It’s been a few weeks since the elections results came out. We’re now catching up with all of the winners for a brief interview. To start, we speak with Richard Crake, the newly elected Disabled Students’ Representative.
How do you feel about winning?
Elated. It was a great turnout; I’m happy so many people engaged with disability. I’m looking forward to seeing these people work with me to help me be the best I can be.
What is your first priority in your role?
Set up a first meeting with Disability Services to try and improve the working relationship between us and I. I want to act as a link between them and disabled students, and to make sure that the services they get are tailored.
How will you know if you’ve succeeded?
I’ve set myself three markers of success:
- A dialogue is established between Disability Services
- The Disabled Students’ Forum is re-established and successful
- Disabled students feel more confident in bringing issues forward about their welfare
Do you have anything to say to disabled students who are unsure about university life?
Try and be as open and optimistic as you can, and try and go to as many events as you can. If you need support, want to go to an event with someone, or just want to know where to get a good haircut, get in contact with me on firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook or Twitter @rcrakeuclan