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Union President Candidate

Connor Drake

Summary

  • A UNION THAT REPRESENTS YOU I want to bridge the disconnect between students, the university and YUSU, whilst always empowering students to speak their mind.
  • DELIVER VALUE FOR MONEY I want to tackle the cost of living and hidden costs in York. From the rising cost of accommodation to the cost of work experience, we need to put this on the agenda.
  • BUILD A INCLUSIVE CAMPUS York’s best quality is its diversity - we need to celebrate this. If elected as President, I will shine a light on the diversity of our community in everything that I do.

60 second Manifesto

Manifesto

FOR GOODNESS SAKE, VOTE CONNOR DRAKE

There is a massive disconnect between the lived experiences of students and the agendas pushed by YUSU and the university administration. We urgently need to bridge this gap so that the voices on campus are heard, instead of side-lined. YUSU should be a force that creates student opportunities, actively listens to students, and fights for what matters to us - and I want to create this YUSU.

I will be a president that can carry our voices forward and make sure that the university listens. I’ve got the experience of representing student and leading change, and the drive to make campus better.

Proven track record of representing:

-    Elected one of the first Working Class Officers. Building from the ground up, I’ve worked with students to create a network, lead a research project, and provided support to any student that feels disadvantaged due to economic inequality.

-       Created and ran the first national Working Class Conference, inviting speakers and students from all over the country and creating a national presence

-    Led a research project into the lived experience of students to find out what really matters to students - we found cost of living and course costs to be big issues for students.

FOR GOODNESS SAKE VOTE CONNOR DRAKE

MANIFESTO PRIORITIES

A UNION THAT REPRESENTS YOU

I want to bridge the disconnect between students and the university and YUSU, whilst always empowering students to speak their mind.

  • Organise termly Question Time events with University Senior Management, and push for students to be involved in future university plans, whether that be on academic issues, catering options and prices or the new colleges on Hes East.

  • Use a student-centred approach to representation. I will expand my research project into the lived experience of students, so that I can really listen and carry your voices forward.

  • Start a student-led campaign to pressure the university on the rising prices of campus accommodation, making sure your voices are heard.

DELIVER VALUE FOR MONEY

I want to tackle the cost of living and hidden costs in York. From the rising cost of accommodation to the cost of work experience, we need to put this on the agenda.

  • Set up Rate Your Landlord, where students can rate different student landlords in York. This way, you know exactly what you are signing up for.

  • Continue the fight for a better bus service, working with the other officers and actively talking with the bus service.

  • I will work with the university and other Sabbs to make your course, and wider university experience the best for you, fighting for more choice and opportunity for students, whether that be with regards to having more electives, different forms of assessment or gaining credits for extra-curricular activities.

BUILD A INCLUSIVE CAMPUS

York’s best quality is its diversity - we need to celebrate this. If elected as President, I will shine a light on the diversity of our community in everything that I do.

  • Work with other Officers, societies, colleges, and departments, I will organise events such as conferences and open lectures to raise awareness of current issues, with a focus on disadvantaged and under-represented groups, in order to strive for an inclusive campus.

  • I’ll work with students to create partnerships between different groups on campus to coordinate work on shared issues.

  • End course inequalities that stop people getting ahead due to factors outside university, as these undermine academic talents.