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Category: 
Sabbatical Officers
Voting closed 6 months ago.
Position information: 
Number of vacancies: 1

Count and results

Date count run 08 Mar 2019
Election rules ERS97 STV
Candidates running 6
Available position 1
Total ballots 1147
Valid votes 1147
Invalid votes 0

Rounds

Round Jim Onyemenam Olivia Edwards Juliana Sporrer Mohib Abid Khan Ross Tayler RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 265.00* 193.00 216.00 164.00 294.00 15.00 0.00 0.00 573.50
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 573.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
2 292.00 216.00 248.00   313.00   78.00 0.00 534.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Mohib Abid Khan and RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 534.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
3 338.00   317.00   357.00   135.00 0.00 506.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Olivia Edwards. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 506.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
4 450.00       440.00   257.00 12.00 445.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Juliana Sporrer. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 445.00. Candidate Jim Onyemenam has reached the threshold and is elected.

* 5% of votes docked following an elections disciplinary

Winner is Jim Onyemenam.

Candidates

Mohib Abid Khan

Name: 
Mohib Abid Khan
Why are you standing?: 

Hi! As a Postgraduate Student Officer, I will make sure that postgraduate voice gets heard on campus and beyond, and that the PGs who constitute of more than 40% of our student population have the best experience and education they can while at UCL

I have had the honour of representing my peers through different platform. Currently being the UCL Bartlett Ambassador and a Course Rep, I am aware of the opportunities that can be created to foster a positive change,

I will fight for the right of every student and deliver quality education that they were promised whilst upholding the values of UCL

There are a few areas where I would like to focus, which are as follows:

- Ensuring Career Support for every PG student

- Improved Student Unions engagement with PG’s

- PG-specific mental health and wellbeing support

- International Student Assistance, considering most of the PGs are enrolled just for an year

- Improved English language support for students for whom English is not their first language

- Encouraging societies to establish PG ambassadors

- Solving issues within courses by effective measures

For more details kindly have a look at my manifesto attached.

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Juliana Sporrer

Name: 
Juliana Sporrer
Why are you standing?: 

Hi, my name is Juliana and I am running for the position of Postgraduate Students’ Officer. I am currently a student of the Dual Master in Brain and Mind Sciences and working with three laboratories. My previous experience attending three different universities in the UK and France gave me valuable insights into the students’ needs and concerns. At UCL, I identified more than ten key concerns that would shape my year as your representative. However, my main goal focuses on enhancing students’ well-being by improving postgraduates’ sense of community via collaborative working and inclusive education. Thus, if elected I would aim to:

- Bring the postgraduate community together (to tackle feelings of isolation)

- Collaborate with the other officers to ensure that every voice is heard (to address various issues such as gender inequalities in authorship, mental health, discrimination, and the use of lecturecast)

- Improve reimbursement policies and PhD stipend (to stabilise postgraduate financial status)

- Improve career advice (to showcase the array of options available in industry and academia)

- Carry on long-term projects (to continue the work of the current PSO)

Thank you for your time and please do not hesitate to e-mail me if you have any question or suggestion at juliana.sporrer.18@ucl.ac.uk.

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Jim Onyemenam

Name: 
Jim Onyemenam
Why are you standing?: 

I am a postgraduate student who is as involved in the UCL student body as any student can be. I’m the deputy managing editor of the Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, a member of the Film Society, Barbell Society, Emperors (American Football), and the Graduate Law Society, amongst others. As a result, I know what it means and what it feels like for a postgraduate student to truly be involved in UCL life, how important it is, and consequently, it is something I deeply want to encourage.

There’s a lot of change that I want to push towards, including some goals carried over from last year, and being your Postgraduate Students’ officer would put me in the perfect position to do these:

* Campaign for better pay and benefits for students who teach

* Improve bursaries and childcare funding for parents and carers

* Encourage participation of postgraduate students in clubs, societies, and activities

* Career advice tailored for postgraduate (and particularly international postgraduate) students

These are goals I take personally, not only because I am currently a postgraduate student, but because I am looking to remain as one for the foreseeable future by transiting to a postgraduate research course.

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Olivia Edwards

Name: 
Olivia Edwards
Why are you standing?: 

Hello! My name is Olivia Edwards, and I’m currently an international student in the MA Education programme. I am passionate about bringing the postgraduate community at UCL together and creating change to enhance the student experience. This year in my role as a Student Academic Representative, I have gained experience communicating with students and staff, and taking initiative to work towards change.

If elected, my major areas of focus would be:

1. IMPROVE STUDENT SPACES including study, social, and prayer spaces

2. INCREASE FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES, building on the progress the union has already made this year

3. FIGHT FOR FAIR PAY for teaching assistants

4. REDUCE EXCESSIVE MONITORING OF ATTENDANCE which goes beyond the requirements of the British Home Office

5. IMPROVE ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES for postgraduates by working more closely with academic representatives

6. BUILD COMMUNITY that everyone can be a part of, including part-time and distance-learning students

I would prioritize continually communicating with students to find out what changes you want and need. In addition, I would work closely with the other union officers and support their initiatives, because my experience has taught me that collective action is always stronger!

Thank you, and please contact me if you have any questions!

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Ross Tayler

Name: 
Ross Tayler
Why are you standing?: 

Students and workers unite and fight!

I will continue campaigning to better the conditions of workers on campus by building the UoL and UCL Justice for Workers campaigns, and supporting UCU strike action over pay.

Free childcare on campus

Nearly 10% of UCL students, mostly women, have caring responsibilities. Many are unable to dedicate the focus they want to their studies. I will push for more support, including bursaries and expansion of daycare services.

Defend migrant rights - End the hostile environment

On our campus, UCL is monitoring international student’s engagement and pushing staff to act like border guards. I’ll campaign against visa monitoring on our campus and fight nationally to resist attacks against international students.

Organising postgrads for better pay and conditions

Most research students who teach are underpaid and face casualised employment. I will work to expand the Fair Play for TAs campaign, to organise for better pay and working conditions.

Cut the Rent

The rent for UCL Accommodations is too high and the conditions are a disgrace. I will support campaigns by UCL Cut the Rent to change this and work with tenets unions to support students who rent outside of UCL in fighting exploitative landlords.

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