Election: Leadership Race - Spring 2021

Category: Part Time Officer


Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running4
Available position1
Total ballots860
Valid votes860
Invalid votes0


RoundDonella TorcassiJade (she/her) Ygouf / Priya (she/her) JainUgne BalciunaiteRON (Re-Open Nominations)ExhaustedSurplusThreshold

All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Ugne Balciunaite and RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 413.50. Candidate Jade (she/her) Ygouf / Priya (she/her) Jain has reached the threshold and is elected.

Ugne Balciunaite

What do you hope to achieve in the role if you are elected?
Hi! I’m Ugne. I am a PT Masters student in Physics and Astronomy. Women at UCL deserve a real, breathing and active community! Thus, as Women’s Officer I will:

-Lobby for regular and free defense classes for women on campus
-Network with equality-focused organizations, charities and campaigns, creating volunteering opportunities for students as well visibility for specific services that may not exist in UCL
-Work with SSW to ensure visibility and better access to the services that are available
-Ensure University’s commitment to safety on campus and unwavering support for victims

What will you bring to this role (e.g. experience, skills or qualities)?
I believe that the wonderful and hard-working women at UCL can and must organize to see that we have the best experience during our time here! I will have a strong presence on campus and bring my big ears, so that I can best advocate for you. I will communicate closely with members of SU and UCL staff to see that women's needs are represented at all levels. I will employ my powers of persuasion to bring inspiring and diverse women to speak at UCL. I aspire to utilize whatever negativity I've faced as a woman and lesbian to better listen, encourage, and ensure we create our own opportunity!

Anything else?
There’s more I didn’t have space to mention, such as my goal to stock ALL bathrooms with sanitary products. I will dedicate time to the fine details, and ultimately, I want to get women excited about actively improving our well-being, achieving our goals and forming a community we can rely on!

Jade (she/her) Ygouf / Priya (she/her) Jain

What do you hope to achieve in the role if you are elected?
•Tackling Sexual Violence and Misconduct:Full Time Trauma Counselor, increased support services within Halls
•Trans inclusive feminism:Work with LGBT+ Network to make UCL WN a more welcoming space for trans and non-binary students
•Disabilities and wellbeing services:Ensure that there are specialists who can provide services specific to the gender needs
•Nurturing community:Placing protest at the heart of UCL WN, Create a safe physical space for Women,Lobby UCL to have Free Periods Products across campus
•Organising one fundraising event per Term dedicated to empowering women

What will you bring to this role (e.g. experience, skills or qualities)?
Coming from opposite sides of the world, with entirely different experiences as women, we offer our refreshing perspectives to engage in dynamic projects for this position.Studying degrees like Arts&Sciences and Law, we bring together our diversities with the benefit of two collaborative minds working double time.We are extremely passionate and motivated, encouraging vulnerability to express yourselves, and support all women here at UCL. We communicate through our insta, with easily accessible content and information to bring more awareness to topics, defying the patriarchy one post at a time.

Anything else?
Oups!We still have a lot more to say, especially on rent, our commitment to anti-racism, gender pay gap and sustainability!Follow our campaign on insta @priyaandjade to see what is behind all those ideas.Looking forward to hearing from you ! Stay tuned and marvellous.
Peace and Love
Priya and Jade

Donella Torcassi

What do you hope to achieve in the role if you are elected?
My name is Donella, and I would love to be your WO next year! If elected, I vow to do my very best to represent you and enhance your experiences at UCL. I have three main areas of focus:

Sexual assault (SA) prevention:
-Holistic study into sexism at UCL
-Consent training for all
-SA victim counselling
-Training from Rape Crisis and The Goodlad Workshop
-Active bystander training

Women at UCL:
-Volunteer network of Women supporting Women
-More sports outreach for women
-Free period products at UCL

Women outside UCL:
-Eating disorder/body image support
-Contraceptive advice

What will you bring to this role (e.g. experience, skills or qualities)?
I am currently at the first stage of the Steinem quote: “the truth will set you free, but first it will p*ss you off."
Within my studies, my historical focus is on 20th century women's issues. I am also extremely enthusiastic about feminist literature, ranging from the classics of de Beauvoir, Freidan, Steinem etc. to more modern texts, such as those by Evaristo and Ngozi Adichie.
I know that my passion for all things Women, along with previous leadership experience, will allow me to fully support all women at UCL, while making it a safer, more fulfilling, and more equal place to study.

Anything else?
I will also dedicate my time to listening to YOUR concerns and implementing the changes that YOU ask for. This includes extra support for women with disabilities, mental health concerns, body dysphoria or dysmorphia, anyone transitioning, or anyone else who needs their voices amplified!