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Sabbatical Officers
Voting closed 1 month ago.
Position information: 
Number of vacancies: 1

Women's Officer

Date count run22 Mar 2019
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running11
Available position1
Total ballots407
Valid votes407
Invalid votes0

Count results

Round Olivia Day Anna Young Nadia Uddin Daisy Stacey Joelle Robinson-Rawdah Yunzhu Dai Nilisha Vashist Celia Mayers Ruth Hudson Chris Groenveld RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 59.00 26.00 38.00 48.00 44.00 11.00 104.00 44.00 15.00 16.00 2.00 0.00 0.00 203.50
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 203.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
2 61.00 27.00 40.00 48.00 44.00 104.00 44.00 15.00 16.00 8.00 0.00 199.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Yunzhu Dai and RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 199.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
3 63.00 28.00 40.00 52.00 46.00 106.00 44.00 17.00 11.00 0.00 198.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Ruth Hudson. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 198.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
4 66.00 30.00 41.00 54.00 48.00 107.00 46.00 15.00 0.00 196.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Chris Groenveld. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 196.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
5 69.00 44.00 55.00 52.00 108.00 48.00 31.00 0.00 188.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Anna Young. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 188.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
6 71.00 60.00 60.00 113.00 52.00 51.00 0.00 178.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Nadia Uddin. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 178.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
7 75.00 63.00 64.00 118.00 87.00 0.00 160.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Celia Mayers. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 160.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
8 89.00 72.00 125.00 121.00 0.00 143.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Daisy Stacey. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 143.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
9 102.00 143.00 162.00 20.50 122.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Joelle Robinson-Rawdah. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 122.50. Candidate Nilisha Vashist has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Nilisha Vashist.

Candidates

Nadia Uddin

Name: 
Nadia Uddin
Why are you standing?: 

Hey, I’m Nadia, a 4th year Chemistry undergraduate and President and Founder of the UCL Women in Science society! As Women’s Officer I would aim to provide a safe and open community within our student body by combatting gender discrimination and sexual harassment against self-identifying women. I am the trusting voice that the female student body need.

I am conscientious and dedicated to making changes that would benefit all female students at UCL. Being an intersectional feminist, I guarantee that I would represent and campaign for the wishes of all female groups including black and minority ethnic (BAME) and LGBTQ+ community members. Having been the Student Academic Representative for my department’s cohort, I have acquired the vital skills needed for successfully making changes on behalf of students who want to see a change.

I pledge to:

⁃ Make it EASIER and LESS DAUNTING to REPORT sexual assaults on campus

⁃ Push for COMPULSORY ZERO TOLERANCE workshops for ALL freshers during freshers’ week

⁃ Network with female industry LEADERS to promote better CAREER OPPORTUNITIES for women

⁃ Expand the END PERIOD POVERTY campaign by making it UCL wide

⁃ Demand better and easier ACCESS TO SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION and CONTRACEPTIVES

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Nilisha Vashist

Name: 
Nilisha Vashist
Why are you standing?: 

Hi, I am Nilisha, standing to be your women’s officer - more a fellow friend/sister than an officer. I pledge to make the Union more accessible to all women and non-binary students.

I bring to this position my own experiences of intersectionality- a woman of colour, an international PhD student living away from home by myself, a teaching-assistant at Division of Psychiatry balancing several responsibilities. This is alongside insights from my research work on student mental health, being a mental health first-aider and a student residence advisor providing pastoral support to residents at UCL hall.

My focus, if elected, would be (further details & contact in the poster):

1. Increase financial support to disabled, women with care-giving responsibilities, improve women’s mental health and closing the gender pay gap.

2. Stricter implementation of zero tolerance policy and combating all forms of misogyny on campus.

3. Promote women peer-networking and mentoring, especially for BME and disabled women.

4. holding inter-cultural events for international women, especially postgraduates, to tackle isolation and loneliness.

5. Work with the LGBTQ and disabled students’ societies to bring together all self-defining women and non-binary students.

Thank you for reading my manifesto. I trust I have your support.

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Daisy Stacey

Name: 
Daisy Stacey
Why are you standing?: 

I’m Daisy and I’m a 22 year old final year Neuroscience student. I have a particular passion for women’s health and these are the main projects I want to implement for women at UCL.

EMPLOYMENT

- I will establish a careers fair specifically for women to engage with recruiters and managers of companies looking to hire from UCL.

- I will organise talks and skill workshops aimed at improving personal development and employability for women.

MENTAL HEALTH

- I will campaign for a fully funded mental health service which meets the increasing demand from women at UCL.

- I will reinstate group workshops run by SPS to support women with mental health problems related to university, e.g. exam stress.

- I will extend this support to eating disorders and sexual assault.

SEXUAL HEALTH

- I will introduce a UCL based sexual health clinic with free STI testing, pregnancy tests and contraception.

- I will continue work with the previous campaign: Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment, and ensure students have support.

PERIOD POVERTY AND GIVING BACK

- I will continue to advocate for free sanitary products across UCL campus.

- I will join UCL with thepadproject.org so that students can help fight period poverty in developing countries.

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Yunzhu Dai

Name: 
Yunzhu Dai
Why are you standing?: 

Hi! My name is Yunzhu and I am running to be your Women’s Officer because I have passion in fighting gender discrimination and ending gender inequality. I think it is right that self-defining women students be involved on our behalf in decision-making of our societies and university. Some women students may choose silence when be offended or encountered sexual harassment. I believe through network and campaigns on issues affecting women, more students will be engaged to tackle these issues, which is critical for the advancement of gender equality in UCL.

I believe being your Women’s Officer would give me a chance to make UCL a more equal place and realize the following goals:

- Encourage women students to reflect their needs in policies

- Ensure the voices of self-defining women students are heard through network or any other media

- Equip students with the skills and resources to tackle sexism

- Champion the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment

- Adequate funding for self-defining women student mental health services

- Collaborate with national organisations to address issues relevant to women students

- Collaborate with toilets working staff to create more comfortable environment for women students

- Women’s only coffee morning or afternoon tea gatherings

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Olivia Day

Name: 
Olivia Day
Why are you standing?: 

Hi, I’m Livvy, a third year Linguistics student. I am running for the role of Women’s Officer as I am passionate about making UCL a safe, inclusive, and empowering environment for all self-identifying women.

I am committed to tackling a deep-rooted gender bias and discrimination in UCL and the wider community, to ensure that every self-identifying female feels able to have their voices heard and tackle issues that mean the most to them.

I pledge to:

Improve Student Wellbeing

− Provide a safe space for students to come and feel calm, supported and listened to, at any time (with plenty of cake provided!)

− Work alongside a female confidence coach to empower students

− Continue to campaign for more funding for UCL Student Psychological Services

Support Local Women

− Set up a WN volunteering programme, encouraging charitable work for women’s causes (e.g. women’s refuges)

− Establish a team of students visiting local schools to talk about gender rights and empower young women

Ensure Equality

− Provide free sanitary and sexual health provisions for all

− Campaign for free childcare for student parents

− Work closely with UCL societies and sports teams to tackle discrimination and sexual harassment, and increase accessibility

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Celia Mayers

Name: 
Celia Mayers
Why are you standing?: 

Hi, I'm Celia - a 3rd year Natural Sciences Student and I am running to be your Women's Officer! My time at UCL would not have been the same without the incredible women I've been fortunate enough to know here, and whilst it is important to celebrate the joys of being a woman, it is certainly not always easy. As such, the responsibility to represent all the women at UCL is one I would not take lightly. My main policies involve improving the accessibility of support for survivors of sexual assault and promoting consent culture among Clubs and Societies, expanding the campaign to End Period Poverty across campus, and working closely with the BME and LGBT+ officers to ensure that ALL women are represented and heard.

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Chris Groenveld

Name: 
Chris Groenveld
Why are you standing?: 

UCL is a female-majority university. Currently, 59% of students are women, but our faculty and leadership are mostly male. I will follow a good example of other universities to support research students to obtain the research posts they deserve through mentoring programmes, to ensure there are more diverse mentors in the future. I will increase support for our 50:50 Gender Equality Group, which currently meets too infrequently to be effective.

Barriers exist that lead to fewer women at a senior level. Our day nursery facilities are “full”, which means discrimination against working mothers whose partner is not the primary caregiver, and even so, they will face a 17.5% gender pay gap, down by just 0.5% the previous year. I will rally successful women from my network to lead industry masterclasses in salary negotiation and supporting students and staff directly who may face gender-based discrimination.

Finally, I will strive to instate policy improving the job security for our predominantly female cleaning staff and students. I will facilitate networking opportunities, promoting solidarity and research collaborations between women of all faculties. Thanks for your vote. Discuss or feedback on my manifesto: c.groenveld@ucl.ac.uk

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Ruth Hudson

Name: 
Ruth Hudson
Why are you standing?: 

Hi!

I want to be your next womens officer to ensure UCL is an inclusive and accessible place for ALL self-identifying women on and off campus. This means stopping sexual misconduct in its tracks, challenging the status quo, championing the rights of ALL women.

Whilst an undergrad at Manchester, I helped deliver consent classes, organised society events to increase metal health awareness and fought against cuts and staff redundancies.

If elected, I will:

*MORE accessible sexual misconduct report policy

Reporting mechanism for sexual misconduct and harassment with preventing sexual misconduct strategy group has only recently included student in tandem with the policy so I will make it more accessible and less intimidating of a process.

*FREE self defence classes

Student Central currently charges for these classes. No one should be left out in learning how to deal with an unexpected situation.

*FREE sanitary products across ALL UCL

I will ensure they are provided free at the point of use in all UCL female toilets. This should not be treated as a luxury item, but as a right.

*Compulsory Zero Tolerance: Active Bystander workshops across departments

For my department this is a compulsory workshop. This will better equip both men and women to stop sexual misconduct in its tracks.

*Continuing female-inclusive sports events

This will help to reduce toxic masculinity on campus and empower women to get involved in activities previously thought as male dominated.

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Joelle Robinson-Rawdah

Name: 
Joelle Robinson-Rawdah
Why are you standing?: 

Hi my name is Joelle, I'm a third year geography student and I would love to be next year's women's officer. I currently hold the position of women's representative on the BME network, a role I have taken great pleasure in. Over the year I have held multiple workshops encouraging the creativity of women at UCL. These have included: a self portrait session at the Slade, life drawing and a tote bag workshop for international women's day.

If elected I hope to achieve much more:

Firstly, I would like to focus my attention on assisting women with mental health, starting with small steps. I hope to introduce a mentoring scheme for non-binary and those who identify as women called the 'SISTER SCHEME'. I would also like to hold regular self care workshops to encourage women to care of their mind as well as their bodies.

Consent workshops for both men and women, and bystander workshops for LGBT sexual harassment.

Focus on making gender modules more prominent in humanities subjects.

Continue holding creative workshops for women in art and theatre to encourage the imagination of the women at UCL.

If you would like to see any of this next year, please take the time to vote for me!

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Anna Young

Name: 
Anna Young
Why are you standing?: 

My name is Anna Young, I am a 4th-year History student.

As women's officer, I want to foster links between the role of women's officer and other sabbatical officers in order to promote intersectionality. Women face a variety of issues at UCL, including financial hardship, poor mental health, sexism, racism, homophobia and academic pressure; and these problems can only be dealt with through an intersectional approach. My priority as UCL women's officer would be to interact closely with other officers to approach the female experience at UCL from a multifaceted and nuanced angle, supplementing my own experience with those from other backgrounds.

My main goals would be:

-tackling sexual assault at UCL, working with events officers in particular

-working with LGBT network to hold more female-inclusive events, and to hear perspectives of trans women and non-binary students

-working with international officers to make sure female international student's voices are heard

-working with accommodation management and Cut the Rent to speak up for women students

-holding women-focused workshops on consent, self-defense, confidence and self-care.

I was the LGBT officer for Labour Soc in 2016-17, Treasurer of the History society 2016-17, and was elected to a management position at my co-op while studying abroad. As a committed feminist and socialist, I want to speak up for UCL's women and expand the capacity of women's officer to include all facets of the student experience.

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