Vice President Candidate:
Proposer: Tanje Kelesh
Seconder: Rosie Gunning
What is the main change you want to see at NUA?
As Students’ Union Vice-President, I want to give students the chance to experience the community aspect of the university. I was lucky enough to experience pre-Covid NUA and truthfully I met most of my close friends during that period when I was able to interact with people in different SU events. It was a chance for me to branch out from my course and I want to give that same opportunity to other students, who like me, may be too shy to do that on their own
What skills and experience do you bring to the role that make you the best candidate?
I represented my school and country in many events both national and international over the years and have been a part of many clubs and societies including the Drama Club, Animal Welfare, History Club, Science and Robotics Club, and Arts and Culture Society to name a few. I helped organise parades, theatre productions, charity events, competitions, open days, bake sales and sports days in three different schools across three different countries and it always filled me with joy.
What policies would you deliver if you were elected as Students' Union Vice President?
I know the pet therapy sessions were very popular and helped a lot of people with their mental health so I will aim to bring more animal-related events and more mental health centred workshops. I also plan to come up with a separate calendar for non-academic events so that students can experience various clubs, societies and events without having to only commit to one or a few at a time. I would also like to somehow showcase student-owned businesses that may operate in a way where it isn’t possible to attend in-person fairs so that they can also get the chance to showcase their work.
Why should students place their vote with you?
I am an international student who came to Norwich knowing nothing about the city or university. I know many people have a hard time making friendships or trying new things as they adjust to university life so I want both new and returning students to get the full ‘art uni’ experience as Covid measures ease. I aim to support the Liberation Officers as much as I can so that we can hold even more events in the coming year.
What would you want to be remembered for after you completed your year as Vice President?
I want to be remembered as someone who helped strengthen the community aspect of the university and helped showcase the many unique groups that exist within it. I want to be remembered for organising the events that are important to the students and that help them shape their university experience in the best possible way.