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YUSU Elections 2016: Student Activities Officer Candidate – Heather Kelly

Credit: YUSU
Credit: YUSU
Credit: YUSU

Heather Kelly is running for Student Activities Officer. She is committed to improving RAG and Volunteering having served as Vanbrugh RAG and Volunteering representative, and wants to make them a central part of student’s lives.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a third year History student, from Manchester. I was Vanbrugh’s RAG and Volunteering Rep last year, which has led to me now being on a team of volunteers for a local charity, SASH, that organise regular events and awareness campaigns throughout York, as well as currently being a Charity Apprentice for Child.org.

What inspired you to run for Student Activities Officer? 

What ultimately inspired me was being Vanbrugh RAG and Volunteering Rep last year; I had such an amazing time last year putting on events and working with students and societies and it was without a doubt the defining experience of my university life. The role of Activities is so closely related to what I did last year that it seemed natural for me to go for this position so I can use what I have learnt over the last year to help all students at the university.

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

Because I have the passion, ideas and experience to understand the issues that need changing and put these changes into practice. I firmly believe RAG and Volunteering should be central parts of university life, they need a revival and a boost in student engagement, I know what works and I know how to make these changes. I am genuinely passionate about the policies I am putting forward, I am approachable and I have a plan, and that’s exactly what YUSU Activities needs.

Which of your policies are you most excited about? 

There’s three policies that I am most excited about;  1. Reviving RAG and Volunteering – both RAG and Volunteering should be major parts of every student’s university experience; they provide incredible events and experiences and if given a bigger profile across campus can make an even greater difference.  2. The creation of accessible online training, because I believe that it will make difficult committee hand-overs so much easier, it will be so simple and easy to use that it can make the initially complicated aspects of event-planning, and YUSU in general, so much more understandable and accessible.  3. I’m also really excited about creating an online RAG totaliser, it will make college RAG’s finance so much more clear and accessible, as well as encouraging college rivalry and raise more money for the causes we love! I want to include society RAG totaliser pages too, to encourage societies to get more involved in RAG as part of improving collaboration and making RAG a bigger campus presence

Who do you think is your biggest competition? 

I think I’d have to say Alex Lusty, with a name like that people won’t be forgetting him quickly!

If anyone, who are you backing for YUSU President?

Millie Beach! She was Vanbrugh Chair last year, so I worked a lot with her on the JCRC, she is so supportive to anyone and everyone and was a huge part of Vanbrugh RAG’s success last year, I think she’d be a great YUSU President.

The YUSU Candidates Debate will take place at the Lounge on the 14th of February.