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Results:
Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running5
Available position1
Total ballots77
Valid votes77
Invalid votes0

Count

Round Maryam Imran Kirran Manu Harkirat Dhaliwal Amaani Ahmad RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 15.00 24.00 19.00 18.00 1.00 0.00 0.00 38.50
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 38.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
2 25.00 20.00 22.00 10.00 0.00 33.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Maryam Imran and RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 33.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
3 32.00 28.00 17.00 2.00 30.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Harkirat Dhaliwal. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 30.00. Candidate Kirran Manu has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Kirran Manu.

Number of vacancies: 1

Candidates

Kirran Manu
Hi, I’m Kirran- and I’m running to be Surgical Society’s next Preclinical Representative.

Representing the student body is always a privilege. Having been a course Academic Representative for the past two years, I recognise the importance of creating a clear line of communication for students. My responsibilities have included collating student feedback, representing the views of the year group at regular faculty meetings, and ensuring that students are kept updated on any ongoing matters. Hence, I believe I have developed skills transferable to the role of Preclinical Representative.

During my first year, I was blown away by the range of events on offer, but at times I questioned- “Can year one students attend this?” or “Do I need more experience to attend this event?” These are potentially thoughts shared by many a first year. Therefore, if I was elected, one of my top priorities would be creating a group for freshers to ask questions about or discuss any society-related opportunities.

This could also prove an ideal way to:
- Increase engagement,
- Familiarise freshers with year-specific events, and
- Connect those with similar interests.

I hope I have your vote!
Harkirat Dhaliwal
Surgical society at UCL has not only offered me a chance to be part of a community with a common vested interest in surgery, but also enabled me to have a better understanding of the different specialities that surgery has to offer as well as the process for becoming a surgeon. At the very start of second year, I attended the event ran by Mr Alexander Yao who provided a very insightful talk about the process of becoming a surgeon and the steps that medical students have to take after leaving medical school, and it really helped me better understand how to build a strong surgical portfolio. Of course, I am far from even thinking about life after medical school as a second year student, but it was events like these that proved very useful to a person like myself who had not got a clue about surgical training.
This society was first bought to my attention, and I am sure many others, through the surgical society reps, and I hope that I can persuade more people to get involved with surgical society and the events they have to offer as a preclinical representative. If chosen, I hope to raise awareness of the society to the new freshers and other pre clinical years by firstly working with the media officers on new advertising campaigns for events, as well as using posters and lecture shout outs to increase attendance at surgical society events. I am very keen to help people further their knowledge, and I believe encouraging attendance to surgical society events will do just that.
Maryam Imran
It is so, so important that every member of the society has their views heard. As a representative, I will always be excited and readily available to listen to ideas that anyone may have on how we can improve everyone’s experience. A career in surgery often seems very daunting and inaccessible especially as a pre-clinical student. As a first year wondering if surgery was right for me often felt very isolating. However, joining SurgSoc has really helped as I feel part of a community and was able to access many more opportunities. I aim to increase awareness about these great opportunities earlier on so that everyone can use them when they feel is right in the hopes that it will feel less overwhelming to access them.
We should encourage people to share what events they think the society should put on by sending out suggestion forms. Elder years sharing their experience, such as through the peer mentoring scheme, really helped me when I felt like I wasn’t being proactive enough and was a good source of support and so this is something that should be encouraged more. I think transition mentors are a great way to increase awareness for freshers as these are some of the first people we look to for guidance and positivity. I will be enthusiastic to work with other societies and departments within SurgSoc so we can increase the range of opportunities available and form an even more inclusive environment.
Amaani Ahmad
I would love to be Preclinical Rep to get more people involved with SurgSoc. I am standing because of how much I have gained from this society myself. I didn't know much about surgery before joining UCL (beyond what I had learnt from tv shows!) but I have learnt so much from the insightful resources and opportunities provided including the conferences and various talks. I would like to ensure others have this chance to learn as well. My priorities would include ensuring all students are supported and informed, particularly the freshers, through setting up year-specific newsletters, events and encouraging mentoring schemes. For those who show an interest in surgery, my aim would be to create specific channels within each year group so students can connect to one another. This would increase awareness of opportunities and also increase support amongst peers. In addition, I would like to be a point of contact, setting up a forum for questions and introducing an FAQ section to newsletters. Planning for events and tutorials would be really helpful as well, so I would send out a timetable at the start of each term to ensure that students have an overview of what to look out for. I have held leadership positions in the past and feel confident I would be able to work effectively in a team, liaising with other reps and communicating well with others across the year groups to raise awareness of this fantastic award-winning society. Thank you!