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University of Cambridge Graduate Union
17 Mill Lane, CB2 1RX Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Please visit my campaign page for details about my campaign: facebook.com/decidedec/
Voting has now opened! Please vote at: vote.cusu.cam.ac.uk/
What does voting for me get you? Read on for more!
I want a Graduate Union that works for its students, and not the other way round. I want to be a voice for all students at the highest levels of the University, where the student's opinion is often the one that sways the argument. Most of all, I want graduate students to be reassured that their interests and their ideas are heard and acted on y the Graduate Union. Here's how I'm going to do that for you: #DecideDec
100% MCR Affiliation: at the moment 24 of 31 colleges of Cambridge are officially affiliated with the Grad. Union. The best way for our voices to be heard is as a student bloc through the GU. In addition to this, every penny given to us in affiliation subsidies goes back to grad students — through events for international students or student parents, to subsidised printing and thesis binding.
Cohesive, coherent intermissions policy: intermitting can often be one of the most difficult times in a student's time at Cambridge, and right now they face a lottery of potential support from their colleges. I want to continue the university's work in developing a comprehensive framework for colleges to follow in the event that the unforeseen should happen.
Transparency: one of the main questions I've gotten so far about my run for presidency is over what exactly the GU does for it's student body. To this end, I want to make public the previous and ongoing work of the GU so we can be held more accountable, as well as hosting regular office hours and Q&A sessions.
Rent controls: Cambridge students face a lottery of potential costs associated with just trying to continue to live in the provided halls of their colleges. I wish to work with all the MCRs in order to have a proper conversation with the colleges about what students feel should be a reasonable charge for rent, as well as what can realistically be afforded.
Expanding the work of student welfare: the last couple of years have seen welfare provisions at Cambridge go from strength to strength. I want to continue this important work to ensure that every college has access to consent workshops, STI testing, and other provisions like mindfulness classes.
Academic provisions: though the recent launch of Cambridge's spacefinder tool has been a success, I want to work with departmental reps as well as MCRs in order to ensure that every student has access to somewhere to work, whatever the time of day and night. In addition to this, I would like to work with the staff of the key Cambridge departmental and inter-departmental libraries to discuss the possibilities surrounding extending opening hours or opening days.
The Graduate Union President is the prime representative of graduate students at the University of Cambridge, serving as a member of the University Council, the General Board of the Faculties, and dozens of other University bodies. They also serve as the chair of the Graduate Union's Board of Trustees.
All graduate students are eligible to vote: the ballot opens at 9am on Tuesday 16 May, via vote.cusu.cam.ac.uk.
For more information about the by-election, visit: gradunion.cam.ac.uk/elections.