556 Views

SU Election coverage – Dead Slate: all women elected for third consecutive year at Sussex

The results are in for this year’s Students’ Union election, which saw 30 candidates running to be the full-time elected representatives of the student body at Sussex.

The results for the elected positions are as follows:

President – Frida Gustafsson (re-elected)
Activities – Becky Doran
Societies and Citizenship – Aisling Murray (re-elected)
Undergraduate Education – Ella Asheri
Postgraduate Education – Sarah McIntosh (re-elected)
Welfare – May Gabriel

Turnout for the elections saw 3,346 students cast their ballot, 20.6% of the student body – a 0.8% overall increase from last year. Despite this slight increase in turnout, no full-time elected Officer reached the quota set for their position. This year continues Sussex’s failure to beat the turnout from 2015, which saw 4725 students participate in elections.

Falmer House’s Common Room saw a turnout of over one hundred students for the outcomes of the election period, which has returned an all-female team of full-time officers for the third year running.

President Gustafsson, who has been re-elected for her second term as President of the Union with 1010 votes cast in her name, told The Badger “I’m so grateful to have another year as President. I’m here for a kind and inclusive Union and I’m only just getting started.”

Newly elected Activities Officer Becky Doran won her position with 1075 votes cast, with the announcement being met with cheers and applause. Speaking to The Badger, Ms Doran said she was ‘delighted’ with the result, with her first priority to be ‘learning what it takes for students to get engaged in the SU.’

Societies and Citizenship Officer Aisling Murray appeared to be delighted in securing her second term with the Union, securing 1027 votes. Speaking to The Badger whilst surrounded by multiple supporters, Ms Murray said: ‘I’m in shock, but absolutely thrilled!’

When asked what policy she’ll tackle first in the coming academic year, Aisling was keen to announce continued plans to ensure the creation of her long-awaited housing co-operative.

Newly elected Undergraduate Education Officer Ella Asheri, elected with 962 votes, was ecstatic in the announcement of her victory. Speaking to The Badger, Ms. Asheri said: ‘It’s surreal, I’m really excited … It’s great!’ Discussing the first actions she’ll take as Undergraduate Officer, The Badger were told she’ll focus on ‘getting some groups together … getting used to the role … and then start fulfilling my promises!’

Postgraduate Officer Sarah McIntosh, who was also re-elected for her second term in this position with 815 votes, told The Badger that she felt ‘relieved, and really excited that I get to have a second year!’

Discussing her first priorities in the upcoming 2018/19 academic year, Ms McIntosh said: ‘My job hasn’t finished … I’ll pretty much be doing what I said I’ll be doing in my campaign.’

Newly elected Welfare Officer May Gabriel, who secured 709 votes in the election, told The Badger: ‘It’s amazing to be elected!’ She went on to state her first priority from the next academic year is to ‘sort out campus mental health services.’

Despite the overall jubilance of this evening’s celebrations, some students amongst the crowd did complain about the representation offered by the newly elected Union. This is the third year that the Students’ Union has been comprised of overwhelmingly white women, causing some to mock the ‘inclusive’ aims of the Students’ Union.

Another cause of upset for this evening’s results was the failure of the left-wing group, known as the ‘Red Slate’, to elect any members to any full-time positions. Despite Aisling Murray, re-elected Societies and Citizenship Officer, initially being a part of the ‘Red Slate’ group, The Badger understands that Ms. Murray was instructed to withdraw her affiliation to the group.

Overheard discussions from ‘Red Slate’ organisers heard cries of ‘the left never wins’, with SU Presidential hopeful Duncan Michie telling The Badger: ‘now is not the time to think about the election, now is the time to reflect on the sacrifices made by Anna Campbell in Afrin. An example for us all: may she rest in power.’

A full breakdown of this year’s voting can be found at https://www.sussexstudent.com/news/article/elections/results-2018/

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate
Campus News
961 views1
Campus News
961 views1

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate

Jordan Wright - April 27, 2018

Student society Liberate the Debate’s most recent event was cancelled over a lack of compliance with the Students' Union's (USSU) requirement for a neutral chair - a…

Verve Couture – Musicality, kitsch & ignition: the beginning of a series
Arts
277 views
Arts
277 views

Verve Couture – Musicality, kitsch & ignition: the beginning of a series

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - June 17, 2018

Pictured: Zac Black At Proud Cabaret audiences were spellbound as if at night at the circus, yet this was not like Angela Carter’s magical realist novel; Verve…

Fleabag on stage at The Old Market – review
Arts
285 views
Arts
285 views

Fleabag on stage at The Old Market – review

Florence Dutton - June 11, 2018

[caption id="attachment_35513" align="alignnone" width="2400"] Fleabag at Soho Theatre[/caption] Last Monday at 8pm at Brighton’s The Old Market, I sat myself down in my theatre seat eagerly awaiting…

Fleabag preview
Arts
266 views
Arts
266 views

Fleabag preview

Florence Dutton - June 2, 2018

[caption id="attachment_35513" align="alignnone" width="2400"] Fleabag at Soho Theatre[/caption] Following the mass success of the Bafta award-winning BBC Series, DryWrite and Soho Theatre are about to hit the…

Brighton Festival: Ezra Furman at the Dome
Arts
323 views
Arts
323 views

Brighton Festival: Ezra Furman at the Dome

Georgia Grace - June 1, 2018

Having completed my final semester of university with modules on punk history and queer arts, it was fitting that I rounded off my end-of-assessment celebrations by attending…

Arts
343 views

The Tempest review

Georgia Grace - May 30, 2018

As the sun begins to set over Hove Green, tinnies of Red Stripe are cracked open, tartan blankets are strewn, and families tuck into their picnic hampers.…

A Glass Half Empty review
Arts
302 views
Arts
302 views

A Glass Half Empty review

Georgia Grace - May 27, 2018

For those of us coming to the end of another year of university study, the prospect of careers, marriages and babies may seem a long way off.…

DollyWould at The Old Market review
Arts
283 views
Arts
283 views

DollyWould at The Old Market review

Alex Hutson - May 27, 2018

Sh!t Theatre’s DollyWould is a hilarious, thoughtful and experimental performance piece. The award winning show has the Sh!t Theatre duo integrating comedy, storytelling, personal experience and music.…

UCU Launch Petition to End the ‘Hostile Environment’ at Sussex
Campus News
434 views
Campus News
434 views

UCU Launch Petition to End the ‘Hostile Environment’ at Sussex

Billie-Jean Johnson - May 26, 2018

The Sussex branch of the University and College Union (UCU) has launched a petition calling for Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell to end the 'hostile environment' at Sussex. The…

Arts
233 views

Shakespeare in the sun – The Tempest preview

Georgia Grace - May 24, 2018

In a world of dystopian King Lears and female Hamlets, Shakespeare’s classics are constantly being reimagined for the modern day. There’s something oddly refreshing then about the…

Review: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)
Arts
730 views
Arts
730 views

Review: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)

Sophie Coppenhall - May 23, 2018

What a phenomenal contrast these two films present when watched side-by-side. In essence, together they are capable of tracing inner and outer metamorphoses of their subjects. The…

Dollywould at The Old Market preview
Arts
292 views
Arts
292 views

Dollywould at The Old Market preview

Alex Hutson - May 22, 2018

From the 22nd May - 25th May 2018 DollyWould will be showing at The Old Market. An exciting new show, presented by Sh!t Theatre, who won the…

Exhibition: Io-sono Fedilouu
Artist Focus
378 views
Artist Focus
378 views

Exhibition: Io-sono Fedilouu

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - May 16, 2018

Last week artist Fedilou made her debut exhibition in the downstairs space of Morelli Zorelli, a quaint vegan Italian restaurant in Hove, featuring a collection of intimate…

Interview with Philosophy faculty and COGS director Ron Chrisley
Interview
297 views
Interview
297 views

Interview with Philosophy faculty and COGS director Ron Chrisley

Nikolaos Manesis - May 15, 2018

Ron Chrisley is a Reader in Philosophy, on the faculty of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, and is the director of COGS (Centre for Cognitive Science).…

Adam review
Arts
362 views
Arts
362 views

Adam review

Ketan Jha - May 13, 2018

If you have been a stranger to the stage this spring and decide to see one contemporary show, let it be Adam. This reviewer went in entirely…

Brighton Fringe Preview: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)
Arts
425 views
Arts
425 views

Brighton Fringe Preview: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)

Sophie Coppenhall - May 13, 2018

In celebration of iconic Brighton local, legendary alt-rock musician (and episodic actor) Nick Cave, TOM’s Film Club are hosting a double-bill screening of his films at The…

Whimsical fairy-tale meets class war – Standard: Elite review
Arts
440 views
Arts
440 views

Whimsical fairy-tale meets class war – Standard: Elite review

Georgia Grace - May 11, 2018

Meta-theatricality and interactivity are becoming all the more vogue in contemporary theatre, and in a world where the arts are becoming increasingly open and democratised, I find…

A Year of Art Society: The Best Picks
Artist Focus
343 views
Artist Focus
343 views

A Year of Art Society: The Best Picks

Alex Leissle - May 9, 2018

  [gallery type="slideshow" ids="35385,35386,35387,35388,35389,35390,35391,35392,35393,35394,35395,35396,35397,35398,35399,35400,35401,35402,35403,35404,35405,35406,35407,35408,35409,35410,35411"]

More Brit(ish) than ever: A review of Afua Hirsch at Brighton Festival
Books
374 views
Books
374 views

More Brit(ish) than ever: A review of Afua Hirsch at Brighton Festival

William Singh - May 9, 2018

Afua Hirsch’s 2018 book - part memoir, part polemic - provokes mixed feelings. So too did her discussion of the topic at this year’s Brighton Festival. Don’t…

Ethnic-bioweapons: between conspiracy and reality
Science
482 views
Science
482 views

Ethnic-bioweapons: between conspiracy and reality

Luke Richards - May 8, 2018

Bioweapons exist, while ethnic-bioweapons are whispered conspiracies. Pandemics can fairly hazardous to human life, the 1918 Flu Pandemic killed 20-50 million people. A man made pandemic could…

Breaking: Spring referenda results announced
News
400 views
News
400 views

Breaking: Spring referenda results announced

Jessica Hubbard - May 4, 2018

Students have voted to support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, reject Prevent and adopt new Gender Equality policies. Results for the Students' Union referenda were…