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YUSU Elections 2016: President Candidate – Oliver Wilson

Credit: YUSU
Credit: YUSU
Credit: YUSU


Oliver Wilson is running for Union President. He believes that he knows what works for YUSU, and wants to provide free tea at the library on Mondays so that students can be put in direct contact with their representatives.  

Tell us a bit about yourself.  

I study Politics, Philosophy and Economics, although I don’t do much economics in my third year. I’m on the Committee of the Club of PEP, and I present a late-night alternative hip-hop radio show on University Radio York. I’m currently flirting with auditioning for the final CHMS musical of the year – it’s something I did in Sixth Form and I’ve always wanted to get back to it!

What inspired you to run for YUSU President?

I think the opportunity to really make a positive change to the University kind of grabbed me over the last term or so. It’s great that we have the ability to get so involved in YUSU, but, as someone who’s spent most of my University career looking at YUSU from outside, I think that there are loads of things that could be immeasurably improved.

Why do you think you’re the right candidate for the job?

I’m a fresh face – I can see what works for YUSU, and what needs changing. I can also represent plenty of people who feel like they aren’t quite represented or considered by YUSU at the moment. I’ve got loads of practical policies, and plenty of experience. I’ve worked for charities in the past; Shelter, and more recently the London Wildlife Trust.

Which of your policies are you most excited about?

Definitely Free Tea Mondays! YUSU has a real crisis of representation at the moment, and I want to sort that out by giving out free tea, in the library, every Monday. It’ll be somewhere anyone can come, with a question, a suggestion, for a chat, or just to complain about the quality of the tea. This will help make YUSU more open, more accessible, and more representative.

If you could change just one thing about the way the University works, what would it be?

I would really like to see more people feel like both the University administration, and the Students’ Union, represent them and are easy to understand and get engaged with. So I suppose it’d be a change of opinion as well as a change of practical functions. I hope my policies, like Free Tea Mondays, and also my commitment to respond to Freedom of Information requests in line with non-exempt organisations, will put us well on the road to that.

Who do you think is your biggest competition?

I think it’s great how broad the field for YUSU president is. There are so many different candidates with a huge diversity of policies, it really shows of the best of the University of York. I’m really looking forward to engaging in a constructive debate about the future of YUSU and the University.

The YUSU Candidates Debate will be held at the Lounge on 14th February.