On 6 March, The Badger interviewed several candidates in the Sussex Student Unions’ Leadership Elections, including those for Sports, Societies and Events Officer.

This role will involve representing and supporting students in matters relating to sports, societies, events, volunteering and other student-led activities. They will ensure Sussex students have fair and equal access to these student-led activities.

Voting is open now on the Elections page of the Sussex Student Unions’ website until 5 pm on Friday 15 March. The results will be announced at 6 pm on Friday 15 March.

DISCLAIMER: The candidates featured in this article are the ones who attended The Badger’s media day on 6 March. You can see the full list of candidates and their manifestos on the Elections page of the Sussex Student Unions’ website.

Ardi Alexander-Sefre

Ardi Alexander-Sefre is a self-described “active chap” and the current President of Mountaineering Society. If elected, he would like to “improve accessibility to sports societies, especially for those that involve huge upfront costs.” Alexander-Sefre is keen to promote the relationship between physical and mental health, which can be seen through the mental health running club that he created, ‘BoysThatRun’.

Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson is the current Sports, Societies and Events Officer and he is running for re-election. If re-elected, he would work towards a “bold and brave” Students’ Union that is a place where “everyone can thrive.” This would involve increasing funding for clubs and societies, improving toxic club cultures, and strengthening student democracy and activism. Jackson believes that he is “the candidate who has proven he can do a good job – not the candidate who might do a good job.”

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