YUSU Elections 2016: President Candidate Ciaran Morrissey
Ciaran Morrissey is running for YUSU president. He is an avid student journalist and politician, and his main policies deal with opening up free speech and improving the University’s mental health services.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m originally from Newcastle, and I’m a third-year Philosophy student in Vanbrugh. I’m the Comment Editor for Nouse, the Chair of the University of York Liberal Democrats, and I was on the York Student Think Tank committee for a year.
What inspired you to run for Union President?
I ran because I don’t think anyone was going to raise the sorts of issues I wanted to address. I don’t feel represented by YUSU, and I don’t think the primary aims of either its staff or its officers are improving student welfare. It seems more and more like it’s a bit of a glorified social club and those in the know aren’t particularly bothered about making it better.
Why do you think you’re the right candidate for the job?
I’ve never been involved with YUSU, held any of its offices, or been involved with any of its nebulous internal politics. When I say I want to change it, that’s from the perspective of a normal student who doesn’t feel represented by the union. I’m passionate about change, and I have clear, achievable goals that I will reach if elected.
Which of your policies are you most excited about?
Free speech on campus is important, and I’m looking forward to taking part in opening up the campus conversation and encouraging openness across campus. But I think mental health is the policy that will do the most good, and where YUSU has the potential to really make a difference.
If you could change just one thing about the way the university works, what would it be?
I’d replace the University’s governing body with people who actually had an interest in student wellbeing.
Who do you think is your biggest competition?
Millie Beach for sure. She was a very competent college chair and you’d be a fool to underestimate her.
The YUSU Officer’s Debates will take place in the Lounge on the 14th February.