AUSA announces election results
The results of the AUSA representative elections were published on October 15th.
By Olivia Mackenzie Smith
Photo courtesy of Aedan Brennan
The elections for members of the Student Council, who represent the student body, organise campaigns and hold the Students’ Association to account, were held online.
Elections for student representatives entail voting for members of the Communities Committee, Environment and Ethics, Sports Union, Societies Union, Undergraduate Education Committee, Postgraduate Education, Qatar Committee, Women and Non-Binary Students’ Forum, International Students’ Forum and Student Workers’ Forum.
When asked how he felt about the elections, Vice President for Communities Camilo Torres-Barragán said:
“We put a lot of effort in trying to engage more students and I think we managed to get more people involved than usual. However, we still want to keep growing and each position has many candidates competing and campaigning for it”.
“I’m sure we’ll see the committees working soon to fill those positions by co-option, so I’d encourage everyone who didn’t have the chance to participate in the past elections to keep an eye on communications, as there’ll be second chances to join.”
“I’m really looking forward to this term as there’s a lot of ongoing projects and campaigns that students can join and help to complete, such as decolonising the curriculum, implementing the fossil fuel divestment, Undoing Borders (making University more welcoming for international students), the anti-racist university, the design of a sustainable transport strategy for the university, making sports more welcoming and accessible for all, and re-launching our volunteering opportunities website, among many others.”
Among the representatives for 2021 are Frank Blay, elected Vice-Chair of Student Council; Rebecca Taylor as Campaign Coordinator for Environment and Ethics and Satu Astikainen as Events Convener of the Sports Union Committee.
Full results, along with more information about AUSA’s activities and programmes, can be found at https://www.ausa.org.uk/elections/current/results/ and on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.