DoSDA candidate Shaina Sullivan produced a detailed manifesto outlining her plan to support societies and students, ensuring success in their endeavours.
Her knowledge from working with the University as an intern, and the Union for the SSC, is balanced with committee experience, as VP for Mermaids among others. This provides invaluable knowledge of the concerns of those she would be working with.
Collaborations and Connections
Communication with societies is highlighted, with online forms at the commencement and conclusion of the semester shaping opportunities, all to be communicated in fortnightly emails. While a good organisational basis, it is unclear what this means for flexibility across the semester. Networking events are also planned, improving intersociety collaboration.
Inclusivity and Involvement
Ms Sullivan identifies accessibility, especially for those without social media, as a key issue. This is to be solved through an “overhauling” of the societies section of the Union website. However, the shape of such a redesign is left unclear. It is also unrealistic to expect societies to update their web page regularly.
Postgrad involvement is elaborated on with a reserved one-hour period, prior to the Freshers’ Fayre, being an effective tool. Moreover, though the means are left vague, the encouragement of more daytime events for commuting and mature students is admirable.
Prospects and Possibilities
Training for subcommittees, such as risk assessment workshops, are well detailed. It is also suggested that the Careers Centre should collaborate with committees to provide better targeted events.
An expansion of the Volunteer Recognition Scheme is planned as well as CV workshops to represent their efforts.
Ms Sullivan provides a myriad of suggestions and is well qualified for the role. However, many of the solutions proposed are never attached to properly identified problems, bringing their effectiveness into question. This vagueness, coupled with careless grammatical errors – “its’”, “there so many”, and “the of the” – may dampen the well principled manifesto.