk as well as events for MPT Students, e.g. sessions advising how to juggle work, family and studies.
  • > Provide support for MPT students via office hours, signposting, listening to their needs and representing them at relevant meetings.
  • > Create and maintain an MPT student webpage and newsletter and improve the Facebook page.
 
 

Endorsements

Labour and Cooperative Society Jewish Society
 

Countsheets for these elections can be viewed here

 

 

 

 

Member of the Academic Board x2

Member of the Academic Board x2

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Esohe Uwadiae

 

Slogan:

You Deserve Better!

 

Manifesto:

Hi I’m Esohe and I’m running to be a member of the Academic Board.

 

I’m Co-President of the Intersectional Feminist Society, have sat on 5 other committees and I’ve been a Peer Supporter for two halls. I’m running because there is a massive disparity in the standard seen across departments.

 

I have four areas of focus:

 

BETTER DEPARTMENTS

  • > Training modules for academic advisors
  • > Online departmental feedback surveys each academic year
  • > More personalised feedback on individual performance
 

BETTER COMMUNICATION

  • > Improved inter-departmental communication systems for students on dual degrees
  • > Improved communication between students, SSLC reps and Academic Board members so board meetings are about what students actually want
 

BETTER TIMETABLES

  • > Lobby for department-wide reading weeks
  • > Schedule lectures for compulsory modules at better times e.g. not during rush hour
 

BETTER EXAMS

  • > Early notification of results for students who failed final year
  • > General exam feedback reports for all major 2nd and 3rd year modules
 

Endorsements

Labour and Cooperative Society

 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

Tamanna Moushumi

 

Slogan:

Don’t say Na to TamanNa

 

Manifesto:

1. Exam feedback

  • > To provide collective exam feedback or mark scheme document to be released and distributed within departments, after exam results.
  • > To make it mandatory for all departments to provide individual exam feedback to students. (Some departments in the School - including International Relations- have started doing this already but to make this compulsory across the School.)
 

2. School links

  • > To improve Widening Participation particularly for underrepresented groups (such as BME, low socioeconomic status) to get into LSE by creating an active student leadership to facilitate this
  • > To maintain and develop global partnerships with other universities to sustain and extend LSE’s global reach
 

3. Access to education

  • > To improve academic support for self-identifying disabled students
  • > Academic and wellbeing support for all students in long term circumstances
  • > Joint honours support scheme – maintaining equal balance and interaction between both degree departments

Endorsements

Labour and Cooperative Society
 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

 

 

 

Member of the Court of Governors x5

Member of the Court of Governors x5

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Chris Fairley

 

Slogan:

Chris: A Fairley Sound Choice

 

Manifesto:

Despite an annual income hovering around £300m LSE is consistently one of the country’s worst universities for student satisfaction and treats its staff atrociously. As a member of the Court of Governors I will voice our discontent and lobby to make LSE work for all of us.

 

If elected I will push for:

  • > Greater provision and promotion of mental health support
  • > Commitment to liberation, especially through student led campaigns
  • > Earlier exam timetable release, summer resits and earlier results
  • > Better conditions for LSE’s overworked and underpaid staff
  • > Supporting and responding to the Justice for Cleaners campaign
 

My experience:

  • > Founder and president of LSESU Animal Rights and LSE Youth Stop AIDS
  • > LSE Volunteer of the Year 2016
  • > LSESU Leadership Accreditation
  • > LSESU Outstanding Society Member
  • > Volunteer at Luton Foodbank, Keech Hospice Care and Cancer Research UK
  • > Supporting and running countless campaigns inside and outside LSE
  • > LSE is internationally revered as a progressive institution, and it’s time we started acting like one.

 

 

Endorsements

Labour and Cooperative Society
 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

James Slater

 

Slogan:

For leadership LSE can believe in

 

Manifesto:

In life, I believe that people should fight for what they believe in. That is what I have always strived to do, from fighting my local council over sixth form reforms to featuring on TV for my efforts to save a health centre. I fought against the odds to come to a world-class university from a working-class, single-parent household in the north.

 

With your vote, I can continue this fight, but on your behalf. I’m very passionate about making life better for all students here, and want to be able to represent you on the Court of Governors to take your concerns further. I want to be a spokesperson you can reach out to when you have an issue, or can talk to about your societies and campaigns. I will be a representative who listens.

 

A vote for James Slater is a vote for leadership LSE can believe in.

 

 
 

Endorsements

Jewish Society Labour and Cooperative Society
 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

Jude Chisom Erondu

 

Slogan:

Let's Build Bridges

 

Manifesto:

Dear All, I’m running to serve the LSE Student Union as Member of the Court of Governor were I plan to help amplify your voice.

 

Personally, leadership is about inspiring and motivating others to connect old dots and build new bridges that are sustainable and inclusive.

 

Experience:

During my undergraduate studies at Green Mountain College (GMC), I served the college as Director of Civic Engagement between 2013/2014 and President of the Student Government between 2014/2015.

 

Both leadership positions gave me the opportunity to work with passionate student leaders to organize the first student-led community conversation addressing challenges affecting the entire GMC campus.

 

Outside GMC, I served Pearson as Student Advisory Board were I worked in team to advise Pearson Executives on how to use their educational product to foster global education. Please visit this link to learn more about my leadership volunteer experiences. Thank you!

 
 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

Shamayal Hussain

 

Slogan:

Yell for Shamayal

 

Manifesto:

We are not part of LSE, to put it rightly, WE ARE LSE. I’m not here to pursue my interests.

 

I’m here because I care. I care for LSE and most importantly, I care for everyone at LSE. I’m running to be a member of the court of governors because I believe I can really bring about positive change.

 

I’m here to deliver the promises that have been made not just by me but by LSE as well. I’m here because I want to voice your priorities and your concerns.

 

This election, Vote Shamayal, why? Because I’m here for you no matter what!

 

I’ll actively campaign for:

  • > More on and off campus support for students with disabilities
  • > Stand up against Xenophobia surrounding Brexit.
  • > Opportunity for students to prepare their own timetable.
  • > Fees Freeze for all students.
  • > Exam Feedback.
  • > Flexible Wednesday afternoons for postgraduates.
  • > Inclusivity.
 
 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

Waleed Malik

 

Slogan:

It’s guaranteed, vote Waleed!

 

Manifesto:

Teaching:

  • > Implement greater emphasis on how to articulate and interact with students in teacher training
  • > Introduce staff to sit in on classes, making inspections on teaching quality
 

Community:

  • > Hold department and LSE wide events THROUGHOUT the year
  • > Provide help sessions to new undergraduates and postgraduates, offering basic information needed for settling into London life
 

Awareness:

  • > Promote greater visibility of SU Sabbatical Officers and PTOs
  • > Introduce officer hour equivalents for Sabbatical Officers whereby students can voice concerns
  • > Introduce compulsory talks given by Sabbatical Officers, outlining their roles and ability to act upon student concerns
 

Careers:

  • > Hold alternative career events for non-corporate jobs, enabling greater flexibility in profession and location of student applications
  • > Provide vocational training on social skills, such as how to interact and network with employees
  • > Introduce placement years offered to all undergraduate degrees
 
 

Endorsements

Labour and Cooperative Society
 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

Yichen Yan

 

Slogan:

Help building The-Better-SU for Everyone

 

 

 

 

Member of the LSESU Trustee Board (1 year term) x2

Member of the LSESU Trustee Board (1 year term) x2

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Alexis Schottenstein

Slogan:

Making What Matters to You...Happens

 

Manifesto:

Prior to attending LSE I managed my own company, A&F Accounting LLC.

 

Which helped small businesses grow by handling all of the financial work that can be overwhelming to business owners. We provided professional, personalized services and guidance in a wide range of financial and business needs in an ever-changing financial and regulatory environment so they could get on with their business.

 

Prior to this I was also a Senior Staff Accountant at a small CPA firm. With this prior work, I feel as though I am a strong candidate to represent the position of Trustee Board or Court of Governance due to my ability to work with clients on important business decisions while managing their financial statements and needs.

 

 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

Farvah Javaid

Slogan:

Going further with Farvah

 

Manifesto:

 

Hey! I am Farvah Javaid studying Philosophy and Politics running to be a member of the trustee board.

 

They work to make important financial and strategic decisions for the governance of the SU.

 

I am a member of LSESU involved in the Horse Riding, Islamic, Pakistani and Debating societies.

 

Raised in a British Pakistani family I mirror LSE’s diversity, therefore I believe I am able to represent both home and international students.

 

I promise to:

  • > Guarantee the SU complies with the Charity commission's Guidelines and acts in accordance with its constitution, respecting its mission, vision and values.
  • > Safeguard and Promote the SU diversity, inclusion and supportive environment
  • > Represent the views of ALL students and ensure your concerns are addressed
  • > Challenge decisions made by board members

As the Student Trustee, it would be my aim to ensure that the Union provides the perfect platform for Students to voice their concerns.

 

Endorsements

Labour and Cooperative Society

 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

 

 

Member of the LSESU Trustee Board (2 year term) x2

Member of the LSESU Trustee Board (2 year term)

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Rohan Sankhla

Slogan:

Vote for Rohan, cause he CAN

 

Manifesto:

I've held Committee and Sub-committee positions in 3 Societies, currently represent 2 departments on SSLCs, and have had jobs in 3 LSE departments.

 

I have access to a deep network and have developed a sound internal understanding of how the school works through my current position in the Fundraising and Alumni Relations department of the school.

 

The LSE has no shortage of resources, and yet we're lagging behind our peers on student performance, well-being and student-staff integration metrics. I don't want to just represent our student body on these issues, I want to propose and promote solutions. Broadly speaking, here are some themes I'm thinking about:

 

> Better allocation of our SU and University-wide funding.

> Better staff-admin-SU integration.

> Learn from and implement funding and procedural best practices.

 

The bottom line: Let me bridge the gap between the school and you. Vote for Rohan, cause he CAN

 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

Zulum Elumogo

Slogan:

Trust me for Trustee

 

Manifesto:

 

YOUR VOICE

> As the Vice-President of the ACS & the President of Carr-Saunders Hall, I understand the needs of the LSE student body. I will get your voice heard.

 

YOUR BOARD

> The SU is a powerful body that impacts us all. I will make sure that it directly represents YOUR interests and always puts YOUR concerns first. Transparency guaranteed.

 

SUPPORT

> My roles have given me experience in handling large budgets and making financial decisions on the behalf of students- it would be an honour to do this role on your behalf and for your benefit.

 

FAIRNESS

> All societies must be treated fairly. I will push for more proportional and efficient distribution of SU finances amongst its societies.

 
 

Endorsements

Labour and Cooperative Society
 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

 

 

NUS Delegate x2

 

Hannah Kaufman

Slogan:

COUNT ON KAUFMAN FOR YOUR NUS!

 

Manifesto:

My manifesto pledges are:

 

1. MAKING NUS DEMOCRATIC, RELEVANT AND REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL STUDENTS.

> I will call for greater transparency and accountability, as well as ensuring NUS is responsive to our concerns, to guarantee it’s an effective and strong platform for student issues.

 

COUNTERING FASCISM AND RACISM IN ALL FORMS, PARTICULARLY ISLAMOPHOBIA AND ANTI-SEMITISM.

> I will stand up against the inability within NUS to acknowledge legitimate concerns regarding the wellbeing of students on campus, and to increase awareness of these forms of racist behaviour.

 

CAMPAIGN AGAINST SEXISM AND DISCRIMINATION OF WOMEN ON CAMPUSES

> Through the promotion of universal consent programs and increase support for women’s welfare services.

 

Just remember to COUNT ON KAUFMAN FOR YOUR NUS!

 
 

Endorsements

Jewish Society Labour and Cooperative Society Free Speech Society
 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

Muhummed Cassidy

Slogan:

Student movement for all

Manifesto:

My first engagement with the NUS was when I attended the NUS Disabled students conference in March 2016.

 

Before then I was disengaged from student politics and did not know what the NUS was. It was through this conference that I came to understand the importance of the NUS in supporting students to shape the future of education and create a better world.

 

I am standing to be a national conference delegate on a platform of opposing government austerity and attacks on higher education; I will therefore cast my delegate votes to this effect.

 

I will support initiatives that will enhance the following issues:

 
  • > Prioritise students mental health
  • > Preventing ‘Prevent’ – the governments Islamophobic ‘counter terrorism’ strategy
  • > Not for profit student Halls / rent strikes / tackling rogue landlords
  • > The cost of graduation
  • > Enhancing a truly national union of students and not merely a national union of student officers
 

Please consult my Facebook events page for more information

 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

 

 

 

Postgraduate Students' Officer

 

Sarah Castellanos

 

Slogan:

Let Your Voice Be Heard.

 

Manifesto:

Postgraduates at LSE need fair representation by someone who will make sure their needs will be addressed.

 

As a postgraduate myself, I understand those needs. While undergraduates are catered to with events, formals, and gatherings, postgraduates are rarely given similar opportunities.

 

As many are international students (like myself), they are at a disadvantage in navigating many of the great things London has to offer. We not only make up over half of the LSE population, but we are also expected to spend countless hours reading and studying - yet our reserved study spaces are limited to one small room in the library, often lacking in places to sit.

 

Postgraduates are often on the track to beginning their careers and while they are advantageously taught in academics, they have little labor force training. Part of our curriculum should include methods of adapting to the labor force, whether that is in the form of CV and Cover Letter workshops, to teachings on how to interview or work well in team settings. Our postgraduate years are our last chance to prepare for the "real world," and as such, we should be properly equipped.

 

As a Postgraduate Students' Officer, I would be dedicated to making our years at LSE fairly represented, integrated, within societies and classes, catering to the needs and requests of the students that occupy most of our population (the postgraduates), and that up until this moment have had unsuccessful advocacy in their name. This needs to change!

 
 

Endorsements

Labour and Cooperative Society
 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here

 

 

 

 

Postgraduate Research Students’ Officer

Postgraduate Research Students’ Officer

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Gullnaz Baig

 

Slogan:

Doing the right thing

 

Manifesto

Why me?

> Proud of the LSE community. BSc and MSc in International History and IR. 6 years later, back for a PhD;
> Understands challenges of being a teacher: A trained teacher. 3 years of classroom experience;
> Experienced at navigating bureaucracy, negotiating with key decision- makers and assessing policies. Formerly a senior civil servant;
> Loves being part of the LSE community: Part of LSE Women’s Rugby and LSE Boxing. But it’s tough to socialize and play when most things are on Wednesday.

 

LSE needs to do the right thing in 3 key areas:

> 2 ongoing discussions on GTAs and Studentships;
> Ensuring a quality environment for all!

 

My key stances:

> Protection: Work done for LSE should be protected by a contract, and confer employment rights. Contract negotiated and agreed upon prior to engagement.
> Fair treatment: Scope of work should be negotiated and taken into account
> Research commitments. Parity of practice across departments. Negotiations based on the principle of ‘no one worse off’ for existing students.

 

Quality environment:

> Incentivize teaching for all, not mandate teaching for some;
> Strengthen assistance with marketing, profiling postgrad research projects
> Improve student wellbeing services (e.g. counselling), and diversity and inclusion (e.g. ethnic, gender balance in faculty composition).

 

Countsheets for this election can be viewed here