Ms MacKay’s manifesto opens with extensive detail of her involvement with various aspects of student life, such as PR Rep for Folk and Trad Music Society, running a successful student ceilidh band and managing Sofar St Andrews.
With her prospective role as DoES, Ms MacKay would like to to expand on the variation of events held by the Union. Some of her ideas include live music, games nights, comedy, sports events, movie nights and workshops throughout the week.
This is a nice idea, but it is possible that so many Union events throughout the week may clash with societies who already use Union spaces for these kind of events.
Ms MacKay is keen to hear ideas from students when organising events and is detailed in how she proposes to hear your thoughts, with anonymous suggestion cards or regular online polls.
This policy appears relatively feasible, but lacks impact and hardly differs from the system which the Student’s Association already has, such as online polls for Bop nominations etc.
As a means of ensuring effective use of the Union spaces, Ms MacKay would like to implement more study spaces available throughout the day, such as fold away tables in spaces like Main Bar and the opening up of Beacon Bar for studying during the day.
Considering how limited space becomes in the main library, especially during exam season, this is an insightful policy to introduce.
Ms MacKay presents a detailed manifesto with viable policies and her experience in events coordination makes her a qualified candidate for DoES. However, some of her ideas lack variation from the current workings of the Students’ Association.