Elections 2020: Vice President Welfare Candidates

Elections 2020: Vice President Welfare Candidates


My name is Demi Whitnell, I study English
and I’m running for VP Welfare. My name is Sameyia Syed and I study Politics
and International Relations and I’m running for Vice President Welfare.
Hi, I’m Jack, I study Medicine and I’m running for Vice President Welfare.
I wish to change the relationship between the SU and students. I want there to be a
less corporate relationship and a more student-based one.
The thing I want to change is how students feel about themselves around campus. We need
to make them feel secure around campus and my main focus will be on safety.
I think its really hard to pick one specific thing, because I think a lot of the points
on my manifesto affect a lot of students. I’m hoping to achieve everything on my manifesto.
I’m Editor-In-Chief of Cub Magazine on campus and the relationship I have with my writers
inspired me to go for this position. I love helping people when they come to me with difficult
situations that they feel like they can’t go to the SU for, I have that relationship
with them to help them and I want to help more students in that way.
I’m an international student and when I cam here for the first time in 2017, I faced a
lot of issues. Although the University was doing a lot to make me feel better, but still
I felt like its not enough for an international student who has never been in a situation
like this before in a country which is new for them. So, I thought that if I ran in this
election, I might change something for future international students.
I’ve been a student here for 5 years now, I’ve had a lot of experiences of my own of
welfare issues. A lot of my friends have too and I really care about student welfare and
so I really want to improve the welfare for our community here.
I think with Welfare, the big thing about it is mental health and I have suffered from
bad mental health in the past. I have been to therapy for social anxiety disorder and
depression and in doing this right here, right now, would be something that I would have
never imagined I would do two years ago. I want to be able to lead people through the
steps that they want to take in life. Again, the same thing as before. Since the
time that I’ve come here, I doubt there has been any Vice President, that I know of, that’s
been International. Having a different perspective on the students will be a major change if
I become VP. I’ve had a lot of experience within the SU,
I’ve worked really closely with the Exec and the VP Welfares over the previous years. So,
I have a lot of experience and skill set for it and I really, really care about students
and their welfare. So, hopefully I’ll be able to make a difference.
I want to focus on the students directly, as individuals, as well as bridging the gap
between the SU, the local community and the students. I think the relationship is a little
bit corporate and we need to make it a more friendly and more student-based relationship
and to tackle issues that directly affect students.
There are two different Vice Presidents focusing on the wellbeing of students. My attention
on the sides of different communities, such as BAME and LGBT community, would not be that
much, so I can focus on other aspects regarding mental health, physical security, sexual health,
environmental security and that will make me more focused on these particular areas.
I think it will really help that we’ve essentially got two people doing a good job that one person
used to do. So, we’ve essentially got twice as much time and resources for the welfare
side and then twice as many resources for the other communities side to re-focus the
Welfare role continuing the great work the Union does on student health, mental health,
physical health, but also then looking at things that may have been forgotten before
such as accommodation, student finance and things like that.

Daniel Yohans

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