ICYMI – This year’s Student Officer Elections are underway at QUB, and following yesterday’s hustings, Queen’s Radio’s Paul Wyatt caught up with several candidates on The Scoop for some more in-depth interviewing.
First to take the hot-seat were the candidates for Student Officer Activities, a new position created by the amalgamation of current roles VP Clubs and Societies and VP Community. Vying for election are incumbent VP Community, Paul Loughran; Law student Declan Frith and Mathematics finalist Calvin Black. Issues covered included tuition fees and maintenance loans, landlord registration deficits, and a Clubs and Societies’ Presidents’ Forum as well as many other issues covered in each candidate’s manifesto.
The full interview with the three candidates is available to listen to here:
Next to take the hot seat is lone Presidential candidate and current VP Campaigns and Communications, Sean Fearon. After spearheading last semester’s #occupyQUB movement, Fearon’s dedication to our SU has only grown. Sean and Paul chatted about many issues currently facing the union and the wider university including the marketization of education and exploitation of students and staff. Tuition fees, again, are a huge focal point in this conversation and of course, Fearon’s movement Fossil Free QUB and December’s occupation of the central finance office take their turn on centre stage.
Listen to the full interview with Sean:
Following the interview with Sean, Paul was joined by candidates for Student Officer Equality & Diversity, Leah Rea and Stephen McCrystall. Both candidates discussed the lack of recording of sexual assaults by QUB with similar intentions of raising awareness of the issues around consent, as well as attitudes towards the LGBT+ community in relation to Christian students. Leah Rea was quick to quell any accusation that her place on the Reunion ticket is a form of tokenism, while Stephen McCrystall spoke at length about the work he’s done as the current Part Time Disabled Students’ Officer.
You can catch the full interview with Leah and Stephen here:
Oisin Hassan joined Paul next, another unopposed candidate standing for the position of Student Officer Education. Hassan is another incumbent officer, hoping to move from his current role of VP Equality & Diversity. A huge talking point in the Education debate was the lack of autonomy QUBSU currently has. With the SU receiving annual stipends for building maintenance from the University, the Union is effectively at the University’s beck and call, something Oisin intends to tackle.
The whole interview is available here:
Author’s Note: The candidates for Welfare Officer, Chris Leneghan, Shannon Downey, Julie-Anne McCook and Jessica Elder were contacted about appearing on The Scoop but due to scheduling issues, have not all been available at once to be interviewed. The Scoop are working on having those candidates join us before ballots close on Thursday.
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