Proposer: Aimee Hayward
Seconder: Luke Taylor
What is the main change you want to see at NUA?
Two words - better communication! This past year we have been stuck behind our screens more than ever due to lockdown restrictions. All information has been delivered digitally, but how effective has this been? As SU President, I aim to change exactly that, ensuring that all students have easy access (and knowledge) to the wide variety of resources and help available. This would mean that the SU website would undergo a full refurbishment to represent our university, as let’s be real, it’s looking a bit out-dated.
What skills and experience do you bring to the role that make you the best candidate?
I’ve been a student at NUA for four years and while my experience might not have been the same as yours. I completely empathise with the pressures and stresses of university life, so rest assured that any concerns or worries you may have, won’t fall onto deaf ears.
My job as an insurance claims handler has allowed me to develop a multitude of different skills, including adaptability and remaining calm in high-intensity situations. I can work independently, or in a team and make judgement calls in the best interests of the client.
What are your objectives for your year in office?
To better prepare students for future career goals, giving realistic career guidance and real-life advice, beyond the parameters of being an artist, designer, architect etc. There’s already the Ideas Factory, Employability Sessions and NUA Alumni, but these services can be broadened so that students can see what their degree can do for them.
To do this, update online resources to be more easily accessible to the vital resources students need and to introduce more focus on future career goals and options for all students within teaching time, instead of being an optional extra.
What policies would you deliver if you were elected as Students' Union President?
To ensure better communication between students and NUA Management. Including ongoing COVID-19 updates as well as clearly explaining the support available to students. From help with financial issues, seeking mental health support or applying for an extension.
Introduce career-focused sessions across all courses for second years. As either presentations or workshops, within teaching time.
Introduce a wellbeing check-in service to students who have been absent from uni for a prolonged period. With prior consent, make contact through email or call to see if the univeristy could be of assistance, this would be a service provided by the University.
Why should students vote for you to become the 2021/22 Students' Union President?
To those who don’t know me personally, I don’t beat around the bush. I see an opportunity to make changes and want to follow through with them in the student bodies best interest.
If I haven’t convinced you already, the last thing I’ll say is that I will do everything I can in my year in office to make it a better year for students at NUA. I’m here to listen, offer support and truly be a representative of the student's voice. It’s not about what I want, but about what I can do for you :)