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President Candidate:

Stephanie Chivizhe

 

Proposer: Emma Turner

Seconder: Shakira Allen

Why should students place their vote with you?

My university experience has been a series of highs and lows. Through this I believe I have not only been able to grow as an individual but learnt a kindness and patience that can only come from such an experience. My time as a student will soon be over. Until then I will take that as an opportunity to get in touch with the students and learn from their experiences. I know how it feels to feel left behind and it’s not something I would ever wish for a student to experience. I aim to optimise the student experience to the best of my ability. Every student should feel their president had their best interest at heart. A vote for me is a vote for the students.

Keeping student wellbeing a top priority is something that I hold very close to my heart.

What is the main change you want to see at NUA?

During my time as president, my focus will be centred around student well-being, as I believe it is something that is generally discussed but not necessarily followed through. As we transition back to face-to-face learning, I believe creating a safe, open and collaborative environment amongst the students is so important and can make such a significant difference to every student at NUA. No student left behind! Society engagement from both the students and staff body will create conditions that are both nurturing and comfortable. Making sure the creatives who pour so much of themselves into their work are taken care of.

What would you want to be remembered for after you completed your year as President?

Honestly, I just want to be the President that cared, the President that made a difference.

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What policies would you deliver if you became Students’ Union President?

Supportive support. The university is great at pulling students in. When I was going through the application process, I felt noticed and desired by the university. I felt I wouldn’t be another number and I came to university hopeful. I felt a lack of follow through once I arrived. Freshers gave me an opportunity to get to know other students but with the university, somewhere along the line I felt I slipped through the cracks. I wasn’t aware of how the university could be of help which is why I aim to push for transparency between the university and the student. Clear and true understanding of how the university can be of support throughout the studies.

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 the other candidates:

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What skills and experience do you bring to the role that make you the best candidate?

I would say my best asset is my kindness. I’m a compassionate individual who has built a lot of personal resilience. Being president of the Students’ Union is a selfless task. I am not somebody who gives up easily and I intend to bring these traits to the roles to enact tangible change. Every student should be able to point to their president and say ‘that was my president.’ I know how it feels to be in the position of the student and how important it is to have that one person you can just talk to. I would be the approachable president you can talk to.