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Meet Your 2019-20 Officers!


Brighton Students’ Union is run by officers who have been elected by students during the elections! They represent all 22,000 students at the university and have unique manifestos each year with dedicated campaign points.

Four of your officers are full-time and sit on the board of trustees at the highest level at the BSU. They are either graduates, or choosing to take a year off their course. We have short interview videos with your new full-time officers you can view here to learn more about them. The other roles are our amazing volunteer positions, who look after a specific area of the SU. Read more about your 2019-20 officers below…

Calvin Jude Jansz (Union President)
Calvin is your new Union President. He is graduating with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Ethics and was the President of the Men’s Rugby Club and Chairman of the Sports Federation Committee. He aims to hold weekly drop in sessions with students to gain feedback, and his key manifesto points are:

  • Fighting to ensure your student voice is heard across the university and SU
  • More open and accessible resources
  • Raising awareness for mental health and other invisible disabilities
  • Increase support for students to express themselves openly
  • Increase the university’s accountability  

See Calvin's manifesto here

Suzie Douglas (Vice President Activities) 
Suzie is your new VP Activities. She is a final year Business Information Systems student, has been a course rep for 4 years and the current SocFed Committee Chair. Her key manifesto points are:

  • Introduce sports teams taster sessions at freshers’ and refreshers’
  • Introduce winter showcase for societies
  • Fundraising project to reintroduce a minibus for society and sport use
  • Push academic departments to support academic societies

See Suzie's manifesto here

Martha (Onyinye) Okonkwo (Vice President Welfare) 
Martha is your new VP Welfare. Martha has been a course rep and believes strongly in student welfare and respecting individual backgrounds. Her key manifesto points are:

  • Ensure someone checks on you regularly
  • Improve creating a system where student feedback is important
  • Make sure the university respects all individual student journeys
  • Become a consultant to provide counsel for students

See Martha's manifesto here

Ramy Badrie (Vice President Education) 
Ramy is your new VP Education. He has been heavily involved in the Debating Society, Amnesty Society, Law Society and is currently doing his second degree. His first degree was in Criminal Justice, and his current degree is Law with Business. His key manifesto points are:

  • Better representation for all students including international, mature, postgraduate and individuals with disabilities
  • Increased accessibility for educational support and materials
  • Continue the BSU Education Campaign and focus on closing the BME attainment gap
  • Improve wellbeing and counselling services

See Ramy's manifesto here

…Now for your volunteer officers who work a few hours a week alongside their studies to campaign!

CJ Crawshaw (LGBTQ+ Officer) 
CJ is your new LGBTQ+ officer who is campaigning to support all LGBT+ students and bringing the #MeToo campaign to Brighton. CJ also pledges to give more of a voice to asexual, non-binary, pansexual and other less-represented groups.

See CJ's manifesto here

Daniel Jackson (Mature Students’ Officer)
Daniel is a mature student studying 3D Design and Crafts BA. His key manifesto statement is “let’s talk” with the aim to increase representation and communication across all courses, students, and campuses. Danny is re-elected in this role.

See Daniel's manifesto here

Farhoud Salmanmohajer (International Students’ Officer)
Farhoud is your re-elected International Students’ Officer who has also worked as a Student Ambassador and Law Guardian! This year he aims to establish an international committee to support all international students, and increase opportunities for home and international students to network.

See Farhoud's manifesto here

Ellen Stickland (Disabled Students’ Officer) 
Ellen is your new Disabled Students’ Officer. She aims to make all buildings and lectures accessible, and make consulting disabled students on any renovations taking place a necessity.

See Ellen's manifesto here

Dwayne Williams (Environment Officer)
Dwayne is your new Environment Officer! He aims to implement more free-to-use microwaves and hot water across campuses, and promote effective use of our green spaces. He also aims to introduce environmentally friendly freebies.

See Dwayne's manifesto here

So, there is your Student Officer team for 2019-20! We can’t wait to see our officers implement their manifestos in the next academic year and campaign for change across the SU and the University. Good luck for the next academic year everyone, and any students wishing to support their campaigns, get involved or provide feedback don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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