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Sabbatical Officer
Voting is closed
Results:
Date count run20 Mar 2020
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running6
Available position1
Total ballots1336
Valid votes1336
Invalid votes0

Count

Round Kevin Lau Iuliia Rakitina Yasmeen Daoud Qiandai Xiao Qaisar Shah RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 122.00 266.00 629.00 250.00 37.00 32.00 0.00 0.00 668.00
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 668.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
2 285.00 659.00 276.00 116.00 49.00 610.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Kevin Lau, Qaisar Shah, and RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 610.00. Candidate Yasmeen Daoud has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Yasmeen Daoud.

Number of vacancies: 1

The Officer will be the lead officer in all issues relating to wellbeing and equality for all students and in representing the interests of international students.  They will work to support the Union’s liberation and equality networks to make sure that UCL is inclusive of and responsive to all students. As Welfare & International Officer, they will lead the Union in making UCL as fair, accessible and welcoming an environment as possible, and ensure that the Union addresses the specific needs of international students

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.

Candidates

Kevin Lau
Stand for The Queen. Vote for me?

Students are stressed out with exams and their gambling addictions - and worrying about getting a decent grade! My plan is simple: SCRATCH CARDS! Instead of monetary prizes, we give out final degree classifications. Get three 1st in a row and get an automatic 1st in your BSc.

I keep hearing that UCL needs more money to fund adequate welfare services. Well, my plan is simple: UCL "Priority" Membership! For £100 pcm, students can get priority access to crucial underfunded services. Oversubscribed? Change it to a Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Private tier membership.

Student safety and wellbeing is my biggest aim. I'm asking UCL to actually publish all their Food Standards Agency rating online. Along with table service, we can make UCL a safe and well place to eat. We need a system that is free of prejudice, discrimination, harassment and violence. Table service can help that! An M&S Food Hall on campus would be nice too.

Finally, we need better student protection and rights. Students are consumers - for further information visit the OfS and CMA's website. Therefore, modules should include a "free trial" period that last throughout the whole year.
Qiandai Xiao
I want to keep UCL accessible and welcoming to all of you, and help you have fun with things within and outside of your degrees. I met many adorable people and had inspirational modules and enjoyed interesting activities at UCL. I cherish all of these and I want to keep them accessible to everyone of you. I know how it feels when being trapped in a boring school where you had no choice but to finish your studies. My experience of being a student representative also provided me another perspective of how to solve problems efficiently in a university. I would be happy to help you find your place and pleasure here and make sure your voice heard.

I will work on:

* ZERO TOLERANCE on discrimination and bullying everywhere on campus
- Strengthening report and regulate system
- Better and effective support

* Student mental health and well-being
- Better compensation for students influenced by strikes
- More places for students to study or relax
- Intercultural communication events

* Improving UCL’s crisis management
Qaisar Shah
My name is Qaisar Shah, and as much as I enjoyed my time at UCL
as a trainee teacher Student, I I found myself being student Rep dealing with and solving students’ issues which affected us the most. My teaching particle and being student rep already allowed to develop the leadership skills required for this position; my training and active volunteering has allowed me to successfully link society, education and practice and provided me with leadership qualities; being an educator, executor and challenging myself. Coming from a very disadvantaged background myself but considering myself as an international and global citizen; I know how it feels being alone, left behind and alienated. I know how it feels when you have so much to offer but you are not given the opportunity or any opportunity been taken away from you because what you need to excel is not simply there. It would be, therefore, my personal commitment and responsibility as your Welfare and International Officer to ensure your university environment is a comfortable, safe and loving and kind space for all of us regardless our religions, race, nationalities, skin colour, and cultural backgrounds one in which every student would feel welcome.

I propose to do this by addressing the following areas:

• permanent nap rooms and productive use of new space

• support estranged students and those with English as second language
• remove attendance monitoring scheme
cut rent
Iuliia Rakitina
My name is Iuliia Rakitina and I am an international postgraduate student at UCL. Studying the MA in Special and Inclusive Education and being a course rep at the same time provided me with valuable insights from both students and staff. Working at the Union would allow me to act as a bridge between the two and actually implement activities that would benefit the students in practice. I am running to become a Welfare and International officer as I strongly believe that the voices of international and special needs students should be heard and acted on. As I have a disability myself, I fully understand the struggle that students face. It is time to change things now. As an officer, I would ensure that UCL is a truly welcoming institution for all.
My top priorities would be:
WELFARE
1. Better mental health support and training for students
2. An enhanced personal tutoring system
3. Better support for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
4. Accessibility of places and lectures
5. Culture-specific support
6. Recreational and quiet spaces to study or rest
7. Zero harassment and bullying tolerance

INTERNATIONAL
1. Visa support and transition to work visas
2. Immigration advice
3. Reasonable overseas tuition and accommodation fees
4. Scholarships for international students
5. Support for non-native English speakers
6. More housing and accommodation options
7. Financial aids and support
Yasmeen Daoud
I'm Yasmeen, a final year Psychology student, and I'm running to be your next Welfare & International Officer.

If elected, I will focus on 3 core aspects: safe spaces, research, and support of international students.

1. Safe Spaces for All
-Tackle recent racism and racial abuse against international students to ensure they are safe and protected at UCL.
-Work with the Activities Officer to see that welfare events/initiatives are being introduced into clubs and societies.
-Eradicate drinking culture as the norm and introduce non-drinking Freshers events to ensure all students feel safe and welcome.

2. Research
-As a (soon to be) Psychology graduate, I'll work with UCL Researchers to determine systemic changes that need to be made to improve students' mental health.
-Use recent research to update approaches used by Student Support and Wellbeing.

3. Fight for International Students
-Lobby for a separate International Students Sabbatical officer who can focus solely on representing and fulfilling the rights of international students.
-Work with the Education Officer to introduce more academic support for International Students across all faculties to ensure they are not at an academic disadvantage.

Why me?
I'm a very passionate and driven person who works relentlessly to make sure that things get done. I've been President of my society this year and have developed all the key competencies of a successful leader.
I'm also a very fun person to be around.