Part Time Officer Candidate Question Time Answers

BME Students' Officer Candidates

How will you promote engagement of BME students?

Somisola Soyombo

Arranging more events and creating a BME network through liasing with cultural societies.

How would you help reduce potential racism and general xenophobia on campus?

Somisola Soyombo

Through organising talks and open debates to educate students as racism/xenophobia comes from a place of ignorance.

Disabled Students' Officer Candidates

How would you encourage the university to resolve accessibility issues on campus?

Faith Tuma

I will work with the students, accommodation office and disability advisory service depending on the specific students' needs - because not everybody has the same wishes and requirements. Educating members of staff by awareness events or flyers is essential for achieving ultimate results and fair treatment.

How would you approach students with hidden disabilities?

Faith Tuma

I will host events/drop ins to let it be known that it is okay to talk - everyone needs to share what's on their minds. Together, we will create a warm, welcoming environment to share your experiences and concerns. We will work together to break the barriers caused by stigma - if we speak up.

How would you promote your role as Disabled Students' Officer?

Faith Tuma

Through advocation on campus - such as attending different society and university organised events to ensure that this role is seen, as well as advertising the drop in sessions as mentioned in my manifesto. Further to this, I will make certain that events have enhanced accessibility.

Environment & Ethics Officer Candidates

What will be your approach to the “Fossil Free” campaign? What will be the long term effects of this campaign?

Ellie Moore

I would encourage divestment in fossil fuels by using our student voice and creating a petition and getting the student media on board. The university would no longer be a part of an industry which is one of the driving forces of climate change and we would lead the way in sustainability in higher education.


Rachel Strachan

I would ensure that the university's current investment practises are made publically available to all students so that the university is held accountable and pressured to act in a socially responsible way. The campaign will ensure that a world top 1% university is setting an example for ethical investment.

Will you continue the Environment & Ethics Officer photo competition?

Ellie Moore

Yes definitely! It gives students an opportunity to be outside and explore the campus’s wildlife. A focus of mine is to increase awareness of the biodiversity on campus in the hope that this would lead to greater engagement in conservation so I believe that the photo competition is a good way of doing that.


Rachel Strachan

Yes. The competition encourages appreciation of the environment on campus, which increases engagement with Green issues at the university as well as in a wider context. Entering the competition would also serve as a way for members of societies to earn points towards the Greenest Society award.

How would you aim to reduce waste on campus?

Ellie Moore

I would reduce the use of plastic on campus by ditching plastic straws and cutlery and replacing them with compostable alternatives, as well as free water bottle refill stations to encourage students to use a refillable water bottle. Cups in Park Bar should be encouraged to be reused if having the same drink.


Rachel Strachan

I would increase the number of water bottle filling stations on campus. These are easier to use than regular water fountains, and have a counter which shows how many plastic bottles have been saved by using that station. I would also introduce a Greenest Society award to encourage societies to reduce waste.

International Students' Officer Candidates

Being away from home is so hard for international students. How will you make them feel welcome in a completely new place?

Akiko Takeda

By introducing people who are also from international background. From my experience having people around who had similar experiences really helps because they can relate.


Lubna Zulkifli

I will meet with every international student personally- at the beginning of the term for new students and another get-to-know session with all the other international students. I will engage with them and let them know that I am there for them if they ever need help in anything or just a good chat.


Muhammad Dashtban

Three effective ways aimed in my short-term and long-term plan include (1) familiarizing the students with their own homeland. It provides them a good opportunity to share concern, seeking help and making here their home by more home-like communications; and (2) regularly monitor their concerns (3) social me.


Karim Elassi

Firstly I will let them know that i've been in their same situation and I will let them know that I'm always there for them, digitally or in person. Furthermore, I will introduce them to societies and activities that relate to them and their culture. I will also provide them with key tips that have helped me.


Yuxin Wei

Finding some students having common country to giving new students tips on how to deal with homesick as well as day-to-day problems and becoming their family by having more traditional cultural activities.

What support will you give to international students initially, and how will you ensure that students continue to feel supported throughout the year?

Akiko Takeda

Keeping in touch with the international students will be the key point. I will do this by email and some brunch session. Giving them a list of facilities that is available in the university would support the students as well. When I first came I had this problem so I think it would really help.


Lubna Zulkifli

I will fight for lecture captures in all lectures. Some international students may have problems adapting to the lecturers’ accents, so this will be a good thing to have to help them with their studies. I will also implement a feedback system where they can share anything related with international affairs.


Muhammad Dashtban

I aimed to regularly monitor the international student's problems/concerns from different schools to ensure I am aware of their concerns and try my best to act on their behalf. I have also prepared some questioners from my previous experiences to understand more about them and getting them more in touch!


Karim Elassi

I will introduce the students to opportunities the university has to offer to make them feel at home. I will also be available anytime through social media for any problems they have, social or personal. I will open up as many opportunities throughout the year to help them strengthen build new friendships.

How would you encourage the integration of cultures?

Akiko Takeda

As mentioned above, introducing international students to each other naturally intergrades the culture.The interaction with different cultures allow us to be more aware of other cultures. Therefore, I would create a place where everyone can come and introduce their culture to other people.


Lubna Zulkifli

I will organise an international week where all cultural societies can introduce and promote their cultures and customs with everyone. The end of the week will be wrapped up with an event called “All Around the World” where representatives from the societies showcase their culture and battle off to win prizes.


Muhammad Dashtban

As for my manifesto, via some entertaining and non-entertaining programme such as must-see trips and specific public forums which provides unique opportunities to integrate multiple cultures while understanding and feeling others' culture.


Karim Elassi

I will work closely with the different international societies to find common grounds between them and help to create events between them that is representative of the different backgrounds. Creating events and activities that promote learning about other cultures and sharing about their own.


Yuxin Wei

Try to arrange more social activities between different national societies that includes more communication rather than clubbing.

LGBT+ Students' Officer Candidates

What kind of support will you offer to make LGBT+ students feel more welcome?

Lucy Ha Anh Stamm

I understand how it can be a little daunting sometimes to approach a community/society for the first time even with casual events such as coffee hour or games night, which is why I want to offer one-on-one chats (whether online anonymously or in-person) prior to said events. A bit of moral support!

How will you support the integration of gender neutral toilets?

Lucy Ha Anh Stamm

Dispelling any misconceptions about gender neutral toilets is in my opinion one of the best ways to rouse support from everyone and this is done by spreading awareness via word-of-mouth or on social media platforms. Furthermore, encouraging people to just go for it so they'll realise it's all a-okay!

What kind of events will you offer to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues?

Lucy Ha Anh Stamm

Joint performances with other societies which not only allow us to raise awareness on LGBTQ+ issues, but also to raise money to help those in difficult or even dangerous positions outside of our university i.e. dance performances or talent shows or even our own rendition of RuPauls' Drag Race!

London Road Students' Officer Candidates

What would you do to promote RUSU run events on London Road campus?

Fatemah Almuwaiziri

I want to have an effictive tranfer of all events based in Whiteknights campus to the London Road campus.

How would you better engage London Road students on Whiteknights campus?

Fatemah Almuwaiziri

I am thinking about creating similar events to the events be held on Whiteknights campus. Also by establish a network between students from both campus.

What campaigns would you run to increase social space on London Road campus?

Fatemah Almuwaiziri

I will try to collect students opinions and requests from London road campus to RUSU. I will try to do more activitise and events in London Road campus to engage students with each other and establish social live between students.

Undergraduate Mature Students' Officer Candidates

How would you promote the engagement of mature students with the Students' Union?

Sophie Watt

More events for mature students run by the union throughout the year. Tailored events for both the younger and older age brackets throughout the year, both social events and events to help with university transition, eg study skills, exam technique, knowledge gap sessions.


Millie Farquhar

I will be active on the Mature Students' Facebook page and advertise not only opportunities to meet with me to discuss and learn about the issues and difficulties Mature Students face. I will also work to promote events at the SU that mature students might be interested in, such as the quiz nights.

How would you help the Students' Union understand and tackle mature student's issues?

Sophie Watt

Introduction of a survey for mature students to assess the areas they feel are lacking and the areas they feel are strong in mature student provision. Fortnightly drop in sessions for mature students to speak with the mature students officer that are well publicised.


Millie Farquhar

From my experience as a Student Trustee, I know that regular meetings with the full time officers and the team at the SU are important. It will allow me to voice concerns and issues that mature students face and we will then be able to work together to fix any issues and stop them from occurring again.

What campaigns would you run to improve the experience of mature students?

Sophie Watt

Campaign for a minimum amount of time, after which timetabling should not be changed, to avoid negative impact on eg childcare. Campaign for departments to run “catch up” sessions at the beginning of year 1 to ensure mature students have the same level of knowledge as those coming straight from a levels.


Millie Farquhar

I will focus on lobbying the university for travel bursaries. The university does not realise that many mature students do not live in halls, or travel from far away in order to stay with their partners and/or children. Students with a family cannot move closer to Reading and I want to help them get support.

Women's Officer Candidates

What safety precautions would you take to make women feel safer on campus?

Catherine McClane

I would ensure the continuation of the Gals with Pals scheme as well as wider education about consent, pushing to make it compulsory with halls talks. I would also make sure all women had a safe space to talk to me about whatever concerns them, by making sure I am accessible through social media.

What campaign would you run for International Women's Day?

Catherine McClane

I would run a whole week of activities to ensure that we celebrate diversity of the women on our uni campus, including Spoken Word events, promotion of women's sport activities (tying in with the This Girl Can campaign), celebration of Women's traditions around the world, and the promotion of events from UoR.

How would you approach issues of sexism and harassment on campus?

Catherine McClane

In my manifesto I promise to review the process for rep0orting sexual violence, but I would also look at the way UoR deal with sexisma and harassment as well, and make sure that reports are taken seriously. I would also make myself approachable to talk about these issues if individuals need extra support.

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