It has been confirmed that five candidates for the SU Elections have stepped down.
Fady Atia (Education Officer), Gurneet Singh (President), Amy Green (Women’s Officer) Anoushka Nayee (Activities Officer) and Tien Dung Nguyen (Education) have all decided that they no longer wish to run for office.
Last week, Impact announced that Singh had decided to stand down in order to focus on his course.
“I am no longer running for the position of SU President due to the fact that I want to concentrate on my degree and try to further my career in Finance.”
Speaking to Impact, Green said that the main reason for her withdrawal was not being able to commit enough time to campaigning due to coursework stresses. However, she admitted that running against joint candidates, Nina Humphries & Krishna Shah, was a contributing factor.
“The main reason [for stepping down] is because I feel the campaigning period will require quite a lot of time and commitment and due to the tonne of coursework I have been given this semester – particularly in campaigning period – I would not have the time to campaign as well as I would have hoped. I just wish I had realised a bit sooner before I had put myself forward.
“I do think that running against two people as a joint candidate would have increased the pressure for me in the campaigning period, as I feel having two people as a Women’s Officer would mean double the effort and double the commitment, and I’m sure a lot of students would have felt this way too, putting the pair at a slight advantage. So overall due to my studies I don’t think I would have had the time to compete with such a strong candidate(s).”
Atia, a GEM (graduate entry medicine) student, decided to pull out of the elections due to the fact that he was unaware that the role of Education Officer is a full-time position.
“[I] have been a course rep during the pre-clinical course. I thought the position of education officer would give me a chance to carry on with my interests in voicing students concerns to the university, and therefore applied. However, there was no explicit indication on the website that this is a full-time role that required me to suspend my course for one year. I have realised later and thus decided to step down because I can’t really suspend my course for one year.”
Update 4/3 Niralini Thayaparan has now pulled out of the race for Education Officer.
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