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YUSU Elections 2017: Sam Linley (Disabled Students’ Officer)

Image: the University of York Students' Union
Image: the University of York Students' Union
Image: the University of York Students’ Union

Second Year Sam Linley, reading for a degree in Physics with Astrophysics, is contending the position of Disabled Students’ Officer in the 2017 YUSU elections.

What inspired you to run for the position?

Having been active in the Disabled Students Network from my first year, having served as the Disabled Students’ Rep for Alcuin in First Year and then as Secretary of the network, I have seen first-hand the issues that disabled students face and I want to make a positive change to help improve the university experience for disabled students.

What makes you different from the other candidates?

I think that my determination to succeed for students drives me to never give up on what I believe in. Having worked alongside the current officer and a former officer during my time on the network, I have seen first-hand what the job entails and I know what issues can come up and have a good understanding of how to manage these issues.

How would your policies change student life at York?

If elected, one of my main priorities would be to work constructively with the university to help bridge the gap between the funding cuts caused by the government cuts to Disabled Students’ Allowances. Also by helping to increase awareness of mental health issues, more students will feel able to get the help that they need, which can significantly improve their lives as well as their studies.

What challenges do you expect to face in this position and how will you respond to them?

One of my main issues that I could face would be in talking with the university services to increase the funding in certain areas. As they won’t always be able to fix things instantly, there could be times that we have to wait around until they do it, and to try and get them to do it as quickly as possible without damaging the strong relationship that exists between the network and the university.

What has been your most enjoyable experience at university?

My most enjoyable experience at university has been going on tour to Berlin with the Concert Orchestra in June.

What challenges do disabled students face on campus?

Accessibility is one big issue on campus. I have heard stories from students of them not being able to get to a lecture because of a lack of ramps and students struggling to hear due to the lack of hearing loops. If elected, this would be an issue that I would raise with the university and do my best to improve the accessibility on campus.

As told to Charlotte Williams