The race to elect this year’s student union officers kicks off this week as candidates will be quizzed by students on their plans for the future running of the university.
Kingston students will be able to question candidates on their main policies at a Q&A session on Thursday, and voice their concerns on university issues. With potential budget cuts being at the forefront of everyone’s minds, candidates are likely to receive some difficult questions.
Potential cuts to the SU budget means that election candidates are entering the union at a challenging time and student leaders have highlighted the need for particularly influential student officers this year.
“In a year when Unions are facing potential budget cuts, and students are entering a new Higher Education landscape, it is important that the Students’ Union has a strong voice, and the only way that happens is if students make their voices heard” said a SU spokesman.
One group of students, labelled ‘Team X’ has pledged to collectively tackle the effects of budget cuts if elected and is in the running for the top four positions including Student President, VP education, VP Activities and VP communications.
Alistair Farrow, who is running for student president on behalf of Team X, said: “I believe anybody who uses public services has a duty to resist the government’s regressive attack on them, not only for our benefit but for the benefit of future generations too.”
Team X has also pledged to ban library fines and will campaign to make KU more energy efficient.
This year’s elections could also signal a potential fresh start for the SU as all four of the top roles are guaranteed to be won by different students, since none of the current holders are campaigning to be re-elected. However, current VP education trustee, Christopher Dingle has set his sights on the top spot and will be running for Student President.
Further information on candidates and their manifestos can be found here.
The candidate Q&A session will take place this Thursday in JG2002 at 4-6pm and next Thursday, 22 March, at Kingston Hill in KHDL704 between 4-6pm.
Students will be able to cast their votes online next week, from Monday 21 to Friday 25 March and election results will be announced on the Friday evening.