LIVE BLOG: Student Leader candidates answer YOUR questions

Hello and welcome to The Linc‘s live coverage of tonight’s Candidate Question Time.

Photo: Lincoln SU.

Candidates for the five Student Leader positions will be explaining why they want to be elected to their chosen position, and will be taking questions from students attending the event.

Candidate Question Time will be taking place from 6pm to 8pm in Tower Bar.

Come back closer to the time for live coverage here and on Twitter from the team.

 

Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201717:59

Hello and welcome to tonight’s live coverage of Candidate Question Time. The Linc’s News Editor Liam O’Dell and Deputy News Editor Michael Barwise are at the Tower Bar and are reporting on the event.

For the latest updates, keep an eye on this page, and on our Twitter: @thelinc.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201718:04

As the first day of voting comes to a close, there have already been 5,707 votes in total and 821 unique voters. The current turnout is 6%.

Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201718:12

Current SU President Sammi Storey welcomes students to tonight’s Candidate Question Time, before Deputy Returning Officer lays down the ground rules.

Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201718:16

Both VP Welfare and Community candidates are in agreement that mental health is one of the biggest welfare and community issues.

Connor Delany says ‘support for mental health is lacking behind other universities’, whilst Rebekah Self says ‘mental health is really struggling amongst students’.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201718:28

Our first question from the floor is how they would challenge the view of students being seen as radicals.

Rebekah says ‘it’s very easy for the government to target students’ and it’s ‘trying to change an ideology which is obviously very tough’. She believes it’s ‘definitely an issue which would need to be done on a much wider scale’.
Meanwhile, Connor says ‘we are not being listened to by the government of today’ and that if they criticise students for standing up, they are not doing their job as representatives.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201718:30

After closing speeches from both of the VP Welfare and Community candidates, the candidates for VP International take to the stage.

Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201718:41

One of the pre-prepared questions for the VP International candidates is what stops International Students from engaging with the Students’ Union?

Jiachen Liu says ‘language is a big problem’ and says there should be translators at the SU.

Meanwhile, Chi Linh Pham says International Students ‘do not know about information’.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201718:45

In the closing speeches from the VP International Candidates, Chi Linh Pham says she hopes she ‘can inspire others’.

Jiachen says ‘I already have a lot of experience’ from her role as Vice President of the Chinese Society.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201718:46

Whilst Jiachen and Chi were present tonight, there are also two other candidates: Muhammad Imran Buledi and Ali Salim Ali Al-Saeed.

A full list of candidates for VP International can be found on the SU website: lincolnsu.com.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201718:51

Next up are the candidates for VP Academic Affairs. After opening speeches, the first pre-prepared question is: what is one thing you would do to improve the rep system?

Mark Pastuszka says he would improve training, Grant Rebecca says he would encourage more people to talk about the rep system, and Tommy George says he would change its flexibility.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201718:56

One of the questions from the floor is about what the candidates can bring to their role from their subject.

For Psychology, Tommy says it’s the ‘sense of community’. Grant talks about the Media Production’s Facebook page and the ‘instant feedback’, and Mark says Computer Science students are really good at using Blackboard.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201719:02

In the closing speeches, Grant says he ‘plans to work with everyone closely’ should he be elected. Mark says he wants to ‘make Lincoln the best SU’ in the country, and Tommy says he would work ‘with every student’.

Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201719:02

There’s now a quick break in proceedings. We’ll be back shortly.

Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201719:22

We’re back, and the candidates for VP Activities take to the stage with their opening speeches.

Adam Long talks ‘transparency, involvement and unity’.
Luke Exton says he wants to help students solve their issues.
Amber Newton says she wants ‘equal opportunities for all’.
Kyle Foster says he wants ‘everyone to feel special’.
And in a video message, Victoria Goodwin says she will make sure communication is improved if she is elected.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201719:23

We’re back, and the candidates for VP Activities take to the stage with their opening speeches.

Adam Long talks ‘transparency, involvement and unity’.
Luke Exton says he wants to help students solve their issues.
Amber Newton says she wants ‘equal opportunities for all’.
Kyle Foster says he wants ‘everyone to feel special’.
And in a video message, Victoria Goodwin says she will make sure communication is improved if she is elected.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201719:36

One of the prepared questions for the VP Activities candidates is: what would you do to ensure the growth of academic societies?

Luke wants academic societies to work with the relevant subject schools to a much greater degree, whilst Adam wants to showcase our societies.
Kyle says he will look to get the university to supply sports and societies with the resources they require, and Amber says she would get feedback from people.
Victoria says she would work closely with the Vice President with Academic Affairs.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201719:47

A question from the floor asks what the candidates will do to ensure that sports and societies get access to university spaces.

Luke says it’s about equality and it ‘matters so much’, whilst Amber says she would look to ‘give everyone the same space’.
Kyle says he would work with the university, whilst Adam believes ‘it’s wrong that societies are treated differently to sports’.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201719:50

In their closing speeches, Victoria cites her two years’ worth of experience as Sports Officer. Kyle says he is willing to make ‘the time and effort to learn’ about every sports and society.

Amber says she would ‘push her manifesto points forward’, whilst Luke talks about equality, funding, celebration and recognition.
Adam says his main point is transparency.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201719:51

And last, but by no means least, are the candidates for the SU President. These include Joshua Grinsell, Michael Daniell, Kudzai Muzangaza, Gabriel Miles, Scott Bonner and Daniel Sovrea.

Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201720:03

Democracy is the first topic for the pre-prepared questions for the SU Presidential candidates.

Michael says ‘students don’t really care’ and that they ‘care about the small things’, whilst Gabriel believes students ‘want to be involved’.
Josh says he would ‘restore the elected council’, calling the ASM’s a ‘monumental disaster’.
Kudzai aims to ‘fix the disconnect’ if elected, and Scott says he would further promote SUggestions.
Daniel says he would include a section on Blackboard so ‘as you learn, you will be part of the decision’.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201720:10

A very interesting pre-prepared question is asked next: what do they want their legacy to be?

Joshua says ‘getting the job done’ is what’s important to him, whilst Kudzai says his legacy is ‘part of a plan to move further’.
Daniel’s legacy would be the university anthem, meanwhile Michael doesn’t want a legacy.
Scott wants a stronger national voice, and Gabriel wants a union that works more for students.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201720:27

The final pre-prepared question asked how do you intend to put yourself out there?

Josh says he ‘will try to be out as much as I can be to speak to students’, whilst Scott talks about implementing a ‘hot desk’.
Michael mentions first year students and telling them about the SU before they arrive. Meanwhile, Daniel talks about ‘outside events’.
Gabriel talks about drop-in sessions, and Kudzai says it’s about ‘being able to go and speak’ to students and ‘relate’.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201720:31

And finally, closing speeches. The candidates have just 60 seconds to explain why students should vote for them.

Daniel mentions the ‘university anthem’ and ‘outside events’, Gabriel says he will create ‘a union that fights tuition fees’, and Josh says he would be ‘your facilitator’ if elected.
Kudzai says it’s about ‘representing every student on the ground’, Michael makes an impassioned speech saying ‘the students do not exist’, and Scott mentions his past experience as Chair of the Council.
Liam O'Dell Friday, February 17, 201720:32

The Candidates Question Time has now come to a close and so concludes tonight’s coverage. Thanks for following our updates.

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