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Spider Dan wants to work with every student body to improve student living and give equal opportunities to all
Goldsmith closes debate proceedings. Round of applause for Presidential candidates.
Spider Dan: “I think I’ve been a bit quiet today. I’ve just been practising a major policy – listening to the viewpoints of others”
Najmudin talks about her policies and how they will help make life easier for students.
Spider Dan has been silent so far…
Maxwell wants to recognise student voices and help them “campaign for whatever they want”
Elliott in his closing statement advocates a neutral Students Union, representing students as individuals not groups.
Kumar says we should make a stand as students with Brexit on the brink and start prioritising mental health
Hirani talks about his belief in transparency and bringing it to the role of President.
Maxwell wants to introduce a food bank to encourage food sustainability and support struggling students
Closing statements for Presidential candidates.
Najmudin voices her support for the Union shop, defending its prices as an independant shop compared to highstreet brands.
Disagreement over whether university publishes its spending.
Heywood says that looking at what Universities do within their budget shows that £9000 isn’t actually that much
Kumar: “Universities use students like cash cows, and think ‘let’s milk them til they die'”.
Goldsmith turns debate towards the issue of finance
Hirani attacks Elliott on his position of freedom of speech in relation to students supporting NSS boycott. Saying that it is surely the students using their freedom of speech to demand the boycott.
Kumar says: “Anyone should be allowed to speak their mind, at any time and any place, but they should use this right responsibly.”
Elliott thinks the notion of freedom of speech is becoming more and more “exclusive”, favouring some opinions over others
Heywood says that tuition fees will rise, something that cannot be stopped.
Candidates lining up to identify the shortcomings of the NUS. Claiming it has serious problems and shortcomings.
Kumar to Maxwell: “Have you sat in the NUS committee? No? Well I have and am aware of their capabilities”
Maxwell says the NUS is a missed opportunity and that it should have more power. Wants to change this fact as President.
Kumar has worked with the NUS and says they have a lot of influence and opportunity for students
Kumar believes students should work more closely with the NUS to get what they want and support them in improving students’ lives. He says: “united we stand, divided we fall”
Candidates being asked their stance on the NUS.
Hirani again. Saying that we should still oppose rising tuition fees and that there is still a real reason why we should do so. Admits we won’t be able to reduce them straight away but we should still resist further rises.
Goldsmith raises the issue of tuition fees once again to the candidates
Hirani says his manifesto is achievable though “not overnight”.
Maxwell acting as peace broker between arguing candidates. Debate moves on to discrimination.
Najmudin asks Elliott: “Students want the boycott, how can you represent students if you disagree with their views? The fact that my little sister will pay more for Uni than I did is ridiculous.”
Elliott says that receiving no data through the NSS will not stop the Government raising tuition fees
Hirani challenges Elliott on his opposition to NSS boycott, arguing it goes against his belief that university fees are far too high.
Elliott says boycotts are expensive and cost the Union money, bringing up the recent movement to boycott the NSS
Elliott advocates free printing and believes students should be saving money here and there. He believes that the University can find money from the £9k paid each year
Maxwell says his manifesto is realistic and specific unlike previous candidates which was full of sweeping, unattainable policies.
Sukayna says she wants to tackle issues of mental health and stop them unfairly affecting students’ grades
Maxwell taking a brave position in voicing his disinterested in childrens book series “Harry Potter” by JK Rowling.
Spider Dan is a Hufflepuff at heart, Heywood is a Gryffindor, Sukayna a Hufflepuff too. Maxwell is a Harry Potter Hater and declines the question
Goldsmith asks: Harry Potter houses?
Spider Dan says he will be an “amazing President”.
Heywood is running for President because he wants to make University staffing roles more transparent and accessible and prepare the University and Union for Brexit
Najmudin talking about accessiblity, and mental health provisions as part of her manifesto
Maxwell wants to make a “real, tangible change” to student experience and ensure all have a good time
Elliott openning statement advocating freedom of speech of individuals, not as groups. Also free printing.
Kumar’s policies include creating equal opportunity for all students and increasing university accessibility
Openning statements from Presidential candidates…
Finally tonight we have the Presidential debate. Candidates are: Rish Kumar, Sukayna Najmudin, Kieran Maxwell, Lewis Elliott, Harshil Hirani, Danial ‘Spider Dan’ Whitehead and Jeremy Heywood. Starting soon…
Nolan Rose says her policies are pragmatic, inclusive and wide-reaching, and has confidence in her ability to bring her aims to fruition
Tayyab draws upon her own experience of discrimination that will help inform her time as Women’s Officer.
Jones says “Forget the rest, vote Celeste”
Holden mentions her achievable goals and her prior experience that make her suited for the Women’s Officer role.
Ladley says they want to transform education to make it more liberated, work on inclusion for all gender identities and encourage an atmosphere of support within the Union
Ladley says to keep focus on the long term progress not just more short term policies
Goldsmith asks for closing statements…
Jones answers with closer links to City Taxi’s to ensure safer rides home from nights out.
Nolan Rose says: “I’d like to point out that violence against women does not only happen at night. I want to offer self-defence lessons to female students so they can protect themselves all the time”
Quickfire on how we can increase women’s safety around Sheffield.
Celeste suggests the women’s safety bus should run every half hour rather than every hour to ensure all female students can be safe at all times
Tayyab in agreement with other candidates that the safety bus needs to be advertised more while also talking about her other policies to tackle the problem.
Mayeda believes students should receive panic alarms in all welcome packs, but has revised her previous pledge to give out pepper spray after finding out it would be illegal
Holden thinks there should be increased awareness of the women’s safety bus to help protect students at night
Goldsmith asking a question about what can realistically be done about sexual harrasment on campus.
Assinder thinks that Women’s Officer may have to stand up to tackle inter-group disputes, but believes ultimately that students should be encouraged to disagree and share differences in a healthy, mature way
Ladley saying that grounds for collaberation and consensus should be the focus point of any Womens Officer
Goldsmith asks how candidates intend to deal with students and student groups who have conflicting issues and beliefs
Nolan Rose supports changing the name to add greater clarity for the student body as to what the role entails and who it represents.
Ladley addresses the impression that men cannot represent women and believes the claims are untrue; they do think that breaking the Women’s Officer role into smaller roles would be useful in providing support for a wider group of students
Jones defending the title of Womens Officer by saying that any group that faces discrimination can be represented by a woman competantly.
Assinder believes that having a Women’s Officer is absolutely valid and ensures women receive the specific treatment they need, and says that leaders of minority or equality groups “cannot be straight white men”
Goldsmith asks whether the role should be labelled as Womens Officer due to the increasingly diverse student body.
Candidates are keenest on margherita and goats cheese pizzas
Ladley wanting to put forward trans-rights as well as womens rights at the forefront of their time as Womens Officer if elected.
Goldsmith asks the candidate: If you were an interval pizza which would you be and why?
Jones openning statement revolving around safety and making everyone feel safe while also advocating free sanitary products.
Candidates left-right: Georgia Nolan Rose, Mayeda Tayyab, Celeste Jones, Jodie Assinder, Hannah Holden and Eden Ladley
Save Our Sandwitches becoming a hot topic in this SU election. Many candidates being characterized by their stance towards the group.
Next up we have the Women’s candidates: Jodie Assinder, Eden Ladley, Mayeda Tayyab, Georgia Nolan Rose, Celeste Jones and Hannah Holden.
Flanagan aims to make a transparent, sustainable and efficient SU.
Megan says: “If you want someone who is experienced, passionate and can make real change then vote for me for Development”
Patrick says he wants to “make our SU for everyone” with cheaper clubnights, inclusion for all and loyalty cards
Mcgrath in her final statement underlines her sustainabilty position, acknowledging she cannot solve every problem but has some realistic aims that can make student lives better.
Patrick says the Union has too many ’empty spaces’, for example the old properties shop, and thinks they could be put to better use. He suggests they could become rooms for students to take medication or spaces for trans students who do not feel engaged with the LGBT+ committee
Goldsmith responds by apologising if he has offended anyone and that he in no way advocates Stalinism or Maoism.
Mcgrath having her manifesto examined, claiming many of her policies are not new. She responds with some policy regarding Coffee Revs and how that this has not been a focus of policy.
Goldsmith asks Joe why his poster features him stood by Stalin and Mao, and asks what kind of image he is trying to portray to student voters…
Megan says she has lots of idea on how to maintain food sustainability and takes inspiration from initiatives used in other kitchens and universities
Candidates asked about their food waste intiatives. Flanagan suggests encouraging societies to get involved and help out.
The sandwitch issue is once again rearing its head. Candidates talking about the importance of Save Our Sandwitches while being challenged on the perception that they are wading in on the groups activities.
Mcgrath attacking the idea of re-useable cups and the amount of staff it would take to implement successfully
Development Officer candidates Megan Mcgrath, Patrick Brierley and Joe Flanagan.
Flanagan attacking the idea that the union cannot be both sustainable and financially sound. Arguing that both can be done through simple changes.
Goldsmith asks the candidates if they are prepared for the role…
Mcgrath talks about second hand sales and sustainability policies that she hopes to bring among other ideas for the role.
Patrick, being “quite good at numbers”, thinks he’s the ideal candidate for collaborating with the SU, listening to the student voice and working across campus to improve student facilities
Flanagan describing his past years as living in a “capitalist hellscape”. Looks to bring this experience to the Development Officer position
Goldsmith asks “What clubnight are you?” All candidates reply: “Pop Tarts”.
Megan Mcgrath highlighting her wealth of experience campaigning for carious issues across the union and univerisity.
Patrick introduces himself as a second-year bio-engineering student who is dedicated to bringing change to the Union
Joe Flanagan in his openning statement for Development Officer talking about his experiences with the Union building and how it could be improved.
Development officer candidates Patrick Brierley, Adam Fairclough, and Megan Mcgrath take their seats. Joe Flanagan and Madawi Alahmad are unable to attend.
Morgan in his final statement underlines his passion to help students and brings up his four year’s worth of experience on both welfare committee, resident mentor and student council. Saying he has taken every opportunity to help out and promote student welfare.
Reena and Robbie share a good-luck hug as they exit the stage.
Reena says: “As president of Mental Health Matters society I think I would make a brilliant welfare officer. I really do care about students and I want to make so many changes, and have lots of ideas.”
Reena acknowledges the complexities of finding new housemates and thinks Robbie’s app is “a unique idea”
Goldsmith asks about Reena’s ‘buddy policy’. Reena says: “The basic concept is similar to what has been implemented in Pop Tarts, volunteers will be present on nights out to provide student support and process any concerns.”
Morgan being grilled on his policy manifesto. Responding by underlining the importance of having realistic goals and that his policy of developing the Sheffield app in the long term could cut costs not increase them.
Reena says the current services need to be reformed to give students full support
The biggest challenge facing the welfare officer? Reena says the lack of funding and limited resources to welfare services are hard to overcome, but believes she can improve student mental health by maximising publicity and communication
Welfare candidate Reena Staves
Morgan taking a more hardline approach to dealing with personal tutors who are failing their students. Wanting to take on Departments that are under performing in this regard.
Welfare candidate Robbie Morgan
Reena suggests that staff should be made aware of support services and hold frequent meetings and workshops to ensure they stay in touch with their students
Goldsmith asks what can be done to help students engage with and use their tutors
Robbie Morgan in agreement over funding of Welfare services. Both want to stop increasing cuts to the counciling service among others. Morgan also highlighting the inflexible times of many of these services.
Reena suggests collaboration with counselling services to capitalise on their resources and research how best to use them
Host Alex Goldsmith asks how candidates aim to improve student health services…
Candidates for Welfare officer are laying out their key differences in policy. Robbie Morgan focusing on housing Reena Staves on student’s study needs.
Robbie Morgan, president of the Welfare Committee, hopes to improve student relationships with landlords and provide thorough information to student regarding housing. He will offer support to students who are unhappy with their living situation
President of Mental Health Matters and welfare Officer Candidate Reena Staves said she wants to work hard with the University counselling service to provide a positive, professional outlook to students.