Elec­tion plans get un­der way

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

DOZENS OF Jewish candidates are stand­ing for elec­tion to re­gional and na­tional stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions this month.

They hope to win faith, wel­fare and ed­u­ca­tion po­si­tions on their own stu­dent unions, as well as achiev­ing gen­eral Na­tional Union of Stu­dents del­e­gate posts.

More than 1,500 stu­dents will at­tend the NUS an­nual con­fer­ence in Gateshead in April next year.

Jewish stu­dents have tra­di­tion­ally worked hard to en­sure sub­stan­tial rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the con­fer­ence in an at­tempt to se­cure favourable mo­tions and an equal foot­ing with other mi­nor­ity groups.

Among those stand­ing is Emily Black, co-pres­i­dent of Durham JSoc, who is hop­ing to be elected as an NUS del­e­gate dur­ing elec­tions in the first week of De­cem­ber.

She is cur­rently a ju­nior stu­dent union rep­re­sen­ta­tive and sits on Durham’s SU coun­cil. Her man­i­festo in­cludes pledges to make the NUS more rel­e­vant to Durham stu­dents while back­ing anti-fas­cist and an­tiracist move­ments.

Har­ri­son Co­hen, who two years ago ran for Union of Jewish Stu­dents chair, is stand­ing for a num­ber of roles at UCL stu­dent union.

Cur­rently the Stu­dents of Faith wel­fare of­fi­cer and pres­i­dent of the Stu­dents of Faith Net­work, he pledged to “fight against the bu­reau­cracy and po­lit­i­cal di­vi­sions that plague the union” if elected as an arts and hu­man­i­ties rep. He is also hop­ing to be­come an NUS del­e­gate.

Also at UCL, Richard Muswell is run­ning for the Gov­er­nance Com­mit­tee, which over­sees the stu­dent union, clubs and so­ci­eties.

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