Voting opens at 12pm today (Monday 24th March) for the FTO Elections, but also elections for next year’s subject reps. The rep system is now going into its third year, having been introduced by Zahid Raja in September 2012 as part of his Education Officer manifesto.
This year, however, the system has changed, and reps for current 1st and 2nd year students will be elected this week. Many people have put themselves forward for Subject Rep, and SU Student Voice Co-ordinator, Matt Hurst, said ‘It’s great to see so many new faces getting involved.’
One of this year’s candidates took an unconventional approach to his election material
Candidates this week may find themselves looking to previous Rep election campaigns for Microsoft Paint-based inspiration.
Mr Hurst adds that ‘The Reps will have a positive impact and the changes to the system has reduced the issues greatly.’
This coming year will be an important year for the University, as it prepares for the move onto the Bay Campus for September 2015. Mr Hurst writes that ‘The importance of the Reps’ role will greatly increase in the coming year with the move to the bay campus and the changes we are looking to make as a Union.’
Voting will open for Subject Reps and FTO positions here at 12pm.
By Laurence Atkinson