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Meet your new Executive Officer Team for 2022-23!



Manifestos & Key Objectives

  • STUDENTS' UNION PRESIDENT
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    Dhanusha Hema Reddy

    President



    3 Key Objectives

    I will create a powerful community embedded with a sense of belonging i.e. a safe place for students to feel empowered, educated, heard and protected. I will create a well-built platform that ensures the needs of all students are met, this includes the students of all campuses.

    I will ensure that your voice as the students, is represented through genuine actions that will empower them to be independent in your speech, while at the same time navigating a high level of communication between key decision makers to create a win-win scenario for everyone.

    I will place high importance on the need to respect all faiths within the student community, consequentially providing a higher level of freedom in speech and ultimately strengthening your ability to contribute to making positive change.


    Manifesto

    I am someone in all honesty who struggles to blow my own trumpet, because I believe that actions always speak louder than words however I will use this opportunity, to shed some light on who I am, to give you a fair understanding to make your decision. Let me start by highlighting what impact I’ve created as a VP to give an insight into the level of my future actions, as a potential future President.
    In my time as VP I have put in an exceptional effort into creating campaigns that will contribute to positive change such as, the Add Your Voice Campaign. Other actions include the following;

    • Encouraging students to submit ideas that would influence their university experience, by speaking to students on every campus. I spend a large amount of time placing myself amongst you all, as I believe that this is the most effective way to hear your voice and collect critique in order to do better.
    • Placing a high importance on collecting feedback, as in the past this has provided valuable insight into key issues that needed attending to, allowing the relevant actions to be taken in order for change.
    • The exceptional success that we had with the ideas board, with over 400 plus interactions, a safe place for students to voice their suggestions, one of many wins that we have seen in empowering freedom of speech. My aim is to continue this momentum to accelerate liberty for students.

    During my time as a student I was fortunate enough to receive six awards therefore, I understand what it takes to be a high performer in today’s environment. My goal will be to push the students to bring the best out of themselves and knowing that you have the correct backing, in my opinion, is absolutely essential. You can find a list of my awards below:

    BCUSU: Executive Award Runner Up 2018/19, Volunteer of the Year 2017/18
    IAMBCU: Community Hero of the year 2020/21
    BLSS Dean’s Award 2020/21: International Student of the Year, Contribution to Public Life and Community, Exceptional Response to COVID-19

  • VP ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
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    Simranvir Kaur

    VP Academic Experience



    3 Key Objectives

    To have more easily accessible timetables by students.

    More support by course tutors.

    Extra support for coursework’s who have some issues with language barrier.


    Manifesto

    I am standing for this cause and position because I want everybody to have a positive and memorable university experience, and as student I feel that a good Students’ Union is a key part of that. I’d love to represent you, the things you care about, and help make your experience the best it can be.
    I want to investigate my time in making more improved structure of assignments and timetable.

    As your VP academic, I would strive to make it as simple as possible to be heard by, represented by, and involved with Students‘ Union here at BCU. I feel that being a student from past 4 years now at BCU have experienced a lot and require some changes. Assignments and timetable are very important for the student, same for both home student and overseas. All of them should be treated fairly and equally. I have brought the issues many times on the table that students are facing, as Course Representative.

    Working as an international marketing, communication, and conversion assistant, where I have dealt with number of student enquiries and helped them to make their voice heard within International office at BCU.

    I feel it is important to make the Students’ Union as present and involved as possible within the university and the student body, by increasing promotion of the great things already happening and increase the SU’s presence in places outside their building.

    This is my fourth year at BCU, and I have spent time listening to and representing many students as course rep. So, I know the demands of representation the student body when interacting with the university and I feel I would go a good job of being your VP Academic.

    Overall, I want to improve student life, make the student experience easier, and try to help with your assignment and timetable with more improvement into it. I want to create long term changes not short term, which will help the upcoming students and present students as well.

  • VP EQUITY & INCLUSION
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    Victor Ukor

    VP Equity & Inclusion



    3 Key Objectives

    More Accessibility and diversity

    A greater engagement for student in socials and other activities

    More accountability and transparency to aid easy feedbacks to support the voice of students.


    Manifesto

    My name is Victor Ukor and I’m running for the position of the Equity & Inclusion Officer. Over the last years I had multiple experiences with positions of responsibility within university systems.

    I’m running to ensure everyone feels a part of all campus not just one, also to maximise the understanding of how the student union can be of a great help to all students, developing, funding and support.

    Inclusion and equity for all students: ensure proper production and distribution of the university hoodies.

    Social: Involve and encourage students and the marketing team to better the pinnacle campus sport access and opportunities for everyone. Giving all community mixed campus events.

    I’m a grounded, honest, and positive candidates with huge amounts of leadership energy as well as experience. I’m passionate and a good listener, I want to get to listen to all of you and your holistic wellbeing and student experience is the best it can be.

    I want to increase support for international students and our students based across the globe. I hope to increase and enhance all international student experience by focusing on internationalisation and culture development. Ensure regular face to face support for areas of concern.

    In my undergraduate study, I occupied positions in the Students’ Union government. From this I have numerous ideas to enhance the work with students, student reps to make the system work for all.

    I intend to maintain transparency and accountability through document and record all meetings, ensure all students are aware of everything that concerns the student Union, also welcoming strong and open and public criticism.

    I want to bring my knowledge of experience here at the Birmingham city university to the trustee board and promise to be an impartial trustee, dedicated to ensuring the long term of BCU.

  • VP OPPORTUNITES & COMMUNITY
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    Nathan Keseka

    VP Opportunities & Community



    3 Key Objectives

    Providing workshops that students would be able tobenefit from for their everydaylife. E.g. managing money,professional communication, persuasion, etc. These types ofworkshops would be based onskills/habits that people that arein the top positions in their companies know how to do it.

    Creating more opportunities for all students to get involvedwith sports activities BCU can provide. This is so that it gives a chance to all students a chance to be able to playsports just because they want to play and have fun.

    Giving the students opportunities to talk to professionals in fields that they are looking forward to working in. By bringing in professionals to talk to the students, the students would be able to have an insight into what it's like working in the industry. examples would be professional athletes, lawyers, accountants, musicians.


    Manifesto

    I have decided to run VP Opportunities & Community because I believe that everybody deserves to have a positive and memorable university experience, and I personally believe that a great Students’ Union is a big influence when it comes to that. I'd love to be in a position where I can give you the opportunities that make sure that You get the best university experience it can be.

    Last year I was the BCU African Caribbean society's treasurer where I had to look after the finances and oversee the transactions we made. I was entrusted by my team to make sure the sources of income were increasing societal funds. During my time as treasurer, I was able to show that I was able to do my role as well working in a team that had the desire to make a big change in society.

    I want to provide workshops that are necessary skill based workshops students would be able to use in situations in their lives where they could use in the workplace or even everyday life. Some of the workshops I have in mind already are:

    • Workshops on persuasion - students would need to learn how to persuade employers to hire them.
    • Professional communication - whether it's as simple as communicating with your peers or writing an email to your boss.
    • Time management - learning how to use your time wisely.


    I also feel like it is important for BCU to promote the communities that they have because it brings students together based on a common interest (community - sharing or having a certain attitude or interest in common within a group). one of the biggest communities we have in this university is our sports society and my aim is to make as many people as involved in those societies no matter the skill level the person is in that particular sport. This means that everyone would get an opportunity to try new sports they've always wanted to do without having any pressure that you have to be good at the sport.

  • VP STUDENT VOICE
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    Jay Dave

    VP Student Voice



    3 Key Objectives

    As a VOICE of the students, I will make sure their concerns are heard effectively in an appropriate and unbiased way between the university and students.

    To ensure the quality of two-way communication is increased and well maintained for future use by encouraging students, who are both inclusive and compassionate.

    The beneficial policies university has developed, should be aided to the students, with the help of School Reps through their respective Course Reps.


    Manifesto

    My name is Jay Dave, a Year 3 Undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering, having an amazing experience of studying in a well-established Engineering campus.

    I have practice of working with the Students’ Union since my first semester, participated in various events organised by the societies enthusiastically and lead some of the societies as a President. During my tenure of representing BCUIC as a Student Rep and CEBE as a School Rep.

    I have discovered a lot about the feedback system in the student voice. I have worked closely with relevant BCUSU staff and the University to improve local issues and tried to report and resolve the issues in stipulated time. Interned, it helped me being recruited as a Student Voice Assistant.

    Students' Union has always been beneficial to me. From campaigning for other candidates in my first two years to running for elections, last year I stood with a runner up position.

    I have a vast network of friends from different campuses of BCU and have eye on every other problem student face in their respective faculty. This year, I am sure that with the support of students I have helped and supported will make it possible for me to lead as a VP Student Voice.

    Many students still don’t know about the amazing opportunities. Student voice is what we call a collective opinion, it could be your course experience, campus safety or anything else in the university.

    Considering student feedback is central to all work, if I would be selected as VP Student Voice - my goal is to ensure increasing involvement of students with the SU and make their university life the best possible, respecting the democracy and the bylaws.

    Helping students for using facilities of ideas board across all the campuses with their respected school/course reps to communicate with students and collecting as much feedback as possible. I would make sure every student is engaging in student voice activity across the University, and to ensure their voice is heard and be benefited by the Students' Union.
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BCUSU Leadership Elections


Each year, we hold an election for all BCU students to decide who will be the next Leadership Officers to lead BCUSU. This year, we broke a new record as 6019 BCU students cast 26629 preferential votes!

You have now told us who you want to run your Students' Union for the 2022-23 academic year.

By using your voice and telling us who you want to be elected into the officer roles, you will make a difference to how your Students’ Union and University is run. You have voted for candidates in each position who you believe will represent BCUSU and your views, and who will ensure you get the most out of your experience as a BCU student.

Thank you for voting, ensuring BCUSU is led by students, for students.

Vote Count

To be elected, a candidate needs to reach a minimum amount of votes, known as the quota. We work out the quota based on the total number of votes cast for each position.

Every voter has one transferable vote for each position. Once the counting has finished, the candidate who has more first-choice votes than the quota is elected. If no one reaches the quota in the first round, then the least popular candidate is eliminated. People who voted for them have their vote transfered to their second favourite candidate. This process continues until a clear winner is identified.


Jump to see how voting turned out...



Students' Union President

Round 1
Dhanusha Hema Reddy 1039
Asha Stewart 826
Bilal Hussain 763
Neavan Lobban 636
Omobolanle Folasewa Taylor 492
Leanna Grant 446
Vishalji Odedra 279
Re-Open Nominations 20
Round 2
Dhanusha Hema Reddy 1039
Asha Stewart 828
Bilal Hussain 765
Neavan Lobban 639
Omobolanle Folasewa Taylor 492
Leanna Grant 446
Vishalji Odedra 279
Re-Open Nominations 20
Round 3
Dhanusha Hema Reddy 1050
Asha Stewart 835
Bilal Hussain 771
Neavan Lobban 647
Omobolanle Folasewa Taylor 503
Leanna Grant 454
Vishalji Odedra 279
Round 4
Dhanusha Hema Reddy 1075
Asha Stewart 874
Bilal Hussain 800
Neavan Lobban 665
Omobolanle Folasewa Taylor 520
Leanna Grant 454
Round 5
Dhanusha Hema Reddy 1095
Asha Stewart 901
Bilal Hussain 800
Neavan Lobban 665
Omobolanle Folasewa Taylor 520
Round 6
Dhanusha Hema Reddy 1133
Asha Stewart 932
Bilal Hussain 832
Neavan Lobban 665
Round 7
Dhanusha Hema Reddy 1196
Asha Stewart 996
Bilal Hussain 832
Final Round
Dhanusha Hema Reddy 1196
Asha Stewart 996


VP Academic Experience

Round 1
Simranvir Kaur 1367
Favour Nkiru Ede 949
Fiona Rose Joseph 921
Luke McCombe 813
Re-Open Nominations 34
Round 2
Simranvir Kaur 1368
Favour Nkiru Ede 955
Fiona Rose Joseph 921
Luke McCombe 813
Re-Open Nominations 34
Round 3
Simranvir Kaur 1402
Favour Nkiru Ede 997
Fiona Rose Joseph 976
Luke McCombe 813
Round 4
Simranvir Kaur 1500
Favour Nkiru Ede 1062
Fiona Rose Joseph 976
Final Round
Simranvir Kaur 1500
Favour Nkiru Ede 1062


VP Equity and Inclusion

Round 1
Victor Ukor 1509
CJ Cooper 1211
Kieren Brown 452
Nathen Birkett 333
Cal Slowley 262
Re-Open Nominations 55
Round 2
Victor Ukor 1511
CJ Cooper 1211
Kieren Brown 454
Nathen Birkett 333
Cal Slowley 264
Re-Open Nominations 55
Round 3
Victor Ukor 1522
CJ Cooper 1239
Kieren Brown 463
Nathen Birkett 344
Cal Slowley 264
Round 4
Victor Ukor 1540
CJ Cooper 1272
Kieren Brown 482
Nathen Birkett 344
Round 5
Victor Ukor 1588
CJ Cooper 1316
Kieren Brown 482
Final Round
Victor Ukor 1588
CJ Cooper 1316


VP Opportunities and Community

Round 1
Nathan Keseka 782
Nikhil Gogna 777
Ashi Sawan 552
Jacob Ruprecht 537
Henry Kingdon 526
Hardeep Singh 451
Muhammad Usman Manzoor 419
Re-Open Nominations 25
Round 2
Nathan Keseka 782
Nikhil Gogna 779
Ashi Sawan 552
Jacob Ruprecht 537
Henry Kingdon 526
Hardeep Singh 451
Muhammad Usman Manzoor 419
Re-Open Nominations 25
Round 3
Nathan Keseka 788
Nikhil Gogna 786
Ashi Sawan 564
Jacob Ruprecht 546
Henry Kingdon 537
Hardeep Singh 460
Muhammad Usman Manzoor 419
Round 4
Nikhil Gogna 811
Nathan Keseka 803
Ashi Sawan 576
Jacob Ruprecht 561
Henry Kingdon 549
Hardeep Singh 460
Round 5
Nathan Keseka 830
Nikhil Gogna 822
Ashi Sawan 602
Jacob Ruprecht 592
Henry Kingdon 549
Round 6
Nathan Keseka 868
Nikhil Gogna 852
Ashi Sawan 635
Jacob Ruprecht 592
Round 7
Nathan Keseka 943
Nikhil Gogna 898
Ashi Sawan 635
Final Round
Nathan Keseka 943
Nikhil Gogna 898


VP Student Voice

Round 1
Jay Dave 1273
Chloe Power 887
Oladayo Olaleye-Pryce Falowo 836
Heenaben Modhwadiya 580
Kay Flynn 348
Re-Open Nominations 35
Round 2
Jay Dave 1274
Chloe Power 887
Oladayo Olaleye-Pryce Falowo 836
Heenaben Modhwadiya 580
Kay Flynn 348
Re-Open Nominations 35
Round 3
Jay Dave 1298
Chloe Power 903
Oladayo Olaleye-Pryce Falowo 847
Heenaben Modhwadiya 590
Kay Flynn 348
Round 4
Jay Dave 1330
Chloe Power 944
Oladayo Olaleye-Pryce Falowo 881
Heenaben Modhwadiya 590
Round 5
Jay Dave 1372
Chloe Power 999
Oladayo Olaleye-Pryce Falowo 881
Final Round
Jay Dave 1372
Chloe Power 999


NUS Delegates

Tanya Afshin - 1362
Parth Kheni - 487
Akanksha Subhash Dhamapurkar - 464
Bhuvana Ventakesh Reddy - 418
Kaviyarasan Kulanthaivelu - 332
Re-Open Nominations - 124