Elliott O’Rourke

VOTE ELLIOTT FOR PRESIDENT

I’m running for president because I want to fight for an SU that follows through on the claim to value diversity and truly prioritises liberation; one that takes an active, public political stance through the role of the president, particularly on areas such as campaigning for a free and fair education. I will strive for a grassroots union that represents every single one of our members.

Liberation

  • Tackle hate speech on campus by refusing phobic individuals a platform to partake in SU events if they have a track record of discrimination
  • Work with the university equality and diversity service on improving support for students from marginalised groups
  • Provide support for liberation committee campaigns

Accessibility

  • Expand mental health training in staff and committee members to account for particular issues such as sensory overload that affects students with autism
  • Challenge university on inaccessible buildings
  • Campaign to increase postgraduate and mature student engagement with the SU
  • Fight cuts to grants and funding which are pushing working class students out of higher education

Safety

  • Expand the reach of consent workshops
  • More open forums for UHS, and increase awareness and activity of patient participation groups
  • Tackle the stigma surrounding student drug use and promote a method of harm reduction

Democracy

  • Break down barriers preventing participation in student politics through workshops on sabbatical roles and activism throughout the year
  • Engage with student groups who find elections inaccessible (students with disabilities, carers, and commuter students)
  • Make SU Council more visible to improve engagement
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