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Results:
Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running7
Available positions2
Total ballots42
Valid votes42
Invalid votes0

Count

Round Vanessa Tsao Emily Hufton Isabel Jackson Nandini Agarwal Heechan Lee Katie Sperring RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 9.00 12.00 3.00 5.00 8.00 5.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 14.00
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 14.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
2 9.00 12.00 5.00 8.00 5.00 3.00 0.00 13.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Isabel Jackson and RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 13.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
3 9.00 12.00 9.00 6.00 6.00 0.00 12.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Candidates Nandini Agarwal and Katie Sperring were tied when choosing candidates to eliminate. Candidate Nandini Agarwal was chosen by breaking the tie randomly. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Nandini Agarwal. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 12.00. Candidate Emily Hufton has reached the threshold and is elected. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
4 12.00 12.00 11.00 7.00 0.00 11.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Katie Sperring. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Candidate Vanessa Tsao has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winners are Vanessa Tsao and Emily Hufton.

Number of vacancies: 2

Candidates

Isabel Jackson
Hi everyone! I would love to have the have the immensely valuable experience of being part of the whole process of creating a magazine, from initial ideas to final production. I am passionate about the capabilities print journalism has in a world of increasing digitisation. More than ever, magazine journalism has a unique and exciting place to fill, and I would ensure its abilities are explored to their full creative extent as one of your EICs.

As someone who has studied an A level in Art and Design and was on the Art Soc committee this year, I would be suited to the creative demands of the role. Alongside my experience of writing for online journalism, and my ability to think thematically through studying an English degree, I have the skills needed to serve Pi well over the next year.

My priority would be to ensure that the magazine acts as a platform for as many different perspectives as possible. I think it is vital to work with the Social Media and Diversity and Inclusion officers to ensure accessibility. I would choose themes with the potential to inspire a diverse response, allowing both personal and broader writing to be spotlighted. I would also prioritise clever and creative integration of art and photography as a necessity to accessing the full potential of the magazine as a medium.

The current Magazine editors have been incredible in adapting to COVID-19 and I hope have the opportunity to work with the amazing new Pi Team build on their work next term.
Vanessa Tsao
Hi, I’m Vanessa, your current co-EIC! I’ve produced 4 mag issues since stepping into the EIC role halfway through my first year, so I’m excited to offer my passion and wealth of experience to continue evolving and innovating the mag!

This past year I’ve successfully implemented several new initiatives including the first-ever Freshers’ Edition! After working tirelessly to edit and design it over the summer, the freshers’ mag had an amazing digital launch of 400 reads within 24hrs! I’ve also developed a newer, more efficient pitching process, incorporated more interviews into every article to showcase the diverse voices of the UCL community, and recruited a team of artists/designers to give the mag’s aesthetics a facelift.

I’d continue these initiatives, and I look forward to distributing the next Freshers’ Edition in-person at the societies fair! Beyond that, I’d introduce 1-2 longform feature pieces each issue as I noticed that writers often want to dive deeper into their topics. I’d also like to encourage other different article styles—this could be profiles on interesting figures, discussion style pieces between two writers, or even two differing opinion pieces that foster debate. Lastly, given the lack of in-person activity this year, I’d host more interactive mag events or collaborations like mag writing/editing/InDesign workshops, or collaborations on longform pieces with PiTV, to increase engagement within the mag and within Pi Media.
Nandini Agarwal
From Editor-in-Chief of my school magazine to Founder and Editor of my own online literary magazine, writing and editing have taken over my life for as long as I can remember. I believe that my constant engagement with words, others’ and mine, gives me the skills I need to fulfil this role. My newfound journey at Pi has taken me from writing an opinionated film review, to interviewing the Provost. I aim to make Pi Media an inclusive space for every student to express themselves in a way that gives them satisfaction- that’s what I believe writing is about.
Pi Media is a large society, and as Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine, I will provide opportunities for our members to get to better know and understand each other. First, considering the lack of interaction during the pandemic, I plan to organise social events besides weekly drop-in sessions. Second, collaborations with other student-led publications to enhance our sense of community. Since Pi provides such a diverse variety of content, my third goal will be to provide cohesive structure to the online magazine, while maintaining the sheer range of topics we cover.
In one year, my independent online magazine reached over 4000 readers. I believe I can expand the reach of Pi to ensure that the hard work gets the reach it deserves. My love and passion for words and working with other people make this role something I look forward to undertaking with responsibility. I promise a year of growth, community and creativity!
Heechan Lee
Hello! My name is Heechan Lee, but I also go by Colin. I am running for the Magazine Editor-in-Chief because I believe I can bring experience and insight to Pi Media, which will benefit Pi and the UCL community as a whole.

I have worked with student publications throughout my high school years, serving as one of the officers of the school's student publication. Now, I translate The New York Times and The Economist as a part-time job, thus I naturally read many articles, and is able to identify the style and tone of many prestige newspapers.

If I am chosen to become the Editor-in-Chief, I want to steer our magazine to focus on investigative journalism, especially on the health and well-being of students, themes which are becoming more paramount during these turbulent times. Many students feel disconnected physically because they are not in London, or emotionally detached from UCL due to limited circumstances caused by the pandemic. I want to make sure that Pi Magazine becomes an advocate for those in the hidden corners of the world and for those disconnected from the student community.

Thank you for taking the time to read my manifesto. I am confident that these qualities, along with my keenness for writing and editing make me uniquely qualified to seek this opportunity.
Emily Hufton
Hi everyone! I'm Emily, a third year biochemistry student and the current Magazine co-EIC at Pi. I'm running for re-election as I've absolutely loved my tenure this year, and I still have lots of ideas that I would like to introduce to the magazine.

Since I started at Pi as a Science Editor two years ago, I've picked up so many valuable editorial and organisational skills. As Magazine EIC I've really enjoyed working with people from across Pi and coordinating our collaborations with PhotoSoc. I'm extremely proud of the focus on UCL community-centred stories and interviews in the magazine this year, which I would continue to champion next year. I would also like to continue with the Freshers' Edition that we introduced in September, to welcome new students to UCL and the Pi community.

Some of my other ideas for next year include:
-Introducing an investigative 'series', where a topical issue is tracked across editions as it evolves.
-Working with other UCL societies and the new Diversity Officer to showcase more diverse perspectives
-Reintroducing print copies for contributors and distribution on campus
-Working with Pi Online and Pi TV to integrate magazine content across the platform

Whilst this year has been challenging, working with everyone at Pi on the magazine has been a real highlight. I hope that you’ll allow me to continue to support all of Pi’s fantastic writers, editors, and artists to make next year’s magazines the best yet!
Katie Sperring
I’d love to act as editor-in-chief of Pi Magazine because I love the community of writers and creatives at Pi and it would be so exciting to work alongside them to produce the magazines! Over the last year, I have gathered valuable experience of editorial work through setting up and being editor of Sistah Zine with the UCL Justice Collective, and also collaborating to work on the London-based publication, A Look Into. I think I could make great use of this experience in an editorial role for Pi Magazine.
I thrive on collaboration and would be particularly excited to discuss things like the theme of the magazine – some of my ideas include ‘flux’, ‘reflection’ and ‘reimagination’ to invite people to reflect on the rather chaotic experiences of the last year and invite us as young people to consider what type of world we might want to create post-pandemic! I’d maintain the magazine as a space for multi-dimensional discussion and creative works, and I think my previous experience would enable me to do this well. Relatedly, I am currently working on ‘decolonising the curriculum’ projects in my department of Political Science and UCL more broadly, and I’d certainly bring these decolonial perspectives to the magazine to ensure that it was a space to challenge the coloniality we often encounter in our mainstream academic studies. I’d prioritise working with the Diversity and Inclusion Officer to make sure this happens.
Would love to chat more about my ideas so do reach out!:)