"I am standing with Mathew, Caroline and Sami on a common campaigning platform and believe that ?Another Union is possible?. Our candidacy has emerged from the broad group of students who have been organising events over the crisis in Gaza.
We believe and will fight:
- for a more democratic union
- against the war on terror and attacks on civil liberties
- for the union to support "Unite Against Facism" 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 the FairTrade status of our university
By 2010 the average student debt will be £20,000 after 3 years with many of us having 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 believe students should have greater opportunity for representation, be it social, cultural, political or musical and have an opportunity to vote on Union policy. The Union should take 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."
We need the students to be represented through an opposition or support of the sabbaticals and non-students members of the board of trustee. To do so, we need an individual who is not scared to speak up during formal meeting and will create a real dialogue. Being a year representative for two years has made me confident in meetings.
I believe that the union should be improving on their transparency about the decisions that are taken (positively or negatively).
If I get elected I will give my best abilities for the job and will do more than just attend the meetings, I will try to be as approachable as possible on issues to be able to represent the student views in the meetings.
"The Student Trustee is a role which requires an unbiased opinion, with members willing to speak out for the student population. If elected, I would make sure that your views are heard by the board, and would work towards a more open and accountable Union. I'll make sure to attend every meeting, and give a fair and balanced vote for every issue that
arises. You can trust me to represent you on the board.
For more information, visit my campaign website at http://www.trust-nick.com/ "
"I am running for Student Trustee of Imperial College Union.
What is the Trustee Board?
The Trustee board is the most senior committee of the Union. With four lay trustees (non-students), 4 student trustees, the President, Council Chair and Court Chair is a very powerful committee.
It basically approves everything, constutional changes, finance, etc.
I have already sat on Trustee board when I was Council Chair last year. I know what to expect.
While being City & Guilds President I have seen the inner workings of the Union, and know what questions to ask. In my last two years I have sat on nearly every single committee in the Union.
I believe the Union needs someone who is unafraid to ask the difficult and embarrassing questions. You can count on my to ask those very questions.
Vote Mark Mearing-Smith for Student Trustee."
"I'll keep this short and sweet ? i?m a 2nd year medic and i've worked with numerous charities over the past five years at various levels of both service provision and management including the National Blood Service, Anthony Nolan Trust (Marrow!), Muslim Youth Helpline, the Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary and various youth organisations. I feel that i'm now in a position to give my time and help ICU fulfil it's role in providing a quality student experience as a Student Trustee. From one of my friends who served last year, I have a good idea of the work to be expected from me and am very confident in my abilities in doing the job well. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to have a chat when you see me around campus!"
Sami SOUD EL MAAMERI