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Sabbatical Officers
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Number of vacancies: 1


Ganesh Khadka
I am an international postgraduate research student at UCL. Being an International student myself, I have often felt that international students have been used as a "political football" & have become the victims of changing policies of the government. The international student community provides a benefit worth of £25 billion to the British economy but they have been left unwelcomed.The list within the University and the politics are too long to mention but I have highlighted the specific areas where I intend to work if elected. As UCL is the largest recruiter of international students in the UK, I strongly feel there is something that could be initiated to integrate the international student's community. With the experiences over the duration of my academic journey in the UK, I strongly felt now is the time to represent the international student community and be their voice. A vote for me is a vote for an action to bring the changes mentioned in my manifesto.
Dominique Hua
I am an international student studying English in my final year. I am a free education activist and an organiser in numerous campaigns on campus, including UCL Cut the Rent, UCL: Fund Our Mental Health Services and UoL Justice for Workers.
As Welfare & International Officer I will be working to improve issues such as housing, mental health, immigration, childcare and financial services.
Campuses can often be hostile environments for people of colour and I will work to tackle the BME attainment gap, decolonise the curriculum and improving the reporting of hate crime on campus.
Furthermore, I want to create a campus environment in which students of all genders will feel safe by improving the process for reporting sexual harassment and assault and raising awareness around these issues.
Olga Pushkina
As a Welfare and International Officer I will make sure that UCL has a well-functioning tutoring system, affordable and safe housing, and provides adequate mental health support. We need more frequent and more meaningful contact with our tutors who should be proactive contributors to our academic progress and well-being, not an emergency contact. I will campaign for stronger housing subsidies for all UCL students as we should not be forced to spend our entire savings and student loans on housing. I will also ensure that the funding for academic support, support for students with caring responsibilities, disabilities, and mental health problems is adequate and reflects UCL’s growing student numbers.

International students constitute over 40% of UCL’s student body, yet many feel overlooked. I will petition Parliament and work closely with NUS to reinstate post-study work visa for international students and preserve rights of EU students. I will campaign to put UCL on Tier 4 pilot, which will simplify Tier 4 visa application process for UCL postgraduate taught students and will allow them to stay in the UK for longer after completing their studies. Just as importantly, I will fight for better language support, careers service that caters to our needs, and adequate visa advice.
Rothna Akhtar
Hi there! My name is Rothna and I am a final year History student running for Welfare and International officer. I would love your support in helping me successfully make lasting positive changes to students' welfare at UCL!

Having been the President of Bangla Society, a Faculty StAR, Transition mentor as well as a Student Ambassador, whilst carrying out my degree at UCL, I feel as though I truly understand what it means to be a UCL student and the difficulties one may encounter.

I have personally encountered issues with adjusting to university throughout my degree, and I feel that the welfare services at UCL are currently inadequate and fail to satisfy the needs and requirements of a diverse range of students. As your Welfare and International Officer, I will fight to ensure that the student psychological services receive the funding it so desperately needs whilst pushing for greater inclusivity on campus for all students, particularly disabled and international students.

Whether you’re feeling excluded, stressed, upset, lost, struggling or simply need someone to talk to, I will be here ready to help you in any way I can. I am here to have your back above anything else and will do everything I can to make your life at UCL the best it can be. I sincerely strive to ensure that every single student is able to fit into and immerse themselves wholeheartedly without restrictions or barriers and need your vote to help me achieve this.

Please do have a read of my manifesto for more information on how I intend to create long-term change! #AKHTnow #VoteROTHNA #AktionsSpeakLouder