The results of the elections for full- and part-time officer positions at the Union of UEA Students were announced last night.
Jo Swo was re-elected as Welfare, Community and Diversity officer with the largest vote ever achieved by a single candidate.
Swo told Concrete: “I’m really happy to have been re-elected as Welfare Officer and I want to thank everyone who talked to me and voted for me during the campaign. It was disappointing that no-one ran against me, and I think it goes to show that we as a union still have some way to go with student engagement. I’m looking forward to working with my new team and I’m excited to see what we achieve together!”
Joe Zilch was elected Activities and Opportunities having only narrowly missed the 50% quota in the first round.
Zilch said: “I am so happy with the result! I can’t thank the people who voted, supported, liked, screamed and shouted about Team Zilch enough. We have an amazing team of officers coming in this year and I can’t wait to start working with them!”
Amy Rust, president of the Politics Society, defeated Sam Jones by only 16 votes to become Campaigns and Democracy officer in a contest that went all the way to the sixth round.
Speaking after the announcement, Rust said: “I’m overwhelmed with being elected as the next Campaigns and Democracy Officer at UEA SU. It’s clear students want a change from the cliques that have dominated our union the last few years. I want to take a fresh approach to the challenges on our campus and make sure we are to listening to all students and widening our democratic structures. It’s an exciting time for our student union and I’m proud we can put students are the heart of it”.
Theo Antoniou-Phillips, this year’s LGBT+ Officer, was elected Undergraduate Education officer in the first round, with 55% of the vote”.
He said “I’m so pleased to have been elected as the undergraduate education officer, I could not have done it without my amazing campaign team who you may have seen with my snazzy purple shirts!
“The improvement of turnout was good, and shows a much-needed broader student input into our students’ union. However, if other unions can get a turnout into the tens of thousands, so can we. I hope to prove to UEA students that we are here for them, and I hope to make relevant change to their education”.
Madeleine Colledge was elected Postgraduate Education officer in the full-time officer election with the lowest turnout: just 199 votes were cast in the contest.
Speaking to Concrete, she said: “I am so grateful for everyone who supported and voted for me over the last week. Having the opportunity to be Postgraduate Education Officer is a privilege, and I am looking forward to making the union more representative for postgraduate students. We really need to reach out to those students who, until now, haven’t identified with the union”.
The part-time officers for 2015-16 are:
Environment Officer | Veronica White 53.4% in the second round
Ethical Issues Officer | Emmanuel Agu 46.7% in the final round
Ethnic Minorities Officer | Tarun Sridhar 60.1% in the first round
International Students Officer | Malaika Jaovisidha 42.1% in the final round
Mature Students Officer | Louise Rudd 45.6% in the second round
Students with Disabilities Officer | Kate Snape 65.8% in the first round
LGBT+ Officer (open place) | Sharmin Hoque 55.4% in the first round
LGBT+ Officer (trans and non-binary) | Lee Brown 89.3% in the first round
Women’s Officer | Abbie Mulcairn 50.8% in the first round
Non-Portfolio Officers | Christopher Ball, Jack Robinson, Tom Etheridge and Finn Northrop
Elections are held using the single transferrable vote system, under which voters rank candidates according to preference. A candidate can win in the first round only if they have over 50% of first-preference votes. If no candidate achieves this, the last-placed candidate is eliminated and second-preference votes added to first-preference votes. This continues until a candidate wins 50% of the votes available in that round. (In cases where not all voters rank every candidate, the quota in later rounds is in fact lower than half the number of first-preference votes cast. Candidates are therefore elected on less than 50% of the total vote.)
The new officer team will take office in July.