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Results:
Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running4
Available position1
Total ballots87
Valid votes87
Invalid votes0

Count

Round Nivetha Manobharath Anika Koithara Foongjun Yap RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 10.00 64.00 13.00 0.00 20.50 43.50
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 43.50. Candidate Anika Koithara has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Anika Koithara.

Number of vacancies: 1

Candidates

Nivetha Manobharath
Hello everyone,

I am Nivetha, a current 4th year student and I would like to be your next Med soc VP. I am the current VP of UCL Anatomy society and have held this position for the past 2 years where I have developed various skills to support the president and help run the society smoothly. I would be comfortable being a VP with events being online or in person, as I have held society leadership roles under both circumstances. I am highly organised and complete tasks to the best of my ability. These skills will put me in great stance to help lead one of UCL’s biggest society.
Also, I am the current chair of Med soc O&G section and have led the members of the subcommittee and we collaborated with other universities and societies to run events and proudly UCL’s first ever O&G conference. Through being a part of Med soc already, I am familiar with how the society functions and would help the society grow even further.
Finally, I am approachable and easy to get hold off at any time. I’ll always be open to suggestions to make this society even bigger and greater!
I strongly believe that I will be a great addition to the Med soc committee.
Anika Koithara
I'm Anika and I am running to be your MedSoc VP.

I am passionate about student-access to information; having taught FHMP tutorials with RUMS Badminton and advocated for students, as elected RUMS VP for YRS.1-3. One of my projects ROBthebankformedics broadcasts opportunities to students, on which I collaborated with MedSoc. In liaising with Medical School, I have experience acting as an intermediary for students. I would be a seasoned advocate for MedSoc, in communicating with the SU.
• Speaking to members, has made me aware of the challenges faced, such as Zoom fatigue and lack of engagement. Whilst upcoming circumstances are relatively unknown, I propose discussion with other London MedSocs to benchmark what ideas work well.
• RUMS Committee experience, taught me how to build activity on social media, which can help lift MedSoc's profile. I hope to do more in-person events and shift to a breakout room culture in those online. Intensifying official and unofficial grassroots promotion, will improve interaction.
• Cultivating a community 'feel' to a committee, is something I enjoy, whilst more challenging in a virtual year. My experiences on the Events Committee and as Captain of the RUMS Women's Badminton team, have helped me develop the skills to foster camaraderie. Supporting team efforts whilst ensuring members are comfortable sharing their own ideas.

As VP I hope to continue to support you, as students, and your ideas to help improve your experiences with MedSoc.
Foongjun Yap
I’m running for vice president to continue my work on committee this year, shaping the society to students’ needs, with an emphasis on equity of access to medical education. I plan to keep the society fresh with events inspired by the present-day landscape of medicine and the important medical issues of today.

We’ve seen from the pandemic that healthcare provision is political, affecting us as students and in our future careers. I will invite speakers who can give more insight into this and other topical matters, such as barriers to access and climate change, raising the profile of current affairs in medicine.

To ensure MedSoc’s message reaches more students, I aim to make better use of social media, e.g. Instagram and Twitter to promote events, and organise recruitment campaigns e.g. competitions to boost membership.

As Preclinical Education Officer, I’ve developed a new pharmacology tutorial and neurology workshop in response to feedback. Students’ voices are key to ensuring the society fits everyone’s needs and I want to make this happen by setting up a dedicated portal on the MedSoc website where you can request speakers or events you’d like to see.

I’ve worked as a transition mentor for two years and seen how hard it can be to keep on top of work, particularly in a remote setting. To help with this, I plan to set up online study groups for students to come together and get motivated, whatever their goals.

Thank you for your consideration and please vote!