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Part Time Officer
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Results:
Date count run20 Mar 2020
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running5
Available position1
Total ballots451
Valid votes451
Invalid votes0

Count

Round Jongwoo Kim Yueyang Zhang Madina Khusnullina/ Nellia Kornilova / Nellia Kornilova Zehra Beril Evcil/ Joe Lee / Joe Lee RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 90.00 45.00 156.00 153.00 7.00 0.00 0.00 225.50
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 225.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
2 193.00 185.00 73.00 4.00 189.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Jongwoo Kim, Yueyang Zhang, and RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 189.00. Candidate Madina Khusnullina/ Nellia Kornilova / Nellia Kornilova has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Madina Khusnullina/ Nellia Kornilova / Nellia Kornilova.

Number of vacancies: 1

The International Students’ Officer will be responsible for representing international students’ interests and specific needs within the Union, and work closely with the Sabbatical Welfare and International Officer to ensure that the interests and views of international students are represented effectively in UCL decision making and at national level. They will help and advice in the running of International Student Orientation Programmes and plan events aimed at international students. Moreover, the International Students Officer will be a key officer in making sure that students from all over the world feel welcomed and at home within the Union.

Candidates

Yueyang Zhang
Although 2020 had a tough beginning, I would like to make the rest better for all UCL international students. I want to create a safe and comfortable environment for us all to study and make the university life a pleasant memory for you all. This is why I think more should be done by the Union and strive to be the one to achieve them.
My focus as the International Students’ Officer will include the following:
Protecting our students from Racism bullying – Due to recent cases, this would be the first thing I will be working on, I do not want any kind of bullying threatens our students’ safety and life.
Tier 4 and Work Visa - New immigration rules have been imposed by the government after Brexit, I will be constantly monitoring them to give students updated information
Tuition fee - I will propose to raise more scholarships and bursaries for international students.
Global impact - I plan to deepen UCL networks with more institutions globally, to increase UCL’s impacts globally, and providing more global experience opportunities for our students.
Diverse community - I will organise more international theme events for our students to experience the diverse culture.
Madina Khusnullina/ Nellia Kornilova
Coming from diverse cultural backgrounds and being away from home for 4 years, we (Madina and Nellia) are running to represent international students’ interests at UCL. We know the feeling of injustice that is often felt when you hold an Overseas fee status and have no one to talk to who will understand, especially during stressful times (exams, coronavirus outbreak). We will address these by developing more efficient ways of receiving support at UCL in order to soothe your university experience.
Applying the skills gained from being Academic Reps, IQR reviewers, Treasurer of SSDP Chapter we are competent candidates to create welcoming environment where international students’ voices are taken into account in decision-making.
We intend to encourage collaborations between cultural societies targeting involvement of more students into university social life by adding variety to events e.g. international food festival.

Our objectives as International Students’ Officers include:
• Ensure international students are not discriminated against by institution and receive COMPENSATIONS due to cases such as UCU STRIKE
• Negotiate more SCHOLARSHIPS and other financial support for international students, especially for those, whose financial situation unexpectedly changes
• Provide access to support on career opportunities, INTERNSHIPS and placement years for EU students and Tier 4 Visa holders
• Keep students up to date regarding the changes in TIER 4 VISA policies
Zehra Beril Evcil/ Joe Lee
Hello! This is Zehra Beril Evcil and Joe (Tso) Lee. We want to be your new international student officers. We are incoming second years who come from very different backgrounds, Hong Kong / China / Canada and Turkey / Kosovo. Our intercultural friendship encouraged us to run for this job together since we can represent the diverse international community better, together. Having faced the struggles this year that many international students experience, our aim is to systematically increase all international students’ wellbeing by applying what we have learned thus far. We know how hard it is to move to another country with a different culture and perhaps a different language. And we are here to make every single international student welcome in a sincere environment and feel as if it’s their home.

We will
- Change International Student Orientation Programme (international week) for Freshers to be more structured (fixing the UCL accommodation problems for International Week and create mentoring groups for the week)
- Better inform students regarding Tier 4 visa, accommodation, living in London, Brexit, etc.
- Aid students in their adjustment in London by sending emails and supporting well-beings with advice groups
- Increase the number of activities, events, festivals for international students
- Work with UCL and Student Union to support internationals financially to inform students about scholarship opportunities and protect the rights of students regarding strikes.
Jongwoo Kim
You come to London almost like a blank sheet of paper knowing just the simplest things like “UCL's here somewhere”, “Google says I can take the Piccadilly line to Leicester Square”, “The weather’s pretty bad”. Nobody teaches you how to fit in, how to university, not even how to pronounce Lei-ces-ter square. Many international students need help transitioning into this city, and its culture.

I believe that the following improvements should be considered for the upcoming academic year:
• Introduce more activities and informal social events, especially for 1st years to help them adapt to university life in London
• Provide greater funding to national societies, attempt to integrate students of different nationalities by promoting inter-society events
• Demand for greater available assistance for international students when issues arise
• Stop the rise of international fees to reduce financial burden (Just because you’re international doesn’t mean you’re loaded)

The response from the Provost and the Union after an attack on one of our own students was disappointing. The message was short and shallow and was not publicized well enough to reach all the students.
Some students aren’t scared of the virus. They’re scared of the unreasonable response and growing xenophobia in the public. It’s time for UCL to make a better effort to make all international students to feel fully at home.