Campaigning is officially underway for the Stirling Students’ Union by-elections.
Due to the unusual timing of electing a Union President, only two candidates have put their names forward for the position: Masters Student Ryan Peteranna, and second-year psychology student Chloe Whyte.
The winner will join Gill Thayne, Amy Smith and Joshua Muirhead as the fourth sabbatical officer, and leader of the Students’ Union.
Ryan has put himself forward for the position of Union President in the last two elections but has found himself far off the pace when it came to results night.
And Chloe Whyte, who has formerly sat as a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Falkrik, will run for the first time in a Stirling Students’ Union election.
She said: “I’m running for President because I feel that the issues we hear about time and time again amongst students – the shocking state of mental health on campus, poor value for money in campus accommodation, and the lack of inclusion felt amongst students from minority backgrounds – have continuously fallen upon deaf ears.
“The university has grown massively in recent years, thanks to the passion and dedication of the student body, but I think that in order to continue this, we need more radical change on campus.
“This term in particular involves the all-important Constitutional Review, for example, and I feel that I could tackle this with the knowledge acquired as a student with experience as a charity Trustee.”
Ryan Peteranna, who is studying a Masters in TV Content Development and Production, told us: “I’m running for Union President because Stirling University has given so much to me over the five years I’ve been here, and there’s so much I want to give to my fellow students by running for this role.
“Three of my key priorities are improving mental/physical wellbeing support, maximising study space during construction works, and lobbying Stirling University to set net zero carbon emissions targets.
“I am determined to help Stirling students have the best experience they can at university and beyond across the next few months, and in the years to follow.”
For the part-time role of non-traditional students offier, Stirling University Students for Independence Jamie Mcdiarmid will run against Altair Seel, who is the secretary for the Stirling Students’ Tenants Union.
Nobody has put themselves forward for the candidate of postgraduate officer, meaning that the position will remain vacant until the spring election diet.
And Hope Murray, Lily Climie, Daniel Deery and VP Communities Joshua Muirhead have all put themselves forward for the position of NUS delegate.
Candidates can now start campaigning. The polls open on Monday, October 14 at 9am and will close at 6.15pm on Tuesday, October 15. All voting will take place online through the Students’ Union website.
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