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Sabbatical Officer
Voting is closed
Date count run20 Mar 2020
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running2
Available position1
Total ballots189
Valid votes189
Invalid votes0


Round Jim Onyemenam RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 165.00 24.00 0.00 70.50 94.50
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 94.50. Candidate Jim Onyemenam has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Jim Onyemenam.

Number of vacancies: 1

The Postgraduate Students’ Officer is to make sure that the specific needs and voices of postgraduate students are represented within UCL and the Union. They will be the lead officer in representing represent their interests at UCL and nationally.

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


Jim Onyemenam
Hi! I’m Jim and I’m your current Postgraduate Students’ Officer! I aim to continue a lot of the work I have done over the past year, which includes:

PGTA Code of Practice: Closed out the project that had stalled for over three years, which codified and secured all the rights that should be enjoyed by our PGTAs (including a base Grade 5 pay of £13.12 p/hour), as well as detailing promotion criteria, review protocols, and appropriate responsibilities.

PhD stipends: Successfully lobbied for a commitment from UCL to make PhD stipends monthly as opposed to termly - by May 2020.

Postgraduate Welcome Fair: Drove a 41% increase in postgraduate engagement in clubs and societies this year through an expansion of our Welcome Fair.

Childcare @ UCL: Organised a formal review of the childcare provisions at UCL and also organised the provision of child-friendly study spaces - opening April 2020.

Transcripts: Working with UCL to investigate how best to reformat our non-HEAR (e.g. postgrad) transcripts to enhance employability.

Hawkridge House: Secured extenuating circumstances for students affected by the Hawkridge move-out so that any impact on their academic performance would be mitigated.

… and more (including careers’ advice, siesta spaces, Digital Media upskilling, degree certificates redesign, provisions for satellite campuses, personal tutoring, etc.) However, these projects all require long term implementation - so secure success by voting Jim.