Contributions by Laurence Atkinson and Oliver Treen
14:48 Stuart Rice concludes the Welfare debate and the Hustings. That’s a wrap from us, thanks for following. Remember you can vote here until Friday at 5pm.
14:41 How would you counteract the loss of Women’s and International officer positions?
Verity says that the roles of those post have been absorbed into welfare, and it is the role of the welfare officer to front liberation campaigns going onto Bay.
D says that the events and campaigns have been strong this year, and would like to see more multi-religious and international cultural campaigns.
Chuks says that societies will help a lot with this. He also says that his proposed Buddy Scheme would help international students find their footing in Swansea.
Zarina says that she has faced many challenges as a woman and as an international student, and we should do more to improve the confidence of liberation groups on-campus.
Joel says that – as a LGBT officer, he was disappointed by support from the union. He wishes to expand this support.
Rhydian feels that the posts are a critical loss for the union. He says that the welfare officer should be willing to step up to support liberation campaigns, and should work with the incumbent officers to ensure a smooth handover.
14:35 ‘How would you make sure quality accommodation is still accessible given the Immigration Bill?’
Zarina says she was disappointed by the accommodation at Swansea, and insists that the Union should lobby with other organisations to improve standards in accommodation.
Joel cites extortionate fees levelled at international students. The housing charter he spoke of earlier would abolish this.
Rhydian talks about his accreditation plans, and notes that we need to increase standards across the board, particularly on Bay Campus.
Verity wishes to work directly with landlords to increase support for international students as well as home students. She wishes to make students more aware of their legal rights regarding housing.
D says advice should be more accessible. She also pledges more counter-publicity to stop the housing rush that leaves many students short-changed.
Chuks says he agrees with Zarina. He is currently seeking advice from letting agents regarding how to improve conditions, particularly for international students.
14:30 ‘How do you plan to minimise the effects of drugs culture?’
Rhydian notes that drugs are a big problem. He suggests a push for more awareness campaigns regarding drugs.
Joel says it’s a problem of education. We should work with the police and the NHS to educate students.
Zarina says that we need to tackle the roots of drug issues – notably depression and isolation.
Chuks also backs proper drugs education for students, including poster campaigns in the health centre and on campus.
D agrees with the others and wishes to introduce an anonymous consultation system.
Verity says the trouble with uni is that students are too willing to try out drugs as a new experience. She says that drugs issues are covered by her expansion of healthcare access. She also says we need to increse awareness of spiking and increase access to information about this issue.
14:28 Verity talks about her international background, and states that she wishes to extend and improve the welfare service. She pledges a volunteer-run anxiety and depression forum. She also wishes to make healthcare more accessible, and abolish the doctor’s note fee (£12). She wishes to reinstate the night bus, improve disabled access, and increase support for student parents.
14:25 Dharani (D) cites her experience as a college rep, and notes that many students aren’t aware of welfar opportunities. She wishes to publicise them more thoroughly, she gives her support for a subsidised Bay campus bus, she wishes to introduce welfare drop-in sessions and pledges to improve standards with a rate-your-landlord schme
14:23 Chuks says that he is running to tackle the concerns of students – he is running to fill a gap. Student welfare hasn’t been growing at an acceptable rate, he says. He wishes to improve food quality and pricing, while tackling anti-social behaviour and expanding buddy schemes. He closes with a promises to support the winner of the election, if it isn’t him.
14:21 Zarina says she is in love with Swansea – and that she is running to help the city and the university she loves. She cites her work with multinational companies as evidence of her experience, organisation and willingness to tackle problems. She plans to expand student feedback measure, including a pitch for a quarterly session for students to voice their concerns.
14:18 Joel laments welfare’s perception as the ‘soft’ office. He reiterates his support for a university housing charter, a mass registration of students for the GE 2015, and his will to reform assessment schedules. He wants more rigorous standards for personal tutors, and talks about student safety, particularly Singlet0n lighting and taxi safety.
14:17 Rhydian gives us some background: he is a masters physch student, president of debating, and is focussing on housing and mental health. He wants to hold termly mental health reviews, including a targeted campaign to get men to talk about mental health. He emphasises his support for a landlord accreditation scheme. Moreover, he insists that we should have more accountable and accessible welfar officers.
14:16 Welfare now. Rhydian Morris speaking first.
14:13 Be aware: there is an official hashtag! To keep up with the elections throughout the week, check out #SUSUelections14
14:07 Delays starting the welfare debate, we’re waiting for a candidate! Hopefully be back live shortly.
13:54 Up next, the final position, Welfare!
13:53 Stuart Rice closes the Sports debate and reminds the audience that voting will be taking place here until Friday at 5pm.
13:50 What would you do to ensure sports provision on the second campus?
Charlotte would like to see affordable transport between campuses to make sure the two campuses are accessible.
Lauren agrees with this, and says that she believes sports are a good way to enhance integration between students.
Chanté believes it would be more advantageous to prioritise water-based sport on the second campus, leaving more traditional sports at Singleton Park.
13:48 How do you perceive ‘Lad Culture’ in Swansea Sport?
Lauren says it needs to be toned down, and when she would come down hard on any bullying or discrimination.
Charlotte believes that the role of the women’s officer needs to be embraced to help block discrimination and sexism.
Chanté says the Sports Officer needs to be more approachable and present to hear any criticism.
13:45 How would you make sports teams more accessible and inclusive?
Chanté would have a taster video for each sport to show that the clubs are welcoming that anyone can join and participate in.
Charlotte says she would like to introduce more inclusive sports in Varsity such as sitting volleyball and table tennis to promote equal options.
Lauren agrees with the other candidates, and indicates that she would like to introduce more sports such as rounders, and enhance the intramural leagues to include volleyball and rounders.
13:43 Lauren Walker wants to push Sport Swansea and ‘put Swansea on the map’. She highlights her desire to set up a sports app to make following news more easily. She aims to utilise all sporting facilities, particularly those to promote disability sports.
13:41 Charlotte Peters opens by discussing her experience as current Sports Officer, saying that she is in a position where she can speak up for students, regardless of the reception. She highlights her manifesto points. She would like to introduce a newsletter to increase communication, using more than social media.
13:39 Chanté Lee takes the podium first, and begins by saying that there are very few sports she hasn’t done. Therefore, she knows individual sporting needs. She would like to have a competition between societies to build relations.
13:38 Up next: Sports. The candidates take too the stage.
13:27 Stuart Rice closes the Societies and Services debates by reminding students here.
13:25 What service would you implement, and which is the most important?
Kat says we should consolidate our current services, and would like to see more emphasis on social services.
Nick says we shouldn’t necessarily add services, but the bus service to Bay and Costcutter will prove to be the most important.
Glyn emphasises the need for a cheap bus service to ensure that the two campuses are linked and societies are able to grow equally on both campuses. He says community services are the most important.
Jerry says that Costcutter plays a crucial role. We should focus on facilitating provision for students.
Jazmin says we already provide a good range of services on the existing campus, and we should work on balancing this with services on Bay Campus.
13:18 What would you do to respond to the call for non-drinking events?
Glyn says we should put more pressure on societies to deliver on this need.
Nick says that it’s not enough to apply pressure. We need to facilitate these sort of events, he says.
Kat speaks about the many opportunities for non-drinking socials within performing arts groups. She says societies need support to deliver.
Jazmin says that the ents focus is currently on existing events, but she says we should do more to ensure publicity for non-drinking socials.
Jerry insists that we need to more to ensure parity between non-alcoholic and alcoholic events, perhaps by enforcing a quota.
13:13 What are you going to do to ensure societies and services are extended to Bay?
Jerry makes it clear that he wants the uni to be in touch, and respond to students’ needs.
Jazmin cedes that Bay will not have immediate service parity, but we sould work on getting essential services set up.
Kat calls for the university to consult students regarding their wants for services on the second campus.
Nick calls for essential social arrangements like a bar on the new campus.
Glyn agrees with Nick and Kat, and says the Union should work with serivces to deliver this
13:11 Glyn emphasises his experience as a charity organiser, promising that he will ease restrictions on fundraising and publicity for university societies. He, like many welfare candidates, pledges a subsidised bus link to Bay Campus. He also calls for an increased budget – very popular with this year’s candidate.
13:09 Nick talks from a position of experience, particularly as pertains to his tenure as president of St John’s Ambulance society. He talks about how he has already worked with the campus outlets to figure his policies regarding student staff.
13:07 Kat speaks about her experience as a mathematician and her work as treasurer for Dance Society. She speaks about her ability to manage finances, and deliver effective and organised publicity. As with other candidates, she talk about extending to provisions to Bay Campus.
13:05 Jazmin notes her experience in a union committee, working for the union and reporting for the waterfront’s societies page. She focusses on her societies policies, including expansion of publicity and resources available to societies, and bringing societies onto a similar level to sports at the university.
13:03 Jerry is first to speak. He talks about how his policies respond to pressing issues, including the opening of service drop in sessions, and more international food. He says that his simple but effective policies are exactly what students need.
13:02 A reminder of the candidates: we have Jerry Isokariari, Jazmin Kopotsha, Kat Molloy, Nick Townsend and Glyn Williams.
13:01 Last call for questions for societies candidates. We’re about to begin.
12:54 Stuart Rice closes the Presidential category, reminding that students can vote online here.
12:52 ‘What one thing do you want people to remember?’
Aron McGill: Really important to vote for a candidate who strongly stands for something. He says he strongly stands for liberation issues and will do his utmost to protect them.
Ceinwen Cloney: Discusses her experience, knowledge of campaigns and knowledge of what students want and how to implement changes.
12:48 ‘What would you do to ensure the Union is bilingual and promote Welsh culture?’
Aron McGill: Ensure that Welsh is totally on par with English, as well as more Welsh Cultural events, which could help to ‘revive’ Welsh language.
Ceinwen Cloney: Would like to learn more Welsh, and gained enthusiasm in organising a Welsh cultural event, and would love to be more involved in Welsh affairs. She would like to make the St David’s Day celebration an annual event, as this is a Welsh event which rarely gets much recognition in the University.
12:45 ‘How would you build trust amongst the SU?’
Aron McGill: Cut down on some of the bureaucracy and procedure of the SU. The Union is in a perfect position to mediate strikes, for example, and therefore needs to build a stronger relationship with the university to ensure student voice is heard. He feels that if this were to happen, students would feel more engaged.
Ceinwen Cloney: She acknowledges that trust is a tricky problem, and there will never be a stage where every student is fully represented with the Union. She wants to move the Union into a more central building so that students know where they are and where they can find the SU to get involved.
12:38 ‘How will you make sure that all the responsibilities of the former positions will be covered?’
Ceinwen Cloney: Ring-fencing funding for liberation groups and other liberation campaigns. The role has changed to accommodate the loss of these positions, and it should be guiding and leading other officers. She believes President is about empowering and engaging students.
Aron McGill: Change the fundamental environment of the Students’ Union. He disagrees that the President is a leadership role, but instead an organisation role
12:36 Aron starts by discussing discrimination in society, and the importance of the liberation campaigns. He says that university is where change begins. He wants to hold a full review of the SU to make it more relevant to students. He want to aid liberation by hosting a year-long celebration of culture.
12:34 Ceinwen makes her speech, starting by saying that she has experience, enthusiasm, and commitment to deliver. She has guaranteed ring-fencing of liberation issues following the loss of the Women’s and International Officers.
12:33 We’re off again, Ceinwen Cloney and Aron McGill take to the stage.
12:30 Up next: President.
12:03 Quiz the Candidates should be starting in the next few minutes. Coming up first, Education Officer.
12:04 Stuart Rice reminds the audience that the elections are now open. You can vote by logging in here.
12:10 We’re live! Stuart Rice calls the candidates up to the stage.
12:11 Oliver Bell is first to make his two minute speech.
12:13 Oliver begins with discussing continued work on a new timetable system, noting that students will have real-time access to their personal timetables. He wants to minimise disruption for this system, and will give this support. He goes on to discuss mapping problems in the library, with on-line maps to help locate resources. He concludes by thanking the floor.
12:15 Ilana Cohen takes the podium. She backs practice interviews for employability and more module selection guidance to make the most out of ‘your degree’. She would like to see a standardisation of all colleges, helping the university procedures run more smoothly. She adds that her SU experience includes being the president of the Jewish Society, visiting NUS Conference, and being current Postgraduate Officer .
12:17 Dylan Hopkins says that the breakdown in the relationship between lecturer and student is damaging to degrees. He adds that feedback is often hard to read, and lectures lack student engagement. He plans to institute a series of recommendations to lecturers stating what students require based on feedback. He says that he wants representation from all years of study, which is why Dylan, as a first year student, is running.
12:19 ‘How do you make Course reps represent their students?’
Oliver Bell: One of the issues is that subject reps need more advertisement to see who they are, as well as being more interactive and accountable to students.
Ilana Cohen: Subject reps can be very busy on their courses, but she adds that it is important that students know that being a subject rep is a full time job and reps need to be more accountable.
Dylan Hopkins: Reps want to do the job, and need to ensure they work
12:22 ‘What is the major barrier that students face with education?’
Ilana Cohen: Ensuring that students can use they skills they need. Colleges need to offer more advice and guidance on module advice to tailor to individual students.
Oliver Bell: We have to focus on module selection and development of key skills. Events held can be good to discuss course skills and assessment difficulties.
Dylan Hopkins: The gap between lecturers and students is very important. Feedback between the two needs to be massively improved too so that students can improve.
12:25 ‘How are you going to engage students in quality enhancement?’
Dylan Hopkins: Weekly drop-in sessions and speaking to students directly.
Ilana Cohen: New or changed modules should have student consultation. As a subject rep she lobbied for a module student consultation and succeeded.
Oliver Bell: Feels that the current course rep system should represent views to the college, and provide active discussion between course reps, students and the university.
12:28 Stuart Rice concludes the education debate by telling the floor how to vote (Online, using a preference system), and you can vote here.