This post has had a lot of coverage over the last week, with a smear campaign and a candidate withdrawal, however, 2 remain and it’s all to play for!
The overarching theme of both candidates’ manifestos appears to be reconnecting with the students and making the SU more relevant to the wider student community. Ceinwen Cloney uses a slogan of ‘review, revive and restore’ to summarise her plans to make the SU something all students can be proud of. She also backs moving the SU to a more central building, putting it firmly back in the centre of student life. Aron McGill, meanwhile, pledges to compliment a fully reviewed SU with long-term consultation, which will result in a referendum on any issues which have arisen.
Ceinwen also promises to lobby for more funding, both from the University and external sources.
She will ensure International Students have maintained levels of representation, a potential vote-winner given that next year’s team will not include an International Officer.
Students who participate in extra-curricular activities will get the bonus of HEAR accreditation for time spent in sports teams, societies or as subject reps.
Ceinwen promises a smooth transition onto Swansea Bay’s Science and Innovation Campus (due to open September 2015).
She also promises to run basic first aid sessions in all First year accommodation, as well as providing basic information packs for all students.
Ceinwen also promises to boost that ‘Friday feeling’ with a weekly chocolate fountain in JC’s.
Aron pushes strongly for liberation issues in his manifesto, with accessible information on sexual health and for sex-based crimes. He also intends to hold a year-long celebration of culture, recognising the vast cultural diversity here at Swansea. He wants to conclude this by holding a Summer Ball-sized event representing each student culture.
Aron is also keen to improve the Fresher experience, by working with local charities to help create a tailored Freshers’ pack.
Full manifestos can be accessed here.
By Laurence Atkinson