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Zohra Khan – Candidate for Disabled Students’ Officer


The Yorker’s candidate profile for Zohra Khan who is running for the position of Disabled Students’ Officer in the YUSU Elections 2015.


Name Zohra Khan

Candidate for Disabled Students’ Officer

College James

Year 2nd

Course English Literature

Why are you running? I am running for the position of Disabled Students; Officer because I think there is so much more that can be done and seeing how much the current Officer and Network has done has only inspired me to take a step up and change things for the better.

What are your policies? 

Here are my main policies summed up:

  • Continue the successful line up of Disability Representatives within each college, ensuring these positions are filled, as it is so important to have a voice within each college.
  • Strengthen the links and liaise closely with disability services, academic departments and students alike to bring disability awareness into the teaching environment.
  • Be a visible and accessible point of contact for all disability related issues. Create a 1-stop support map to ensure all students, new and current are aware of where they can find help and support from disability services.  Make Access Your Future bigger and better. I would wish to continue Access Your Future, our annual summer event where we showcase a line-up of successful people through a series of talks and workshops as they present how they challenged the notions of perceived barriers and overcoming them.
  • Tackle issues such as the general inaccessibility of the old campus, particularly Derwent by liaising with University staff.
  • Host events surrounding the concept of Disability Awareness through a series of talks and workshops.
  • Work hard with the Disabled Student Network to expose the Committee to greater and more beneficial publicity by liaising with YUSU, Open Door and Disability Services. Create an online mentoring forum for disabled students to share tips about their experiences and to give practical advice.

Why should students vote for you? I think students should vote for me because I am willing to make a change for the better, tackle issues as they come up and dedicate my time to supporting disabled students in the University. My own experience of the support University provides has shown me a lot still needs to be done and this is something I am willing to improve upon.

Manifesto in a sentence: My manifesto exclusively revolves around disability awareness and accessibility for students so they can get the most out of their degree and University life!