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Sabbatical Officer
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Results:
Date count run20 Mar 2020
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running9
Available position1
Total ballots2384
Valid votes2384
Invalid votes0

Count

Round Ria Sareen Ilyas Benmouna James Henderson Simon Chen Ambreen Shaikh D'arcy Mcguinness Tanya Dudnikova Becky Phillips RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 258.00 631.00 148.00 174.00 322.00 282.00 277.00 271.00 21.00 0.00 0.00 1192.00
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 1192.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
2 278.00 638.00 186.00 330.00 299.00 290.00 287.00 76.00 0.00 1154.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating James Henderson and RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 1154.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
3 286.00 652.00 349.00 311.00 304.00 301.00 181.00 0.00 1101.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Simon Chen. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 1101.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
4 675.00 371.00 349.00 332.00 316.00 341.00 0.00 1021.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Ria Sareen. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 1021.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
5 710.00 386.00 406.00 367.00 515.00 0.00 934.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Becky Phillips. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 934.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
6 747.00 431.00 505.00 701.00 0.00 841.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Tanya Dudnikova. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 841.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
7 837.00 596.00 951.00 120.50 716.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Ambreen Shaikh. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 716.50. Candidate Ilyas Benmouna has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Ilyas Benmouna.

Number of vacancies: 1

From the Welcome Fair to Varsity and end of year balls, the Activities Officer will have opportunities to shape the co-curricular and social experiences that they think students want from their Union. Every year, thousands of students get involved in sports, societies and volunteering activities, all of which are run by the Students’ Union. The Activities Officer will be the lead officer for developing these aspects of the Union and they will have a unique opportunity to shape the social and co-curricular side of student life at UCL.

The Activities Officer will be a full time Sabbatical Officer of the Students’ Union working full time to provide leadership to the Students’ Union’s services, especially those relating to sports, societies and volunteering; and representing the interests of students to UCL, including participating in UCL committees and regular meetings with senior UCL staff.

Candidates

Simon Chen
My name is Simon, and I’m running to be your Activities Officer.
From the pursuit of passions and interests, to developing new skills, or forming lifelong friendships, clubs and societies play an integral role in many of our University lives. I believe it’d be safe to say that for many, the “student experience” wouldn’t be the same without them. Personally, I’ve been President of two different societies, and a committee member on two more, ranging from Baking, to Sports, to Cultural societies. I’ve experienced firsthand, many of the problems and subsequent struggles that these societies face. The Student Union should always push to represent the student body's interests, but too often, it abandons the very students it's meant to support.
I plan to:
- Push for better maintenance and upkeep of student spaces, from the libraries to the gyms.
- Clean up and more effectively use the limited storage facilities present at UCL
- Further address the administrative process to ease the burden and be more supportive of small societies with limited committee members, and
clarify the finance tabs
- Create better flows of communication between Union Staff and committee members to help plan for long term sustainability of clubs and
societies
James Henderson
Hi, I’m James and I like to keep things simple - no overpromising or overcomplicating.

Problem: Restrictive procedures
1. Listening to students and amending procedures based on what you want, namely making online AGMs optional. This caused unnecessary problems this year, so needs to be sorted. There will be problems that I’m not aware of, but we can discuss these and I assure you they will be addressed.

Problem: Lack of engaging/relevant content shared
2. Improving sharing of information for Club & Society/union events by creating more engaging content, introducing student-run campaigns. Less fuss, more fun; with fewer boring emails and an emphasis on the inclusion of all students.

Problem: Ineffective communication within the union
3. Implementing a system where FAQs are dealt with quickly and thoroughly by the correct union departments. I would make the website more user-friendly, making information about Clubs & Societies more accessible, and providing clarity on only the relevant union procedures.

Please vote James for Activities Officer, because I like to get things done.
Ambreen Shaikh
Hi, my name is Ambreen and I’m running to be your Activities Officer.

With the experience of being President of a Sports Club, having only started the sport at university, I think activities are at the heart of and entirely fundamental to the university experience. This is why I’m driven to make the Union a better place for clubs and societies to function and in turn, to make them a more welcoming environment for students. The usual griefs of needing more union space are problems I hope to tackle but here are a few other key areas I’d like to focus on:

Streamline Systems: Improve Union processes and systems such that clubs and societies can function more efficiently

Shifts to Sustainability: Encourage activities to move to more sustainable practices especially at events such as the Fresher’s Fair

Inter-Society Relations: Encourage the building of inter-society relations through joint events, fundraisers and activities

Personal relationships: Built a rapport with Presidents of Clubs and Societies to provide pastoral support and advice throughout the year

I’m here to champion causes that you care about, so Vote Ambreen.
D'arcy Mcguinness
Activities are a crucial part of the UCL experience. Period. We deserve for them to be the best they can be. So let’s make that happen; Vote D’arcy.
Plans:
*Trial a Participation fund to reduce finance barrier
*More in-depth student staff training to tackle issues
*Finance drop-ins for speedy purchases
*Direct Contract submission & return
*Continue work with UCL Estates for Space & Storage

Some of my wins so far:
*44% expansion in bookable Union space (Lewis Building)
*55k secured to scope new facilities development
*Relationships within UCL, Students Union and beyond
*An informed, up-to-date knowledge of the problems that still affect our student activities, now with the operational understanding as to why they are happening.

Having been a President, Member, Student Staff and Sabbatical Officer - I have the experience, the understanding, the groundwork and most importantly, the drive and motivation to strive for greatness and to work hard to achieve it for you.

Change takes time, consistency and knowledge - I truly do believe another year in office would be the final piece to creating an activities programme that is fit for purpose and one that we are all proud of!

Vote D’arcy
Piecing the puzzle together!
Ria Sareen
Hi, my name is Ria & I want to be your Activities Officer!

I believe university is all about gaining a unique experience and I want to make it the best possible! I know the struggles we face within our societies and I’m here to represent YOU.

WHAT do I want to do?

Make Union processes quicker, easier and hassle-free!

HOW am I going to do this?

1) AUTOMATED PROCESSES

An App. I want to make clubs/societies’ admin accessible via an app, this will streamline the system and make it more accessible to students and societies.

2) COLLABORATIVE SPACE FOR NEW IDEAS

An ideas forum. Introducing a live forum on the SU website to enable the Union to understand what you want instantly. This means that action can be taken on what you have to say.

3) COPING WITH DEMANDS

Regular meetings. Introducing two weekly Finance meetings in the busy periods at UCL to reduce back-log and keep up-to-date with student requests.

4) INCREASED INTERACTION WITH THE ACTIVITIES OFFICER

2 weekly drop-ins. This will enable better communication with the Activities Officer during key, busier periods to help you resolve any urgent needs.

WHY me?

My ideas come from the perspective of not only an ex Vice-President, a choreographer, student staff member but also as an active student at UCL! I’ve gained invaluable experience being involved in similar capacities at the University of Melbourne. I strongly believe this added experience will help me serve you best!
Ilyas Benmouna
My name is Ilyas, a third year Maths and Physics student and I am running to be your next Activities Officer!
Throughout my 3 years here at UCL, I’ve been involved in so many activities, whether it be a member or a committee member for so many clubs and societies. To name a few, VP of Red Star FC, Bangla Society, Arab Society and the list goes on. Taking part in such a wide range of societies led me to becoming Societies Officer this year, where I learnt a lot about the ins and outs of how the union works, allowing me to know what it really takes to make a change!
• I will get the Union to reconsider the sports grounds that team UCL clubs play on, particularly football clubs playing at hackney marshes. Making sure all sports clubs have good quality facilities at a without having to travel too far and have grounds that are reliable and work for you and your team
• Re-evaluate the room booking system, allowing societies to book rooms with less notice and making sure we make the most of the space we have. I look to continue the work currently in progress to lobby for more spaces for societies to book.
• Rework the structure for addressing bullying complaints, something which was not dealt with as seriously in the past, making sure all societies are inclusive to all UCL students, regardless of race, gender and accessibility needs.
• Improve accessibility for disabled students within UCL Activities, creating more opportunities to accommodate disabled students.
Becky Phillips
From experience of being a club president and on committee, the main areas I want to change are inclusivity, volunteering opportunities, support and facilities.

With experience of being a development team captain, I plan to:
- Offer training on starting development teams and beginner sessions
- Pressure UCL to give students, eligible for bursaries, a refund for the membership of one club/ society
- Encourage more 1st years by setting up a halls sports day and buddy scheme, where 1st years that want to try a new activity can be paired up

Using my experience as a charity ambassador, I plan to:
- Contact charities with volunteering opportunities and arrange slots that clubs/societies can simply sign up to
- Post monthly list of charity awareness days/ associated fundraising ideas

To provide more support, I plan to:
- Have weekly president discussion forums
- Offer training on committee wellbeing/ time management
- Set up an online forum for all presidents/ treasurers to easily communicate
- Work with committees to create a standardised handover template

With the constant issue of space/ facilities, I plan to:
- Continue lobbying to buy a new sports facility to move sports to a better location
- Provide support to find sports facilities for training
- Push for activity space in halls/ Lewis building and for decrease in fees for use of hall space

Vote Becky for activities officer to give every student the chance to get involved!
Tanya Dudnikova
Clubs and societies have always been at the centre of my university experience, to the point where I often forget that I actually do a degree. As a current society president, and employee at Bloomsbury Fitness, I see up close the issues and challenges student activities are confronted with on a daily basis, and have come up with ideas to address these problems.

My plans include...

Storage: invest money into creating more storage space, and improve the state of current facilities like the range and costume cupboard
Sports: work on removing barriers to participation and increasing postgrad engagement, improved protocol for clubs using the Bloomsbury Fitness facilities; consolidate club commitment to zero tolerance to sexual harassment policy
Collaboration: more inter-societal events and opportunities for networking, such as socials and panel discussions, and greater collaborations between clubs and societies and the Union itself
Finance: push for quicker reimbursement, better responsiveness, and more streamlined and easy to use procedures
Democracy: ensure students know how democratic decisions are made across the Union, and understand how policy ideas are discussed in the Zones and how they can put forward their ideas or complaints
Communication: more direct communication between the Union and its members, making Union staff and Officers more visible and accessible
Mental health: improve Welfare Officer training, and raise awareness of available support networks