Meet the 2019/20 Student Executive
The new Leeds University Union (LUU) Student Executive team has been voted in. Find out who they are and what they stand for.
The Student Executive are full-time members of staff within LUU, who represent all students at Leeds and have the power to make changes on their behalf.
Following four days of voting, with a total of 6,948 student votes cast, six candidates have been chosen to lead the Union and a new editor of The Gryphon has been elected.
The new LUU executive members are:
Activities Officer Lydia Evans
Lydia pledges to:
- lobby the University to invest more money into every society
- introduce mental health protocols into every society's institution; and
- create a fund to support students who want to access societies but can't afford them.
Community Officer Cat Fairbairn
Cait pledges to:
- improve housing by making it more affordable, better quality and more accessible for all students
- bridge the gap with students and the community and introduce them to their neighbours and all Leeds has to offer
- help students manage their money with helpful workshops; and
- focus on environmental and safety initiatives.
Education Officer Abiha Khan
Abiha pledges to:
- digitise core texts
- prioritise mental health with spaced-out deadlines and a dedicated wellbeing officer in each School
- increase informal student spaces; and
- support joint honours students.
Equality and Diversity Officer Chlo Elliot
Chlo pledges to:
- diversify education with initiatives like furthering the 'Why is My Curriculum White?' work or implementing short-term financial relief for working class students
- improve the experience for all students through training, including equality and diversity awareness training for societies, British Sign Language at Union events and more tailored advice for student groups; and
- recognise more religious holidays and festivals on campus and create paid and volunteering opportunities for international students.
Union Affairs Officer Lauren Huxley
Lauren pledges to:
- offer more from LUU, with more transparency regarding spending, valuing students through training and rewarding loyalty, and bringing the Exec to students
- having better opportunities from an opportunities hub to linking with external and local organisations; and
- improving spaces and accessibility to the Union and these spaces.
Welfare Officer Amy Wells
Amy pledges to:
- have a no-nonsense approach to mental health by improving in-School support
- making welfare fairer through cutting hidden course costs and continuing hate crime work; and
- promote student safety around drugs and sexual health.
Gryphon Editor Ed Barnes
Ed pledges to:
- make The Gryphon the go-to news source for students
- expand The Gryphon's online presence; and
- increase diversity and representation.
Elected students will take up their positions from July 2019, with posts running for the full academic year.Posted in: University newsStudent education