So what is a manifesto? Well, it's simple really. A manifesto is a public declaration of policy and aims, issued before an election. On a national scale this may be by a political party but as part of Sabbatical Officer Elections, it's by an individual. The manifesto is what a candidate uses to help convince voters that they are the right person for the job and they are worthy of a vote.
Back in March Solent students voted Megan Maddex as the Students' Union President for the 17/18 academic year. Here is her manifesto;
Students’ Union President
Sabbatical officers & your SU are CRUCIAL right now. At Solent some staff jobs are ‘at risk’, university budgets are being cut, tuition fees are rising and WMA is moving into central Southampton. All of these issues are HUGE and have an enormous impact on you. Since July, we have been fighting these issues and working non-stop to support you, and make life at Solent better for everybody.
Several of the points we’ve been working on require more than a year, which is why you should re-elect us. We won’t need time to adjust into the role and as a team we will be able to:
- Continue to support Warsash with the upcoming move
- Host open forums for students to come & discuss issues they face
- Continue reviewing the democratic processes in the Union
- Set aside specific time each week to work on policies passed by students
I’m Megan your current SU President. This year I've been working hard to ensure that cadets and students are being well communicated to, listened to and getting support. The sabbs and myself have been working on getting you guys more active and present at national events, conferences and meetings.
Increased access to facilities outside of teaching hours:
With controlled access on buildings across campus, this is the perfect opportunity for increased security and more study time on campus! Vote me #1 President and I will work on later access to specialist facilities, studios and the Mountbatten library.
Work towards a suitable accommodation package for cadets:
Cadets are moving into EPT from September ‘18 and it means increased living costs and move from catered to self-catered accommodation. As the majority of cadets are not applicable for student finance support it is important that they are able to afford living costs.
Protect additional course costs grant:
Loads of courses rely on students buying extra resources; art courses materials, make up, equipment, sports kits, and more. This funding is available for you to apply for it when costs become an issue due to these essential added costs on top of your fees!
Secure a free print service within the Union:
Printing isn’t cheap, and although you’re given a small allowance, which is great for assignments etc, wouldn’t it be ideal to have free printing for notes and powerpoint slides to take to your lectures?
If you like what you see, have any questions about the progress Megan is making or would like more information you can contact her directly firstname.lastname@example.org or just swing by the office on the ground floor of the Students' Union 10-4 every weekday.