Updated 18 Feb 2008 08:23: added manifesto from Liz Hyde.
Updated 17 Feb 2008 22:50: added manifesto from Jennifer Morgan, who submitted late due to family circumstances.
Updated 17 Feb 2008 11:24: added manifesto from Kadhim Shubber.
Updated 17 Feb 2008 10:02: added manifesto from Jaimie Henry.
I?m a first year Medical Student, and I?m involved with various Clubs and Societies including being Treasurer of MedDebate Soc and I also have show on ICRadio. The Trustee Board may seem a less exciting Union role, but it?s no less important; I?d give it all the commitment and dedication it deserves to ensure good practice and student concerns are foremost in the mind of Trustees. I may be ?fresh faced? to University politics, but that might not be a bad thing- it means honest and open representation of students is something I can guarantee.
The Trustee Board requires members that are hard working, strong-willed and most importantly that have a vision for the Union. I am all of these things and much more. My vision is that the Union should be transparent, financially sound and efficiently delivering what students want. As you can sense, I do not believe the Union is currently these things, as Student Trustee I will strive to bring credible and noticeable change to the Union, as well as making sure that students are better informed about the workings or indeed failings of the Union.
The fact is, Imperial?s delegates have to vote how they are told to vote, so you can?t really pick us based on our beliefs. All our delegates have to vote for the reforms currently proposed to drag this creaking, ineffective and poor 1970s organisation into the 21st century. As editor of an award-winning news site last year, I?m in an excellent position to come back and tell you whether the NUS is worth our time or money, or if it?s still as useless as it has been for the past decade. Send someone who?ll tell you if we?re wasting £44k.
I voted no to joining the NUS because I could not see that the £44,000 a year fee was justified. In fact, even after attending the NUS Extraordinary Conference last term, I am still dubious as to where the students of Imperial are benefitting.
However I really want to represent Imperial at conference because I think that we need to contribute to and get as much out of it as we can. I want to help Imperial students see results from Conference. This is a huge task but it starts by improving communication between the NUS delegates and the students.
Following some great comedy, but awful debate, at the NUS extraordinary conference last December, I voted and saw the passing of the Governance Review. I want to see this voted through again. I want to be there to vote it through. Imperial deserves better than the current NUS farce. Students deserve better. Without the governance review, this won?t happen and it will continue to be a playground for aspiring socialist hacks and their ?free pet care for students? motions. The NUS should deal with student issues, not students creating them, so vote Liz for the sensible logic found at Imperial!
Each year we spend £44,000 of our subvention in affiliation fees to the NUS and it?s very hard to quantify what benefits we receive from this considerable sum. It is important ICU gets value for money by attending conferences and giving input, where appropriate, on issues that affect Imperial students. The students at Imperial are often special cases in that they are studying science, technology and medicine that live and study in London. I don?t care for anti-war or other Trot motions; I just care about the motions that affect Imperial students, so vote Chris for NUS delegate.
The NUS claims to speak for us, but they can only when we tell them what we want them to say. With guidance from Council on which way to vote, some may question what difference it makes who is elected to form the delegation. There are few motions on which delegates must vote a particular way, but many where a delegate can vote differently with just cause. We need to elect delegates that will maintain the interest of Imperial students and work to ensure that the NUS works for us and delivers what we need.
NUS Conference 2008 is the most important conference in a generation. Fundamental changes to the way the NUS works will be debated and if passed will represent a major reform of the organisation making it less likely that financial crisis and political irrelevance will prevent it from delivering for students. Imperial College Union has been one of over 40 Unions driving these reforms and I have been a strong supporter of this policy. For a delegate who will represent the views of Imperial students and report back on what happens in Blackpool VOTE JEN for NUS Delegate.
I have attended two NUS Conferences in the past year and am familiar with the procedures of the NUS. As a member of the NUS Working Group I am writing amendments for Conference based on research that I have undertaken. As a familiar face in the NUS I will gain support amongst other delegations to change the NUS into a union that is relevant to our needs and of greater benefit to our members in the future. I believe I am the Candidate with the most experience, the appropriate knowledge and the most influence. Mwu ha ha cough cough...
I?m a final year biology student who?s also spent much of the last three years campaigning on various issues (anti-war/anti-fascist/women?s lib/anti-climate change etc). I oppose the new NUS governance review because I think it diminishes many of the democratic structures that make it possible for ordinary students like me to go to conference in the first place. The way to improve the NUS is to get more students involved and run campaigns that people care about so we want to stay affiliated not to cut back on activism. Vote for me to represent this alternative point of view.
The Union operates a ?whipped vote? ? meaning the way delegates vote on important issues to Imperial Students has already been decided by NUS working group and ultimately Council ? I?m a member of both.
Whilst at Imperial I have been a Re-app, a member of several clubs, ICU senior bar staff and RSM Treasurer; I?m in touch with student issues so can vote sensibly when the vote is ?free? and give real feedback on the conference.
I voted ?NO? to the NUS but feel if we must be a part of it then we should maximise the benefit for our students.
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