Election: Leadership Race - Spring 2021

Category: Sabbatical Officer


Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running4
Available position1
Total ballots3687
Valid votes3687
Invalid votes0


RoundIlyas BenmounaMegan McKeeRhianna RobinsonRON (Re-Open Nominations)ExhaustedSurplusThreshold

Count of first choices. The initial quota is 1843.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.

2 1964.001499.00 224.00 232.50 1731.50

All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Rhianna Robinson and RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 1731.50. Candidate Ilyas Benmouna has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Ilyas Benmouna.

Megan McKee

What do you hope to achieve in the role if you are elected?
•Establish a diversity panel and union diversity and inclusion regulations
•Annual Pride Week training modules
•Support committee members: Weekly Q&A drop ins and a Facebook group for presidents and treasurers
•More on-campus storage, sports and social spaces
•Referee payment fund so that captains aren’t out of pocket
•Collaboration between arts, socs, sports, RUMS and volunteering
•Faster response times
•Women in sports and socs panel event
•More transparent decision-making
•Sports leagues for socs
•Increase postgrad engagement – particularly parents and carers
•Careers workshops

What will you bring to this role (e.g. experience, skills or qualities)?
I have extensive experience with the Students' Union as I’m your Sports Officer, I’ve held 3 committee positions (President, Treasurer and Events Sec for UCL Netball), I’ve been a sports rep and worked as a Sports Admin Assistant for 2 years. I’ve attended Activities Zone meetings for 2 years, chaired Sports Rep meetings and worked on initiatives such as Pride in Sport Training, Sustainability Week and Varsity, so I know what the role involves. My experience demonstrates my love for student activities and the leadership, communication and organizational skills that I will bring to this role.

Anything else?
I understand how important student activities are to students, and I want them to be the best they can be for you next year to make up for what we have missed this year. I won the Officers Award 2020 for exemplary service to sport due to the extent and breadth of my work, so I can make a difference!

Rhianna Robinson

What do you hope to achieve in the role if you are elected?
• Increase the number of bookable COVID-safe spaces – ensuring societies can run in-person events as soon as possible. This will be combined with improving room and storage booking systems.
• Increase communication between societies and the Union – holding regular drop-in sessions to allow society and committee members to voice concerns and requests.
• Improve inter-society communication – creating a Teams hub for all committee members to access resources.
• Increase inclusivity within clubs and societies – increasing accessibility, ensuring that there is zero tolerance of discrimination.

What will you bring to this role (e.g. experience, skills or qualities)?
As a 3rd year chemistry student and current society president, I have proved myself to have strong problem-solving and leadership skills. Having been both a president and treasurer, I am very aware of the struggles that societies face to get support from the Union and this, combined with being heavily involved with society life, has given me insight into areas which need improvement. My committee positions have shown that I am capable of getting things done – from organising weekly meetings to Christmas balls – as well as taught me how to listen to others and to successfully implement change.

Anything else?
This year, societies within the Union have been more important than ever as a means for students to branch out and form life-long friendships. I want to make sure that societies are as well-equipped as possible and given the support they need to handle the pressures that next year will bring.

Ilyas Benmouna

What do you hope to achieve in the role if you are elected?
Graduations. I will fight against UCL for graduation ceremonies this year (if safe), and ensure that when we do have our graduations, It will be the same full experience with no corners cut because of covid.
Summer full of Activity. If things go according to the government’s roadmap, I will make summer 2021 at UCL the best summer ever! Sports leagues, Society events and socials, A massive summer Ball and much more!
Sports Facilities– I will continue the project of improving our sports facilities, buying a new sports ground and using world class Olympic facilities for our sports teams

What will you bring to this role (e.g. experience, skills or qualities)?
This year will be extremely important for activities as we get back to normality, and my experience as the Activities Officer will be invaluable. I have spent a year learning how things work and how to have the most influence over UCL as possible making me the best possible candidate for the role.
As well as 2 years of experience at the union, I have been vice-president of a sports club, in the committee for a cultural society, and an active member of many more. I understand the problems and issues faced in activities at UCL and I’m best placed to fix them.

Anything else?
My year already as AO;
- 3 activities staff members hired, faster response time
- Launched participation fund for C&S financial support
- The best disability sport offering at any University in the country
- The fastest Activities Officer EVER to reach 10,000 C&S members
and much more!