EUSA election special on The Sunday Review

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by Emma Langman, FreshReporter

This Sunday’s programme will feature a special focus on the forthcoming EUSA presidential elections.

With campaigning gaining momentum, the candidates have publicised their main policies, outlining the changes and improvements they aim to make, if successfully in elected EUSA President. Each candidate has supported the Rector’s pledge to extend the library opening hours so that it is available 24 hours a day. However, apart from this one shared policy, each have their own vision of how they will improve student life and win voter support.

Thomas Graham’s main promises are to employ a dentist for the Health Service, increase investment in Union buildings, ensure Bedlam Theatre stays open and increase security on campus to crack down on crime. He has also pledged to create an Energy Partnership Group within his first week as President, to pressure letting agencies and landlords to ensure their flats are energy efficient.

Oliver Mundell is basing his campaign around three main policies: funding, feedback and freedom. He is advocating cheaper accommodation, free energy saving light bulbs for all students and cheaper food in the unions. He also aims to improve funding through an online bursary application system. In relation to feedback, Oliver has suggested a Director of Studies led feedback system and a EUSA 911 help and advice line.

Liz Rawlings, whose slogan is A Degree Better, also wants to implement a new DOS system. Furthermore, like Thomas Graham, she has focused on cheaper energy and claims to have discussed a discount on energy for Edinburgh students from two energy companies. Her other policies include a second-hand bookshop, a bus stop in Marchmont for the free bus to Kings Buildings, free language classes for all students and more gigs in the Unions.

Benedict Robbins has labeled himself an ordinary student with an extraordinary vision and his policies support this claim. These include working with supermarkets for student discounts and home delivery, promoting bursaries and increasing their availability and introducing peer mentoring. He also aims to create the Make a Difference Day, for students to help the community and bridge the gap between Edinburgh’s students and inhabitants.

The fifth candidate for the position of EUSA President is James Rodgers. Among his many policies, he has pledged to increase the number of guest speakers and aid accommodation services by distributing advice packs and promoting the EUSA Flat Finder service. He also wants to improve Potterrow nightclub, make the gym and CSE facilities more affordable and create a EUSA bookshop. While most of the candidates have claimed independency from any political party, Rodgers has actually made this issue into a policy, ensuring that EUSA will be free from party politics by enforcing all elected student representatives to suspend their political affiliations for their term in office.

Will the other candidates agree with this controversial measure? And how else will they differ over important EUSA issues?

Tune in to The Sunday Review at 12pm when EUSA Presidential candidates will all be in the studio to promote their cause and answer your questions.  Email your questions during the show to studio@freshair.org.uk

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