The Community Officer covers welfare, housing, links with the local community, halls & hall reps, volunteering, international students, and our diversity & support groups. Broadly speaking, anything that looks at the campus community or the local community is my role, so they will work closely with Student Services, Accommodation, and the local Council

Matt Humberstone

What manifesto promise is the most important to you?matt

Setting up a mental health Diversity and Support group. About 1 in 4 students will experience mental health issues and a recent survey showed that over 10% of students have had suicidal thoughts in the last year. Some of the most vulnerable students need better support and a voice to create change.

What do you think is going to win the campaign for you?

I’m a multi-award winning volunteer with a history of successfully making significant and lasting change. Many people know me as the Chair of V Team over the last two years, taking the student volunteering group from 350 to 932 members last year to become the largest opt-in student group on campus.

If elected, how would you define a successful year in office?

I’d obviously keep to all my manifesto promises which shouldn’t be too difficult as they are all feasible and I have thought about where the money would come from for the few that would require financial input. More than that, however, I want to create significant lasting change so I’d like to see the things I introduce still benefitting students in 10 years’ time.

If you could change one thing about the Uni, regardless of money, what would you do?

With unlimited money, I’d move the whole university closer to the city centre to a location where there was enough space for the campus to expand whilst still keeping a lot of green space and yet offering sufficient space for everything.

What is your favourite thing about the city of Bath?

The people – I’ve made many good friends, both students and permanent residents and they’re all brilliant people!

How do you improve relations with locals in town?

Using my voluntary experience and local contacts, I’d aim to improve the student image by encouraging local media to feature more positive news stories and I also want to encourage student groups, especially RAG and V Team, to get more involved in the local community. I particularly want to work closely with residents’ associations and the council. V Team, which I have been Chair of for the last two years, has already strongly improved the image of students in Widcombe by working with the Widcombe Association on events such as a Community Ceilidh and the Big Spring Clean.


Maisie Sandersmaisie

What manifesto promise is the most important to you?

Elected part time Liberation Officers.

What do you think is going to win the campaign for you?

I have strong policies, and I’m not afraid to fight for them.

What would you class as a successful year?

Setting up a permanent, solid structure within the Students’ Union which will consolidate democracy, accountability, and the representation of all students, bringing Bath up to date with the majority of other UK Students’ Unions. I will do this through creating roles for part time Liberation Officers and implementing a Student Assembly through which students can submit motions and vote on them.

If you could change one thing about the Uni, regardless of money, what would you do?

I would make the University a place that anyone could attend to broaden their minds and expand their knowledge, without having to worry about crippling debt and extortionate living costs. Degrees wouldn’t just be about gaining the necessary qualifications to survive in the job market, but about learning for the sake of learning and enriching people’s awarenesses of subjects they’re passionate about and equipping them with the skills to work towards a better future for themselves and the world around them. For Higher Education to really be accessible for everyone, it needs to be free and for the benefit of all of society, not a factory line.

What is your favourite thing about the city of Bath?

The amazing friendships I’ve made both at Bath University and in the rest of the city, and the fantastic community spirit amongst the diverse range of forward thinking and progressive people in Bath.

How do you improve relations with locals in town?

It’s really important that students are present and represented at local meetings and events to tackle negative stereotypes about students.

Some universities have implemented a Street Warden scheme, in which student Street Wardens help students moving into private accommodation for the first time, and deal with noise and antisocial behaviour. Funding has generally come from the council and the university, and student-resident relations have improved where the scheme has been implemented. This would help to get rid of the negative stereotypes locals have about students, so would be a good project to look into in Bath, and perhaps could be a joint project with Bath Spa.

Benjamin Butcher

Benjamin is the former Deputy Editor-in-Chief of bathimpact and covers stories on University of Bath, University of Bath Students' Union, Bath politics and student issues

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