March 2019 Elections

Meet your Candidates

Here are your candidates. Be sure to read each manifesto and place your vote anytime between Monday 18th March 9am - Thursday 21st March 4:30pm by clicking here  and log in using your student acount. Don't forget to head to the Lazy Lion Bar to here the results at 7pm followed by a live DJ. 

President

Kieran Irwin

My main objective is and always will be to promote the personal development of students by listening to their specific needs and helping them find a way to achieve what they came to WGU for in the first place. After speaking with students all year and listening to their comments a key point I want to work on is to work on is to lobby the University to ensure academic feedback on assignments is given within the required time frame. When feedback is not given on time then future assignments should be extended in order for the student to be able to improve their work.

 

During my time I have successfully challenged the university over the locking out of Moodle when SEM’s were not completed. I introduced a new position of women’s officer on student council to ensure that women across the university are represented. Two campaigns of which I led have been successful in promoting men’s mental health during the Movember campaign and also the currently active Bra-vo campaign. The sports teams have had coverage in the local press with weekly write ups of fixtures and results, which has also seen students from journalism have their work published. I have held regular meetings with both faculty engagement officers where I have resolved numerous issues for students without having to go down an official complaints route.

If I am elected I intend to work on the following:

  • Lobby the University to ensure academic feedback on assignments is given within the required time frame. When feedback is not given on time then future assignments should be extended in order for the student to be able to improve their work.
  • Lobby WGU into creating an outdoor fitness park on campus which will be free of charge for students.
  • Bring in regular dog therapy sessions which is used across other universities in the UK as a proven method to help reduce anxiety and day to day stress of university life.
  • Introduce a new event system that see’s students at WGU have a say on what events are held in the Students’ Union bar.
  • Ensure that positive mental health is continually promoted at WGU, by assisting individuals as well as raising awareness.
     
    I will be running for President with Ebony Banks who is running alongside me for the position of Vice President. Whilst coming from slightly different backgrounds we have similar interests and believe if we are elected as a pair we can utilise our different expertise to serve the students more efficiently. As I am currently the Vice President this puts me in a good position to continue supporting students as I am familiar with the logistics of how the university operates. The most important thing at a university is you, the students. Without you there would be no staff, no student’s union, no buildings and no WGU. This is the main reason I will always put you first and help to support your development and engage with you at all times.

 

 

Nicholas Musselle

Being a mature student, I have had a lifetime of experiences that we all go through or will go through in a generation. Spending most of my adult life in the military, travelling and immersed in different cultures away from family.

I always wanted to study at university, however, I never had the courage of my convictions due to family responsibilities and earning money. However late in 2015, I became seriously ill, and as a result, my company had no sedentary job for me after radical surgery, therefore losing my job.

On the bright side of life this was my chance to start University, and now I am coming to the end of my three years and having immersed myself in university life, and thoroughly enjoyed my experience.

 I believe because of my life maturity I can empathise and sympathise with other students who have suffered mental or physical illness, and I had to use the University welfare departments to enable my studies. I believe that communication is sometimes our biggest downfall, from each other to lecturers and Univerity staff; this can be because an individual can be anxious about other people and their reactions.

I have sat on many committees and having to communicate with all levels of management and organisations. Moreover, I have also had experience in a pastoral role through my Christian faith; therefore, listening to others in times of need.  

So I will pledge to open up ways of communication for the student's anxieties or ideas or complaints by spending more time with the students in the communal areas of the University.

  •  I concur with the strategic aims of the University of Education for all, whatever your background,
  • I pledge to spend more time with students in the communal area's
  • To enhance facilities for those full-time boarders at weekends,
  • To walk alongside those who need help communicating with University departments.
  • To encourage and facilitate better communication between Wrexham town and Glyndwr University. 
  • To increase Pastoral care for students, especially younger or those at a disadvantage.

There are exciting times ahead for Glyndwr University with the new vision for 2025, and many positive changes look forward to and enhance your University experience. Moreover, with your communication of the student's vision for 2025, this can be enhanced further.

My most significant vision is to make a difference to all that study at Glyndwr University, and by voting for me we can achieve this together.

Vice President

 Ebony Banks

Hello, my name is Ebony Banks. I’m a current third year hospitality, tourism and events management student, here at Wrexham Glyndwr University. This year I am running for the role of Vice President within the Students union.

Over my four years at Glyndwr I have been heavily involved with many aspects of the university. Since my first day I have been involved in the promotion of the university through modelling for the prospectuses as well as multiple films promoting not only the University but also Wrexham county, I was also a WGU insider for 2 years.

I am also a course representative, undergraduate representative on the learning teaching & quality committee, current student council chair, a student ambassador as well as having worked for the university as part of the Application Support Team. All of which has given me a unique insight into the logistics and inner workings of the university.

During my time as Vice President of the SU I hope the achieve the following

  • Challenge the University to resolve issues students may have, as I have done on previous occasions with problems such as blocking SEMS, this includes the promises made by my running mate Kieran with regards extensions where inadequate or no feedback has been provided by lecturers
  • Bring in therapy dogs as a way to improve mental health
  • Improve catering facilities to ensure a variety of food is offered, including healthier alternatives as well as catering to more dietary requirements. This includes enhancing the Lazy Lion bar to include a wider variety of drinks including cocktails.
  • Create more enjoyable events for students to participate in.
  • Review parking regulations within the university to ensure there is always enough parking for students, including students with cars living in accommodation.
  • Finally, I would like to encourage the university to become eco-friendlier and instil new regulation to reduce our carbon footprint in day to day activities.

 

I believe I would be a strong candidate for Vice President as I am dedicated to enhancing the student experience and addressing concerns raised by students. I am already heavily involved with the student’s union, including working closely with current VP and SU President candidate Kieran which makes us a strong team.

 

 I aim to implement more initiatives similar to the period poverty campaign already in place to help students.

 

As an events management student I also want to bring a variety of new and exciting events to the student’s union including more day-time activities which students can enjoy

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my manifesto, if you have any questions I will be campaigning around campus throughout the week. Please make sure you vote so you can make a difference to your university!

 

 

 

 

Caitlin Davies

Hi, I’m Caitlin Davies and I’m campaigning to be your next WGSU Vice President!

What am I Running For?

 

  • Fairness for all students
  • Fight for an accommodation price freeze
  • Push to get the best facilities available for students
  • Create a link between sport teams, societies and all other students to increase its family orientated stature
  • Improve social activities on campus to bring all students together
  • Ensure someone is always available to talk to students about any issues they experience during their time at WGU and fight for them
  • Earlier training for new captains/new societies to maximise member intake and have the ability to plan events
  • Maximise volunteering opportunities in the university and Wrexham for students to gain the best experience and make the most of their time at WGU

 

20% of students who drop out of university do so because they feel lonely. Great proportions of students go through university life and do not know about the opportunities that the Union can offer. The SU might be perceived as uninteresting, something “not for me”. If elected as VP, I want to shake off the idea that the SU and societies are only for specific cliques of people, breaking down the barriers that stop people from wanting to be involved in a great community. I want to show to all students that sport teams and societies are brilliant places for expressing your hobbies, showing your passion for your degree and a great place to meet like-minded people. Societies are fantastic and can boost your love for different things, helping you find new interests you never realised you liked! I want to break down the barriers that stop students feeling as if they are not welcome in and I intend to engage more students with the Union through showing what there is and what can be created. I want to help boost sport and societies further than ever, letting them thrive and allow for more to build and grow.

 

Being a new student and having to move away from home can be daunting. During my time at WGU the accommodation prices have increased every year, with them rising again for the upcoming year. I intend to fight for a price freeze for university owned student accommodation to help benefit students. I will also fight for the best for all students in all accommodation and help with any issues they may experience.

I aim to increase social events that happen in and around the university. We’re very lucky to have the Lazy Lion Bar within WGSU that can be used to host regular events. By working closely with sport teams, societies and students I hope to maximise the events being held at WGSU to bring all the students together.

Having volunteered for years and while at WGU I find volunteering roles very important and look amazing on a CV.  I want to maximise the opportunities available for students to help them build their CV and try something new.

Charley Wiles

Hello, my name is Charley Wiles, I am a 4th year student at Glyndwr University studying Mdes Graphic Design and I am running for the position of Vice-President of the Student Union this year. 

As a pervious course rep and current school council rep for Regent Street, I believe that I can improve the enviroment for all students across the campus. Over the past 4 years of studying and taking part in student council and student voice forums, several issues have popped up during conversation with students, staff and members of the public that I believe that I can solve in a small period of time. As well as these issues, I have also been wanting to improve areas that have been lacking attention, such as; Events, Organisation and Communication.

These three key areas are what I want to focus on for the next 12 months if I become your Vice-President of the Student union.

Here are a few examples of how I would implement these key areas:

Events

  • Planned events that are tailored to what students want.
  • Weekly timetables of events that are constantly updated.
  • Exciting new prizes (not just cash prizes).
  • Anaylsing and taking onboard student feedback regularly.
  • Promoting events in advance.

Organisation

  • Organising set times for students to pop in and talk to sabbatical officers in person.
  • Organising events to a high standard.
  • Organising drop in sessions at Regent Street and Northop Campus.

Communication

  • Improving communciation between Sabbatical officers and campus staff.
  • Improving communication between Sabbatical officers and Students across all campuses.
  • Enhancing the 'tell glyn' system to be more approachable for students.
  • Have constant updates of improvements made in student union from sabbatical officers on a certain social media platform that all students can access.
  • Conduct more student feedback to improve student facilities.
  • Update the website to be more legiable to read and undertsand as well as approachable.
  • Include the welsh language in promotional materials from the Students Union.

These examples above are only a small quantity of improvements I wish to make.

If you agree with my manifesto, please vote for me! I have the drive and ambition to make these changes work for every student, staff and visitor that approaches the Student Union as well as Wrexham Glyndwr University.

I believe that every student has a voice and it should be heard loud and clear. I WILL NOT FAIL YOU! 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch!

Thank you very much for your time!

#VOTECHARLEY

 

Faculty Rep Arts, Science and Technology

 

Sophie Holliday

Hello everyone.

My name is Sophie Holliday and I am a second year Fine Art student at the School of Creative Arts.

I am running for position as Faculty Rep for the Faculty of Art, Science and Technology. I want to provide a connection between the students and the University, by voicing the student's suggestions and issues. As a second-year student I feel confident I understand any issues that may develop.

I would be honoured to represent students here at Glyndwr and I am passionate to help and assist all students, providing a friendly experience at university. Please feel free to contact me with any issues you may have.

 

LGBT Officer

Thomas Hindle

As a member of the LGBT+ community I want to be able to help make a difference within the student body for other LGBT+ students. As I have held this role for the previous year, I feel that it would be beneficial for me to continue in the position as I have built several trusting relationships with members of both the student body and the staff network.

I have been able to use both my position as LGBT+ Officer and as LGBT+ Society President to raise awareness for the community in many ways. When the exchange students came over during the summer holidays, I was able to take some of them out to Chester Pride for the day which helped them to get to know the President and Vice President of the Student Union and showed them that there was plenty for them to experience as they got to see Chester.  Over the last year I have also had the chance to host events for different things, most recently LGBT History month in February.

Both of my working points for the next year will be to get some form of training in place that will be able to make sure that LGBT+ people (amongst other minorities) are protected from abuse and hate as well as pushing for the introduction of unisex toilets across campus.

Getting training to raise awareness for hate crimes towards anyone is something I would love for the university to consider making available to everyone. It would be useful as not only does it keep LGBT+ people in a safe environment but it also is there to protect everyone in the university that feels like they are being discriminated against, no matter what shape or form it comes in. Having people throughout university (especially in the student body) who are able to step in when necessary to stop discrimination would show that the university does care about the students as a whole.

The lack of unisex toilets within the university is something I am putting to the top of my list to push for in the coming year as I feel that it would be immensely beneficial for the students of the university that are transitioning and don’t feel comfortable using the toilets that are labelled male and female. If we start to make changes here at the university then surely, we can spread across the rest of Wrexham and make life better for the Transgender and gender neutral people within our communities.

In conclusion I feel that having gone through my fair share of battles regrading equality and discrimination I would be a strong voice for the LGBT+ community. I want everyone to feel comfortable within the university so will take any issue seriously and help in any way that I am able to. I also would love to continue to work to help keep the university a positive place for all students with my ability to push for things via the student council.

Sustainability Officer

 

Paige Tynan

My name is Paige and I am going into my final year of Forensic Science. I am running for the role of sustainability officer. Sustainability is the process of maintaining a balanced environment. It isn't a secret that global warming is making a drastic change to habitats and eco-systems or that the ocean is full of plastics which are killing the creatures which inhabit it. It of absolute importance that we do everything we can to help maintain the equilibrium of the environment. It is important that we care about these issues as it is predicted that if we carry on the way we are going to have fishless oceans in 50 years. The ice caps are melting making it harder for polar bears to hunt, meaning polar bears are having to eat their own cubs to survive. If I was elected for the role of sustainability officer, I would be keen to:

  • Further develop current sustainability campaigns
  • Introduce new campaigns to further increase the sustainability of the university

I believe I am the best person for this role as I am an overly environmentally cautious millennial and I want to help make a change. I have been shortlisted for the sustainable champion of the year. I also live a zero-waste lifestyle and avoid all single use plastics were possible. I have also set up my own enterprise selling zero-waste beauty products and donate some of the profits to charities that have a focus on tackling environmental issues such as the conservation of bees and cleaning the ocean of plastic contaminants.  

Glyndwr has the potential to have a positive impact on many environmental issues and has already won awards for its sustainability efforts. Last year, Maryam Riscalla achieved many great things or a sustainable stand point. For example, reducing single use plastics, improving the universities recycling and a space to grown fruit and vegetables and I am determined to follow in her footsteps and work with the university to achieve many more great things.

I am very keen to implement the following campaigns such as:

  • Recycling single use gloves in the laboratory
  • A Cigarette recycling program
  • More water refill stations around campus
  • Joining the food sharing revolution and donating waste foods to those who are in need

 

Welsh Officer

Emyr Owen

Fy enw i ydi Emyr Owen ac rwy'n sefyll am ail-etholiad ar gyfer y rôl o Swyddog Cymraeg yr Undeb Myfyrwyr.

Gefais fy ethol yn wreiddiol ym mis Tachwedd 2017 ac wedi bod i llawer iawn o gyfarfodydd Cyngot Myfyrwyr a chyfarfodydd cangen y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Ymhob cyfarfod, rwyf wedi bod yn pwysleisio'r iaith Gymraeg ac yn ei flaenoriaethu ar unrhyw newid sy'n digwydd o gwmpas y brifysgol. Ers cael fy ail-ethol mis Mawrth dwethaf, rwyf hefyd wedi bod yn trefnu gweithgareddau i ddathlu Diwrnod Santes Dwynwen a Diwrnod Dewi Sant yn yr Undeb Myfyrwyr. Yn diweddar, rwyf hefyd wedi bod yn gweithio ar gyfieithu hysbysiadau a phosteri o gwmpas y brifysgol.

Rwy'n wreiddiol yn dod o Ynys Môn, ardal gyda'r canran ail-uchaf o siaradwyr Cymraeg yng Nghymru. Mae cenedl heb iaith yn genedl heb galon, felly mae'n bwysig iawn ein bod yn cadw'r iaith yn fyw.

Felly, os gai fy ail-ethol fel Swyddog Cymraeg yr Undeb Myfyrwyr, mi wnai pwysleisio pwysigrwydd yr iaith Gymraeg ymhob cyfarfod rwy'n mynychu, ac rwyf hefyd yn gobeithio trefnu mwy o weithgareddau o gwmpas y brifysgol ac Undeb Myfyrwyr i hybu'r iaith Gymraeg. Rwy'n gobeithio gweithio ynghyd â'r Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol i hysbysebu'r gweithgareddau hyn hefyd. Rwyf hefyd yn gaddo pwysleisio pwysigrwydd ein hiaith mewn unrhyw newid sy'n digwydd o gwmpas y brifysgol.

Pleidleisiwch amdanaf i fel eich Swyddog Cymraeg chi, er mwyn i chi gael llais ar y materion sy'n bwysig i  chi.

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My name is Emyr Owen and I am standing for re-election for the role of Welsh Officer of the Student Council

I was originall elected in November 2017 and have been to many Student Council meetings and Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol branch meetings. In each meeting, I have been emphasizing the importance of the Welsh language and it has been my priority on any changes around the university. Since being re-elected last March, I have been planning events to celebrate St. Dwynwen's Day and St. David's Day at the Student's Union. Recently, I have also been working on translating posters and notices around the university.

I am originally from Anglesey, the area with the second highest percentage of Welsh speakers in Wales. A nation with a language is a nation without a heart, therefore keepign the language alive is very important to me.

Therefore, if I am re-elected as the Welsh Officer of the Student Council, I will emphasize the importance of the Welsh language in every meeting I attend, and I also hope to plan more events around the university and Student's Union to promote the Welsh language. I also hope to work alongside the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to promote these events as well. I also promise I will emphasizethe importance of our language in any changes the university makes.

Vote for me as your Welsh Officer on the Student Council so that you have a voice on the issues that matter to you.

PLEIDLEISIWCH DROS YR IAITH, AM YR IAITH

President

Kieran Irwin

My main objective is and always will be to promote the personal development of students by listening to their specific needs and helping them find a way to achieve what they came to WGU for in the first place. After speaking with students all year and listening to their comments a key point I want to work on is to work on is to lobby the University to ensure academic feedback on assignments is given within the required time frame. When feedback is not given on time then future assignments should be extended in order for the student to be able to improve their work.

 

During my time I have successfully challenged the university over the locking out of Moodle when SEM’s were not completed. I introduced a new position of women’s officer on student council to ensure that women across the university are represented. Two campaigns of which I led have been successful in promoting men’s mental health during the Movember campaign and also the currently active Bra-vo campaign. The sports teams have had coverage in the local press with weekly write ups of fixtures and results, which has also seen students from journalism have their work published. I have held regular meetings with both faculty engagement officers where I have resolved numerous issues for students without having to go down an official complaints route.

 

If I am elected I intend to work on the following:

 

  • Lobby the University to ensure academic feedback on assignments is given within the required time frame. When feedback is not given on time then future assignments should be extended in order for the student to be able to improve their work.
  • Lobby WGU into creating an outdoor fitness park on campus which will be free of charge for students.
  • Bring in regular dog therapy sessions which is used across other universities in the UK as a proven method to help reduce anxiety and day to day stress of university life.
  • Introduce a new event system that see’s students at WGU have a say on what events are held in the Students’ Union bar.
  • Ensure that positive mental health is continually promoted at WGU, by assisting individuals as well as raising awareness.
     
    I will be running for President with Ebony Banks who is running alongside me for the position of Vice President. Whilst coming from slightly different backgrounds we have similar interests and believe if we are elected as a pair we can utilise our different expertise to serve the students more efficiently. As I am currently the Vice President this puts me in a good position to continue supporting students as I am familiar with the logistics of how the university operates. The most important thing at a university is you, the students. Without you there would be no staff, no student’s union, no buildings and no WGU. This is the main reason I will always put you first and help to support your development and engage with you at all times.

 

 

Nicholas Musselle

Being a mature student, I have had a lifetime of experiences that we all go through or will go through in a generation. Spending most of my adult life in the military, travelling and immersed in different cultures away from family.

I always wanted to study at university, however, I never had the courage of my convictions due to family responsibilities and earning money. However late in 2015, I became seriously ill, and as a result, my company had no sedentary job for me after radical surgery, therefore losing my job.

On the bright side of life this was my chance to start University, and now I am coming to the end of my three years and having immersed myself in university life, and thoroughly enjoyed my experience.

 I believe because of my life maturity I can empathise and sympathise with other students who have suffered mental or physical illness, and I had to use the University welfare departments to enable my studies. I believe that communication is sometimes our biggest downfall, from each other to lecturers and Univerity staff; this can be because an individual can be anxious about other people and their reactions.

I have sat on many committees and having to communicate with all levels of management and organisations. Moreover, I have also had experience in a pastoral role through my Christian faith; therefore, listening to others in times of need.  

So I will pledge to open up ways of communication for the student's anxieties or ideas or complaints by spending more time with the students in the communal areas of the University.

  •  I concur with the strategic aims of the University of Education for all, whatever your background,
  • I pledge to spend more time with students in the communal area's
  • To enhance facilities for those full-time boarders at weekends,
  • To walk alongside those who need help communicating with University departments.
  • To encourage and facilitate better communication between Wrexham town and Glyndwr University. 
  • To increase Pastoral care for students, especially younger or those at a disadvantage.

There are exciting times ahead for Glyndwr University with the new vision for 2025, and many positive changes look forward to and enhance your University experience. Moreover, with your communication of the student's vision for 2025, this can be enhanced further.

My most significant vision is to make a difference to all that study at Glyndwr University, and by voting for me we can achieve this together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vice President

 Ebony Banks

Hello, my name is Ebony Banks. I’m a current third year hospitality, tourism and events management student, here at Wrexham Glyndwr University. This year I am running for the role of Vice President within the Students union.

Over my four years at Glyndwr I have been heavily involved with many aspects of the university. Since my first day I have been involved in the promotion of the university through modelling for the prospectuses as well as multiple films promoting not only the University but also Wrexham county, I was also a WGU insider for 2 years.

I am also a course representative, undergraduate representative on the learning teaching & quality committee, current student council chair, a student ambassador as well as having worked for the university as part of the Application Support Team. All of which has given me a unique insight into the logistics and inner workings of the university.

During my time as Vice President of the SU I hope the achieve the following

  • Challenge the University to resolve issues students may have, as I have done on previous occasions with problems such as blocking SEMS, this includes the promises made by my running mate Kieran with regards extensions where inadequate or no feedback has been provided by lecturers
  • Bring in therapy dogs as a way to improve mental health
  • Improve catering facilities to ensure a variety of food is offered, including healthier alternatives as well as catering to more dietary requirements. This includes enhancing the Lazy Lion bar to include a wider variety of drinks including cocktails.
  • Create more enjoyable events for students to participate in.
  • Review parking regulations within the university to ensure there is always enough parking for students, including students with cars living in accommodation.
  • Finally, I would like to encourage the university to become eco-friendlier and instil new regulation to reduce our carbon footprint in day to day activities.

 

I believe I would be a strong candidate for Vice President as I am dedicated to enhancing the student experience and addressing concerns raised by students. I am already heavily involved with the student’s union, including working closely with current VP and SU President candidate Kieran which makes us a strong team.

 

 I aim to implement more initiatives similar to the period poverty campaign already in place to help students.

 

As an events management student I also want to bring a variety of new and exciting events to the student’s union including more day-time activities which students can enjoy

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my manifesto, if you have any questions I will be campaigning around campus throughout the week. Please make sure you vote so you can make a difference to your university!

 

 

 

 

Caitlin Davies

Hi, I’m Caitlin Davies and I’m campaigning to be your next WGSU Vice President!

 

What am I Running For?

 

  • Fairness for all students
  • Fight for an accommodation price freeze
  • Push to get the best facilities available for students
  • Create a link between sport teams, societies and all other students to increase its family orientated stature
  • Improve social activities on campus to bring all students together
  • Ensure someone is always available to talk to students about any issues they experience during their time at WGU and fight for them
  • Earlier training for new captains/new societies to maximise member intake and have the ability to plan events
  • Maximise volunteering opportunities in the university and Wrexham for students to gain the best experience and make the most of their time at WGU

 

20% of students who drop out of university do so because they feel lonely. Great proportions of students go through university life and do not know about the opportunities that the Union can offer. The SU might be perceived as uninteresting, something “not for me”. If elected as VP, I want to shake off the idea that the SU and societies are only for specific cliques of people, breaking down the barriers that stop people from wanting to be involved in a great community. I want to show to all students that sport teams and societies are brilliant places for expressing your hobbies, showing your passion for your degree and a great place to meet like-minded people. Societies are fantastic and can boost your love for different things, helping you find new interests you never realised you liked! I want to break down the barriers that stop students feeling as if they are not welcome in and I intend to engage more students with the Union through showing what there is and what can be created. I want to help boost sport and societies further than ever, letting them thrive and allow for more to build and grow.

 

Being a new student and having to move away from home can be daunting. During my time at WGU the accommodation prices have increased every year, with them rising again for the upcoming year. I intend to fight for a price freeze for university owned student accommodation to help benefit students. I will also fight for the best for all students in all accommodation and help with any issues they may experience.

 

I aim to increase social events that happen in and around the university. We’re very lucky to have the Lazy Lion Bar within WGSU that can be used to host regular events. By working closely with sport teams, societies and students I hope to maximise the events being held at WGSU to bring all the students together.

 

Having volunteered for years and while at WGU I find volunteering roles very important and look amazing on a CV.  I want to maximise the opportunities available for students to help them build their CV and try something new.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charley Wiles

Hello, my name is Charley Wiles, I am a 4th year student at Glyndwr University studying Mdes Graphic Design and I am running for the position of Vice-President of the Student Union this year. 

As a pervious course rep and current school council rep for Regent Street, I believe that I can improve the enviroment for all students across the campus. Over the past 4 years of studying and taking part in student council and student voice forums, several issues have popped up during conversation with students, staff and members of the public that I believe that I can solve in a small period of time. As well as these issues, I have also been wanting to improve areas that have been lacking attention, such as; Events, Organisation and Communication.

These three key areas are what I want to focus on for the next 12 months if I become your Vice-President of the Student union.

Here are a few examples of how I would implement these key areas:

Events

  • Planned events that are tailored to what students want.
  • Weekly timetables of events that are constantly updated.
  • Exciting new prizes (not just cash prizes).
  • Anaylsing and taking onboard student feedback regularly.
  • Promoting events in advance.

Organisation

  • Organising set times for students to pop in and talk to sabbatical officers in person.
  • Organising events to a high standard.
  • Organising drop in sessions at Regent Street and Northop Campus.

Communication

  • Improving communciation between Sabbatical officers and campus staff.
  • Improving communication between Sabbatical officers and Students across all campuses.
  • Enhancing the 'tell glyn' system to be more approachable for students.
  • Have constant updates of improvements made in student union from sabbatical officers on a certain social media platform that all students can access.
  • Conduct more student feedback to improve student facilities.
  • Update the website to be more legiable to read and undertsand as well as approachable.
  • Include the welsh language in promotional materials from the Students Union.

These examples above are only a small quantity of improvements I wish to make.

If you agree with my manifesto, please vote for me! I have the drive and ambition to make these changes work for every student, staff and visitor that approaches the Student Union as well as Wrexham Glyndwr University.

I believe that every student has a voice and it should be heard loud and clear. I WILL NOT FAIL YOU! 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch!

Thank you very much for your time!

#VOTECHARLEY

 

Faculty Rep Arts, Science and Technology

 

Sophie Holliday

Hello everyone.

My name is Sophie Holliday and I am a second year Fine Art student at the School of Creative Arts.

I am running for position as Faculty Rep for the Faculty of Art, Science and Technology. I want to provide a connection between the students and the University, by voicing the student's suggestions and issues. As a second-year student I feel confident I understand any issues that may develop.

I would be honoured to represent students here at Glyndwr and I am passionate to help and assist all students, providing a friendly experience at university. Please feel free to contact me with any issues you may have.

 

LGBT Officer

Thomas Hindle

As a member of the LGBT+ community I want to be able to help make a difference within the student body for other LGBT+ students. As I have held this role for the previous year, I feel that it would be beneficial for me to continue in the position as I have built several trusting relationships with members of both the student body and the staff network.

I have been able to use both my position as LGBT+ Officer and as LGBT+ Society President to raise awareness for the community in many ways. When the exchange students came over during the summer holidays, I was able to take some of them out to Chester Pride for the day which helped them to get to know the President and Vice President of the Student Union and showed them that there was plenty for them to experience as they got to see Chester.  Over the last year I have also had the chance to host events for different things, most recently LGBT History month in February.

Both of my working points for the next year will be to get some form of training in place that will be able to make sure that LGBT+ people (amongst other minorities) are protected from abuse and hate as well as pushing for the introduction of unisex toilets across campus.

Getting training to raise awareness for hate crimes towards anyone is something I would love for the university to consider making available to everyone. It would be useful as not only does it keep LGBT+ people in a safe environment but it also is there to protect everyone in the university that feels like they are being discriminated against, no matter what shape or form it comes in. Having people throughout university (especially in the student body) who are able to step in when necessary to stop discrimination would show that the university does care about the students as a whole.

The lack of unisex toilets within the university is something I am putting to the top of my list to push for in the coming year as I feel that it would be immensely beneficial for the students of the university that are transitioning and don’t feel comfortable using the toilets that are labelled male and female. If we start to make changes here at the university then surely, we can spread across the rest of Wrexham and make life better for the Transgender and gender neutral people within our communities.

In conclusion I feel that having gone through my fair share of battles regrading equality and discrimination I would be a strong voice for the LGBT+ community. I want everyone to feel comfortable within the university so will take any issue seriously and help in any way that I am able to. I also would love to continue to work to help keep the university a positive place for all students with my ability to push for things via the student council.

Sustainability Officer

 

Paige Tynan

My name is Paige and I am going into my final year of Forensic Science. I am running for the role of sustainability officer. Sustainability is the process of maintaining a balanced environment. It isn't a secret that global warming is making a drastic change to habitats and eco-systems or that the ocean is full of plastics which are killing the creatures which inhabit it. It of absolute importance that we do everything we can to help maintain the equilibrium of the environment. It is important that we care about these issues as it is predicted that if we carry on the way we are going to have fishless oceans in 50 years. The ice caps are melting making it harder for polar bears to hunt, meaning polar bears are having to eat their own cubs to survive. If I was elected for the role of sustainability officer, I would be keen to:

  • Further develop current sustainability campaigns
  • Introduce new campaigns to further increase the sustainability of the university

I believe I am the best person for this role as I am an overly environmentally cautious millennial and I want to help make a change. I have been shortlisted for the sustainable champion of the year. I also live a zero-waste lifestyle and avoid all single use plastics were possible. I have also set up my own enterprise selling zero-waste beauty products and donate some of the profits to charities that have a focus on tackling environmental issues such as the conservation of bees and cleaning the ocean of plastic contaminants.  

Glyndwr has the potential to have a positive impact on many environmental issues and has already won awards for its sustainability efforts. Last year, Maryam Riscalla achieved many great things or a sustainable stand point. For example, reducing single use plastics, improving the universities recycling and a space to grown fruit and vegetables and I am determined to follow in her footsteps and work with the university to achieve many more great things.

I am very keen to implement the following campaigns such as:

  • Recycling single use gloves in the laboratory
  • A Cigarette recycling program
  • More water refill stations around campus
  • Joining the food sharing revolution and donating waste foods to those who are in need

 

Welsh Officer

Emyr Owen

Fy enw i ydi Emyr Owen ac rwy'n sefyll am ail-etholiad ar gyfer y rôl o Swyddog Cymraeg yr Undeb Myfyrwyr.

Gefais fy ethol yn wreiddiol ym mis Tachwedd 2017 ac wedi bod i llawer iawn o gyfarfodydd Cyngot Myfyrwyr a chyfarfodydd cangen y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Ymhob cyfarfod, rwyf wedi bod yn pwysleisio'r iaith Gymraeg ac yn ei flaenoriaethu ar unrhyw newid sy'n digwydd o gwmpas y brifysgol. Ers cael fy ail-ethol mis Mawrth dwethaf, rwyf hefyd wedi bod yn trefnu gweithgareddau i ddathlu Diwrnod Santes Dwynwen a Diwrnod Dewi Sant yn yr Undeb Myfyrwyr. Yn diweddar, rwyf hefyd wedi bod yn gweithio ar gyfieithu hysbysiadau a phosteri o gwmpas y brifysgol.

Rwy'n wreiddiol yn dod o Ynys Môn, ardal gyda'r canran ail-uchaf o siaradwyr Cymraeg yng Nghymru. Mae cenedl heb iaith yn genedl heb galon, felly mae'n bwysig iawn ein bod yn cadw'r iaith yn fyw.

Felly, os gai fy ail-ethol fel Swyddog Cymraeg yr Undeb Myfyrwyr, mi wnai pwysleisio pwysigrwydd yr iaith Gymraeg ymhob cyfarfod rwy'n mynychu, ac rwyf hefyd yn gobeithio trefnu mwy o weithgareddau o gwmpas y brifysgol ac Undeb Myfyrwyr i hybu'r iaith Gymraeg. Rwy'n gobeithio gweithio ynghyd â'r Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol i hysbysebu'r gweithgareddau hyn hefyd. Rwyf hefyd yn gaddo pwysleisio pwysigrwydd ein hiaith mewn unrhyw newid sy'n digwydd o gwmpas y brifysgol.

Pleidleisiwch amdanaf i fel eich Swyddog Cymraeg chi, er mwyn i chi gael llais ar y materion sy'n bwysig i  chi.

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My name is Emyr Owen and I am standing for re-election for the role of Welsh Officer of the Student Council

I was originall elected in November 2017 and have been to many Student Council meetings and Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol branch meetings. In each meeting, I have been emphasizing the importance of the Welsh language and it has been my priority on any changes around the university. Since being re-elected last March, I have been planning events to celebrate St. Dwynwen's Day and St. David's Day at the Student's Union. Recently, I have also been working on translating posters and notices around the university.

I am originally from Anglesey, the area with the second highest percentage of Welsh speakers in Wales. A nation with a language is a nation without a heart, therefore keepign the language alive is very important to me.

Therefore, if I am re-elected as the Welsh Officer of the Student Council, I will emphasize the importance of the Welsh language in every meeting I attend, and I also hope to plan more events around the university and Student's Union to promote the Welsh language. I also hope to work alongside the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to promote these events as well. I also promise I will emphasizethe importance of our language in any changes the university makes.

Vote for me as your Welsh Officer on the Student Council so that you have a voice on the issues that matter to you.

PLEIDLEISIWCH DROS YR IAITH, AM YR IAITH

 

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