Charlie Chester is running to become the next President of the University of York Students’ Union.
What inspired you to run for the position?
I guess I was inspired to run for the role because ever since first year, it’s just been something that I thought would be cool to do. Also I don’t have a grad job yet, and a lot of my friends are doing masters years so from a selfish point of view it would really help me out.
What makes me different from the other candidates?
I guess it’s my attitude to the role and my policy which differentiate me from the other candidates. I know I’m not an expert on how to deal with most of the problems facing York students today, so I see the role of president as one which means making sure that the people who can tackle these issues, are adequately equipped, and enabled to do so.
How would your policies change student life at York?
Honestly, probably not dramatically. I think there are a lot of good things about student life at York, and if I could help make the most out of the good things, and help people with the bad ones, I would feel like I’d done a good job.
What challenges do you think you’ll face in this position and how will you respond to them?
I’m sure there will be plenty of challenges, issues such as financial restrictions, tuition fees being to high and the rising costs of rent are problems which have affected previous presidents, and won’t just go away. I think these are areas which as president of YUSU, I may not be able to make disappear, but, with the help of a great team, I may be able to help students cope with.
What has been my most enjoyable experience at university?
I’ve had loads of great times at uni, I think my best ever experience though, was in first year when I was living on college in Vanbrugh college (shout out to Eric B First floor), and it was Roses in York. I just don’t think you can beat the atmosphere our campus had that weekend. It was crazy.
What are the greatest challenges that students in the UK face?