As a final year PhD student, I've seen presidential candidates list the same things they want to achieve every year. With an enlarged sabbatical team this year we have the opportunity to achieve some of those things, putting the union on the right footing for the future. This, along with my range of experience at Imperial and existing contacts with top staff means I'm well placed to shrink the items on the presidential wish-list!
1. Better Bars and Food:
The service in Beit?s bars ranges from excellent to appalling: in the past two weeks I've encountered excellent service and good value food, but also short measures, cold food and a burger that may have been made of rubber. If elected I would introduce 'secret shoppers' to check quality, and easier ways for you to give feedback, to ensure high standards at all times. I'd seek to keep experienced student staff in our bars, providing better service and a familiar face. And why pay double for a double? The next phase of the Beit redevelopment will see huge, positive changes to dBs and Da Vinci?s ? I?ll work with the DPFS to find money so it can go ahead.
2. Improved Evening Ents:
Centrally-organised events draw crowds at the start of the year, but our most interesting events are organised by clubs. I would provide additional support for them to 'adopt a night' at the Union (few currently do). Clubs organise great events throughout the year, but many of them receive little promotion from the union ? they deserve more. I want more variety, driven by you: suggest ideas and I'd try to make them happen. One of my pet hates is being charged at the gate to get in just for a drink, so I'd make sure it happened less often.
3. Commitment to Students:
Five years as a student rep and two as Live! Editor mean I'm well placed to do what any President must: ensure the College works in the best interests of students and present our views on the local and national stage. I would apply the same standards to myself as I demanded of other presidents during my time running Live!, ensuring that YOU know what's going on with YOUR union. I've previously exposed a number of important and relevant decisions which had been made behind closed doors, and I'll be just as open if elected.
4. Commitment to Clubs:
As an officer in various clubs over several years, I know how stressful it can be! I'd continue to support the reduction in club paperwork, replacing as many forms as possible with online alternatives. Clubs are still crying out for more assistance with their finances, so I would explore options for more contact time between clubs and the finance department.
I don't claim to have big ideas, just good ideas that I know how to achieve. Please vote Ashley Brown for ICU President to see real changes.
See ash4president.blogspot.com for more details, or find me on Facebook.
Afonso CAMPOS - WITHDRAWN
The Union is a brilliant place with the potential to play a central role in your life at Imperial. Currently, a lot of this potential is unmet. The staff is there, the students are there and the facilities are mostly there. The relationship between them, however, is obscured. It is my goal to ensure all of them work in perfect unison to give you a Union that you comfortable in and proud of.
I have previously run a company that has been completely student focused and helped literally thousands of students find their career path and jobs. This has left me with the leadership skills, drive and commercial awareness needed to run the Union efficiently but with a student focus.
Being highly involved in the Union as a casual worker, Council Chairman and Felix writer and treasurer, I have come to know it and its people very well. My entrepreneurial streak leads me to think of novel ways to resolve problems and makes me 100% committed and excited to live and breathe the Union for the year ahead.
As president, I will at least:
1. Ensure maximum Union transparency and accountability through a constantly updated website detailing activities and spending; With this website, you will at all times know how the Sabbatical officers are working to make the Union a better place. This user-friendly website will help you make us accountable.
2. Conduct a survey questioning exactly what YOU want from the Union and deliver upon it; In order to deliver the Union you want, it is paramount to know what these wants are. I will run a university-wide survey where you can let us know what the most important things to you are.
3. Sort out existing problems with catering and increase food quality; I will work closely with the DPFS so that these are resolved with proper training and better use of economies of scale.
4. Campaign to secure larger prayer spaces; After consultation with relevant religious societies, it is my aim to significantly increase prayer space, whether this is conceded by College or Union.
5. Secure funding and plans for Phase 3 (Rebuilding Db?s and DaVinci?s) ensuring your wants are prioritised; My aim is to rebuild them to the highest specifications. This could massively increase attendance levels. The funding will come in the form of alumni and corporate sponsorship and commercial or College loans.
6. Push for GSA interaction with the Union, introducing a pilot PhD mentoring scheme for undergraduates; Undergraduates would benefit from working with PhD students as mentors, figuring out if research is a path they would like take. This will also benefit the GSA by increasing central Union involvement.
7. Fight to ensure clubs and societies will not suffer any funding cuts. Given the prominence of our incredible Clubs and Societies, a budget cut would be unacceptable. I vow to do whatever is in my power to ensure they will not feel any pinch.
500 words is not enough, so check www.littleguybigideas.com for more info.
Click on the following headings to see the manifestos for the other Sabbatical Candidates. Usually we'd put them all out in full for you but this year they are 500 words instead of 250, there are three times as many candidates for Education and Welfare Positions and I started to get RSI through using the scroll wheel to get to the top and bottom in the preview. So, really - I'm just looking out for your welfare!
Deputy President (Clubs & Societies)
Hi, I?m a third year Physicist who?s been heavily involved in Clubs and Societies at Imperial. I want to give my time, effort and skills back to our Union in order to give us students the best experience possible!
DPCS is an important role as it is there to secure the broader university experience that all Imperial students deserve. I would ensure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of C&Ss and benefit from them as much as I have. The people who work hard at running our clubs and socs ought to have a DPCS who really cares about putting in as much effort as they have. If you want to guarantee results then I?m your candidate.
I have been thoroughly committed to uni organisations during my time here. I was Netball Social Sec ?07/?08 and this year became Club Captain. I have hence sat on the ACC, met many other club officers and know the issues C&Ss face. I?ve also written regular match reports for Felix and you may recognise me from the centrefold. This year I wanted to be involved in a wider range of clubs so I joined the RAG fashion show team.
I would make an approachable and helpful DPCS willing to listen to your problems. To achieve this I would hold weekly ?office hours?, away from meetings and other responsibilities, where C&S members can come and see me with any issues they are currently facing. This means I could give them on-the-spot advice instead of relying on email.
I think the new ?what?s on? section in Felix is brilliant for promoting C&Ss and their events. As DPCS I would fully support the continued achievements of this page and in developing it further. Encouraging and helping clubs run bigger and better events will strengthen their membership and success. A big part of this success is based on good advertising.
Handovers are crucial in maintaining the good work done by clubs and their smooth running. The Union?s mandatory training sessions for club officers need to give practical examples of day-to-day club running on areas such as Workbench on the Union website and all of those pesky but essential forms. If club officers are more knowledgeable on these subjects it helps prevent frozen budgets.
I know how important maintaining free gym and swimming in Ethos is for a lot of you and I believe it should stay free. I promise to maintain our strong link with Sport Imperial and balance out their needs as a business with yours to keep student prices down.
Look out for me around campus and find my group on facebook if you want to find out more and ask me questions in person.
Vote Colette for your passionate DPCS!
In the past 3 years of my time at Imperial, I?ve gone from being your average club member, to club chair and then onto being chair of the Recreational Clubs committee (RCC) to look after about 50 clubs, which has been the biggest challenge yet. I?ve topped this off with working in the SAC. Through it I have gained a lot of experience of the inner workings of clubs, and have been able to identify some key areas to improve given the chance:
1. Information for club committees:
The information and training resources available to clubs are good, but there is definitely room for improvement. I will make these more interactive as well as providing more resources to draw on afterwards covering a range of media aids that will supplement those we already have.
2. Harlington Sports Grounds
In the coming years the Harlington Sports Grounds are being made into Heathrow Terminal 6. I will draw up a plan to ensure plenty of time to allow for a smooth transition, seeking student input on this matter as they will ultimately be the ones who it affects directly.
3. Online paperwork
It?s finally coming! The current DPCS has actually got this project underway, so it would be foolish to suggest that I would be the one to implement this. However, I do know that it?s in early stages at the moment, and likely to be running in the new academic year. I will ensure that the change is easy and that the new system, when running, has dealt with the issues that students have with the current system.
4. Dep Socs
In a few departments, the Dep Soc gives your degree an extracurricular twist that reinvigorates it after the slog of churning out lab reports. Currently, there is great disparity across the departments in the quality of service being delivered I will pay greater attention to the Dep Socs, and with the Faculty Union?s, help to bring them all up to the standard we expect.
5. Arts in Imperial
Imperial?s Arts clubs have been let down by the College. Try as they might (and they do succeed in putting on an awesome show), College has not brought the entity that is Arts Imperial up to the standard of its sporting counterpart. I will endeavour to get Arts Imperial the backing it needs in order to gain our Arts clubs the recognition they deserve.
6. Visiting clubs
It?s easy to say all this, and potentially act upon it from an office in the Union building. This year as RCC chair I?ve gone to as many of the club meetings that my degree will allow, and talked to the members. If elected, I will make a concerted effort to attend as many events as possible and aim to visit 52 club meetings- averaging to one per week of the year in office.
If you want to read more about these points check out the Facebook group ?Vote Jenny for DPCS?.
Deputy President (Education)
Deputy President (Eduction)
I am a (fairly) normal fourth year Aeronautics student, and when I?m not working on my final year project or attending staff/student meetings I listen to music, cook and I?m a member of the University of London Air Squadron. I am not a member of any political party and believe that each decision should be made on its individual merits. I believe in representing the best interests of Imperial students over other students, as we have different needs to other students and we work hard! I have a lot of experience as an education rep, as I have been the Engineering Faculty Academic Affairs Officer for the past two years and the AeroSoc Chair in my second year. I was also part of the delegation to NUS national conference last year.
In the past year some of the things I have done are:
- Presented a paper to college regarding the value of a 2:2 from Imperial and the problems students with a 2:2 face when trying to get a job
- Presented to staff detailing the problems with feedback and the variation in quality of personal tutors
- Sat on panels discussing how SOLE can be made more meaningful and how the results can be used.
- Been the student rep on College disciplinary panels
- Helped vet new course changes in the Engineering faculty.
- I have established regular informal meetings with the Faculty Principal which allows me to discuss low level issues affecting students in my faculty.
- Worked with the current DPE on college-wide academic issues such as feedback and personal tutors.
- Worked with departmental reps to help them sort out problems within their own departments.
The role of DPE is one that requires diplomacy, knowledge and persuasion. The job as I see it can be split into two main parts: gathering information from the representation network (from the year reps upwards) and using this information to improve and change college policy through meetings and presentations to staff.
This position is not about berating staff; contrary to what some people believe the college does have an interest in improving the learning experience here at Imperial, it is just a matter of pointing them in the right direction. Having been involved at every level of academic representation I believe I have the skills needed to do this.
If I am elected the main issues I want to focus on next year are:
- Work with College to reduce the burden of unnecessary coursework.
- To try and promote (and encourage college to promote) lower classification degrees from top Universities to employers.
- Make departments more accountable for the results of SOLE and ensure that exposed issues are dealt with so that students can see the results.
Vote for experience. Vote for Alex Grisman as DPE.
Along with Caroline, Ozan and Sami I believe Another Union Is Possible. We came together whilst organising events to raise awareness of the recent conflict in Gaza and felt it was time for some fresh faces in Beit quad. The union fulfilling an administrative role is not enough and a good infrastructure on paper can only ever be as successful as the students themselves make it.
We will fight:
- for a more democratic union
- against the war on terror and attacks on civil liberties
- for the union to support "Unite Against Fascism" and "Love Music Hate Racism"
- for free education and no increase to the cap on tuition fees
- for affordable accommodation and better facilities on campus
- to promote ethical campaigns and investments
We stand against an increase in top-up fees and, with the fee cap being reviewed in the coming year, will fight to ensure that college hears and takes note of student opinion on this matter and that the union doesn?t compromise itself to fall into step. Arguments of profit and loss cheapen our educations. We will also make student voices heard over government failings in research and higher education funding as a whole.
We will do our best to increase union transparency, openly advertising meetings and not limiting publicity to the union website. We will also fight to reintroduce general meetings and return voting rights on union matters to ordinary students.
In this time of economic upheaval we have witnessed an increase in student activism and our union cannot remain apolitical. It must engage the students, both with the union itself and with one another, to discuss issues within and without Imperial. Not only that, it must then speak out in the wider world to represent our views.
Whilst the union?s structure does need tweaking the most important issue is student engagement. To this end we hope that the steps mentioned so far will make the union, and not just the bars, more central to students? time at Imperial. The union must be perceived as relevant to our lives and not just as an administrative organisation.
Whilst I have not had years of experience in the union system I don?t believe this will be a problem. I have the enthusiasm and dedication to do what is needed and feel that a fresh outlook would be an enhancement rather than a hindrance.
As DPE I will use the time gained from the splitting of education and welfare roles not for more meetings with college but to interact more with the students. There is a widespread and established system of year reps and department reps; enhancing the current restrictions of scheduled meetings with more regular and less formal interaction could bring this to life. I will aim to deal directly with grass-roots representatives and not just faculty union academic officers.
To find out more about our ideas, ask questions and let us know your thoughts search ?another union is possible? on Facebook.
Let?s change things.
Imperial College is unique. Nowhere else can so many exceptional, interesting people feel so discontent together. Our education is one of the best in the world; why have we put up with years of feeling like it?s not quite right?
It is my personal duty to bring student satisfaction back to Imperial.
The moment I enter my office, I will attack those problems with teaching and academic care that concern us the most at present. A particular priority is ?hidden course fees?, like the cost of field trips where passing your degree depends on paying significant sums of money on top of your course fees. Here, the solution lies in bringing parties together to come to universal agreement; as Deputy President (Education), merely hearing students? complaints and reporting them to those responsible is not enough. ?Providing a voice? is great but there?s so much more to it: anyone can read an email, pick up the phone and whinge on someone?s behalf, but the only and certain way to make progress is to initiate discussions, suggesting solutions and compromises, and battle for a consensus. The only way this is going to happen is if you vote for Jonathan Silver.
It won?t stop at known issues. I will go out seeking issues and concerns, asking what bothers you, pressuring the right people until they?ve eradicated the problem for you. From the most serious obstacles to your education right down to the smallest nuisances, everything matters; I will listen and act.
The position of Deputy President (Education) is a result of dividing the old DPEW position into two separate roles. I have twice as many hours as the DPEW did; that means working with twice the intensity, giving every issue twice the attention, listening to twice as many people and making the most of the controversial split. It?s the path to change at Imperial.
What else am I going to do right away? I?m going to set up new and better feedback loops about lecturers and, importantly, Graduate Teaching Assistants. SOLE is a good start, but the end of term is too late. I will give you the chance to rate and comment on GTAs before they can waste your term. I?ll pass them your feedback and give them an incentive to perform well. I?m going to strengthen the existing academic feedback system from Year Reps and Dep Reps right up to senior College management. Alongside that, I?m going to set up an online discussion forum as a ?shortcut to the top?, where every student can confer informally and confidentially and describe what concerns them, with no access for staff.
I am and will remain strictly apolitical throughout my year. The Union offices are no place for politics?neither Union politics nor international affairs.
Make the first DPE one who is friendly, personable and confident; I?m good company and I make a cracking cup of tea. Come and see me. I?ll listen to every word and act: you deserve it.
Deputy President (Finance & Services)
Throughout my four years at Imperial I have been heavily involved in Union life. I have progressed through various roles in the RSM, culminating with my election as President last year. Being a member of many clubs, sitting on numerous committees and working part time in the Union Bars has given me the opportunity to become familiar with the role of DPFS.
Manifestos appear to be fairly repetitive year on year. Candidates list a whole series of problems that they promise to fix, and although many do well, the core issues mentioned have much room for improvement. For example, our Union Bars and Catering have seen radical changes over the last 2 years, though students are still encountering some very basic problems ? never ending queues and poor quality food.
I have decided to focus my campaign on 4 primary issues. The Union can be a great place but the problems with its services need to be addressed, and we need to continue working on ways to improve the financial support for our 300+ clubs and societies.
Elect me as DPFS, I promise to:
Improve the quality and service of our catering and introduce initiatives to increase custom at lunchtimes.
2. CLUBS & SOCIETIES:
Provide help for clubs and societies to operate in this financial downturn, and accelerate Union finance procedures such as claims.
Improve the atmosphere and cleanliness of our bars and make the service more efficient.
Provide evening entertainments that you want to see in our Union whilst reducing entry prices down to a bare minimum.
I believe I am the most experienced candidate standing and have the dedication and knowledge to improve our Union. Vote Daniel Hill for DPFS.
Find out more by searching for my group on facebook or visit www.votedanielhill.co.uk for my full manifesto and a clear breakdown of how I hope to tackle my 4 primary issues.
I?ve been closely involved in the Union for the past four years, and have a really good idea of how it works ? and what needs fixing.
As the current Social Clubs Committee Chair, I act as the financial oversight and troubleshooter for the sixty SCC clubs, which has given me a lot of experience with clubs and societies, and the C&S finance system in particular, including a close involvement in the development of the new finance and budgeting web-pages.
I have sat on Council for the past year, which has given me experience with the Union?s governance, while working for a summer in the Estates Department in College has given me a good idea of how the College Support Services work, which would be an advantage for the Deputy President for Services.
Vote for me as DPFS, and I promise to:
1) Lobby College to redesign student swipecards so they act as act as proof of age cards, and extend the print credit system so you can ?top up? your ID card, and use it to buy food in the JCR, Library and the Union, thereby reducing queues.
2) Survey freshers to find out what they want from the bars and Ents, before they become bitter and disillusioned.
3) Improve the food served by the Union, without increasing costs, by ensuring that the staff are properly trained.
4) To leave the sabbatical offices and actually talk to students, to make sure the Union is providing what students actually want, rather than what I think is wanted.
For Clubs and Societies, I promise to:
1) Reduce the minimum price of items sold on the Union website, so that smaller clubs can sell things online.
2) Get club Income and Expenditure forms online by the beginning of next year, so there isn?t a two week wait time between submitting a claim and it appearing on the website.
3) Get Event budgets online, to speed up the approval process.
4) Run more useful finance training, targeted at the needs of the individuals and clubs in question.
5) Write a more accessible finance manual. It is currently very comprehensive, but very hard to find the page you need.
Most importantly, however, my number one promise is "To do the important day-to-day tasks required of the DPFS." It is no use having great ideas, if the basic jobs don't get done.
Vote Peter for a competent and dedicated DPFS with plans for change.
Deputy President (Welfare)
I am standing with Matthew, Ozan and Sami on a common campaigning platform and believe that ?Another Union Is Possible?. We are part of a broad group of students who have been organising events over the crisis in Gaza. Along with occupations at other universities which have achieved significant demands, this term has seen the return of student activism.
We stand against any increase in the cap on tuition fees and for free education. As a result of tuition fees, by 2010 the average student debt will be £20,000 after a 3 year course. Many of us have to work part time to fund our studies. With the upcoming results of the Tuition Fee review, our union should take an uncompromising stance on these issues and take part in a national campaign.
We will fight for increased democracy in the Students? Union. Council meetings should be advertised properly and every student should be allowed to vote on Union policy. We will defend the rights of students to organise on campus by reducing restrictions on posters and visiting speakers.
Our union should take a stand on political issues, in particular taking a stance against the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the occupation of Palestine, especially as our government is cutting funding for education while spending billions on bank bail-outs and war.
We invest our money in our university through tuition fees, and we therefore have a right to say what our university invests in. We will campaign against investment in the arms trade.
As DPW I will:
- dedicate as much time as possible to welfare campaigns. As part of an anti-racism campaign I will work to affiliate the Union to ?Unite Against Fascism? and organise ?Love Music Hate Racism? gigs at Imperial.
- support Green Week and the Ethical Careers fair, and promote the Fairtrade status of our university.
- fight the recent rent increases to obtain more affordable accommodation. The college wants to increase rents by 3.9% on average this year; we must oppose this. I will campaign for better support for people moving out of halls and no increases to the price of laundry facilities.
- campaign against sexism and homophobia ? real liberation doesn?t mean pole dancing parties organised by our Union.
- work to increase provision for the religious societies that desperately need more space for prayers.
- support students in similar situations to Zohair, who was unable to take his place at Imperial this year as Israel prevented him from leaving the Gaza strip.
- coordinate RAG and CAG using my volunteering experience from the Imperial Volunteer Centre.
We will fight:
- for a more democratic union
- against the war on terror and attacks on civil liberties
- for the union to support "Unite Against Fascism" and "Love Music Hate Racism"
- for free education and no increase to the cap on tuition fees
- for affordable accommodation and better facilities on campus
- to promote ethical campaigns and investment
I?m studying Civil Engineering and am currently in my fourth year. In my time at Imperial I have chaired a motor club from my first year, been a member of URNU, choir, been across the channel with Yacht Club, helped to found Cheese Society, taken up Vice-Chair of RAG and undertaken volunteer work in Wales. Since 2004 I've attended council on a regular basis and since 2006 I've held a seat for CGCU representing 5,000 students.
I'd really like a job in the union where I can help people every day and having thought about this for a while now, several issues have come to light that I particularly want to focus on. Oh, and for the record I couldn't care less about the CV points!
I've gone back to living in halls for my final year, and having spoken to freshers (which is the best way to get an unbiased view), several issues have come to light.
1. I?d really like to see our own night buses from the union on Wednesday and Friday nights at closing time. This would provide a door to door service to out lying halls of residence but also to general stops in student areas. A feasibility study is of course in order but if promising I?d have this up and running next year.
2. An online buddies system would help all representatives and welfare officers match up buddies easily and exchange contact details at the touch of a button. This would also enable communication and advice to be given prior to the start of term, even by the wonder that is facebook!
3. I think putting soap and paper towels in the toilets in all halls of residence would be a good move. I know I don?t have direct responsibility over halls, but I shall be raising this at the highest level in college. I really think we should be getting the basics right.
4. Imperial always does badly in student satisfaction and I passionately want to improve the student experience for everyone. This includes accessing college and union services quickly and efficiently and this is something that really needs to be worked on.
5. Supporting RAG and CAC will be a top priority. Prior to the creation of DPW, next to no help was received from the Sabbs. I?ll be willing to get involved in giving them the resources they require.
6. Having seen an increase of 3.9% in Halls rent prices, an Accommodation survey is in order. Finding out how much students are willing to spend in the private sector is invaluable to being able to set halls accommodation at an appropriate level.
Having taken a year in industry I have no problem working above and beyond 40 hours a week and my previous positions as Lord Mayor?s Show Coordinator and VPFS for CGCU have shown that I am no stranger to running big events. I am certain that running large cross-campus campaigns and events will not be a problem.
I?d like to think that by now I have been through the whole Imperial experience. Although I have sometimes felt dissatisfied with Imperial there are other times when I wouldn?t have gone to any other University.
Despite all of the things that Imperial has to offer there is still a shockingly low level of student satisfaction, so there are clearly problems to be addressed. Focused effort on seeing why we, as a student body, are so dissatisfied can only be beneficial.
I believe that one of the best ways for welfare issues to be addressed is through other students. The university offers a superb range of clubs and societies involving students from different departments and years which, in some ways, acts as a welfare system in itself. I do, however, believe that there is a significant section of our college which isn?t involved with societies or events. It is all too easy to feel isolated from the Union or miss out on learning from the mistakes and experiences of other students.
One of my main objectives would be to raise the profile of the union welfare officer on campus. We have excellent student media like Felix so I believe a regular column from the welfare officer could be used effectively. This could outline how I would be there to help, support and provide information on available welfare services and events or initiatives. I would particularly like to use student media to try and broaden the spectrum of students involved in campaigns and events. The welfare officer has a wide range of duties, many of which require both approachability and assertiveness to deal with committees and perform interviews. It is vital that the viewpoints of all the students, especially those feeling most unhappy about life at Imperial, are the ones the welfare officer represents.
I would like to focus on implementing a better buddies system. Although there is a current system in place and people are putting effort in, in last year?s SOLE only 21% of first years were satisfied with the buddies scheme, so there are still significant flaws. From experience I feel that coherent guidance from the top is required to involve current students, giving them greater instruction and organising more events for them. It also needs to be seen as beneficial by both the first year students and their buddy?s. A system could be set up for the future to improve support to students from day one.
Next year the roles of deputy president for welfare and education are being split. It is therefore very important you elect someone who will be able to work well with whoever is elected to the education post as they are two issues that are so intertwined.
The best thing we can all do now is vote. It is one of the easiest, and most effective, ays to change our college.
felix is a newspaper for students by students. As editor, I?d never forget the importance of both these points. I?d make felix it as a supporting body and enjoyable for all students to read. I?d ensure the opinions of students are always well represented and that felix includes work from anyone who wants to get involved.
The purpose of felix is to inform and entertain its readers. I would rediscover its entertainment role by keeping a fair amount of the content light-hearted without compromising on information and opinion.
Vote Zoë, and I will promise to make felix:
a support to student life. felix ultimately needs to represent student life on paper. With details on THE places to be, money saving tips and banter, felix has the potential to be an amazing source of information and enjoyment for any fun-loving student.
- I would create a more dramatic ?What?s On? page to really get students involved in upcoming events. felix would therefore be able to answer the question ?What shall I do this week??.
- I would also include Welfare pages on a regular basis to provide advice to all students on relevant issues, as well as general tips.
representative of YOUR opinions. I would introduce debate-style comment pages on both topical and on-going issues, including the opinions from many students, as well as full comment pieces. This would ensure that the student population is truly represented as opposed to only voicing the opinions of a few comment writers.
relates to all. No matter what course you?re on, what clubs you?re a part of, what campus you?re on, you should be able to enjoy the banter and humour that makes felix.
- I would manage the paper in a way that would make sure there is always a good mix of content ? business, nightlife, food, politics, fashion and more, so there is always something for everyone.
- Throughout each section, I believe there should be a good balance between features and bite-sized articles to ensure a light-read is always possible.
completely accessible. To ensure felix can be reached wherever you are, felixonline.co.uk will be updated every Friday with a much more user friendly interface and easier navigation. I would include forums to ensure that contributing your incredibly valuable feedback and commenting on the debate page is quick and simple.
incredibly entertaining. I consider Coffee Break a very important part of felix as we all grab an issue of felix for a break from our busy student lives. I would expand Coffee Break to include more than just puzzles; comic strips, competitions, funny pictures, jokes and a designated area for the week?s top youtube videos.
most importantly, reflect what YOU want. I will conduct surveys to listen to your opinions on what felix should do for you, and actually act upon it.
felix is the voice of the union and should be used to its full potential. Vote Zoë to keep felix a paper for you by you.
Over the past two years I?ve worked in a range of positions as Deputy, News and Politics Editor under two fantastic Editors, giving me the experience I consider essential to maintaining the quality of the paper. With felix?s 60th anniversary coming up next year, I think I?m the right person to take felix forward. I aim to update the design of the paper but my primary goal will be to bring felix closer to the student body. The West Basement of Beit can be a bit unwelcoming so as Editor I will take it upon myself to reach out to students, as ultimately the paper succeeds when it connects with YOU the student.
If elected, I promise to:
1. Set up a stall in the JCR each Monday at lunchtime to attract new writers and to hear your views on the paper. felix can often seem like a closed door to many people but in truth it?s a very informal process to get involved. This policy will make felix more accessible to a wider range of students but also widen my perspective as Editor so that I am more in tune with what students want from their paper.
2. Improve the design of the newspaper to give it a more professional feel while still retaining its loveable quirkiness. felix is not an especially serious publication, and it shouldn?t be; after all it?s a student newspaper. But also I want students to pick up a paper each Friday of a high design quality that looks great.
3. Take the website seriously. I will finally have the design fixed so that it is easy to navigate and ensure that felix content is online for you to access. I will redesign the website so that it operates like any normal news site. Students will be able to directly comment on articles and I will expand print content online with links, video and audio.
4. Keep the cat free. It?s time that the gag is removed from the cat on the front page. It?s up to the Editor to protect the independence of your newspaper and so as Editor I will print any news that is relevant to you and I won?t allow felix to be restricted in this respect.
5. Ensure that the online archive system (which is well under way) continues according to plan and also start a ?From the Vault? section with interesting stories from 60 years of felix. I?m not ashamed to say that I?m proud of felix?s history and I think that in its anniversary year we should celebrate its past.
6. Expand the puzzles section so that you have more puzzles to waste away those boring lectures. I know how important they are on a Friday afternoon!
7. Hold myself directly accountable to YOU; if there?s a mistake in an issue, I?ll drink a pint from my shoe on Friday evening in the Union. Mind you, that?s not a pint per mistake; let?s not get silly.
As Felix reaches the ripe old age of 60, what better time to finally push Felix forward, and you should be choosing the direction. After all, Felix is the student newspaper of Imperial College, and that means it?s your newspaper.
Felix has started to become stagnant in its outreach to its readers and it?s time to ask what Felix still isn?t getting right. As Editor, I'd ensure that we listen to what you, as the student body, want from Felix. We'd listen constantly and throughout the year.
We?ve also lost a bit of humour this year. It should be your Friday morning break from the ever-present stresses of Imperial. Felix needs to be funnier and more entertaining throughout. This will not be at the expense of quality and interesting news coverage however. Felix needs to both report and amuse.
A full manifesto is at http://danwanforfelixeditor.wordpress.com, but here?s a summary:
1. ?Messageboard?; a ?text-in? and ?write-in? views and opinion page.
- An extensive section dedicated to your views
- Gives a regular voice to the people who don?t have enough to say for an entire Comment piece, but still want to express their opinions.
2. Online and On-campus Felix multimedia
- Full website revamp.
- Felix TV; online stories and sections from each issue to have a short video or audio complement
- Broadcast to JCR and da Vinci?s Union bar, already used by STOIC TV.
- Celebratory documentary for Felix?s 60th Birthday.
3. A funnier, more entertaining Felix
- Be generally more entertaining and funnier throughout. It should provide a genuine laugh to a lot more people and not just the few that know the editors.
- Funny and interesting ?quick read? features throughout sections or news features.
4. A bigger and better Coffee Break section.
- Return of comic strips and a comical Agony Aunt (Needy McNeedy anybody?).
- Greater satirical commentary.
5. Investigative, interesting and readable news coverage.
- Run news stories that are discussion-sparking and genuinely interesting to you.
- More exclusive investigative news features, especially during slow news weeks.
- E.g. Last year?s Felix team found cocaine on 70% of toilets seats around College. It got a lot of people asking ?Did you hear about?.. in Felix?? I want that level of banter back.
6. No more atrocious spelling errors! Full stop.
I have gained vast writing and technical experience as News and Fashion Editor, and occasional stand-in Editor. I?ve experience, as STOIC TV station manager, that no other candidate will have to set up Felix TV across campus and online. As a 2nd year, I am at a healthy equilibrium between Freshers and the upper years to pitch Felix at an appropriate level for everyone.
I honestly adore writing for Felix, and I?d work tirelessly to produce a noticeable issue each week.
Felix should be a newspaper that the students of Imperial can be immensely proud to be part of and claim as their very own. If I were to be elected, it shall be.