The annual elections to appoint SUBU part time officers took place this weekend.
Forty positions across the four different councils, including activities, welfare, education and Lansdowne were contested. Multiple candidates were returning SUBU officers but stood for different positions.
Physiotherapy student Olivia Tuckerman stood for a higher position this year with Bournemouth university students voting her in as the Lansdowne council executive officer.
The elected students now have the responsibility to work together with SUBU to improve the entire student body’s university experience.
During the campaign period, Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus, was abundant with posters and hand outs. However, the most important promotional strategy seemed to be speaking to individual students.
Second year Business Studies student Georgia Rose won the position for Welfare Executive Officer. She said: “They [students] said they have no one to go to for advice. There’s SUBU advice, but they’d like someone who’s their own age. So I’d really like to put myself out there and be accessible to people for advice.”
Public Health post-graduate Farrah Geddes, who was elected as Lansdowne volunteering and RAG officer, has worked with the student union from her previous university. She said: “During my undergrad in Australia, I was very much involved in the Student Council. I was president of a society and of two others. I also took part in organising events for my university.”
English student Katharina Hendrickx, won the position for International Officer for EU Students. She said: “During my first year I founded the BU European Society and from then on I was in the committee and now I’m its President so I’m really into being involved with international students.”
SUBU’s full-time President, Chloe Schendel-Wilson, was pleased with how the elections went and felt all the candidates competed fairly and ethically.
She emphasised the importance of involving as many of the student body as possible. She said: “It was really nice to see plenty of new faces no matter which year they were in. We got over 700 votes and you don’t expect that many to be involved with this whole process which was really good.”