Finance and Services
What does a student union want? Its students to be satisfied. So then we ask: how can that be achieved? There is no simple answer; the needs are limitless: cheap food & drink, lively student bars, well funded & active clubs & societies, the list continues for as many students as you can find.
Many people want many different things and as DPFS I would strive to help everyone get better value from our outlets (bars, catering and retail); make sure clubs and societies get funded more competently; and draw on the practices of other universities and see what they do well and how we can emulate that. Our Wednesday and Fridays have recently fallen below par and I would give my support in trying new things to attract different student groups into the building throughout the days and nights.
Nobody can promise miracles, but with a ?career? history that has had me doing everything from participating in a club to financially overseeing over 45 of them (representing over 20% of the total) as ACC Treasurer ? which encompasses the majority of competitive and graded sport in Imperial College Union; both drinking in and working behind our bars for the better part of four years and being involved in the Union?s recent Club & Society Finance Review, I believe I have the knowledge, experience and working relationships over all the other candidates to get the job done best.
Hello all, as I know you?re all busy I?ll keep this short and to the point. Fundamentally I stand for three things that form a catchy slogan: responsibility, accountability and approachability.
Responsibility is because I was treasurer of ICU Sinfonietta during their most successful and expensive tour to date, with a budget in excess of £25k and many challenges along the way (anyone who?s tried to pay Russians in advance will know about this). Secondly I am currently the treasurer of ICU RAG which will hopefully donate in excess of £10k themselves, counted and banked by me and my team.
Accountability represents my view that all sabbatical officers should be able to be held to account by the members of the institution that is ICU. If you had an issue with the way I did something, I?d strongly encourage you to question me about it.
Approachability is for all you budding treasurers out there. I know how hard it can be to run a club and budget for it. I also know that your job is the most thankless in any society and think that there should be more support out there for all 300 of you. I would like to provide that support.
So, I think you should vote for me because I have the ability to do the job, are willing to be questioned on my methods (and justify them) and the enthusiastic nature to get the job done and help people.
Finally, enjoy RAG week and vote.
More Money for C&S!
I will prioritise the Union?s Money better, allowing for a larger chunk to go towards the Clubs & Societies. I will also lobby for an increase in our overall funding, to give Clubs and Societies, rather than just admin, more.
More Fun Less Forms!
I will move most, if not all, the day-to-day financial administration for Clubs & Societies online. I will also campaign to move the rest of the C&S administration online.
Less Fiction More Fact!
I believe very passionately that students should know what is happening when it is. Thus, whenever I am doing something, be assured that I will let the people who matter, the Students, know.
For Students By Students!
I will open the financial sections of the Union to greater student involvement, and scrutiny. Thus, if they want something done, they?ll be able to see whether it?s happening or not.
Real Action Not Gimmicks!
I have a proven track record of delivering the promises I make, both the very small ones to the very large ones. So be assured, when I say I?m going to do something, I actually mean it!
A New Union Is Possible!
I passionately believe that all students, irrespective of their beliefs, should be entitled to help within the Union. I feel that we should all work together to make a better Union for all.
Clubs and Societies
Why should you vote for me as DP (C&S)? Simply put, you?d be getting someone who is experienced, competent and who has a track record of openness and improving communication. Having spent the last couple of years on the SCC exec; firstly as treasurer and now as chair I am aware of many of the current issues facing clubs and societies in the union and have been working hard trying to improve matters. I have been an active member of a wide range of clubs, including sports and recreational ones, giving me knowledge of some of the challenges that they face.
As DP(C&S) I would continue the war on bureaucracy. Some paperwork is a necessary evil, but I would continue the trend of moving to online forms, reducing the work that club officers have to do.
The recent strategic review highlighted a number of issues. The proposed redevelopment of the Beit building would allow us to make better use of the available space. There is also the matter of room bookings. Some rooms stand empty for most of the year, while others are fought over tooth and nail: I would plan to enable these less-popular rooms to be used more effectively. One of my ultimate goals would be to see every club have a ?home?, whether it?s an extra gym for the martial arts clubs, or customised room for social clubs.
Remember, a vote for Simon is a vote for competence and experience.
I believe that Imperial?s greatest asset is its clubs and societies; we currently have over 250 clubs with thousands of student members and hundreds of dedicated officers. My aim as DPCS would be simply to perform my duties in an organised and efficient manner; it sounds obvious, but having been a club officer I know how vital those two things are.
Club officers have to be well organised in order to hand in forms on time, and should expect them to be handled efficiently once they have. In order to aid this I will continue to push for more online documentation, a service which should have been implemented many years ago.
The year ahead will be both very exciting and very challenging for many clubs. Most obviously for the indoor sports clubs with the opening of the new sports centre, but also for many others with the closure of Southside and its gym, and the potential restructuring of the union building. I will continue all the hard work of the previous DPCS and CSC chairs in ensuring that the best deal is reached for everyone involved.
I could promise all sorts of outrageous things that I couldn?t possibly achieve, but I won?t. All I promise is to give every person who votes for me a planet of their choice when I?m ruler of the Universe*, and to do my best to represent all the clubs and societies so they can achieve what they want.
*Except Uranus. First come first served.
Education and Welfare
I am Sarah Khatib, a final year Biochemistry student.
I have been a Year Representative for the past 2 years and I have enjoyed it because, at heart, I like to assist students with their academic issues, and convey their ideas and complaints to faculty members.
I strongly believe that you should have the power to change things in your university and in order to achieve this I will guarantee you competent representation. I intend to galvanize the departmental representation system so that you have more faith in your Year Reps. How often do you meet with your personal tutor? Seldom, I bet.
I will ensure this scheme is more effective, with tutors as your first point of reference.
Unrealistic deadlines, very little time?
I want to develop a more manageable exam and coursework timetable for all departments.
I intend to work hard to protect your interests, ensuring that The Union provides you with welfare support specific to your needs.
In my position as DPEW, I will address the issue of accommodation rents. I support an even distribution of rent increases across the spectrum of halls and I feel that freshers have the right to indicate what price range is affordable for them. Above all, I am seeking to advocate a fair accommodation system.
Do you want to see it all done?
Vote Sarah Khatib for DPEW.
Having been at Imperial for 4 years, I have met and talked to many people about their views on Imperial College and the Union. I have also had first hand experience in using the welfare facilities, and feel that I can represent these views.
I will strengthen the relationships between personal tutors and students by ensuring that through regular meetings (not just with first years) a tutor can build up a relationship that will allow the student to ask freely about education and welfare issues, and allow feedback for work/exams. New tutors may need help in providing them the right information.
Postgraduates and taught postgraduates do not have a huge active role in the Union. Many postgraduates do not realise that there is a Union. I can increase awareness by providing information at the start of the year for all postgraduates, including the ones originating from Imperial College.
I feel that a disinterest in Imperial is due to lack of communication. I aim to work alongside student representatives to pass on information through class representatives and create a feedback system.
I will investigate whether there are enough resources to facilitate disabled students, and those with learning difficulties, and to provide necessary changes, by working alongside the Disabilities Officer.
I would like to see more subject areas introducing reading weeks, or more time for preparation round exam times. I feel that this will decrease the stress that student?s feel, especially as preparation time has decreased in certain times of the year.
The social side of Imperial is not as good as the academic side of Imperial. I will ensure that lunchtime lectures are kept to a minimum and that Wednesday afternoons are free for PGs, as well as for UGs.
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