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Results:
Date count run24 Jan 2020
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running15
Available positions10
Total ballots418
Valid votes418
Invalid votes0

Count

Round Julian Laufs Kendra Pyne Mihir Gupta Basit Abass D'arcy Mcguinness Hannah Chow Syed Haque Alexandre Marion Molly Hartill Carol Paige Abdirahman Mohamed Sandy Ogundele Nowsha Farha Ayman Benmati RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 59.00 0.00 6.00 1.00 16.00 16.00 108.00 11.00 25.00 6.00 82.00 12.00 14.00 62.00 0.00 0.00 159.00 38.00
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 38.00. Candidates Julian Laufs, Syed Haque, Abdirahman Mohamed, and Ayman Benmati have reached the threshold and are elected. Candidates have surplus votes so surplus votes will be transferred for the next round.
2 59.00 1.00 7.00 4.00 17.00 19.00 38.00 12.00 27.00 8.00 82.00 15.00 15.00 62.00 1.00 51.00 89.00 30.72
Count after transferring surplus votes from Syed Haque. Candidates have surplus votes so surplus votes will be transferred for the next round.
3 59.00 1.00 7.00 7.00 18.00 20.00 38.00 12.00 27.00 9.00 38.00 15.00 15.00 62.00 3.00 87.00 45.00 25.34
Count after transferring surplus votes from Abdirahman Mohamed. Candidate Molly Hartill has reached the threshold and is elected. Candidates have surplus votes so surplus votes will be transferred for the next round.
4 59.00 1.00 7.00 11.00 18.00 20.00 38.00 13.00 27.00 9.00 38.00 16.00 15.00 38.00 10.00 98.00 21.00 23.50
Count after transferring surplus votes from Ayman Benmati. Candidates have surplus votes so surplus votes will be transferred for the next round.
5 38.00 1.91 7.00 11.00 28.01 20.91 38.00 13.91 27.00 10.82 38.00 18.73 15.91 38.00 12.73 98.07 0.00 22.59
Count after transferring surplus votes from Julian Laufs. Candidate D'arcy Mcguinness 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.
6 38.00 0.91 12.00 28.01 20.91 38.00 13.91 27.00 10.82 38.00 19.73 15.91 38.00 12.73 104.07 0.00 21.39
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 2 of eliminating Kendra Pyne and Mihir Gupta. Transferred votes with value 1.00.
6 38.00 12.00 28.01 20.91 38.00 13.91 27.00 10.82 38.00 19.73 15.91 38.00 12.73 104.98 0.00 21.21
Count after substage 2 of 2 of eliminating Kendra Pyne and Mihir Gupta. Transferred votes with value 0.91. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
7 38.00 12.00 28.01 21.91 38.00 13.91 27.00 1.82 38.00 22.73 16.91 38.00 12.73 108.98 0.00 19.13
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 2 of eliminating Carol Paige. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Candidates Hannah Chow and Sandy Ogundele have reached the threshold and are elected.
7 38.00 12.00 28.01 21.91 38.00 13.91 27.00 38.00 22.73 18.73 38.00 12.73 108.98 0.00 19.13
Count after substage 2 of 2 of eliminating Carol Paige. Transferred votes with value 0.91. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
8 38.00 28.01 21.91 38.00 13.91 27.00 38.00 22.73 19.73 38.00 12.73 119.98 0.00 13.32
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Basit Abass. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Candidate Nowsha Farha has reached the threshold and is elected. Candidate Alexandre Marion has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winners are Julian Laufs, D'arcy Mcguinness, Hannah Chow, Syed Haque, Alexandre Marion, Molly Hartill, Abdirahman Mohamed, Sandy Ogundele, Nowsha Farha, and Ayman Benmati.

Position information: 
Number of vacancies: 5

Candidates

Julian Laufs
Being a Faculty Rep at Engineering has allowed me to identify urgent issues in the student community that need to be addressed. I want to help you address these issues and ensure that YOUR voice comes first and is heard at every decision level making at the NUS.

I am passionate about bringing this university forward and improving the experience of all students at UCL.

Over the course of both of my degrees, I have been active as a student rep and have tried to improve academic matters and educational policy at UCL.
As a faculty rep and as a member of UCL's Academic Board, I represent my fellow students on a daily basis.

Over the past year, I have represented UCL at different national and international conferences and I have engaged with stakeholders across different parts of Europe. This has equipped me with the best set of skills to make sure YOU the students come first!

If you elect me to represent you at the NUS conference, I promise to

1. Ensure NUS officers are held accountable

2. Fight for better mental health services

3. Oppose increases to tuition fees on a national level
Alexandre Marion
Hello everyone! My name is Alex and I am a first-year BA Linguistics student.
I am applying for the role as it is an incredible opportunity, as well as a great way to understand what makes UCL students tick, capture their feedback and propel it forward on a national level. Being a newbie at uni still navigating the different parts that make up our gigantic institution, my biggest hope is to inspire all to get involved at uni and apply for roles you are interested in, even if you think you are not "good enough", because you never know!
I think what qualifies me for the role is my wealth and breadth of student engagement for this academic year: I am a Student Rep, a Lead Department Rep, part of the Volunteering Service Think Tank, a Student Entrepreneurship Ambassador along with several other roles. If there is something I am not familiar with, I will read up on it so as to be in the know. Finally, I am used to listening to others and working in a team to reach the most satisfying solution.
Why not have a look at the poster I have attached?
Thank you,
Alex Marion
Ayman Benmati
Hi, my name is Ayman and I’m a 3rd year geophysicist running for NUS delegate because I want to represent UCL at the NUS national conference. I want to represent you and uphold the voice of UCL on a national level. If you believe education should be free, accessible and democratic, vote Ayman #1 for NUS delegate!

As NUS delegate, my priorities will be:


- Fighting all forms of discrimination: tackling Islamophobia, anti­-Semitism, homophobia, sexism on university campuses.

- Support and increase funding for Mental health provisions and campaigns: increase student support networks and increased funding for mental health services. To campaign for better mental health services in the face of cuts and austerity. I want to make sure that NUS is prioritizing to tackle mental health and voice the stigma around BME and mental health.

- Supporting international students: campaigning for the extension of the post­study work visa. I will push for the NUS to increase awareness of obstacles international student face and support international students via various campaigns. I want to ensure that the NUS protects EU students by making sure that their education is not threatened and that they have the right to remain after Brexit.
Nowsha Farha
I sincerely want to create differences in the lives of all students in each of these 4 areas: Employment, Housing, Education, and Environment. Rising job prospects for graduates and part-time job opportunities for current students, provision of guaranteed, affordable & high-quality accommodation, grants & scholarships for all students as a pathway to free education & prevention of climate change can all positively impact mental health & overall improve our well-being & life satisfaction.

I have always been passionate about being the voice of my peers. In the past, I have represented students as a class prefect for 11 consecutive years, and have also debated on motions at national & international platforms for 7 years. Some of my experiences include being the Women’s Network Open Portfolio Member of UCL Students’ Union, UCL Global Citizenship Programme Ambassador, UCL SLVP Ambassador, Women’s, Access & Equality Officer of UCL Fencing Club, Former Outreach Officer & Project Leader- UCL Amnesty Int. Outreach Project, National Champion & former Senior Coordinator of MLIS Debate Club, Former President of MLIS Community Service Club etc.

WE are all in this together! Hence nothing matters to me more than YOUR support & feedback. I will listen, follow & implement!
Mihir Gupta
Given that the annual NUS Conference is the foremost opportunity for university delegations to lay down some of the most important aspects and discuss some of the most pressing issues that have had a decisive impact on their respective student bodies, I believe that the experience that I have been able to garner by serving as the Union Chair for the SU will help me do so. Additionally, the following are some of the issues that I strongly believe in and would want the UCL delegation to take the leadership role in:
- With UCL taking the bold step of incorporating a Sustainable Strategy and stopping all kinds of funding from fossil fuel companies, I believe that it is time that we take lead in incorporating a national Sustainable Strategy that all universities must be signatories to.
- Lobbying for a more comprehensive national policy to be put in place in order to make university education more inclusive for disabled students.
a) Pushing for the creation of a central fund dedicated solely to educational initiatives that would benefit the learning patterns of disabled students.
- Pushing for more equitable fee structures for international students.
- Pushing for the promotion of awareness campaigns targeted at European students in particular to highlight the impact of Brexit.
Syed Haque
Hi, I am Syed, I’m a 3rd year Pharmacy Student and I am running for NUS delegate because I want to represent you at the NUS national conference to uphold the voice of UCL on a national level. If you believe education should
be free, accessible and democratic, vote Syed #1 for NUS delegate!

For the NUS conference, I would like to push for the following agendas at the conference:

- Support and increase funding for Mental health provisions and campaigns; increase student support networks and increased funding for mental health services. To campaign for better mental health services in the face of cuts and austerity. I want to make sure that NUS is prioritising to tackle mental health and voice the stigma around BME and mental health.
- Fighting discrimination: tackling Islamophobia, anti­-semitism, homophobia, sexism and any other forms of discrimination on university campuses.
- Opposing PREVENT: The ‘PREVENT’ strategy has led to state censorship and routine
racial profiling of Muslim students on our campuses. I will support initiatives to oppose it.
- Disability Rights: Greater Awareness & Actions to be inclusive & accommodate for disabled student needs on university campuses.
Basit Abass
To gain experience
Hannah Chow
Hello, I’m Hannah Chow.

Community has always been at the heart of everything I do. So, there’s nothing more important to me than being able to serve the community which I am a part of, and for this year at UCL – that’s you.

I want to represent our values not only at a local, internal level but at a much wider national level too. NUS plays an incredibly crucial part in allowing our student voices to be heard across the country.

If you entrust me with your vote, I will fight for the issues affecting the everyday lives of us students. This includes continuing the campaign for the scrapping of tuition fees, the reintroduction of maintenance grants, and the reduction of the extortionate interest rates on our student loans. I will continue to support the motions which push for the improved inclusivity of ethnic minority BME students, gender equality and the very real social class gap.

Welfare is political.

Thank you for reading, let’s vote for something more!

Hannah Chow
Molly Hartill
I am standing to represent UCL at the NUS Conference because I believe I have the passion, experience and confidence to do so well. In now my final year at UCL, I have had the pleasure of being elected Community Relations Officer, a role which has enabled me to take part in shaping Union Policy (by sitting and voting in Activities Zone, Welfare and Community Zone, Union Executive and Governance Committee) as well as working on projects I am passionate about, most recently voter registration and political awareness.

I have been politically engaged from a young age, being on the Youth Council of my city age 12-16. More recently I worked with MyLifeMySay, a youth engagement group encouraging young people’s voices in politics. I was the Parliamentaty Communications Officer, liaising with politicians, organising events in Parliament and writing press releases and articles. The job really introduced me to youth politics and the importance of young people participating in the wider debates. In my job at the union, I have been striving to develop this political voice in the student body – UCL is the second biggest university in the country, therefore has the potential to have a huge voice on the national stage. I am confident I will represent UCL’s interests with determination, and make sure UCL’s voice is heard.
Sandy Ogundele
If elected, I pledge to lobby for:
• A liberated and accessible education for all
• Quality and tailored welfare and pastoral care
• An end to ALL forms of bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct and racism
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So many students across the country are blocked from getting the most out of their education because of financial strain, the lack of adequate mental healthcare, disability support or childcare, toxic institutional culture/practices or a lacklustre curriculum. I want to represent YOU and push for dramatic changes our education system needs.

Nationally, universities and students NEED to be equipped with the skills, resources and accountability measures to tackle bullying and harassment. We NEED culturally competent staff and services that do not treat students’ suspicion.
And as the environment crisis continues to have devasting effects on the world (especially the global South), we will need to push for robust action from our universities and governments.

My experience as an activist and Union Officer, makes me attentive to the needs of UCL students and gives me the knowledge and experience needed to understand the intricacies of policy and the ability to make the right decisions.

Vote Sandy #1 for NUS Delegate for a SUPPORTIVE, TRANSFORMATIVE and ACCESSIBLE education.
D'arcy Mcguinness
As a current sabbatical officer, my interactions and understanding of student issues is plentiful and relevant - I believe it is this that would make me a passionate and well-informed NUS Delegate for UCL.

The NUS is a platform of representation for the entire student population of the UK and as one of the largest universities in the UK, we must make sure that the opinions and desires of our student body are heard and respected in the wider university community. Our diverse demographic and central London location are just two of the many reasons why we often have unique needs that need to be confidently and persuasively represented - something I believe I am more than capable of doing, with both enthusiasm and power.
Kendra Pyne
I am going into my 2nd year as a PhD student in the department of Social Science here at the IoE. UCL has been such a stimulating environment and I am eager to become a larger part of this community. With my extensive experience working in academia, but also team-based roles, I know I can bring a fresh dynamic to this position. I believe that through passion-driven work, we can empower lives. The importance of creating pathways for student support and success is paramount to the livelihood of the University and community alike. I welcome the opportunity to prove myself as a driving force in this position, and to learn from a team of other students and supervisors with additional experience in order to continue to grow in a role of university leadership.
Abdirahman Mohamed
Hi, my name is Abdirahman Haji Mohamed, and I am a medicine student running to represent UCL at the NUS National Conference as a delegate. The NUS has the platforms to take the views of students to institutions that can effectively make the change that the students need, and for this reason we need representative student attending the conference to vote on the motions that matter to us most

As your delegate I will;

Fight for a campaigning NUS: Campaigns should be at the heart of the NUS and as a delegate I will lobby them to support the causes that are important for students such as BDS and free education

Support the increase of Mental Health funding: We need to prioritise funding and support for our mental health services especially amongst the increasing cuts that make accessing mental health support harder. I want to make sure that the mental health provisions for our students is not a buzz word, but a promise delivered on.

Discrimination: All students should feel safe and comfortable on their campuses so that they are able to developed snd learn. As such I will be supporting motions that condemn all forms of discrimination such as Islamophobia.

Vote Abdirahman #1 NUS delegate for a delegate that will fight for our student community to be heard in our national union and on campus!
Carol Paige
As your current Democracy, Operations and Community officer I have good understanding of how our Student Union works and its relationship with the NUS. This knowledge is vital in being able to democratically influence national union policy in the best way possible for UCL students.
The NUS National Conference is the place where national campaigns are started, where the policies and priorities for the next year are made and the people who will represent university students across the country are elected. We need delegates who are not afraid to speak up and ensure that our voice is heard, I have been representing students since July at all different levels at UCL, so I am confident that I will be able to represent our interests at the national scale at the NUS conference.
The NUS has so much potential to be a lobbying power for change, if elected I will lobby for stronger mental health provision at universities, for all education to be accessible for every student and for sustainability to be more widely adopted as a priority on the national stage.
Thank you for reading my manifesto, feel free to get in contact with me at caroline.paige.13@ucl.ac.uk.

Thank you!