Who will lead your Students' Union next year?

The following students have nominated themselves for leadership roles in the MDXSU Elections.

 

The winning candidates will represent you in the next academic year and help direct the work of your Students' Union. Read more about the candidates who have put themselves forward below - click on the manifesto images to view larger (or view our digital manifesto guide!)

 

Voting is open online and on campus from 10am Monday 13th March until 1pm Friday 17th March.

 

Want to find out a bit more about your candidates? Watch our interview videos on our YouTube channel, or catch up on the Facebook live stream from Question Time.

 

Full-time Positions

President
Vice President Business & Law
Vice President Art & Design, Media & Performing Arts
Vice President Health & Education, Science & Technology

 

Part-time Positions 

School Voice Leader - Business 
School Voice Leader - Law 
School Voice Leader - Art & Design 
School Voice Leader - Media & Performing Arts 
School Voice Leader - Health & Education 
School Voice Leader - Science & Technology 
Student Trustee 
Democracy and Involvement Committee (DAIC)

 

President 

Nathan Brembah

Invest in yourself and vote for me. My name is Nathan Brembah. I am a final year business management student fast track and I am running for the student union president to ensure that students are put back at the heart of all conversations starting at Middlesex University.

Being a student at Middlesex University has been a great experience with its highs and lows. This has allowed me to learn not only about myself but also about how important the student experience is. I am currently a student ambassador at the university, which entails me to promote the university in a positive light. I am a strongly driven and motivated individual. My peers describe me as respectful honest and always there to motivate others when they are down. When I become the president of the Middlesex student union these values will be encompassed in my decision-making and action to better the experience of student life.

I plan to take a slightly different approach when I become the president. I want to gain better understanding of the core issues and I want to get more students to be involved with the student union. This is going to be achieved by building a strong relationship with students. Through this, I hope to enhance their overall experience at university.

I find loads of people confide in me with their issues and this has continued throughout my journey at Middlesex. One of the issues that frequently come up is the financial difficulty faced by fellow students. I plan to reduce the financial hardship that students face in their everyday life by making it my mission to cut costs in various areas such as, reducing the burden of food cost provided at the university canteen. I have always stood for the equality and justice for students. After the tripling of the tuition fees in 2012, I firmly believe we should also expect the experience to be tripled just as much. Listening to the needs of students and taking action can achieve this. We don’t have the power to change the tuition fees, but we do have the power to change the quality of the experience we get for the money we invest. Make a stand, vote for me and I will stand for you.

Many students are unaware of what is happening in their union. All students should feel involved and no student should experience lack of purpose or value. I am passionate not only with words but also action. This is why I am the right candidate for the job who can not only “talk the talk” but can also “walk the walk”. I am a dynamic individual and I would like to be given this opportunity to work for the student union. I believe I can really make a significant impact in the improvement of the student’s experience.

I have noticed that the relationships between the student union and Middlesex are diluted. Middlesex is very diverse and I believe we need to use it to our benefit to build strong community within the university as well as enhance our external network. Let us make our MDXSU, by our students and for our students as we share the same interests.

When I am elected as the president, there are things I plan to do, to make your student experience better:

• I will make the student union more transparent to you who make the university what it is, which are all of us, the students.

• I want to make the student union finances transparent and I will make sure all societies are more knowledgeable about the funding and resources available to them.

• I want to encourage student involvement in societies. Members will have a wider access to resources available to them within these societies. Facilities such as the green screen rooms, music rooms and more would be available for societies and their members. Overall, this would enhance student development.

• I will instantly act on issues that student’s face, by holding monthly meetings. I want to embed confidence within the students and ensure that they are being heard. My overall aim is to focus on what you want as students and get you a return on your investment. Invest in me and I will invest in you, make the right choice.

Vote Nathan Brembah for president of the student union

Simba (Sulaiman) Lkaderi

Zowwi Ranford

 

 

Vice President Business & Law

Ben Brickley

Hafsa Hajir

Louise (Lou) Marquis

Stefan Iftode

Talha Nomani

"The uni needs trustworthy / reliable students to work for them to make uni a better place. This sabbatical officer role will entitle me to a role which would allow me to help students immensely so vote for me. Cheers!"

 

Vice President Art & Design and Media & Performing Arts

Cristina Mihalachi

”Hi, my name is Cristina Mihalachi, I’m 2nd year BA Film student and I’m running for the position of Vice President Art & Design and Media & Performing Arts.
Before coming to Middlesex University I studied Academic Painting, Photography and Art History, currently I am studying Film. All my friends we’re asking me “why did I switch my career?” I told them that I didn’t, film contains all forms of arts. My aim is to create a strong sense of togetherness as I feel our Students Union and its student members have lost that all important cohesion. If I will be selected I will organize every weekend workshops for inter-changing experience.  During my study at MDX, I observed that we miss a major module in Fine Art course - Academic Drawing & Painting; I would like to fill that gap by volunteering in organizing Academic Drawing & Painting masterclasses.

My passion is to create a culture of WE within the Students Union and make sure ALL students feel confident in raising any issues that occur in their university experience. As Student Experience Vice President I will represent YOU with YOUR issues to ensure you have not just a 'good' but an 'Excellent' Student Experience.”

Denizali Ustundag

"I am a second year BA Film student, I will be third year next educational semester I always liked standing up for my rights in life, and to do that I started by being Student Voice leader in my course, and now I want to raise the scale and represent everyone, of course starting with just media department, but I will be here to help anyone who is and needs any of my help."

Malak Aya

Experience so far as Campaigning Student

> Co-Leader of the MDXSU Islamophobia Awareness Month
> Vice President of MDX Journalism Society
> PR and Student Affairs Officer of MDX Arab Society
> Student Voice Leader for Year 3 Media and Journalism
> Film Editor, POW Media

 

Women as Changemakers at MDX!  

> Lead a ‘This Girl Can’ Campaign to highlight the contribution of Women Students to Sport.
> Demand action from MDX on tackling and preventing Sexual Harassment on campus.
> Strengthen alliances between all women at MDX and champion the work of all female academics, administrators, contracted staff & students.
> To continue leading the campaign to tackle Gendered Islamophobia and hate crime against Women of Faith.

 

We are Creative Students. We will be heard!

> We pay 9k, yet have to fundraise for our 3rd year projects?! I will lead a priority campaign for MDX to finance 3rd year projects and fund our creativity.
> Demand bigger and more lockers & creative spaces in the Grove.
> Increase funding & resources for the Media Loan Store, so it can be accessible to all Creative Students.
> Launch a series of Group Art Therapy sessions to tackle student mental health.

 

Education is a Right, not a Privilege!

> Release the academic timetable a month in advance & fight to scrap the 10min rule on class lateness, because the rule does not take into account students commuting from Outer London.
> Lobby MDX to create more Joint Honours Degree Courses, so students can broaden their skills and enhance career prospects.
> Champion POW media, student societies and Sports; to be recognised as co-curricular and linked to our courses.
> Campaign for an increase in grants for the poorest students, as education is not a commodity or a means of business.

 

MDX is Our Campus!

> Lobby for the creation of a Quiet Contemplation Room in the Library for students to relax, meditate or pray
> Bun Chartwells. I will campaign for a Student-led, Student-run Coffee Shop on campus. A Coffee Shop which is entirely staffed by students working Part-time and where MDX students decide what is sold.
> Increase lighting, CCTV and security personnel around the Grove Park Area to ensure student safety.
> Tackle Exam Stress by Puppy, Kitten & Tea Rooms on campus.

 

“Malak's ability to campaign tirelessly as a full time student, whilst staying principled is an inspiration to many. I really could not imagine a better Vice President that would fight for all Women at MDX then Malak” - Hareem Ghani - NUS National Women's Officer

Petrana Zemanová

Urszula Kwasniewska

 

Vice President Health & Education and Science & Technology 

Lujain Ammar

Raquel Marques

Roel van den Berg

 

 

Part time roles

School Voice Leader - Business 

Ami Dhakan

Khawaja Khalid

”I am a dedicated, devoted and determined individual, studying in the second year of a BA Accounting and Finance. I believe my experience of treasury officer of People & Planet Society and student voice leader of 2nd year of BA Accounting and Finance will help me to put forward your ideas practically with ease. As the Business School Voice Leader, I will encourage a sense of belonging among students at all levels of the university, where no student is left behind and all students’ voices are heard and adequately represented.

My top 3 goals include

  • I will make all media channels and technology efficient to make sure your opinions and suggestions heard with ease.
  • Promote communication among students and course representatives across the campus to explore areas of common interest/issues to eliminate barriers.
  • Enable and encourage disabled students to fully participate in all societies”

 

Ronit Jayesh Himatlal

Sumaiyah Rafah Chowdhury

Hi there,

So I've been asked to prepare a manifesto for my reasoning to be a Student Voice Leader - simply put: I believe in each & every pupil at MDX, and they should be empowered with a voice that is heard.

...I vow to you, my voice can be heard distinctly in a busy room.

I would like to be given the opportunity to run as Student Voice Leader for a second year running and continue to build upon the concerns and bright ideas arisen from yourselves, my fellow classmates. Should I be given the position, I aim to bridge the gap between course leaders and pupils, creating a structure for business courses that students envision.

We've all worked so hard to gain a place at University, and we come in everyday to better our future using the most valuable tool humankind has: education. Elin Nordegren once said, "Education is the one thing no one can take away from you,". Therefore I want work alongside module leaders and create module components that are desireable, achieveable and enjoyable. 

Thank you,

Sumaiyah Rafah Chowdhury 

 

Talha Nomani

“I've been the course leader for Marketing last year and had a wonderful experience. Would love to take that role again. Looking forward to many votes again, Cheers!”

Yashraj Mayursinh Bhatti

Hello there!

So for all those who don't want to get bored reading the entire manifesto, let me sum it up for you right here. Well I am as happy and loyal as Joey, as caring and understanding as Ross and as funny and considerate as Chandler. Now if you want to know more, come along!

Well to start with, the School Voice Leader requires some leadership skills, self-confidence, approachability, etc. Not to be narcissistic but I have been elected as the Student Voice Leader for BSC Economics consecutively for two years. This time for my final year I believe I am ready to take this position and make an impact on the school level rather than just my course. To be very honest with you after being here for two years, I believe the administration has some loopholes. It was very hard to catch hold of the people managing everything and making a room for improvement. The university is establishing good relations with organisations outside the university, which is good but there are some important changes to be brought within first. This year I am standing for this position to work on along with other issues, the LGBT, disabled people, black people, international students, local students and unemployed people's fair representation. Societies and ideas just do not seem to work enough and therefore I am now willing to take bold actions to make it work. 

The reason why I deserve to get this position is that I have had about 6 years of leadership experience. I have brought many positive changes in my previous schools and I am aware of the difficulties that different positions face. Being a leader for long, I am very friendly and approachable to people. I have been commended for my decision-making and I can work efficiently even under pressure. As I mentioned, I have been the Student Voice Leader of BSC Economics for two consecutive years, along with being a member of DAIC. This made me familiar with the administration and the students. 

So, I don't want to bore you guys anymore and conclude by saying that I am here to serve, not lead. Instead of walking behind me, come walk with me and we'll bring a positive change and create a better system.

 

 

School Voice Leader - Law 

Adriana Lourenço

“Vote Adriana! I am dedicated to bring the change our school needs!”

Maimoona Aslam

“Hey! My name is Maimoona and I am a first year LLB student. I'd like to nominate myself as YOUR student voice leader for Law. I am sure we have all got something we think can be improved. I would love to be able to convey your suggestions and thoughts to ensure all your concerns/issues are communicated and discussed at meetings. Let's not forget that your suggestions not only improve your university experience, but someone else's too. So please do vote for me. :) “

Naim Ali

“Being a current course leader for my course it has allowed me to gain skills in dealing with student issues and allowing students to express the concerns about the concern. I think I could further enhance this if you peng tings vote for me. “

 

School Voice Leader - Art & Design 

Amy 'Maier' Perrin

Want a team player? Vote for Maier!

#1 for Art & Design School Voice Leader

 

Hi, there! I'm Amy – also nicknamed Maier – and I study BA Fine Art. My first involvement with MDXSU was during the Shouting4Housing campaign whereby I was lucky enough to watch the London Mayoral Elections. It was this instance that made me realise how much power our Students’ Union has to inspire change. Since empathy is at the heart of everything I do, I had to join in! From there I have:

 

  • Been elected as a Student Voice Leader
  • Been elected as the Vice President of the LGBT Assembly
  • Been employed as a Student Staff member
  • Been a V.I.P. at National Student Pride
  • Been a member of 3 Societies and 2 Liberation Groups
  • Marched at the United for Education NUS rally
  • Attended Board of Studies meetings
  • Attended Grove Grandstand School Voice meetings
  • Attended Student Leaders Conferences
  • Attended Citizens UK Workshops
  • Supported several MDXSU Campaigns
  • Participated in the PROUD: Politics in your Practice Art & Design Project
  • Participated in the MDXSU Equality in Art Exhibition
  • Founded an upcoming interactive exhibition – The Liberation Station – as part of the MDXSU anti-harassment and anti-hate crime campaign Hear Me Out. Jump aboard from 27th to 31st March in the Grove Atrium!

 

The main reason for nominating myself as School Voice Leader is to help make the Art & Design faculty the best it can be – an innovative, enjoyable and exceptional place to learn. By having a student represent the viewpoints of their peers, it empowers our opinions about what really matters.

But less about me, let’s move on to what we can achieve together …

 

 

THE GROVE

 

Extended Hours: Work towards lengthening the Grove opening times so that the cut-off point is midnight on weekdays.

Extracurricular Achievements: Drive to bring about crash courses on vital skills, such as tutorials on Adobe Photoshop. On completion students could then be awarded a certificate or Diploma qualification, along with something to put on their CV.

Monthly Creative Mingles: Organise meetups for Art & Design and Media & Performing Arts students to socialise and create cross-course connections. This would be a fantastic opportunity to promote Student Services; the Employability Service; the Students’ Union; POW! Media; and creative Societies like Darko Zine. If these sessions gain popularity, exterior links can also be invited, for example University of the Arts London.

School-specific Workshops: Initiate workshops on building a portfolio, pitching ideas and Curriculum Vitae writing, tailored specifically for Art & Design students.

Success Stories: Motivate current students by inviting industry professionals and alumni to talk about their projects and careers.

 

THE UNIVERSITY

 

Decor: Display student artwork around Middlesex to publicise Grove talents and spice up plainer buildings.

News: Help students keep in the loop of what’s occurring both on and off campus with updates about Art & Design events, MDX Sport accomplishments, NUS action and the borough of Barnet.

Microwaves: Have a microwave at each food outlet for students to use within cafeteria vicinities.

 

WELFARE

 

Overcoming Obstacles: Help students get assistance quickly and easily by placing more emphasis on resources like MDXSU Advice and the Library & Support Services.

Accessibility: Work towards getting more printers with an adjustable keypad screen to aid those with disabilities. Support the Gender Neutral campaign, by encouraging the addition of a third type of bathroom, in order to make university more inclusive for Trans and gender non-binary students.

Diversity: Promote the diversity of different cultures and minority groups through campus-wide celebrations of seasonal festivities, faith days and History Months. Furthermore, push food vendors to provide more vegetarian, vegan, Halal and Kosher options.

 

 

To conclude, I believe that creativity fuels humanity’s inventiveness and thus is an imperative factor throughout all industries. Therefore a vote for me is a vote for helping to further stress the ever-growing importance of the Arts.

 

Thank you for reading my manifesto! If you have any questions, feel to contact me via AP1460@live.mdx.ac.uk

 

This year's election is live from 13th to 17th March – make sure you have your say. Happy voting!

Steph Stevens

 

School Voice Leader - Media & Performing Arts 

Kristine Clark

Petrana Zemanová

Vera Azevedo

"Hello! My name is Vera and I'm a 2nd year Creative Writing and Journalism student. I want to be your School Voice Leader because I think every student plays a part in our student's union and should have their voice and concerns heard. As School Voice Leader I would work alongside the Vice President and the SU to make sure every student in our Scohol gets the best university experience they can get! My work with the SU as a part of the LGBT committee had been incredibly enriching and I look forward to keep working towards a safer more accepting campus for everyone."

 

School Voice Leader - Health & Education 

Amy Satterthwaite

Shahina Rafique

“Middlesex University is one of the very universities to provide a broad and versatile range of facilities to help students reach to the best of their abilities . Being a student voice leader will give me the opportunity to voice the concerns and issues my colleagues would like to share and provide me the platform to gain an insight to how we can work best together as a team and overcome any obstacles and difficulties we may face. Helping and supporting others are central to my personal morals and principles as I wish for everyone to do well and be successful in their goals .”

Zahrah Lalmahomed

“Having been a student voice leader (SVL) for social work BA this year, I have enjoyed being able to help improve the quality of the teaching to our lessons and praising all the methods that worked. I have gained more experience just by being part of the SVL for Social work, by increasing my confidence- feeding back to module leaders in the board of conference meeting that happened a while back. I'm keen to push myself further and take a more serious and involved role within the university so we can further enhance other people's learning environments with new ideas that could be pushed and should be heard to make good change and improvements. I am always willing to listen to great new ideas that together we could make happen just like in the SVL voting meetings, we have to be and stay motivated for improvements."

 

School Voice Leader - Science & Technology 

Adeleke Osinaike

Anjelina Qureshi

“1. Free printing is provided for students however many students live in halls that are far from campus and this can be a problem for them if they have to travel all the way to university just to print. I will campaign for free printing in halls of residence.


2. I will campaign to shorten feedback time to 2 weeks so that students have ample time to work on improving their assessments.

3. I will campaign to protect anonymous marking and lobby for it to be rolled out to more courses.

4. I will campaign for an improved complaints procedure so that students are aware of where they can go to seek help and advice and to report concerns.

5. Mental health is becoming an increasingly serious issue that is not taken nearly as seriously as it ought to be, I will campaign for more mental health resources on campus and to increase and improve the services that we already have.

6. Accountability in MDXSU needs to be taken more seriously and more rigorous channels need to be set up so that students can hold officers to account for their work. I will campaign for more transparency and accountability with regards to what the students union does and the way that students are able to raise their individual concerns.

7. I will support all of the liberation campaigns in all their projects including championing SU policy to oppose the prevent agenda, raising awareness of issues faced by minority students, run awareness campaigns for Black students, women students, LGBT+ students, and disabled students.

8. I will campaign to create more student jobs at the university.

9. I will support students studying science and technology courses and push the university to support us and help us find opportunities such as studying abroad, finding work placements etc.

Vote Anjelina #1 School Voice Leader for Science and Technology”

Chirstopher Skordis

“As a returning voice leader I seek to make sure that the voices of students are heard. I attend meetings with lecturers with the intention of getting my voice heard, and I make sure that any issue, no matter how small or large, gets resolved. As long as I am your student voice leader, I will make sure that your studying at Middlesex will be as comfortable as can be. As you may already know I am an approachable person, and I would like you to know that I will always be open to new ideas that you may want to share. Your comfort is my number one goal as student voice leader.”

Dinesh Jebaraj

Tash White

Hi, my name is Tash and I am running for Science and Technology School Voice Leader, Student Trustee and Democracy and Involvement Committee in the MDXSU elections.

   I am an undergrad Psychology student and joined the university this September. Since then I have...

  • Become a Student Ambassador, talking to new and prospective students about the university.
  • Been selected as a Community Placement Student with the SU working on the Hear Me Out campaign, finding out about students' perceptions and experiences of sexual harassment.  The aim is to use this to get sexual harassment taken seriously on campus with policy changes and better reporting systems, and misogyny defined as a hate crime by local police.
  • Been elected as a Halls Leader for Platt Halls
  • Volunteered as a student rep for the British Psychological Society, which means I get involved in a lot of careers and experience opportunities for psychology students.

These opportunities for students to gain experience are something I think are very important, so if you elect me as School voice leader for Science and Technology, I will work on getting more of these opportunities available and advertised to students.

I want to...

  • Run careers fairs with local and national industry representatives, to give students the chance to meet them and ask questions.
  • Set up a network for alumni of the school, for them to be able to contact each other after graduation, and for current students to be able to get in touch with them to ask questions and find out more about the careers they have chosen.
  • My final plan for this is to create a catalogue of local opportunities for work experience and volunteering that students can get involved in while studying, including charities who want volunteers, and other organisations offering a wide range of roles to students.

   I also want to make sure that the teaching in the schools is catered to all students, rather than just the majority. This means talking to as many students as possible about their experience studying Science and Technology subjects at Middlesex, and making sure this gets fed back to the people developing the courses, so that the things we are studying are relevant to the students who are studying them. I think these plans will help make opportunities more accessible to everyone, and help students explore careers which are open to them.

   Having opportunities accessible to everyone is something I feel passionately about, which is why I want to be involved in the Democracy and Involvement Committee. The diversity of cultures and ideas at this university really drew me to come here, and I think this is something which should continue to be celebrated and reflected in everything the student union gets involved in.

   I really look forward to meeting you and working with you on the things that you find important. Please feel free to get in touch with me at NW460@live.mdx.ac.uk or catch me around campus if you have any questions or want to talk about any of my plans, and remember to vote in elections week!

#VoteTashNo.1

Sara Raju

No manifesto submitted.

 

Student Trustee (one position available) 

Maria Tkacenko

I am Maria and a third-year student in Business School. Next year I will be staying at Middlesex university for further study. As a student voice leader for 3 years, I already have experience of beeing a bridge between students and university. Through my effort as a student voice leader, I have influenced positive changes towards effective communication between the university and potential new students, who now have the opportunity to fully understand the benefits of foreign language department. 

I see this opportunity as a platform for me to refine my skills gained from my time studying business. By becoming an active part at this university I would like to implement changes to keep the students forefront. 

I would hope to actively collaborate with the SU officers to bring in fresh ideas to challenge the way Middlesex works.

Minoo Mirzaei

The trustee board is a non-legislative team that oversees the union activities and monitors policies set by the members to make sure they are coherent and effective in all aspects. 

  • The importance of diversity, openness, impartiality and justice are the crucial foundation of objectives that any elected trustee needs to remember. and take into account.
  • Therefore, as the student trustee, I intend to act impartial and will carefully consider the facts before any action is taken.

In short, as the student trustee, I will deliver what this role needs:

- I want to ensure MDXSU is about YOU, THE STUDENT BODY FIRST AND FOREMOST. 

- Some of the Union's actions are found to be irrelevant to the current student body!!!! 

- I want to make sure that the Union always acts in the best interests its electorates.

- Using my experiences as the Health and Education School Voice Leader, will help me furthur to make our Union one of that communicates to its students openly as it can, and involves all its students actively.

         **Vote for Minoo to put the U back into MDXSU**

Naim Ali

“Vote for man cah I will be a good trustee. I'm well spoken and have the experience to bring students what they need. I get their problems heard and dealt with. Safe”

Tash White

Hi, my name is Tash and I am running for Science and Technology School Voice Leader, Student Trustee and Democracy and Involvement Committee in the MDXSU elections.

   I am an undergrad Psychology student and joined the university this September. Since then I have...

  • Become a Student Ambassador, talking to new and prospective students about the university.
  • Been selected as a Community Placement Student with the SU working on the Hear Me Out campaign, finding out about students' perceptions and experiences of sexual harassment.  The aim is to use this to get sexual harassment taken seriously on campus with policy changes and better reporting systems, and misogyny defined as a hate crime by local police.
  • Been elected as a Halls Leader for Platt Halls
  • Volunteered as a student rep for the British Psychological Society, which means I get involved in a lot of careers and experience opportunities for psychology students.

These opportunities for students to gain experience are something I think are very important, so if you elect me as School voice leader for Science and Technology, I will work on getting more of these opportunities available and advertised to students.

I want to...

  • Run careers fairs with local and national industry representatives, to give students the chance to meet them and ask questions.
  • Set up a network for alumni of the school, for them to be able to contact each other after graduation, and for current students to be able to get in touch with them to ask questions and find out more about the careers they have chosen.
  • My final plan for this is to create a catalogue of local opportunities for work experience and volunteering that students can get involved in while studying, including charities who want volunteers, and other organisations offering a wide range of roles to students.

   I also want to make sure that the teaching in the schools is catered to all students, rather than just the majority. This means talking to as many students as possible about their experience studying Science and Technology subjects at Middlesex, and making sure this gets fed back to the people developing the courses, so that the things we are studying are relevant to the students who are studying them. I think these plans will help make opportunities more accessible to everyone, and help students explore careers which are open to them.

   Having opportunities accessible to everyone is something I feel passionately about, which is why I want to be involved in the Democracy and Involvement Committee. The diversity of cultures and ideas at this university really drew me to come here, and I think this is something which should continue to be celebrated and reflected in everything the student union gets involved in.

   I really look forward to meeting you and working with you on the things that you find important. Please feel free to get in touch with me at NW460@live.mdx.ac.uk or catch me around campus if you have any questions or want to talk about any of my plans, and remember to vote in elections week!

#VoteTashNo.1

Ronit Jayesh Himatlal

Summer H White

I am a confident and charismatic individual who wants to fight for change

Being someone who has public spoken before and is passionate about our university I feel these are two key factors of someone who you would want to represent us at the MDXSU trustees meeting. Sitting alongside external and internal trustees to determine long term goal for our Students Union.

As I am already the Student Voice Leader for Foundation Year Business School and part of the rugby team these show long term commitment, and after being voted in for the Student voice leader this has given me the confidence that I need to pursue in this role. 

 

Anything I have ever wanted, I have always done my best and exceeded expectations. Lets make change happen.

 

Always look on the bright side and Vote for Summer,

Talha Nomani

“If you'd like someone trustworthy and to be a guide to students , wait no more cos I'm going to be that person for you. I would humbly request you to vote and ask your friends to do so as it will benefit you immensely. Cheers !”

Themis Efthimiou

Who am I:
I am Themis Efthimiou a 2nd Year Psychology Student, Vice-President of the debating society, intern at MDXSU and admin of Memesex University (Facebook Page). I am running for the position of student trustee.

My experience:
In the last year I have been involved with the Student Union, as an intern for the research department and Vice President of the Debating Society. In this time, I have familiarised myself with how the Student Union is run and the needs of each department in supporting students. Some of you may recognise me as the person who walks around the campus and getting you to fill out questionnaires on an IPad. This has been part of my internship and has allowed to engage with a variety of students across all schools and hear your concerns and opinions with the student Union.

My experience also goes beyond University. I am no stranger to this type of position in discussing and deciding the allocation of resources and goals of an organisation. I was previously part of the advisory group for a branch of the national charity ‘Mind’. This role had myself and group provide input and direction to the schemes offered to support the public.

What I will do:
The Trustee Boards role is to discuss finances, strategy and long term goals for your Students' Union. My proposals to improve this are:

  1. Evidence-Based Decision Making – Students know best about their needs. So, when goals are set they should be supported by quality evidence demonstrating that students are in need/requesting this.
  2. Stop wasting time, effort and money – Finances need to be used in the most effective manner and distributed fairly. All plans proposed should clearly outline methods that will be used to achieve their goal and how they will measure their effectiveness.
  3. Transparency and student opinions – Continue to push for more transparency and ensure students’ needs are not ignored.

Yash Bhatti

Hello there!

So for all those who don't want to get bored reading the entire manifesto, let me sum it up for you right here. Well I am as happy and loyal as Joey, as caring and understanding as Ross and as funny and considerate as Chandler. Now if you want to know more, come along!

Well to start with, this position of Student Trustee requires a discipline and knowledge towards the position. Not to be narcissistic but what better than an Economics student! I believe that I have a proper understanding towards the position and I have always scored well in this field as well. To be very honest with you after being here for two years, the administration has many loopholes. It was very hard to catch hold of the people managing everything and making a room for improvement. This year I am standing for this position to continue improving the system and create a transparency between the administration and the students. 

The reason why I deserve to get this position is that I have had about 6 years of leadership experience. I have brought many positive changes in my previous schools and I am aware of the difficulties that different positions face. Being a leader for long, I am very friendly and approachable to people. I have been commended for my decision-making and I can work efficiently even under pressure. I have been the Student Voice Leader of BSC Economics for two consecutive years, along with being a member of DAIC. This made me familiar with the administration and the students. 

So, I don't want to bore you guys anymore and conclude by saying that I am here to serve, not lead. Instead of walking behind me, come walk with me and we'll bring a positive change and create a better system.

 

Democracy and Involvement Committee (five positions available) 

Naim Ali

“I will make change”

Tash White

Hi, my name is Tash and I am running for Science and Technology School Voice Leader, Student Trustee and Democracy and Involvement Committee in the MDXSU elections.

   I am an undergrad Psychology student and joined the university this September. Since then I have...

  • Become a Student Ambassador, talking to new and prospective students about the university.
  • Been selected as a Community Placement Student with the SU working on the Hear Me Out campaign, finding out about students' perceptions and experiences of sexual harassment.  The aim is to use this to get sexual harassment taken seriously on campus with policy changes and better reporting systems, and misogyny defined as a hate crime by local police.
  • Been elected as a Halls Leader for Platt Halls
  • Volunteered as a student rep for the British Psychological Society, which means I get involved in a lot of careers and experience opportunities for psychology students.

These opportunities for students to gain experience are something I think are very important, so if you elect me as School voice leader for Science and Technology, I will work on getting more of these opportunities available and advertised to students.

I want to...

  • Run careers fairs with local and national industry representatives, to give students the chance to meet them and ask questions.
  • Set up a network for alumni of the school, for them to be able to contact each other after graduation, and for current students to be able to get in touch with them to ask questions and find out more about the careers they have chosen.
  • My final plan for this is to create a catalogue of local opportunities for work experience and volunteering that students can get involved in while studying, including charities who want volunteers, and other organisations offering a wide range of roles to students.

   I also want to make sure that the teaching in the schools is catered to all students, rather than just the majority. This means talking to as many students as possible about their experience studying Science and Technology subjects at Middlesex, and making sure this gets fed back to the people developing the courses, so that the things we are studying are relevant to the students who are studying them. I think these plans will help make opportunities more accessible to everyone, and help students explore careers which are open to them.

   Having opportunities accessible to everyone is something I feel passionately about, which is why I want to be involved in the Democracy and Involvement Committee. The diversity of cultures and ideas at this university really drew me to come here, and I think this is something which should continue to be celebrated and reflected in everything the student union gets involved in.

   I really look forward to meeting you and working with you on the things that you find important. Please feel free to get in touch with me at NW460@live.mdx.ac.uk or catch me around campus if you have any questions or want to talk about any of my plans, and remember to vote in elections week!

#VoteTashNo.1

Patricia Neves

My name is Patricia and I am a first year undergraduate studying Criminology with Psychology.  I was born in Macao but have lived all my life in Portugal until I moved to London to study. 

I am applying  for the position of Democracy and Involvement Committee Member because I would like to help guarantee that all students are offered the same opportunities within the student union, no one feels excluded or left behind, and everyone feels represented. If elected, I will work towards achieving a policy of representation and inclusion and support those who feel isolated such as mature or international students. I will proactively defend and ensure student representation at all levels of the SU. 

Overall, I would like to contribute to the amazing student community we have in our University in order to create an inclusive Students Union. I envision a union that has a happy, safe and welcoming environment for every student.

Steph Stevens

Talha Nomani

“Vote for me if you want to be included. I've got good leadership skills that would benefit students by getting thier problems solved through teamwork. I'm for the idea of inclusion and would humbly look into the problems you face and try to sort them-whether it's short or long term. Looking forward to a positive response from all the students. Cheers! :)”

Yash Bhatti

Hello there!

So for all those who don't want to get bored reading the entire manifesto, let me sum it up for you right here. Well I am as happy and loyal as Joey, as caring and understanding as Ross and as funny and considerate as Chandler. Now if you want to know more, come along!

Well to start with I have been a member of DAIC for a year and to be very honest with you, it has many loopholes. It was very hard to catch hold of the people managing this and making a room for improvement. This year again I am standing for this position to continue improving the DAIC and bring more and more people in to create diversity in ideas. Being a member I know how the whole system works and hence I want to take advantage of that this year to re-ignite it's importance in the Student Union. 

The reason why I deserve to get this position is that I have had about 6 years of leadership experience. I have brought many positive changes in my previous schools and I am aware of the difficulties that different positions face. Being a leader for long, I am very friendly and approachable to people. I have been commended for my decision-making and I can work efficiently even under pressure. I have been the Student Voice Leader of BSC Economics for two consecutive years, making me familiar with the administration and the students. 

So, I don't want to bore you guys anymore and conclude by saying that I am here to serve, not lead. Instead of walking behind me, come walk with me and we'll bring a positive change and create a better system.

 

 

 

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