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Dlc Manifesto

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Vote Daniel Cooper for ULU Vice President!
 
When I was elected Vice-President of University of London Union
last year, I said I’d work for “a ULU which is
both a vibrant centre for activism and campaigning and an efficient and well-organised representative
body”.
 
I’ve made a big start in making that happen
.Working with President Michael Chessum, ULU has gone from a virtual nonentity
 –
maybe even a sinking ship
 –
to an active, respected student union. But there is still a huge amount to do.
In 2013/14 I will:
 
1)
 
Fight for decent, affordable housing:
 - Campaign for universities to act as guarantors for international students and care leavers.- Develop
our new London Student Tenants’ Union
to organise against high rents and cowboy landlords.- Run a high profile public campaign making the case for decent, affordable housing in London.2)
Campaign to save our health services
 - Link up with SUs, with anti-cuts groups and with medical and nursing students to establish a ULU-ledcampaign to organise students in defence of the NHS.-
Build on the start we’ve made by working with Goldsmiths SU and other students’ unions
to mobilisestudents in defence of Lewisham A&E and other hospitals at risk.- Support and defend health centres on campus;
like the campaign against the closure of UCL’s ‘Gower StreetPractice’
and run similar campaigns elsewhere.
3) Defend Education
 - Campaign militantly against fees and cuts
 –
no job cuts, no department closures on campuses!- Build anti-cuts/student mobilising groups on every campus.- Hold a London-wide student activist conference.
4)
 
Fight for students and staff at work:
- Campaign for the London Living Wage and rights for staff at ULU.- Launch a University of London-wide campaign for the Living Wage
 –
 
make students’ unions living wage
employers!- Continue to make ULU a centre of support for
workers’ struggles, at University of London and beyond.
 - Win sick pay, holidays and pensions for outsourced staff at the University of London.5)
Support our sports players and societies:
-
Promote women’s
and disabled student sport across the capital.- Organise a London-wide sports and
society’s
convention.- Offer training and support to sports players and societies.- Make ULU a centre of sponsorship and grounds-hire expertise.- Run big pan London events: bring London students together!
6)
 
Liberate London
- Run a campaign to make our campuses and London transport accessible.- Campaign to secure prayer rooms & religious produce on ULU campuses- Strengthen the work of the ULU Liberation Network.- Build on our successes at ULU, and successes at SUs like Royal Holloway and UCL, to extend liberationrepresentation and campaigning.
 
 7)
Transform ULU:
- Continue to be extremely active on London campuses
: set up agreements with students’ unions
that set out joint work and expectations and positively contribute to local campus projects.- Open up ULU to students across the City.- Establish an outreach program to London schools and colleges.-
Continue to expand ULU’s democratic structures, involve more students and make it easier to access ULU
rooms and resources.**
My Record
 
Since I took office as ULU Vice President in August, 2012 I have:1.
 
Played a central role in the campaign to
defend international students at London MetropolitanUniversity
, and
won the campaign to stop international students having to queue through night forcertificates from the police.
2.
 
Launched a ULU housing campaign
: produced in-
depth ‘Know your rights’ materials, organised withstudents in halls of residence, and began the London students’ tenants Union.
 3.
 
Revived and rebuilt ULU’s struggli
ng sports and societies department
; set up an online sports & societiesshop whereby the profits are used to fund student projects
,
run high quality cultural and sporting events,established a ULU Volunteering section, made it easier for clubs and societies to access rooms, organisedsuccessful intercollegiate sports competitions; provided development & training opportunities for sportsplayers, developed sponsorship and grounds hire initiatives for sports teams.4.
 
Supported the fight for workers’ rights, fr
om
producing ‘Know Your Rights’ materials for students
tobeing
central to the fight by University of London staff for sick pay, holidays and pensions
, to building athousand-strong student bloc on the TUC demo;5.
 
Set up the ULU Small and Specialist colleges network
: gave a strong voice to previously underrepresented
small universities and students’ unions, greatly expanded the support and offering to students at small
and specialist institutions;
6.
 
Been active on ULU campuses like never-before
; radically shaken up the relationship between ULU and
its college campuses: set up agreements with constituent college students’ unions that set out joint areas
of work, and expectations of ULU. I have positively contributed to student work that is being done locally.We have also built strong links with non-ULU student unions in London.
I have been an honest,accountable, available officer, publishing frequent reports, updating my blog every few days.
7.
 
Helped activists start a London student liberation network
, hosted many liberation events and createdfully autonomous LGBT, Disabled, Black liberation campaigns
, including a full time women’s officer;
 8.
 
Democratised ULU.
We will now have nine new executive positions, including part time liberation posts,and a ful
l time women’s officer.
 9.
 
Developed ULU’s lobbying activity
: in a city of many hundreds of thousands of students, with a largegovernmental body
 –
the GLA - we have developed a ULU lobbying wing
 –
built relations with MPs, theGLA and th
e Major’s office, rel
eased in-depth reports and briefings on key student issues, with a focus onhousing, youth unemployment and international students.
You can read a lot more about what I’ve been doing at dancooperulu.wordpress.com
 

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