by Emili Peake – Election Correspondent.
UCLan Students’ Union has elected students to represent at both a local and national level during a small, two day election.
The School restructure over the summer meant that a number of Schools were without an elected School President. Results from this election showed that Robyn Brindle was elected into the position of School Present for the School of Medicine and Amit Rehan was elected as School President for the School of Dentistry, both uncontested. The School of Community Health and Midwifery saw Alix Coole-Varlow elected with 3 votes against James Shuttleworth who gained 2 votes.
This election saw the first ever UCLan Students’ Union Transgender student representative be elected into position. With 103 votes to 67, Ollie Neald was elected.
In the elections for representation at the National Union of Students (NUS) Conferences, James Hofestetter was elected to join the current LGB Representative, David McIntyre at NUS LGBT Conference. Elections for NUS Women’s Conference were closely contested. Lyndsay Wood was elected as the open place at NUS Women’s Conference, beating Molly Cronshaw by 11 votes. Tasmia Salim was voted in as the disability delegate for the NUS Women’s Conference, beating Stephanie Lomas by just 9 votes. Lyndsay and Tasmia will join Women’s Representative Chloe Knowles at the conference in March.
Finally, the places for NUS Conference in April were allocated to seven delegates, the results were as follows:
Tom Daly – 48 votes in the first round.
Tasmia Salim – 44 votes in the first round.
Lucy Haigh – 42 votes in the first round.
Sam Johnson – 26 votes in the first round.
Hannah Mason – 16 votes in the first round and 14.6 from reallocations.
James Hofstetter – 13 votes in the first round and 18.81 from reallocations.
Michael Wilson – 12 votes in the first round and 18.41 from reallocations.
Pick up a copy of November’s issue of Pluto to read more about the candidates and what they intend to do with their positions.
A number of positions remain unfilled after this election. It has been decided that a second by-election will take place at the start of December to elect students into the remaining conference delegate and School President slots.