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YUSU Elections 2016: Disabled Students Officers Candidates – Alexander Wray

Credit: YUSU
Credit: YUSU
Credit: YUSU

Alexander Wray is running for Disabled Students Officer. He has been part of the disabled students network since last year and wants to improve the sporting facilities to better accommodate disabled students. 

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I’m a philosophy student. I do Labour club (disability rep), Alcuin football, Alcuin committee (sports rep), and Uni Cricket.

What, would you say, made you want to run for this position?

I joined Disabled Students Network at the start of the year and have loved everything second. Everyone is so lovely and it’s a great laugh, but at the same time you’re doing something important for your fellow students. It’s a real buzz and I’ve just been drawn in more and more. As a fresher I was nervous about running for DSO but the DSN committee were so supportive. So I’ve decided to run and to try to make as much of a difference as I possibly can to disabled students lives.

Why do you think you’re right for the role?

I think I have numerous great pledges that will result in real improvement to the University. Most importantly, I’ve also spelled out how I’m going to achieve them and I’m determined to succeed. On the other side of the job, I like to think I’m warm and friendly enough that people will feel confident sharing any problems they encounter. I also already get on brilliantly with the rest of DSN so I think we’ll be a real great team.

You mention your pledges, which policy are you most excited about implementing?

Probably number 2 – improving sport for disability students. On a personal level, I love sport, so it’ll be a lot of fun to work on. But also, DSN have always worked closely with welfare, academic and activities, but never really sport. It’s fresh ground where I think a lot can be done and it’s so important because it’s such a large part of student life for so many.

Final question, if anyone who are you backing for YUSU President?

I’ve only had a quick look, but it all seems fairly uninspiring. If I had to vote right now I’d probably go for Habib Nassar.


Voting is now open and closes on the 19th of February. 

Interview conducted by Grace Parker.