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SU Leadership Race 2023

Meet your new USWSU Officers leading you in the 2023/24 academic year!

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The SU Leadership Race 2023 was held in the second term of the 2022/23 academic year. From successful nominations, there were 14 candidates for positions as a Sabbatical Officer, Student Voice Representative, and Student Council. Voting closed at 6 pm on Thursday 16th March with a total of 560 individual voters.  The results from the Leadership race are as followed: 


Student Council

Mature Students’ Officer

Valid vote: 230

Quota: 116

Vinaya Dudane 211

Re-Open Nominations 19


Swyddog yr Iaith Gymraeg

Valid vote: 205

Quota: 103

Riley Rattray 179

Re-Open Nominations 26


International Students’ Officer

Valid vote: 232

Quota: 117

Qayanat Shaikh 216

Re-Open Nominations 16


LGBT+ (Open) Students’ Officer

Valid vote: 210

Quota: 106

Will Simpson 189

Re-Open Nominations 21


Student Voice Representatives

Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Science

Valid vote: 82

Quota: 42

Will Light-Hook 71

Re-Open Nominations 11

Faculty of Life Sciences & Education

Valid vote: 89

Quota: 30

James Catchpole 52

Jordan Lewis-Iles 35

Re-Open Nominations 2

Chair of Student Voice Forum

Valid vote: 219

Quota: 110

Liks Robert 204

Re-Open Nominations 15


Full-Time Officers


VP Activities

Valid vote: 239

Quota: 120

Kenul Herath 216

Re-Open Nominations 23


VP Welfare

Valid vote: 456

Quota: 229

Cheryl Chingosho 294

Keatan Rees 155

Re-Open Nominations 7


VP Education

Valid vote: 386

Quota: 194

Clayton Quiah 132

Sofia Soberon 246

Re-Open Nominations 8


Due to a breach of election regulations, Clayton was removed from the election and his second preferences were transferred. This made no difference to the above figures.



Valid vote: 260

Quota: 131

Jamal Abdilahi 225

Re-Open Nominations 35


From the above, the following candidates have been successfully elected to lead your SU in the coming year! 

President - Jamal Abdilahi 

Education VP - Sofia Soberon 

Welfare VP - Cheryl Chingosho 

Activities VP - Kenul Herath 


Thank you to everyone who voted in the election. and good luck to the new SU team leading the SU!

Did you want to run but were unable to get nominated in time? You can have another chance to stand for election for Student Trustee, Student Council or Student Voice Representative in the upcoming By-Election. Keep an eye out on our social media and website for more.