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Student Activities Officer Candidate

Finn Judge

Summary

  • Raise funds for Activities Access Grants so that students can enjoy the same opportunities regardless of finance, disability or circumstance
  • Introduce YUSU discount cards for committee members of societies, media, RAG & volunteering groups, negotiating deals with local business
  • Kick-start #RevolutionRAG by creating league tables between colleges and student groups, with annual awards for top student fundraisers

60 second Manifesto

Manifesto

Hi! I’m Finn, a third year Alcuin student running to be your next Activities Officer. I want YUSU to be led by the groups it represents and that’s exactly how I’ve developed my manifesto: by collaborating and consulting with student leaders across campus.

 

Our clubs and societies are a great way of getting thousands of York students to lead our Union, but we need to make that as accessible as possible to get the diverse student voice we need. My policies are all about fun, recognition, and maximising your potential – vote to #BeginWithFinn so we can make this a reality!


Three main policies

 

  1. Raise funds for Activities Access Grants so that students can enjoy the same opportunities regardless of finance, disability or circumstance
  2. Introduce YUSU discount cards for committee members of societies, media, RAG & volunteering groups, negotiating deals with local business
  3. Kick-start #RevolutionRAG by creating league tables between colleges and student groups, with annual awards for top student fundraisers

 

Begin with ACCESS & OPPORTUNITY

 

  1. Raise funds for Activities Access Grants, providing meaningful support for students to enjoy the same opportunities regardless of finance, disability or circumstance
  2. Provide more space for student groups at Freshers’ Fair by using more of campus, to help disabled access and give students the platform they need to showcase their passions
  3. Make it easier to access un-booked rooms, working with the University to live-update available rooms so that events can be planned more flexibly

 

Begin with SOCIETIES & DEVELOPMENT

 

  1. Introduce YUSU discount cards for committee members, rewarding them for their work by negotiating deals with local business
  2. Monitor construction on Campus East for potential storage space, continuing the lobbying by the current sabbatical team for the University to deliver more space for student groups
  3. Prioritise collaboration: if a student group can lead a campaign, provide media coverage or host an event alongside YUSU, the Union should partner with those it represents

 

Begin with RAG & VOLUNTEERING

 

  1. Kick-start #RevolutionRAG, creating league tables between colleges and student groups, with incentives to get involved and annual awards for top student fundraisers
  2. Motivate student groups to hold RAG events at least every year, as well as electing committee members responsible for RAG
  3. Work to centralise York’s volunteering opportunities, partnering with Careers and York City Council to provide better structure and recognise outstanding achievers at the annual Love York Awards


Begin with MEDIA & FREE SPEECH

 

  1. Grant campus media more freedom of speech wherever YUSU’s charitable liabilities will allow, no matter what political interests the Union may hold
  2. Offer media training workshops to all student groups, connecting them to a wider audience through local press and multimedia software
  3. Retain YUSU’s opposition to a no-platform policy to promote free debate, as long as there is no likely threat to student wellbeing (i.e. speakers having previous convictions of hate speech, harassment)

 

Begin with ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

 

  1. Provide better publicity for artists, music and performance groups, creating all new ‘YUSU Arts’ social media channels and an ‘Entertainment’ section on the website
  2. Offer slots to more York student artists for YUSU music events, including Freshers’ Festival
  3. Collaborate with the Arts and Cultural Rep to identify new ways to grow York’s entertainment scene, support student acts, and lobby the University to facilitate the arts

 

Why I’m the best candidate for the job

 

I spent two years reporting on how the University and YUSU work, having previously been the Editor of campus newspaper Nouse. This means I know where the red tape lies and what’s achievable, so I’ve shaped my policies in a way that can easily be implemented.

From my experience as the chair of a hundred-strong society, I know what it takes to get student activities thriving within our community. My firm belief is that unions should be enablers, not just enforcers: it’s time for YUSU to earn that reputation and I will do my utmost to achieve it!