The Big Vote 2004

un-missable on campus during the coming week. The voting system is different to the one used in local and national elections. The systems used are known as Alternative Transferable Vote, this is used for the sabbatical elections and Single Transferable Vote, for the Conference Elections because there is more than one person to elect in the category, in fact there are 7 people that get the chance to go to conference. When it comes to filling in all of the ballot paper in each category instead of a x against your preferred candidate you rate them in order of preference. I.e. you mark a one against your most preferred candidate and a 2 against your next preferred and so on until you have run out of people to put numbers against or you have no feeling as to who should be next. More information on the voting systems can be found at the unions elections mini-site www.ussu.co.uk and click on The Big Vote 04. The results will be announced in two stages. Firstly in Chancellors at some point during the late afternoon or early evening and then later on stage during Flirt in the Main Union. The successful candidates, their guests, the current sabbatical team join the elections officials and senior university figures at a celebration dinner from 8pm on the night. Even if you do nothing else to do with student politics, the union or other activities during your time left at UniS voting in the elections ensures you have some influence over the direction of services and representation directly at the heart of student life here at the university of Surrey. VOTE.

page one voting info pages 2-12 sabb elections pages 13-16 nus delegates

elections 2004
The ATV system: an example
Assume that Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Mr Potatohead are running for the hotly contested position of Vice President Communications:

Anyone who has been on campus this week will by now have noticed the plethora of posters, banners and people sporting badges trying to persuade you to vote for them. This is the Barefacts Election Special which aims to give you the definitive guide to the candidates and their manifestos. The personal statement which aims to get you to vote for them. The most important bits to look out for are the Comedy Night with Candidates Question Time which is in the main union from 7pm on Thursday 19th February. The most important information for you to note is when the ballot boxes are open. These are open from Monday 23rd February to Friday 27th February in various locations across campus. Be warned the ballot boxes close at midday on Friday when the candidates will go right across campus taking down all of the banners and posters with the count starting at 1pm in the Students’ Union. Essentially you are voting for the six people who will be the key negotiators with the universities management about what you want from UniS. It is therefore vital to elect the candidates based on their policies and I would urge you to take two minutes from your day to read the maifestos, attend and listen to the question times on line as well as grab the candidates and their campaign teams who will be

Vote Buzz for VP Communications

Vote Woody for Commun[i]cations

Mr Potatohead for VP Comms

When it comes to casting your vote, you can put the candidates in order of preference. For example... Buzz Lightyear Woody Mr Potatohead Re-Open Nominations ...on your voting form would mean that you want Woody to win; then - if Woody doesn’t get the job - you would prefer Buzz Lightyear to get it instead. If Buzz doesn’t win either, then you are effectively saying you don’t mind which of the others gets the job because you have not displayed any other preferences. If, however, your voting card looks like this... Buzz Lightyear Woody Mr Potatohead Re-Open Nominations 3 2 1 2 1

...then you would be demonstrating that you would prefer Woody and Buzz in that order, but if neither of those won, you would prefer the elections, complete with nomination period, to be started all over again as opposed to Mr Potatohead being elected. When the votes are counted, the number of ‘1’s is counted up. If no candidate reaches the required number to win at this point, then the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and his/her votes re-distributed according to the voter’s next preference. This is repeated until someone reaches the quota (half the number of total votes cast): they are then the winner.

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The Big Vote
barefacts | 19th February 2004

VOTE JAY BUTCHER [1] FOR PRESIDENT
The Big Vote 2004
have your say on who will run your students’ union next year... voting week: monday 23rd friday 27th february 2004 vote: monday thursday 10am - 4pm friday 10am - midday lecture theatres library entrance students’ union mon 6 - 8pm cathedral court reception tues 6 - 8pm battersea court reception wed 6 - 8pm library entrance 9 - 11.30pm students’ union thu 6 - 8pm stag hill court reception library entrance more info online @ ussu.co.uk
I believe that The Union should be the focal point of ALL student life, and should be the first place that students come to for information, whether it’s about social events, course queries or lifestyle related problems, involvement in the creation of sports clubs and societies, or interests in media or PR. The Union should continue to provide additional training and qualifications to increase students’ employability in an age where the number of people with degrees is rising and the career market is becoming more challenging. Through extensive involvement in the Union over my four years at UniS, I have gained experience in all aspects of Union life: Commercial (Bars & Catering), Non-Commercial (Sports Clubs & Societies), Social (Events) and Political (Union Executive). Having had direct contact with many different areas of student life, I believe that the following areas are of importance to the students of the University of Surrey...
Paid Work I believe that all students working for their Union as casual staff whether security, bar, or volunteering - should be entitled to representation. Currently, whilst at work, casual staff are not entitled to any form of representation; for example, should a dispute with a customer occur, apart from immediate line managers (bar managers, heads of security, etc.), the USSU staff and managers are not able to offer advice (such as legal) or represent the casual staff. During working hours, casual staff cease to be students foremost, and therefore, the Students’ Union is obliged to represent the student involved, rather than the staff. All students, including casual staff, should be entitled to this representation, and membership to trade unions should be made readily available and promoted to provide protection, security and peace of mind.
Involvement & Politics I believe that the students enrolled on placement years, both industrial and EIHMS-based courses, should be given the opportunity to maximise their involvement in the Union and the activities therein whilst they are away from campus. The Students’ Union exists for all students, and we should strive to ensure that all students are represented, not just those on campus. If elected, I will work with the VP Communications to look into the possibility of a monthly update through email, the ussu.co.uk website, or a similar small publication. In regards to the student representation system, I will continue the current progress of Union Council and do my utmost to ensure that every student is equally represented through this democratic system. This can be achieved by strengthening the network of representatives throughout every aspect of University life (for example, courses, societies, sports clubs, housing, etc.) and establishing the importance of an effective student representation system.

Social I believe that the students who use the bar and nightclub facilities of the Union should feel safe at all times. The Union has a duty of care to all its members and this need must be upheld whilst allowing its members to make their own decisions. This should be carried out in conjunction with the Union Safety Team and other events staff (for example Bars & Catering and Stage Crew). The students’ views should be taken into consideration when events are being planned, students opinions change each year, and the events should vary to accommodate changing trends.

Living I believe that the Union has a duty of care to all its members with regards to acommodation both on and off-site. Students should not be living in sub-standard accommodation, whether it is privately-leased or University-managed. Housing should not provide students with worry; I will campaign against landlords who are not providing students with suitable housing and those who are acting improperly in any situation.
Student Life I believe that your University years should be the best time of your life to date. I believe that the Union should do everything in its power to allow YOU to get the best out of your time at University. I will do everything in my power to provide the students of the University of Surrey with a Union that they can feel part of and encourage students to get involved in activities so that they can have a say and make a difference.

Oliver Sindall Psychology

Linguistics & International Studies

Josephine Bright

The Nominators

Dan Hawkins PGA Secretary

Arran Wood Aerospace Materials Engineering

Esther Wells EIHMS

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The Big Vote 2004
the low down on chosing your candidates... question time thursday 19th february 2004 main union 7pm til late online: question the candidates online at the USSU Bulletin Board ussu.co.uk With the transferrable voting system, you get to rank the candidates in order of your preference. So next to your favourite put a [1] on the ballot paper, next favourite [2] etc. You can also chose ‘RON’ or Re-Open Nominations. more info online @ ussu.co.uk

Democracy
Student Council has strengthened its relevance with students, shown by its substantial growth. This is a wonderful achievement and gives a solid platform to build on. The way it is designed to work is that policy ideas should be created by you guys, the students and then students decide whether the policy is best at Student Council. Then students in the Union Executive Committee implement that policy. In reality, the Exec also forms policy because the ideas are not yet coming from the students. In effect this means that Student Council is ruled by the Exec. The Exec’s opinion has a huge weight, yet as a body they should not have an opinion at all because this unbalances Student Council decision making. I vow that through investigation of many areas including best practices from other unions, NUS guidelines and of course consultation with you, I will redress this balance back to ordinary students. I believe that continuing to improve Student Council is a task that encapsulates many factors; including helping the organisation of sports clubs, societies and committees.

Role
Having been active in the Union for nearly four years, I know the wide remit of the President. I also know the limits of the position. I’m not going to promise you anything now or at any point in the year that I know to be beyond the scope of the President’s job. That said, I will fulfil the role to its fullest extent and make sure that I utilise the role to its full capabilities. For example, none of the Sabbaticals have decision making power over Entertainments but the staff responsible can be influenced by you! There exists student committees that have direct influence on the people that make things happen and I want to raise their profile and draw more of you into the decision process.

Change?
Change for the sake of change is a bad thing. All my policies will be based on proper research and consultation with those directly and indirectly affected. If elected, there will be some changes, but these will be born out of necessity and request and not implemented just to “leave a mark”. I intend to base my practices on what is needed through the year and on implementing good practice for the future of the Union.

Me
Some of you may know me as Richard, some of you may know me as Barney, some of you may not know me at all! I’m a final year CIT student with experience in a range of union areas. Right now I’m chairman and webmaster for No-Wave, Bulletin Board Admin and work part-time as the Events Assistant; a varied job ranging from organising promotions to getting stalls at (re)fresher’s fair. In the past I have also been Stage Manager (chairman of Stage Crew) which required plenty of dedication. Hopefully this demonstrates to you a capability and a willingness to lead.

Leadership
Primarily, the President must be a leader and provide the drive for the whole of the Union. I firmly believe that I can provide the leadership the Union needs. Why do I believe this? Firstly, I wouldn’t be standing for President if I didn’t feel that I was a leader! Furthermore there is the leadership experience I have gained over my four years of university; which includes chairing two of the Union’s largest and most active societies.

Campaigns
There are plenty of current issues that affect YOU! Some of them affect you right now, some of them will affect your siblings and some will even affect your children. Whether you’re walking home, partying in the union or making sure you have enough money to pay this month’s rent, there is something the Union is doing to help you. The position of President is the voice for influencing policy within the Union, the University, the local community and even the country. I will make sure campaigns are fulfilled the way you want and need them to be, and that future campaigns really represent what you want out of and for all the communities mentioned above.

Nominators
Duncan Hamilton - 2nd year Law and European studies, No-Wave Chair 2001/2, Barefacts contributor Richard Watts - Maths postgrad., VP Comms. 2002/3, Ex GU2 presenter Matthew Sheppard - Final year CIT, OFU Chair 2001/2, Union Webmaster 2001/2, Technology Officer 2001/2, Barefacts Live Neil “Tree” Boulton - Barefacts Film Editor, GU2 Presenter, No-Wave Dance Commander Jon Stone - Final year Tonmeister, Stage Crew Sound Equipment Officer

Accountability
All Sabbatical positions have the power to change things for the students, in turn there is also a responsibility to the students. The chain of accountability for every decision within the Union ends up with the Sabbaticals and especially the President. I believe with great conviction that “the buck stops here” and will listen to all comments equally, whatever their nature, however they are received and whether they be criticism or praise.

I am happy to discuss these ideas and other issues with you, just visit my website, drop me an e-mail or come and find me on the campaign trail!

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The Big Vote
barefacts | 19th February 2004

The Big Vote 2004
have your say on who will run your students’ union next year... voting week: monday 23rd friday 27th february 2004 vote: monday thursday 10am - 4pm friday 10am - midday lecture theatres library entrance students’ union mon 6 - 8pm cathedral court reception tues 6 - 8pm battersea court reception wed 6 - 8pm library entrance 9 - 11.30pm students’ union thu 6 - 8pm stag hill court reception library entrance more info online @ ussu.co.uk

WHO? Hi, I’m Catherine Lee, a final year music student. I’m an active member of the Students Union and this year was voted in as Culture & Events Officer on the Union Executive. My role on the Executive Committee means I have worked closely with the current Sabbatical team, and has given me a valuable insight into the way the union operates. I have been a regular contributor to barefacts since my first year, writing not only for the music team, but also several opinion articles and this year, my own regular column. I have also been a course representative, secretary of the USSU WindBand, part of the stage management team in the MadSoc production of Cabaret, and a member of Union bar staff. WHAT? The role of the VP Communications is to promote collaboration between all Union media and the many sports clubs and societies to ensure all students are fully informed of what is going on in the Union. Call it the hub of the network if you like. The position exists to ensure that the information you want to communicate is conveyed not only campus-wide but also further afield to students on placement, graduates and alumni, and prospective students. WHY? I am friendly and approachable, and possess the interpersonal skills required to listen fully to your needs. I am hard-working and determined, with the enthusiasm and stamina required for this position. I enjoy working in a team, and am always open to other’s ideas and suggestions – a quality I consider crucial in this representative role.

The Union website acts as an important resource, not only with students themselves but also with the wider public as a first point of contact with the services the Union provides. It is therefore vital that this potential is maximized – as well as being professional in appearance yet simple to navigate, it must be regularly updated and all information made easily accessible. If elected, I hope to… !" work with the webteam to successfully implement an efficient infrastructure of dedicated personnel so this is achieved. !" ensure details of all sports clubs and societies are maintained effectively. !" develop the news content so students are aware of campus affairs as and when they happen. !" create a subsite for placement students. !" encourage regular Sabbatical and Executive Officer communication with students on specific threads of the Bulletin Board.

THE WEBSITE

THE RADIO
Broadcasting across campus [and the local area during the annual FM period] GU2 is a vital medium in ensuring students are kept up to date with news and events. If elected, I intend to… !" look into widening campus coverage of GU2, in places like One Stop and Rushes. !" encourage the playing of GU2 compactdiscs, composed of playlist material and jingles, in campus eating-places like Chancellors and Roots. !" develop links with the Academy of Contemporary Music to encourage local, upcoming bands and DJs to participate in live broadcasts. !" spend at least one day a week in the studios to oversee the successful running of the station. !" address the station’s technical needs regularly thus ensuring they are efficiently maintained. !" increase student awareness of the station through the regular inclusion of the GU2 schedule in barefacts, as well as advertisements for the many different shows and listener promotions.

With a readership of some 4,000 students, barefacts plays a key role in increasing student awareness of Union news and events. It must remain focused and functional, providing full coverage of Union campaigns as well as sports club and society activities. If elected, I intend to… !" offer a definitive guide to forthcoming events in Guildford. !" develop links with local employers and businesses to support competitions and promotions for barefacts readers. !" investigate developing sections to promote local employment opportunities and also classified ads. !" look into the possibility of producing special supplements for important events such as Freshers, Arts and Culture and International Weeks. !" re-vamp the current Entertainments planner.

THE PAPER

In addition to the expansion of these three main media, I have other ideas I hope to develop if elected. I look forward to…

THE IDEAS

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setting up a regular drop-in surgery manned by members of the sabbatical and executive team to ensure continuous interaction and discussion of ideas, with the aim to improving representation of student needs at Union Council. working with the VP Postgraduate Affairs to develop postgraduate publications - I believe there is a need for a regular newsletter covering issues particularly pertinent to postgraduates, offered as an additional resource to barefacts for students undertaking further study. liasing with the International Office to ensure foreign students here in Surrey are fully aware of the services the Union has to offer.

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!"#$%&' Catherine

www.electcatherine.co.uk

Vote Chris Ward [1] for VP Communications 2004-2005
Hello everybody! My name is Chris, aka Wardy. I have certainly made the most of my time here at Surrey so far, assuming the position of Literature Editor for barefacts in my first year, and in my second year, taking on the role of Editor. The reason I am running for this election is because I am a firm believer in student representation – it is extremely important that every student on this campus feels they have a two-way communication channel to aid them with any issue they may have, whether it be academic-related, a gripe with the Union, etc. I feel that my deep experience of one Union medium, as well as researching the other two in depth, will allow me to fulfill this position with enthusiasm, eagerness, and relentless motivation.
read
Read by a large proportion of campus, barefacts has established itself as a large part of campus life and a powerful communications tool, keeping you informed of events and news. If elected, I plan to... • Continue the current high standard of the paper, and ensure that it is both representational and entertaining.

listen
GU2 was awarded Student Radio Station of the Year in 2002, and boasts an excellent facility for students to get involved in both the presenting and the technical side. If elected, I plan to... • Work collaboratively with the GU2 Station Manager, assisting with the running of the station without directly interfering with the decisions of the members. • Promote the station in barefacts, publishing a weekly program schedule and details about how to get involved. • Continue the excellent work being made by the Head of News in establishing barefacts Live, strengthening the links between the media. • Assist the station webmaster to ensure that the online presence of GU2 boasts plenty of useful information and is regularly updated.

surf
ussu.co.uk is potentially an extremely powerful source of information. With enough work and implementation, it may become the primary source of information for students at UniS. If elected, I plan to... • Work on the implementation of ussu.co.uk with the web team through surveying the student body to ensure a representational design and content. • Ensure the site is updated regularly in order to cater for placement and year-out students as well as on campus. • Work with the VP Societies and Culture and VP Sports to ensure that societies and sports clubs are able to update their websites regularly, and without having to wait for access privileges. • Promote the bulletin board, which is already a vital asset to ussu.co.uk as it provides an explicit view into the thoughts and opinions of some of our students.

Brought to you by... Amelia Lefroy Sociology Jen Walker barefacts Literature Editor Phil Brown GU2 Head of Music Simon Pickles CIT Level 2 Course Rep Scott Geary GU2 Technical Manager

• Incorporate an HTML/PHP online version of barefacts as opposed to a bulky PDF file in order to take full advantage of digital media and to encourage participation through online interaction. • Increase participation by marketing opportunities within the paper throughout campus. • Work with the new VP Postgraduate Affairs to analyse the current level of Postgraduate representation through barefacts, and look into the possibility of a specialist publication for the postgraduate population of UniS.

representation and communication through integration
Integration of the media is something I hold with great priority. By working collaboratively, each medium can complement each other in unique ways, aiding the growth of the campus communication system. As general media and representational policies, if elected, I plan to... • Look into the possibility of advertising packages for outside businesses relevant to students in order to fund extra facilities for media. • Work with outside companies that I have already established links with as Editor, such as the Odeon, to provide the students with discounts and exclusive offers. • Continually survey the student body to make sure I am doing my job properly and representing them at every level through both my position as a sabbatical, and through the context of Union media.

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VOTE

HASAN AKIL [1]
VP - Communications
At present, we have a superb weekly student newspaper in the form of Barefacts. This informs the student population of current events in students’ interests, such as tuition top up fees, the problems with the underpass just off campus and what’s happening at the next FNO at the union! It does an excellent job, but is more or less alone in standing out to the general student population. The USSU web site is an area I think is ripe for development. Not only can all students access it from many areas around the university but now, more than ever, they can access it from their own bedroom and it has the additional bonus that anyone away on placement can easily keep in touch with what’s going on in and around their chosen university. The current forum for students to voice their opinions and concerns about all matters to do with the University is sparsely used and I would make it a priority to give this important service the exposure it deserves. After all the only way for USSU to keep improving is with feedback from its members. The student radio station, GU2, is a subject particularly close to my heart. Winning critical acclaim in the form of Student Radio Station of the year 2002 it is a shame that a lot of students both on and off campus rarely tune in. Recently, I have accepted the post of vice manager of the station, a role that involves the overseeing of the general running of the station, from marketing to play listing. Having been with the station from its humble inception in 2000 it saddens me that such a well run enterprise attracts a relatively small percentage of the student population, the very people GU2 is aimed at. High on my agenda will be to let more people know what GU2 is all about and get even more people involved.

Having been at UniS for five years, my university life would not have been as fun and informative as it has been, if not for the students union. However, how did I know what was going on? How did I know where events were being held? The answer is very simple, the union told me!!! However, at times, I felt frustrated when certain events that I’d have liked to have attended passed me by purely due to a lack of being informed on my part. I doubt there’s a single member of UniS out there who hasn’t heard of Barefacts, but what about the other powerful forms of communication? UniS has a nationally renowned student radio station, GU2 and a dedicated USSU web site but their exposure, despite huge improvements over the last few years, is still limited. My primary objective as VP Comms would to combine the strengths of these three powerful communication tools to further increase the availability of all aspects of USSU life to all of its members.

for

The Big Vote 2004
the low down on chosing your candidates... question time thursday 19th february 2004 main union 7pm til late online: question the candidates online at the USSU Bulletin Board ussu.co.uk With the transferrable voting system, you get to rank the candidates in order of your preference. So next to your favourite put a [1] on the ballot paper, next favourite [2] etc. You can also chose ‘RON’ or Re-Open Nominations. more info online @ ussu.co.uk

Once Elected, Hasan will:
�� Increase Awareness of GU2 radio and USSU website �� Create more opportunities for students to get involved in helping and supporting all the media �� Have all contributors to Barefacts, GU2 and USSU website collaborating with one another on student issues and promotion of up and coming events

�� Keeping industrial placement students
informed on issues and events in and around UniS

Neil Boulton
this candidate has not submitted a manifesto

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The Big Vote
barefacts | 19th February 2004

The Big Vote 2004
have your say on who will run your students’ union next year... voting week: monday 23rd friday 27th february 2004 vote: monday thursday 10am - 4pm friday 10am - midday lecture theatres library entrance students’ union mon 6 - 8pm cathedral court reception tues 6 - 8pm battersea court reception wed 6 - 8pm library entrance 9 - 11.30pm students’ union thu 6 - 8pm stag hill court reception library entrance more info online @ ussu.co.uk

Hayley James
this candidate has not submitted a manifesto

The Big Vote 2004

The Big Vote
barefacts | 19th February 2004

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Vote Zoe Kilb Education and Welfare
“Hello!”
I’m Zoe Kilb, a 4th year music student who's been involved with the Union since my 1st year including… Union Executive Officer: Elected Oct ’03 St. John Ambulance LINKs: Secretary 03–04 / Member 00–04 RAG (Student Fundraising Society): President 03–04 Freshers Angel: 2001 and 2003 V-Project Volunteer: 02–04 Wind Band: Secretary 01–02 / Member 00–04 I also played in the Big Band, Orchestra and Choir.

Why Me?
• I am passionate about and dedicated to the Union • As RAG President I have raised over £5000 for charity • An experienced First Aider, I am good at dealing with people’s problems and acting in a ‘crisis’

Better Accommodation
Guildford's housing is often expensive, unsafe and poorly maintained by 'dodgy' landlords. Students with non-standard placements also find it hard to find a place to live. I will: • Look into the creation of a database of good landlords • Investigates ways of providing more back-to-back and short let housing arrangements • Inform students about their accommodation rights

USE YOUR HEAD VOTE FOR

• A busy music student, I am used to managing several projects at once and working in a team • I believe I can do this job, and do it well

Improve Safety
We do not feel safe around campus or Guildford. I will: • Pressurise the council to reinstate and improve campus buses • Look at operating a Union safety bus

The Big Vote 2004
the low down on chosing your candidates... question time thursday 19th february 2004 main union 7pm til late online: question the candidates online at the USSU Bulletin Board ussu.co.uk With the transferrable voting system, you get to rank the candidates in order of your preference. So next to your favourite put a [1] on the ballot paper, next favourite [2] etc. You can also chose ‘RON’ or Re-Open Nominations. more info online @ ussu.co.uk

Proposers
Lindsey Holland RAG Treasurer Final Year Management Danny Dixon President St. John Ambulance LINKs Final Year Computing Chris Taylor Postgraduate Chemistry Anya Porochina RAG Secretary, University Choir, V – Volunteer Second Year Music Alex Blackmore RAG Society Final Year Management

• Ensure the Lights Camera Action campaign continues to succeed • Increase the take up of self-defence classes and attack alarms

Nightline Help-line
Today’s students are under increasing pressures: depression, homesickness are just a few of the signs. Currently there is no confidential support service for students at night. I will: • Restart Nightline: the help-line run ‘by students for students’ • Put long term plans in place to secure its future • Arrange quality support and training for its volunteers

Make UniS listen to you!
Students ARE the lifeblood of University, but too often we feel like we are pushed to back of the queue. I will: • Support Course Reps so that serious issues can be escalated all the way to the top! • Highlight persistent problems and issues through Union and University democratic structures and the Union media

And I will: Improve disabled access across campus Develop the Senior Residents and Welfare Volunteers networks Continue the fight against top-up fees Keep students updated on issues such as Meningitis and Date Rape

Work with all Union Officers and staff to provide the best service possible for you!

Election Manifesto
My name is Jane Birch, and I am running for the position of VP Education and Welfare. I have stood for election previously, both at my previous university and in my first year here, for Women’s Officer and Women’s Representative, and was voted in in, in both cases. Through listening to students I was able to accurately represent their needs, and ideas. As VP Education and Welfare I will continue this through an open – door policy and maintaining a confidential casework service. I will work closely with the Vice President Postgraduate Affairs with regard to relevant campaigns, representing your interests and taking up your concerns to the Executive and to the university. I will liaise with other welfare organisations, in order to monitor provision, for, and quality of, education and welfare. Convening the education and welfare committee, and working with the Education and Welfare Adviser, will be a large part of my work, enabling me to ensure there is relevant information available, and therefore developing the unions support mechanisms. As a sabbatical officer I will be responsible for the day to day direction of the union, working within the equal opportunities policy. I will involve you, the students in parts of my work, and above all, will be there to support, guide and inform.

Vote Jane [1] for VP Education and Welfare.

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The Big Vote
barefacts | 19th February 2004

The Big Vote 2004
have your say on who will run your students’ union next year... voting week: monday 23rd friday 27th february 2004 vote: monday thursday 10am - 4pm friday 10am - midday lecture theatres library entrance students’ union mon 6 - 8pm cathedral court reception tues 6 - 8pm battersea court reception wed 6 - 8pm library entrance 9 - 11.30pm students’ union thu 6 - 8pm stag hill court reception library entrance more info online @ ussu.co.uk

The Big Vote
barefacts | 19th February 2004

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The Big Vote 2004
the low down on chosing your candidates... question time thursday 19th february 2004 main union 7pm til late online: question the candidates online at the USSU Bulletin Board ussu.co.uk With the transferrable voting system, you get to rank the candidates in order of your preference. So next to your favourite put a [1] on the ballot paper, next favourite [2] etc. You can also chose ‘RON’ or Re-Open Nominations. more info online @ ussu.co.uk

Sarah “BBF” Taylor [1] for VP Sports
Firstly and most importantly I am passionate about Sport at Surrey, and I honestly think my enthusiasm will get the job done and get it done well! I have a good working knowledge of the current system in place from my years of sporting experience at Surrey, and am keen to build and improve on the work of the previous sabbaticals. I am hard working, determined, and committed but more importantly, I’m approachable and willing to listen to anyone! I want to be able to get as many people as possible involved in sports! Sports have been a major part of my University life and I want to ensure others can enjoy it and get as much from it as I have .

Why me?

What am I going to do? As VP Sports, I hope to be able to do the following:
Er…Do I know you from somewhere….?
Education & communication: Continue to use USSU media to keep people up�� �� ��
Development: �� To establish a more comprehensive training system for sports people - expanding on the current Dave training system in place to ensure a smoother running of clubs and eventual handover at the end of the year. Hopefully, a new system will allow individuals to pursue their personal development with various ‘levels’ of training being introduced to cater for a variety of individual needs. �� Supporting and encouraging new clubs in their development, providing a stronger and wider range of sports activity available to Surrey students, making ‘Sport for all’ more achievable.

Well, possibly! I’m a final year Law and European studies student and for the last year I’ve been the course rep for the final year European Studies lot. Sports wise I’ve been a member of the netball club since fresher’s week 2000, and have captained it for the last three years as well as being a member of the Sports Executive committee this year. In my spare time I’m VP for the Amnesty International Society and also write some news for barefacts live.

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dated with how they can get involved and what’s going on with sports. Promote communication between the sports clubs on a social level to create a better sporting community! To establish and develop a more comprehensive and structured sports executive, increasing and developing the individual roles, giving more accountability and better representation to members of the sporting community on every level. Ensure that all sports people know how the sports system (such as finances, sports standing and exec committees) works, why, and how they can be involved.

I haven’t forgotten the obvious! To be a good VP Sports you need to be a good sabbatical officer. For me, this would entail working as part of the 2004-2005 team doing my very utmost to represent and support students wherever it is needed. As a sabbatical I would also endeavour to promote the Union services and commercial events, as well as the promotion of any USSU campaigns and the development of policy.

And, of course… as a Sabbatical:

Wanna know more? www.sarahtaylor.me.uk

University Support: �� Gain support from the University for Sports clubs by keeping their Wednesday afternoons free. �� Work with Unisport in any way to try and maximise University support and funding to give us the best facilities possible. �� Cooperate with USSU and the University as to the development of the Manor Farm site to get the best facilities possible for Surrey students.

Something for everyone: Membership and being involved! �� Support and assist smaller, less ‘traditional’ sports clubs and individuals with promoting themselves, hopefully appealing to those who aren’t necessarily partakers in the ‘traditional’ competitive club sports to get involved with sport at Surrey. �� Tackle the current problems with sports membership fees; USSU needs to act as a bridge between the students and UniSport in order to ensure that the needs of all parties are met as far as possible. �� Continue to promote the inter-departmental sports leagues

Show your Support for Sport! - Vote Sarah [1]

Vicky Rawlinson (3rd year retail management, GU2 Head of News, ex-netballer, everybody’s favourite blonde!) Toni Borneo (4th year Psychology, VP Education and Welfare 20022003, Dave trainer) Emma Reynolds (4th year Mechanical Engineering, Netball Club Chairperson and 1st team defender extraordinaire) Mark Crouch (3rd year maths, Hockey 1st team, Pat Sharp look a like) Duncan Hamilton (2nd year Law and European Studies, no-wave chair 2001-2002, Barefacts contributor)

Nominators:

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- VP SOCIETIES & CULTURE -

The Big Vote
barefacts | 19th February 2004

The Big Vote 2004
have your say on who will run your students’ union next year... voting week: monday 23rd friday 27th february 2004 vote: monday thursday 10am - 4pm friday 10am - midday lecture theatres library entrance students’ union mon 6 - 8pm cathedral court reception tues 6 - 8pm battersea court reception wed 6 - 8pm library entrance 9 - 11.30pm students’ union thu 6 - 8pm stag hill court reception library entrance more info online @ ussu.co.uk

The Big Vote
barefacts | 19th February 2004

- VP SOCIETIES & CULTURE -

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The Big Vote 2004
the low down on chosing your candidates... question time thursday 19th february 2004 main union 7pm til late online: question the candidates online at the USSU Bulletin Board ussu.co.uk With the transferrable voting system, you get to rank the candidates in order of your preference. So next to your favourite put a [1] on the ballot paper, next favourite [2] etc. You can also chose ‘RON’ or Re-Open Nominations. more info online @ ussu.co.uk

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- VP POSTGRADUATE AFFAIRS-

The Big Vote
barefacts | 19th February 2004

The Big Vote 2004
have your say on who will run your students’ union next year... voting week: monday 23rd friday 27th february 2004 vote: monday thursday 10am - 4pm friday 10am - midday lecture theatres library entrance students’ union mon 6 - 8pm cathedral court reception tues 6 - 8pm battersea court reception wed 6 - 8pm library entrance 9 - 11.30pm students’ union thu 6 - 8pm stag hill court reception library entrance more info online @ ussu.co.uk

The Big Vote
barefacts | 19th February 2004

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Anwar Erraiss
this candidate has not submitted a manifesto

The Big Vote 2004
what are nus conference delegates? every year NUS holds its national conference at easter. each union sends delegates to this, to help decide NUS policy for the year to come, as well as elect the new NUS executive committee question candidates online: question the NUS candidates online at the USSU Bulletin Board ussu.co.uk When voting put a [1] on the ballot paper by your first choice, [2] by your next favourite etc.

The Big Vote 2004
Khaled H B El Houri
this candidate has not submitted a manifesto

The Big Vote 2004

more info online @ ussu.co.uk

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The Big Vote
barefacts | 19th February 2004

JAY BUTCHER
The Big Vote 2004
chose who goes to this year’s NUS conference... voting week: monday 23rd friday 27th february 2004 vote: monday thursday 10am - 4pm friday 10am - midday lecture theatres library entrance students’ union mon 6 - 8pm cathedral court reception tues 6 - 8pm battersea court reception wed 6 - 8pm library entrance 9 - 11.30pm students’ union thu 6 - 8pm stag hill court reception library entrance more info online @ ussu.co.uk

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•I believe that the NUS’s priority campaigns should be relevant to students at Surrey. •I believe that the National Executive elections are integral to the effective running of the South East region of the NUS. I am a final year Aerospace Engineer and currently hold the elected position of Union Chair. I have been heavily involved in the NUS’s fight against Top-Up Fees and recently organised a Question Time with both the NUS President and several top MPs for the benefit of the student body here at Surrey. The NUS Conference is where the priority campaigns are set and the new National Executive is elected. I not only want Surrey’s voice to be heard at a National level but to ensure that the students’ at Surrey get the best out of our affiliation with the NUS during the forthcoming year.

NUS Delegate

...the [1] and only

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barefacts | 19th February 2004

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Manifesto for Mudddassar Najib I believe that: 1) To ensure all students both local and international are properly represented at NUS Conference 2) To fight against the introduction of TOP-UP FEES to local AND international students. 3) To fight against the introduction of Visa Permit Fees to international students. 4) To support all measures on EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

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The Big Vote 2004
what are nus conference delegates? every year NUS holds its national conference at easter. each union sends delegates to this, to help decide NUS policy for the year to come, as well as elect the new NUS executive committee question candidates online: question the NUS candidates online at the USSU Bulletin Board ussu.co.uk When voting put a [1] on the ballot paper by your first choice, [2] by your next favourite etc. more info online @ ussu.co.uk

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- NUS CONFERENCE DELEGATES -

The Big Vote
barefacts | 19th February 2004

The Big Vote 2004
chose who goes to this year’s NUS conference... voting week: monday 23rd friday 27th february 2004 vote: monday thursday 10am - 4pm friday 10am - midday lecture theatres library entrance students’ union mon 6 - 8pm cathedral court reception tues 6 - 8pm battersea court reception wed 6 - 8pm library entrance 9 - 11.30pm students’ union thu 6 - 8pm stag hill court reception library entrance more info online @ ussu.co.uk

Christie [1] for Conference

What I think doesn’t matter. What matters is what you think, what you decide, and how you want to vote. I’ll be campaigning for votes, but more importantly I’ll be asking students

what they want from the NUS, and I’ll be asking the NUS what they’re going to do for you. Vote for me if you want to be heard, want your points put across, and want true representation at the conference. On a personal note, I’m going because I want to know exactly what NUS do for us and if it’s worth OUR money.

Name: Neil Christie

Position: NUS Delegate

The Big Vote
Sabbatical Elections 2004
This elections special pullout should have given you an idea about all the candidates standing in this year’s sabbatical and NUS elections. If you want to find out more about the elections in general, speak to any of the sabbatical officers in the students’ union The candidates will be around campus campaigning in force during voting week [23rd - 27th february], and that is your chance to speak to them in person - ask them what they will do for you, the students. You can also listen to what the sabbatical candidates have to say at question time on thursday 19th february from 7pm in the main union. The elections are the most important event in the year for the students’ union. Those elected will have a real impact on the lives of students next year, and beyond, so make your choices carefully. Every student at Surrey has a vote in the elections - make sure you use it!