Postgraduate Officer Result

Listen: Laura Theobald on winning Postgraduate Officer

Laura Theobald has been elected as the incoming Postgraduate Officer with an overwhelming 261 votes. A first year Masters student in Women and Gender History, Laura Theobald has “always been really passionate about student government”. She was involved in the Students Union of her University in California during her undergraduate programme, and has been PGSA secretary in Nottingham. Theobald held the positions of elections chair and was on the social affairs committee (activities board) as well as participating in the organisation of various events. Within Nottingham University, she is involved in Dance Society.

Her manifesto pledges include working on expanding financial aid; she believes that tuition fees should be raised fairly by expanding on financial aid through bursaries and scholarships. She adds that only two scholarships are currently available for postgraduates who are American citizens. Her second pledge is to establish a postgraduate area in the library. This is because postgraduates, arts students specifically, can no longer study in a social setting since the loss of the Arts Center.

Finally, Theobald believes that Week One should be made more inclusive of all students. She believes that Freshers’ week is currently centered around alcohol-related events, which is a problem for postgraduates who don not want to drink, or are older and don not want to attend club events. She is looking to promote events like comedy nights and bowling which are “not necessarily focused on alcohol and are more conducive to conversation and meeting and talking to people. As well as club events for those postgraduates who want to go to them.”

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9 Comments on this post.
  • Overwhelming?
    18 March 2012 at 21:08
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    The University of Nottingham has 8138 PG students. Is 261 votes an ‘overwhelming’ number of votes?

  • Dave
    19 March 2012 at 11:34
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    I suspect that’s the point the writer is trying to make.

  • Bystander
    19 March 2012 at 19:24
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    Well, it was overwhelmingly more than her former opponent.

  • @Bystander
    19 March 2012 at 22:05
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    How many did her former opponent get? If you have access to this information, then surely you are more than a bystander.

  • Hi-stander
    19 March 2012 at 23:13
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    1) How many votes did Reuben get?
    2) How did you know this if you are just a bystander?

  • SU Councillor
    20 March 2012 at 09:20
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    When someone gets removed from an election they get all their votes deleted from the count. Of course, if the winner was then put second on their ballot (under the STV system) the votes would transfer to them. It isn’t clear how many votes were effectively transferred in this way…

  • SU Observer
    20 March 2012 at 11:52
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    To SU Councillor:

    He might have been removed from the election, but the votes he received whilst still in the election will have still been logged. Yes, they get removed for the final count, but there will still be a record of how many people voted for Rueben before he was removed. If the SU have deleted this information then they have acted in a very improper manner.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes to a by-election as I would think Rueben is going to appeal, and if he does, he’d probably be successful.

  • Bystander
    21 March 2012 at 04:38
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    I simply meant that because her former opponent was removed , she inevitably gained more votes by the final count than he did. I don’t know anything about how many he received before being removed from the race, I’m just a bystander.

  • bystander 2
    21 March 2012 at 16:46
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    Who is Reuben and why did he get removed from the elections?

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