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Clare’s Personal Statement:
The University of London Union needs a President who sticks to their manifesto pledges and defends education for all, unlike the Cleggs and Camerons of this world. I promised a campaigning ULU: you got it, with ULU at the heart of the student protests over cuts and fees.
Voting details: ONLINE ONLY 9-16th March. Check your college inbox (and check spam) …for your username and password. If you can’t find it email email@example.com.
See all the manifestos at http://www.ulu.co.uk/elections/content/index.php?page=98225
I’m proud of the role ULU played in helping pull together the biggest student movement for a generation. ULU helped support occupations and demonstrations across the city, becoming a powerful voice for students in London and beyond. That’s a voice we will need over the coming year as education faces exceptionally tough times.
A more relevant, visible ULU means greater student engagement. ULU’s turnover is up, with 11,000 more people through our doors than last year. I’ve organized events and conferences on everything from education to immigration, and widened ULU’s range of cultural activities, along with the NUS Black Students conference.
As promised, I’ve taken steps to improve ULU democracy, establishing the regular London Student Assemblies and ensuring Senate meetings are open to all.
I want to build on this record by pushing ULU harder, improving our services and policies, and ensuring the London Living Wage is implemented here and across university institutions. I will continue to work with and apply pressure on the NUS, working with them where possible and taking a lead where they fail us.
I’m asking for your vote to ensure London students keep their union campaigning.
See my manifesto at ulucampaigner.wordpress.com and join in the campaigns
I even know quite a lot about boring old bureaucratic procedures! I am on the LGBT National Steering Committee, have 5 years experience in various union positions including NUS & ULU delegate and Mature Students Officer. I have a 20 year old son who keeps me on my toes, have worked with disadvantaged youth in the Kings Cross area, was board member of the Kings Cross community development trust and have had several businesses.
And most importantly I have fought, alongside millions of others, for a better world. Anyone that knows me will vouch that I am a tireless campaigner, am open to new ideas, and will work with as many people as possible on everything from campaigns to commercial services.
As President of ULU I am responsible for communicating with over thousands of students. I have introduced new communication in many different formats: Twitter, facebook groups and new ULU website.
Two years ago the board removed all campaigning rights and budgets, turning ULU into a mainly commercial service. We have grought this back. Realistically, a students Union does need commercial services in order to fund all the campaigning but this should not be the priority or the focus. The more visible and vocal a union is the more students feel a part of it, the more they will visit and the better our finances will be. We need to make sure that our services are affordable to everyone so I will campaign against price increase and for more space to be available free to societies.
Right, so, re-running for this position means that we can continue building on the great no-cuts campaigns that have started on various campuses. I hope to see you on a demonstration with the ULU banner…