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Standing for: External Accommodation Officer

David Dahlborn

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Experience:

- Langton Close Halls Rep 2013

- UCLU Finance and Services Committee 2013

- Halls Accommodation Rep 2014

- NUS Conference Delegate 2014

I helped establish the UCL Cut The Rent Campaign which has won rent reductions and numerous improvements in halls. I also helped organise the first rent strikes at UCL in 2015 and 2016 to ensure the campaigns were successful.

I will be transparent, accountable and help campaigns to cut the rent at UCL and the University of London.

Email: david.dahlborn.13@ucl.ac.uk and I will answer your questions.

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Standing for: Institute of Education Students' Officer

khaldoun Farhat

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My name is Khaldoun Farhat, and I am currently in my 2nd year of my Ph.D. at the Institute of Education (IoE). I am standing for the institute of education officer position at the UCL 2016-2017 Autumn Elections.

I am running to be IoE students officer because I believe it is the position where I could create most benefit for the students of IoE. I truly love the IoE and UCL for all the amazing opportunities they have given me over the last years, and I want to use this passion to make a difference.

Ethical responsibility is the duty to follow a morally correct path. Ethics of responsibility means big to me. I live, I act, I React according to this Ethics. If elected, I will be responsible for representing the interests of the Institute of Education within the Union and seek to improve the engagement of IOE students in the Union. I will also be responsible for developing local services and activities within IOE. I firmly believe that I possess the blend of skills, experience and personal attributes necessary to deliver what needs to be achieved.

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Iasmim Orsini

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I’m a final year international student undertaking an undergraduate degree in Education Studies at the Institute of Education. In the last four years I have spent studying in London I have experienced emotional, social, financial and academic challenges. I have learnt firsthand the struggles that students go through as well as the sacrifices and barriers you come across in university life. I have always been interested in education and politics, and I decided to run for UCL Union election after I set up a campaign for international students on the BA Education Studies programme, aimed at supporting and identifying the specific issues faced by this hugely underrepresented population of the IOE. Not only did this campaign make me more politically active, it also ignited a strong desire in me to fight injustices within education. I’m keen to turn the IOE into a hub of activism, and to work together with students, staff, student academic representatives (StARs), the UCLU and other departments in order to discover how the situation for IOE students differ to that of other students at UCL, and ascertain how best to help resolve those situations.

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Standing for: NUS Conference Delegate

Sultan Mirza

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As NUS delegate I will make sure to make your voice heard at the NUS conference 2016. I will be campaigning for representation and student fees.

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Sohail Badat

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My name is Sohail, and I am currently a fourth year medical student. During my time at UCL, I have been involved with the union, mostly through clubs and societies, but also as Union Chair. Doing so has given me a lot of experience with the issues that students face and are passionate about. If elected, I will represent those interests at a national level. Have a read of my manifesto, to see what particular issues I care about, and feel free to contact me if you want to know anything more. Vote for me!

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Mehjabin Ahmed

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I would like to run for NUS Conference Delegate as I already have experience in representing the students of UCL at College level as a Sabbatical Officer, which will enhance my ability to represent UCL students at a National Level. Over the last couple of months, I have attended NUS Lead & Change, Regional Networking and will be attending the Zones Conferences later this month, which will equip me with the correct knowledge to make well informed decisions at the NUS Annual Conference. I have been working with NUS VP Welfare and other London SU Officers to tackle the issues of student housing in London and I will strive to ensure that this is a priority at Conference. I also believe that the ever increasing issue of student mental health needs to be focused on nationally, and I will push for mental health to be #1 on everybody's agenda.

Gonzalo Cuadra Malinarich

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As an international postgraduate student from Latin America I think that I can give diversity to the delegation, and represent UCL in that sense. I will put efforts to give you the opportunity to express your views on the topics to be discussed at the National Union of Students Conference beforehand, so that they orientate the delegates participation. Furthermore, I am interested in keeping students updated with current campaigns and activities of the NUS. A strong student movement can drive important changes in society, as in my country, where thanks of our efforts the human right of education is now a relevant issue. I believe that the NUS must have a clear position on the Agenda, with concrete proposals for social policy to fight for. It is relevant to be active particularly around Brexit, that sets a lot of challenges for society. Also, it should promote free education as well as the strengthening of the NHS for it to fulfil the needs of the people, without discrimination to ethnic groups, migrants, LGBTI and others. I can use my experience as former president of the medical students of my university, and afterwards of all health-related careers, to build that strong movement.

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David Dahlborn

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Experience:

- Langton Close Halls Rep 2013

- UCLU Finance and Services Committee 2013

- NUS Conference Observer

- Halls Accommodation Rep 2014

- NUS Conference Delegate 2014

I helped establish the UCL Cut The Rent Campaign which has won rent reductions and numerous improvements in halls. I also helped to organise the first rent strikes at UCL in 2015 and 2016 to ensure the campaigns were successful.

I will be transparent, accountable and help campaigns to cut the rent at UCL, the University of London and beyond!

Email: david.dahlborn.13@ucl.ac.uk and I will answer your questions.

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Sabeera Dar

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I'm honest and eager to to relay the vital details concerning students everywhere. I want to make sure the concerns of all students are given a platform regardless of socio economic background. UCL should be open to everyone and more ethical about its investments. Let's do this together :)

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Ben Towse

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Hi, I’m a Neuroscience PhD student, a socialist feminist, and UCLU Labour’s Campaigns Officer. I want a campaigning, democratic NUS that links with the workers’ movement to stand up for our rights, for education, and for a more democratic, equal and free society.

__Stop fee rises & privatisation: campaign for free education__

NUS needs a serious strategy to stop the Conservatives’ higher education reforms, which will raise fees even further, force our universities into a market rigged to serve big businesses, and help profiteering businesses replace public universities. We need a democratic education system, free and open to all, funded by taxing the rich.

__#GrantsNotDebt: step up the campaign for student support__

Education Maintenance Allowance, Disabled Students’ Allowance, and the million poorest undergrads’ grants – all slashed. We should reverse these cuts, and provide full grants so nobody is held back from any level of education, from college to postgrad.

__Save our NHS: Renationalise & rebuild__

We all rely on the NHS, but today it’s under grave threat. We need to support junior doctors and fight to reverse all privatisation, win decent funding, scrap healthcare fees for international students, and rebuild a publicly-owned, universal, democratic health service for all of us.

Elliott Christensen

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My name is Elliott Christensen and I’m running for a position as one of UCL’s delegates to the National Union of Students Conference this year. I am in my second year, studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics. I have been an activist for years campaigning for justice on housing, education, and civil rights and I want to use my knowledge in this area to be your representative at the national level. If successfully elected my mandate will be to voice your concerns at a national level, champion affordable education for all, campaign for affordable rents and fight for national minimum wage which is fair to students.

Nataliya Ashurova

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My name is Natalie Ashurova, I am a first year History undergraduate and I am running to represent YOU at NUS Conference 2017!

Are you a student at UCL? To me all YOUR opinions matter, and I will ensure that your opinions are not just heard, but listened to and acted upon.

If elected as your NUS delegate, I commit to working on:

TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY

Many students feel disconnected from the NUS body. This needs to change. I will make sure that there is more awareness of NUS at UCL, and campaign for an inclusive Student Union to represent our university’s diverse community.

SAFETY and EQUALITY

I believe that every student that attends university should feel comfortable, no matter what their background is. Therefore I will campaign against Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, sexism, racism and any other form of extremism.

AFFORDABLE EDUCATIONt

I believe that every student is entitled to receiving higher education free of financial difficulties. Therefore I will make sure that NUS takes a strong stance on making university affordable to all, no matter their economic background.

Don’t WAIT for CHANGE to come your way, VOTE for it to HAPPEN! Vote Natalie for NUS Delegate.

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Sabeeh Syed

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It is important that students are unified in their approach to securing a better, more stable educational future. I want to be the voice of students from UCLU in delivering that message. We are stronger together.

I believe in and want to promote equality, representation of minority groups, welfare and health support as well as social mobility for students of today and of the future. I would like to work for educational grants for students with hardship, especially refugee students, who have no support network available. I also believe that it is the right of everyone to be able to gain an education. I will campaign to ensure no further increases in tuition fees are implemented. Most importantly I will listen to and relay your message to the NUS body and promote better engagement within activism

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Franklin Qiao

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Today, as global economy continues to worsen, most students and youth are facing nothing but the bleak prospects of unemployment, tuition fees, debt, unaffordable living costs, and many other hardships. It is time for the NUS to struggle for the welfare of students once by arming itself with a bold socialist programme. Standing idly by is no longer an option! As a representative from the UCL Marxist Society, I am a firm supporter for free education and that universities should be run democratically.

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Mark Crawford

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STOP FEE RISES AND PRIVATISATION.

The government is raising tuition fees and helping private providers take over our higher education system – and we have to fight them off, ultimately by winning the argument for a free education system of colleges and universities, democratic and open to all.

REVERSE CUTS TO MAINTENANCE LOANS.

We need to reverse this government’s cruel cuts to maintenance support for disabled and lowincome students, and then campaign for everyone’s right to a liveable income so that their time at university is free of what currently amounts to a lifetime of oppressive debt.

SUPPORT MIGRANT, BLACK AND ETHNIC MINORITY STUDENTS AFTER BREXIT.

Migrants and ethnic minorities are under attack. Through the racist Prevent strategy, academic staff are instructed to spy on Muslim students. Hate crimes against non-white people are rising rapidly following the Brexit vote; we have to mobilise against any and all efforts to scapegoat minorities for the problems created by the choices of this government.

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Mariam Idrissi

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As an NUS Conference delegate I will represent each and everyone’s views at the National Conference and strive to make a positive change for the student body here at UCL. I aim to represent all views and concerns by minority groups including international students, women and BME students. I believe that the NUS needs to be doing more to support students, especially those suffering the most from the cuts to funding. I will work diligently to oppose any more potential rises in educational fees as well as fighting for free education and living grants. I will also campaign for an increase in BME related programmes and activities, to ensure that BME students are better represented within the NUS. I also believe the PREVENT campaign is doing more harm than good in our educational system. I will actively lobby against it to allow student’s their right to voice their opinion. I promise to work transparently so that the student body always knows what is on the agenda, equally with all students and proactively. The NUS needs to stand up for its members even more now in this political climate and as a delegate to national conference I will fight for change.

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Standing for: Student Trustee

Ayesha Mumtaz

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I want a Union that is engaging and inclusive, hears the voices of its students and implements their views. As a trustee I will strive to ensure that the Trustee board does not interfere with the democratic decisions of the student body. I also want to ensure the long term sustainability of the union so that it continues to deliver services to students.

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Benjamin Howitt

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Hi – thanks for taking the time to read this. My name’s Ben, and I’m a Masters Student studying Data Science for Health Research. I’m running to be one of your student trustees for the next year. If elected, I want to:

- Push the Union to engage openly and transparently with postgraduate and undergraduate students. That means more than general assemblies and meetings of Council – that is about your voice being asked for and listened to on the issues that matter to you.

- Try to cut down the number of policies that UCLU has. It fills three pages on the website, and you can’t be expected to know all of them. Some of them are small and time-limited and some have the word “vis-à-vis” in the title, but some are about how we can take a stand on tolerance, on sexual harassment, and on making UCL respect that sometimes uni life is hard - and that’s fine.

I’ve been a trustee of unions before in my first degree, and I’d love the opportunity to carry on at UCLU.

Thanks again.

Lukon Miah

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I’m Lukon Miah, a third year medical student intercalating in Neuroscience. I am running for the position of student trustee because I would like to represent the voices of students and ensure that they are fairly represented. A student trustee sits on the board of the student union and in this critical period where the union is undergoing a lot of change, I want to be there to make sure that student welfare and experience isn’t compromised. I will also endeavour to make the union more transparent, inclusive and engaging, so you know what is going on and your views matter. I have shown in my previous role as a Governor for the NHS and in my current role as being the President of RUMS ISoc that I have the leadership skills and experience to represent you.

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Digvijay Jotva

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1. DIRECTION :As a Student Trustee I will ensure that UCLU acts in accordance with its constitution and remains true to its mission, vision and values and Empowers and Enrich UCL students.

2. ACCOUNTABILITY AND OPENNESS: I will take decisions that Increases Students Participation and increase the Transparency of the Union.

3. SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL STABILITY: I will ensure that UCL and UCLU operate in Green and Environmentally Sustainable way. And work towards the harmony of the society.

Fill free to contact me with any comments, questions, queries or concern

email: digvijay.jotva.16@ucl.ac.uk

Facebook.com/dhjotva

Jeremy Yao

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Hello ! I am a 1st year Management Science student from Paris. I fully enjoy studying at UCL, however as Student Trustee I would like to improve our student experience at UCL and contribute in the betterment of the administration of the student union.

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Charlie Braham

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I’m a part-time student on the MA Higher & Professional Education at UCL’s Institute of Education. I’ve studied at three other universities previously, in the UK and abroad. I’ve also worked in Higher Education for the past five years at four different universities across the country.

As such, I feel that I have a strong understanding of how institutions work and how to get things done. I’m keen to use my experience to inform the work of the Union, to make sure that we’re working in the best interests of students and to make sure that work is efficient, effective and productive.

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Suaada Abdulaahi

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I am a third year human sciences student who has enjoyed what UCLU societies and clubs can do to enhance our experience at UCL. I will work to make sure that the union is inclusive and engaging.I will ensure decisions are made impartially and with the best interest of the student body in mind.

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Mohammed Rahman

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WHO AM I?

This is my third year at UCL as a Chemical

Engineering student. During my years at UCL I

have had the opportunity to get involved with

the UCLU Islamic Society and have worked as

part of the UCL Charity Week team that raised

a record breaking £109,000 in 2015.

WHAT I STAND FOR:

• Decisions made by UCLU should

be representative of the interests

of the student body.

• Uphold values of democracy,

diversity and equality within the

union.

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Liam Nagle-Cocco

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As a student trustee, I will help to make sure our student union is well-run and operating effectively. I came from a rural area and a working class family, and having weathered the transition to UCL life, I have a sound understanding of the student experience. I am well-suited to represent students both who are in the process of making London and UCL their home, and those who have studied at UCL for some time. I am interested in politics and have strong feelings on a number of issues. These include the high cost of living for students in London, and the treatment of international students as a cash cow and an easy way for the government to cut immigration statistics. I believe UCLU should take a stand against these things. I also believe UCL should divest from fossil fuels. For more information, please read my manifesto.

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