Will Vickers has been elected SU President following an exhausting two week campaign.
At the end of a memorable race that saw the expulsion of one candidate for making offensive remarks during the Presidential debate, New Theatre President Vickers emerged victorious after beating off strong competition from his three competitors. Ben Ingram had put up a fierce fight with his campaign and it seemed possible that he could win it – for the last week his and Vickers’ Facebook groups had virtually equal membership. James Torrance also represented a formidable threat with his multiple campaign videos and a determined promise to make the SU more independent from the University. Hannan Azhar presented somewhat of a challenge too – as former International Students’ Officer he could count on getting the vote of Nottingham’s sizeable international student population.
But in the end it was probably a combination of Vickers’ sound policies and a good performance at the Presidential debate that enabled him to see off his opponents. Although Vickers’ pledge to bring in a Lenton hopper bus has come under criticism for being unfeasible, it is a policy with much widespread support. His other manifesto policies of creating an online system of academic feedback, better graduate job opportunities and increased provision for AU clubs, societies and postgraduates appear to be realistic and achievable goals.
Vickers’ use of the Presidential debate to pitch himself as an experienced and responsible candidate may also have had some bearing on the election result. During a heated discussion between him and Torrance on the merits of reducing drink prices in Mooch and the Den, Vickers vehemently argued that it would be fundamentally wrong for a President to push for cheaper alcohol when student drinking is a serious welfare issue.
“I’m just going to fall apart and watch Family Guy,” he said when asked about his plans for the night; “I just couldn’t stand up when I found out I’d won.”