Mr Stewart’s proposals could prove popular among students and benefit the revenue of the Students’ Association. He opens his manifesto with the intent of extending the opening times of the Association building an extra two hours until 4 am.
He is realistic and detailed about how he intends to do this, adding that he will instead apply for an extended hours license for special events should the Fife licensing board not grant this variation.
However, the question of whether the Union staying open later is cost-effective in terms of wages, for example, remains.
Mr Stewart aims to abolish the current £5 minimum card spend on purchases at the Union without the need of third-party apps such as YOYO, a common complaint amongst students.
Though he does not draw on any experience in events coordination, Mr Stewart plans to practice an open-door policy and keep the student body informed on his work as DoES.
He also proposes to work closely with student society leaders to ensure that individual societies are aware of the spaces they can make use of in the Union building.
Mr Stewart concludes his manifesto with a unique proposal to move the existing Union smoking area elsewhere in an effort to limit the effects of secondhand smoke and to look at new infrastructures such as outdoor heaters and garden furniture for students wishing to smoke.
Though this policy is thorough and could be feasible, it’s prioritisation on the DoES agenda is not convincing when there are a multitude of pressing issues which the student body would much rather be addressed.
Mr Stewart’s manifesto demonstrates well-thought-out and detailed policies. His proposals appear realistic and, for the most part, have the interests of students in mind.