Manifestos for key departmental society positions will appear in the next issue of Guildsheet, due out soon.
Joseph Jezic von Gesseneck
The CGCU, albeit structurally rigid, retains much flexibility in the application of its work. As each faculty thrusts its ideas forth, I propose no withdrawal. I am convinced it is crucial to develop cohesion in the intra-faculty policies towards promoting a reinvigorated consensus spirit at the inter-faculty level, thus allowing us all to remain on top of the issues on the agenda.
There lies exciting potential for initiatives in the penetration of the inexhaustible issues and projects within and beyond our faculty.
We may struggle through initial resolutions as we tackle current and successive outbursts of new challenges, from reviving our internship program to reorganizing our budget to secure a sabbatical for the presidential position. I however reassure you of my confidence that, in foreplay to our centennial celebrations next year, we will climax to some fantastically palpable results, bringing to fruition the cumulative efforts of years past.
A vote for Tristan Sherliker is a vote for experience.
The CGCU exists for three major reasons: for academic representation, organisation of faculty wide events, and running of our societies. I have direct experience with each aspect: as a YearRep, and Reapp; having helped organise events in Halls, Guilds, and College-wide; and with committee experience on several societies.
A vote for Tristan Sherliker is a vote for improvement.
This year some things have been great, and some poor. As Guildsheet editor I?ve been in a position to see exactly what has gone right and what has gone wrong, and to write it down and remember it!
A vote for Tristan Sherliker is a vote for results.
My experience has always been devoted towards achieving results, and never to self-promotion or ?union hackery?. I?m not interested in constitutional politics if it gets in the way of what needs to be done.
Vice President (Finance & Societies)
To all Engineers!
I am Michael from the bioengineering department and I am standing for VPFS of the CGCU. Having been a member of the CGCU executive as the President of the BioEngineering Society for the last academic year, I am well aware of the workings of the CGCU and its shortcomings of which I hope to improve. As the VPFS, not only will I ensure the finances of the Union are managed well and up-to-date, I will strive to increase sponsorship revenues for the Union and its clubs and societies. Furthermore, I aim to evolve the Union, along with its affiliations, into a closer-knit organisation which can better cater to your cause and welfare. I am confident of taking up the huge responsibility that this position entails and I hope to help lead the next CGCU executive, with the utmost dedication, to serve you to the best of my abilities.
Why should you elect me as CGCU VPFS? I understand the problems facing this college and it's Union, and feel that I would be the person to solve them. I have had experience with organising and financing events, including parties and film nights with, regards to societies, and have a knowledge of how the Union is run. I recently stood for the DPFS sabbatical officer position, but was not elected. However, several people advised me to stand for CGCU, and there is a lot that I could offer our Union. I feel that I would be well suited for the role, and I would give 100% to everything I do.
Vice President (Activities)
As Vice President (Activities), I will endeavour to work hard to enliven the engineering student?s day-to-day life with light-hearted and fun events. My main aim is to increase awareness of the events organised by CGCU so that more students attend ? the more the merrier! I shall also continue with old successes, such as bar nights, pub-crawls and Inter-Faculty competitions to give the medics and the scientists the thrashing they deserve! I?d also like to introduce more sports events between years and other departments.
I am a first year Mechanical Engineer and this year have become accustomed to the workings of CGCU as a Year Rep. What sets me apart is my enthusiasm and the extra effort I shall put into the role. I am proud of our Union and our College and am keen to get more involved.
As a second year engineer at Imperial I know what makes a good event. I also know that if you vote for me as CGCU VP Activities then you will get to experience some of the best engineering events around. I have a distinct knowledge of the union having been in a number of committees both in Imperial and outside. I give 100% to everything that I do and know that I can both continue and improve the events that are held for us engineers. I want to continue looking at our company sponsors so that we can ensure that the events we arrange are the best value for money for everyone. I would also like to see some events being hosted with engineering unions from other colleges. I hope you can see the enthusiasm I have and the belief that I know I will represent you well.
The most enjoyable part of my university life by far has been my involvement with the CGCU, I was a sports officer this year and I was able to see first hand the fun that can be had as a result of combined engineering events. As Honorary secretary I would ensure that we have a wide range of events that encompass the interests of as many people as possible. Moreover, I would also ensure that the sponsorship we obtain is sufficient to run these events without it costing the students a fortune.
Nuri Purswani Ramchandani
I endeavour to embrace the role of welfare officer whole heartedly, having a personal approach to individual student problems and helping students to deal with their concerns in an environment that might be unfamiliar and intimidating. On a wider scale I aim to build on the current university welfare campaigns and implement a number of new initiatives, all with the target of increasing awareness and promoting support services to students. With such a diverse student body I will ensure that all facets of the community are treated fairly and represented, providing an essential link between you and the university and making sure that your voice is heard.
A Welfare Officer has to be attuned to needs of the students, and I feel I am the person to do that. A role like this requires communication, and if elected I will endeavour to make communication between both staff and students easier and more effective. I stood for the Education and Welfare sabbatical position, and despite not been elected for that I feel that I can do as much for you as CGCU welfare officer. I believe I have the enthusiasm required to be good in this role and would do my very best for the Union and its students.
Academic Affairs Officer (Taught)
I have been involved with CGCU for both my two years at Imperial, this year being my departmental society chair and therefore have the experience and knowledge of how the union runs to take on this responsibility. As the Aero depsoc chair I attend all the staff-student meetings and I consider myself a strong voice of student opinion when it comes to academic affairs.
As AAO within CGCU I promise to voice the opinion of the CGCU students to the senior members of college staff. I will hold regular meetings with departmental representatives to make sure that I have an excellent understanding of the problems you face and am therefore able to voice them correctly.
With two years of constant involvement in academic affairs (Year Representative then serve as Departmental Representative in Civil Engineering), I am well aware of the academic system and aspects which need to be changed.
If elected I promise to:
- Make sure adequate resources are available to you, e.g. keeping your departmental libraries, study areas and computer labs.
- Increase transparency and fairness of exam and coursework marking. Ensure you get your coursework back with feedback, which allows you to fully understand what is being taught.
- Increase the number of module options and hence the flexibility of your degree.
- Work closely with departmental representatives and coordinate academic representation, e.g. review maths modules in departments regularly and enhance the communication system which ensures problems reflected are taken into actions immediately and effectively.
You can obtain my full manifesto by emailing [email protected]. Vote Kevin (Leong) Lo for a diligent and conscientious AAO.
Academic Affairs Officer (Research)
I am a first year PhD student and the current holder of the City and Guilds AAO (research) position. While holding the position this year I have ably represented PhD students throughout the faculty, by attending all college meetings, liaising with ICU officers, and working together with the GSA to improve social events.
I have pushed forward a number of key issues, such as the London weighting on studentships, the reinstatement of the maths advisory service, and many more that have arisen through the departmental research representatives. Some good results have bee seen already, but I believe that I have more to contribute to the PhD community; hence I am running for the same position again next year. As well as doing my job as academic affairs officer, my extensive experience within the Union over the years means that I can be a very valuable member of the C&G team.