meet the candidates

The Leadership Race 2017

Here you can read about all of the Candidates who will be fighting to win your vote this year. The Elected Officers will act and speak on your behalf for the whole of the academic year. By voting, you’re making sure the right people are picked to make your voice heard at the highest level.

Cast your vote. 20 March > 23 March



key dates

nominations open 20 february @ 9am

nominations close 9 march @ 1pm

candidates briefing 11 march @ 10am

voting open 20 march @ 9am

voting closes 23 march @ 6pm

results party 23 march @ 9pm


part-time officer candidates >

SU President

The President provides leadership to the Students' Union and is its main ambassador and external spokesperson, representing the interests of all students at USW.

   Kelsey Taylor

  • More provisions for mental health. I will lobby for more counsellors, less waiting times, and for more understanding from extenuating circumstances.
  • A better student experience. I want to help make more clubs, societies and events at every campus.
  • Better food options. I will try to get vegan, vege and glutten free options available and £3 MEAL DEALS!

    Read full manifesto >


   Benny Lynch

  • Disaffiliate the USWSU from the National Union of Students.
  • Cheaper Sports Teams for Students.
  • Side Gate Permanently Open.

    Read full manifesto >


   Ieuan Denton

  • Fair and equitable treat and representation for students, regardless of age, gender, religion, race or sexual orientation.
  • Lobby for clearer and fairer guidelines for mental health, disabled students and extenuating circumstances services.
  • Improve communication between University, the Students Union and the Student body.

    Read full manifesto >

VP Education & Welfare 

The Education and Welfare Officers lead on work to improve the educational quality and experience at USW, based on feedback from Student Voice Reps, Course Reps. and the National Student Survey. There are two positions for VP Education & Welfare with regional remits covering the Cardiff & Newport region and Pontypridd region. 

Cardiff & Newport Region

   Charlotte Billinghurst 

  • Fight for 24 hour library, studio and workshop access during peak times in Cardiff and Newport.
  • Create safe spaces for students to relax and unwind during stressful and testing times.
  • Fight for affordable travel for all students.

    Read full manifesto >

Pontypridd Region

   Ollie Britten

  • Review and Support Student Mentoring System.
  • Continue to Work to Streamline the Mental Health Service.
  • Introduce a Shuttle Bus from Treforest to Pontypridd.

    Read full manifesto
    English >  Welsh

   Liam Powell

  • Fighting Mental Health! Lobby University to provide more councillors as waiting lists are far too long.
  • Say No to Sexual Assault I will work with the University to tackle the issues of sexual assault on campus and in halls.
  • Improving Facilities! From our social spaces in Glyntaff to our prayer rooms and accessability for disabled students the University needs to improve and I will fight for that.

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   Adam Simmons

  • Campaign to have automatic esctentions for disabled students.
  • Set up a 24 hour wellbeing help center for students, where we will train students to be wellbeing Buddies.
  • Continue to have more mental health weeks throughout the year.

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VP Student Activities

The Vice President for Student Activities is the lead officer on all matters relating to student teams, clubs, societies and supported activities (including, fundraising, volunteering, student media and community liaison groups). 

   Debbie Jones

  • Providing support for societies seeking funding.
  • Better fitting kit for sports teams.
  • Encouraging society growth and participation on Cardiff & Newport campuses.

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   Megan Wilson

  • Support and carry on the work on Wednesday timetabling.
  • Why should East v West be solely for sports? I want to create the first annual East v West inclusive of society tournaments.
  • Improve inclusion of Postgrad, international and mature students within sports and societies.

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