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 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;
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 requiring 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
If re-elected my focus will be:
I would like to work with the University to ensure that the course reps systems works for the students. This will be achieved by ensuring there are training sessions for all course reps at the start of the academic year, with refresher sessions taking place after Christmas. I will also make sure that the training resources are then readily available on SOL. I will also work to increase the recognition of course reps by ensuring they are better represented in our Union Awards. I will also finish developing a course rep handbook to assist students in their role.
Work with the elected Vice President of Employability & Engagement to look into additional resources to support course-related societies wanting to set up so they have all the info they need, increasing the opportunities available for you to get involved with extracurricular activities with your course mates.
I would look into colour being added to the Union building, making it brighter and more student friendly. The Union has a small amount of space which can be used for hanging out between lectures or working on laptops. By creating a brighter Union it will hopefully become a space where students feel comfortable and more relaxed between studying.