Mr Thornton strives for “a student union at student prices” and aims to make the use of the Students’ Association as affordable as possible.
This proposal lacks impact as Mr Thornton is vague about how his intentions will be executed. He states he will be “the voice of those who choose the Union because of its value” despite being limited in his influence over the Union’s price decisions.
As the Senior Student and former Head of Events of University and Whitehorn Halls, Mr Thornton’s manifesto boasts two years of experience in planning and coordinating social, educational and wellbeing events, notably the recent, highly successful University Hall Ball.
Mr Thornton would like to reduce the variety of quality at the Union while increasing the variety of events in scope and theme, as a means of making sure quality is achieved.
He claims that themed nights in the Main Bar could be a “middle ground between going to a pub, and going to the Bop”.
It is not outlined how these “themed nights” will necessarily be different from the Bop.
It is possible that losing variety in the events at the Union will prove repetitive and students will grow tired of the same kind of nights out. The reason students like the Bop is because of the diversity in themes and the prospect of choosing new and unique themes.
Mr Thornton proposes to implement fair ticket resales by reaching out to societies in the hope of finding a solution to the reselling of tickets at high prices.
In light of the scalping of Christmas Ball tickets last year, this is an important policy to introduce and could aid in creating a more equal student experience.
His accomplishments in University events give Mr Thornton significant experience. However, while his manifesto addresses key matters, his solutions are unimpressive due to their lack of clarity.